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 By Mari Radtke    News    September 24, 2020 

EMT/EMR Classes in Paullina Promises to Restore Volunteer Base

The City of Paullina approved funding for an Emergency Medical Technician/Emergency Medical Response (EMT/EMR) class to be held in Paullina. Funding approval was granted at the Monday September 21 regular city council meeting. Lauri Struve represente...

 By Mari Radtke    News    September 24, 2020 

Lawyered Up

In an effort to unravel unanswered questions leading to decisions of the O'Brien County Conservation Board a fairly sizeable public documents request was made. Marcus News, Inc. requested from OCCB...

 By Mari Radtke    News    September 17, 2020

Conservation Board Meeting Show of - Strength?

Denise Steffens showed the courage to make public statements at the September 8 O’Brien County Supervisors meeting about the personnel changes and her concerns about the future direction of O’Brie... Full story

 By Mari Radtke    News    September 10, 2020

"I totally give her credit for building the place."

Shock and surprise reverberated throughout O'Brien County since mid-August, when news spread of O'Brien County Conservation receiving the resignation of Naturalist Charlene Elyea. Elyea submitted her... Full story

 By Mari Radtke    News    September 3, 2020

Grassley Visits Primghar

Iowa senior Senator Charles Grassley made a planned stop at MercyOne hospital at Primghar in Wednesday August 26. It was part of his 99 county tour. Following a tour of the clinic, hospital and wound...

 By Mari Radtke    News    September 3, 2020

Keeping the Public Safe

By Mari Radtke Kim Morran, the newest Nurse Administrator of O'Brien County Public Health is from Sheldon and grew up in Sibley, Iowa. Morran, a Primghar resident, married and with 1 high school age s...

 By Mari Radtke    News    September 3, 2020

Support Historic Preservation

Donna Youde, Sutherland Remembers When Society, announced that a challenge has been made to the public and to the visitors to Sutherland over the Labor Day weekend. Youde said an anonymous benefactor...

 By Mari Radtke    News    August 27, 2020

Archer Conducts Survey

The Archer City Council has worked hard to either eliminate or improve dilapidated housing in town. Recently, it found itself as the proud owner of one such property. The council agreed to efforts to sell the property under certain restrictions, but...

 By Mari Radtke    News    August 27, 2020

General Election Absentee Voting

The Iowa legislature approved the mailing to every active voter in Iowa Requests for Absentee Ballots. The Iowa Secretary of State’s office, campaigns and special interest groups all send out absentee ballot request forms. Essentially, the...

 By Mari Radtke    News    August 27, 2020

Paullina Airport Finance and Operations Scrutinized

The realization that payment for use of the Paullina airport by air sprayers hired by area agronomy businesses opened a can of worms. Much public discussion about the the leases owned by the city for the airplane hangars has been held. Of the 2...

 By Mari Radtke    News    August 20, 2020

Primghar City Council Approves BIG Residential Construction Incentive

By Mari Radtke Growth is occurring in the City of Primghar. The Industrial Park expanded and is already full. New roads are either planned or under construction to make sure that traffic, especially...

 By Mari Radtke    News    August 20, 2020

Secrets of the Airport Uncovered

By Mari Radtke The Paullina City Council addressed the airport concerns again on August 3. They addressed the money situation of the airport and maintenance issues. Sandy Fritz reported to the council...

 By Mari Radtke    News    August 20, 2020

Mutual Aid to the Rescue

A workshop/machine shed at a 4th generation Century Farm set in God's Country, near Peterson and near Sutherland, experienced an explosion and fire Monday August 17. Sitting high on a hill and well of...

 By Mari Radtke    News    August 13, 2020

COVID Learning Options Announced

South O'Brien officials have developed three plans for student learning during the 2020-2021 school year. The development of new learning options come from the need to mitigate COVID-19 spread while...

 By Mari Radtke    News    August 13, 2020


Blake and Zach Bedsaul worked hard at making music for more than 15 years. Finally, as "Saul," the duo won a record contract. As part of that contract they draw a crowd while on tour. The brothers...

 By Mari Radtke    News    August 6, 2020

Supervisors Adopt "Jake Brake" Ordinance

A discussion has been underway among the O'Brien County Supervisors for several weeks. The discussion centered around regulating where trucks can use "Jake Brakes" in O'Brien County. The idea to...

 By Mari Radtke    News    August 6, 2020

Dr. Tim Aberson is Back Crackin'

Tim Aberson answered the requests of patients to return to chiropractic care. He's operated a limited service chiropractic clinic in Paullina and, since about the first of the year, partnered with...

 By Mari Radtke    News    July 30, 2020

Paullina Council Deepens Airport Look

The City Council of Paullina has been looking closely into the requirements of its airport and benefits to the community. At the July 20 regular meeting of the city council Brian Fish, Airport...

 By Mari Radtke    News    July 30, 2020

Pastor Installation

Bethel Lutheran Church of Sutherland installed a new Pastor Sunday, July 19, 2020. Pastor LeRoy Riemer served the congregation of Sutherland and the surrounding area for just under 49 years. Health...

 By Mari Radtke    News    July 30, 2020

The Co-Existence of Education and COVID-19

Figuring out just how to put 600 kids plus faculty and support staff into just 2 buildings, move around the way they normally do, entering and exiting, lunch rooms, bathrooms, busses all while...

 By Mari Radtke    News    July 30, 2020

Quieter Highways Close to Towns

The O'Brien County Supervisors have been considering the adoption of an ordinance that limits the use of "Jake Brakes" a little further from the incorporated areas of O'Brien County, where asked. A...

 By Mari Radtke    News    July 23, 2020

Proposed Water and Sewer Ordinance Amendment Passed Primghar Council

The July 8 Primghar City Council meeting was rather calm compared to the packed agendas of the past year or so. Much of the business of the City was routine. Amber Moulder was chosen to fill the...

 By Mari Radtke    News    July 23, 2020

South O'Brien's 2020 Prom to be held July 25

Parent volunteers felt it was important for their juniors and seniors to experience a prom. They gathered, threw out a few ideas, made some plans, raised some money and a prom will be held Saturday...

 By Mari Radtke    News    July 23, 2020

Iowa Vote By Mail will be an Option

On Friday July 17 at 4:30pm, the 24 member Legislative Council held a meeting with a single action item on the agenda. Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate presented a proposed Emergency Election Directive. The directive was to conduct a statewide...

 By Mari Radtke    News    July 23, 2020

Flexibility is Mr. Riley's "Word of the Year"

Mr. Wade Riley started in his position as the Superintendent of South O'Brien Community School District. Riley, originally from Cherokee, Iowa, with his wife, Abby and their three sons, Knox age 5,...


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