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Community 2 I Sioux County Index-Reporter December 31, 2014 Kooiker Buntsma vying for state position Kooiker/Buntsma from Page 1 Convention officers were determined and then nomina- tions were taken," Buntsma said. He spoke briefly to those in attendance and had a question-and-answer session. Kooiker decided to run for the position after Dwayne Alons' funeral. Alons had previously held the State Representative position in District 4. Kooiker, a friend of Alons, said a speaker at the funeral, "Joel Fry (a young leg- islature partner of Dwayne's), reflected on I Peter 5, which talks about the qualifications of a leader, a Christian lead- er. I just felt God speaking to me, 'John, maybe you need to take up the mantle where Dwayne left off.'" Kooiker discussed it with his wife, Sherry, who was open to the idea. Sherry mentioned it to Clarice Alons, Dwayne's wife. Clarice thought it was a wonderful idea, too. So, Kooiker contacted Mark Lundberg, the Sioux County Republican chairperson, and got the ball rolling. Buntsma mentioned that several people asked him to run for the position. "1 have a long-time interest in serving the community and have had some wonderful opportunities to do that," he explained. He has never held an elective public office before, but has served on supportive bodies. Kooiker, on the other hand, has served as a commis- sioner for Sioux County Soil and Water Conservation and is currently serving on the same board, the Sioux County Soil and Conservation district board. Kooiker said a lot of making the choice to run had to do with his prior relationship with Alons. The men had farmed near each other southwest of Boyden, worked together in Gideons, Kiwanis and American Legion. He'd had many conversa- tions with Alons about the work at the capital, but also about family and life in general. "He was of the same mind-set as me on a social and fiscal (level) and other issues. I know that just from hav- ing a real close relationship with him," Kooiker said. "We had weekly Bible studies and prayer meetings. And when you hear people discussing God's word, you pretty much know what makes them tick," He explained. Buntsma, who lives in Orange City, said he would work for whatever issues are near and dear to the residents of Sioux County. Some other issues he wants to work on, "include improving education, developing a process for improving infrastructure, and I'd like to see better imple- mentation of the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act," Buntsma said. Iowa is no longer a national leader when it comes to education. That has declined over the years and he wants to see it improved again. Buntsma spent much of his childhood in a single parent-family and believes the solid education he received gave him the opportunities he needed to get ahead. "We must continue to fund Iowa schools -- particu- larly our rural schools -- to ensure our children get the best preparation for adulthood," Buntsma said. He feels that taking care of roads and bridges would not only add John Kooiker background: Residence - Rural Boyden, Capel Township High School- Western Christian, grad- uated in 1964 - was class valedictorian College - Calvin College, graduated 1968 with an A.B. in mathematics; Kansas State University, graduated 1972 With an M.A. in education and mathematics education; he worked toward a Ph.D in 1974-1975 Experience - U.S. Army as sentry dog handler and medical records clerk. Taught high school math and physics at the Christian Academy in Japan. Farming since 1977. Rural mail carrier, retiring in 1977. Republican caucus chairperson at the Capel/Sheridan/Grant precinct for many years, Military veteran Volunteer - Justice for All, CRC World Renew-DRS, Love : Inc., the Banquet Church - has served as deacon and elder at Hope Christian Reformed Church in Hull Interests - active in church offices, volunteering, traveling, substitute teaching, gardening. Member of the Sioux County Soil and Water Conservation District Board, Iowa Rural Letter Carrier Association as area steward and state secretary 10 years, Gideons member, Ki- wanis member, and American Legion member. Married to wife, Sherry with four children and nine grand- : children Views - fiscally and socially conservative, fair to both sides of issues. Because he's familiar with parliamentary proce- dure, he can speak well for others. He doesn't mind hard John Buntsma background: Became a naturalized citizen of the U.S. in 1967, having moved here from the Netherlands. Residence - City of Orange City High School, Boone, Graduated in 1970 College- Bemidji State College in Minnesota; Iowa State : University Experience - General manager and editor of several  Midwestern newspapers, including The Dayton Review, ii The Canton (KS) Pilot, The Sioux County CapitaI-Demo-   crat in Orange City, and Le Mars Daily Sentinel. Staples ; Promotional Products in Orange City. : ..... Volunteer - American Cancer Society, Relay for Life  :: events ., Church -Trinity Reformed Church, Orange City . Interests - Orange City Tulip Festival participant, vol- = .... unteering. Member of the Orange City library board, Orange City Arts Council, and Orange City Downtown Visioning committee. Married to Cheryl, with one daughter, Katie. : Views - believes that some of the major issues facing !j the state are jobs and the economy. He wants to be sure our part of northwest Iowa gets the same economic de- ! velopment opportunities as the rest of the state, may- " be through development of more affordable housing  and supporting more jobs. He wants to be sure Iowa's ''i'ii education continues in quality for our young people. ;, work and long days. He believes in fairness for all the peo- He wants immigration to be dealt with in a fair and eq- pie of Iowa. He emphasizes his social conservative beliefs, uitab e wa He wou d ke to see a radual increase of and wants to see a change to the budget, making it leaner. . . . Y" , g . .. the minimum wage He s flsca y conservative, spending He wants parents and school boards to have more of a say " . ,o m wh wisely, yet investing in Iowa and its people at happens with education. He also wants to let Io- " " : wa's citizens decide how to define marriage in Iowa. i  jobs, but would also alleviate some safety issues.As for the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act, Buntsma feels the compromise made last year is not serving the state well, and there is room for improvement. Kooiker wants to see a lean state budget. "I'm fiscally conservative," he said. He thinks the state should only spend money on necessary items and not things that aren't needed. He, too, is concerned about Iowa's educa- tion. 'q-he department of education has come up with the thing called 'common core' and they are standardizing tests that go along with that. I would rather see local parents and the school board have the say so as far as what their kids are being taught and how they are being tested," he said. He also wants choices between public, private and home school made fairer. He'd like to see tax credits for the homeschoolers who don't avail themselves the use of a public school. He also wants to see a referendum for Iowa's citizens to decide whether they want to amend the state constitution and define marriage as between one man and one woman. He doesn't feel a few judges should have the say so on the issue. "Because what's happening now is not good for our society," he explained. Buntsma said, "1 think people appreciated my moder- ate, well-reasoned approach to issues." That approach, along with being un-opposed, is what Buntsma felt got him the nomination to run as the Democratic candidate. He felt Alons "did an incredibly good job of connecting with people around the county. I hope I could do as well." Buntsma has the desire to connect with people, ask ques- tions and serve the district well. He feels this is a great opportunityto serve others in this position. He encour- ages everyone to vote. Kooiker said he, too, wants to be accessible. He plans to get one of the new "smart" phones and become acquainted with it. He knows he'll need it to keep in contact with the people of district 4. "Whatever their con- cerns are, I'll take them seriously and if it's something that I can do something about, down in Des Moines, I'll sure do my best to get it done," he said. Awards ceremony held at B0yden-Hull Boyden-Hull from Page I the business teacher, coach and athletic director. He has been familiar with the halls of Boyden-Hull for many years, grad- uating himself as a senior in 1974. He has been teaching at Boyden-Hull since 1978 and he has been the JV basketball coach since 1978. In the fall of 2003, he took on the athletic director responsibilities. He is married to Cheri Meyn. Rob Van't Land - 35 years of service. He is currently the junior high and nigh school social studies teacher. He also coaches junior high football and junior high boys' track. He has three grown chil- dren, two of whom are married. He has taught at Boyden-Hull since 1978. Jill K De Ruyter (not pictured) - 20 years of service. De Ruyter is currently the home economics teacher for junior and senior high, FCCLA sponsor, and was a prior coach. De Ruyter is married and has two children. Russ Verburg - 20 years of service. He currently is teaching science at Boyden- Hull in the afternoons. He shares his teach- ing duties with George-Little Rock School District. He has been with Boyden-Hull since 1994. He is married and has three children. Virginia Eulberg - 25 years of ser- vice. Eulberg is the 5-12 band direc- tor. Previously, she taught at Grand Community Schools in Boxholm, Iowa, and Waco Community Schools in Wayland, Iowa. Vicki Vander Lugt - 25 years of ser- vice. Vander Lugt is currently a fifth grade teacher, and was a prior Title I teacher. She is married and has two sons. She started by teaching Title I part-time in 1989. She began full-time in 1990 in the fifth and sixth grades. Heidi Wilier - 25 years of service. Wilier is currently a first grade teacher and has been since 1989. She is married and has three children. She belongs to the Athletic Boosters and Music Boosters clubs for Boyden-Hull. Dean Hoogeveen - 30 years of service. Hoogeveen is currently the TK-sixth PE teacher and teaches _5-6 grade keyboard- ing class, and he was a prior coach. He is married and has three children. His wife is a school teacher in the Sioux Center School system. Ken Boone - 20 years of service. Boone is currently a dedicated bus driver. Jill L De Ruyter (not pictured) - 20 years of service. De Ruyter is currently the TK-6 elementary music teacher. She was a prior Title I teacher a few years. She has been teaching at Boyden-Hull since 1995. She is married and has four children. Bill Francis - 20 years of service. Francis is currently the 7-12 guidance counselor, head basketball coach for the boys' high school team. He also is the STORM team mentor, and is a National Honor Society sponsor. He has three sons. Heather Walton - 20 years of service. Currently Walton is the assistant custo- dian. Julie Anderson - 30 years of service. Currently Anderson is a second grade teacher and prior first grade teacher. She has been teaching at Boyden-Hull since 1985. She is married with two grown chil- dren. Laura Van Meeteren - 40 years of ser- vice. Currently the elementary secretary, and was the prior elementary librarian. Van Meeteren is married and has two grown children. She lives in Boyden. Promise names executive assistant Promise Community Health Center of :  .... Sioux Center announces the hiring of Amy -  - ., .. ............ .  ,. -, ..... .o .. ,  Mc Alpine as executive assistant. Mc Alpine brings Quality Assurance and Compliance ...........  .... manager experience to a new role for the Health Center. Mc Alpine grew up in Sioux Center and graduated from Central College in Pella. While living in Des Moines the past five years, Mc Alpine worked for Community Support Ad- vocates as the Quality Assurance and Compli- ance manager. She and her husband, David, are returning to Sioux Center and expecting their first child in March. Mc Alpine will start her duties at Promise on Monday, Jan. 5. "I'm excited to join the Promise team and take on some new chal- lenges" Mc Alpine notes. "1 look forward to contributing to the service and mission of the organization:' Sioux City sculptor to display wc,rk at Northwestern College gl, Ilery Sioux City artist Ken Peterson will dis- play his work in Northwestern College's Te Paske Gallery Jan. 7-23, with a public reception scheduled for Friday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m. Entitled "In Process" the exhibit is a visual display of the development and repetitive practice of making functional objects in wood. Peterson is a native of Portland, Ore., and his experiences with nature in Oregon, California and Alaska have influenced his work. After earning a degree in sociology, he eventually settled in Iowa, where he developed an apprecia- tion for wood and a distinctive sociological perspective in his sculptural motifs. "I've always been interested in an inter- active element in my work" Peterson says. "This series explores my tooling and fin- ish methods applied to functional objects intended for daily use. Adding the idea of utility to my art stretches the challenge of its creation:' A simple jelly spoon, for example, be- comes a study in crafting form and bal- ance as well as ergonomics and durability. Peterson's sculptures could become part of a daily interaction, and the concept of usefulness is one principle of the collec- tion. Peterson's work has appeared in art centers, fairs and festivals in Sioux City, Omaha, Des Moines, Minneapolis, Chi- cago and Denver. He is a frequent winner of"Best in Show"awards, was the featured artist for the Iowa Artist Showcase of the Iowa Governor's Office, and had his work commissioned for the Outdoor Sculp- ture Trail in Okoboji, Iowa. In 2013 he was commissioned to make the Tri-State Gov- ernor's Award for the governors of Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska. The Te Paske Gallery is located in the Thea G. Korver Visual Arts Center on High- way 10 at 214 Eighth St. SW in Orange City. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to midnight Mon- day through Saturday and 1 p.m. to mid- night Sunday. SIOUX COUNTY NDEX P00PORTE R (USPS 497-320) Established as the Pattersonville Press by D.A.W. Perkins in February, 1879. Published as the Index since 1897. Published weekly at 1013 1st Street, P.O. Box 420, Hull, Iowa, 51239. Phone (712) 439-1075 or (712) 472-2525 Fax (712) 439-2001. e-mail hulleditor@ncppub.com. Periodicals postage paid at Hull. POSTMASTER: Send ad- dress changes to The Sioux County Index-Reporter, P.O. 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