Pat Racette

01/13/2015 - 12:54pm
A gradual increase to livestock may be taking place in Butler agriculture. The county’s land value dropped by 11.46 percent in 2014, from $9,904 to $8,769 per acre. Butler Program Coordinator Nancy Jensen says the dry season allowed other regions to raise more corn and soybeans than typical, reducing prices for the crops, along with land value. “It’s a domino effect,...
12/24/2014 - 9:32am
Paul Schmadeke wasn’t going to get the family farm, so he had to choose a trade. With the help of his father, Fred, Schmadeke built a feed mill on 10 acres of land north of town. Since then, the 1930s Schmadeke Feed Mill elevator has become a landmark in town. The third-generation family operation has grinded, fertilized and...
12/19/2014 - 3:39pm
The search to share a superintendent took another step forward last Thursday. In the second work session with independent education management professional Dean Meier, Clarksville Board of Education set a tentative date of Monday, Jan. 5, to interview Tripoli, Nashua-Plainfield and North Butler. However, that was pending the school district...
12/19/2014 - 3:34pm
How do other countries celebrate Christmas? Clarksville 7-12th-graders spent Friday finding out. Sponsored by the Positive Behavior and Interventions and Supports Committee, students participated in the inaugural Christmas Around the World program. Taste-testing Yule log chocolate dessert, crafting poinsettias and making lefse were a few...
12/19/2014 - 12:20pm
Baby steps are being taken to continue the growth of the Rolling Prairie Trail. Butler Conservation and Nature Board have applied for grants to extend the trail another 6.9 miles to Bristow. A five-year plan has been placed to secure funds for the addition, as well as partner with Bristow and Dumont to pave trails in their city limits....
12/11/2014 - 12:55pm
Several residents called in Tuesday night’s fire in Clarksville. The garage at 521 South Mather St. had gone up in flames, lighting up town. Clarksville Fire responded within minutes to the 11:30 p.m. calls, saving Dave and Julie Ciavarellis’ house. Upon arrival, firefights concentrated on dousing the dwelling, as the garage...
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