Category Archives: Other Milestones

Award of Excellence Presented to Hager Insurance Agency

Hager Insurance Agency, Inc. of La Porte City was recently presented with an Award of Excellence from Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company of Grinnell, Iowa. This award recognizes twenty years of outstanding achievement in the insurance profession and superior performance for Grinnell Mutual.
This year, Hager Insurance Agency also received a letter from Governor Brandstad congratulating the agency on 25 years of business in Iowa.

75 Years of Service: Dean Mullen, Greg Slick Retire

Dean Mullen and Greg Slick will celebrate their retirement from John Deere at a joint reception held in their honor from 4-8 PM on Friday, August 28 at UAW Local 838, 2615 Washington Street in Waterloo. The pair have amassed a combined 75 years of service to the company; Greg with 40 years, Dean with 35. The public is invited to come and celebrate the occasion with Dean, Greg and their families.
Please, no gifts.

Maxwell Awarded Legion Foundation Scholarship

Two area veterans were recently awarded $1,000 scholarships from the American Legion Foundation of Iowa to attend Hawkeye Community College.
Frederick Maxwell of La Porte City and Alexander Mahoney of Oelwein each received a scholarship from the foundation, which was founded in 1978 and provides financial assistance to promote Americanism, youth programs, veterans’ rehabilitation, and community service. The foundation has a $2 million endowment dedicated to supporting programs for veterans’ assistance, education, and patriotic endeavors.
Maxwell served in the U.S. Air Force from 1981-2004, participating in the Gulf War from 1992-1994. He plans to complete the Liberal Arts Transfer program at Hawkeye, then transfer to Iowa State University for a degree in aeronautical engineering. Mahoney served in the U.S. Army for six years, spending 13 months deployed in Afghanistan. He is in the Police Science program at Hawkeye and upon completion plans to transfer to the University of Northern Iowa.
A scholarship presentation was held on Main Campus August 7 with Bob Wenger, District III representative of the American Legion of Iowa Foundation and longtime supporter of the Legion. Also present for the presentation were Dr. Linda Allen, college president; Holly Johnson, executive director of the Hawkeye Foundation; Robin Knight, Hawkeye military and veterans services coordinator; and Jenny Hoover, Hawkeye Foundation scholarship coordinator.
This scholarship is one of dozens Hawkeye students can apply for with a single application through the Hawkeye Foundation. For more information about available scholarships and how to make tax-deductible donations through the Hawkeye Foundation, call 319-296-4002.

La Porte City High School Alumni Enjoy Reunion

By Marlene Brecher
The Classes of 1956 and 1957 hosted the 13th bi-annual alumni reunion and banquet at the La Porte City Golf Club on August 8, 2015 with a social hour preceding the dinner. There were 153 members and spouses attending from the classes of 1936 through 1959. Jack Arnett opened the dinner with prayer. The evening was spent in conversation and renewing old friendships.
Maxine Benda was awarded a prize for being the oldest, and Kay Kober, also from the class of 1936 attended. Class members from nine different states were present. Dick and Margaret Brust from Oregon were awarded a prize for traveling the farthest. Marie Larson, La Porte City High School music teacher, joined her former students to reminisce about the days during her teaching career from 1949 to 1952.
Katherine Ollendieck introduced a group of students who, by volunteering their time to serve at the reunion banquet, earned silver cord hours as part of their Union High School experience. They did an outstanding job of serving meals and cleaning up afterward. The delicious food consisting of steak or chicken, potatoes, vegetables, rolls and dessert was prepared by the La Porte City Bakery.
Katherine also spoke briefly about the Union Community School Foundation, whose mission is to support the school district’s vision: “Education to meet tomorrow’s challenges.” The Foundation works to accomplish this mission by providing financial support to enhance and enrich the experiences of students for generations to come. The Foundation also affords donors an opportunity to leave a lasting legacy, and involves the community in assuring quality programs, services and facilities for the leaders and workers of tomorrow. Anyone interested in making a gift to the Foundation is encouraged to contact Superintendent Neil Mullen at the high school.
Kenneth Benda closed the reunion with words of thanks to those who attended and all who helped make the alumni reunion an enjoyable event. At the conclusion of the reunion, it began to rain and the students helped by holding umbrellas and escorting the alumni and guests to their cars.
The next alumni reunion will be held on August 5, 2017, hosted by the Classes of 1958 and 1959.

Golf Club Hosts Class of 1970 Reunion


Earlier this month, the La Porte City High School Class of 1970 enjoyed a reunion at the La Porte City Golf Club, where entertainment provided by Casey Tecklenburg and Lindsey Powell recalled the top tunes from 1970.
Mary Lou Taylor Hamlin, a special guest and foreign exchange student from England, thanked the class, recalling the warm welcome she received by the Oleen Arenholz family, where she stayed during her time in La Porte City, allowing her to build so many wonderful memories with the class and community some 45 years ago.
The reunion committee, consisting of Bob Kahler, Ann Glime and Jeff Tecklenburg also organized a social evening for the class at the FFA Historical and Ag Museum.