Van Horne Newsletter – March 2021

Van Horne Mayor Marty Junge

Greetings Van Horne Area Residents!

Wow 70 degrees.

I know it won’t last but what a relief, I think we deserved it after our two-week cold spell. Well in a few weeks the lawns will start to green up and people will return to walking the streets and just being outside in general, which is great.

This may be a little in advance but please remember that when filling a pool with water you can pick up a meter and hose from City Hall to run your water through so you don’t have to pay sewer on those gallons. Saves you money.

At the council meeting it was decided to look into the same type program for watering newly planted trees as we figure there will be a lot of trees planted in town this summer. We will try to adopt a plan at the April meeting and will let you know details at that time. I believe there will be opportunities for programs for free or reduced-price trees to purchase that will be arising, I will try to keep you informed as they arise.

The Big Show, the ag program on at 11:30 weekdays on WMT is planning to do a live remote from the Nutrien site in Van Horne on April 9. The Beef Producers will have sandwiches available for anyone that wants to watch. The program is going to be used as a fundraiser for trees to be given away for area residents.

I need to thank Darcy Kearns for her resiliency in maintaining our tree organization in town. She does a lot of work for this group and the town. I also know she is always looking for other members to join her.

PET REGISTRATION IS OVERDUE. If you have not gotten your pets registered you need to schedule your shots and register as soon as possible. Remember it is to protect your pet if it gets away or lost. I have noticed people walking dogs and cleaning up their mess afterwards. Thank you and great job. For those that don’t get with the program, it is  the law.

The Sons of the Legion are starting their chicken and tenderloin sandwich fry’s again. they will be on the third Monday of the month. I believe during Lent they are also offering a fish sandwich, and I also believe it is eat in or carryout. Starts at 5:30 till around 7:30 at the Legion Hall. Great food.

Also, the Lions have restarted their breakfasts. I don’t have a schedule for that, so look at the calendar in the newsletter for dates.

It is great to see some normalcy returning and hopefully as more and more get their shots, we can return to our normal lives. I would just like to say thank you for all the essential workers during this pandemic. You need to be proud of yourselves for serving everyone for the last year. But mainly I want to especially thank all the health care workers that truly do put their well being and lives on the line everyday. Thanks to all.

I can’t believe it has been a year since the first cases were found in our state. Sometimes I think it seemed longer than that, while having a feeling of being trapped in our houses which seemed forever. Thanks for everyone being vigilant during this hopefully one time event.

Your thought  for the month, from Theodore Roosevelt – Believe you can and you’re halfway there.

Thanks and have a great rest of the month and St Patrick’s day,

Your Mayor Marty

Dates On Deck

  • March 15 Sons of the Legion Chicken/tenderloin sandwich meals
  • April 12 City Council Meeting at City Hall @ 6:30 p.m.
  • April 19 Sons of the Legion Chicken/tenderloin sandwich meals

CITY SURVEY: The City is beginning to look ahead to the Spring and Summer months and is wondering what the residents still need for Derecho clean-up. If you are still in need of something please contact City Hall and we will see shat we can do. Construction Clean up? Trees Downed? Trees trimmed? Tress assessed? Brush Clean-Up? Repairs? , etc. There are some organizations that can help, or maybe we can coordinate a “mass work day.” Please call 319-228-8238, email or drop a note a City Hall with your address and what you need. Thanks, Linda.

FUTURE GREEN: Future Green is looking for new members to help get new trees planted in Van Horne. The last few years, the group has struggled to find places to plant trees and to get volunteer hours. Now that Derecho 2020 has provided many bare spots in town. We need new members to get Future Green active again. The goal is to meet quarterly, more if needed, and to once again qualify for Tree City USA and to apply for grants to plant trees. If you are interested in helping or donating, please contact Darcy (319-361-0290) or Lou (641-660-6188).

REC NEWS: Registrations for the summer baseball and softball seasons are underway for children age 3 through 8th grade.  Go to and click Register to get started.  New uniforms are included as part of registration fees.  Any questions or need for financial assistance should be directed to  Registration closes March 21.  

Starting in mid-April, activity at the rec facility will pick-up, including spring soccer Saturdays (starting April 24) and baseball/softball practices.  Like many other properties in our community, the rec facility was impacted by the August derecho.  Repairs and clean-up efforts will be substantial this year.  Anyone interested in helping out is encouraged to email  


FROM THE DIRECTOR: June is Story-time, Tuesday’s and Thursday’s 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.

June is Story Time on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:45 to 10:45 join us for Crafts and Stories.

July is Summer Reading Program on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.

July 13 Grout Museum at the Community Center

July 22 Insect Zoo at the Community Center, you need to sign up as they can only accommodate so many with one presentation.


Adult Fiction: BLINK OF AN EYE by Iris Johansen, FAITHLESS IN DEATH by J.D. Robb, SERPENTINE by Jonathan Kellerman, THE (OTHER) YOU Joyce Carol Oates

Adult Fiction Large Print Books: POINT OF DANGER by Irene Hannon, MAGIC LESSONS by Alice Hoffman, COLORS OF TRUTH by Tamera Alexander, REMEMBER ME by Mario Escobar, COBBLE HILL by Cecily Von Ziegesar, THE CUL-DE-SAC WAR by Melissa Ferguson, A LADIES GUIDE TO MISCHIEF AND MURDER by Dianne Freeman, MURDER IN THE STORYBOOK COTTAGE by Ellery Adams, FOREVER BY YOUR SIDE by Tracie Peterson

Children’s: SADIE SPROCKET BUILDS A ROCKET by Sue Fliess, WOLFBOY by Andy Harkness


Juvenile Non-Fiction: FROGS by Gail Gibbons

Juvenile Fiction: JUST LIKE THAT by Gary D. Schmidt

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