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Thanksgiving Dinner at Our House

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by La Porte City Elementary School first grade students

Mrs. Petersen’s Class

We will have a turkey, some good mashed potatoes, and ice cream. We will have soda to drink. To fix the turkey, I will put it in the oven at 6 degrees for 30 seconds. I will microwave the potatoes. My grandma will come for Thanksgiving dinner. Evan Abrahamson

We will have turkey, mashed potatoes, cake, water, and Sprite. My mom, Gavin, and I will have Thanksgiving dinner at Chris and Carol’s house so I don’t know how to fix the dinner. My cousins Jordan, Ben and Blake will come too. Kylee Allen

On Thanksgiving we will eat turkey, mashed potatoes, ice cream, and lemonade. My whole family is going to do the cooking. Then we will all do the eating! Emily Anton

For Thanksgiving dinner, we will have turkey, steak, mashed potatoes, chili, chocolate ice cream and water. Papa will turn the turkey over the stove on a handle for a long time. It will be done by 7:00. Heather, Joe, Sarah, Heath, Annabelle, Ethan, Mommy, Daddy, Gavin, Thad, and I will be eating together. Ellie Burns

We will have chicken, vegetables, pizza, pork, sandwiches, pudding, chips, ranch dressing, and white milk. I will put the chicken in a pan. We will just eat vegetables. We will get the pizza from Casey’s. We will put BBQ sauce on the pork. We will put mustard and ketchup and pepperoni on the pizza. We will put pudding in the oven to cook. I will get chips and ranch from the cabinet. Then we will eat with Mom, Shanayia, LaToya, Addison, Mari, Aaliyah, Dand, Ms. Anna, Papa, Grandma, Alice, Kate, and Theresa.  Alivia Byrd

On Thanksgiving we are going to eat mashed potatoes, peas, spicy pickles, steak, pie, milk and Kool-Aid. My mom and dad will do all the cooking. My family will eat together with my cousin.   Molly Dulin

We will eat ham, steak, potatoes, cherry pie, and milk for Thanksgiving dinner. We will cook the ham and steak on the stove. My grandma and grandpa will come to eat with Mom, Dad, Austin, Maddie, Lauren, and me.  Brandon Frush

On Thanksgiving we will eat turkey, pizza, ice cream, cake, water, and chocolate milk. We will get the pizza from Pizza Hut. Grandpa and Grandma will make the turkey. My grandpa, my aunt, and my cousins will come to eat with me.  Morgan Good

For Thanksgiving dinner we will have turkey, mashed potatoes, strawberry daiquiris, and lemonade. We will put the turkey in the oven at 30 degrees for an hour. We will put the potatoes in the oven for 20 minutes. Laney, Uncle Randy, Grandpa, Grandma, Aunt Beverly, Amanda, Ryan, Allison, and Brandon will eat with our family.  Jillian Hanson

We are going to have ham, cherry pie, potatoes, some juice, and water for Thanksgiving dinner. My mom will cook the ham. We will buy a cherry pie. Ty and Lily will come for Thanksgiving dinner at my house.  Henry Hegdahl

On Thanksgiving we will have turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, cookies, and water. We will put the turkey in the oven at 50 degrees for 30 minutes. We will put the potatoes in the oven with the turkey. My mom will bake the cookies. We will eat with Grandpa and Grandma and Ty, Lily, Henry, and Haylee.  Ben Rosauer

We will have turkey, raspberry pie, mashed potatoes, and milk for Thanksgiving dinner. We will cut the potatoes and put them in the microwave. We will put the turkey in the oven. We will buy a raspberry pie. Grandma and my cousins will come to eat with my family. Lily Schmitz

For Thanksgiving dinner we will have turkey, mashed potatoes, strawberries, grapes, dinner rolls, ice cream with chocolate syrup, Kool-Aid, and water. I will help my grandma and my dad cut up the strawberries. I will help cut up the grapes. I will help serve the drinks. My aunt Amber, my uncle Jay, my aunt Dawn, Brookie, my brothers, my mom and dad, and I will eat at my grandma’s house because she has more tables. Sanibel Schmitz

We will have turkey, potatoes, green beans, chocolate cake, and pop for Thanksgiving dinner. I don’t know how my dad makes the turkey but it is delicious! We will eat with my grandpa and my grandma and my friend Andrew. Grant Severtsgaard

On Thanksgiving we will have turkey, rolls, corn, and applesauce. My grandma makes the turkey in her oven. My uncle Josh, my cousin Wesley, my sister, my mom, my dad, and I will eat at Grandma’s house with her and Grandpa if he doesn’t have to leave to drive his semi. Nicholas Tharp

Mrs. Stoakes’ Class

For Thanksgiving we will have turkey, popsicles, cupcakes, and milk. My grandma fixes the meal by killing a turkey, cooking it at her house in the stove at 62 degrees for 2 minutes. We have our meal at my grandma’s house and all my aunts, uncle Rich, my cousin Cole, and my family go over to eat.  Jonathon Borton

We will have mashed potatoes, turkey, stuffing, ham, milk, and juice for Thanksgiving dinner. My mom cooks the food in the oven and pours the milk and juice into cups. My Grandpa, Grandma, brother that’s in college, and some of my friends will come to dinner.  Andrew Bronner

On Thanksgiving we will have turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, and apple cider. We will go eat at a restaurant and a chef will cook the meal in an oven. Grandma, Aunt Darcy, Uncle Dan, Papa, my mom and me will all go.  Callie Cain

On Thanksgiving we will have turkey, chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, apple pie, ice cream, and water. My mom grandma will fix the meal by using the oven and stove. We eat at my house and my cousins, aunts and uncles, and grandparents will come over.  Maddux DeWinter

For Thanksgiving dinner we will have turkey, salad, chips, and milk. My mom fixes the meal by putting the turkey in the oven for 30 minutes. She will cut the turkey and put it on a plate. My cousins and my Grandma and Grandpa will come over to my house to eat.  Lauren Frush

We will have turkey, hot dogs, chips, popsicles, ice cream, green beans, mashed potatoes, and apple juice for Thanksgiving dinner. My mom fixes the meal with pans on the stove. She will turn on the button and put it in the oven for 5 minutes. My grandma, dad, mom, and sisters will eat with me at my house. Kacy Grekoff

On Thanksgiving we will have turkey, corn, ham, candy, and cider. My mom and dad each have a part to do. My mom will do the ham or the vegetables by cooking them in the crockpot. My dad will fix the turkey. We stay home for Thanksgiving and my grandparents, Aunt Melissa, Uncle Jesse, and Aunt Rachel come over to eat.  Lorelei Hinebaugh

For Thanksgiving we will have chicken, stuffing, apples, pears, orange juice and milk. I will help fix the meal by mixing and pouring the stuffing. My dad fixes the chicken by cooking it in the oven at 20 degrees for 12 minutes. We eat at my grandma’s house with my great grandma, great great grandma, my dad, my grandpas, Riley, Jesse, and Tara.  Nathan Kafer

We will have ham, turkey, meatloaf, oranges, and chocolate milk for Thanksgiving dinner. My mom and I will fix the meal by putting it in the oven at 60 degrees for 1 hour. Grandma, Grandpa, my Aunt, and my cousins come over to eat.
Alivia Keegan

For Thanksgiving dinner we will have turkey, cookies, apple pie, pumpkin pie, and kid’s wine. My grandma fixes the meal by cooking it in the stove for 2 minutes. My mom, brother, dad, sisters, grandma, grandpa, Uncle Paul, and Aunt Celina will all eat at my grandma’s house.  Lila Laws

For Thanksgiving dinner we will have turkey, hot dogs, adults will have chicken, bread, and pop. Brian and Renee will fix the meal by unwrapping it, putting in the oven, wait, take it out, and then put it in a pot. I will go to my Aunt and Uncle’s house for Thanksgiving.  Illian Oberhauser

We will have turkey, bread, stuffing, salad, and Sprite in wine glasses for Thanksgiving dinner. The adults will have wine. My Grandma and Grandpa fix the meal by using the oven. They put the turkey in the oven at 100 degrees for 10 minutes. We eat at my grandparent’s house with my uncles, mom, dad, sister, and brother. Addison Pospisil

On Thanksgiving we will have turkey, macaroni and cheese, cucumbers, and pop. I’m going to heat the mac and cheese up in the microwave and heat the turkey up in the oven at 20 degrees for 13 minutes. I will eat at my Grandma’s house with my mom, dad, Chelsea, Andrew, Aunt, Uncle, and dog JD.   Hali Scott

We will have turkey, steak, and pop for Thanksgiving. My mom and dad will fix the turkey and steak on the stove. We will eat at my kitchen table.   Keagen Sheffet

For Thanksgiving we will have chicken, mashed potatoes, corn, apple pie, and milk. I will cook the chicken on the stove for 1 minute. My grandparents, aunt, uncle, and best friends will eat dinner in my kitchen.  Sawyer Spence

On Thanksgiving we will have steak, chicken, meat, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, ice cream, and soda. My mom will heat the meat up in the oven at 62 degrees for 1 hour and 2 minutes. We will go to my friend’s house in Traer to eat our meal. My mom and her boyfriend, Grandpa and Grandma will all be there.  Kamryn Steen

Mrs. Jesse’s Class

On Thanksgiving we will eat grapes, pears, salad, and turkey. The turkey is medium sized. We will cook it for 30 minutes. The temperature will be 20. I will have K’lee, Hunter, Maddie, Mom, Dad, Stratton, Monica, Ethan and Cameron at my dinner.  Brock Bergmeier

On Thanksgiving we will eat potato salad, chicken, carrots and brownies and pudding. I am not sure how long we need to cook the chicken. It will probably take a long time. We might be going to my grandma’s. My grandma, grandpa, my aunt, and my uncle will be there. My cousins too.  Monica Beaman

On Thanksgiving we will eating pizza, turkey, mashed potatoes and cake for dessert. We will cook the turkey for 5 minutes. We will be at grandma’s. My cousins, aunt, uncle, grandma and grandpa and my family will be there.  Hunter Brustkern

On Thanksgiving we will be eating chicken, cupcakes, corn, rolls, and juice to drink. The chicken will cook about 5 cooks. Casey, Mom, Dad, my sissy, my aunt, and Ethan will be there. We will play games after we eat.  Aaliyah Byrd

On Thanksgiving we will have turkey and potatoes. We are going to cook the turkey in the oven for 4 minutes and at green temperature. We will have Ella, Aaliyah, K’lee, Maddie, Grandma and Grandpa.  Mya Ellsworth

On Thanksgiving we will have some turkey, and some dessert. I think we will have brownies. We will thaw the turkey out and put it in the oven. We will cook it for 12 minutes at “hot”. I will be at Grandma’s house doing this. I will go with my mom and dad.  Katherine Fontanini

On Thanksgiving we will have turkey, sandwiches, fruit, vegetables and hot dogs. We will cook the turkey in the oven for 4 hours and will be at 2 degrees. We will be at Grandma’s. My cousins, mom, dad and family, and Grandma and Grandpa will be there.  Ella Grote

On Thanksgiving Day we will have turkey and pizza. We will cook the turkey in a stove. It will cook for 12 minutes. The temperature will be 8 degrees. We will be at my house. My cousins and my grandpa and grandma will be there.  Hannah Holman

On Thanksgiving we will have turkey, vegetables, fruit and cake for dessert. The turkey will need to cook for 20 minutes at 80 degrees. We will be at my house. Grandma and Grandpa will be there along with my mom and dad.  K’lee Miller

On Thanksgiving we will have turkey and potatoes. The turkey will weigh 20 pounds. It will need to cook for 30 minutes at “hot” for the temperature. We will be at grandma’s. Justin, Jackson, Sheila, Troy, Dave, Carlie and Katie, Grandma and Grandpa and my family will be there. After eating I will play with my cousins.  Cameron Mullen

On Thanksgiving we will have chicken, mashed potatoes, some corn and ice cream. We will have chocolate milk. Our turkey will weigh 10 pounds. We will cook it for an hour. Mya, Katherine, Mom, Dad and Kellen will be at our dinner. Sierra Page

On Thanksgiving we will have turkey, corn, sweet potatoes, cottage cheese and ice cream for dessert. We will have a 30 pound turkey. It will cook for 4 hours at 5 degrees. We will be at grandma’s house. My uncle, mom, dad, aunts, cousins and me and my brothers will be there.  Madison Rubino

On Thanksgiving we will have chicken, cottage cheese, macaroni and cheese, and breakfast pizza. Our chicken will be medium sized. We will have to cook it an hour. My grandma and grandpa, my aunts and uncles, and my family will be there.  Kellen Satterlee

On Thanksgiving we will have turkey and I don’t know what else. The turkey will weigh 10 pounds. It will cook for an hour or so. We will be at my grandma and grandpa’s house. My cousins, my aunt, my uncle and my family will be there. I will play with my cousins after we eat. Ethan Winnike

On Thanksgiving we will definitely have turkey. We will also have mashed potatoes, gravy and ice cream for dessert. The turkey weighs probably 3 pounds. It will cook for 10 minutes. We will be at my house. Grandma, Grandpa, my other Grandma and Grandpa, Aunt Brook, Uncle Steve, Kysa and Huck will come.  Stratton Wood

Meditations – November 26, 2014

By Pastor Doug Rokke   American Lutheran Church, La Porte City

Giving Thanks: Every Day!

“And be thankful” ~ Colossians 3:15b NRSV

“And be thankful.” This is one of the instructions that Paul gave to the church in Colossae. Before this he told them to clothe themselves with virtues such as compassion, kindness and humility, but then he told them to be thankful. He mentions this again in a couple other ways in the verses that follow, as well as in other letters he wrote. It seems that for Paul, giving thanks and being thankful is an important matter for those who follow Christ.
This week we celebrate the Day of Thanksgiving. It is one of my favorite holidays because it hasn’t become as commercialized as Christmas or some of the other holidays. I also like the fact that for a day we stop from our work and from our busy lives with the main purpose of giving thanks. Hopefully people will take time to look at their lives and see the many blessings they have to be thankful for. Along with this I hope we will all take time to offer up a prayer of thanksgiving for all those blessings we remember.
Finally, I hope that the Day of Thanksgiving will be a reminder of the value of giving thanks every day. Because giving thanks isn’t only for Thanksgiving Day, really it is something that is important to do every day. For in giving thanks we see the goodness of life and all the many blessings God sends in good times and in difficult times. Perhaps this is what Paul came to realize as he says, “and be thankful.” If that’s the case, then that he isn’t just talking about giving thanks at a particular time or for a particular thing, but that being thankful is something to do in all times and places.
So here’s wishing all of you a very good and blessed Thanksgiving Day. I hope you get to enjoy it with family or friends. And I hope you have a long list of things for which you are thankful. But finally may it not end with Thanksgiving Day, but may it move you give thanks every day. Or in Paul’s words may it lead you to simply “be thankful,” in all you do.

Freckles’ Adopt-a-Pet – November 26, 2014

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Harper_webMy name is Harper and I am an large adult male Domestic Short Hair cat. I am 18 months old and neutered. I am such a handsome boy! I do well with the other cats in the cat room with me and I think I could adjust to being in the home with a dog! Stop out and meet me today! My adoption fee is $80.

For more information about adopting a pet, contact:

Cedar Bend Humane Society, 1166 W. Airline Highway • Waterloo, Iowa 319-232-6887

cbhsadoption@mchsi.com

www.cedarbendhumanesociety.com

 

Senior Spotlights – Austin Kiler

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Parents’ Name: Randy and Karla Kiler

Hometown: La Porte City
Birthday: October 8, 1996
My favorite color: Blue
My favorite TV shows: The Blacklist and Friends
My favorite movie: Bull Durham
My favorite class: Spanish
My favorite restaurant: Applebees
Hobbies/Activities: Sports, piano and being with friends
What is your favorite memory from high school? Always being with friends creating memories
My biggest pet peeve is: People who don’t work as hard as they can.
Who are the most influential people in your life? My family
What will you miss most about high school? Playing sports
Where do you see yourself in 20 years? Playing for the New York Yankees
What is the best thing about being a senior? Late in
What are your post-high school plans? Attend a four year college
Your best advice to underclassmen? Life is too short to be serious all the time.

Senior Spotlights – Nick Tovar

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Nick Tovar

Parents’ Name: Libby Tovar
Hometown: Washburn
Birthday: October 6, 1996
My favorite color: Green
My favorite TV show: South Park
My favorite restaurant: Panda Express
My favorite class: American Government
Hobbies/Activities: Gun shooting, jogging, video games, archery and watching movies
What is your favorite memory from high school? Wigg and Rieks classes
My biggest pet peeve is: Slow walkers
Who are the most influential people in your life? Mr. Wigg and Mr. Rieks
What will you miss most about high school? Mr. Wigg and Mr. Rieks classes
Where do you see yourself in 20 years? Being a cop
What is the best thing about being a senior? The benefits
What are your post-high school plans? College and then the Marine Corps
Your best advice to underclassmen? Don’t walk too slow.