Van Horne Newsletter January 2020

Van Horne Mayor Marty Junge

January 2020

Greetings Van Horne Area Residents!

Well almost like last year in the fact that the first part of January started off mild like last year and as I write this winter as we know it is starting to show, hopefully just not as bad as last year. As we get more snow the least amount of vehicles parked along the street sure helps for snow removal. Thanks for your help in this matter.

Just a reminder it is again time to register your pets, Linda says she has a few done already. Don’t put it off stop by and get it done. Remember it is for your pets safety, so they can be returned to you if they escape rather than going to the pound.

I guess it is a recurring problem, but the council has decided to ban one group from being able to use the community room. Won’t go into details but a problem with the floor again. Keep in mind we have security cameras installed so we are able to look back to see if there is a problem. 

The city purchased a new dump truck and blade 20 years ago, the price was around $67,000. We are looking at doing a replacement for it as it is starting to have some problems, we don’t have exact numbers yet but will be more than double what was paid then. We save up for these things for years, I don’t know if we have quite all of it saved but should be close. Kind of like this past years water main project, most of that was paid with saved money. It is kind of just like home there is never quite enough money to cover everything, so you have to save ahead.

In small communities it is all the volunteers and people with passion to get projects done and run our boards and departments. I would like to list and thank all the groups that make a small town click. First, I would like to thank our city employees, they make my job a lot easier. Thank you to Linda, Jared and Mike for handling all the day to day issues that arise while still doing what was planned for their normal day. Mechelle in the library and also all the Library Board Members that volunteer their services to keep an efficient, clean and forward looking Library in operation. Kathy for cleaning up all of our facilities. Thank you to all of our volunteer First Responders as well as the Fire Department, between the two groups they went on 76 calls last year. That is a lot of volunteer hours. The Recreational Board as well as everyone that volunteers their time to help the summer programs run. The Legion, the Legion Auxiliary and the Sons of the Legion, thank you for volunteering your time. The Floralia Arrangers for volunteering their time for the lovely seasonal displays on Main Street. All the Lions Club members that volunteer their time for all they do for the community. The members of the Van Horne Business Group that volunteer time and effort on a lot of projects in town. The members of the Special Events Committee that volunteer for organizing the Park Dance as well as other projects in town.

Last but not least the three churches in town that have a lot of volunteers to keep their buildings as well as spiritual lives in order. Thank you to all. As you have read I used the word volunteer a lot in thanking these organizations. If you’re new to town or have been here your whole life, get involved, volunteer, or join an organization. It is a great way to meet people and give back to your community. I also have to thank our city council for their leadership for the city, as we welcome our two newest members. These are the people that run our community, and also they are what makes our community great. Thanks to all.

Some upcoming dates. The Legion Fish Fry is Friday February 7 and the Lions Breakfast is Sunday February 23. Also don’t forget Valentines Day for your sweetie.

Your thought for the month from Albert Einstein. There are only two ways to live your life. One as if nothing is a miracle. The other as if everything is a miracle. Thanks and have a great rest of the month. Your Mayor Marty.

Dates On Deck

January 28 Senior Citizen Luncheon at Noon @ CC

February 7 Legion Fish Fry at the legion starting at 5 p.m.

February 17 City Council meeting sat 6:30 @ City Hall (please note date change)

February 23 Lions Omelet Breakfast. 8:30 a.m.


  • In need of garbage bags – 100 bags for $25. Please contact Larry Weibke 319-228-8348.
  • Mark your February calendar for the Lions Omelet Breakfast to benefit the Scouts on February 23rd from 8:30 a.m. – Noon.
  • Did you know that the LIONS have service clubs in over 100 countries in the world? The Van Horne LIONS Club has been providing service projects for over 50 years.


  • Friday, February 7th – Fish Fry.


Upcoming TRIVIA NIGHT February 7th at 6:30 p.m. teams of 2-5 or can be placed on a team, must be signed up by February 5th.


Adult Fiction: CRISS CROSS by James Patterson, SCARLET FEVER by Rita Mae Brown, GENESIS by Robin Cook, SPY by Danielle Steel, THE RISE OF THE MAGICKS by Nora Roberts, VERIFY by Joelle Charbonneau

Adult Fiction Large Print Books: FATAL STRIKE by DiAnn Mills, THE GRYPHON HEIST by James R. Hannibal, BOOKING THE CROOK by Laurie Cass, THE WORLD THAT WE KNEW by Alice Hoffman, SYNAPSE by Steven James, A CHRISTMAS GATHERING by Anne Perry, A HOUSE OF GHOSTS by W.C. Ryan, WHITE CHRISTMAS WEDDING by Celeste Winters, THE TESTAMENTS by Margaret Atwood, DEATH AND OTHER HAPPY ENDINGS by Melanie Cantor, MONTAUK by Nicola Harrison

Children’s: SCHOOL OF FISH: RACING THE WAVES by Jane Yolen, POKKO AND THE DRUM by Matthew Forsythe, SERIOUS GOOSE by Jimmy Kimmel



Juvenile Fiction: IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AS I KNOW IT by Matthew Landis, JACKPOT by Nic Stone, DEAR SWEET PEA by Julie Murphy

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