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 By Mari Radtke    News    July 9, 2020 

From Place of Worship to Place of Memorabilia

Sutherland Remembers When Society was founded in 1992 as a historical society. The organization became reality through the support of local groups and individuals who donated money, time and...

 
 By Mari Radtke    News    July 2, 2020

Veteran Settlers in O'Brien County Recognized

The American Legion units across O'Brien County meticulously honor the veterans resting eternally in the nearest cemetery. O'Brien County is home to several cemeteries outside of nearby Legions to...

 
 By Mari Radtke    News    June 25, 2020

Return to Learn

Board of Education members met in regular session on June 17. The loaded agenda included reports that wrap up end of year activities explaining student progress and discipline reports. It also included looking forward. The sudden cessation of the...

 
 By Mari Radtke    News    June 25, 2020

Reverence and Serenity

HiView Gardens is a plot of land nestled into a corner of ground near the intersection of Highway 10 and Highway M12 east of Sutherland. The triangle of ground features a veterans’ memorial,...

 
 By Mari Radtke    News    June 18, 2020

BeKipp and Be Safe

Young adult athletes are expected to be the most fit, healthiest people among us. But too often, unknown conditions compromise that fitness, sometimes ending tragically. Such was the case for Kipp...

 
 By Mari Radtke    News    June 18, 2020

Primghar Refinances Bonds

At Primghar's regular council meeting on Wednesday June 10 the council made final approval of a series of resolutions leading up to this final act to finance Industrial Park streets and roll existing...

 
 By Mari Radtke    News    June 18, 2020

Archer Council Sets Training Date

The Archer City Council met in regular session on Tuesday June 9. Rich Welter from Mosquito Control of Iowa to answer questions council had about mosquito control in town. It was noted that the problem in Archer is flies more than mosquitoes. Welter...

 
 By Mari Radtke    News    June 18, 2020

There Will Be Fireworks

The fourth weekend in June is the traditional weekend for Gemboree, a festival of fun and patriotic tribute in Paullina. COVID-19 has brought into question all community events such as this. The...

 
 By Mari Radtke    News    June 4, 2020

Stages of Life Drift into History

Brad McDowell notified "O'Brien County's Bell-Times-Courier" of an email received by "United Church of Primghar" that an email from Japan has been received. The subject of the email is a Friendship...

 
 By Mari Radtke    News    May 28, 2020

Public Health Watch by O'Brien County Supervisors

In an effort to stop the spread of COVID19 in O'Brien County and to protect the health and well-being of county supervisors, the O'Brien County Supervisors are taking weekly updates for Emergency...

 
 By Mari Radtke    News    May 21, 2020

School Board Talks Graduation

School participation rates remained steady. High school rates saw up to 25% decline. Personal property has been picked up using staggered access. Bruder also reported that next year’s class schedules are complete. Seniors completed their high...

 
 By Mari Radtke    News    May 14, 2020

Public Library Offerings

The governor has relaxed some of social distance recommendations in Iowa. Libraries are one of the public spaces with some lifted restrictions. Some libraries have decided to not jump into the deep...

 
 By Mari Radtke    News    May 14, 2020

Supervisors Updated On Bridges In The County

The P4 bridge over Waterman Creek northeast of Sutherland is nearing completion. Graves Construction is doing the installation. The new bridge spans 149 feet over the banks and accommodates IDNR's...

 
 By Mari Radtke    News    May 7, 2020

Sutherland Council Outlines Coming Budget Concerns

Violet Street repairs in Sutherland have been an on-going concern without a resolution for more than a year. The stubbed street has just 3 residences on it currently with 2 streets terminating into...

 
 By Mari Radtke    News    May 7, 2020

2020 Iowa Primary Elections

The Iowa Secretary of State's office has mailed applications for absentee ballots to each active registered voter in Iowa. If you believe you are registered and active (voted within the most recent 2...

 
 By Mari Radtke    News    May 7, 2020

Paullina Council Declines National Foster Care Month Proclamation

Grace Lutheran Church in Primghar is hosting a webinar Thursday May 14 at 6:00pm to learn more about foster care and adoption. An event alert was sent to the city of Paullina requesting the council...

 
 By Mari Radtke    News    April 30, 2020

Absentee Voting Gets Push in O'Brien County

Iowa’s Secretary of State serves as the state’s election commissioner. Rules, methods and guidance come out of that office. Counties report to the office. Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate has initiated a big push for absentee voting in Iowa...

 
 By Mari Radtke    News    April 30, 2020

Growing Body of Research Supports UV Lighting Disinfection

O'Brien County uses Ultra Violet (UV) Lights to disinfect spaces and surfaces. According to Jared Johnson, O'Brien County EMA Director, studies showing UV lighting products as useful to disinfect...

 
 By Mari Radtke    News    April 30, 2020

Johnson Updates Supervisors About COVID-19

Between the physical health of the O'Brien County public and the economic health of the same public as well as the county, and each of the taxing districts within, concern over moving forward under the constant presence of a viral threat is always a...

 
 By Mari Radtke    News    April 30, 2020

Councilman by Appointment

By Mari Radtke It was as brief of a governmental special meeting as anyone can imagine. The City Council of Sutherland held a special meeting Thursday April 23 to appoint a city council person. A council vacancy happened when Dennis Templer resigned...

 
 By Mari Radtke    News    April 23, 2020

COVID-19 and Public Spending

Iowa Law requires in-person absentee voting begins Monday May 4, 2020 for the Iowa primaries, according to Barb Rohwer, O'Brien County Auditor. With the uncertainty of access to the Auditor's office...

 
 By Mari Radtke    News    April 23, 2020

Brainstorming Milestones for Seniors

The South O'Brien Board of Education held their first regular meeting since Governor Kim Reynolds in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Education closed k-12 schools in Iowa for the remainder of...

 
 By Mari Radtke    News    April 23, 2020

Drainage District Updates

Supervisor Sherri Bootsma announced April 21 at the O'Brien County Supervisors meeting that work to Drainage District 4 was complete. Slow draining from the field at the southwest corner of the...

 
 By Mari Radtke    News    April 16, 2020

Golf Course Staffing Dominates Primghar Council Meeting

The City of Primghar took the Primghar Golf Course under its umbrella in 2018. It serves as part of the community's Parks and Recreation offerings. The course is known across Iowa as one of the best...

 
 By Mari Radtke    News    April 16, 2020

South O'Brien to Continue Continuous Learning Procedures

The South O’Brien Board of Education met for a special meeting on Wednesday April 8. The special meeting served as an opportunity for the public to ask questions or provide input for the proposed budget. No public comment was received for the...

 

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