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20 years ago -1999

Science comes alive with solar cars - For Nancy Penning’s sixth and eighth grade students, racing cars gave them an opportunity to learn some valuable lessons about science, particularly solar energy. The South O’Brien students tested out the results of several weeks worth of work on the Primghar school grounds last week as they raced solar cars they built themselves. “They learned a lot along the way,” says Penning of the experience. “They learned how solar energy really works, how sunlight can be converted to energy, and about different types of gears. They also learned problem solving skills.” The program that Penning introduced into the classroom is one that was created by the Iowa Energy Commission. Designed for students in grades six through eight, it takes the young scientists from building prototypes to racing the completed product. The IEC supplies the solar panels and most of the motors and the school fills in the rest of the supplies. Penning applied for the program in November. In all, about 140 students participated.

Temporary jail site nears completion - Communications are fully operational, the administrative offices have been moved and, with the completion of the dormitory style cell now under construction, O’Brien County’s temporary jail should be ready to house inmates by the middle of this month. “We’re right on target as far as where we want to be,” says Sheriff Mike Anderson. The temporary jail is located in the old Farm Bureau building in Primghar. Recently vacated by the County Extension and Farm Bureau offices, the building is now owned by Dave Lee of Primghar. The county contracted with Lee for use of the building as a jail while a new law enforcement center is being constructed. Though there were some adjustments to be made with phone lines for the communications department, the offices in the building were ready for occupancy. Housing prisoners, however, is another matter entirely. Before moving into the building, Sheriff Anderson contacted the Iowa Department of Corrections’ Jail Inspection Division for approval. Though the site couldn’t pass requirements for a permanent jail, Anderson says the department gave the go ahead for using the structure as a transitional alternative. The most important facet of the project is the actual prisoner housing. O’Brien County currently has a 13-bed facility. They also have the capability to house female prisoners, something they won’t be able to do in the temporary jail, according to Anderson.

SUTHERLAND RESIDENTS - Sutherland residents are reminded that the City contracted garbage pickup does not include yard waste (grass clippings, leaves, branches, etc.). These can be disposed of at the city disposal area. Call the City Office for a key. Also, burning is allowed in Sutherland. These items are not, however, to be burned on city property, but only on private property.

30 years ago -1989

ARMY RESERVE SHOWS ITS STUFF - An Army Reserve helicopter delighted students and teachers alike when it landed in the Baseball field just west of the elementary school in Sutherland. Children enjoyed inspecting the chopper and taking turns sitting inside as did Mrs. Woolston and Miss LaMaak. The helicopter was on its way to the Cherokee Army Reserve Center from St. Paul, Minnesota, to take part in Open House held in Cherokee on Armed Forces Day where tours of the reserve center were given as well as displays of artillery cannons, helicopters and other weapons and vehicles were shown. The St. Paul National Guardsmen were also on a recruiting mission while enroute to the Open House and visited with several of the high school students.

50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY DANCE - Honoring Delbert & Vera Dau on Sunday, June 4 from 2-6 p.m. at the Paullina Legion Hall. Music by “Ernie Coopman and the Stagemen.” The couple requests no gifts. All friends and relatives are welcome!

Calumet News - Mrs. Robert Rehder and children visited in the Mrs. Lorraine Runge home Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Bengston were weekend guests in the Mr. and Mrs. Larry Timms home at Cedar Falls. West Side Card Club was held in the Mrs. Bill Daum home Thursday afternoon. High prize went to Mrs. Mary Rehder, second high to Mrs. Lorraine Runge. A nice lunch was served at the close of the afternoon.

40 years ago - 1979

Roadside Spraying to Begin June 11 In an advertisement appearing in this issue of the Times and Courier, O’Brien’ County is announcing that they will begin roadside spraying about June 11. The spraying will be in Grant, Highland, Dale, Baker, Caledonia, Union, Liberty and Waterman townships. The roadsides by house yards and gardens will not be sprayed. The tenant of the property or the owner are responsible for controlling the weeds and brush in those areas. If there are any other areas sensitive to weed spray, tenants of owners may obtain “Do Not Spray” signs at the County Engineer’s Office in the Courthouse at Primghar for posting in those areas.

Weightlifting And Basketball Reminder Tuesday, June 12 is the date that the 3 on 3 Basketball and weightlifting and recreation program begins for Sutherland High School students. The girls’ program will be from 7 to 8 p.m. The freshmen-sophomore boys will go from 8 to 9 p.m. and the junior-senior boys from 9 to 10 p.m. Mr. Blazek and Mr. Clayberg will supervise the program.

Dance to be Held For the Richard Morris’s - The children of Mr. and Mrs. Richard “Curly” Morris request the pleasure of your company at a dance in observance of their parents’ 25th wedding anniversary, June 8, at 9:00 p.m. at the Cobblestone, Storm Lake, Iowa. There will be a short program at 8:00 p.m. before the dance. All are welcome. Curly and Sandra are well known to the community of Sutherland and are hoping they will see a lot of their friends at the dance.

New Books At Library Non-Flctlon “By Myself” by Lauren Bacall; “The Bunker” by James P. O’Donnell; “Running and Being (the Total Experience)” by Dr. George Sheehan; “A Distant Mirror” by Barbara W. Tuchman. Fiction “Air Force One” by Edwin Corley; “The Praise Singer” by Mary Renault; “The Millionaire’s Daughter” by Dorothy Eden; “The Far Pavillions, Volume I and II” by M.M. Kaye. There is also a good selection of books on gardening and raising and arranging flowers


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