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 January 2003 Odebolt News

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The Chronicle, Volume 112, Number 05, January 30, 2003

The Mayor Sez...
Hey, here is a benefit from last week's "deep freeze" ...it killed off the hibernating mosquito population (I read that somewhere).
     On a more serious subject, I went to a citizen's advisory board meeting last week and was sorrowed to hear of talk about losing our high school.  Remember, I said "talk."  To those of you that care, let your thoughts be known to the school board as they will eventually be making some hard decisions down the road such as:  moving the middle school from Arthur to Odebolt and whether or not to give up our high school.
     As one person put it, "if we lose our high school, it won't be long and the tumble weeds will be blowing through the town."
- R.J. Rex, Mayor of Odebolt

  Chamber of Commerce  

Area Businesses Burglarized - The doors of Caroll's Kitchen and The Alumni Club in  Odebolt were smashed in the early hours Saturday morning, January 25th to gain access.  Both businesses had steel, plate glass front doors. Once inside, all that was taken was a small amount of change.  The incidents are being investigated by the Odebolt Police Department and the Sac County Sheriff's Department. If you have any information about these events, please call Crimestoppers at 712-662-4430.

Special Odebolt-Arthur School Board Meeting - Monday, February 3rd at 6:30 p.m., Bart Ogden Gymnasium.  The Odebolt-Arthur Community School Board will host a public meeting to discuss sharing possibilities.  Other school boards attending include Sac Community, Wall Lake View Auburn, and Schaller-Crestland.  The purpose of the meeting is to 1) receive a report from Iowa Central Community College regarding their potential role in a Sac Area whole-grade sharing plan, 2) tour the Odebolt building, and 3) determine whether or not the districts want to continue discussion of the Sac Area Plan at future meetings.  This meeting is open to the public and you are strongly encouraged to attend.

Kettering Sworn-in - Des Moines:  State Senator Steve Kettering of Lake View has taken the oath of office to represent Iowa Senate District 26 in the 80th General Assembly. He is serving his first term in the Iowa Senate after being elected in a special election to represent District 26, which includes Sac, Buena Vista, Carroll and portions of Crawford counties.  Kettering previously served in the Iowa House.  Kettering will serve on the Business and Labor, Commerce, Judiciary, Natural Resources, and Transportation committees.  He is also a member of the Transportation, Infrastructure, and Capitals budget subcommittee.

Jazz - A jazz ensemble from Odebolt-Arthur will participate in the 31st Annual Morningside College Jazz Festival, sponsored by Morningside College and KMEG-TV, to be held Monday through Wednesday, February 3 to 5, on the Morningside campus.  The jazz ensemble is directed by Barbara Votrobeck, a 1972 Morningside graduate.  More than 70 high school and middle school instrumental jazz ensembles will perform in competition to be held from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. each day in the Eppley Auditorium and the MacCollin Classroom Building, 3625 Garretson Ave [in Sioux City].  This year's guest artists and clinicians are Kirk Garrison, Tony & Joey Gulizia, Andy Hall and Roger Nuemann.  A concert featuring the guest artists, winners of the festival's improvistion contest, the Morningside Jazz Ensemble, and the Morningside World Music Ensemble will be held Tuesday at 8 p.m. in Eppley Auditorium.  For reservations and tickets, contact the Morningside College Music Department at 712-274-5210.

Art Awards - Odebolt Arthur Art Department was very pleased to have a charcoal self-portrait by Alex Daniels accepted into the Scholastic Art Awards Northwest Iowa Regional Exhibition held at Eppley and Levitt Art Galleries, Morningside College, Sioux City, in January.  Alex, a 10th grader, and son of Braden and Penny Daniels, of Odebolt, attended the January 20th reception along with art instructor, Mrs. Twyla Godbersen.  Included in the show were 220 selected artworks from the total of 892 entries from twenty four schools.

Marjorie (Raasch) Timmerman,
82, of Cherokee, died January 18 at her home following a short illness.   Born July 15, 1920, at Odebolt to Irvin & Elizabeth (Konradi) Raasch.  Married Raymond Timmerman January 8, 1942, in Cherokee.  Farmed in Pilot Township until retiring to Cherokee in 1994. Funeral services held January 21, 2003, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Cherokee, Iowa.  Survived by three daughters, brother Ray Raasch of Odebolt, 10 grandchildren & 7 great-granchildren. Burial, Oak Hill Cemetery, Cherokee.

Other News of Interest

  • Historical news from the 1916 Odebolt News, by B. Ekse - 1916 was an interesting year.  An electrical plant had just been installed and stores were gearing up to sell electrical appliances.  There was a big push to pave the streets, but two council members and many businessmen and townspeople opposed it.  School consolidation was being discussed, but it was never mentioned with whom they were considering consolidating.  Perhaps it was with the country schools.

  • HOOPS! (Jan. 31) A very quick Woodbury Central (Moville) team defeated the"Nettes" and their chance to play for the conference championships.  The 7th ranked Trojans played a very physical game against Onawa and advanced to play for the conference championship.  (For all you former Trojans and Trojan fans, guess who we play?.... you guessed it... THE HOLSTEIN PRIATES!)  GO TROJANS! - R.J.Rex
    HOOPS! (January 29): 
    Coach Jim Michelson's 7th ranked Trojan's presented him with his 200th win last eve in a spectacular win in the conference quarter finals against Ida Grove/Battle Creek. We salute!  The "Nettes" also advanced, improving their record in a hard fought victory over IG/BC.  The conference semi-finals will be this Friday night at Ida Grove. Go O-A! -R.J. Rex
    HOOPS! (January 24)
    :  One of the most awesome displays of complete basketball was played by the 8th ranked Trojans last evening against a highly regarded Westwood of Sloan boys team.  The Trojans scored nearly 90 points, outscoring the opponents by over 40.   The "Nettes" also played extremely well at both ends of the court and won handily by more than 20 points.   O-A basketball is on a roll! - R.J. Rex

  • UPDATE:  As of January 13, 2003, the OCC application for a Vision Iowa Grant has passed the first stage of review and has been sent to the Vision Iowa Board for review by the CAT Review Committee.

The Chronicle, Volume 112, Number 04, January 23, 2003

The Mayor Sez...
I would like to clear up a misunderstanding about curb-side mail delivery around town.  The city council did not, I repeat did not, rescind the ordinance governing city curb-side delivery.  An amendment was made allowing only those people living along the rural mail carrier's route out of town on Second Street, to be eligible to receive curb-side delivery if they elect to do so.  Postal regulations have required the above residents to pay for their mailboxes at the post office while most everyone else has been exempt.  The city council has decided to relieve these people of a misunderstood discrimination by living on Second Street.  Due to the highly controversial issue, the council may have a referendum vote by the taxpayers at a later ate on the above issue.  We welcome any comments that the public may have on the matter.
 - R.J. Rex, Mayor
P.S.  There are only 22 weekends left until Creek Days, June 14th and 15th (note change of weekend for all activities;  in 2004, we understand that we will go back to the third full weekend in June). Contact Kristy Rosemeyer if you would like to volunteer.

Job Openings
Part-time Office Assistant, City Clerk's Office;
(15 to 20 hours per week);  Computer experience required.  Pick up application at Odebolt City Hall, 205 West 2nd Street and return by noon on February 3, 2003, to P.O. Box 433, Odebolt, IA.  Phone 712-668-2231 EOE
Pool Staff Needed - The City of Odebolt has openings for Pool Manager, Life Guards and Basket Persons for the summer pool season.  Pick up applications at the City Clerk's Office and return by Feb. 3, 2003 to P.O. Box 433, Odebolt, IA.  Phone 712-668-2231  EOE

Kettering Claims State Senate Seat - Republican Steve Kettering captured the Iowa Senate District 26 seat by a large margin, over Democratic candidate, Don Mason, in a special election held January 14. .  Kettering, a banker from Lake View, received 4,444 votes to 2,995 votes for Mason. The election was made necessary when former Senator Steve King of Kiron won election to the U.S. House of Representatives.  King resigned from his seat in the Iowa Senate in December.

Ribbon Cutting in Arthur - The Arthur City Council held a ribbon cutting at the Arthur Cafe on Saturday, January 11th.  The cafe is owned by Sheila and Dean Davenport and will be open Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 9 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Volunteer to Become a Mentor in OA Schools - We need everyone's help to prepare all of our children for productive and fulfilling lives. Something as small as reading aloud to a child for an hour a week, or helping that child do homework can be a gift that keeps the lights blazing in a child's eyes and changes that child's life forever.  Sharing Opportunities and Success Mentoring Program currently has 23 active matches and the program is looking for more mentor volunteers.  January is National Mentoring Month and it is a great time to get started.  If you can be a good, patient listener and are willing to offer friendship, empathy, guidance and encouragement to a young person, call Terri Carstensen, coordinator.

Girl Scout Cookie Sales - Girls Scots of Lakota Council, a United Way agency, has announced their 46th Annual Girl Scout Cookie Sale which has begun and will run until February 3 in Odebolt, Arthur, Wall Lake, Lake View, and Auburn, offering eight varieties of cookies.  The Girl Scouts participate in this yearly event to help raise money for troop projects, materials, program events, and other events and projects.  

Arthur School year books
:  Years, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1946, 1951, 1952, 1954. Call Shirley Hemer in Arthur.
Play Director - to select a play and prepare performance for the March 28th All School Play.  Contact Chuck Foy, Odebolt Arthur High School, 668-2827

Other News of Interest

  • HOOPS (January 21) - The Trojans and Trojanettes both came home with wins Tuesday night. They played highly respected Lawton /Bronson and continue their victorious quest.   - RJ Rex
    [Jan.17th] - Coach Larry Allen's "Nettes" had back-to-back wins over River Valley (Correctionville) Friday night and an exciting overtime win over Wall-Lakeview-Auburn Saturday night! Coach Jim Mickelson's state-ranked Trojans had an easy win Friday evening over River Valley and a very hard fought win over a "fired up" Wall Lake-Lakeview-Auburn team Saturday night!  The score (70 to 56) is not indicative of how close the game really was
    .  - RJ Rex

The Chronicle, Volume 112, Number 03, January 16, 2003

The Mayor Sez...  
I think it would be appropriate to make a long overdue recognition of a person that had a great deal to do with the success of establishing a Sac County Special Projects Fund (ultimately $5,000 came from the SETD Board for our community center).  Her name is Shirley Phillips, she lives in Sac City, and is known to many of us around the county.  She recently was recognized and received an award from the Iowa Dept. of Economic Development.  Shirley is the executive director of SETD (Sac County Economic and Tourism Development).  She works very hard at promoting Sac County and the cities therein, attracting new businesses, economic development, and tourism.  Shirley, we salute you and wish you great success in your endeavors!
R. J. Rex, Mayor of Odebolt

Bank Robbery in Kiron  - At approximately 10:50 a.m. Thursday morning, January 9, the United Bank of Iowa, located in Kiron, was robbed at gun point.  Eric Struve, 26, and his wife, Yesenia Struve, 27, both of Kiron, are being held without bond in the Crawford County Jail for the incident.  Authorities said two employees were in the bank when Eric Struve entered brandishing what looked like a .45-caliber handgun, and said he wanted all the money.  The tellers complied with about $23,000 cash.  The Struves also allegedly stole the car of teller Diane Hester.  Hester called 911and officials arrived within minutes of the report.  Deputies from nearby Sac and Ida Counties joined in a search and the couple were pulled over four miles west of Kiron by a sheriff's deputy, 45 minutes after the robbery.  The Struves were detained, officers obtained a warrant to search their vehicle, and the cash and a BB pistol were recovered. Each has been charged with first-degree robbery and second-degree theft.  Kiron, population 270, is located 12 miles north of Denison.

Pool Staff Needed - The City of Odebolt has openings for Pool Manager, Life Guards and Basket Persons for the summer pool season.  Pick up applications at the City Clerk's Office and return by Feb. 3, 2003.

Vets Memorial Monument Update:  January 10, 2003 - The committee met this morning to receive another bid on the memorial and for other business. Nearly 2/3 of the $39,000 needed to build the memorial has been received. The money raised to date has come in big chunks but more people are needed to participate. There will be an ad in the Chronicle in coming weeks encouraging people to make their commitment as soon as possible so the project can begin.  Out-of-town folks are encouraged to submit their pledges as well.  See Vets Memorial  for more information.

Legion Oratorical Winner- Steven Leege, son of Ray and Wanita Leege of Odebolt and a senior at O-A High School advanced to district competition in the American Legion sponsored Oratorical Contest.  Steve chose to speak on Article V of the U.S. Constitution which deals with how amendments are made to the constitution.  District competition will be held January 19 in Hinton, Iowa.  The winder of the district will advance to state competition.

Wheeler Lodge Scholarship - Becky Schaefer, a 2002 graduate of Odebolt-Arthur, was recently awarded a $500 scholarship from Wheeler Lodge #398 A.F.A.M.

Cletus Wingert
, 69, a resident of Colorado Springs since 1976, died December 29, 2002, following a brief battle with liver cancer.  Born April 7, 1933 in Odebolt; served in military between 1953 & 1961; married Coleen in Fort Morgan Colorado where they lived until 1976; survived by his wife, two sons, two daughters and two granddaughters;  buried at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colorado.
Ivon Buehler, 77, of Odebolt, died Monday, January 6, 2003 at Twilight Acres Nursing Home in Wall Lake, Iowa.  Born August 16, 1925 in Ringling, Oklahoma, daughter of Curtis and Hazel (Burns) Sorrell; married Earl Buehler November 25, 1944, in Oklahoma City, OK; made their home on the farm where Earl was born and raised north of Odebolt;  Survivors include her husband; three children, Benjamin, Gwendolyn and Paul, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Anna Streed, 82, of Odebolt, passed away January 9, 2003, in Mercy Medical Center, Sioux City, Iowa.  Anna L. Gunderson was born September 8, 1920 in Odebolt, daughter of Anton Edwin and Grace (Goreham) Gunderson; graduated Odebolt High School in 1938 and American Beauty School in 1939.  Owned her own beauty shop and worked for Doreen's Beauty Shop, retiring in early 80's.  Married Lavern "Doe" Roll, December 11, 1940.  Married George Streed on September 5, 1975.  Survivors include her husband, George; daughter Marlene; two step-sons, David and Mark Streed; two step-daughters, Ester and Mary Streed; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren.  Burial Odebolt Cemetery.

Other News of Interest

  • January 2003 Chamber of Commerce News

    • MEMBERSHIP DRIVE The Chamber will be holding a social / membership drive February 19th, with a soup & sandwich supper to be served at the Community Center from 6pm to 8pm.   This event is open to anyone wishing to become a member of the Chamber.  You do not need to be an owner of a business to join, only interested in promoting and caring for our community .  We have had members such as Bart Ogden, Milton & Lola Paul and P. Dale & Marge Gronemeyer for many years.  Membership is open to farmers, contractors, seed dealers etc.   There is no requirement that your business be located on Main street   
    • Dues for 2003 will again be $25.00. Come join us!  Odebolt Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 574, Odebolt, IA 51458.   Remember, we meet the second Thursday of each month.
    • New officers for the Chamber are:  Roxie Hemer - President;  Melissa Pierce - Vice President; Tammie Dausel -  Secretary/Treasurer.  DIrectors are Shelly Else, Niel Sibenaller, Vicki Beckman & Mark Ford.

The Chronicle, Volume 112, Number 02, January 9, 2003

The Mayor Sez...
     Many challenges face us as we ponder what the New Year (2003) will bring; they are as follows: war, potential nuclear holocaust, geopolitical concerns, the economy in recession, terrorism, drought, unemployment, and on and on.  That is the bad news.  The good news is this: when things seem like they can't get any worse, they probably won't.  Things will get better and that is the attitude that we must have and maintain.  Cyclically speaking, in every ten year period there are ups and downs and possibly we will be entering the up-swing cycle.  Your City Administration monitors all of the above and will conduct ourselves accordingly.
R. J. Rex, Mayor
     P.S. The following is a tip on how to save gas during these high fuel prices:  use your cruise control set at the posted speed limit!

Vote for Iowa Senate Seat, Tuesday, January 14  - The special election to fill Iowa Senate District 26 seat vacated by Steve King, who resigned the seat after winning election to the United States House of Representatives, will be held Tuesday, January 14. The Democratic nominee is Don Mason of Nemaha and the Republican nominee is Steve Kettering of Lake View. The senate district includes Carroll, Sac, Buena Vista, and parts of Crawford Counties.  Absentee ballots must be postmarked by January 13 and must arrive at the Sac County Courthouse by 1 p.m., January 16 to be included in the tally.  Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at all polling places.  
     Democratic nominee, Don Mason, is a grain farmer and a member of the Iowa Corn Promotion Board.  He has served several terms on the Crestland and Schaller-Crestland School Boards and was a Peace Corps voluteer for four years in the mid-70's. 
    Republican nominee, Steve Kettering, has served two terms in the Iowa House of Representatives.  He chose not to run for re-election in 2002 because re-districting caused him to be paired with another Republican in a new district.  He is president of Farmers State Bank in Lake View.

Leege in Legion Oratorical Competition - Steven Leege, son of Ray and Wantita Leege of Odebolt, will participate in the Sac County American Legion Oratorical Contest January 12, at the Wall Lake Presbyterian Church.  Judges will decide who will advance to district competition on January 19.  Scholarships are awarded at the district, state and national levels that can be used for education beyond high school.

The Odebolt Police Department recently received an in-car video camera, which will assist in the professionalism of the officers and provide documentation to help with charges and convictions.  The $1500 camera was purchased with grant assistance from the Iowa Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau.

Fr. Reicks on Leave - Father Allan Reicks, pastor at St. Martin's, Odebolt, and St. Joseph Catholic in Wall Lake, announced on the weekend preceding Christmas, that he will be taking a year's leave of absence.  Interim priests, including Fr. Leo Riesberg will be filling in for a few weeks until another pastor is assigned. 

Eugene Haberkamp, former O-A School music instructor, was killed in a car accident December 28, 2002.  Funeral services were Friday, January 3, 2003 in Cedar Falls.  He is survived by his wife, Helen, and three daughters, Linda, Connie and Lisa and their families.
Ivon Buehler , 77, of Odebolt died Monday, Jan. 6, 2003, at Twilight Acres in Wall Lake, Iowa. Services were 11 a.m. Friday, January 10, at United Methodist Church in Odebolt.

  • Death:  Anna Streed, 82, of Odebolt died Thursday, Jan. 9, 2003, at a Sioux City hospital.  Visitation:  3 to 8 p.m. Sunday, with the family present 6 to 8 p.m., Farber and Otteman Funeral Home in Odebolt.  Services:  10:30 a.m. Monday, January 13, at United Methodist Church in Odebolt.  Burial: Odebolt Cemetery. 

  • The curbside mailbox pilot project for those living on 2nd Street was approved at the City Council Meeting Mon., January 7.

  • Basketball:  Monday night, Jan. 7 - The "Nettes" won over Ida Grove, and the 9th ranked boys thrashed Ida Grove 90 to 40!  

The Chronicle, Volume 112, Number 01, January 2, 2003

from The Chronicle, Vol. 14, No. 35 

New Year's History from January 3, 1901 edition - Probably half the population of Odebolt stayed up to see the 20th century come in.  Mass was celebrated at St. Martin's Church at midnight, and the bells rang out the old year and welcomed the new.  The young people had several watch meetings, and at midnight they were around waking up the folks who preferred to sleep.  The members of the Women's Literacy Club entertained their husbands at the home of A. E. Matthews and renewed their vows of obedience when the clock struck twelve, in exchange for the assurance that fires would be started by the sterner sex during 1901.

The Mayor Sez...
The year 2002 has been a very productive year for Odebolt.  The 125th celebration was a smashing success!  Many thanks to all that made it happen.  Many organizations were recipients of the dollars generated and rightfully so. The community center is up and running due to the hard work and perseverance by those involved.  Our Odebolt Development Corp. deserves a big thanks for all they do and continue to do to ensure our future.  We thank all of our volunteers no matter in what capacity they serve for volunteers are what really make up the backbone of the community.  We thank our many organizations that so diligently serve and contribute.  Thanks, Odebolt, for all of your support, effort and hard work.  Your City Administration salutes you and wishes all a Happy New Year.
- R. J. Rex, Mayor

January 14 Special Election for District 26 Iowa Senate Seat  Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at all regular polling places on the 14th. The auditor's office in the Sac County Courthouse will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 11, 2003, for absentee voting. Absentee ballots being returned by mail must be postmarked no later than January 13, 2003, and delivered to the auditor's office by 1 p.m. on January 16, 2003, to be considered in the total votes counted.

Girls State - Odebolt American Legion Auxiliary will select a candidate for Girls Sate at the January 13th meeting.  Interested high school junior girls should obtain necessary information from the High School Guidance office and submit their written application by January 10th.  Girls State will be in June at Iowa State University.

Goodwill Ambassador Trailer will receive donations in Arthur beginning January 3 until January 9.  Donations are to be place in the trailer located at the intersection of Hwy. 175 and M31 in Arthur.

Reservations for County Shelter Houses - Starting January 2, 2003 reservations can be made for the upcoming year for the shelter houses at Grant, Hagge and Reiff Parks, as well as the camping cabin at Hagge Park.  The shelter house fees require a deposit.  Organized your groups may reserve for no charge.  For more information contact the Sac County Conservation Board office at Hagge Park at 662-4530.

Bengford, Gerald,
72, of Odebolt, died December 24, 2002 at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove, IA.  Born July 14, 1930 in Arthur, IA, the son of Joseph and Helen (Dinges) Bengford; married Ruth Anna Rothe at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Wall Lake on Oct. 4, 1952; farmed near Odebolt and later lived in Odebolt; worked 26 years at Farmers Cooperative Elevator; retired 1991; survived by two sons, Dave and Steve; two daughters, Janet and Carolyn; seven grandchildren; two sisters, Dorothy Barclay and Mary Van Scoy.  

Other News of Interest

  • Basketball News - The "Nettes" won over Lake City 53 to 48 on January 4th and the #10th-ranked Trojans ran roughshod over the Lake City boys team.

  • The winners of the Chamber of Commerce Holiday Lights Contest are the homes of: Dennis and Malinda Bengford; Dennis and Joan Jenkins; Jeremiah and Trisha Kruckenberg; Merle and Deb Miller; and John and Helen Hinkelman. 

A gazebo on North Main glows in the night.
Photo taken Dec.15, 2002 by B.Horak



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