Erin Sommers Graphic-Advocate Editor

08/15/2017 - 2:48pm
Calhoun County students were more likely to have tried alcohol than students statewide, the latest Iowa Youth Survey says. In Calhoun County, 63 percent of the sixth-, eighth- and 11th grade students who responded to the survey last spring said they had never tried alcohol, compared with 71 percent of students surveyed statewide. But overall, the survey shows, the number of teens using alcohol,...
08/15/2017 - 2:42pm
Reading and sitting at the lake go hand in hand, Shawn Russell says. The Fort Dodge kindergarten teacher loves to visit the lake, and she likes to read, but the reading materials she often has at hand are teaching resource books. Earlier this year, she was browsing Pinterest, a craft and décor inspirational website, when she came across...
08/15/2017 - 2:41pm
Rachel Hemer said she found herself falling into a rut when answering her students’ questions about what career they could pursue if they studied English in college. Hemer, who has been teaching for more than a dozen years, said she would enthusiastically encourage them to consider becoming an English teacher. After all, it was a job she...
08/15/2017 - 2:39pm
Many of the children attending a Kids in the Kitchen program in Rockwell City Aug. 3 had some cooking experience already – everything from baking cookies to making pizza. But the Iowa State University Extension program taught them a few new things, including recipes they said they would make again. “We bananas with yogurt (and...
08/15/2017 - 2:38pm
When Janis Miller lost her job around Christmas of last year, she decided it was time to take a risk with a business she’d been dabbling in for two decades. It was a big step, but one that has paid off. “It is going phenomenally,” she said of expanding J&J Candles from a hobby business to a full-time job. Miller, who lives...
08/15/2017 - 2:37pm
Curtis Vanderheiden has been pleasantly surprised by the parks in Calhoun County. “Calhoun County has kind of a hidden gem with all this stuff,” said Vanderheiden, who was hired earlier this summer to be the county’s new conservation director. “I want to get the county’s name out there and show what we have.” A...
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