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 By Mari Radtke    News    April 2, 2020 

Education Happens Outside the Classroom

Teachers and students from South O'Brien Elementary are keeping in touch. Principal Mike Morran shared that 100% communication between TK-4th grade teachers with parents and students is occurring....

 
 By Mari Radtke    News    April 2, 2020 

A Case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in O'Brien County

A case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed in O'Brien County. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), the individual is an adult female in the age range of 41 to 60,...

 
 By Mari Radtke    News    April 2, 2020 

Highway 18 Detour Approved

Highway 18 will be closed to traffic beginning Monday April 6. The road closure will be from the intersection of Highway 59 near Sanborn west to the intersection of M12 at Hartley. The closure is expected to last until at least August. Traffic will...

 
 By Mari Radtke    News    April 2, 2020 

County Government Teleconferences

Any gathering exceeding 10 people is currently not allowed in the State of Iowa. O'Brien County government is continuing in accordance with that standard by holding electronic meetings. The board...

 
 By Mari Radtke    News    March 26, 2020

Ringing in the Past

Once upon a time the school bell tolled for the start of a new school day. Bells mounted high into buildings were used as a communication device for a variety messages; fire, storm, church services....

 
 By Mari Radtke    News    March 26, 2020

South O'Brien Adopts Proposed Budget

A discussion was held Monday March 16 by the South O'Brien Board of Education for the approval of a proposed 2020-2021 budget and to set the date of the public hearing. Only school board officials...

 
 By Mari Radtke    News    March 26, 2020

Archer Council Adopts Solid Waste Ordinance Amendment

The regular meeting of the Archer City Council was held March 10. A public hearing for the proposed 2020-2021 budget was opened with discussion held. Most notably the levy rate is not changed. Revenue to be raised is expected to be $8.10 and raise a...

 
 By Mari Radtke    News    March 19, 2020

Stay Home

It doesn’t matter anymore what Covid-19 is or is not. The undeniable presence of the virus in, the U.S., and nation-wide spread is now wreaking havoc on this society for the foreseeable future. Questions about how the disease actually spreads, how... Full story

 
 By Mari Radtke    News    March 19, 2020

Iowa's Ride Coming Through O'Brien County

For now, an inaugural bike ride from Dubuque to Rock Rapids is set to begin Sunday July 12 and take a Friday tour of northwest Iowa from Emmetsburg to Sheldon. Covid-19 has risen to crucial levels in...

 
 By Mari Radtke    News    March 12, 2020

Kindness Adventure from a Kenyan Perspective

The South O'Brien Elementary School hosted Taylor, a "The NED Show" presenter. Thursday's show was entitled "The Kindness Adventure." Taylor spent some time, recently, in Kenya. There she learned...

 
 By Mari Radtke    News    March 12, 2020

Mundane Business for Paullina Council

The Council meeting held the first March Monday offered few agenda items that presented council members with a lot of need for discussion. The proposed budget met with no public comments. Council...

 
 By Mari Radtke    News    March 12, 2020

Sutherland City Council Approves Budget

The Sutherland Council on Monday March 2 approved it maximum levy for the 2020-2021 budget year, beginning July 1, 2020. The council approved reimbursing the general fund for employees benefits paid...

 
 By Mari Radtke    News    March 12, 2020

O'Brien County Cemetery Preservation Association Wins State Recognition

The 2019 Iowa Tourism Convention was held in Des Moines February 7-9, 2020. Part of any industry convention is to recognize individuals and organizations for achievement. The 2019 Iowa Tourism Awards’ “Outstanding Niche Market Initiative...

 
 By Mari Radtke    News    March 12, 2020

It'a a Busy Land Auction Season

It is seasonal. In some cases, a land auction is generational. The generational auctions this year coming through Vander Werff and Associates are making up a noticeable portion of the business. But...

 
 By Mari Radtke    News    March 5, 2020

New and Familiar

Triple R Repair LLC in Primghar has new owners. The new partnership of Jon Hofman and Caleb Bakker, both of Sanborn, was celebrated on Friday February 28. Former owners Robert Van Beek and Ron...

 
 By Mari Radtke    News    March 5, 2020

Mill Creek Machining Gains National Footprint

Justin Stamer of Mill Creek Machining (MCM) verified the merger of Mill Creek Machining was finalized about six weeks ago. Mill Creek Machining with four other precision machining, fabrication,...

 
 By Mari Radtke    News    February 27, 2020

Science Fair 2020 Brasser's Finale

The 2020 Freshman Science Fair at South O'Brien highlighted freshman students' use of multiple skills, aka "intelligences"; practical, analytical, and creative, according to the program. The annual...

 
 By Mari Radtke    News    February 27, 2020

Light Agenda for Paullina Council

Don Pipho attended the council meeting to express his concern about the condition of a neighboring house. He explained that wildlife readily used the house for shelter. Staff reinforced that position...

 
 By Mari Radtke    News    February 20, 2020

Easy and Fun Transportation For The Summer

Raffles are a great way of not for profits to raise big dollars for their high cost activities. The Paullina Chamber does several events throughout the year. Some are high dollar events like the...

 
 By Mari Radtke    News    February 20, 2020

Primghar Council Looks To Repurpose Airport Property

The Primghar Airport has been a source of discussion for many years. Only 3 pilots use it...only 2 pilots use it. Now it's down to 1 plane in the hangar. The runway needs resurfacing. The lights need...

 
 By Mari Radtke    News    February 20, 2020

Archer Council Approves Max Levy And Sets Budget Hearing

The Archer council meeting met in regular session on Tuesday February 11. Their initial act was to approve the maximum $8.10 general basic levy for the city. They later set the public hearing date...

 
 By Mari Radtke    News    February 13, 2020

The End Of An Era And The Beginning Of Another

Broadway Repair has been at the northeast corner of Mickley and Broadway Streets. It's a landmark. Ron Schuknecht has operated the auto repair shop since November 2000 when he purchased it from WRD...

 
 By Mari Radtke    News    February 13, 2020

Paullina Municipal Electric to Get Backup

The City of Harlan recently upgraded their electric system. Components of their former system fit with Paullina's current system. The Municipal Electric Utility took advantage of acquiring a backup...

 
 By Mari Radtke    News    February 13, 2020

Valentine Day Activities at General N. B. Baker Library

Sutherland Police Chief Jami Webster led a Saturday morning of activities centered on Valentine's Day. About a dozen kids came with parents and grandparents to hear a story written and read by...

 
 By Mari Radtke    News    February 13, 2020

Can Redemption Center Proposed/Rejected

Randy Bruning and Heather Bedsaul have been working diligently to get into business. They have chosen the hard work of a bottle and can redemption center. They aspiring entrepreneurs attended the...

 

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