Friday, June 12, 2015

Courier News

Courtesy of the 6-10-15 edition of Ida County Courier (

Odebolt Garage Sales
City-wide Garage Sales in Odebolt.  Friday, June 12, 6-8pm and Saturday, June 13, 8am to noon.  Flyers available at Sparky's and Cubby's.

Arthur fire BBQ set
The Arthur Fire Department will host its annual open house and barbecue fund-raiser at the fire station Sunday, June 14, from 4 to 7 p. m.  The menu includes burgers, beans, potato salad, chips and drink. A free-will offering will be taken.  There will also be fire truck rides.

Odebolt museum dedication set
On Saturday, June 20, at 10 a. m., a brief presentation and dedication ceremony will be held at the Iowa Rural Schools Museum outdoor classroom area in Odebolt. It will be for the new outdoor classroom roof shelter and a bronzed statue donated by the Gronemeyer family.

Approximately 40 chairs will be available or you may bring lawn chairs or blankets. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the First Presbyterian Church sanctuary.

Odebolt Methodists plan family fun night
The Odebolt United Methodist Church invites the public to a family fun night Saturday, June 13, beginning at 6:30 p. m.

The evening includes games, an outdoor movie, bonfire with hotdogs and S’mores and Pastor Ken Miller’s popcorn.

Fire departments have busy week
Area fire departments responded to several calls during the past week.

On June 3 at 8:15 a. m., the Odebolt Fire Department was called to a house fire at 408 Park Ave.  Odebolt Fire Chief Greg Neville reports the new owners of the home were in the process of moving in and had placed boxes on the kitchen counter and stove, accidentally hitting a button on the stove. Prior to the fire, MidAmerican Energy had reset the meter and turned the utilities on, causing the box to start on fire.

Neville said the fire was out in 25 minutes with damage contained to the kitchen. He said there was smoke damage to the rest of the house and minimal water damage.  The Lake View Fire Department was paged to provide mutual aid and arrived after the fire was extinguished. The Sac County Sheriff’s Office was also on the scene. The Odebolt department was on the scene approximately two hours.

On Saturday, June 6, just before midnight, the Odebolt Fire Department was paged out to monitor a severe thunderstorm. High winds downed several trees in Odebolt, and electricity to some residents was off more than two hours.

On Sunday, June 7, at 12:01 a. m., the Odebolt Fire Department responded to a fire alarm at the Odebolt-Arthur/O-A/BC-IG Middle School. The department was on the scene 20 minutes. Following the school call, the department did storm spotting and patrolled Odebolt streets with three trucks checking for downed wires and trees to make sure there weren’t any potential fire hazards.  Neville said the firemen set cones out for downed trees and returned to the fire station at 1:30 a. m.

On June 7 at 2 a. m., the Arthur Fire Department was called to the Brian Fertig farm at 6359 280th St. for cornstalk round bales on fire.  Arthur Fire Chief Paul Rydberg said an electric line was knocked down when high winds blew a tree down. The electric line ignited the bales.  The Odebolt and Ida Grove Fire Departments and farmers Barry Bergman and Brian Streed assisted at the scene. The departments were on the scene six hours.

Driver’s license locations
Ida Grove—Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a. m. to 4 p. m., at the courthouse.
Sac City—Tuesday and Wednesday, 8:30 a. m. to 4 p. m., at the courthouse.
Storm Lake—Monday through Friday, 8 a. m. to 4:15 p. m., at courthouse.
Carroll—Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 a. m. to 5 p. m., and Saturday, 8 a. m. to 1 p. m., at 510 N. Carroll St., Ste. 1.
Cherokee—Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a. m. to 4 p. m., and Tuesday, 8:30 a. m. to 3:30 p. m., at the courthouse.

All testing needs to start no later than one hour before closing. Call ahead to recon irm driver’s license hours.

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