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Paullina Times Past Files


March 28, 2019

20 years ago – 1999

Elderly housing tops list of Paullina housing needs - Steve Hallgren and Darren Bumgarner, representatives of Northwest Iowa Planning and Development (NWTPDC) were present at a town meeting held Monday night in the Laue Community Room at the Paullina City Hall. Just a handful of residents attended the meeting which was held for the purpose of gathering input concerning housing needs in the community. The information will be used to complete the Housing Needs Assessment currently being compiled by NWIPDC. The biggest share of the discussion stemmed around the identification of the most pressing needs or priorities of housing issues in Paullina.

PONY EXPRESS RIDERS WILL BE IN SOUTH O'BRIEN AREA FRIDAY - Pony Express riders will again be in the South O'Brien area Good Friday morning. Approximate times in area cities arc: Sutherland, 8:30 a.m .; Paullina, 9:30 - 10:00 a.m .; and Primghar, 11:00 a.m. Funds raised in the ride will be used to provide camping experiences for disabled children at Camp Sunnyside in Des Moines.

Paullina DOWNTOWN TREE PLANTING INFO - Frew Brown will place five gallon buckets next Wednesday and Thursday along Main and Broadway Streets in the downtown area to mark where actual trees arc planned for planting if the tree planting program is approved by the Chamber of Commerce and the Paullina City Council. You may comment about the program and the proposed tree locations at the next Chamber meeting to be held at noon April 1 at Piccidilly Circus Pizza.

30 years ago -1989

Paullina begins the process of saving the Wonderland Theatre - The town of Paullina has been doing without the use of its movie theater since the fire last winter that destroyed the Erdmann building next door. Damage to the theater caused by the fire needs to be repaired before movies can be shown again. There are volunteers to do the work, but first the money to purchase needed materials must be raised. The Paullina Development Corporation has decided to sponsor the clean-up of the building and will hold a dance on April 15 at the Paullina Legion Community Center. The proceeds from the dance will go toward building repair. The dance will be from 8 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are being sold by members of the Development Board and the Theater Board. The 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders from both the public school and Zion Lutheran will be selling 1,000 tickets as a service project for the community. Free will donations of both time and money are also welcome. People wishing "to give money donations can leave them at the bank pr contact Rita Engelke. Rita is serving on both the Development Corporation and the Theater Board and heads the clean-up project. She says that there is a large hole in the south wall of the building. Insurance is paying for the smoke clean-up and die door damaged by firemen when they had to force entry during the fire, but the hole in the wall is not covered. Rita says that the wall was actually owned by Paul Erdmann because it was a part of the hardware store building. Insurance won't cover its repair because the theater didn't own it at the time of the fire. Erdmann has said that he will donate the wall and the land that it is on to the theater so that it can be a part of the building. It will cost about $1,500 to fix the wall. According to Rita, the insurance company has informed the Theater Board that it will reimburse the theater for any volunteer work done during the clean-up of the interior and it is hoped that a few hundred dollars can be saved this way. Rita stresses the importance of community support if the theater is to continue to operate.

40 years ago - 1979

Jody Johnson Selected for Girls State - Jody Johnson, daughter of Pastor and Mrs. Donald Johnson of Paullina, was named the delegate to represent the American Legion Auxiliary at Girls State in Cedar Falls on June 2 through June 9. Laura Mau, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Mau of Paullina, was named the first alternate. The two girls are in their junior year at Paullina Community School.

One Vacation Day for Easter Holiday - Students in the Paullina Community Schools and the Zion-St. John Lutheran schools will be dismissed at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 12 for the Easter vacation and will resume school at the regular time on Monday, April 16. The Easter vacation had originally been scheduled for April 13 and 16 with an in-service day on April 17 with school but two days of the Easter holiday are being used as snow make-up days. The only full day of Easter vacation will be on Friday, April 13.

Benefit Dance At Legion Saturday Night - A benefit dance will be held at the American Legion building on highway 10 on Saturday evening, March 31. The total proceeds of the dance after expenses will be donated to the Panther Club Building Fund for the purpose of erecting the rest rooms, concession stand and equipment building at the Paullina Athletic Field.


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