Friday, November 07, 2014

Courier news

Courtesy of the 11-5-14 edition of Ida County Courier.

Sac County in need of EMTs

The Sac County Emergency Medical Service is in need of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and is strongly encouraging people in the area to consider this opportunity to help provide this service.

Sac County, which offers a countywide emergency medical service, currently has a total of 20 active EMTs within the county, but is in critical need of many more trained individuals to keep services readily available.

According to Sac County EMS Director Scot McDonough, the 20 active EMTs cover a total of 11 municipalities/towns and the surrounding countryside, leaving an average of approximately 1.5 EMTs for each town within Sac County.

McDonough said, “It is for this reason some of the towns do not have 24/seven coverage and have to wait for EMTs to come from other towns to help them.”

With this in mind, EMT classes are being offered, starting in January. The total training hours of the classes are approximately 150, with training sessions being held two nights a week.

In the past, the cost of taking EMT classes has proved to be a deterrent for some interested in obtaining the EMT training.

With this in mind, Sac County has come up with a new program, which will pay 100 percent of tuition fees.    For more information, the number to call is 712-662-4481.   A minimum of 10 people are needed for the EMT class to be held. 

Area Legion posts plan Veterans Day observances
The Odebolt American Legion Auxiliary will host free coffee and rolls for veterans, friends and family on Tuesday, Nov. 11, from 9 to 11 a. m., at Odebolt Nursing and Rehab Center.

Odebolt Legion members will present a program to Odebolt-Arthur Elementary and O-A/ BC-IG Middle School students Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 2:30 p. m.

The O-A/BC-IG High School food and cuisine students are hosting a free meal for veterans at the Ida Grove Rec Center Tuesday, Nov. 11, from noon to 1 p. m.  RSVPs are due by this Friday, Nov. 7, by calling the high school at 712-364-3371.

O-A/BC-IG to present ‘Grease’
O-A/BC-IG High School’s fall musical production is “Grease” by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey.

Danny, the leader of the Burger Palace Boys, is surprised to ind his summer beach ling 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 it 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?

Showtimes are 7:30 p. m. on Friday, Nov. 14, and Saturday, Nov. 15, with a 2 p. m. matinee Sunday, Nov. 16, at the school. 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 went 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 364-3371 at the high school or Ann Holst at 364-3295.

New webpage features wildlife visitors to Iowa

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources created a webpage focusing on wolves, bears, mountain lions and moose once native to Iowa. The page is available at

“While we no longer have breeding populations of these animals in Iowa, expanding populations in nearby states increases the potential to receive visits from wandering animals. Many of these large animals can move a great distance in a relatively short amount of time and in many cases, they only visit our state for a short time before passing through,” said Vince Evelsizer, furbearer and wetland biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

The Iowa DNR has not stocked any of these large mammals in the state and has no plans to do so, Evelsizer said.

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