2011 2nd Quarter Year in Review

Written by on December 28, 2011 in News

The death of Keokuk County Sheriff’s Deputy made state headlines. 38 year old Eric Stein was shot and killed April 4. His alleged killer, 53-year-old Jeff Krier, was later shot and killed by members of the Iowa State Patrol Tactical Unit. It was the first time in 25 years an Iowa law enforcement officer was shot and killed while on duty. Stein, Sheriff Jeff Shipley and Deputy Casey Hinnah were responding to Krier’s home on a few miles southwest of Sigourney just before noon to talk to Krier about an incident that occurred the night before. When they arrived, the officers received fire, and Stein was shot and died.

Sarah Brown Wessling, 2010 National Teacher of the Year, will spoke on the Iowa Wesleyan College campus on April 12, at noon. Wessling was named as the nations’ top educator by President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony on April 29, 2010. Her presentation was sponsored by the Teacher Education Program at Iowa Wesleyan. The National Teacher of the Year Program began in 1952 and continues as the oldest, most prestigious national honors program that focuses public attention on excellence in teaching.

Washington Street construction will ramped up in April. Drivers were urged to find alternate routes because the section of street from Haynes to Locust would be under construction for most of the rest of the year.
The second man accused of robbing banks in Mt. Pleasant and Ottumwa pleaded guilty. 27-year-old Morris D. Thompson pleaded guilty in a federal court to three counts of robbery, admitting he robbed the Community First Credit Union in Ottumwa on August 9th and the Wayland State Bank in Mt. Pleasant on September 16th of 2010.

On Friday, April 22, 2011, longtime Mt. Pleasant companies Alaniz and MetroGroup
joined forces to become one of the largest producers of direct mail in the country. The two companies have been intertwined in many respects beginning in 1973.

The Iowa National Guard will hosted a rededication ceremony and open house April 29, commemorating the completion of renovations to the Mt. Pleasant Readiness Center, 904 S. Walnut St., Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. Representatives from the Iowa National Guard, and local government will participate in the ceremony. The Mt. Pleasant Readiness Center is home to the 832nd Engineer Company, Iowa Army National Guard. Originally constructed in 1969, the existing 15,000-square foot masonry building was enlarged and remodeled. The $2.7 million expansion project added approximately 2,950-square feet,

May 1 Alan Huisenga Alan will started as the Old Threshers Foundation and Association Development Director. He will worked for awhile under the direction of long time volunteer and outgoing director Paul Anderson.

It’s hard to say who is more excited about the opening of Tinder Ribs…owner Paul Tinder or all the BBQ lovers in Southeast Iowa. Tinder retired from his position with the state fire marshal’s office, ready to indulge in his passion for BBQ. But first he had to find a location which he did in Wayland. He has spent the winter months renovating what used to be a pizza place while he waited for equipment to arrive. And then Tinder Ribs opened May 3

Iowa Wesleyan College Associate Professor of English, Dr. Maryellen Potts, was named 2011 Chadwick Teacher of the Year during the annual Awards Day ceremony April 28. Patricia Cody of Washington, Iowa, was named Extended Learning Instructor of the Year.
The biggest headline in the second quarter all over the world was President Barack Obama announcement on May 1 that Osama bin Laden had been killed in a terrorist compound in Pakistan.
Expansion plans and a ground breaking for a new rail spur are good reasons to bring the Lt. Governor to town. Kim Reynolds, who calls Mt. Pleasant her second home, was here May 4 to help local manufacturer Nypro Kanaak (nock) take another step towards the future. The injection molding process used to manufacture various items for customers like Proctor and Gamble, Honeywell and Dow is a one of a kind process not being used any place else in the world. The facility is now a food grade manufacture and is handling food packaging. The rail spur will allow the necessary raw materials to be brought in.

Iowa Wesleyan College Commencement ceremonies were held Saturday on the campus lawn. Elizabeth Garrels of Mt. Pleasant was the guest speaker. During the ceremonies two new awards, recently established by the college board of trustees were presented. Ed Kropa is the first ever recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. This honor is to be awarded when appropriate to a member of the college campus community that not only contributes greatly to IWC but also to Mt. Pleasant and the area. Kropa is retiring after 40 years with the college. Next year an outstanding player on the Tiger women’s basketball team will be recognized with a new award named for Dr. Lori Williams Wright. Dr. Wright is stepping down as chair of the IWC board of Trustees after serving for over 30 years. Wright was also an outstanding basketball player when she attended IWC.

Local resident Don Wiley was elected chair of the Iowa Wesleyan College Board of Trustees. Wiley, who is a 1970 graduate of the college and is president of Jean C. Wiley and Sons in Mt. Pleasant, has been a member of the board since 2003. He takes over from outgoing chair Lori Williams Wright. Wright has served as chair since 2005. The Rev. Michael Morgan, IWC class of ’81 has been elected Vice Chair. He is the pastor at the Marion, Iowa First United Methodist Church and has been a member of the college board since 2004. Dr. Steve Hedlund has been the vice chair since 2005.

As June began the Henry County Supervisors approved August 2nd as the date for a special election in Henry County. The board of supervisors approved the date for the election that would determine if supervisor representation continues as it is or if there would be a change. The Henry County Auditor’s office received a petition asking for the vote.
KILJ Radio selectioned Glen Coleman of Mt. Pleasant as this year’s Fantastic Father. Glen was chosen based on the letter his daughter Angie McCall submitted in the annual contest.
In June the Mt. Pleasant Utilities Board of Trustees began the search for a new manager as Lori Glanzman announced her retirement.

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