Friday, May 01, 2015

Courier news

Courtesy of the 4-29-15 edition of Ida County Courier (

Arthur Library fund-raiser is Sunday
The Arthur Public Library will host a pancake fund-raiser this Sunday, May 3, from 9:30 a. m. to 1 p. m., at the Arthur Community Center.  The menu includes pancakes, sausage, fruit and beverages for a free-will donation. Proceeds go to the library. Theme baskets will also be available for silent auction.

Hike-Bike is May 6
The 21st annual Whitey Thompson Hike-Bike-Athon will be Wednesday, May 6, starting at 2:45 p. m., at Skate Palace in Ida Grove and following Pleasant Valley Trail.

The event is sponsored by United Bank of Iowa and O-A/ BC-IG Dollars for Scholars.

Friends and relative sponsor the students by making donations to the O-A/ BC-IG Dollars for Scholars, with all proceeds going toward scholarships for O-A/BCIG students. Last year, 648 participants raised more than $70,000 in donations.

Special prizes will include recognition for the most donations and the donation from the furthest distance. Elementary classes with at least 50 percent participation and middle school participants are treated to pizza parties.

Firefighters receive donation from Flint Hills
The Arthur Fire Department, Odebolt Fire Department and Ida Grove Fire Department have received donations from Flint Hills Resources of Arthur, the local ethanol plant, to purchase rescue tools that will boost the departments’ emergency preparedness.

The funding is part of Flint Hills Resources’ continued support for local First Responders.

“Volunteer Fire Fighters provide critical services in our local communities,” said Brian Bence, plant manager at Flint Hills Resources in Arthur. “We are pleased to be able to support their efforts to protect the health and safety of the people in the communities we call home.”

The Arthur Community Fire Department received $2,500 and will purchase low-expansion fire fighting foam, also known as AFFF, which is a unique material that can quickly extinguish large fires.

“Thanks to Flint Hills’ support, we are able to invest in critical fire protection equipment,” said Paul Rydberg, fire chief of the Arthur Community Fire Department. “AFFF is an important addition to our fire fighting capabilities and will help us better protect the community during emergency situations.”

The Odebolt Fire Department received $1,000 and will use the funds to purchase updated, confined space equipment. Confined space emergencies, such as those involving grain bins, can be dangerous and require expert skill and quality equipment.

The Ida Grove Fire Department received $1,000 and plans to purchase rescue jacks, a vehicle stabilization device that protects fire fighters and the public during a roadside emergency; funds will also support the installation of new gear lockers at the ire station on First Street.

In addition to the financial donations, Flint Hills Resources has also sponsored members of the three departments at a two-day industrial ire training program. The training was held at the Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend refinery training grounds near St. Paul, Minn., in August 2014, and provided hands-on instruction in responding to specific fire emergencies.

This is the second financial contribution made by the company to these three fire departments in the past year and is part of Flint Hills Resources’ continued commitment to supporting local fire departments. In 2014, Koch Industries Inc., its parent company, donated more than $500,000 to local ire departments across the U. S. to enhance their operations.

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