Hull, Iowa — After she told us — and we told you this past week that eighteen-year-old Kate Pomrenke, a senior at MOC/Floyd Valley is one of the five finalists in the second annual Iowa Games National Anthem Contest, a number of KIWA listeners and website readers came forth to let us know that there was not one northwest Iowa finalist, but two.
Boyden-Hull Junior Allison TeSlaa of Hull is also one of the top 5.
TeSlaa tells us how she became involved in the contest.
TeSlaa says her future and college plans are undecided as of yet.
TeSlaa is the daughter of Harwin and Diane TeSlaa of Hull.
Fans can vote by either ‘liking’ one of the videos or by completing a survey link available on the Iowa Games Facebook page and the Iowa Games website.The voting polls will close at midnight on Sunday (April 29).
The winner will be announced on the Iowa Games Facebook fan page and Iowa Games website on May 2. The competition winner will also be invited to sing at an Iowa Cubs baseball game on July 16.
Sheldon, Iowa — The moratorium on post office closings ends May 15th. That date means different things to different post offices in northwest Iowa. Northwest Iowa Development, a six-county economic development marketing region, has just completed an impact analysis on eleven proposed post office closures in their region. Osceola County Economic Development Director Kirk Grau has been spearheading the impact analysis and has been following the situations of the different offices very closely. He says that on May 15th, when the moratorium on post office closures is over, these post offices will again be considered for closure:
The Ashton Post Office is in much the same boat, except that the case of the Ashton post office is getting a reprieve because the Postal Regulatory Commission remanded it to the US Postal Service for further consideration
According to Grau, it would basically take a miracle by May 15 to save the post offices in Alvord and Harris.
The USPS is proposing to close approximately 3,700 post offices across the United States and Iowa has more than 170 being considered for closure. That’s about 20 percent of Iowa’s Post Offices on the consideration list.
The consulting firm, Smart Solutions Group of West Des Moines completed the analysis. As the economic development professionals presented their analysis to representatives from Senator Tom Harkin’s office, Senator Chuck Grassley’s Office, and Congressman Steve King’s Office, on Friday, it became clear that the priorities of the people in the small towns were not the same as those of the people considering post offices for closing. The postal service is concerned with their own bottom line. Communities are concerned with growth and in some cases the very survival of their town, says Grau.
The Northwest Iowa Development impact study quantifies community impact and indicates that these rural post office closings are costing the region’s populations and businesses far more money than what is being stated in Postal Regulatory Commission-reported governmental savings that would come by closing post offices. Research indicates that the postal closings and consequent projected savings are not well thought out, calculated inaccurately and that these post office closings have a direct adverse impact on the region and its ability to survive and prosper, according to the study.
We’ll have more on the analysis and comments from the representatives of the congressional delegation on future newscasts on KWIA.
Orange City, Iowa – This year, the Orange City Tulip Festival will feature not only tulips, but one special event will feature roses. The Pasadena Tournament of Roses, that is. The 2013 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association President, Sally Bixby, will visit the Orange City Tulip Festival on May 18 and 19 to formally welcome the Pride of the Dutchmen as one of 22 bands chosen from around the world to make the historic 5 ½ mile journey down Pasadena’s Colorado Boulevard on Tuesday, January 1, 2013.
As President of the 935 volunteer members of the Tournament of Roses Association, Mrs. Bixby will present The Pride of the Dutchmen with the traditional Rose Parade flag, which represents the band’s prestigious participation in the 124th Rose Parade. The annual Rose Parade will spotlight thematically designed floral floats, high stepping equestrian units and spirited marching bands.
Nearly one million people are anticipated to line the Rose Parade route, while more than 350 million people in over 100 countries are expected to view the Rose Parade on television.