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O'Brien County Bell Past Files


April 18, 2019

20 years ago – 1999

Spring brings new life to the Primghar Learning Center - Thanks to the efforts of their teacher, Mrs. Weerheim, and the generous donations of HyLyne Hatchery in Spencer, South - O'Brien kindergarten students have learned a valuable lesson of new life. Three dozen eggs were donated by the hatchery and placed in an incubator. The children watched closely for eight days later when the baby chicks finally emerged.

School board hears juvenile officer report, approves teacher master contract - Juvenile Court Officer Steve Kramer addressed the South O'Brien School Board at their regular meeting Monday evening. He explained the role of the School Liaison program. It is the desire of the state that, in time, each school district have a Liaison Officer in place. Individuals would be hired jointly by the Iowa Department of Human Services, the Juvenile Court System and the school district. The district would be responsible for one fourth of the annual salary, which is estimated near $ 10,000. The role of the School Liaison is to provide intensive supervision and monitoring services to at-risk youth within the district. The district would define the job description and applicants would be hired on the school's criteria.

Area communities planning telecommunications network - The communities of Primghar, Sanborn and Hartley have owned and operated municipal cable television systems for approximately 18 years. Since these systems are in need of updating, the three cities decided to study the concept of constructing a single system that would serve all three communities, sharing expenses and minimizing costs. The Community of Paullina had been considering establishing a municipal telecommunications system, and asked to participate in the planning of new facilities.

30 years ago – 1989

Council approves extensive repair work on pool - Primghar City Council met in special session last Thursday to review the proposal for pool repairs from the W.G. Jaques Company. Estimated repair costs were between $19,000-$24.000. After explanation and discussion, the council approved the project. Repair crews will arrive toward the end of the week to begin work. They will drill holes along the deep end of the pool and, working from the bottom up, will inject a grout mixture to fill the hollow areas. This procedure is a gradual process and holes will be filled a little at a time. The crew will also patch all cracks in the deep end and seal them with a special flexible sealant. The repair will take at least two weeks.

Hog Wild Day Set For July 8 - The regular meeting of the Prlmghar Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors was held Monday evening, April 17 at the Country Club lower level. After a long discussion, the new board of directors overturned a decision made last fall by the '88 board. They voted not to sponsor the Little Miss/Mr. Primghar contest this year, their reason being that most merchants have plenty of other things to take care of prior to and during Hog Wild Day on July 8.

40 years ago – 1979

Hospital board announces remodeling plans - Baum Harmon Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees this week announces plans of and extensive remodeling project of the O.B. section. Plans call for extension of the existing structure to the street on the north. New patient O.B. room, and offices for the Director of Nursing and Patient Care Coordinator will be added. Richard Rerick of Spencer is the architect.


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