Corydon Times

Mark and Cindy Salsberry reflect on draft horses, aronia berries and life
The Salsberry’s miniature pony Forty, left, enjoys the company of draft horse Mufasa. Photo by Jason Selby

West of Corydon, just beyond the Highway 2 underpass, Mark and Cindy Salsberry’s Belgian horses graze the hillside for clover. It is evening, time to wind down, summer heat just beginning to creep into the air. Meadowlarks call from the timber shadows of Corydon Lake Park. The couple sits in lawn chairs as draft horse Mufasa and his buddy, a miniature pony named Forty, roughhouse while taking long drinks of water from a trough.

Cindy is a nurse practitioner. Draft horses are a less demanding pursuit than medicine.

Jun 22, 2015, 08:55

Elie Joe Soukup wins rookie of the year for Iowa junior high rodeo
Elie Joe Soukup and horse Taco run the barrel race at the championship rodeo in Marshalltown. Photo courtesy of TP.Creations Photography

If 12-year-old Elie Joe Soukup of Allerton were to give up rodeo, it would be like giving up breathing. That is how deeply ingrained the sport and the love of the animals involved are for Soukup.

“I’ve done it for a long time,” Soukup said. “Since I was five.”

In her first season that she could ride, after entering sixth grade, Soukup won rookie of the year as named by the Iowa Junior High School Rodeo Association. She earned the award based on a points system out of all newcomers from sixth to eighth grade.

Going in to the Iowa finals, Soukup was in the lead for the state rookie of the year award, and she finished it off with a strong performance in Marshalltown on Memorial Day weekend.

Jun 12, 2015, 11:16

Foxwood Bed and Breakfast a breathtaking getaway of rolling hills, woods and meadows
Purple and yellow flowers in a garden area on the Foxwood Bed and Breakfast grounds. Photo courtesy of Alan and Lorie Pearson.
Dwight and Marian Pearson originally owned the land that Foxwood Lodge is located on.

They had sold the property to Neal and Charlene Adams back in the 80s. The Adams’, who lived in Kansas City, built a weekend home on the property.

“The family had four daughters and one son, so they built a cabin for them to have a place to stay when they came up for the weekend,” began Alan Pearson.

“Eventually Neal and Charlene had guests from Canada down to visit them, so they put the guests in the cabin. The guests suggested to them that maybe they should run a bed and breakfast, so that is how Foxwood came about.

Jun 12, 2015, 11:07

Mindy Stump rides bus from hayfields of Wayne County to Harlem
Mindy Stump teaching a class at Harlem Prep Elementary School.
Mindy Stump has taken the road less traveled. It has not always been a comfortable ride. Two years ago, she hopped aboard a Greyhound bus with one suitcase in hand and did not stop until she hit the streets of Harlem, N.Y.

Only a few months before, Stump had switched the tassel to the other side of her mortarboard in Cedar Falls. After Stump graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a graduate degree in history in 2013, she applied and was accepted into a program called Teach For America.

“They send people without degrees in education into low-income and urban communities,” Stump said. “They put you through grad school at the same time, so you’re working toward your education degree while teaching in a classroom.”

Entrants to the program go through an intensive training regimen before being assigned a destination. Stump’s first choice was Chicago. Teach For America sent her to Harlem. They placed her in Hunter College in Manhattan. She had never been to New York City.

Jun 5, 2015, 15:26

Forkners lobby for pulse ox testing for all newborns
Kylie Forkner, left, speaks with United States Senator Joni Ernst. Photo by Mandy Forkner
Kylie Forkner was in the third grade when they found out she had congenital heart defects.

At the time they did not have a diagnosis, but they knew she had a bicuspid aortic valve instead of a tricuspid aortic valve and she had a narrow aortic arch and an accelerated heart rate. They were quick to diagnose that as supraventricular tachycardia (a cardiac arrhythmia arising from improper electrical activity of the heart). “We didn’t know what was causing it,” said Mandy Forkner, Kylie’s mother, “but at least we had part of the answer.

“When Kylie was born the doctors said she had a heart murmur but not to stress about it, so we really didn’t."

Jun 5, 2015, 15:06