Friday, October 31, 2014

October 22 and 29 Courier News

Courtesy of the 10-22-14 edition of Ida County Courier.

All area communities will be holding trick or treating on Halloween, Friday, Oct. 31.

Trick or treating hours are:
Arthur—5 –7 p. m.;
Odebolt—5 –7:30 p. m.

Trick or treaters are invited to stop at homes with front lights on.

Out of the Past - Thirty years ago

Bart Ogden was honored by the Odebolt-Arthur School District Oct. 2. Ogden was superintendent at the school for 25 years, retiring in 1969. On Oct. 2, the school dedicated its gymnasium to the former administrator and unveiled a sign that reads “Bart Ogden Gymnasium” that will be placed over the entrance of the gym.

O-A/BC-IG to present ‘Grease’, Nov. 14, 15, 16

Get out your black leather jacket or your poodle skirt and set aside time for the O-A/ BC-IG fall musical production of “Grease” by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey.

Students have been working to prepare for their performance of this American musical classic. Showtimes are 7:30 p. m. on Friday, Nov. 14, and Saturday, Nov. 15, with a 2 p. m. matinee on Sunday, Nov. 16, at the school.  Sandy, Danny and the rest of the Pink Ladies and T-Birds will entertain you with all your favorite songs, like “Summer Nights,” “We Go Together” and “Greased Lightning.”

Danny, the leader of the Burger Palace Boys, is surprised to find his summer beach fling is now attending his school. He is not sure how to navigate his feelings for good-girl Sandy while trying to protect his reputation with his gang and the Pink Ladies.

Sandy, the new girl at Rydell High, is having a tough time trying to fit in. Although Frenchy has befriended her and includes her in Pink Lady activities, Rizzo makes her dislike for Sandy well known.

Will Danny and Sandy be able to overcome their obstacles? Will love come for any of the other Burger Palace Boys or Pink Ladies? And, will Sonny ever get out of Miss Lynch’s doghouse?

The cast features Olivia Freese (Sandy), Blake Netherton (Danny), Anna Dewey (Rizzo), Eliot Clough (Kenickie), Bethany Stangl (Frenchy), Darian Ernst (Doody), Carrie Miller (Marty), Cole Veltri (Sonny), Courtney Peters (Jan), Connor Musel (Roger), Leah Lierman (Patty), Stephen Stangl (Eugene), Emma Mullins (Miss Lynch), Will Lozier (Vince Fontaine), Dalton Clausen (Johnny Casino), Jacob Henderson (Teen Angel) and Tanya Burrow (Cha-Cha).

Also, the “Beauty School Dropout” singers (Elyssa Freese, Brianna Anderson, Mally Sangpanjun, Vandy Mosier, Bailey Ulrich, Anne Hao, Claire Sohm, Jenna Henderson and Tanya Burrow), “We Go Together” singers (Nick Endrulat, Gable Sohm, Bree Henningson, Elyssa Freese and Bailey Ross), “Summer Nights” singers (Dalton Clausen, Jacob Henderson, Taylor Young and Lexie Petersen) and prom dancers (Nick Endrulat, Dallas Hare, Anthony Sanchez, Gable Sohm, Bree Henningson, Taylor Young, Bailey Ulrich, Brianna Anderson, Lexie Petersen and Bailey Ross).

Admission prices will be $5 for adults and $3 for students. Reserved seating will be available for $6 a ticket. Reserved seating and general admission tickets will go on sale on Nov. 1, and tickets can be purchased at the door as available.

For reserved seating or pre-purchased general admission tickets, you may place your order by calling Tasha Tromp at the high school at 364-3371 or Ann Holst at 364-3295


Courtesy of the 10-29-14 edition of Ida County Courier.

Odebolt school museum to close for season

The Iowa Rural Schools Museum of Odebolt on Heritage Square Park will be closing for the summer season. The last day the school will be open to the public is Wednesday, Oct. 29.

Odebolt’s country school isn’t a classroom only, though it does have examples of the styles of desks used from 1883 to 1951, when the building closed its doors to regular classes and started bussing the district’s children to Odebolt.

There are student desks, the wood/coal/cob burning stove, teacher’s desks and many other classroom items you may have seen in other school buildings.

The museum also has more than 1,000 items, including period toys, household and farm tools; photos of locals who attended country school around Odebolt; lamps and lighting examples; various ways the teacher and students enjoyed music; globes; examples of writing instruments throughout its 68 years; and more.

The museum has more than 1,000 books, pamphlets, teachers’ resource books and other writings, many available for research by arranging an appointment.

To visit the Iowa Rural Schools Museum, call 712-830-8328. There are some surprises and plans for the coming year, so keep checking back.

O-A/BC-IG at Morningside music festival

Students from 12 area high schools, including O-A/BC-IG High School, will participate in the annual “Men and Women in Song” choral festival at Morningside College on Thursday, Oct. 30.

The day-long festival will conclude with a 6:30 p. m. concert in Eppley Auditorium, 3625 Garretson Ave. The concert will feature performances from the men’s and women’s festival choruses and a combined festival chorus. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door.

Tim Watson, director of choral activities at Morningside College, and Jean Hickman, assistant professor of music at Morningside, are coordinating the festival.

Leinbaugh joins insurance firm

Pam Leinbaugh has joined Swanson Insurance and Odebolt Insurance of Odebolt.

She has more than 19 years of sales and customer service experience and will continue to focus on personal and commercial business development.

As an independent insurance agent, she represents not one but many insurance companies.

She can be reached toll free 800-798-2282; office 712-668-2283.

Jobless rate increases

Iowa Workforce Development has released unemployment numbers for August and September.

In Sac County, 190, or 3.2 percent of the 6,000-labor force, were unemployed in August. In September, 200, or 3.4 percent out of the 5,910-work force, were unemployed.

Five decades of Iowa aerials now available on DNR website

Iowans have a way to look into Iowa’s past and view changes of their entire state, from decade to decade, thanks in part to REAP funding of the Iowa Historic Digital Aerial Photo Project.

The public can now see where former buildings were located, what kinds of industries and operations were on a site 70 years ago, and how development and urbanization has changed Iowa’s city and agricultural landscapes by visiting

In 2009 and 2011, Historical Resource Development Program grants from REAP helped the DNR's Geographic Information System Section procure photographs from variou s archives across the state and nation. Archives in Washington, D. C., the University of Iowa Map Library, the Iowa Department of Transportation, the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s Aerial Photography Field Of ice, county of ices and private national archives all contained valuable pieces to Iowa’s geographic time puzzle.

“The Iowa Historic Digital Aerial Photo Project makes these images available to researchers, developers, landowners and others who need to understand the history of properties in Iowa,” said Steve King, deputy state historic preservation of icer. “We appreciate preserving these important historical documents and making them available online to Iowans and others around the world.”

Developers, landowners and managers and planners often need to understand how a property was previously used in order to evaluate history’s environmental and character impacts. Knowledge about a site’s resource use is also beneficial and difficult to ind elsewhere. Soil and stream-bank erosion patterns, conservation improvements and changes in natural vegetation and habitat can also be used to compare trends in land use and natural resource management.

Once the photos were scanned and made digital, GIS staff diligently matched them to their actual location. A processing algorithm then aligned the photos into blocks, which were mosaiced together to produce statewide coverage. Because of this approach, the photos can now be viewed with other mapped features, such as roads and land boundaries.

The GIS Historic Aerial Photography Project took more than eight years to complete, from 2004-12, because of its detail specific and comprehensive nature.

Clark said Iowa is more advanced than many states, because the imagery is more easily incorporated into other mapping applications, due to its layering compatibility. Iowa’s geographical history can be seen transformed by manipulating basemap layers on the top left of the screen. The ESRI World Imagery layer is also included. Layers with roads, city and county boundaries are available.

In its 25 years, REAP has benefited every county in Iowa by supporting 14,535 projects. REAP has funded these projects with $264 million in state investments, leveraging two to three times the amount in private, local and federal dollars. Collectively, these projects have improved the quality of life for all Iowans with better soil and water quality; added outdoor recreation opportunities; sustained economic development; enhanced knowledge and understanding of our ecological and environmental assets, and preservation of our cultural and historic treasures.

Sex offender registry
Eight Ida County residents, one Kiron resident, two Odebolt residents and three Schleswig residents who are listed on the Iowa Sex Offender Registry (SOR) are residing in the area as of Oct. 23, according to data obtained on the Iowa Sex Offender Registry.

Information on registered sex offenders can be viewed on the Iowa Sex Offender Registry, a website maintained by the Iowa Department of Public Safety. The information is provided by Iowa Code Section 692A.13, which authorizes the Iowa Department of Public Safety to establish and maintain a website. However, the code does not authorize placing persons on this website who committed a violation of Iowa Code, Section 709.4(2)©(4), if that person was under 20 years of age at the time of the violation.

Search the Registry at

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