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The Chronicle, Vol. 115, No. 4,
January 26, 2006

The Mayor Sez…
     About the time I say that things are pretty quiet around town, all heck will break loose (just kiddin’, I hope). In this business expect the unexpected. I think that is why our first responders, fire-police-ambulance, do such a great job. They ARE highly trained to ‘expect the unexpected’! Odebolt is very fortunate to have these volunteers that serve as first responders. If you know an individual that serves, let him/her know you appreciate it! We salute!
     Quote of the day, “Sometimes you’re the bug and sometimes you’re the windshield”.
     From the ‘bolt,
     R. J. Rex, Mayor of Odebolt


Pick up applications at the City Clerk's office in Odebolt.
Return applications by Feb. 1, 2006.


Arson suspected in Raasch Fire—The Sac County Sheriff’s Office and the State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating what appears to be an intentionally set fire to a machine shed located 3 miles north of Odebolt off M-43.
     Anyone having any information about the January 22 fire is asked to contact the Sac County Sheriff’s Office or call the Iowa Arson Hotline . Read the complete article in this week’s Chronicle

Money Talk: A Financial Guide for Women—Pre-register before February 1 for this Web-based or by-mail course. The five course modules will cover financial basics, insurance, investing, retirement planning and planning for life events. These distance education courses will run from Feb. 13 to March 17.
     The cost of $75 includes the 190-page Money Talk workbook. Call the Sac County Extension Office, (712)662-7131 or Ellen Minnihan, (515)294-6568, to pre-register before Feb. 1. Read more by clicking here.


As a thank you to all the volunteers who helped with the
gym project, a celebration is being planned.

WHEN: Prior to the basketball game, FRIDAY,  FEBRUARY 3
WHAT: The Prom Committee will serve burgers, chips,
and a beverage FREE to all of the volunteers.

This activity will also be a prom fundraiser and is open
to everyone. FREE WILL OFFERING.


Mat Rat News—Pictured in this week’s Chronicle are three Mat Rats, Elliot Bengford, Matthew Marshall and Jake Wulf, who wrestled at the Lawton-Bronson Tournament in the Pee Wee division.

In the Military—On November 23, 2005, 2nd Lieutenant John J. Heidenreich was promoted to a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Army. The promotion took place at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 1st Lieutenant Heidenreich is currently deployed in Iraq. The lieutenant graduated with the class of 2000 from Odebolt-Arthur High School and received a bachelor’s degree in 2004 from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

Area Students—Thomas Heidenreich and Kyle Siebrecht, both of Odebolt, are among 3,937 undergraduate students at the University of Iowa named to the dean’s list for the 2005 fall semester.

O-A 3rd Graders Entertain the Odebolt Rotary—On Tuesday, January 17th, the Odebolt Arthur third grade class performed for the local Rotary Club. Over the course of the last two months, the class has worked hard on a special Christmas project developed by their teacher, Mrs. Buehler, to familiarize themselves with their heritage, other heritages in the community and the origins of holiday traditions. The production was the final project for this unit and a special treat for the Rotary. The students involved in the third grade heritage project are pictured in costume in this week’s Chronicle.

Death Notice
     Marjory Zane Gronemeyer
(Mrs. P. Dale Gronemeyer), age 78, of Odebolt, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, January 28, 2006, at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove, Iowa.  Mass of the Christian burial will be held on Tuesday, January 31st, 10:30 a.m., at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Odebolt with burial at St. Martin's Cemetery in Odebolt.
     Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the Farber & Otteman Funeral Home in Odebolt on Monday, January 30th, with a rosary at 6:30 and vigil service at 7:00 p.m.
      (See her obituary and send condolences to the family from the Farber and Otteman web site)

Odebolt Chamber of Commerce Minutes for January
     The January meeting for the Odebolt Chamber Of Commerce was held on January 19, 2006, at 5:30 p.m. at Herby's Bar and Grill in Odebolt.  In attendance were Melissa, Traci, Jon, Kay, Kristin Beeber from the Odebolt Chronicle, and Janet.
     We decided to pass on our annual fish fry to the Odebolt Fire Department and the washer tournament to the Odebolt Development Corporation.  Although we have passed these events on, we are more than willing to help as directors of the Odebolt Chamber.
     At our previous meetings we have discussed the issue of becoming an inactive organization; we are currently acting upon this decision.  We received no feedback from the members on this decision, therefore we are terminating the Odebolt Chamber.  The only problem we have had with this decision, is there being nobody to welcome in the new businesses.  We had also considered staying active and just having a quarterly meeting.
     Knowing this, we are collecting any outstanding chamber bucks.  The businesses should still honor the chamber bucks but should turn them in as soon as possible.
     We will have one final meeting for the Odebolt Chamber of Commerce on March 9, 2006, at Herby's Bar and Grill in Odebolt at 5:15 p.m.
- Janet Hoefling, Secretary

Winter Bridal Magazine—A sixteen-page special section in this week’s Chronicle offers many helpful tips for planning weddings in Sac County. Several couples share the stories of their weddings and receptions. The story of one couple, newlyweds Matt and Janene, was written by Mary Beth Blum of The Chronicle. The following are excerpts from that article.
     Matt and Janene became engaged last June the same weekend as Creek Days in Odebolt. The couple decided they wanted a winter wedding, so they chose a December date. They scheduled the church for their wedding ceremony, and the Odebolt Community Center was booked for the reception.
Janene made her own invitations and programs with a little help from The Chronicle at Odebolt.
     Hairstyles for the bride and her attendants were done by Janet Hoefling of Odebolt.
     Following the ceremony the wedding party rode to the reception in a white limousine. The Odebolt Community Center (OCC) was decorated with icicle and snowflake lights and snowflake accents. Tables were decorated with rose bowls, red candles and crystal ice rocks set on mirrors. White trees with white lights were placed around the OCC. They added the look and feel of a winter wonderland.
     A catered meal of chicken, roast beef, au gratin potatoes, salad and dinner roll was served. Instead of the traditional wedding cake, the couple chose assorted cookies made by Cubby’s in Odebolt.
     A dance followed the reception at the OCC.

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The Chronicle, Vol. 115, No. 3,
January 19, 2006

The Mayor Sez…
     Odebolt farmer Curt Raasch has been elected to serve the very prestigious post of Chairman of the United Soy Bean Board. We salute!
     For those that are not aware, Curt along with Butch Hemphill of the Farmers’ Coop have hosted many foreign buyers to our Odebolt facility and I have enjoyed giving them a hearty welcome to Odebolt. Believe me, they are all interested in Odebolt, the surrounding rural areas, and our way of life. One of the most interesting things that I have noticed on one particular visit of the buyers was that two of the largest populated countries in the World, China and Indonesia, were present. There isn’t any question that these foreign buyers recognize that Odebolt is in the heart of the nation’s breadbasket.
     From the ‘bolt,
     R. J. Rex, Mayor of Odebolt

Plans withdrawn for Hog Factory--Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement members and Sac County residents are pleased with the withdrawal of a 5,000-head hog factory permit application that was originally slated for Wheeler Township in Sac County. The application, by West Des Moines based company Meadow Crossing Farms, was heavily contested by Iowa CCI members since it was submitted in August of 2005. Iowa Select Farms was also involved as the contract company for the site.
     “In our opinion, this hog factory application was riddled with problems. We believe it was wrong for Sac County and wrong for Iowa,” said CCI member Rich Sievers from Odebolt. “We really appreciate our county supervisors standing with the community.”
In September, the Sac County supervisors voted unanimously to recommend to the state to deny the permit application
     “Stopping this hog factory from being built is an important victory for our community,” said Sievers. “But we know that the fight is not over – that we need to keep fighting so that counties can have local control over the siting of factory farms.”

Sewing Expressions at 4-H Winter FUNshop---ISU Extension Multi-County class will be held in Storm Lake on January 31, 2006. Pre-registration is required by Monday, January 23rd, to the Sac County Extension office. Forms may be found at their website: 4-H Winter FUNshop

$103,620 awarded for Voting Machines—As Iowa heads into the 2006 election season, Sac County is prepared to utilize new voting equipment purchased by Auditor Jim Dowling and approved by Sac County Supervisors. Read the complete article in this week’s Chronicle.

2006 Trail Passes now Available—Annual passes for the Sauk Rail Trail (SRT) are now available for the 2006 season for only $10. To purchase a pass, stop by the Sac County Conservation Office or pick up an envelope at the Sac County Courthouse and send it in. Daily passes, $1 per person per day, are also available at the Conservation office and at several of the trail heads.
     Passes are only needed for individuals 18 years old and up; 17 and under are free.
   Click here for more information about the trail: Sac County Conservation Board

Odebolt Rotary make Donations—The Odebolt Rotary Club hosted a Steak Fry Dinner in October 2005 at the Odebolt Community Center with the proceeds to benefit the Odebolt Museum. The club realized a profit of $2,936.03 with an additional $1,000 donation from Prudential, making the total $3,936.03.
     A photograph in this week’s Chronicle shows Rotary President Jon Schuttinga presenting the check to Odebolt Museum Curator Carol Auen and Renae Babcock, Museum board member and Rotary member.
     In another photograph, Rotary Club members and O-A National Honor Society members who helped at the steak fry, are all decked out in t-shirts provided by Prudential.
The Rotary Club also made a donation to the Odebolt Firm Department for their grilling expertise.


     A special Thank You from Odebolt Nursing and Rehab Center to everyone that helped make the Holiday Season enjoyable for both the residents and the staff.
     Thank you to the many people who brought in cookies, fruit, candy, and other food for the residents and staff to enjoy. We also appreciate the many members of the local churches who volunteered their time for worship services, social hour, and caroling.
     Thank you to the Odebolt Nursing and Rehab Auxiliary for the help during our Christmas Open House. Your help was greatly appreciated. The residents really enjoyed the extra visits and all of the festivities.
     Thanks again and have a prosperous 2006. 
  - Residents and Staff
    at Odebolt Nursing and Rehab Center

Goodwill Trailer makes Odebolt stop—Goodwill’s Ambassador trailer is pleased to receive donations in Odebolt beginning January 26, 2006 until February 1, 2006.
     Donations are to be placed in the Ambassador trailer located at Faith Lutheran Church parking lot. Real the complete article in The Chronicle.

Attention Odebolt Businesses—Should any solicitors come to your business selling items “for the school” or “for the students of OA,” please call Mrs. Trimble or Mr. Foy and check to see if indeed the school is endorsing their products. Read more in The Chronicle.

Mat Rats earn Trophies—On January 15, 2006, three Mat Rats wrestled at the 24th Annual Ogden Classic Wrestling Tournament in Ogden, Iowa. Pictured in this week’s Chronicle are trophy-winners Jarel Arbegast and Josh Schaefer.

With Home Equity Rates Like This,
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For Every Life Change

Memorial services for Paul John Bettin were held on Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 11:00 a.m., at the Presbyterian Church in Early, Iowa, under the direction of the Farber & Otteman Funeral Home. Burial was at the Odebolt Cemetery.  Obituary at Farber & Otteman

Area Students
     Blake Reis of Odebolt has received a $300 Carroll Foundation Grant from the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Foundation. Reis graduated from Odebolt-Arthur High School in 2005 and is now enrolled in DMACC’s Arts & Sciences program.
     Tyler Schnuckel has been named to the Dean’s Honor List at Morningside College. Schnuckel is a senior at Morningside and a graduate of Odebolt-Arthur High School.
     Kariann Blair, a senior, has been named to the Dean’s list at Buena Vista University for the 2005 fall semester. Blair received a perfect 4.0 grade point average for the semester.


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See the January SETD Newsletter for news concerning Sac County.
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The "Barn Quilt" displayed on the front of the Odebolt Museum. 
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The Chronicle, Vol. 115, No. 2,
January 12, 2006

The Mayor Sez…
      About the time I begin boasting about how nice and mild the weather has been we will probably get hit by an Arctic “Willy Wah”.  If we do, the good news will be that our heating costs will begin to subside in a couple of months.  Our Dec. bills looked almost like the national debt. Well, almost!  The most alarming thing about all of the above is that the future does not look bright for the cost of energy whether it be natural gas, heating oil, propane, or gasoline. They even have us “brain-washed” into thinking that two bucks for a gallon of gas is a good deal!
      From the ‘bolt,
      R. J. Rex, Mayor of Odebolt

Sac County Courthouse will be closed on Monday, January 16th in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

     The holiday lighting contest was a tremendous success with the majority of the community participating.  The houses looked great as always and those participating should be proud of how beautiful the decorations looked.
          First place ($25) - Jim Scott
          Second place ($15) - Nancy Flink
          Third place ($10) - Dennis Jenkins
     Final Meeting - The Odebolt Chamber of Commerce will meet for the last time on January 19th at 5;30 p.m. at Herby's Bar and Grill in Odebolt to make some final decisions regarding the dismissal of the Chamber.  All Chamber members are encouraged to attend for the maximum amount of input available.

Library News - Check out this issue of The Chronicle for new arrivals of books, paperback books, LP books, CDs, and  DVDs at the Odebolt Public Library. 
     Memorial donations to the Library Fund for November and December were in honor of Russell West, Jane Leonard, Mildred Miller, Fern Fox and Bob Hansen.
    Thomas and Elizabeth Beckingham from North Carolina gave a monetary donation in honor of Marcia and Bob Ozol and Mike Selby.

Citizens' Advisory Committee selected - Most of the potential citizens' advisory committee (CAC) members have been contacted to see if they would be willing to serve on this year's committee.  Those who have agreed to serve this year are greatly appreciated.
     The committee is an advisory committee to the Board of Education.  It will meet several times between January and May of this year.  The law requires that certain items be brought before the committee in an effort to inform the public and to seek feedback.  The committee will also make recommendations regarding other items brought before it by the Board and the administration.
     The date for the first meeting of the CAC has not been scheduled yet.  The meeting will be sometime later this month.  These meetings are open to the public in the same manner that a Board of Education meeting is open to the public.

Horn Memorial Hospital has updated their website and joined with Fast Health Interactive Healthcare to offer the community advanced online healthcare services.  The new site allows you to search for health information on over 5,000 health related topics.  Take time to explore this website and discover the rich information you and your family can use to enhance your helath awareness or answer specific questions.  The new site will keep you up-to-date on news and developments at Horn Memorial.  Visit the site at www.hornmemorialhospital.org/

Sac County Caucuses Coming
     The Sac County Republicans will hold their caucuses on Monday, January 16 at 7 p.m. to discuss and develop platform planks and select delegates to the county convention and county central committee.  The Odebolt area precinct caucus will be held at the Odebolt Library.
     The Iowa Democratic Party will hold their precinct caucuses on Monday, January 16, 2006 at the Sac County Courthouse in Sac City.  All 9 precincts will be meeting together as one caucus.

Card Shower for Anthony Roeder's 95th birthday on January 17, 2006.  Send cards in care of ONRC, 801 S. Des Moines, Odebolt, IA 51458

Sac County Endowment Foundation Grant Applications Due January 25th - The first round of applications have been sent or e-mailed to those requesting them and there are various projects throughout Sac County which will benefit from this new revenue stream. 
     The Foundation will distribute shares of gaming funds amounting to $62, 601.  Of that amount 25% must remain in a permanent endowment while the remaining 75% will be granted to various non-profit organizations and governmental units.  Another round of funding will be available next fall and each year thereafter.
     For more information please click for a .pdf file about the grants
     For an application form, please call or email: Shirley Phillips, 712-662-7383, or
setd@longlines.com. Application deadline: January 25th at 4:00 p.m.

DNR to Launch Reservation System - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has launched its new state park reservation system as of January 3rd.  The new system will mark the first time that Iowa state parks will be able to accept advance reservations for camping.
     Thirty Acres Campground at Lake View is undergoing renovations and will not be in the advance reservation system this year.
     Cabins at Springbrook State Park are also undergoing renovations and will be unavailable during 2006.
   For more information, call 877-IAPARKS or visit the online reservation website or visit the Iowa State Parks web site.

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The Chronicle, Vol. 115, No. 1,
January 5, 2006

The Mayor Sez…
     I am happy to report that our first City Council meeting of the new year had a very positive tone and I have a good feeling about having a great year ahead of us. The city is solvent. We won’t spend more than we take in (unless we have a dire emergency) and we should have the local option penny tax working for us very soon. I think the Administration is in accord on holding the line on excessive spending.
     A priority of the City is to get some old, dilapidated buildings torn down just as soon as weather permits. I think the new entry signs will be high on the list of things to do.
     It seems to be a never-ending task to keep Odebolt neat and void of junk and junk cars. We will not let up on keeping our city neat and presentable even though some have different opinions of neat and presentable.
     Last, but not least, in the words of the great, ex-New York Yankee, Casey Stengel, “The future ain’t what it used to be!”
     From the ‘bolt,
     R. J. Rex, Mayor of Odebolt

News from Faith Lutheran -  Sunday, December 18th the Sunday School presented a wonderful production of "The Fumbly Bumbly Angels", followed by desserts.
   Sunday School begins again on January 8th with classes beginning a 9:15 a.m.  Confirmation classes continue to meet on Wednesdays, and Adult Bible Study continues at both the Bethel and Faith congregations.  Check this week's issue for days and times. 
    Faith's annual business meeting is scheduled for January 22nd following worship.
    On December 11th, 2005, annual elections took place.  Those elected to serve on Church Council are Lisa Hofmeister, Bev Beckman, Scott Mandernach, Linda Peine, and Sherri Wunschel.  Those elected to Faith Foundation are Brad Rosemeyer and Kris Schroeder.  Delegates to the synod assembly are Carrol and Caludia Olson, with Bob and Barb Daiker as alternates.  Auditors are Traci Allen and Lisa Hofmeister.

Sac City Funeral Home to Open - The Early Mansion in Sac City has been many things over the years, from a home, a hospital, a restaurant, and most recently a bed and breakfast.  Now the owners, Fritz and Sandra Bachmeyer, who have owned the historic mansion for the last eight years, have spent the last of 2005 remodeling and converting the mansion into a funeral home.  The business has recently received its funeral home license.

The Sac County Conservation Board has set their fees for the upcoming 2006 season.  Visit their web site to view the fees.


Fred J. Schramm, age 87, of Odebolt, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, December 29, 2005, at the Odebolt Nursing & Rehab Center, Odebolt. Fred was born on February 9, 1918, in Ida County, Iowa, the son of Henry L. and Katherine (Burnstetter) Schramm. He had an older brother, Albert. Fred was baptized as an infant and confirmed on March 29, 1931, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ida Grove. He attended school in Arthur and graduated from the Arthur High School in May 1937.
     Fred was united in marriage to Alice Schultz on March 18, 1941. To this union, two sons were born, Kenneth and Lloyd. They farmed in the Odebolt-Arthur area until retiring 1988 when they moved into Odebolt. After his retirement, Fred enjoyed fishing and playing cards with his family and friends. He wasn’t happy unless he could go fishing twice a week.
     Fred is survived by his wife, Alice of 64 years; two sons: Kenneth and his wife Beth of Odebolt and Lloyd and his wife Carol of Arthur; five grandchildren: Tommy Schramm, Tony and his wife Tammy Lindner, David and his wife Tanya Pierce, and Roger and his wife Amy Lansink all of Odebolt and Alan and his wife Brenda Schramm of Denison; two step grandchildren: Dennis Anderson of Florida and Travis Anderson of Aurelia; 14 great-grandchildren: Josh, Jay and Jennifer Schramm, Tiffany, Ashley, and Austin Lindner, Wyatt and Savahanna Pierce, Derek, Leighton, Ryan, and Janae Lansink all of Odebolt, Tanner, and Brandon Schramm of Denison; one step-great grandson, Jacob Anderson of Aurelia; and a sister-in-law, Fern Schramm of Odebolt.
     Fred was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Albert.
     Funeral services for Fred Schramm were held on Saturday, December 31, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Odebolt under the direction of the Farber & Otteman Funeral Home. Pastor Albert Buelow officiated. Burial was at the Odebolt Cemetery.

Robert Hamilton.  Graveside services for Robert Hamilton, age 83, of Sun City, Arizona, and formerly of Odebolt, were 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 31, 2005, at the Odebolt Cemetery.
     Robert passed away at his home on December 26, 2005. He was born in Walkerville, Ontario, Canada, on August 16, 1922, to W.E. and Kathleen Vigar Hamilton. Bob served in World War II with the Royal Canada Air Force. He later entered Drake University, in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1948.
     He was married to Helen L. Hannemann in 1951. To this union they were blessed with four sons, David, Steve, Gregory, and Daniel.
     Bob was owner of the Credit Bureau of Duluth in Duluth, Minnesota, past President of Credit Bureau of Minnesota, past member of the Rotary Club No. 25 and a Paul Harms Fellowship member in Duluth. He retired from the Credit Bureau in 1981.
     Bob had a passion for flying and enjoyed his lake home in Northern Minnesota with his family.
     Survivors include his wife Helen, his sons, David (Lynne) of Stillwater, MN, Steven (Patricia) of Eagan, MN, Gregory (Kathryn) of Duluth, MN, and Daniel of Burnsville, MN, along with grandchildren, Adam, Paul, Nick, Chris, Michelle, Jacob, Jessica and Alicia Hamilton. Other survivors include his sister-in-law, Regina McNew of Sun City, AZ, and lifelong friend Paul LeCoq and wife Joyce of Peoria, AZ.
     He was preceded in death by his parents.

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Jan 6, 2006 - Odebolt farmer named chairman of soybean board (from Farm News)
By KRISTIN GREINER- Farm News staff
(excerpt) ODEBOLT — In the midst of wrapping up almost a decade of work for fellow farmers and the grain industry as a member of a U.S. Secretary of Agriculture-appointed international marketing committee, Odebolt  farmer Curt Raasch also has begun his tenure as the new 2006 chairman of the United Soybean Board (USB).

From the Gronemeyer Family
On Monday, December 26th the Odebolt Ambulance Crew rushed Marge Gronemeyer to Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove.  She was then life-flighted to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City where she immediately underwent surgery to stop bleeding in her brain.  The family is posting a daily Journal from the hospital that  can be accessed for updates on Marge's progress.  There is also a Guestbook in which people can leave messages for Marge and the family. 
Click for the Journal & Guestbook, which will open in another browser page.  From there you can click on "Read Journal" or "Visit Guestbook".  - Posted by request from Sue (Gronemeyer) Beers


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