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Former LPC Mayor Featured in “Eight Over Eighty”

At a ceremony held at the Park Place Event Centre in Cedar Falls on June 23, eight octogenarians were honored for their lifetime achievements in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier’s “Eight Over Eighty” feature.
Among them was Sonja Johannsen who served as Mayor Mayor of La Porte City from 1970-76, the first female in the city’s history to hold the office. After serving as Mayor, Johannsen then served multiple terms as a member of the Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors.
Nominations made on behalf of Johannsen referenced her work as a member of the Black Hawk County Solid Waste Management Commission’s Advisory Board, helping initiate a recycling program for La Porte City residents in 1972, and her efforts to help organize La Porte City Council on Aging, for the purpose of offering a senior citizen nutrition program. These are just a few examples of her tireless efforts to help improve the community.
While Johannsen now lives in Waterloo and currently serves as the President of the Black Hawk County Republican Women.


The early morning storm on June 14 that brought down area trees and power lines did not spare the Union Community Schools’ bus barn in La Porte City, as the exposed ends of more than one bus sustained damage from falling tree limbs. The bus garage was constructed years before the larger (and longer) school buses that have become the norm today were added to the district’s fleet. Photo courtesy of Union Transportation Director Michael Stanford.

LPC Lions: Thanks for Another Great Festival of Trails

 By Shawn Mehlert

The 2016 Festival of Trails is in the books. The La Porte City Lions Club would first like to thank Mother Nature for providing a rain free event for the first time in many years! We would also like to thank the community for supporting this fundraising event. Your dollars that are spent during this weekend do not only help just the Lions Club, but the many of the other local organizations/causes that are putting on events during the weekend.
A huge shout out goes to all of the Lions Club volunteers as well as the non-Lions Club members that put so much work into this Festival. Many calls are made, hours are spent in meetings and thoughts and ideas are put into motion starting as soon as the Festival ends.
Event sponsors outdid themselves this year. The financial support that was received helps offset many costs that continue to grow year in and year out. Be sure to continue to support area businesses listed in the thank you ad in this issue of The Progress Review! They are what help our community sustain itself.
Save the dates – June 15, 16 & 17 of 2017 for next year’s Festival. As we begin preparing for next year, we’re always looking for ideas, input and organizers for new events to host during the Festival of Trails. If you would like to get involved, contact us through Facebook, the, or call Shawn at 319-342-3121.

2016 Acreage Reporting Deadlines

  Black Hawk County producers are reminded to file a crop certification report by the applicable deadline, in order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements. Dates are as follows:
July 15, 2016 – All crops other than Perennial Forage, Fall-Seeded Small Grains and December 15, 2016 – Crop year 2017 Perennial Forage, Fall-Seeded Small Grains.
The following exceptions apply to the above acreage reporting dates:
If the crop has not been planted by the above acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 15 calendar days after planting is completed.
If a producer acquires additional acreage after the above acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 30 calendars days after purchase or acquiring the lease. Appropriate documentation, such as a dead or a lease, must be provided.
If a perennial forage crop is reported with the intended use of “cover only,” “green manure,” “left standing,” or “seed,” then the acreage must be reported by July 15th.
For questions regarding crop certification and crop loss reports, please contact the Black Hawk County FSA office at (319)296-3185.

Vacation Bible School: Take a Trip to Norway!

  La Porte City Community Vacation Bible School, a joint effort between American Lutheran Church, Heartland Community Church, and Sacred Heart, is set for July 17-21, 2016. It will kick off with a family meal from 5:00-5:50 PM and the fun continues until 8 PM Sunday-Thursday.
This year’s host church is Sacred Heart. The week of fun and education is set up for 3 year olds through 4th graders. Fifth graders through adults are encouraged to help guide kids through the week’s activities. Kids are invited to experience the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of a unique culture at Expedition Norway VBS, where kids discover how much God loves the world. Expedition Norway is a whole new environment filled with incredible Bible-learning adventures, cultural experiences, team-building games, unique treats, and cool faith-building songs—all amazing standout activities that help faith grow in real life. (Since everything is hands-on, kids might get a little messy. Be sure to send them in play clothes and safe shoes.) Plus, kids discover how to see evidence of God in everyday life.
Registration forms are available at any of the three churches, no need for any specific church affiliation. Registration forms can also be found on our Facebook page: LPC Community VBS. Don’t delay registering your child(ren) as it aids in planning for materials/snacks. Register before July 6th a receive a T-shirt for each participant, included in the cost ($8 per child with a maximum or $20 per family). Registration questions may be directed to Jen Bistline at (319) 239-4981 or Jenny Richardson (319) 432-4232.


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