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Past News From The Files Of The O'Brien County Bell


April 25, 2019

20 years ago - 1999

Improvements slated at Dog Creek - The O'Brien County Conservation Board held their April meeting at the Security State Bank in Sutherland. About 25 residents also attended. Previously, a meeting was held in Sutherland in which man y voiced their concerns about the water quality at Dog Creek. This is still a paramount concern. Some steps .have been taken to correct the situation. The Conservation Board has released more grass carp, which is the best solution in the long run for the problem of plant growth in the lake. An application to NRC S has been made to improve a silt dam on the west end of the lake to settle out the silt and nutrients from the watershed before it reaches the lake. That application is still pending. There is a 75 percent cost share to make a wetland to trap nutrients, or a 65 percent cost share for a dam. The audience was told that to build a silt dam, the lake would need to be lowered considerably or drained. Also, Darwin Koenig, of the O'Brien County Conservation Board said, "Excavating the silt from the lake bed on the west en d would be costly, but it would help if we could." At Dog Creek, for a 30-acre lake, there is a tremendous watershed area of 3000 acres, which also has a tremendous nutrient load. Koenig stated, "We've got things in motion for the grant, now it's the luck of the draw for funding." This summer, they plan on building, initially, two camping cabins, 14 by 14 feet. They will sleep six, have a microwave, fridge, but no running water. These cabins are to cater to a different type of park user. Those would be people without campers, or tents, or single parents who would feel safe in a structure.

Collection site found for old newspapers - Thanks to the generous offer of the Primghar VFW Chapter, Primghar residents now have a place to collect old newspapers for recycling. The collection center will be housed on the southeast corner of the square in the building previously occupied by Janet's Bloomers.

30 years ago -1989

Local businesses to move to new location - Insurance Services and Steadfast Data Systems will be moving to larger quarters sometime in June. The former "Jacobs" building, just down the street from the present location of the two businesses, has been purchased and is now undergoing extensive remodeling. Two offices, a conference room and reception area are being constructed. Plans for an open house are being made for July. Jerry Schueller is owner of Insurance Services and Greg Fritzsche has Steadfast Data.

Jaycees scholarship available - The Primghar Jaycees Scholarship was created in 1988 to encourage young adults in our community to further their education and to financially assist them in that endeavor. The Jaycees would especially like to recognize those who have become involved in our community and have displayed outstanding service and leadership. Two scholarships will be awarded to members of the graduating class of 1989, in the amount of $200. Any interested senior must complete an application and return it to Ms. Helfter by Wednesday, May 3. Application forms were distributed to the seniors on April 20 and 21.

40 years ago -1979

Combined vacation Bible school - The Education Committees of the United Church and the American Reformed Church met together at the Reformed Church and made some initial plans for Bible School to be held this summer immediately following the end of the public school term. To avoid Memorial Day celebrations, V.B.S. will start on Tuesday, May 29 and run through Saturday, June 2.


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