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The Chronicle, Vol. 118, No. 49
November 26, 2009

The Mayor Sez…
     May everyone have a safe Thanksgiving week end. Be sure and mark your calendar for Saturday, Dec. 12th, for the Odebolt Christmas Party at the Odebolt Community Center from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. There will be a FREE lunches for all, FREE Coke Cola, FREE hot chocolate, and a turkey drawing every 5 minutes. Favors from Santa and Mrs. Claus will be for the kids. We hope to see you there!!
     R. J. Rex, Mayor of Odebolt

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The Presbytery of Prospect Hill met at the First Presbyterian Church in Odebolt on November 10. The Presbytery of Prospect Hill includes 52 churches in northwest Iowa, including Early, Wall Lake, Ida Grove, Battle Creek, Schaller and Odebolt. Other delegates attending came from the denominational headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky. In addition to the day-long meeting, delegates received a delicious dinner and Odebolt hospitality.

Rachel Hansen, a senior nursing student at Grand View University in Des Moines, was inducted into the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, on November 12. She is the daughter of Mark and Pam Hansen of Odebolt.

Commander Chuck Foy of the Odebolt American Legion Roose Post 313, along with legionnaires John Ekstrom and John Henkelman, presented a patriotic program to Odebolt-Arthur elementary students on November 11. The program included a demonstration on properly folding the American flag, a video explaining the Pledge of Allegiance and the proper attire (uniforms) for veterans.   American Legion's new web site:

The Sac County Endowment Foundation will have approximately $96,800 to grant to vertical infrastructure projects in Sac County. Eligible applicants are 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations or units of government. Projects must have 50% matching funds. Community planning is an essential part in all projects, so if you need held with planning, please contact the SETD office.
     Applications are due Dec. 4, 2009 by 4:00 p.m.
For more information on the application process, please contact the Endowment Foundation at 712-662-7383 or

The OA-BCIG Falcon Frontline. 
Read sports & school news in this special section of The Chronicle each week.
OA/BCIG Quiz Bowl Team
1st grade working on Thanksgiving readers' theater piece.
Middle School Swing Choir
High School Drama Department presentation of "Get Smart"

B. Horak & B. Ekse, Webnews Editors

From the Ida County Courier,
CAC Committees Discuss District Issues (excerpt)
     The Odebolt-Arthur and Battle Creek-Ida Grove School Citizens Advisory Committees met Nov. 17 at the Odebolt-Arthur Middle School library.
     Superintendent Dani Trimble, called the meeting to order and welcomed members. The committee reviewed the role of the CAC as an advisory committee appointed by the boards.
     District information was reviewed. This included an overview of current enrollment, trendline enrollment and district funds. A handout, shared monthly at board meetings, was reviewed. Trimble also gave a brief overview of the impact of the 10 percent across-the-board cut.
     CAC members worked in table groups to discuss the annual progress reports (APR) and shared summaries and questions raised with the large group. They also held brief discussions about future discussion topics, such as district goals, graduate surveys, parent-teacher conferences, communication, handbook, facilities, WGS updates, budget cuts, school lunch and legislative advocacy.
     (Odebolt CAC members are:  Angie Bengford, Bobbe Cordes, Laura Fineran, Rev. Glen Hansen, Debra Hansen, Jane Heidenreich, Jack Hogue, Jeff Holmes, Connie Leinbaugh, Josh Loger, Rev. Glenn Lozier, Greg Mace, Heather Olson, Teri Olson, Linda O’Tool, Jenny Roeder, Marcia Schaeffer, Ron Sorensen, Laura Stangl, Phyllis Tiefenthaler, Wendy Ullrich, Al Wilke and Melanie Hickey.
     O-A/BC-IG High School students—Joe Bach, Tyler Down, Anna Mullins, Talia Ross, Colton Hemer, Katie Kallin, Dominic Means, Chelsea Schroeder, Samantha Bengford, Carly Brosius, Ryan Gaskins, Brent Stickrod, Mallory Cates, Logan Davis, Lexi Olerich and Jake Roeder. )

Mrs. Neville's 1st grade class explains Thanksgiving ABCs
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7th & 8th Students Participate in Mock Trials
(submitted by Joan Wiese)
     The OA-BCIG 7th & 8th Mock Trial teams participated in district competition on Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at the Mid America Center in Council Bluffs. Twenty-one students, two teacher/coaches and one lawyer/mentor were involved.
     In September the teams were given a criminal case to read and study, then the students chose to play the parts of the different lawyers and witnesses. The students had to prepare opening and closing statements and questions to ask each of the witnesses. If they were playing the part of a witness, they needed to read and study that person’s statement, then act and talk as though they really were that person.
     Each team participated in two separate sessions, one in which they were the defense and the other as the prosecution. The students developed good speaking skills and learned proper courtroom language and procedures.

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Pictured from L to R:
Front: Lauren Beckman, Katey Krager, Jessie Gunderson, Beth Stangl, Emily Beckman, Gabby Decker and Levi Nunemaker.
Center: Jacob Henderson, Parker Rasmussen, Casey Johnson, Maggie Neddermeyer, Taylor Rassel and Emma Mullins.
Back: Mrs. Bergman, Christine Bennett, Taylor Trimble, Jacee Arbegast, Paige Whitney, Kent Nishamura, Jacob Matthies, Amber Rake, Grace Lozier and Mrs. Wiese


Peterson Barn on Iowa Barn Foundation Tour

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The Chronicle, Vol. 118, No. 47
November 19, 2009

The Mayor Sez…
I am always reluctant to hand out kudos to different groups, at the same time, as I usually forget to mention someone. Well, I did it again last week. Our Odebolt Development and FFA volunteer groups were left out. Sorry ‘bout that! Please let me know if I missed anyone else. Whew!!
     I see there is an appeal being made by one of our “first responder” groups, namely, the Odebolt Ambulance crew. They need volunteers now!! If they keep losing members due to retirement and there are no replacements we will soon lose our ambulance service entirely. That would be tragic. If you are interested, call Tonya Dupree (668-2790), or City Hall (668-2231).
     For your information there are only 23 days left before our gala Odebolt Community Christmas Party. It will be held the 12th of Dec. at the Community Center from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Come one, come all!! There will be a free lunch for everyone including cocoa or cokes. There will be 24 turkeys given away, one every 5 minutes. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there with candy and favors for the kids. Bill Dreessen suggested bringing an item for the County Food Pantry (not mandatory). KAYL will be broadcasting live during our party.
     R. J. Rex, Mayor of Odebolt

Photo captions in this week's Chronicle:

On October 4, 2009 family and friends gathered in Ida Grove to honor Betty Raasch on her 90th birthday. A four-generation picture was taken of Great-grandma Betty Raasch, Grandpa Bruce Raasch, and Megan (Raasch) Irlbeck holding son Aaron Irlbeck.

The American Red Cross Blood Drive met its goal at the Odebolt Community Center on November 6.

The Ecumenical Middle School Gang held their annual hayride on Sunday, November 8. They left First Presbyterian Church and proceeded to the Prairie Pedlar for hot dogs and s'mores.

Veterans and friends enjoyed coffee and rolls at the Odebolt Nursing & Rehab Center on November 11, sponsored by Odebolt American Legion Auxiliary Post #313.

by Rachel Burns
click for the November 19 column


Elaine Raasch, age 93, of Odebolt, Iowa, passed from this life to life eternal on Tuesday, November 10, 2009, at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove, Iowa.
     Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 14, 2009, at the United Methodist Church in Odebolt, Iowa, under the direction of Christensen-Huffman Funeral Homes. The Reverend DeeAnn Klapp officiated, with burial following in the Odebolt Cemetery.
     Elaine Vivian Raasch, daughter of Edward B. and Catherine (Currie) Dannenberg, was born December 10, 1915, in Richland Township, Odebolt, Iowa. She was a teacher, home-maker, and active in church and the community.
     On May 14, 1939, she married Elwin Raasch, and they lived on a farm north of Odebolt. They had two children, Bonnie and James. In 1980, they moved into their home in Odebolt which Elaine designed. Elwin died of cancer in 1988.
     Elaine was baptized and confirmed in the Methodist faith, where she served in many capacities including president of United Methodist Women and Circle chairman. Her greatest devotion was in the education department where she was its chairman, church school superintendent, and long-time Sunday school teacher. Much of her lifetime Elaine was involved in the music of her church.
     She helped to establish the Howard Activity Center for handicapped adults in Sac City. She helped to acquire and make ready the building to be used, and was an active board member for several years as well as being chairman of the board for one term.
     Elaine was a charter member of the Odebolt Women's Club and was its first president. The well being of family and friends was an important part of her life.
     Remembering her are her daughter, Bonnie Mason and husband Gerald of Boca Raton, FL; her son, James Raasch and fiancée Bijette Gebron of Delray Beach, FL; a sister-in-law, Mavis Dannenberg of Atlantic; a brother-in-law, Howard Peterson of Alta; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
     She saw the passing of her husband; her parents; her husband's parents, Henry and Josephine Raasch; three sisters, Lois Linden, Helen Noyd, and Ruth Boney; a brother, Robert Dannenberg; three sisters-in-law, Lilly Dannenberg, Elizabeth Raasch and Caroline Peterson; four brothers-in-law, Donald Erwin, Willard Linden, Almer Noyd, and Wayne Raasch; and a nephew, Roger Peterson.

Barbara Kay Bruscher, 69, of Arthur, died Sunday, November 8, 2009, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, IA.
     Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 12, 2009, at the Faith Lutheran Chruch in Odebolt, IA. Farber and Otteman Funeral Home of Odebolt was in charge of the arrangements.
     Barbara was born October 12, 1940, in Ida Grove, IA, the daughter of Fred and Dorothy (Coalter) Johnson.
She married Ronald Flogstad on August 2, 1959, in Ida Grove, IA. To that union, five children were born. After the dissolution of that marriage, Barbara went on to find love again in David R. Bruscher and they were married in Las Vegas on October 12, 1994. David preceded Barbara in death in February 2002.
     Barb started nurses training when she was 40 years old. She said it was very difficult being a mother and father while trying to study after being out of school for 25 years. She had 3 children graduate high school and one start kindergarten while in nurses training. She graduated in 1984 and started working at Loring Hospital in Sac City, IA, retiring in 2007, after 23 years of service.
     She enjoyed boating, gardening, fishing, making wooden decorations with Dave, the Christmas holiday, and spur of the moment get-togethers with family and friends. She will be dearly missed by all those that knew and loved her.
     Those left to cherish her memory include: one son Rod (Audrey) Flogstad of Holstein; three daughters: Diane Jones of Schuyler, NE, Susan Flogstad of Arthur, and Michelle (Terrance) Bush of La Porte City; eight grandchildren: Nathan and Jamie Jones, Gabe Glienke, Dakota and Searra Flogstad, Bradley Flogstad, Jasmyn and Jaidyn Bush; one brother, Ron (Marsha) Johnson of Canton, SD; one sister Jane (Lee) Krusenstjerna; three sisters-in-law: Elaine Johnson of Sac City, IA, Arda Lee (Phil) Neddermeyer of Denison, IA, Claudia (Carrol) Olson of Odebolt, IA; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
     Preceded in death by her mother and stepfather Dorothy and Oliver Lund; her father Fred Johnson; her husband Dave; one son Larry Flogstad; and brother, Roger Johnson.

The OA-BCIG Falcon Frontline
Read sports & school news in this special section of The Chronicle each week.

In this issue:
OA/BCIG FFA goes to National Convention.
High School Honor Roll.
Middle School Honor Roll.
Nine Falcons earn All-District.
Shayna Cooper is named to first alternate oboe position in All-State Band.

OA-BCIG is excited to invite K-8th grades to the performance of the Many Moccasins Dance Troupe on Wed., Nov. 25th from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in the Bartley Ogden Gym in Odebolt. This is the second time the Troupe has traveled to Odebolt; the first time was in 2003. You won't want to miss the elaborate costumes, dancing and drum music!

B. Horak & B. Ekse, Webnews Editors

Hello from Lois Koch, class of 1971.

I read the article about your friend from Kalona going to the antique store in Minneapolis and seeing items from the Masonic Hall in Odebolt. It made me curious. My grandfather, Carl Kullberg from Boyer, Ia. and my uncle, Thure Johnson, Arthur, Ia. were both Masons. I was in "Rainbow" for girls and was Worthy Advisor in 1970. I spent a lot of time upstairs, in the Masonic Lodge building in Odebolt.

I live within a few miles from the Salvage and Architectural Antique store that your friend was at,so I stopped over there and asked to see the items from the Odebolt Masonic Hall. They were quite interested in my story and connection to the items. There was a small machine that was a press. When you pushed down the lever, the machine made an embossed stamp of the Masonic emblem. There was a sign that sat on a pedestal. It said "Odebolt Chapter O.E.S. 439". The sign lit up when plugged in. The other items were a long oak bench with three sections. I remembered it well. It was priced at over $1000.00 and there were three beautiful carved wooden chairs also. I had intentions to buy a little bit of Odebolt history but the bench was way to long and out of my price range.

Seeing those items brought back many good memories of my days in Odebolt and Rainbow. It's such a small world. Who would have thought that those items would be up here and so close by?

Thanks.........Lois Koch Poser, Roseville, Mn. (My parents were Erich & Evelyn Koch.)

The web address of the store is

Excerpts from the November Joint School Board Meeting (From

CAC Members - The board approved the list of community members and students for the Citizen’s Advisory Committee. The committee is scheduled to meet Nov. 17, 6:30 p.m., at the middle school; Jan. 19, 6:30 p.m., at the high school; March 2, 6:30 p.m., at the middle school; and in May at the high school.

O-A members include: Angie Bengford, Bobbe Cordes, Laura Fineran, Rev. Glen Hansen, Debra Hansen, Jane Heidenreich, Jack Hogue, Jeff Holmes, Connie Leinbaugh, Josh Loger, Rev. Glenn Lozier, Greg Mace, Heather Olson, Teri Olson, Linda O’Tool, Jenny Roeder, Marcia Schaeffer, Ron Sorensen, Laura Stangl, Phyllis Tiefenthaler, Wendy Ullrich, Al Wilke and Melanie Hickey.

O-A/BC-IG High School students—Joe Bach, Tyler Down, Anna Mullins, Talia Ross, Colton Hemer, Katie Kallin, Dominic Means, Chelsea Schroeder, Samantha Bengford, Carly Brosius, Ryan Gaskins, Brent Stickrod, Mallory Cates, Logan Davis, Lexi Olerich and Jake Roeder.


The Chronicle, Vol. 118, No. 46
November 12, 2009

The Mayor Sez…
    We bid farewell to Friends of the Odebolt Library! Your service to our library has been a service to our community as well. May I extend a hearty “thank you” to all that have served, past and present. We Salute!
For those of you that voted, thank you. Your vote is a vote of trust and confidence and we pledge to you to make the best decisions possible for the betterment of Odebolt.
May I congratulate the newly elected candidates in our neighboring towns. We hope to see you at our Sac County league of Cities meetings in the future.
Mayor Ed from Wall Lake, if you should happen to read this I want to thank you for your service and leadership to our Sac County League of Cities and our Northwest Iowa League of Cities. Mayor Ed is a past chairman of our county league and past president of our Northwest Iowa League of Cities. Mayor Ed, you will be missed; you too, Joanie. We Salute!
     R. J. Rex, Mayor of Odebolt

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What a wonderful fall day to browse the Craft and Art Show held in the Odebolt Community Center on November 1. There were many vendors selling their crafts and lots to see.

On November 8 Trinity Lutheran Church held their Fall Harvest Luncheon & Bazaar at the Odebolt Community Center. 329 people enjoyed the meal.



     Thomas H. Gronemeyer, age 82, of Ames, formerly of Gowrie, died Saturday, November 7, 2009 at Northcrest Health Care Center, Ames.
     Thomas H. Gronemeyer was born on May 26, 1927 at Odebolt and graduated from the Odebolt High School . He served in the United States Navy during WWII. Tom was united in marriage to Dolores Lange on February 6, 1951 in Des Moines . He farmed in the Gowrie area and retired in 1989. Tom was a member of the American Legion Peterson Post #431 of Gowrie.
     Survivors include his wife Dolores Gronemeyer of Ames; sons, Marshall Gronemeyer and his wife Donna of Scottsville, NY and Mitchell Gronemeyer and his wife Connie of Roland; daughters, Jenon Cody and her husband Joel of Grand Junction and Jana Kurth of Mankato, MN; eleven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; two brothers, Paul Dale Gronemeyer of Odebolt and Donald Gronemeyer of Odebolt; and sister, Marion Ries of Denison.
     He was preceded in death by his parents Paul and Irene (Freese) Gronemeyer, brother Lyle Gronemeyer and son-in-law, Paul Kurth.


     Graveside services for Sherlynn "Sherry" Gritten were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 14 at the Odebolt Cemetery. Sherry, age 68, died at her home on Sunday, September 6, 2009.
     Survivors include her husband, Gary; three children, eight grandchildren, one brother, two sisters, nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

The OA-BCIG Falcon Frontline
Read sports & school news in this special section of The Chronicle each week.
In this issue, Chronicle subscribers can see photos of choral music students who participated in a recent festival at Morningside College, students chosen for All-State Music Festival, and OA/BCIG High School choirs at their fall concert.

Election Results

The Sac County Auditor’s office has released the unofficial results for Odebolt’s municipal election. In Odebolt, Mayor Ronald Rex and councilmen Keith Flink, Mike Hoefling and Jim Scott had expiring terms. The incumbents ran unopposed and were reelected with the following vote totals: Rex with 48 votes, Flink with 47 votes, Hoefling with 55 votes and Scott with 55 votes. Rex, Flink and Hoefling were elected to four year terms. Scott was elected to a two year term.

In Arthur, Mayor Randy Fineran and council members Keith Fineran, Dan Gustafson
and Elizabeth Ulrich had expiring terms. There were also two unexpired terms on the council vacant from Randy Fineran and Carmen Barnum that expire Dec. 31, 2011.
Randy Fineran was unopposed as mayor and reelected with 36 votes. Elected to the three, four year terms were Keith Fineran with 33 votes, Gustafson with 35 votes and Lynn Miner with 36 votes. Elected to the two, two year terms were Ulrich with 30 votes and Stacy Segebart with 35 votes. A total of 39, or 21 percent, of Arthur’s 178 registered voters went to the polls.


The Chronicle, Vol. 118, No. 45
November 5, 2009

The Mayor Sez…
     If re-elected I don’t foresee any major changes in our present city policies. We are on track to making our city a good place to live, work, raise a family, or retire; whatever the case may be. We have such a great group of volunteers that make all of the above happen. Whether it be first responders, beautification, the museum, community center, parks and recreation, library, churches, men’s and women’s service clubs, or 4-Her’s we are a live, progressive, viable community. We have a good school system as well. With local sales tax revenues up, I would have to assume that the economic climate is improving.
     Our city administration is committed to following correct municipal fiscal policy and due to that commitment, I am happy to tell you that the city is solvent. We will not spend more than we take in.
      Trinity Lutheran is having their annual Fall Harvest Luncheon and Bazaar on Sunday, Nov. 8th, 11:30 to 1:00. This is another community affair that we all want to support.
     The “Our Hometown” video is available on the Odebolt web page. Thanks, Barb.
     R. J. Rex, Mayor of Odebolt

Extracted from a Letter to the Editor
     As President of the Odebolt Ambulance, I need to inform you that our volunteer numbers are critically low! We currently have 10 EMT's and 3 drivers, not very many people to cover approximately 60 shifts every month. Many of these people have been involved with EMS for over 20 years. They are getting tired. Please consider giving some of your time to help us continue this service.
     Tonya Dupree, Paramedic
     Odebolt Ambulance Service

Photo captions in this week's Chronicle:

Wet weather still continues to stall fall harvest in Iowa and officials say they haven't seen these kinds of delays in decades. The latest weekly crop report from the U. S. Department of Agriculture says the corn harvest is 2-1/2 weeks behind the average and is the latest harvest since 1907. The soybean harvest is more than three weeks behind and is the latest harvest since 1984.
Just down the street from Odebolt Farmers Coop, the photo shows a long line of trucks and anxious farmers who are waiting to weigh in and unload.

238 people enjoyed the Hunters Luncheon at the Odebolt United Methodist Church on October 31.

Through generous contributions the Odebolt United Methodist Church raised over $30,000 in 48 days to help finish the roof project. Contributors were recognized on All Saints Day, November 1, 2009.

742 people enjoyed St. Martin's Turkey Dinner on November 1.

Extracted from ONRC Auxiliary minutes of October 15 meeting:
-Bazaar was successful, with 134 people registered.
-Dick Ford, interim administrator, stated that Taesa Bailey will be the new administrator and will start Nov. 4.
-Looking ahead, any groups are invited to come Christmas caroling.
-Decided to purchase a new cart for popcorn popper and new 52" TV for residents' use in the living room.
-Looking into getting flag reset outside and possibly an avenue of flags.
-We are always in need of new members.

The OA-BCIG Falcon Frontline   Read sports & school news in this special section of The Chronicle each week.
Members of the Odebolt Arthur Education Foundation (OAEF) presented a check to the recipients of the mini-grants awarded to OA and OABCIG teachers. Awards given include: laptops for the TAG program; an embroidery machine for the Family and Consumer Science Program; MicroKiln Plant Life Enameling for the Art Department; Violence Prevention Curriculum for the Guidance Department. OAEF members Carol Auen, Carolyn Hoelscher and Pam Hansen presented the check to staff members Twyla Godbersen (Art teacher), Katie Bergman (TAG teacher), and Joleen Brady (guidance counselor).

November 9: HS Girls Basketball Begins
November 10: 7 p.m. MS Band & Vocal Concert
November 13: HS Play
November 14: HS Play

B. Horak & B. Ekse, Webnews Editors

Trinity Lutheran Harvest Dinner a Success    
     I wanted to take the time to thank you for posting our Harvest Dinner (Trinity Lutheran) on the Odebolt Website.
      We had a great time, the weather was beautiful. This is the first year that we used the Community Center for our dinner and bazaar. We even held our church service there that morning. The service opened with our own Jerry Einspahr quartet," The Voice Exchange". Pastor Hansen delivered a beautiful service.
     Later during the meal, the quartet serenaded a few delighted ladies. Jerry has now set a precedent. We will negotiate for next year's meal.
- Linda Godbersen

Highlights from Nov. 2nd City Council Meeting
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- .pdf file

The Odebolt Betterment Committee requested $300.00 as matching funds for the Park Betterment Project. Moved by Bengford and seconded by Flink to approve the request. All ayes.

Bengford reported that the pool deck work has been completed. The City is very appreciative of the funding received from the Sac County Endowment Foundation, MidAmerican Energy, Faith Lutheran Church & Foundation and the various contributions & memorials that have made this project possible. The bathhouse roof has also been replaced.

At 8:00 p.m. the Mayor opened the meeting on the Public Hearing to file application for funding through USDA Rural Development. Arnold Thomas was introduced and he proceeded to inform the Council on the available programs and how the interest rates are set. Grants are available when needed to keep the rates per household at a reasonable user cost. If there is an established safety or health standard violation, grants are more readily available. If the Environmental Study initiated by Engineer Kuehl for the SRF funding can also serve for the USDA funding, things will progress faster. These studies typically take 5-6 months.
     The CDBG Application is now ready for submittal by Keri Lane of Region XII Council of Governments. .
The Mayor closed the Public Hearing at 8:13 p.m. No citizens were present with comments or questions regarding the project.

Just a note      November 4 -  I missed pointing out the 8th anniversary of Odebolt's web site in October. was first published on October 16, 2001.
   I sent out a mass email on October 21st to a list of about 200 subscribers to the newsletter telling about the upcoming fall dinners and other events, and letting people know that Odebolt was to be featured on KTIV.  Over 500 hits have been recorded from people looking at the video from the front page of our web site in the past couple weeks.
     Many subscribers' email addresses bounced back.  If your email address has changed, and/or if you wish to receive periodic emailed newsletters, please send an email to the NEW email address ... 
     A friend of mine from Kalona, Iowa called the other day.  He had been in an antique store in the Minneapolis area and had come across a bench & other items from the Masonic Lodge in Odebolt, which is now gone, the lodge now meets in the Arthur Lodge.  He wanted to pass it on to anyone in Odebolt who might be interested ... the web address of the store is .
 - your Web Editor

The Odebolt History Pages    

October 31 - Many updates are now posted on
The Odebolt History Pages
Updated Cook Ranch Page
The story behind Odebolt's "Bang Town"
Hiram C. Wheeler bio
Rev. Jesse Helsell bio
Photo of 1895 School Children
1914 Panoramic photo of school
Mission Covenant Confirmation photos 1928/1930

Click here, then click on "What's new?"

School enrollments continue to drop
Official school enrollments for Battle Creek-Ida Grove,
Odebolt-Arthur and Galva-Holstein show decreases from last year, according to superintendents at the three districts. The official count day was Oct. 1 and the certified enrollment count had to be to the state on Oct. 15.

Odebolt-Arthur’s count is down from 352.5 last year to 332.4 this year, a decrease of 20.1 students.

Actual building numbers for O-A are as follows:
preschool—31 (26),
kindergarten—20 (30),
first grade—29 (30),
second grade—30 (23),
third grade—20 (13),
fourth grade—13 (21),
fifth grade—22 (24),
sixth grade—20 (29),
seventh grade—28 (35),
eighth grade—28 (30),
ninth grade—31 (16), 10th
grade—16 (25), 11th grade—26
(29), 12th grade—25 (35)
total enrollment—346 (363).
Open enrolled out—21 (22),
open enrolled in—18 (22).

Crops - The latest Iowa Crops and Weather report as of Oct. 25 shows corn was 20 percent harvested in west central Iowa, compared to 67 percent normal, while beans were 66 percent harvested, compared to 96 percent normal for this time of year.

Odebolt Museum News     Progress has been made on the Odebolt Museum restoration efforts.  The old overhang has been removed and new awnings for the lower level windows will replace them.  Corner caps much like the original ones have been ordered.  The front of the building has been painted and five new windows have been installed on the upper floor.  See more information on our restoration plans in the center column. 
The Historical Society is accepting donations to help with remodel costs.
Donations may be sent to
Odebolt Museum
PO Box 196
Odebolt, IA 51458
or can be left at Iowa State Bank.

Visit to a former Piano Teacher       Recently we visited the delightful 97-year-old lady who gave me piano lessons in Odebolt many years ago. She taught in a tiny studio on Maple Street by the phone company. She told us that when she was a teenager she gave piano lessons to the oldest of the Williams brothers in Wall Lake. (Yes, THOSE Williams brothers.) She taught them in their home, and during their lessons their baby brother Andy would crawl around the piano in diapers. According to Mrs. H., the boys' father had a beautiful singing voice.
     Speaker Park in Lake View was named for her father, a longtime physician in Lake View who spearheaded the drive to drain the land and make it into a park.
     When you're writing your Christmas cards this year, please write one to Mrs. H., who lives in Spirit Lake, Iowa, and is in the phone book. You can Google her name and find her address and phone number. She'd love to hear from you, but not on a Sunday afternoon; that's when she plays Scrabble with a friend, and she's a fierce competitor. Her current reading list includes the dictionary, which she's reading from cover to cover. She figures it may improve her game; if not, she will have learned some new words.
 - Bonnie (Girvan) Ekse

Faith Lutheran Confirmation Class of 2009 
On Sunday, October 25th four of our young people affirmed their baptism through the Rite of Confirmation. They had completed over 2 years of study. (Click the photo to enlarge.)

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