Friday, May 11, 2012

Courier news

(From the Ida County Courier on-line -

New benches

On May 1, Petersen Manufacturing Company of Denison delivered two new benches to the Odebolt Memorial Walk Park. The benches are located between Sixth and Eighth Streets. 

One of the benches is spoken for; the other is available for purchase.

The men also repaired the broken seat on the picnic table on Fourth Street.

Jim Mickelson to retire

Caption: Jim Mickelson will hang up his whistle at the end of the school year. For the past 32 years, Mickelson has coached several sports and taught a variety of classes including physical education at Odebolt-Arthur and O-A/BCIG. (Courier photo by Deb Loger)

Jim Mickelson of Odebolt has been an educator for 33 years. He will be retiring at the end of the current school year.

Mickelson came to Odebolt-Arthur in 1980. In his 32 years here, he has coached baseball, volleyball, boys’ basketball and golf. His coaching record is as follows: volleyball—21 years, 328-221-35; basketball—28 years, 284-286; and baseball—132-189.

Over the years, he’s taught government, economics, sociology, American foreign policy, presentation media and K-12 PE. His favorites have been presentation media (because of the fun projects), sports videos and badminton in P. E.

Read the rest of the story in the Courier.

Joan Wiese to retire

FAC (Family and Consumer Science) instructor Joan Wiese will retire this month.

Joan Wiese has been employed in the education field for 28 years. She began her career at Jesup Community School District. She will retire at the end of this school year after teaching in Battle Creek-Ida Grove and O-A/BC-IG districts for 27 years.

She says teaching is a family tradition. Her mom was a family and consumer science (FACS) teacher, her dad was the AEA 7 administrator, one brother is a Professor Emeritus at NDSU, another brother taught at Hawkeye Tech for 36 years and her sister teaches special education in Minnesota.

Wiese’s retirement plans include spending time with her grandchildren, working on her home, traveling and relaxing.

Over her career she has taught FACS, health and TAG. Her favorite class was sewing. 

Read the rest of the story in the Courier.

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