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The Chronicle, Vol. 114, No. 47,
November 24, 2005

The Mayor Sez…
     Last week ole man winter let us know that he is just around the corner. Snow, ice, wind, cold­-we had the works! With the above in mind I would like to make a few comments about the upcoming winter season. For our snowmobilers, use the approved exit/entry routes and respect private property. Please keep your vehicles off the street while the snowplows are running. The City ordinance says from midnight to 6 A.M., but it really helps during and after a storm to have the streets void of vehicles. Bill and his crew will have your streets clean as fast as they can.
     Last, but not least, it’s Thanksgiving! May everyone have a happy Thanksgiving and a safe one!
     From the ‘Bolt,
     R. J. Rex, Mayor of Odebolt

From the OCC Board—The Gary Johnson Concert at the OCC turned out quite well. We had 116 people in attendance on Saturday night and 56 on Sunday afternoon. Gary has added something new to his program. Along with his voice description of the story behind the music that he plays, he has added a video slide show which helps him to explain the music, songs, and his playing style and equipment used. His wife was able to come up with him and there was also a surprise when his brother Al from Colorado and his wife showed up Saturday. Fun was had by all who attended. We hope to have him back again. Lance Garlock, Board President, OCC (See a photo of the audience at the concert in this week’s Chronicle.)

4-H Leaders Recognized—The O-A Showmen and Richland Robins 4-H clubs met on November 13, 2005. At this time the clubs, along with Susan Doehrmann, Sac County Youth Program Coordinator, recognized Karen and Gary Siebrecht for 10 years of service as 4-H leaders. Pictured in this week’s Chronicle are Susan Doehrmann and Karen Siebrecht. Also pictured are four of nine new members inducted into the 4-H clubs.

Six Letter-winners to Lead Trojans—Six letter-winners will try to improve on the 7-13 mark of a year ago.
     The Trojans open the basketball season with a jamboree at Storm Lake on November 26, before hitting the road in a serious season opener at Ida Grove on December 2.
     The boys then have their home opener on December 9 against Galva-Holstein.

Five Letter-winners to Lead Trojanettes—Five returning letter-winners figure to lead the 2005-2006 Trojanettes through another exciting season in the hunt for a possible conference title shot.
     The Trojanettes see their first action this Saturday in the IFCA Clinic in Atlantic, before opening the season in earnest against BCIG in Ida Grove on December 2.
     OA’s home opener is a girls JV-Varsity doubleheader against Schaller-Crestland on December 6.

“State Fair” Musical Triumphs!—On Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11 and 12, the Odebolt-Arthur High School fine arts department presented the musical “State Fair” in the Bart Ogden Gymnasium. Peter Larson, Katie Bell, Kate Olson and David Currie had the lead roles. The Chronicle lists 52 students in the cast and crew, as well as seven other people who were involved with the production. The musical was directed by Judy Jepsen and Barbara Votrobeck with orchestration by Roby Larson. This week’s Chronicle has several photos of various students in their roles on stage.


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Mildred J. Miller, age 67, of Odebolt, Iowa, entered into rest on Sunday, November 13, 2005, after a courageous battle with cancer.
     Funeral services forwere held Wednesday, November 16th, 2:00 p.m., at United Methodist Church in Odeoblt with Rev. Kathy Spracklin officiating. Burial was at the Odebolt Cemetery under the direction of the Farber & Otteman Funeral Home.
     Mildred Janet (Trulock) Miller was born August 10, 1938, to Lee and Irene (Segerstrom) Trulock in Ida Grove, Iowa. She attended Odebolt-Arthur Community Schools.
     On October 1, 1955, Mildred married Gerald Ralph Miller at the United Methodist Church in Odebolt. This union was blessed with four daughters: Candra, Christine, Carna, and Cheryl. She was a avid homemaker. Mildred was involved in many community services including: United Methodist Women, VFW Auxiliary, and Women’s Relief Corps. She enjoyed watching her family grow, hosting family events and holidays, canning harvests from the family garden, reading, keeping in touch with friends, and porch sitting with family and friends. Mildred always had a kind word for all.
     Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 50 years, Gerald; daughters: Candra and husband Randy Irons of Lincoln, NE, Christine and husband Henry DeMan, Jr. of Storm Lake, IA, Carna Gajewski of Jackson, MN, and Cheryl VanArsdol of Denison, IA; four grandsons: Anthony, Aaron, Justin, and Preston; and five granddaughters: Jill, Amber, Kayla, Allison, and Brooke.
     She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Lee and Irene Trulock.
     Blessed be the memory of Mildred Janet Miller.

Robert I. Turner, age 81, of Lincoln Nebraska, and formerly of Odebolt, passed away on Friday, November 18, 2005, at Haven Manor, in Lincoln.
      Graveside services were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 26, 2005 at the Odebolt Cemetery with a time of fellowship following at the Odebolt Presbyterian Church. The Farber & Otteman Funeral Home in Odebolt was in charge of arrangements.
     Robert was born July 17, 1924, in Odebolt, Iowa, the son of Irving George and Mary Irene (Roberts) Turner. He grew up in Odebolt and graduated from Odebolt High School. He continued his education at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, and graduated with a Master's of Science Degree. He worked as a Soil Scientist for the US Department of Agriculture for 41 years.
     He was united in marriage to Margie Teaquist on December 18, 1949, at the Presbyterian Church in Odebolt. They were blessed with four sons: George, Richard, David and Charles.
     Robert was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Lincoln and also a member of the Masonic Lodge-Iowa, and Hiram Club.
     Survivors include his wife, Margie; sons: Richard R. and wife Deanna Turner of Lincoln, NE, David R. and wife Denis Turner of Middlebury, IN, Charles R. and wife Cathy of Lincoln, NE; sisters-in-law: Ardella Boldt of San Diego, CA, and Jane Ashby of Albuquerque, NM; granddaughter, Amber (Turner) and husband Bradley Wilber; grandchildren: Philip Turner and Leslie Turner; seven nieces; and extended family members.
     Robert was preceded in death by his parents, brother James H. Turner, and son George R. Turner.

Clifford W. Cook, age 85, of Wall Lake, Iowa, passed away on Monday, November 14, 2005, at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll, Iowa.  Mass of the Christian Burial was held on Thursday, November 17th, 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Wall Lake. Burial was at the Wall Lake Cemetery under the direction of the Farber & Otteman Funeral Home.
     Clifford was born on December 7, 1919, in Odebolt, Iowa, the sixth born of twelve children to Floyd and Carrie (Simon) Cook. He attended country school though the eighth grade. He was baptized and confirmed in the catholic faith and a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Wall Lake.
     On November 14, 1941, Clifford was inducted into the U.S. Army serving his country from 1941 through 1945. He was a tank driver for General Patton during WWII, and sub machine gun expert, earning the rank of Sergeant. He was awarded three Bronze Stars for Rhineland-Germany, Ardenes, and Central Europe Campaigns, the Purple Heart January 2, 1945, Bronze Star Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and European-African-Middle Eastern Theatre Campaign Ribbon and Overseas Bar.
     On September 2, 1942, Clifford was united in marriage to Anita Ann Freml at Camp Polk, Louisiana. They were blessed with three sons: Russell, Eugene, and Cletus, and two daughters: Bonnie and Donna Rae. After his discharge he worked for the Chevrolet Garage in Wall Lake for five years, farmed by Vail, Denison, and Wall Lake, and then worked for Sac County Maintenance Department as Road Patrol Operator, retiring in 1987 when they moved into Wall Lake.
     He loved to fish and hunt, work on woodworking projects, and go dancing.
     Survivors include his wife, Anita; sons: Russell Cook of Wall Lake, Eugene (Linda) Cook of Canton, OH, Cletus (Jane) Cook of Carroll, IA; daughter Donna Rae (Tim) Solt of Fayetteville, NC; five grandchildren: Andrea Johnson, Eugene “Pete” Cook, Jr., David Cook, Cory Cook, and Casey Cook; and six great-grandchildren. Other survivors include his brothers: Richard Cook of Wall Lake, and John (Velma) Cook of Sioux City, IA; three sisters: Marian Jenkins of Sac City, Midge “Blanche” Hawks of Sac City, and Betty “Elizabeth” (William) Blum of Wall Lake; sisters-in-law: Marcella Cook of Wall Lake, Marge Harlow of Denison, IA, and Inez Rostermundt of Manilla, IA; brother-in-law Wesley Freml of Denison, IA; and many extended family members and friends.
    Clifford was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Bonnie Ann Luvaas, grandson Cletus Lyle Cook, Jr.; brothers: Mike, Harry, Roy and Bob; and sisters: Flossie Biesch and Bernidine Kelly.

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From the Ida County Courier

O-A school board approves contracts, resignations

O-A/BC-IG wrestlers on track to
challenge for MVC titles

Wrestling begins Tuesday, Nov. 29 against
Rockwell City-Lytton and Audubon in Odebolt.



The Chronicle, Vol. 114, No. 46,
November 17, 2005

 The Mayor Sez…
I would like to congratulate our newly elected council persons, Mike Hoefling and Keith Flink, also Jim Scott for his re-election victory. I would like to thank everyone that saw fit to vote for me for another term. I’ll do my best!
     As for “The Mayor Sez…” I will do my best to keep you informed of major issues, occasionally offer my humble opinion, and last, but not least, try to find some humor here and there.
     From the ‘Bolt,
     R. J. Rex, Mayor of Odebolt

Snow Bird Alert! - Just a friendly reminder!  Please give your winter address to The Chronicle office in Odebolt at least two weeks before you journey to your winter destination.  We will be glad to forward your copy of the paper if we have your correct address in advance.  If we do not receive it beforehand we will have to bill you for changing it as the Post Office charges us.
     Please call 712-668-2253 or drop a line to The Chronicle, P.O. Box 485, Odebolt, IA 51458.



The following is a list of Turkey Winners for the "2005 Chronicle Printing & Publishing Turkey Drawing".

Beckman Motors - Cynthia Grove, Odebolt
Jamboree Foods - Phrona Johnson, Odebolt
Murphy Chiropractic - Nancy Hugeback, Odebolt
United Bank of Iowa - Jerry Gronau, Odebolt
Swanson Ins. & Real Estate - Loween Lansink, Odebolt
Cubby's - Ted Henrich, Wall Lake
Lundell Plastic Corp. - John Ekstrom, Odebolt
Caroll's Kitchen - Jack Rosemeyer, Odebolt
Mark Hansen's Rex Chevrolet - Delores Neville, Odebolt
Odebolt Nursing & Rehab Center - Joyce Curtis, Odebolt
Reis Auto parts & Service - Dick Bloyer, Odebolt
The Chronicle (Odebolt) - Ann Cowlham, Odebolt



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Thanksgiving Day
November 24 – 12:30 p.m.

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Cranberry Sauce – Vegetables – Pies – Drink

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Thursday, November 24th
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O-A Mat Rats Wrestling Started - On Saturday, November 12 the Odebolt-Arthur Mat Rats Wrestling Team opened their 2005-2006 wrestling season by attending a pre-season tournament in Moville, Iowa.  The Mat Rats who participated Saturday are pictured in this week's edition.  It's not too late to get involved.  For practice information call the Mat Rats hotline at 668-RATS.

School Board Meeting - The Odebolt-Arthur Community School Board will meet at the Odebolt Center Conference Room Monday, November 21 at 7 p.m.  See the agenda published in this week's issue.

Holiday Closing - Swanson Insurance & Real Estate's office will be closing at noon Wednesday, November 23 and will re-open at 8 a.m. Monday, November 28.

O-A FFA Members Attend National Convention - Four members of OA FFA joined 53,396 members and guests at the 78th National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky.  Attending were Shawn Fertig, Cole Bengford, Trent Godbersen and Tyler Leinbaugh, accompanied by O-A FFA Advisor Eric Miller. In addition to the convention, they all enjoyed the many sights and sounds of Louisville including the Louisville Slugger Bat Museum, Churchill Downs which hosts the Kentucky Derby, the Jim Beam Distillery, and the Patton Museum.
     The site of the 2006 National FFA Convention will be at Indianapolis, Indiana.
     The FFA Chapter also had a great year for the annual fruit sale, selling popcorn, fruit, meat, cheese and pickled herring.
     Don't forget the annual FFA Soup Supper coming up on December 9, 2005.  For information, contact Eric Miller at the high school.

Trojans earn All-District Honors -  The 2005 football season was a roller coaster ride for the Trojans and their fans as the OA gridders played through three distinct streaks in building a 6-3 campaign.
     The first streak saw the Trojans win their first three games over River Valley, WLVA and eighth-ranked Galva-Holstein.
     The second streak consisted of losses to LeMars Gehlen, Woodbury Central and Sac City.
     But the Trojans returned the gloss to the season by downing Westwood, Kingsley-Pierson and Lawton-Bronson to finish in a tie for third place in District 8 play with K-P.

    Trojans earning All-District honors.

Mark Fertig, senior tight end
Taylor Bengford, junior offensive lineman
Jon Henrich, senior linebacker
Austin Bobzien, senior linebacker.   Bobzien was also named All-District kicker.
Lee Siebrecht, junior lineman
Bryan Leonard, junior running back
Kevin Down, senior back
Kevin Keim, junior
Korey Schroeder, junior

     Gatorade Players of the Year included Henrich as overall Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year.  Bobzien was Offensive Player of the Year and Special Teams Player of the Year.
     Rookies of the Year were Marcus Hansen and Mark Heidenreich.
     Down was winner of the Will to Win Athlete award.
See full stats of the season in this week's issue.


Harold Boney, age 90, of Lake View passed away on Wednesday, November 9th, 2005.  Funeral Services were held at 1:30 P.M., Saturday, at the Lakes United Methodist Church in Lake View with Rev. Rick Johnston officiating. Burial was in the Odebolt Cemetery.  .
     Harold Eugene Boney, son of Harry and Minnie (Tiffin) Boney, was born January 21, 1915 at St. James, Minnesota. His family moved to Iowa in 1918. He graduated from Lytton High School in 1932. After attending college at Iowa State, he engaged in farming. He married Ruth Dannenberg Irwin on May 7, 1942. They farmed at Sac City and Bode before moving to the Dannenberg family farm at Odebolt in 1958. In 1983, they retired and moved to Lake View.
     Mr. Boney was an active member of the United Methodist Church where he and Ruth served as Senior MYF counselors for seven years as well as worked at youth camps for six years. He was president of the Methodist Men, Chairman of the Administrative Board and Lay Leader as well as serving in other church offices.
     He was a member of Wheeler Lodge No. 398, A.F. and A.M. In addition, he enjoyed his participation in the Lions Club at Lake View and the Sac County Golf and Country Club. He was active in many farm organizations and served a term on the Federal Home Administrative Board and was a director of the Sac Co. REC for ten years, serving as its president for six years. He was a director of the Farmer’s Cooperative Elevator for ten years, also serving as president for six years.
     Harold enjoyed playing all kinds of sports. As a young man, he played semi-pro baseball and later in life, he was often found playing golf. Harold also enjoyed playing bridge, traveling, camping and wintering in Texas, Florida and Arizona.
     His survivors include his wife, Ruth, daughters and sons-in-law, Pamela and Thomas Arrigo of Barrington, Illinois and Cheryl and Steve Soelberg of Georgetown, Texas. Five grandchildren – Thomas and Timothy Arrigo and David, Paul and Anne Getter; two great-grandchildren – Evan and Bryce Getter; one brother, Maurice of Johnstown, Colorado and one sister Loretta and husband, Joe Conley, of Storm Lake; two sisters-in-law, Elaine Raasch of Odebolt and Mavis Dannenberg of Atlantic He also leaves nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
     Preceding him in death were his parents and brother-in-law Donald Lewis and a nephew Rex Lewis; his wife’s parents, Edward and Catherine Dannenberg; brothers-in-law Willard Linden, Robert Dannenberg, Elwin Raasch, Almer Noyd; and sisters-in-law Lilly Dannenberg, Lois Linden, Helen Noyd, and Peggy Boney.  Farber and Otteman on-line obituary

Jane Elizabeth Leonard, age 92, of Odebolt, Iowa passed away peacefully among her family on Wednesday, November 9, 2005, at her daughter’s home in New Palestine, Indiana.
     Jane was born on April 10, 1913, the daughter of Ellis and Lenore (Smith) Marvin in Odebolt and was baptized into the Presbyterian faith as a child. Jane attended country school and graduated from the Odebolt High School. She was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Odebolt, serving as a Deacon, participating in Presbyterian Women, the Rebekahs, and a 50 year member of the Eastern Star.
     Jane was united in marriage to Howard Leonard on November 15, 1934, at the Presbyterian Manse in Storm Lake, Iowa. To this union one child was born, Jane Lenore.
     Jane’s greatest joys were her husband, family, and friends. Like her husband before her, she is remembered for her undivided devotion to the farm that fed her family and so many others of this nation.
     Jane is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Michael Ferin of New Palestine, Indiana; three grandchildren, Mark Ferin and Amy Snelling of Tecumseh, Michigan, and Michelle Hoffmann of Bloomington, Indiana and eight great grandchildren, Lauren and Tyler Ferin, Rachel, Sarah and Sophia Hoffman, and Elizabeth, Emma and Ava Snelling. Her parents and husband Howard preceded her in death.
     As the breeze flows across the fields, we will always feel her presence in our hearts. She was loved for her kind, patient heart, vivacious spirit, unwavering positive attitude, and endless strength.  Farber and Otteman on-line obituary



69.10 Snow Removal
No person shall park, abandon, or leave unattended any vehicle on a public street, alley or city-owned off-street parking area between the hours of 12:00 midnight and six o’clock (6:00) a.m. of any day during the period of November 1 to April 1 when weather conditions consist of snow, sleet, ice and/or freezing rain.
Business district shall be exempt until 2:00 a.m.

It is the responsibility of the abutting property owners to remove snow, ice and accumulations promptly from the entire width of all of said sidewalks. If a property owner does not remove snow, ice or accumulations within twenty-four hours, the City may do so and assess the costs against the property owner for collection in the same manner as a property tax.


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Odebolt Museum Applying for Grant - The City of Odebolt and Odebolt Museum will be submitting an application to the Sac County Endowment Foundation for a grant to help in renovation of the museum building.
     The Sac County Endowment Foundation will soon receive a $63,600 state award. This amount is one half of one percent of the state's gambling tax receipts, to be used to facilitate endowment building and grantmaking throughout the county. Seventy-five percent of these funds will be awarded through grants to charitable organizations for educational, civic and public purposes in Sac County. Grants for the first quarter 2006 Grantmaking Cycle will be due in February.  

The Chronicle, Vol. 114, No. 45,
November 10, 2005

The Mayor Sez…
     The voters have spoken! The die has been cast! Congratulations to our newly elected City officials! At the moment I wish I had a crystal ball to tell me who they are, but, alas, I don’t. I will have to wait till Tues. evening just like everyone else.
     Whoever is elected will be mandated to give Odebolt good government. So be it!
     From the ‘Bolt,
     R. J. Rex, Mayor of Odebolt

P.S. Jim Scott made a profound statement, and quite fitting, when he said, “If they want me they will vote for me and if they don’t -- fine!”

as of 9:45 p.m., Nov. 8, 2005

*Ronald J. Rex - 155

 Bill Wallace, Jr - 90

*Mike Hoefling - 183
*Jim Scott - 157
*Keith Flink - 137  

 Jeff Holmes - 128
 Gary Gritten - 84
 Duane Einspahr - 68

City Council Members whose terms expire at the end of 2005 are Mary Jeanne Thompson, Jim Scott and Mark Hansen.

Election Results from Sac County Board of Supervisors Nov. 15, 2005 Meeting Minutes

For Mayor – Ronald J. Rex – 156*, write-in William Wallace Jr – 90
For Council – F. Duane Einspahr – 65, Keith D. Flink – 138*, Gary Gritten – 86, Mike Hoefling – 185*, Jeff Holmes – 125, James A. Scott – 158*

Odebolt Snow Ordinance
69.10 Snow Removal

No person shall park, abandon, or leave unattended any vehicle on a public street, alley or city-owned off-street parking area between the hours of 12:00 midnight and six o’clock (6:00) a.m. of any day during the period of November 1 to April 1 when weather conditions consist of snow, sleet, ice and/or freezing rain.
Business district shall be exempt until 2:00 a.m.

It is the responsibility of the abutting property owners to remove snow, ice and accumulations promptly from the entire width of all of said sidewalks. If a property owner does not remove snow, ice or accumulations within twenty-four hours, the City may do so and assess the costs against the property owner for collection in the same manner as a property tax.

Odebolt Community Quilt Placed on Museum—Some might say we saved the best until last. The last community quilt went up in Odebolt on Saturday, November 5, 2005. The 4-foot square painted quilt block design is “Antique Tile”. The pattern was chosen by leaders of the Odebolt Museum, and was painted by the Harold Peyton family of Sac City. Carol Auen, representing the Odebolt Museum, Carol Raasch and Jack Hogue, representing the Sac County Barn Quilt Committee, were on hand to assist Kevin and Harold Peyton with mounting the quilt block on the Odebolt Museum. (See a photo of Carol Auen, Carol Raasch and Jack Hogue beside the Odebolt Museum quilt block in this week’s Chronicle.)
     The community quilts resulted from the Sac County Barn Quilt project, which offers sightseers the opportunity to travel all around Sac County on hard surface roads and view 23 different barn quilts on historic farm buildings. The committee came up with the idea of placing smaller quilt blocks on museums, or other locations in Sac County communities to entice tourists to stop in each community and see the museums or other interesting sites.
     Barn quilts near Odebolt can be found at the Scott Raasch farm and the Marshall Fox farm, both east of Odebolt on Highway 175, as well as at the Prairie Pedlar, north of Odebolt. The Odebolt museum quilt will be added to the web site so viewers all over the world can see the quilt blocks in Sac County The web site address is

County Legion & Auxiliary to Meet—The Sac County American Legion & Auxiliary will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15 at Caroll’s Kitchen in Odebolt.
     Keith Fineran of Arthur will present the program on his 18 months of active duty in Afghanistan as a member of the Iowa Army National Guard.  Lunch will be served following the meeting.

VA warns of Prescription Scam—Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) is warning veterans NOT to give credit card numbers over the phone to callers claiming to update VA prescription information. Scammers have targeted America’s veterans – the VA does NOT call veterans and ask them to disclose personal financial information over the phone. The VA has NOT changed its processes for dispensing prescription medications. If you have any questions regarding this, please contact the Sac County Veterans Affairs Office at 712-662-4552, or call the national toll free number at 1-877-222-8387.

Odebolt Public Library Memorial Fund Donations—Memorials were received in September and October for Mary Johnson, Irene Hogue, Helen Down Carson, and Robert Hansen.

ONRC Seniors Enjoy BBQ Meal—On Monday, October 31, 2005 the residents at Odebolt Nursing and Rehab Center in Odebolt, IA enjoyed a meal of BB-Q pork sandwiches and baked beans. The meal was fixed and provided by Cookies BB-Q Food Products of Wall Lake, IA in honor of Senior BB-Q month. (See three photos of the event in this week’s Chronicle.)

Area Students
     Austin Bobzien has been accepted into the Criminal Justice Law Enforcement program for the Fall 2006 semester at Iowa Lakes Community College.
     Alison Neumann has been appointed as an ISU ambassador for the 2005-2006 school year at Iowa State University. ISU Ambassadors is an affiliate of the Government of the Student Body and serves as a connection between Iowa State University, their legislature, and their hometowns, in a professional and non-partisan manner.
     Brenna Sorensen has been accepted into the Graphic Design and Technology program for the Fall 2006 semester at Iowa Lakes Community College.

Chronicle Sponsors Turkey Drawings
Many area businesses are taking part in a Thanksgiving Turkey Drawing sponsored by The Chronicle
     To enter, clip the turkey ads from this week's and next week's issues and fill out the registration form.  (No copies accepted.)  Take your entry to the participating businesses.
     Drawings will be held Monday, November 14 and winners from each participating business will be notified.  Turkeys can be picked up after November 15 at Jamboree Foods.

An Evening with Gary Johnson  - The Odebolt Community Center is proud to bring back Odebolt native, Gary Johnson. He will be performing on November 19th at 7:00 p.m. and November 20th at 2:00 p.m.
     Due to his new unique show, seating will be limited for each performance.
     Advance tickets are available, beginning Friday, October 21, at United Bank in Odebolt, Swanson Insurance, and any OCC board member.  Admission is $5.00 at the door.

OYF Gives a Helping Hand—The Odebolt Youth Fellowship canvassed Odebolt to collect nonperishable food items for the Sac County Outreach Center on October 26. They hope to help make Thanksgiving brighter to those in need. The OYF also made Thanksgiving treat bags for the residents at Odebolt Nursing and Rehab. (See a photo of the OYF participants and the food items they collected in this week’s Chronicle.)

Trojanette Volleyball Awards and Team Leaders Announced—The 2005 Trojanettes completed another outstanding season, going 22-8 overall, including a 9-2 mark in the Maple Valley Conference. They placed second in the Conference Tournament and won the BCIG Invitational Tournament.
     OA completed the regular season with a state ranking of Number 12, according to the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.
     Garnering All-Conference honors were Dani Olerich as First Team All-Maple Valley Conference, and Liz Bloyer and Kayla Miller as Second Team. Alison Hansen was Honorable Mention. (See the complete article in this week’s Chronicle.)

Ice Cream & Cake Social
honoring Louise Rabe for her 89th birthday on Sunday, November 13, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. at Odebolt Public Library, hosted by daughter Patricia Oldnettle.  Send cards to Blackhawk Life Care Center, Lake View, IA 51450


Dale H. Newman, age 59, of Odebolt, Iowa, died Saturday, November 5, 2005, at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove, Iowa.
     Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 8, 2005, at the United Methodist Church in Odebolt, Iowa, under the direction of Christensen-Huffman Funeral Homes. The Reverends Kathy Spracklin and Gordon Scott officiated the service, with burial following in the Odebolt Cemetery.
     Born December 23, 1945, in Anthon, Iowa, Dale Harold Newman was the son of Harold and Velma (Bolles) Newman. He attended grade school in Anthon, then moved to the family farm east of Ida Grove in 1957. He graduated from Ida Grove High School in 1964.
     On April 28, 1981, Dale was married to Joan Lindner in Denison, Iowa. For twenty years, Dale and Joan drove truck together for Mau Trucking, Hewitt Trucking, and most recently, Godbersen Smith Construction Company. In earlier years, Dale was employed at Rath Asphalt Company, hauled cattle and drove a taxicab in Dodge City, Kansas, and worked as a police officer in Lake View. From 1973-1975, he served as Chief of Police for the city of Odebolt.
     Survivors include his wife, Joan; six children and their spouses, Dale (D. J. ) and Tracey Newman, Tonya and Dana Dupre, Jill and Jim Sorensen, Tony and Tammy Lindner, Jackie and Craig Marron, all of Odebolt, and Kristina Dawson of Des Moines; 14 grandchildren; three brothers and their wives, Dean and Lois Newman of Alta, Darrell and Phyllis Newman, and Dwight and Mary Newman, all of Ida Grove, three aunts and an uncle, all of Anthon; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.
     He was preceded in death by his parents; maternal grandparents, Asher and Gladys Bolles, paternal grandparents, Oath and Laura Newman; and a nephew, Rodney Newman.

AUGUST C. STAHNKE - Pastor August C. Stahnke, a former pastor in the 1940’s at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Cook Township, north of Odebolt, passed away on June 14, 2005 in Lompoc, California.
     He is survived by his wife June (Clark); sons: Wayne and Alvin; daughters: June Abramavage, Barbara Johnstone, and Jane Lind.

Read about Immanuel Lutheran Church at The Odebolt History Pages

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(Nov 14)
November 10th Minutes

 The Chamber discussed several important issues

 - possible dropping of the annual soup supper membership drive.
  - possibly dissolving of the Odebolt Chamber of Commerce.
 - the struggle to find directors to appoint for expiring terms of president Melissa Pierce and vice-president Kay Bloyer.

If you would like to give feedback on your opinion on these issues we would greatly appreciate your help. Please contact Melissa Pierce, Kay Bloyer, or Janet Hoefling.

Construction of the new "Odebolt" signs is progressing nicely. The Denison Job Corps is donating the labor.

Upcoming Chamber Events

Santa Claus will be visiting the Odebolt Nursing and Rehab Center on December 3, 2005, from 1:00-3:00 pm where cider and pink lemonade will be served. Come join us and receive a coloring book and a candy cane from Santa.

Coloring Contest -  The judging will be held December 16, 2005. If you have any comments or questions, please contact Kay Bloyer.

Holiday Lighting Contest judging will be held on December 21, 2005, at 6:30 pm, so we ask that you help us get into the holiday spirit by getting your lights up.

Holiday Drawings - December 2, 9, and 16.  Businesses please get your containers out and take entries to the Bloyer Agency no later than 2:00 pm. Two winners each week receive either chamber bucks or beef certificates.

Just a reminder that we meet every second
Thursday of the month, so feel free to join us!!


SETD is in the process of gathering information for the 2006 Sac County Calendar of Events. If you have an event that is held on an annual basis, contact them at 712-662-7383 or and it will be included in the calendar. This will be in print form as well as included on the web site at


(Nov. 12)
Excerpts from Nov. 7th City Council Minutes

... The County, as a whole has not reached the 25% reduction in material going to the landfill in the past three years. This means that our recycling efforts need to be stepped up. Some communities are already using the special bag or tag system and the rest of the County will be forced to put the program in place as well. Everyone, especially, some businesses/commercial establishments, with high volumes of recyclables could be doing a better job of recycling.
     Newspapers, magazines, books & catalogs can all be recycled.  Cardboard boxes need to be flattened and bundled. Plastic, glass, tin and aluminum should also go in your recycling bin. If you need a new list, please stop at City hall.
... The DOT proposes to let a PCC widening & overlay project on Iowa 175 extending from the Ida County line easterly to near the West Junction of US 71. This will include the portion of Hwy 175 which lies within the City limits of Odebolt. The project is proposed for construction during 2006.
... The Mayor reported that a grant is available for railroad crossing signals. This will be further investigated and pursued.
... The Mayor is still working for a grant through the Brownfield Program.
... The Odebolt Museum is seeking funding from the Sac County Endowment Foundation for repairs to the building.
Read .pdf file of Nov. 7 City Council Minutes


Funeral Services for Mildred (Trulock) Miller, age 67, of Odebolt, were held Wednesday, Nov. 16th, 2:00 p.m., at United Methodist Church in Odebolt.  Burial was at the Odebolt Cemetery.   Mrs. Miller passed away at the Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City on Sunday evening, November 13, 2005.  Obituary at Farber and Otteman on-line; leave condolences.

Funeral services for Jane Leonard, age 92, of Odebolt were held at 10:30 A.M Monday Nov. 14 at the Presbyterian Church in Odebolt.  View on-line obituary; leave condolances at Farber & Otteman.

Funeral Services for Harold Boney, 90, of Lake View were 1:30 P.M., Saturday, November 12th, at the Lakes United Methodist Church in Lake View with Rev. Rick Johnston officiating.  Burial was in the Odebolt Cemetery. Harold died on Wednesday, November 9th.   View on-line obituary; leave condolences at Farber & Otteman


(Nov 10)
UNI Panthers News

Junior wide receiver James Lindgren (graduate of Odebolt Arhur High School), was one of two University of Northern Iowa Panthers football players named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 7 team.
     Lindgren is the son of Brent and Deb Lindgren.  SEE THE STORY


(Nov 9)
Sac Economic & Tourism Development Newsletter
for November is now on-line.

2006 Sac County Calendar of Events

SETD is in the process of gathering information for
the 2006 Sac County Calendar of Events. If you
have an event that is held on an annual basis, contact them at 712-662-7383 or and it will be included in the calendar. This will be in print form as well as included on the web site at


(Nov. 9)
Sac County Supervisors Minutes

Includes information about a construction permit application for a confinement animal feeding operation to be located in Section 12 of Wheeler Township, southeast of Odebolt. See the below minutes to keep up on this issue!
See the minutes on-line.
October 25, 2005
November 1, 2005

November 8, 2005


(Nov 7)

Two members of the O-A High School Concert Band auditioned for places in the NW Iowa Honor Band. Jenilynn Blair and Katie Bell, both seniors, traveled to Storm Lake with Mrs. Votrobeck on Saturday, November 5, for auditions at the Storm Lake Middle School.
     Katie will play in the blue band on first chair, second part French Horn, and Jenilynn in the red band on third chair, second part Bb Soprano Clarinet. Their rehearsals and final concert will be January 8, 2005 at Morningside College in Sioux City.
     Katie is the daughter of Jon and Pat Bell of Arthur. Jenilynn is the daughter of David and Sherri Blair of Odebolt.


The Chronicle, Vol. 114, No. 44,
November 3, 2005

The Mayor Sez...
     If re-elected I can't promise that the "Mayor Sez" won't continue to be the same old "stuff", however, the important message I have this week is to urge each and every one of you to vote next Tuesday, November 8.  Your vote really counts!
     From the 'bolt,
     R. J. Rex, Mayor

Many Candidates Running in
November 8 City Elections

     Voters in Odebolt will be taking part in city elections for council seats and mayor on Tuesday, November 8, 2005.  See this week's issue of The Chronicle, page 21, for a sample ballot for Precinct 6 in Odebolt. 
     In Odebolt, R.J. "Ron" Rex is seeking re-election as mayor.  Challenging him is Bill Wallace, Jr. as a write-in candidate.  There are six candidates for the three open seats on the council.  Seeking those positions are F. Duane Einspahr, Keith Flink, Gary Gritten, Mike Hoefling, Jeff Holmes and James Scott (incumbent).
     Candidates for the elections were given information sheets to fill out and return to The Chronicle.  The information was printed as received. 

     Following are images of the information scanned from The Chronicle.  Please click on each link to view the image, which will open in another window.  Close that window to return to this page.

For Odebolt Mayor - Four Year Term
Ronald J. Rex

For Odebolt City Council - Four Year Term
(Three open positions)
F. Duane Einspahr
(no info. available)
Keith Flink
Gary Gritten
Mike Hoefling
Jeff Holmes
James Scott

Write-in candidate for Odebolt Mayor
Bill Wallace, Jr.

Candidates are also welcome to submit their qualifications via email to


Odebolt City Mayor
Candidate Information

NAME: Ron Rex
FAMILY: Wife of 51 years, Elaine; four grown daughters: Pam, Pat, Paula, and Peggy; and 9 grandchildren
OCCUPATION: Sales, Mark Hansen’s Rex Chevrolet GMC
EDUCATION: Graduate of Odebolt High School, BA Degree from Drake University, U.S. Air Force
  Past--Served two terms Odebolt City Council and two terms Odebolt Mayor in the 1960’s.
  Lately, Odebolt City Council partial term, partial term as mayor, then elected Odebolt Mayor 2002 until present. Recently completed required course of “Incident Command School”. By the Governor’s decree to all Iowa Homeland Security Directors—all mayors are required to attend this course. They are the incident commanders of their communities and will answer to the Governor if called upon to do so. A smart mayor will coordinate with his first responders and let then do what they are trained to do, whatever the incident may be.
VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES: 911 Board, Member of the Emergency Management Board, Current President of Odebolt Memorial Walk Park, Past President of the Northwest Iowa League of Cities, Current Chairman of the Sac Co. League of Cities, SETD Board member.
HOT BUTTON ISSUES: Public safety; the constant threat of drugs, sex offenders, predators; and last, but not least, nuisance barking dogs. In short, doing my best to keep Odebolt a safe place to live and work, especially for our kids.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Elaine and I are on the Sac County Economic Development Board and will be working on disbursement of the Sac County Foundation money around the county for projects such as our museum.
OTHER TOPICS: Worked very hard in the promotion of the one-cent local option tax for the school and more recently for our City—both passed. At present am working with the DNR Brownfield Grant for the removal of asbestos of some downtown buildings that will be razed.

Odebolt Community Center Donations  - Donations to the center include the Class of 1973, Class of 1974 and Class of 1975; Kris Ziegmann; Hartman Farm Acct.; Lanelle Krueger; Gary and Keith Siebrecht, Iowa Network Services, and Memorials for Doris Johnson, Clint Siebrecht, Bob Hansen, Mary Down Parker, Irene Hogue, and Bev Carnine.

Pumpkin Winners Picked - Mrs. Buehler's third grade class competed in a pumpkin decorating contest sponsored by Hershey's and the United States postal Service this past week.  A picture of the winning pumpkin by Journie Brown will be submitted to the Hershey's National Sweeten Up Your Pumpkin Contest by Postmaster Kristi Hargens.  The national contest continues through November 30th. 
     The third grade class winners were:
1st place - Journie Brown winning a 36-inch stuffed teddy bear.
2nd place - Katlyn Cowlham winning a 15-inch stuffed teddy bear.
3rd place - Gretchen Sich winning a U.S. postal service teddy bear stationery set.

ONRC Auxiliary, Oct 20 Meeting Summary
  - Next year the Bazaar will be held on Oct 7, 2006.
- Plans are in the works for a Red Hat Society to start in January.
- An ice cream machine will be purchased to use for special occasions.
 - New officers are Co-chairs Phyllis Kies and Janice Richardson, Secretary Sally Porter, and Treasurer Renae Babcock.
 - Next meeting will be Nov. 17 with department heads as hosts.

2006 Sac County Barn Quilt Plans - Twenty-five more barn quilts will be painted and mounted in Sac County in 2006.  Kevin Peyton announced that the project has received at $2500 Community Enhancement Grant from the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation.  Additional funds will need to be raised locally.
     The Barn Quilt Committee encourages property owners who are interested in having barn quilts on their historic barns or corncribs to contact the Sac County ISU Extension Office at 110 South 6th St, Suite D
Sac City, IA, 50583. 
Sac Co. Extension web site
Sac Barn Quilts web site

Come to the
A musical presentation by
the O-A Music Students

This Friday & Saturday
Nov 11 & 12 at 7:30 p.m.

in Bart Ogden Gym
Adults $4      Students $2

O-A to Present "State Fair" Nov. 11 & 12 -  The cast for State Fair has been working hard in preparation for the upcoming school musical.  Mark your calendars so you can attend the State Fair in Odebolt, Iowa on November 11 and 12!

Bettin Graduates as Master Gardener -  Seventeen new Master Gardener interns completed coursework on Saturday, Oct. 29.  Deb Bettin of rural Odebolt completed 40 hours of in-depth instruction on turfgrass, plant diseases, botany, insects, soils, garden design, flowers, vegetables, fruits and other related topics, which were taught by local experts and Iowa Sate University Extension staff.  In exchange for training, Master Gardener interns will return 40 hours of volunteer service to their communities to become certified "Master Gardeners".

THANK YOU. The Odebolt United Methodist Women wish to thank all who attended, worked, or donated to our annual Hunters’ Lunch last Saturday. A special thanks to St. Martins for the use of their large refrigerator. We appreciate it.  - Deb Bettin and Elaine Rex, co-chairmen

B. Horak & B. Ekse, Webnews Editors

 From the Ida County Courier - 11/3/2005 
OA wins wild 1st quarter in 33-19 decision over LB
Thirty-four of the 52 points scored in Odebolt-Arthur’s 33-19 win over Lawton-Bronson Friday came in the first quarter. ..

Odebolt area Veterans' names
 on the Veteran's Memorial Monument
World War I Veterans
World War II Veterans
Korean War Veterans
Vietnam Veterans
And all those who have served,
or are presently serving.
Visit the Web Site


Enjoy delicious meals and comfortable overnight accommodations in Odebolt. 
We invite you to visit the following sponsors:

Open 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Full Breakfast ... Fresh Homemade Pies
Fresh Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
Home Cooking ... Noon Meals ... Daily Specials
Main Street, Odebolt, Iowa
ph. 712-668-2244


401 S. Des Moines St. (Hwy 39)
Odebolt, Iowa 51458
 Web Page
Open:  Tues- Sat at 5 p.m.
Happy Hour: Tues-Friday: 5-6 p.m.
Kitchen Hours: Tues-Wed-Thurs: 5-10 p.m.
          Fri & Sat: 5-11 p.m.
Tuesday - Cook's Choice
Wednesday - Broasted Chicken
Thursday - Mexican Night
Friday - Fish Special
Saturday - Cook's Choice
Carry-outs welcome!-668-2278

"A Bed & Breakfast"
 317 West 4th Street, Odebolt, Iowa 51458
 (712) 668-2265, Fax (712) 668-2380
10% Group Discount for Hunters
If you are planning to come into Sac County to hunt,
stay at Hattie Grace!  Includes a Bed and HEARTY Breakfast,
FREE coffee for your thermos, FREE kennel space,
FREE freezer space for game
A lunch to take along - $4.50
An evening meal for $7.95

 Call (712) 668-2265

Now featuring

Two 1-bedroom furnished apartments
with hide-a-bed sofas; will sleep up to 4 people.
Great for special occasion guests,
hunters, genealogy visitors
Meyer Apartments
200 W. 2nd Street, Odebolt
Ph. 712-668-4184 or 668-2895




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