O'Brien County's Bell-Times-Courier -

Past News From The Files Of The Paullina Times


20 years ago - 1999

Chapman to replace retiring City Clerk/Administrator Donald Dawson - In action Monday night, the City Council voted unanimously to appoint current Superintendent of Utilities Ron Chapman as City Clerk/Administrator. Chapman will assume the administrative duties upon the retirement of Don Dawson on July 17. Just prior to the decision, the Council voted to give Chapman a four percent wage increase raising his annual salary from $34,922.16 to $36,319.14. The Council decided to hire him as Clerk/Administrator at the newly increased salary for a six month probationary period.

South O'Brien Area hit by tornado, high wind and heavy rain - As the saying goes about Iowa weather, "If you don't like the weather we're having now, just wait an hour." Unfortunately, the weather we experienced Saturday afternoon provided a perfect example of that phenomenon. Saturday afternoon was hot and humid, but a front was forecast to come through and clouds were beginning to build up in the southwest. About 4:00 p.m. reports started coming in on the radio and television about severe thunderstorms heading our way. During the next two hours, all we had to do was wait and watch the weather change...Wow, did our weather change! According to the National Weather Bureau large hail was reported nine miles northwest of LeMars at about 5:16 p.m. Also at the same time reports of tornadoes started coming in. The first tornado reports were of a sighting seven miles southwest of Craig, which is about 32 miles southwest of Paullina. TV reports hit the airways about 5:40 p.m. warning of a tornado heading straight at Paullina and then on to Primghar. Paullina firemen and storm spotters reported a tornado on the ground immediately south of West Main and South Willow Streets in Paullina shortly after 6:00 p.m. Storm warning sirens were immediately sounded in Paullina alerting residents to take shelter if they hadn't already done so.

30 years ago - 1989

Digger repair costs $20,000 - The Paullina city council Monday agreed to pay Simon-Midwest Co., Watertown, S. D., $20,000 for reconditioning the city's 18-year-old digger derrick unit. The final bill was more than $6,500 over the original estimate of $13,577.

O'Brien County farmers may get emergency drought aid - The O'Brien County Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service will probably send a letter to those enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program concerning the limited relief program authorized last week by Secretary of State Clayton Yeutter. Ron Rivers, O'Brien County ASCS executive director, said farmers wishing to take advantage of the drought aid program would have to respond to the letter to ask for emergency haying and grazing rights.

40 years ago - 1979

"A Wedding'' is Playing at Local Theater - "A Wedding", which opens Friday at the Wonderland Theatre, is about a great big fancy wedding. From the marriage ceremony through the honeymoon departure, numerous hidden and mostly hilarious secrets are revealed about the fortyeight participants.

Art Show To Be Held During July 4th Celebration - Plans are being made for a Paullina area art show during the July 4th celebration. Kappa Theta Sorority of Beta Sigma Phi is sponsoring a display in the Paullina Community Building.


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