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page A2 --- Sioux County Index-Reporter NEWS CALLING ALL WRITERS we're looking for freelance writers in Boyden and Rock Valley for occasional feature pieces. If you have the skills, call the Index-Reporter office at 439-1075 by Jeanne Visser Contributing Writer Good Humor Club "Crash helmet, Mr. President?" Nathan Van't Hul was disappoint- ed that he was going to miss the junior high dance at Boyden-Hull last Wednesday evening, Jan. 16. But the eighth grader had another appointment, one he couldn't miss. That Wednesday, he and his par- ents, Greg and Connie Nissen, left Hull and drove to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., so Nathan could begin five weeks of radiation treatment. Since Christmas, Nathan's world has been turned upside down and things like dances aren't so impor- tant anymore. On Christmas Eve, he was diagnosed with cancer. Connie has been diligently keep- ing a journal of all that has been happening in their family. She explained that it helps her remem- ber what all the different doctors have said and it has helped her keep a t/recline of events. The story in her journal begins during the first week of December when Nathan visited a doctor because his eyelid seemed swollen. He was treated for an eye infection and a week later for a sinus infec- tion. But antibiotics weren't helping and the swelling worsened. Nathan Vanit HuI was diagnosed with a rare form of muscle cancer at Christmas. His of the side effects of ~van|~ Bv Dec. 22, their doctor suggested room, Connie Nissen, said Nathan is in good spirits in spite "'-"~" ltqIeetJJIgs - a (fAT scan might provide a better chemotherapy 3i), wanise~ s Thursday morning at 6:30 a.m, at ] explana- remove the n ! ~ LityCenter. : ] t/on of the tumor and "I tli anischavterme Thursdaymomingat7a.m:atthe[ problem. INTERRUPTS A save the m 3 ] Connie is eye. F! ~.~ Kiwanis Cub leets~chWe~esdaymomingatT] thankful After four n ih at of The I~iwl that she hours of i didn t wait, s u r g e r y, but was which ' The Btyden Corrmau~ty Club is scheduled able to C o n n i e of each month at noon in; schedule we need to lean on Him throughdescribed as taking forever, the dec- lasts an hottr or less. .... the scan on the same day. this. He said our family should pull tor returned to say that he was sure meet Because Connie had undergoue together and support each other and he'd gotten 99 percent ofthetumor. , of each month at noon in ' ..... .... thePtzza Ranch, surgery only three days earlier and accept where God leads us." He also showed them new CAT ~ RoCk Valley couldn't travel, she was forced to "We all cried," Connie added, scans and they could see how the esday of eat ~ : t remain at home waiting for news, "And we were so proud of him."tumor had visibly grown in the days An hour later she answered the The next day they went back to since the previous scans. Connie Christian Women's Club [ phone and was told that Nathan Sioux Falls to visit more doctors, remembers the doctor stating that if RockValley C~stian Women meet the third Wednesday drench month. I needed to get to Sioux Falls because and learned that Nathan's cancer is they had waited one more week. the he had a mass behind his eye. called rhabdomyscarcoma, a rare cancer would have spread to ConeernedWomen of America I Two days later, on Christmas Eve, and highly malignant cancer that Nathan's brain. , their fears were confirmed. Doctors begins growing in muscle tissue"Not only did we sa~e his eve. we Concerned Women forAmerica meetthe last Thursday of each month. [ made a small incision in his right and is tbund predominately in chip saved his life." the doctor told the [:Mothers of pre-schoolers (MOPS)I eye to examine the mass which dren. The good news is that 96per- family. turned out to be a malignant tumor, cent of patients are cancer free after He also explained that the tumor [ MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meet on the second and fourth [ The Nissen thmily will never for- five years, had been pushing Nathan's eve out [ Wednesday of each month from9 to ll:30a.m., in the Trinity Christian [ get this past Christmas. On Doctorsin Sioux Falls told Nathan of the socket and with the "tumor 1 Reformed Claurch; Rock Valley. Call 476-9635 for more information. [ Christmas Eve, relatives gathered at evethat hebecauseWOUldot.likelYthe surt~e~ylse sightneededin his removed everythine ,~as rots- their house as they got the news . ~- alim~ed. Nathan would have some about Nathan. We all sat around to remove the tumor, recommend- vision problems for awhile, but crying," Connie remembered. "But ing a specialist at the Mayo Clinic over time everything would return then Nathan took my hand and told to perform the procedure, to normal. me it would be all right. He never The next day Nathan, Greg, The doctor was concerned about shed a tear." Connie, and ~ parents, Bob and With everyone's spirits so low, , , , some cancer still in the muscle at Cork Van t Hul~ drove to Rochester the bottom of his eye but hoped to Greg and Connie didn't want to do where they received some good get it with chemotherapy and red/a- much on Christmas day. But Nathan news. Their doctor is regarded as t/on treatments. insisted they attend the traditional the number one surgeon in the Nathan got his first chemotherapy Van't Hul gathering in Boyden, and world tbr this type of cancer and he treatment and was sent home. The then surprised everyone when he cut short his vacation to come back asked if he could lead devotions for and treat Nathan. "He family arrived back in Hull on Dec. was a won- 31, Nathan dealing with the sick- all the relatives, derful man and Nathan was his only ness and aftereffects of chemo. "He talked for a half hour," patient," said Connie. Connie remembered. "He reminded Even better was the news was that us that God is always with us, and this doctor was sure he could NATllAN -- see A3 [ a S Wednesday, January, 23 ok a! by Randy M. Cauthron Index-Reporter ttULL -- For the second time in three days, the Boyden-Hull Board of Education met Wednesday night in a special work session, for a pre- sentation by Steve Litts, retiring superintendent from the Hartley- Melvin-Sanborn School District who is serving as # consultant with a program dedicated to studying a district's financial health. While Boyden-Hull isn't in any immediate danger, there are some areas of concern specifically when looking at the areas of unspent bal- ance and allowable growth funding. Litts presentation gave the board quite a bit to consider. Boyden-Hull Superintendent Dennis Ohde characterized the ses- sion as a "positive meeting. There was a lot of discussion and it was good information for the board to hear" Looking at the bottom line num- bers. Ohde commented, "We're not spending lavishly, we're actually frugal But there is a cost of doing business in education Our expendi- tures are more than we are taking in and we've got to find some areas where we can adjust." Ohde suggested that the trend of spending the unspent balance as the district's cash balance descreases can't continue. Another major concern is the allowable growth funding the dis- trict receives and the tbrmula used to come up with the dollars. "If our numbers continue to be less and less in terms of students, and class projections are continuing to show a down turn, the state fund- ing will. be less. How do you con- District approves campus, backs During their regularly uled monthly session Monday night, the Hull School Board request from the student i cil for open campus for during the final school. Having had lems in the past, and eration of the rules by the board approved the Additionally, the approved a resolution port for HF 660, a 1 local option sales tax that, according to Ohde serve as property would give the district additional funding t/hue to do what you're Ohde asked rhetorically. The answer is obvious to the district's head "We begin looking at and improving our All schools are looking at of strategizing, programs sonnel, with the economy The superintendent ings at both schools within ing days where he hopes suggestions in what he frank and open discussions. "We're going to look thing," Ohde said. "We're ing about a one-year talking about a financial plan.'" Ohde is also hoping to input from the public the seines Boyden Club elects new BOYDEN-- The Boyden Run Damstra volunteered Community Club held its firstfur one year. meeting of the new year recently, Pastor Matthew at which time they elected a new elected to serve as vice governing board, for 2002 and president io Following the thid-year resigna- and Kim Ten Haken was t/on of the vice president in 2001, to fill the secretary's a new president was needed for Mary Jo Huls rotated the 2002 year -- a position that retary to treasurer for [ [ NATI0: AL [ /WORLD NEWS Pakdstan president believes bin Laden dead I 1SLAMABAD; P~istan (AP) - Pakistan's president said he believes Osama bin Laden is dead, ~e victim of kidn.ey failui;e during the U.S, White House spokesman Art Fleischer said Friday lot know whether bin Laden has died, but added,, h xould view that as an unwelcome event, some evidence that bin Laden sur' cam and caves, officials to elaborate: United States hopes prisoner interro- which he tape.: U S " g more I i military presence in their country and [ Saudi rulers believe the United and its forces have become a ~'ould prefer a less once the U.S. campaign in longer;have regular use War. Saudi rulers has been s ined by the United States that killed about the United States on Saudi-born m/l, L en: Most of the l9 suspected hijackers were Saudi t forces in Saudi Arabia Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Wintry Mix Mostly Cloudy Partly Cloudy Partly Cloudy 30/24 42/13 40/19 40/24 Sunday Monday Tu( Partly Cloudy Mostly Cloudy Wintry 35123 33/23 32/23 Inwood 29122 k~a ~ Roe pids ~ George 29/23 jl~ 29124 Rock Valley 31124 Hull 30124 Boyden 30/25 Sioux Center Orange City 31125 * 31125 ~ Low No~als ~ Precipitation for the week ....... Sunday 48 34 2716 0.02" Normal precipitation for the week Monday 39 27 27t6 0.00" Departure from normal for the week Tuesday 30 23 27/6 0.00" Wednesday 36 18 27/6 0.01" Average temperature last week .- ..... Thursday 34 16 27/6 0.00" Normal temperature Last week Friday 28 5 27/6 0.00" Departure from normal for the week Saturday 45 16 27t6 0.0(3" "* Precipitation includes snow It~ \A strong storm system will move through our region today. I ,'Nit a good chance of rain and snow. The weather conditions I "~'" "'?improve Thursday and Friday wtth decreasing cloudiness and L'-"---~ ditions expected. High pressure will slide through the this weekend, keeping the region under partly cloudy skies. Another storm move through the Central Plains early next week, bringing, rain and snow back picture. High temperatures will be in the 30s to the lower 40s. A powerful area of low pressure with an asssociated cold front will develop across ,i~1 ~ ~ ~ ~ M~nset V-~\---v~, ,,'the eastern United States the next couple of days. Widespread precipitation will fall Full / Wednesday 7:48 a.m. 5:23 p.m. 12:48 p.m. 2:33 a.m. ~:~i~~ near the main area of low pressure throughout the northeastern United States 1/28 ' ~, ~7..~+~,:=,=J . , . . \~_)/ Thursday 7:47 am. 5:25 p.m, 1:23 p.m. 3:40 a.m. ~S~T~e ~ Abundant moisture will be drawn ~n from the Gulf of Mexico by the trailing cold front. Friday 7:47 a.m. 5:26 p.m. 2:06 p.m.4:49 a.m. "'~,~ As a result, showers and a few thunderstorms will develop along the Gulf Coast. A Saturday 7:46 a.m 5:27 p.m.3:00 p.m.5:55 a.m. strong cold front will pound the Pacific Northwest to end this week. Sunday 7:45 a.m. 5:28 p.m. 4:05 Last 2/4 p,m. 6:57 a.m.. Monday 7:44 a.m. 5:30 p,m..5:18 p.m. 7:50 a.rn. Tuesday 7:43 a.m. 5:31 p.m. 6:37 p.m. 8:35 a.m. -- The northeastern United States will be the travel trouble spot across the nation. I~>._ .~[ 'One of the strongest area of low pressure this winter season will sweep in from All forecasts, data and !i?t'~ tL/--~~ the west the next few days Abundant rain freezing rain and sleet will occur from ~ provided by Accessw, [~" i ~.~,~~' the Midwest through the Ohio River Valley states. The preci itation will chart e ,C'~tl 2001. All rights reserved, ~" to snow in the northern Great Lakes states. 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