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Shortee's PitStop and Speedway Café

The Smith Family began took over the operation way back in 2003. It involved the entire family and opened its doors through thick and thin. On December 3, 2019 the operation transferred to the Tracey...

Several Resolutions Approved by Primghar Council

It is standard operating procedure for cities to resolve a variety of operating rules for the coming year. Among the resolutions are setting depository banks, investment limits, providers for city...

Paullina Chamber Annual Meeting Change of Date

The date of the Annual Meeting of the Paullina Chamber of Commerce was changed due to weather. It will now be held on the 25th of January. The location has been changed to the back of J&D Tavern. As previously planned there will be snacks and the...

Law and Order

Traffic James Carl Roscovius, Sioux City, Following Too Close Usmaro Alvarez Diaz, Cherokee, Speeding, No Valid Drivers License Ameigh Elizabeth Bauman, Rock Rapids, Following Too Close Joshua J....

Iowa State University announces fall 2019 Dean's List

AMES, Iowa (January 17, 2020) – A total of 10,066 Iowa State University students have been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the fall semester 2019 Dean’s List. Students named to the Dean’s List must have...

Drake Bechtel graduates from the University of Iowa

IOWA CITY, IA (01/14/2020)-- Drake Bechtel of Larrabee, IA 51029was one of more than 1,800 University of Iowa students to celebrate earning their degree from the UI during commencement ceremonies staged in December after the completion of the...

The 'Flu' or Food Poisoning? And What to Do About It

by Renee Sweers, Human Sciences Specialist, Nutrition and Wellness Influenza (often referred to as the 'flu') is caused by a virus that infects the respiratory tract (the nose, throat and lungs)....

The Same Tools at School and Home Can Help Students Achieve

(StatePoint) Cutting-edge technologies have long been used in classrooms to help students engage with material and better grasp tough concepts. And now, many of these same technologies are becoming available for use at home. Here are a few ways...

Free Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainings to be held in Rock Rapids, Sibley, Spirit Lake and Orange City

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa – Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach, in partnership with Project STOMP, will offer four free Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainings in Northwest Iowa during February and early-March. The training is open to any...

Trees or 5 Free Crapemyrtles from the Arbor Day Foundation

Local residents can ring in the New Year with 10 free flowering trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation any time during January. By becoming a part of the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation, new members will receive 10 free flowering trees or five...

Upcoming Conservation Programs

The O'Brien County Conservation Board is offering people of all ages the opportunity to "Emerse in Nature – Spend Time Outdoors." This 2020 outdoor series will offer a monthly experience for people...

Basketball Clinic Held for K-3 Youth Boys

A basketball clinic was held on Saturday, January 11 for TK-3rd boys. Coach Nate Struve was the head clinician. The varsity boys basketball team assisted. They played at halftime of the...

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Wolverines' winning ways continue at Emmetsburg's expense

South O'Brien ran its winning streak to eight games with a conclusive 63-32 win over Emmetsburg January 16 at Paullina. The victory over the visitors from the Twin Lakes Conference bumped the...

Wolverines best St. Mary's in clash of top teams

In a battle between rated teams in Class 1A, number ten South O’Brien edged second-ranked Remsen St. Mary’s 45-44 January 13 at Remsen. The victory avenged a 51-40 loss to the Hawks on the home court in mid-December. Two stalwarts came to the...

Offense deserts Lady Wolverines in loss to Emmetsburg

Points proved to be elusive creatures for South O'Brien in a 58-19 loss to Emmetsburg January 16 at Paullina. The Wolverines saw their record slip to 7-6 on the season. South O'Brien managed no more...

Lady Wolverine duo pace win over St. Mary's

South O’Brien rode the one-two scoring punch of Taryn Hintz and Kaylee Jacobs to a 46-33 victory over Remsen St. Mary’s January 13 at Remsen. Hintz tallied 18 points and Jacobs posted 13 to account for over two-thirds of the team’s offense....

Sheldon/South O'Brien hosts triangular, wins twice

Sheldon/South O'Brien continued its recent success on the home mat by securing a pair of dual wins in a triangular January 16 at Sheldon. The Orabs defeated Okoboji/HMS 59-24 and then topped a...

Sheldon/South O'Brien falls twice at Spencer triangular

Sheldon/South O’Brien competed in a triangular at Spencer January 14. The Orabs lost to Le Mars 45-28 then dropped a narrow 39-37 decision to the host Tigers. In the dual with the Bulldogs, Sheldon/South O’Brien winners by fall were Coy De Boer...

Vera Juanita Petrich

Funeral Services for Vera Juanita Petrich were held Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at the Archer Reformed Church in Archer, Iowa Interment was in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Sheldon,... Full story

Edna M. Einck

Services for Edna M. Einck, age 87, of Primghar who passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at Floyd Valley Healthcare in LeMars, Iowa. Her memorial service will be at 11:00 A.M. on... Full story

Lois Ebel

Services for Lois Ebel, age 65, of Paullina who passed away on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Her funeral service will be 11:00 A.M. on Thursday,... Full story

Arlene Emma Brown

Arlene Emma Brown, the daughter of Hugo & Clara (Kock) Wittrock was born March 22, 1923 on the family farm in Dale Township, O'Brien County, Iowa. Arlene was the fourth of 8 children. She... Full story

Evelyn Jalas

Evelyn Jalas, age 97, of Sutherland, Iowa who passed away on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at Pearl Valley Nursing Home in Sutherland. Her funeral service was at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, January 22,... Full story

Flaky Fables - Classmates

Do you often see people from your past, but you can’t remember their names? The old guy ahead of me in the grocery check-out looked about two coughing spells away from the Promised Land. I didn’t notice him until he tried to pay with a credit...

American Life In Poetry

This is the sixth of Marge Saiser’s poems to appear in my column, and I’ve written elsewhere how much I admire her work. This poem is typical of her clear, accessible poetry of close observation. I am especially taken by her capture of the...

Crosswords and Sudokus

Our online Crosswords and Sudokus. Have...

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2019 O'Brien County Fair Tab

2019 O'Brien County Fair Book Please click on headline for flip...  Website

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