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Articles from the April 23, 2020 edition

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 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...

 

Student Lunches

Students of the South O’Brien Community School District can pick up bagged lunches in each of the 4 communities of South O’Brien. This is a service provided by the school district. Pick up locations are as follows: Paullina – First...

 

Law and Order

Traffic Jennifer L Peterson, Sibley, Failure to Change Lane Approaching Emergency Vehicle Ryan William Sterler, Sanborn, Use of Electronic Device Emily Ann Larson, Minneapolis, Speeding Sarah J....

 

Investigations Result In Local Arrests

Investigations conducted by the Sutherland Police Department and the O'Brien County Sheriff's Office have led to the arrests of MARK JAY STEINER JR, age 18 of Sutherland, Iowa and SHANE MICHAEL...

 

Street Repairs On Paullina Council Agenda

The Paullina city council met on April 20 in the Laue Room in Paullina. The Gemboree Committee requested permission to use the city park and ball field for the event again this year. The council...

 

Mars Competes In FFA Event

South O'Brien FFA member, Eric Mars, competed in the Extemporaneous Public Speaking Leadership Development Event at the NE Sub-District Contest hosted by the Okoboji FFA Chapter. During this event,...

 

First Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Cherokee County

A case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed in Cherokee County. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), the individual is self-isolating at home. The individual is a male between the ages of 41 and 60. “While this...

 

Local Food and Supply Chain Resources Available amid COVID-19

AMES, Iowa – The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a far-reaching impact within the food supply and value chain system, affecting multiple sectors of the food economy. In an effort to help explain the many issues and options, the Farm, Food and E...

 

Iowa State Extension

by Gary Wright, Farm Management Specialist Much has been written about the present COVID-19 pandemic, and its impact upon global and U.S. economies. This article will not repeat those facts (other than encouraging all readers to be acting upon the...

 

Yard and Garden: Planting Rhubarb in the Home Garden

Rhubarb is useful in many recipes and is easy to grow AMES, Iowa – The tart stalks of rhubarb are used in pies, tarts, sauces, jams, jellies, puddings and punch. Rhubarb is easy to grow and...

 

(Not) Working from Home

A lot of us are working from home right now, so I think this is a good time to talk about why we're not getting anything done. I'm an expert on this subject-not getting anything done, I mean. And I...

 

Barbara Ebel

Barb E. Ebel, age 67 of Primghar, Iowa who passed away on Saturday, April 11, 2020 at her residence. A private family service will be held on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at the Eldridge Family Funeral...

 

Susan (Susie) Rae Van Heuvelen

Susan Van Heuvelen, known to friends and family as "Susie," passed away on March 30, 2020, at home in Hiram, Georgia, at the age of 65. Born and raised in Primghar, Iowa, Susie attended the University of South Dakota-Vermillion, where she studied...

 

"Tour O'Brien County – We'll See You Outside" Provides Social Distancing Activities for Spring

Primghar, Iowa, April 16, 2020 – O’Brien County Tourism wants to “See You Outside” - at a safe distance of course. The county tourism group has put together a fun activity that combines O’Brien County trivia with a treasure hunt that will...

 

Supervisors Updated On Bridges In The County

O'Brien County Engineer, Scott Rinehart updated the supervisors on April 21 about progress being made to bridges across O'Brien County. Graves Construction is managing 3 individual bridge projects in...

 
 By Brian DeMoss    News    April 23, 2020

How To Change Your Name On Your Social Security Card

Social Security District Manager Spencer/Storm Lake A Social Security number is important because you need it to work, collect Social Security benefits, and receive certain government services. The...

 

During COVID-19, Take Simple Steps to Establish a New Normal

(StatePoint) It’s always the right time to commit to healthy habits, behaviors and steps to improve your physical and mental health. With the COVID-19 pandemic creating so much uncertainty and upending so many routines, experts say that focusing on...

 

American Life In Poetry

I had to drop out of a philosophy class in college because I'd begun to think about what I was thinking about and I was getting dizzy and sick. Here's a poem by Danusha Laméris about getting relief...

 

Online Workshops Planned for Safe Mushroom Foraging

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer a two-part online workshop in the spring and fall of 2020 for anyone interested in learning more about identifying and foraging local mushrooms. The first spring workshop will be...

 

Gary Vander Sluis

Gary Vander Sluis, a lifelong resident of O'Brien County, passed away April 18, 2020, at the age of 60. Gary was born September 16, 1959. He graduated from the Sutherland Community school system and...

 
 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...

 

April 30 Birthday - 99 Years Old

Lucy was born in O'Brien County, Iowa and attended Paullina school. She grew up with two sisters. She was a good farmer's wife. She worked hard to keep baby animals alive, and she did it! Through the...

 

Two Additional Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed In O'Brien County

Two additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in O'Brien County, bringing O'Brien County's total number of cases to five. Three of the five confirmed COVID-19 cases have recovered. * We are...

 

O'Brien County Public Health Issues Correction To Previous Press Release

O'Brien County Public Health was informed this afternoon that the adult female in the age range of 41 to 60 lives in a different county within Iowa. Updated Information: One additional case of...

 

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