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 By Mari Radtke    News    April 25, 2019

Measles in Northeast Iowa

The first case of measles in Iowa was reported by Iowa Department of Public Health on Monday April 15. A second case was reported on Thursday April 18. A member of the same household is reported as the patient. Both patients are unvaccinated and...

 By Mari Radtke    News    April 25, 2019

Any Exercise Gives So Many Benefits

The Paullina Library is beginning a brand new program, Geri-Fit. The exercise program is geared toward senior men and women, but is considered especially helpful to those 75 years and over. It is free to all and begins Tuesday April 30. Classes are...

 By Mari Radtke    News    April 25, 2019

South O'Brien 2019-20 Proposed Academic Calendar Approved

By Mari Radtke The South O'Brien School Board met in regular session on Wednesday April 17. The second readings of Policy Codes 700 and 900 Series were approved with no material changes. Those...


Property Assessment Appeals Period Extended

As a result of O’Brien County being included in the major disaster declaration from President Trump issued on March 23, 2019, the period for property owners to appeal the assessed value on their property has been extended. The period during which... Full story


South O'Brien FFA Chapter Receives Donation

The South O'Brien FFA Chapter is a recipient of a 2019 America's Farmers Grow Communities donation from the Bayer Fund on behalf of O'Brien County farmer, Lori Heemstra. South O'Brien Chapter... Full story

 By Mari Radtke    News    April 25, 2019

Paullina Bike Trail Repairs Creeping Forward

Paullina Council members were updated Monday April 15 about the progress toward repairing the very popular bike trail lost in the September 2018 floods. The section of the trail that ran across Mill Creek and under Highway 10 was destroyed. Some...


Law and Order

Traffic Nga Thuy Lam, Sanborn, Use of Electronic Device Tara Lynn Stettnicks, Ashton, Speeding Isaac James Visser, Sanborn, Speeding, No Valid Drivers License Adrienne Lee Reitsma, Sanborn, Speeding... Full story


South O'Brien Community Schools Junior High/High School Honor Roll

The following South O'Brien Junior High and High School Students have met the requirements to be listed on the 3rd quarter honor roll. The honor roll is divided into two parts – high honors and...


Community Cleanup Days

Paullina Household Hazardous Materials (HHM) pickup - Thursday May 9 from 9:00am to Noon. Drop off in front of City Hall Junk Pickup - Monday May 6 Contact City Hall, 949-3428, for cost of electronics, appliances, tires or other items. Have trash to...


Primghar American Legion Pancake Breakfast A Success

The Primghar American Legion held their annual Pancake breakfast on Sunday April 14th at the Community Building in Primghar serving over 180 people. Pictured L to R: Gordon Wittrock, Brad McDowell,...

 By Mari Radtke    News    April 25, 2019

A Circle of Love Weaves Together the Cycle of Life

In the fall of 2018 the sudden death of a MMCRU student, Natalie Henke, devastated the greater community. That devastation was so deeply touching to the neighbors, known and unknown that a seed of...


Sutherland and Primghar Dinner Date

Thursday, April 25 - Liver & Onions or Beef Patty, Mashed Potatoes w/Gravy, Mixed Vegetables, WW Roll. Friday, April 26 - BBQ Chicken, Baked Potato, Garlic Parmesan Green Beans or Brussel Sprouts, Apricots. Monday, April 29 - Chicken, Orange, &...

 By staff    News    April 18, 2019 

Community Cleanup Days

Paullina Household Hazardous Materials (HHM) pickup Thursday May 9 from 9:00am to Noon. Drop off in front of City Hall Junk Pickup Monday May 6 Contact City Hall, 949-3428, for cost of electronics, appliances, tires or other items. Have trash to be...

 By staff    News    April 18, 2019 

The Bunny Trail

Saturday April 20th is a very busy day for the Easter Bunny. He or she will be all over entertaining kids, delivering goodies and hiding eggs. Look below to know where to find the bunny and the fun scheduled. Archer Archer Library, 11:00am Story...

 By Kiersten Kruse    News    April 18, 2019 

2019 Academic Letter Winners

The Academic Letter Winners from the sophomore, junior, and senior classes and their families were invited to attend a ceremony on March 13 to honor them for their achievements in academics. This has...

 By Jeremy Struve    News    April 18, 2019 

Third Quarter Class Competitions

South O'Brien started the third quarter on January 12, and it ended on March 29. Over the duration of the quarter, all four classes participated in various activities from dressing up for holidays to...


South O'Brien Model United Nations

Six South O'Brien students went to UNI in Cedar Falls to participate in Model United Nations on April 4-5. Students simulate the United Nations by proposing and voting on laws that their assigned...

 By Shelby Enger    News    April 18, 2019 

War Eagle Academic Banquet held in Lake Park

The 2019 War Eagle Conference Academic Banquet was held in Lake Park on March 19. Juniors and seniors in the top 5 percent of their class from each school in the War Eagle Conference were invited to...

 By Delanie Coady    News    April 18, 2019 

National Honor Society Induction

Ten new members were inducted into the South O'Brien National Honor Society Dolphin Chapter on Tuesday, March 26. The group consisted of 2 juniors and 8 sophomores. They were a welcome addition to...

 By Sydney Struve    News    April 18, 2019 

Prom Preview

South O'Brien High School Prom will be held April 27 in the West Gym. Juniors decided on "Big City, Bright Lights" as the theme this year. The doors will open at 7:00 pm for family and friends who...

 By Mari Radtke    News    April 18, 2019 

Sutherland Budget Amendment Public Hearing Set

David Mills attended the April Sutherland City Council meeting asking about the sidewalk policy in the city. Mills Construction has snow removal contracts around the city and there is an inconsistency in which homes remove snow or even have...

 By staff    News    April 18, 2019 

Law and order

Traffic Elizabeth Ann Dereus, Sheldon, Registration Violation Nathan Alan Vantilburg, Sheldon, Seatbelt Violation Tyrone Steenhoven, Hull, Minor In Possession Tyler Mark Whitehead, Hartley, Registrati...

 By Mari Radtke    News    April 18, 2019 

Water Drains Too Fast and Too Slow

Don Etler, an engineer with Bolten & Menk of Spencer, updated the O’Brien County Supervisor Tuesday April 9 about the FEMA process and Drainage District 5, which was seriously damaged in fall 2018 flooding, and again in the spring of 2019. He...

 By Mari Radtke    News    April 18, 2019 

Highway 59 Construction Begins

Patching began on Monday April 15 on Highway 59 from the Highway 10 East intersection north to the intersection with Highway 18. This process is expected to take 8-10 days. May 6 is the start date...

 News    April 18, 2019 

Notes from The Paullina Library

The library is introducing a new adult program. Beginning Tuesday, April 30th @ 9:30 A.M. we will begin “Geri-fit”, an exercise program for seniors. Attendees will do low-impact exercises along with an exercise video we will provide. There is NO...


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