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Northwest Iowa Manufacturers Partner with Northwestern Iowa Community College and Northwest Iowa Development

At Northwest Iowa Community College's Manufacturing Lab amongst lathes and manufacturing tools on Thursday, November 29, 2018, Northwest Iowa Regional Manufacturing Partnership (The Partnership)...

 

"Remembering The Orphans" Presented At Primghar Community Center

On Thursday, November 15, Lori Vicker presented "Remembering The Orphans" at the Primghar Community Center. The presentation's focus was on the lives of those impacted by the historical exodus out of...

 

Youth Pheasant Hunting Outing Held At Crosbie Center

On Saturday, October 20, O'Brien County Conservation hosted a youth hunting outing at the Crosbie Wildlife & Nature Youth Center. Fifteen youths ages 12-15 began the event by doing some warm up...

 

Primghar Chamber of Commerce Christmas Being Planned

Primghar’s Chamber of Commerce is in the process of planning for the 2018 Christmas festivities. The event will begin on December 7 and end on December 8. The plans for the Christmas celebration are still being finalized, but so far include having...

 

"Scaritage Park" Begins Haunting This Weekend

"Scaritage Park" begins it's sixth year of haunting fun at Heritage Park in Primghar. The event will kick off on Saturday October 20 at 7:30 p.m. and will run until 11:30 p.m. The haunting will...

 

J.D. Scholten Holds "39 Counties-39 Town Hall Meetings" Event In Sheldon

J.D. Scholten, Democratic opponent to Republican incumbent Steve King for Iowa's Fourth District, made a stop at NCC's campus on Thursday, October 4th to meet with curious voters and speak on his...

 

Voting Machines Purchased for O'Brien County

O'Brien County voting precincts gained new machines for voting this year. Ten "Freedom Vote Tablets", abbreviated as FVT systems, were purchased for $2,680 a piece. These machines allow for voters to... Full story

 

South O'Brien Senior Attends "Hawkeye Girl's State"

South O’Brien Senior Nicole Feltman attended Iowa’s annual “Hawkeye Girls State” from June 17 through June 22. Girls State is an annual event sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary and is held at Drake Univerisity in Des Moines, Iowa....

 

Another Season Begins

Wonderland Theater has opened for another season of action packed superhero films, dramatic mysteries, and more of the best films cinema can offer. The theater opened on Friday, September 14, with a...

 

Updates on New Track & Football Field At South O'Brien High School

The South O'Brien Track and Field project is nearly completed. The bleachers have been moved and the fence surrounding the track has been installed as well as the scoreboard. Electrical work is the...

 

Sutherland Gains New City Clerk

Amanda Vanderhoff started as City Clerk of Sutherland on August 6. She is a former bookkeeper for Brad’s Service in Sioux Rapids. She attended school at Iowa State University and Iowa Central. Amanda earned a degree in massage therapy throughout...

 

Kids Kampus Makes Changes To Afterschool Program

Kid’s Kampus in Primghar has made a big change this year to its afterschool program. Students will be able to stay at the elementary school instead of being bussed to the day care like in years previous. This change comes after Kids Kampus was...

 

TCA Upgrades For The Future

TCA is in the process of upgrading their service capabilities by switching out HSC Hybrid coaxial cable for FTTH fiberoptic lines. The new infrastructure allows for less active devices, which maximizes the speed that data can be delivered to each...

 

Paullina Gains New Daycare: "Saving Grace Daycare Center"

Paullina’s new Saving Grace Daycare Center is expected to begin enrollment with 15-25 kids. The building once stood in Sioux Center as part of Sioux Center Christian’s school facilities. According to Pastor Erickson, the building cost $46,000...

 

Primghar Gains New City Clerk

Carol Chicoine has joined the Primghar City Staff as of Monday, August 14. Carol is taking over as City Clerk, which was previously staffed by Wendy Ewoldt. Ewoldt is helping Carol make a smooth transition to the role. Carol has four children; Emily...

 

2018 O'Brien County Fair Princess Appointed

Emily Mars was appointed O’Brien County’s 2018 Fair Princess on Monday, July 23. Mars has been an active member of 4-H and the FFA. Mars stated, “By being royalty, I get to share my love of the fair with other 4-Hers along with sharing lessons...

 

New O'Brien County Fair Queen Appointed

Erin Wagner was crowned the O'Brien County's Fair Queen on Monday, July 23 following the Bill Riley Talent Show. Wagner spoke on why she wanted to participate in the O'Brien County Fair Royalty, "I...

 
 By Shane D. Johnson    News    July 12, 2018

O'Brien County EMS Gains New Mobile Command Unit

Jarod Johnson, Director of O'Brien County's Emergency Management Service, directed a tour of the newly acquired Mobile Command Center to the Board of Supervisors on Thursday, June 28. The tour was...

 
 By Shane D. Johnson    News    July 12, 2018

Primghar Resident, Dean Key, Makes Nationals

Primghar resident Dean Key trucks for Ruan Transportation, which operates in Holstein, Iowa in service of V.T. Industries. Mr. Key is a member of the Iowa Motor Truck Association (IMTA) and has qualif...

 
 By Shane D. Johnson    News    June 21, 2018

South O'Brien School Gets New Track and Field

New track and field facilities are under construction at the South O'Brien football complex. The school board approved the project in February. They selected Beck Engineering, of Spirit Lake, to lead...

 
 By Shane D. Johnson    News    June 14, 2018

Legion Scholarships

Denny Koehlmoos and Darwin Dau, members of the American Legion in Paullina, gave scholarships to two deserving South O'Brien graduates, Payton Brasser and Emily Mars. Brasser and Mars were both...

 
 By Shane D. Johnson    News    May 17, 2018

Primghar Golf and Country Club Gains New Management

John Fernstrum started as manager of the Primghar Golf and Country Club on April 1, 2018. Planned renovations to the clubhouse include T.V.'s in the bar room, cold prep additions to the kitchen, and...

 
 By Shane D. Johnson    News    May 10, 2018

Primghar Jaycees To Host New Member Social

The Primghar Jaycees will host a New Member Social on May 17 from 6-9 p.m at Primghar’s City Park. The event will offer a meal and game time followed by a question and answer session from current members for the community to ask any questions they...

 
 By Shane D. Johnson    News    May 10, 2018

United Methodist Women Raise Funds

The United Methodist Women served a meal on Monday, April 30 at the Community Center in Larrabee. Proceeds from the event go to mission projects such as a backpack program for youth, providing...

 
 By Shane D. Johnson    News    May 3, 2018

Wiedaman's True Value Hardware Becomes Paullina Hardware

Eric and Heidi Brown have recently moved back to the Paullina community in order to own and operate Paullina Hardware, formerly Wiedaman's True Value Hardware. Eric and Heidi moved from Minneapolis,...

 

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