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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT ~HELT(JN_ W/\ 98584-22~,., It ~.f, s--. l.lli ii i. illil.i . l-.iiJiil.. -i I - IHl~'ll"IH"l~'l"llf"llll'i'll~II~'~'l"ilii1111111 'iijj~'il|lI'li i -II Norwalk Warriors Vol. 46 No. 32 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 email: news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, December 25, 2014 Ribbon Cutting At Elwood Chiropractic NORWALK TEACHERS HONORED iJ The Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony Tues- day, Dec. 16, welcoming Dr. Nellie Keys to the business community. She has re- opened Elwood Chiropractic, 1122 Main St., Ste. 2, honoring her late fianc6, Dr. David Elwood. Also present at the ribbon cutting was David's father, Bob Elwood of Cresco. Photo submitted by Norwalk Chamber. Serving in Iowa's Interest By Senator Tom Harkin Almost two years ago I announced I was not going to seek a sixth term in the United States Senate. That decision and announcement did not seem all that difficult or hard at that time. Two years was a long time off. And since then I have been busy working, having hearings, meeting constituents, getting legislation through the HELP Committee, working on Appropriations. But, now, the leaving becomes hard and wrenching and yes, emotional. That's because I love this U.S. Senate and I love this work. Often, I am asked if there is one theme, one unifying thread that runs through my body of legislative work across 40 years in Congress. At first glance, my policy priorities seem to be disconnected and disparate, everything from disability rights to health reform to farmland conservation to biomedical research. But on closer exami- nation, they all have one powerful thing in common; they all flow from a common wellspring. And for you to understand that unifying inspiration, I need to tell you a story. As a boy growing up in rural Cumming, Iowa, I could never have imagined that I would one day serve in Congress. My father had a sixth grade education. He spent most of his life working in coal mines and all he had to show for it was a case of black lung disease. My mother was an immigrant, raising six kids in our little two-bed- room house. My parents never talked politics. We did not know politicians. But we knew this: When my family hit rock bottom in the late years of the Depression, with my father out of work and with no way to provide for his family, the government gave us a hand up. Dad got a postcard in the mail, notifying him to report for employment with the Work Projects Administration, the WPA. Dad always said that Franklin Roosevelt gave him a job. That opportunity gave my father dignity and enough money to put food on the table. Perhaps most importantly of all,,it gave him hope. A few years later, Dad was able to qualify for a New Deal program called Social Security and later he got Medicare, which meant he no longer had to rely on charity. So I learned at an early age that our government can do good things and create op- portunity for ordinary people. It is there to help people build better lives. And from my first day in the political arena, I have strongly believed that government must not be just an observant bystander. It must be a force for good, for lifting people up, for giving hope to the hopeless. Its cardinal function is to provide a ladder of opportu- nity for every American. Now, as I depart the Senate, I can say in good conscience that I remained true to that guiding principle. I have worked faithfully to leave behind a more vibrant Iowa, a more just and inclusive America and a stronger ladder- and ramp- of opportunity for the disadvantaged in this great country. Let me reassure you that though I am retiring from the Senate, I am not retiring from the fight. I will never retire from the fight to ensure equal opportunity, full participation, independent living and economic self-sufficiency for people with dis- abilities. I will never retire from the fight to give a hand up - and hope- to those who Concluded p. 10 Dr. Denny Wulf, Superintendent, Renee McCombs and Darin Schreck Sunday, Dec. 14, three Norwalk residents were honored at a reception at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church. They were Renee McCombs (finalist for Iowa Teacher of the Year), Darin Schreck (Middle School Athletic Director of the Year) and Dr. Denny Wulf (Superintendent of the Year). Andy Mogle, a previous statewide hon- oree, and his students prepared beef and chicken fajitas, vegetable and cheese trays and cakes for the occasion. Staff photos by Lori Ford. LIBRARY EVENTS Tuesday, Dec. 30 No Preschool Storytime this week. Wednesday, Dec. 31 LIBRARY CLOSING AT 5 P.M. Thursday, Jan. 1 LIBRARY CLOSED. Call 911 for emergencies! Find These Legal Notices Inside This Issue. CITY OF NORWALK oMinutes of December 18, 2014 to Set Date for Hearing on Entering Into a General Obligation Loan Agreement City Ordinance 14-23 relating to the Southeast Service Area Benefited District City Ordinance 14-24 relating to the Southeast Service Area Benefited District WARREN COUNTY SHERIFF Seven Sheriff's Sales 4~