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The Chronicle, Vol. 116, No. 22
May 31, 2007

Memorial Services--James Scott, Commander Roose Post 313, is pictured in The Chronicle wecoming the many visitors atttending the Memorial Day Servies at the Odebolt Cemetery on May 28. Russell Paulson gave the address, and the Odebolt-Arthur High School Band played prior to the program. photo--D. Cleveland

ONRC Cook-Out--Odebolt Nursing and Rehab Center held a community cook-out on May 14 as one of their activities in observance of National Nursing Home Week. A photo in The Chronicle shows guests and residents filling their plates at a buffet table. photo--D. Cleveland

Trinity Lutheran 2007 Confirmation Class--Five confirmands are pictured with Pastor Buelow in The Chronicle. Confirmation was on May 6.

Kayla Joslin
, daughter of Deb Einspahr of Odebolt and Kim Josling of Holstein, and Tyler Schnuckel, son of Nolan and Joann Schnuckel of Odebolt, have been named to the Dean's Honor List at Morningside College for the spring 2007 semester.

Holly Lorenzen, daughter of Bruce and Sandy Lorenzen of Arthur, and Kara Mickelson, daughter of James and Kimberli Mickelson of Odebolt, received nursing degrees from Morningside College on May 12. Mickelson graduated cum laude and received the Lorraine E. Knepper Award in Nursing.

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In the May 31st issue ...
--Kayla Miller finished second in District Meet, qualified for her second consecutive State Golf Meet.
--Photo of Elizabeth Bloyer receiving Outstanding Senior Music Award from O-A vocal director, Mrs. Linda Johnson, at May 10 Music Boosters Banquet.
--Photo of Martha Amezcua and her drawing of Odebolt State Bank which was named the Odebolt-ARThur Gallery Selection at Spring Awards Day May 16.
--Photo of 4th and 5th grade students and their winning poppy posters.
--Two photos of high jumpers at elementary track meet on May 17

B. Horak & B. Ekse, Webnews Editors


Eight pages of photos of Fairview Farm
(the Adams Ranch) from

From Farm News
"Band of Brothers", an article about the Patten Brothers, by Darcy Dougherty Maulsby

The Chronicle is 120 years old  as of May 27, 2007 - Billy Hamilton published the first issue of The Chronicle on May 27, 1887. Read about the history of The Chronicle here:
     Read more under "NEWS FROM THE PAST" and "NEWSPAPER HISTORY" by clicking on links in the right column of the Odebolt History Index.

Peterson Pioneer Home to be open this Summer

     The Peterson Pioneer Home is located in the 400 block on South Walnut Street on the East side of the street.  During the summer of 2007 the Peterson Pioneer Home will be open to visitors on the second Sunday afternoon during June, July and August from two to four p.m.  Contact Odebolt City Hall (205 W. 2nd St.) 712-668-2231 if you want to tour at any other time, and they will make arrangements.

     The Peterson Pioneer Home is the oldest home in Odebolt that is as it was originally built.
     Nils Magnus Peterson and his wife, Maria (Mary Caroline Olson) came to Odebolt from Sweden in 1885.  On December 28, 1885 they purchased a lot in Odebolt for $100 for their homestead.  Erection of the house was started and completed in 1886.  Nils was a carpenter by trade.  The town of Odebolt was laid out and lots were sold in 1877, so the Peterson family was among the earliest residents.
     Five children were raised in this small frame house.  They were Edith Maria, Albert, Jennie Caroline, Esther Margaret, and Carl Charles (called Charles B.).  Baby Carl died enroute to Iowa. 
     Nils Peterson passed away in 1906.  He was followed in death by his wife in 1922.  Edith (unmarried) continued to live in the house until her death in the Spring of 1973.
     When Edith passed away the Tlobedo (Odebolt spelled backwards) Chapter of Questers contacted the town council for permission to restore the house to its original state in preparation for Odebolt's centennial celebration during the summer of 1977.  Three of the original nine charter members of Tlobedo #485, chartered in 1970, are still living and are very much interested in "their house".
 - Submitted by Phyllis Kies  
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The Chronicle, Vol. 116, No. 21
May 24, 2007

The Mayor Sez…
     It’s “poppy” days!! When our Legion Auxiliary ladies come around to distribute poppies please help them. By donating you are helping our veterans in the name of freedom.
     Memorial Day weekend is upon us. I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable weekend and hope you will come out to the cemetery for the Memorial Day service. You won’t regret it.
     From the ‘bolt,
     R. J. Rex, Mayor

Memorial Day Service
Odebolt Cemetery
Monday, May 28, 2007, 10:00 a.m.

Flag Raising & National Anthem ... OA High School Band
Presentation of Colors ............ Color Guard
Opening Prayer ..................... Chaplain John Ekstrom
Welcome ...............................Commander James Scott
Address .................................Russell Paulson
Reading Names on Avenue of Flags
    ........ Phyllis Tiefenthaler
Laying of Wreath ..................Legion Auxiliary
Comments ..........................Commander James Scott
Closing Prayer .....................Chaplain John Ekstrom
Rifle Salute .........................Color Guard
Playing of Taps ............. Barb Votrobeck & Mike Larson
Retire Colors ...................... Color Guard

Click the below image to read the names of
Veterans honored in the Avenue of Flags

Scanned from 5/14/07 issue of The Chronicle

2007 Top of the Class at O-A--Pictured in The Chronicle are Valedictorian Jordan Walsh, daughter of Steve and Charlotte Walsh, and Salutatorian Chelsea Larson, daughter of Clayton and Kathy Larson.

Good Farm Neighbor Award--Pictured in this week's Chronicle are Megan Ritter, Beef Field Specialist with the Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers; Roy Beukelman, Farm Credit Services, Storm Lake office; Kevin and Terri Carstensen; Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and Bob Quinn, WHO Radio, Des Moines.  The Coalition, Farm Credit Services of Iowa, Iowa Department of Agriculture and WHO Radio are sponsors of the Good Farm Neighbor Award.  Kevin and Terri Carstensen are the winners of the May "Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award." 
     Hear KMEG TV's May 24 story and see video.

Spring Piano Recital--Pictured in The Chronicle are nine piano students of Kay Bloyer who performed in a May 6 recital at St. Martin's Catholic Church.

Fun Activities at the Library--The Odebolt Public Library will be offering fun activities throughout the summer for children to come and enjoy.
Craft Week
     Every afternoon during the week of June 4 - June 8, from 2:15 - 3:15, crafts will be made by the young people, with cookies and beverages to finish the afternoon.  This will be open to children who have completed kindergarten through the 5th grade.  It is very important that you call the library at 668-2718 to enroll your children if they plan to attend.  You may leave a message on the answering machine if the library is not open.
Story Time
     Beginning on Wednesday, June 13 from 2:15 - 2:45 a story time will be held for children ages three through seven.
Reading Contest
     Children, kindergarten through the 5th grade are eligible to participate in the summer reading contest.  See details in The Chronicle.

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Emergency Medical Services Week, May 20 - 26, 2007 - Local businesses sponsored a full-page tribute and photo in this week's Chronicle to honor the Odebolt Ambulance Squad. 
     Members are: 
Bill Wright, Driver; Galen Peery, EMT-B; Eileen Sutton, EMT-B; Jackie Marron (Vice-President), EMT-B; Toni Weber, EMT-B; Tonya Dupre (President), Paramedic; Rose Schultz, First Responder; Kay Bloyer (Treasurer), EMT-I; Joey Hoefling, Nurse Exception; Bill Tysor, First Responder, Bill/Kathy Stehr - EMT-I; Dick Bloyer, Driver; Craig Marron, Driver

May Crowning at St. Martin's--7th Graders who participated in the annual May Crowning ceremony on May 6 are pictured in The Chronicle.

Balloon Lift-off at ONRC--Residents enjoyed a lift-off of balloons, with local information attached, on May 14.  An e-mail response was received the next day from a family at Lawler, IA, 220 miles northeast of Odebolt.

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In the May 24th issue ...
--Photo of Class of 2007 in caps and gowns.
--List of awards and scholarships presented to students at Spring Awards Day on May 16.
--Kayla Miller qualified for her second consecutive District Tournament.
--Bryan Leonard competes in long jump at State Track Meet. (photo)
--O-A Band to perform at Memorial Day Services May 28, and will march in Odebolt Creek Days Parade on June 16.

Barbara Bloom, this year's recipient of the Friend of Education honor, is pictured with Cindy Joens, President of Odebolt-Arthur Eduction Association. Barb offers her volunteering spirit to give an extra hand in special activities with the teachers, contributes materials and information, and supports the students and teachers in any way she can.

The O-A Baseball & Softball Pee Wee schedules in this week's Chronicle are sponsored by local businesses.


Kenneth Ahrenholtz, 86, of Loveland passed away May 6, 2007 in the Hospice Center at McKee Medical Center.
     He was born in Odebolt, Iowa on their farm March 14, 1921. After high school Ken received a full athletic scholarship to Grinnell, but he chose to sacrifice his scholarship to help his Dad on the farm. In the army Ken served his country in the South Pacific for three years. Afterward he managed a grain elevator in Iowa and was very active in the community. Ken met Betty Bell at a dance and they were married June 11, 1949. They moved to Colorado in 1960 where Ken eventually co-managed A& M Poultry north of Longmont.
     Ken and Betty enjoyed music and dancing, especially dancing at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. Ken was an avid sports fan: Broncos, Nuggets and Rockies were his favorites. He lived and breathed sports. He very much enjoyed spending time with his grandkids. Ken had a gift for growing beautiful flowers and he enjoyed the Rocky Mountains. Ken really appreciated great church hymns and even joined us in song while at Hospice.
     Kenneth is survived by his wife of 57 years, Betty Ahrenholtz, daughter Jean Wiesner and husband Mark and four grandchildren: Kayla, Aaron, Christy, Anna, and other relatives and friends.
     Ken was a great story teller and his grandkids loved his stories from the “olden days”. He had a dry sense of humor which could brighten our day and he will be dearly missed.
     Cremation has taken place and no services are scheduled at this time.
     In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Kenneth Ahrenholtz Memorial Fund in care of Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home, 1102 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, Colorado 80537. Donations will benefit the wonderful folks at Hospice who were there for us spiritually and emotionally and also for a memorial fund to honor Ken.   Obituary and photo located at Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home web site.

Hazel Raasch - Funeral services for Hazel V. Raasch, 95, of Mapleton, and formerly of Odebolt,were held at 10:30 am on Tuesday, May 29, at the United Methodist Church in Odebolt. 
    See Farber & Otteman web site for Hazel Raasch's Obituary.

B. Horak & B. Ekse, Webnews Editors


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Pioneer Days
Read the Pioneer Days series, fascinating articles written in 1926 and 1927 from interviews with Odebolt pioneers on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Odebolt.

This week we feature pioneer
E. D. Peck


Former Odebolt resident Gary Johnson (Odebolt-Arthur Class of 1964) will be inducted into Iowa Rock & Roll Music Association's 2007 Hall of Fame during a ceremony to be held Sunday night, September 2, 2007 at the Roof Garden in Arnolds Park, Iowa.

[Excerpt] His professional career as a vocalist and guitarist began in 1967 and he continued to perform in supper clubs, dance halls and other venues until 1984. He did 150-225 performances a year in Iowa, eastern Nebraska, southern Minnesota, and eastern South Dakota. Most of those performances were done as a solo act, with the exception of three outstanding years when his brother, Dean Johnson, played with him. Many of the venues he played had a dance floor such as Cobblestone Ballroom in Storm Lake or Lakewood Ballroom in Lake View, both great Iowa ballrooms.

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The Chronicle, Vol. 116, No. 20
May 17, 2007

The Mayor Sez…
     I have driven through Greensburg, Kansas, many, many times as anyone else has that are on their way to the southwestern part of the U.S. It is incomprehensible to me that the city does not exist anymore. How could a tornado completely destroy a city of 2,000. The people of that city have lost everything---their homes, their belongings, and in some cases their lives. The aerial photos of Greensburg remind me of the photos of Hiroshima after they were hit with the atomic bomb in 1945. How thankful we can be to live out of the way of “tornado alley”! (I hope!)
     Recently due to the fact that Sac County was declared a disaster area from the March blizzard of ’07; FEMA gave us $4577 for snow removal. We didn’t ask for it, but we’ll take it. (Better than a kick in the pants!!)
     From the ‘bolt,
     R. J. Rex, Mayor

School Board Recognition Week, May 13-19, is an opportunity to say thanks to more than 2,000 men and women who govern Iowa’s public education system.  This year’s theme – “helping Students Succeed” – recognizes that school board members are local leaders working to lead students to higher levels of achievement. 
     Members of the Odebolt-Arthur School Board pictured are Scott Cranston, Paul Neumann, Traci Bengford, Carol Auen, Vicki Beckman, Deb Bengford and Superintendent Russ Freeman. 
     These men and women volunteer countless hours of unpaid time providing the best possible education for our students.  As your elected leaders, they represent you in their continuing commitment to local citizen control and decision-making for our public schools.

Odebolt-Arthur Graduation is Sunday – Graduation exercises will be held for 33 seniors this Sunday, May 20, 2007 at 1:00 p.m.  A prelude concert will begin at 12:20 p.m. presented by the O-A Senior High School Band under the direction of Barb Votrobeck.
     The Senior Video will be presented by juniors Shelby Cranston and Bayle Olerich.  The traditional theme from "Pomp and Circumstance" played by Roby Larson and Barbara Votrobeck will usher the class into the Bart Ogden Gymnasium for the ceremonies.
  The welcome will be presented by O-A High School Principal Charles Foy.  The Senior Class President's Address will be given by Chelsea Larson.
  The O-A Concert Choir will sing "Prayer".
  The address will be given by Pastor Kathy Spracklin of the Odebolt United Methodist Church.
  The Presentation of Awards will include Academic Recognition and Salutatorian by Charles Foy.
  Following the Presentation of Awards will be the Valedictorian Address.
  Superintendent Russ Freeman will present the Class of 2007.  Traci Bengford and Deb Bengford of the Board of Education will present the diplomas.
  Elizabeth Bloyer, David Currie and Chelsea Larson will close commencement with "Take These Wings" followed by the Class of 2007 recessional.
  The Class of 2007 chose burgundy and cream as their class colors, with a burgundy Asiatic lily as the class flower.  Their motto is "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."  - Ralph Waldo Emerson
     [This week's Chronicle has a special section with photos of the Odebolt-Arthur Class of 2007, sponsored by local businesses.]

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In this issue ...

--Bryan Leonard is state qualifier in long jump.
--Tate Wilken won high jump in KP Relays at 5 feet, 8 inches.
--Golf 'Nettes are MVC Conference Champions; Trojan golfers finish fifth in conference.
--O-A 9th and 10th Grade Girls team finished 2nd in their division at annual Hoopin'At The Dome 3 on 3 basketball tournament in Des Moines.
--O-A Booster Club presented Senior Awards to Class of 2007 at annual O-A Athletic Banquet on May 15.
--Angie Blevins and Jordan Pierce are featured in Senior Scopes.

Odebolt Is Tree City USA Recipient--Pictured in The Chronicle are Elaine Rex and James Gustafson, members of the Odebolt Tree Committee and Odebolt Memorial Walk Park Board, receiving the 2006 Tree City USA award for Odebolt at the 17th Annual Community Forestry Awards Luncheon in Des Moines on April 5, 2007.

Kids' Garden Club--The Green Team will meet at the Prairie Pedlar again this summer to develop garden skills and enjoy nature crafts flower fun and outdoor games.  Pre-registration is required and must be completed by May 24.  For a detailed schedule of events/activities and an application form contact Jane Hogue at the Prairie Pedlar in rural Odebolt.  712-668-4840.

Salute the the Beef Producers--May is Beef Month. Several pages of this week's Chronicle are devoted to articles about the beef industry in Sac County, including ads by local and area businesses. 
  In February area Sac County Cattlemen donated 30 big round bales of hay (photo) to cattle producers in south central Missouri who were short of feed because of drought and severe ice storms.  Kevin Carstensen, Iowa Cattlemen's Association President, enlisted the help of fellow cattlemen in Sac County.  Odebolt contributors in addition to the Carstensens were Reese Johnson, Chuck Lindberg and Larry Schulte.
  Kevin and Terri Carstensen are pictured in front of the "Beef--It's What's for Dinner" sign near their Bar V Feedlot north of Odebolt.  Find recipes using beef at
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Construction Begins--A photo in The Chronicle shows excavation for the new science room.  It will be on the northeast side of the older school building.

Special School Board Meeting  on May 9--Several bids approved; salary increases approved; discussion of extra dirt from construction project and making east entrance handicapped accessible.

Daughter of Former Resident Releases Album - Callie Weiss, 17 year old junior at Valley Lutheran High School, and daughter of Robert and Dixie (Thevenot) Weiss, formerly of Odebolt, has signed with Ultimasongs Recrods, a label out of Minneapolis that released her album "These Walls".  The album is described as Christian contemporary. For more information and to listen to selections of Callie's music go to or

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Odebolt Museum Announces Historical Note Cards for Sale

     Museum Curator, Verna Mae Schwaller, has submitted a sample of the museum's new note cards which are printed front and back with historical photos of Odebolt, leaving the inside blank for writing notes. 
    The 3.5 x 5 inch note cards, with envelopes, will be sold in packs of 5 for $4.00 and packs of 10 for $7.00.  Proceeds go toward defraying costs of operating the museum.
    The front of the cards feature an old photo of the building now occupied by the museum, a shot of the south side of 2nd Street, the Adams Ranch, and the first school house.  The back has photos of Main Street business district, the Brookmont/Cook Ranch mansion, the Soldiers' Memorial Park and the First Rural Mail Carrier.
    Below are small samples of the front and back of the cards.  To see them enlarged click on the photos, which will take you to the museum page with ordering information


Wear the poppy proudly
and show that you, too, honor the
 millions who have served America.

     On May 23-26 the American Legion Auxiliary Post #313 of Odebolt will once again ask citizens of this community to remember the sacrifice that has been made by our military men and women for America by wearing a poppy. 
     The small red paper memorial poppy not only symbolizes a personal tribute to the men and women who have died serving their country in wars, but it honors the living and helps with rehabilitation work. 
     The poppies we will distribute in return for a donation have been hand made by Gordon Helgeland of the Marshalltown Veterans Home. Proceeds from the poppies will be used to remember veterans and to help veterans.

May 23 - 26  .... Poppy Days in Odebolt and Arthur will commence on Wednesday, May 23 with businesses approached that day. On Friday and Saturday May 25-26, the Auxiliary will distribute poppies in the communities.

May 28 .... Memorial services will be conducted by American Legion and Auxiliary Post #313 of Odebolt on Memorial Day, Monday May 28th, at 10:00 in the Odebolt Cemetery.

American Legion Auxiliary
Odebolt Post #313
Phyllis Tiefenthaler, President

Mother-Daughter Tea at ONRC

     Daughters joined mothers at the Odebolt Nursing and Rehab Mother and Daughter Tea held the afternoon of May 17, 2007.  Audrey Bettin, Odebolt artist and decorative painter, gave a demonstration on painting a rose on pig suede, as well as showing many of the products she makes.
     After the presentation, the ladies enjoyed a dessert and coffee.  Each table was decorated with a potted plant donated by Prairie Pedlar.  The pots were decorated by residents and a lucky winner at each table took a plant home.    - B. Horak

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The Chronicle, Vol. 116, No. 19
May 10, 2007

The Mayor Sez…
     With all of the rain it is hard to keep up with the mowing, however, certain properties haven’t been mowed; they will be receiving a notice to mow. If not mowed their properties will be mowed by the city and charged accordingly.
     Some more famous Odebolt people nostalgia…….Dr. Groman practiced medicine from the late 1880’s to the early 1900’s in Odebolt, raised his family in Odebolt, and ultimately retired in Odebolt. One of his daughters, after her schooling, went to New York and eventually married a New York Broadway actor. From that union a son was born. This son became quite an actor himself. I have often wondered if he ever knew about his Odebolt roots. His name is Robert DiNero.
     From the ‘bolt,
     R. J. Rex, Mayor

Recognized as All-American Athlete  - The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) recently awarded Mark Currie, from Iowa State University, with its annual All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year Award.  Mark is a graduate of Odebolt-Arthur High School and son of John and Laurie Currie of Odebolt.  Currie was selected by strength coach Andrew Moser

DOT Begins Work on Highway 20 - A widening and resurfacing project from Moville east to Iowa 31 began April 30th and requires traffic to be reduced to one lane with flaggers and a pilot car where work is being done.  Motorists are urged to find an alternate route or drive with caution.

Cranston Elected to Corn Belt Board - Jeff Cranston (pictured) of Odebolt was elected to serve on the Corn Belt Power Cooperative Board of Directors during the cooperative's annual meeting held April 10 in Fort Dodge.  He will represent Sac County REC on the board, replacing Norman Kolbe of Sac City.
     A Sac County REC director for seven years, Cranston farms northeast of Odebolt and is married to Debi with two grown children and five grandchildren.

Meyer Host Australian Visitor - (Photo) Patrick d'Aunou of Victoria, Australia was a visitor in the Jim and Madeline Meyer home this past week.  A civil engineer, Patrick and his brother build and design bio diesel plants and he is director of PACT International Pty. Ltd. in Australia.  He visited the biodiesel plant in Wall Lake.

Weekend Storms Cause Water Problems - The weekend of May 5th, 2007 Sac County got hit with severe thunderstorms leaving about every town in the county with water in basements.  Water was high enough in a number of basements to cause damage to water heaters and furnaces.
     Significant rains, from 4 to 8 inches, have accumulated within the last 10 days to 2 weeks.

Odebolt Museum is Open - The museum will be open from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sundays during the summer through Labor Day.

Library Corner - See a list of new books, CDs and DVDs that have come into the Odebolt Public Library in this week's edition of The Chronicle.

Arthur Library - (Excerpt from meeting minutes) The Arthur Public Library has a new web site thanks to a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the State Library of Iowa which received software to support web sites for the libraries around the stat of Iowa.  The new URL is
     (Read more about this program at People's Media Company.)

New Fall's O-A Pre-school Students - (Pictured in this issue)  On May 2nd, 27 pre-schoolers for the fall of 2007 at Odebolt-Arthur received an introduction to what school will be like for them.  They played, were read to, enjoyed snacks and had a ride on the school bus.

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 - O-A Greenhouse to sell bedding plants and geraniums at reduced prices - Come and see our great inventory afternoons at the High School or call Mr. Miller at 668-218217
 - May 17th meeting for prospective band members ....4th graders (and their parents) interested in becoming a member of the 5th grade band next year can meet with reps from Mid-Bell Music at the school at 7:00 p.m. to try out instruments.
 - Trojanette Linksters compete in four meets
 - O-A Class of 2001 cumulative files available. Pick up by June 1.  Files destroyed after 5 years.
 - Bryan Leonard, 2nd Team, and Tate Wilken, Honorable Mention in MVC All Confernece Honors
 - Trojanette shuttle unit places fourth in MVC
 - OAHS Band and Choir go New York City, May 23.  Watch for them on CBS Early Morning Show, Saturday, May 26 before 9 a.m.
 - Need a school supply list?  Visit at the end of May.
 - See this issue to O-A Drivers Ed info
 - Senior Scope - Tayli Ann Thompson, Lee Siebrecht, Lauren Bettin


Edmund J. Bengford, age 88, of Ida Grove, Iowa, died Monday, April 30, 2007, at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove.
     Funeral services were held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 3, 2007, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ida Grove, Iowa, under the direction of Christensen-Huffman Funeral Homes. The Reverend David Hemann and Deacon Mike Stover officiated, with burial in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Ida Grove.
     Born July 29, 1918, in Odebolt, Iowa, Edmund Joseph Bengford was the son of John H. and Nettie (Albers) Bengford. Ed received his education at Odebolt country schools.
     On August 11, 1938, Ed was united in marriage to Phyllis Mary Cranston at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Odebolt, Iowa. During the early years of their marriage, Ed worked for Krusenstjerna Implement in Odebolt, and later began farming north of Odebolt. In 1964, he and Phyllis moved to their farm southeast of Ida Grove. The couple was blessed with three children, Diane, Susan, and Patrick. Ed and Phyllis enjoyed nearly 67 years of marriage when Phyllis passed away in 2005.
     Ed was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ida Grove where he served as trustee and taught CCD for many years. In earlier years, he belonged to the Knights of Columbus in Odebolt. He served on the volunteer ambulance crew and was a charter member and treasurer of Ida Area for Life. Ed enjoyed woodworking and life on the farm. He and Phyllis spent nearly 20 happy winters in Texas.
     In addition to his wife, Edmund was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Diane Higgins in 1992; an infant granddaughter, Katherine Higgins; a grandson, Tim Higgins; and three brothers, Joseph, Leo, and Lawrence Bengford.
     Survivors include two children, Susan (Raymond) Drey of Ida Grove, and Patrick Bengford of Sioux City; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; a son-in-law, John Higgins of Galva; a brother, Raymond Bengford of Deloit; four sisters, Marie Pollien of Odebolt, Eileen (Lou) Cass of Dow City, Rita (Marvin) Tiefenthaler of Early, and Aloysia (Wes) Bernhardt of Odebolt; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Irvin L. Stehr
 Irvin L. Stehr was born April 16, 1933, the son of August and Ada Schultz Stehr. He died Friday, March 30, 2007 at the Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove, Iowa at the age of seventy-three.
     Irvin was born on his family farm in Sac County near Odebolt, Iowa. He was baptized May 7, 1933 at St. John Lutheran Church, Stockholm Township, Kiron, Iowa and later confirmed there on March 30, 1947. He received his education in a rural school near his home and graduated from the Odebolt High School with the class of 1950. After completing his education he farmed with his family until entering the United States Army on July 22, 1953, serving in Germany as an intelligence specialist. After completing his military duties and receiving his honorable discharge he returned to Iowa.
     On January 5, 1958, Irvin was united in marriage to Beverlyrae Bartlett at St. John Lutheran Church, Kiron. The couple made their home on the Stehr family farm, where Irvin lived his entire life.
     Irvin was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather who loved teaching and passing on new ideas to his family. He enjoyed farming, especially his livestock, planting trees and was very particular about painting his buildings. In his leisure time he enjoyed playing cards.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Joanna Leigh Stehr in infancy in 1963 and one sister, Shirley Neumann and her husband, Donald, and his brother-in-law, Jim Ashbrook in 1959. Survivors include his wife, Beverlyrae of Odebolt; two daughters, Jerilyn Ekstrom and her husband, Kenneth of Odebolt and Julie Childers of Odebolt; four grandchildren, Allen, David, Kailey and Ryan; and one sister, Dorothy Schmadeke and her husband, Louis of Arthur; his father-in-law, Clarence Bartlett of Kiron; many other relatives and friends.
     Funeral services were held 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 3, 2007 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Odebolt, Iowa. Rev. Albert Buelow officiated the services and grave side rites held at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery in Kiron, Iowa. Organist Phyllis Kies provided accompaniment for soloist Linda Foy as she sang "What A Friend We Have in Jesus," and for the congregational hymns "Abide With Me," "I Know That My Redeemer Lives," and the hymn "Ashokan Farewell." Those serving as honorary pallbearers were Charles Gunderson, Howard Hustedt, Keith Flink, Pat Reis, Jim Wareham. Eric Martens, Don Roth, and Jim Roth. Those serving as pallbearers were Steven Gunderson, Wayne Wingert, Frank Zimmer, Michael Ashbrook, Kevin Schurke, and Alan Pudenz. Military Honors were provided by the American Legion Post 694 of Arcadia, Iowa. The family invited everyone in attendance to join them for fellowship and lunch served by the Ladies of Trinity. The Huebner Funeral Home in Denison was in charge of the arrangements.

B. Horak & B. Ekse, Webnews Editors
Saturday, May 19 -  9:30 to Noon

     Dale Sporleder, author of "124 Years Before The Navy Mast - The Patten Family", will present a PowerPoint documentary on the Navy's largest family of eight brothers and their father who served patriotically in World War II, and who lived on a farm south of Lake City in Carroll County. In the mid-1930s, the family lived on the Cook Ranch north of Odebolt in Sac County.
     Lake City Public Library, 110 E. Washington Street, will host the presentation and book signing between 9:30 and noon on Saturday, May 19. The presentation will be at 10 a.m. and will include actual newsreels shown in movie theaters in June-July 1942 from the archives of Universal Newsreels and United Newsreels that include footage of the Patten brothers and their father.
     Six of the brothers were on the Nevada next to the Arizona when Japan attacked the American Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
     Later, they served on the aircraft carrier Lexington in the Battle of the Coral Sea in May 1942.
     A front page article appeared in the Des Moines Register on December 6, 2006 that featured this Patten family to commemorate Pearl Harbor Day and acknowledge the story of a rural family from Iowa who loved their country and served their country patriotically a combined total of 124 years.
     Bob Neymeyer, from the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum in Waterloo, Iowa will also be present at the event.  Neymeyer conducts oral history interviews with Iowa Veterans to capture their history for the future.  He will be bringing his equipment to take video oral histories of area veterans.
     For more information on the Patten family book, see

Kevin and Terri Carstensen of Rural Odebolt Receive May Good Farm Neighbor Award
DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today announced that Kevin and Terri Carstensen of rural Odebolt in Sac County are the winners of the May “Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award.”
     “Since May is Beef Month, it seems appropriate that a family that has been a long time beef producer and actively involved in state and national Cattlemen’s associations receive this award,” said Northey. “The Carstensen’s exemplify the care for the land and concern for their neighbors that this award was designed to recognize.”
     In nomination the Carstensen’s for the award, their neighbors Mike and Deb Bettin said, “Neighbor to neighbor, we can personally verify that Kevin and Terri would be deserving recipients of this award.”
     “Sharing conversations about the cattle industry, commodity prices, and 4-H opportunities in the county, we are aware that Kevin and Terri think, act, and respond professionally to the causes before them,” the Bettin’s added. “In addition, their generosity and giving spirit is admirable, for no matter where the conversation goes, both Kevin and Terri are good listeners, exceptional volunteers, and dedicated to the projects they support.”
     The Carstensen’s operate the Bar V Feedlot on their diversified farmer operation of corn, soybeans and alfalfa.
     In addition, Kevin has served in a variety of positions across all levels of beef industry organizations. He is currently chairman of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association Board of Directors and has served several terms as Sac County Cattlemen’s president. He has also participated in and chaired a number of statewide Cattlemen’s committees. At the national level, he is currently chair of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Private Lands and Environmental Management Committee and has served in other national positions as well.
     Besides helping with the daily operation, marketing and bookkeeping of the farm, Terri also has been involved in county, state and national beef industry organizations and activities for close to twenty years. She is serving her second elected term on the Iowa Beef Industry Council Board of Directors where she has served as Treasurer, Vice Chairman and is currently completing her second year as Chairman. Terri has represented the Iowa beef industry on several beef trade missions to Mexico and Japan.
     Kevin and Terri have three children; Distie, Charise and Durel.
    The Wergin Good Farm Neighbor award is made possible through the financial support of The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers and Farm Credit Services of America. WHO Radio’s Big Show will broadcast live from the Carstensen’s farm on Thursday, May 17. Bill Northey will present the award to the Carstensen’s during the broadcast. The award recognizes Iowa livestock producers who care for their operations and their neighbors.  (May 7 Press Release from Iowa Dept. of Agricultrue & Land Stewardship)


ICA’s Carstensen focuses on leading
state’s beef producers

From Farm News web site
Article on Kevin Carstensen, Iowa Cattlemen's
Association president & his wife Terri of
the Iowa Beef Industry Council.


The Chronicle, Vol. 116, No. 18
May 3, 2007

The Mayor Sez…
     The pre-construction meeting on the Hwy. 175 overlay went quite well. There is a calendar of events at City Hall as to when the actual lay-down (and detours) will take place. Of course, inclement weather could alter that a tad.
     Let me pass on a bit of nostalgia about Hwy. 175. Way back in the late ‘30’s when we were going to have our 1st paved road thru Odebolt which is now 175, one of the supervisors of the construction crew lived for a short time in Odebolt. His last name was Nolte. Due to the fear of complications, Mrs. Nolte went to Omaha to have her baby and yep!!! You guessed it! The baby was named Nick Nolte, the now famous movie star.
    From the ‘bolt,
     R. J. Rex, Mayor

2007 State of Iowa Scholar--(photo) The Iowa College Student Aid Commission has designated Jordan Walsh, Odebolt-Arthur High School, as a class of 2007 State of Iowa Scholar. These Iowa scholars rank in the upper three percent of their class and have achieved an average score of 29 on the ACT exam.

SAFE Coalition Meeting May 8--Do you care enough about today's youth ~ tomorrow's future? Make a difference ~ support the Sac County SAFE Coalition. Our next meeting is May 8 at 5 p.m. in the Sheriff's conference room at the Sac County Courthouse. Everyone is welcome. For more information contact Odebolt's community representative, Vick Beckman.

Early Luminary Sales for Cancer Walk--The Sac County Cancer Walk/Run will be held on Saturday, June 9 at Speaker Park in Lake View. Now is the time to make your donations for your own personal luminaries. Luminary bags and stickers are available at The Chronicle.

New Postage Rates May 14--First-Class Mail letters will be 41 cents for the first ounce.

Barbershop Chorus Competes--(photo) The Denison Chapter (Happiness Express) of the Barbershop Harmony Society earned 3rd place in a recent Central States District small chorus competition in Sioux Falls. Members from the Odebolt area are Jerry Einspahr and Kevin McFarland.

Special O-A Board Meeting--On April 25 the board approved:
--A Bengford Construction bill for work on doors that had been recommended by the Fire Marshal's office. The lumberyard and at least two local contractors are involved in providing the hardware and the labor for the total project.
--The tax exemption certificate and the resolution authorizing the terms of issuance and providing for and securing the payment of school infrastructure local option sales and services tax revenue bonds.
Discussion items:
--Superintendent's contract and salary.
--Start of construction on the science room has been delayed due to rain; company will be in contact on Monday with a new starting date.
--Two or three trees will need to be removed for the construction of the science room.
Read the complete article in this week's Chronicle.

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--Trojanettes, Trojans run at two meets each during week.
--Trojans golf team captures second in BCIG/OA Tournament.
--O-A Elementary Spring Concert held April 10. Band, choir perform; skits presented; art pieces on display. (photo)
--Second graders walking one-tenth mile track daily; hope cumulative miles will "reach" Des Moines. Several Des Moines points of interest rewarded them with free admission; students will visit Des Moines. (photo) - D. Cleveland
--Senior scopes of Korey Schroeder and Paige Iversen.
--Photos of O-A Prom '07. - D. Cleveland
--O-A High School Fine Arts Concert and Art Show held April 26. Performances by Concert Choir, Concert Band and groups and soloists who received "I" ratings at contest. Art pieces by students on display in hall. (photos) - D. Cleveland.

B. Horak & B. Ekse, Webnews Editors

Edmund J. Bengford, age 88, of Ida Grove, formerly of Odebolt, died Monday, April 30, 2007, at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove.
     Funeral services were held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 3, 2007, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ida Grove, Iowa.  Obituary from Christensen-Huffman Funeral Homes.

OA Fifth Grade Plants Tree
      On Arbor Day, April 27th, 2007, the OA Fifth Grade planted a red maple tree in the Odebolt Memorial Walk RV Park.  Loren Miller of the NRCS demonstrated the correct way to plant a tree to thirty-three students of fifth grade instructors Lori Lapel and Cindy Joens.  Each student was given a tree to take home and plant.      
     Representing the Odebolt Walk Park and the Tree Committee was Elaine Rex who will have a tree plaque placed to commemorate the Arbor Day event. 


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