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Every Veterans Day, Pella Corp. in Carroll recognizes military veterans who are employed at the plant. But a few days after Veterans Day 2019, a surprise, extra thanks was in store for those veterans.

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Leann and Bryan Baumhover were captivated by the vivid, lush flowers that seemed to protrude from direction of the warehouse.

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GOWRIE: As other small towns become food deserts on the rural horizon, the citizens of Gowrie took a first step Monday evening in an attempt to rescue their only grocery store from closure.

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LAKE CITY: The first baby of 2020 at Stewart Memorial Community Hospital in Lake City has arrived. Elliott Andrew Carlson was born to Jill and Andrew Carlson.

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Everybody who attended the Carroll Masonic Lodge’s annual community Christmas Day dinner enjoyed a hearty meal, but participation was so big this year that the Masons were cutting it close.

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Tickets to the 10th annual Fairy Tale Ball, where girls ages 3 through 12 are treated to a special date with their dad, a grandfather or an uncle, will be sold beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at Westgate Mall in Carroll.

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Two students at Shin’s Tae Kwon Do Academy in Carroll — 13-year-old Addison “Addy” Boell and 14-year-old Serenity “Wren” Richards — recently earned black belt (recommended) junior rank.

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Warmer than normal temperatures in December and a general lack of precipitation led to a mostly snowless month in Carroll, according to National Weather Service data.

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When Mike Bach entered the house, he could barely see his hands when he held them out in front of his face.

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When it comes to ending the year on a high note and bringing the new one with a bang — Steven Adler has the perfect plan.

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Members of the First United Methodist Church Youth Group visited Swan Place on Wednesday night, Dec. 11, for a Christmas party that featured pizza, cookie-decorating and carols.

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Carroll Times Herald reporter and columnist Annie Mehl, a writer who earned the Iowa Newspaper Association’s two young- journalist-of-the-year honors in February, has accepted a position with the Dubuque Telegraph Herald, one of eastern Iowa’s larger and well-respected newspapers.

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“Home Alone” might be the title of a fun holiday movie, but members of the Carroll Masonic Lodge want to make sure it’s not the way anybody in the community has to spend their Christmas.

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Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived downtown in style — riding in a white, festively decorated, horse-drawn carriage — for the tree-lighting ceremony that kicked off Glidden’s annual Winter Wonderland celebration on Sunday night, Dec. 1.

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Regency Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center’s annual Holiday Remembrance Service on Friday, Dec. 6, paid tribute to its 11 residents who have passed away over the last year.

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Whether they’re intricately carved, decades-old wood heirlooms or rubber duckies dressed in the traditional robes of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Nativity scenes long have run the gamut in design.

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This Saturday’s annual Stuff the Bus collection for the Community of Concern food pantry is coming at a time when the program has seen need for assistance increase the last couple of months.

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BREDA: Members of the American Legion’s Fred F. and Norman J. Bruning Post in Breda and Sons of the American Legion will host their fifth annual calendar gun raffle on Saturday night, Jan. 18.

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Strong winds on Monday are suspected of causing an electricity outage in southern Sac County that affected 922 customers of MidAmerican Energy.

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Kora Jae Stipe, born to Morgan and Joe Stipe of Carroll, at 6:13 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25, at St. Anthony Regional Hospital, received a warm welcome to the world with the help of talents and best wishes of about 10 residents from SunnyBrook Assisted Living in Carroll.

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Carroll County Emergency Medical Services Association’s annual Festival of Lights, which treats visitors to a winter wonderland of Christmas decorations and also generates vital support for the volunteer first-responder teams throughout the county, kicks off Friday night, Nov. 29.

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Although it may seem like the holidays are always a happy time where jolly music drifts from the radio and family and friends spend more time together — others may be experiencing loss or some kind of sadness.

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This summer, the Carroll Depot Plaza hosted a couple of stops by Union Pacific’s massive 1940s Big Boy steam locomotive. Friday night, the plaza, home of the Chamber of Commerce office, will be the site of another special train event.

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ELK HORN: The year 2019 is the 41st anniversary of the Danish Villages of Elk Horn and Kimballton, Iowa’s Christmas celebration called Julefest, which will be held Friday and Saturday.

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A 26-year-old former Manning woman died and a young child was significantly injured in a Saturday morning crash west of Corning when the woman didn’t stop her semitrailer truck at a stop sign and was struck by a sport-utility vehicle, according to an Iowa State Patrol crash report.

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Carroll Rotary Club’s first-ever radio auction proved to be a hit show, generating nearly $10,000 for the community-service organization.

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The C-3 organization (Christ + Community + Celebration) has strived to make a positive impact on the children and youth of the communities in the IKM-Manning School district since its beginning in 2012.

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Merle Wilberding has been selected for induction into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame, a State of Ohio program that honors veterans more for what they did after their military service than for what they did during their military service.

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Every year, regardless of the arctic temperatures, the drifting snow that camouflages the roads or the sheets of ice that turn the streets to ice-skating rinks, Gary Eischeid, 74, heads home to Iowa.

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Nearly 200 people attended Carroll County Conservation’s annual Fall Festival, which was offered in a team effort with New Opportunities, SOAR (Saving Our Avian Resources), Carroll County Historical Society and West Central Iowa Solid Waste.