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i,l.,,,lll,l.ll,lOlh, Unl,a,,hllhl.,,,,ll,.,Ol,,.,I,,I,I, *****MIXED ADC 50 2 SMALLTOWNPAPERS INC 217 W COTA ST SHELTON, WA 98584-2263 12 PAGES NUMBER 44 VOLUME 122 S IO l UX COU N TY $!.00 NOVEMBER 2, 2016 WEDNESDAY NEWS BRIEFS Absentee voting WWWoncppub.com Absentte ballots are now available for those voters JeanneVisser I Writer Even though he's young, Hans- who plan to be absent for_ jvisser@premieronline.net mann is ready for the challenge of the election. A qualified running the business. "I'm very pas- voter may come to the The name is the same but the sionate about making this work:'he courthouse in Orange City owner is new. said. "C & K is still a one-stop auto- to personally cast a vote. On Oct. 1, Scott Hansmann be- motive repair shop. Anything and The Sioux County Auditor's came owner of C & K Repair in Hull, everything mechanical-related we office is open Monday- an automotive repair shop. can do, and that includes foreign Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Hansmann, 21, is the son of Paul cars too.We're as good as any repair and will be open Saturday, and Rhoda Hansmann of Boyden. shopand we standbehind ourwork. Nov. 5 from 8 a.m.-S p.m. He graduated from Boyden-Hull We offer competitive prices and I try for absentee voting. A in 2016 and from Northwest Iowa to make customer service a top pri- qualified voter may also Community College's automotive ority:' request an absentee ballot mechanics program. He recently Hansmann isn't the only mechan- in writing but it must be on moved to Hull and next June will ic at C & K Repair. Justin Mulder of an Iowa official absentee marry Courtney Jansma. Sheldon has worked at the business request form, available Hansmann purchased the busi- seven years and offers a lot of expe- at www.siouxcounty.org ness from Chris and Kara Van rience. under the auditor's page. Meeteren. Chris has taken a job with C & K also has a solid customer The deadline to request a Arnold Motor Supply. It was an easy base of people with classic cars ballot to be mailed is 5 p.m. transition for Hansmann because he and Hansmann plans to build on Friday, Nov. 4. Electors can has worked at C & K two years, that business. "Right now I have six also register to vote online "I've always liked automotive classic cars that I'm working on" he by going to the Secretary of mechanics; being able to work on said. "People come from all over to State's website https://sos, something and then have the satis- have them worked on.They find out iowa.gov/and clicking on faction of driving it;' he stated. "My aboutC& Kthrough word of mouth:' the Register to Vote button, dad taught me to take pride in how I He laughed when recalling an in- For questions, call the audi- take care of vehicles, structor at Northwest Iowa Commu- tor's office at 712-737-2216. "Chris taught me a lot at C & K. I nity College telling him he'd never started out changing oiland worked work on a carbureted vehicle on a my way up to bigger jobs. Toward job."But I like working on the older, ,Blood drives the end of college, we started talk- vintage cars. They're fun, full of char- Boyden-Hull High School ing about me buying the business acter and all different;' he said."Jus- is hosting a blood drive Fri- down the road. But then he got a job tin prefers working on modern, fuel- day, Nov. 4, from 8:30 a.m.- offer and it just happened sooner:' injection vehicles, so we're a good 1 p.m. at Boyden-Hull High team:' School, 723 First St. Demco Manufacturing is hosting a blood drive Thursday, Nov. a lO, from11 a.m..3:30p.m. Veterans Daybrings memories at Demco Manufactring, 4010 320th St., Boyden. The Hull community blood drive will beTuesday, Nov. 15, from 12-6 p.m. at the Hull Library, 1408 Main St. Schedule a blood dona- tion appointment online at lifeservebloodcenter.org or call 800-287-4903. Free community unity meal Carmel Reformed Church will host a free community unity meal Thursday, Nov. 10, from 6-7:30 p.m. at New Life Reformed Church in Sioux Center. Senior Buffet A weekly senior buffet is served at 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays in the com- munity building basement in Hull. Seniors 60 and over are invited. Meal cost is $5. .No food stamps or govern- ment assistance is available for the catered meal. To-go containers are available for those who cannot attend in person.The Nov. 9 menu will be scalloped potatoes and ham. Food Pantry Distribution The Hull Community Food Pantry Distribution dates for November and Decem- ber will be Nov. 9 and 23, and Dec. 14 and 28 from 5-7 p.m. Community ................... 2, 3 On the Record ................... 4 Faith and Family ................ 5 School .................................... 6 Classifieds ............................. 7 Sports ........................... ,. 8-12 IlUI!!UI!III!!I!I!I!IIIII Jeanne Visser I Writer _ivisser(~premieronline.net Scott Hansmann is the new owner of C & K Repair on Main Street in Hull. The Boyden native recently moved to Hull and is working to maintain the reputa- tion of C & K as a quality one-stop automotive repair shop. C & K recently became an Auto Value Center which allows Hans- mann to getthe best prices on parts from a variety of suppliers. He hopes to open the front of the store in the future to create a wait- ing area for customers in that space. Another new idea is an oil change the company's Facebook page. Hansmann is also looking forward to meeting more people in the area. "I want to invite people to stop in the shop and see what services we offer" he said. "And they can look for promotions on our Facebook page:' sail s ry of service and sacrifice for vietnam veteran When the U.S. Army drafted him in 1964, Wilmar Pollema didn't question the obligation or hesitate to serve. At age 21, the Hull resi- dent just wanted to get the job done. "Them were several guys around Hull who were drafted at the same time but the army didn't want us at boot camp for several months" explained Pollema, "but we wanted to get in, get the job done and then get on with our lives:' So seven local men, including Pollema, ap- proached a navy recruiter in Sioux Falls and were transferred into that branch of the mili- tary.The navy let all of them go in together. In April, Pollema left hisjob driving truck for Arnie Smit and joined his friends, Virg Vande Stouwe, Ed Van Maanen, Harris and Ladell Kaster, Terry Anderson and Ron Kuiper, at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Chicago for boot camp. Three months later, Pollema was on an air- plane headed for Japan. He and Van Maanen became "land sailors" at Atsugi Naval Air Station.The other five from Hull were assigned to ships. All seven returned to Hull after their service. Pollema spent 18 months at the air station as a member of the crash, fire/rescue squad on the base. His squadron of S0 to 75 sailors was known as Rtz's Raiders. They were trained as firemen and EMTs. Atsugi played an impressive role during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. It was probably the most active base during those years. It sup- ported all types of aircraft, from transportation planes to bombers and fighters. At one point there were over 250 aircraft at Atsugi. 'q'here was a lot of inbound flights out of Vietnam when I was there and a lot of flight training going on"explained Pollema."Aircraft carriers also came into port there and onto our base:' Disabled planes coming from Vietnam would limp into the base. "Sometimes it went alright and sometimes it didn't" said Pollema. "Planes crashed at the base and sometimes outside of the base. Our job was to put out fires and rescue people. Usually pilots ejected from the planes before they crashed, but not all the time:' His crew also had to retrieve parts of planes that crashed in the jungle surrounding the base. But most of the time, if a pilot knew his plane would crash, he put it in the ocean. Pollema recalled another incident, in 1964, when a U.S. Marine Corps F8U-2 Crusader based at the airfield crashed nearby.The pilots ejected and were not seriously injured, but the plane crashed in a residential neighborhood and killed four, injured 32 and destroyed seven houses. He also recalled the constant noise on the base."That place had everything -- big bun- Wilmar Pollema, Hull, at 21 years of age, after he completed navy boot camp. He spent two years in the navy, 1964-1966, during the Viet- nam Conflict but never on a ship -- he was a "land sailor." kers and warehouses full of ordnance and chemicals'he said."Stuffwas constantly being loaded in and out, including Agent Orange, in addition to the fighters and bombers. And pi- lots used the nighttime for training:' Pollema's squadron worked 24-hour shifts. They stayed out by the runways during a shift, in case of an accident. But accidents weren't that common. "We played a lot of cards" laughed Pollema. Even though he was away from home, Pol- lema said he enjoyed his time in Japan."It was something I had to do, so I put my mind to it and got it done:' In March 1966 he returned to the United States. But before his plane landed in San Francisco, he was told to change out of his navy uniform. "We were told that there were a'bunch of idiots'at the airport who wouldn't like us much if they saw our uniforms"Pollema recalled. "So we put on our civilian clothes and walked right past the protestors:' Back in Hull, he was hired as a driver for Ed Scholten and spent 25 years as a volunteer with the Hull Fire Department. He and his wife, Betty, had three sons. Two of them, Waylon and Bruce, also enlisted in the navy. Bruce died in an accident in 2004 while serving. Pollema is a member of the Hull Legion Wig- man Post #380 and RockValley VFW. He felt it was a duty to join the organizations. On Veterans Day he thinks of the people who gave their livesto serve our country, including his son, Bruce. As a veteran he has compassion for what others have given for this nation. These days Pollema is fighting another battle.The 73-year-old has multiple myeloma, a form of bone marrow cancer. "It's incurable but very treatable" he stated. "Right now l'm tired and I do a lot of sleeping:' Still, he views fighting cancer with the same attitude that has carried him through life."It's a job to do, so get it done:' Hull council makes dog parkdecision Jeanne Visser I Writer jvisser@premieronline.net A number of Hull residents opposed to a dog park in the town's Eastside Park once again appeared at the city coun- cil's Monday, Oct. 24, meeting. Jennie Pluim continued her role as spokesperson for the group, reminding the council of why they were against a dog park in Eastside Park. The council listened, and voted 4-0 not to use that loca- tion for a dog park. However, the council stated it would consider future development plans as options, leaving the door open for a dog park in another location. "We said no to a dog park in Eastside Park but we will certainly consider creating one down the road, especially as we pre-plan new developments and parks for the city" explained city manager Aaron Kooiker. The council also approved the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System amended and restated commitment agree- ment amendment, allowing the water system to use a reserve fund for maintenance prior to completion of con- struction. The council also asked Kooiker to emphasize getting the Lewis and Clark water to Hull as soon as pos- sible. The vote was 3-1. "As far as I know, 19 of the 20 towns involved with Lewis and Clark have approved the amendment so I think it will be passed" explained Kooiker. "This amendment allows Lewis and Clark to utilize water sale dollars to fix the infra- structure that is being used now:' A representative from the RIDES organization made a presentation to the council. RIDES is a private, non-profit organization established to provide reliable and efficient transportation services tO the general public. It is available in nine counties in northwest Iowa, including Sioux Coun- ty, and offers curb-to-curb service for riders in this area. The city has been invited to partner with the organiza- tion and the council agreed to look into the idea. Now that the Locust Street repaving project is finished, the city is looking at final bills of the development and de- ciding on street assessments and interest rates for property owners adjacent to the improvement. In the past, property owners who didn't pay the full assessment up front could pay over 10 years through the county assessor's office, but the interest rate for that service was 9 percent. "The council is looking at what would be a fair inter- est rate as far as the city is concerned" said Kooiker. "We encourage our residents to use local banks to pay for the assessment and we hope we can work with the banks to -come up with a special interest rate for this project:' !