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Past News From The Files Of The Paullina Times


20 years ago – 1990

Improvements underway in Mill Creek State Park - The campground at Mill Creek State Park near Paullina "officially" opened for the season on Saturday, May 1. Some camping enthusiasts took advantage of Mother Nature's beautiful weather for opening weekend. This summer, campers will be able to take advantage o f a recent improvement at Mill Creek Park. The electrical service to the campground was upgraded. A second transformer along with 600 feet of new line was installed to serve half of the campground. The original transformer will continue to serve the other half. "A new transformer was installed m the campground to boost current to the camp sites," explained Darwin Koenig, O'Brien County Conservation Officer. "We had complaints last year that on hot days there wasn't enough power to operate air conditioning in the campers. "We approached our power company (Mid America) last summer and asked them to come up with a wa y to improve service," continued Koenig. "They designed the project." He noted that the total cost to O'Brien County will be approximately $3,000.

City ups sewer defray costs of improvements - In action Monday night, the Paullina City Council adopted an amendment to the Code of Ordinances involving a slight increase in sewer rates. The increase is necessary to help pay off costs involved in a major sewer project completed in 1997. The new rates, which will become effective with the June 1 billing, include: $6.60 per month minimum (an increase of 60 cents per month); $2.20 per 1,000 gallons per month over the first 1,000 gallons (an increase of 20 cents per 1,000 gallons). In another matter, it was noted that a total of 614 surveys were mailed to city utility customers asking them to indicate if they are in favor or not in favor of a city owned cable television system and a city owned telephone system. Approximately 185 were returned for 30 percent. Of those returned, seven had no response to either question but did include written questions concerning the proposed communications utility.

30 years ago – 1989

Paullina's Ambulance team: A vital service to the Community - Residents of the Paullina area are fortunate to have a skilled and faithful group of volunteers servings on the community ambulance team. Originally emergency care for Paullina was given b y the undertaker. The fire department took charge of the ambulance service in 1968, and in '69 several firemen took a first aid course and set up a calling tree for emergencies. In 1972 the ambulance attendants were required to take an "advanced first aid" course. Further requirements were added, and in '75 eleven community volunteers enrolled in an Emergency Medical Technician training course . According to Dianne Shirk, after nine months of training and testing the first official Paullina Ambulance Service was formed.

Council sells air compressor - Hill Plumbing & Heating submitted'.the only bid on the city's used air compressor at Monday night's regular council meeting. The council accepted Hill's bid of $300 for the unit. The council accepted M & S Drainage's bid of $70 per hour for trenching. The approximate cost for the entire project will be $910.

40 years ago – 1979

Elwood Koehlmoos Finds Balloon - Elwood Koehlmoos wa s doing his chores about 6 p.m. Sunday evening when he came across a Burger King balloon. The balloon had been released from the Canyon Lake United Methodist Church of Rapid City. S.D. after their Easter morning sunrise services that morning. The balloon had an Easter message attached to it.

Vosburgs to Celebrate Anniversary - Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Vosburg of Granville will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary on Sunday, May 6. An open house will be held in the Triple Crown in Granville from 2 - 4 p.m. No invitations have been sent and the couple request no gifts. Hosting the event will be their three children: Mr. and Mrs. Wallace (Nancy) Shafer, Granville. Mrs. William (Marge) Vinson, Tracy, Calif., Mr. and Mrs. William (Paula) Hindman, Jr., Stockton, Calif. There are twelve grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Vosburg have lived their entire wedding life on the farm where they still reside.

Confirmation at Zion May 6 The young people will publicly confess their Christian faith and will be received as communicant members by rite of confirmation at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, May 6 at Zion Lutheran Church, Paullina.

School Starts One Hour Late Friday A.M. - School will begin at 9:30 on Friday morning. May 4 as an in-service day will be held for the faculty of the Paullina Community Schools. Parents are reminded of the one hour later start on Friday morning.


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