Thursday, July 02, 2015

Courier News

Courtesy of the 7-1-15 edition of Ida County Courier (

School board filing begins Monday
Persons interested in running for open seats on area school boards can begin filing nomination papers Monday, July 6.

Odebolt-Arthur has three members with expiring terms. They are Traci Bengford, Paul Neumann and Pat Hoefling, all of Odebolt, all at large. Bengford has said she’s not seeking another term. Hoefling has taken out papers.

O-A nomination papers are available at the Odebolt-Arthur building, 600 S. Maple St. in Odebolt, Monday through Friday, 8 a. m. to 4 p. m., from school board secretary Kathy Leonard, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a. m. to 4:30 p. m., at the central office, 900 John Montgomery Dr., Ida Grove, or by emailing Leonard at

Fourteen signatures are required from eligible voters in the O-A School District.  Petition papers and affidavits are due to the board secretaries by 5 p. m. July 30. The school board election is Sept. 8.

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Odebolt welcomes new restaurant
Ross and Valorie Craig of Odebolt purchased the restaurant building on Main Street in Odebolt from the Odebolt Development Corporation earlier this year.

After some remodeling, the couple opened Angel’s Place on May 26. The restaurant features 12 pencil drawings of early life in Iowa and a pie plate collection. Arlene Sundell of Odebolt sketched the drawings, and guests to the restaurant are encouraged to look for her hidden signatures on the drawings.

Angel’s Place is open Monday through Saturday from 6 a. m. to 2 p. m. The restaurant serves a full breakfast and lunch menu.

“In addition to our regular menu items, we offer daily lunch specials and baked goods. We will be changing the breakfast menu shortly to include pancakes and waffles. Cinnamon rolls, brownies, elephant ears, pastries and cookies are baked fresh daily. We also bake pies, cakes and a favorite, Blarney Stones. We will also take orders for baked goods.

“I have always been a baker and candy maker and, when this opportunity came up, we decided to open a restaurant here. We’ve remodeled the back room, which is available for groups,” said Craig.

Craig said, “I’d like the public to come in and join us for dinner and to use us for their meetings. I’d be glad to make bakery items, and I want to thank them for their patronage.”

The Craigs own Angel’s Antiques and Collectibles in Sac City and have purchased the old Krustenstjerna Hardware building north of the restaurant.

Ross is a retired pastor, and the couple has lived on a six-acre farm northwest of Odebolt 11 years. “We have an old McDonald type farm and love having school tours.”

Click the photos to enlarge them.

 Angel's Place back room - great for meetings.  Includes a piano.
(photo by B. Horak)

One of Arlene Sundell's drawings.
(photo by B. Horak)

Courier-Reminder publisher retires, 

Mid-America Publishing takes over

Effective Thursday, July 2, the Ida County Courier and the Reminder will be published by a new owner, Mid-America Publishing Corporation based in Hampton.

Mid-America had entered into an agreement earlier in June 2015 to purchase the publications from Roger and Karen Rector. The July 7-8 editions will mark the first editions under Mid-America’s stewardship.

“We are very excited to add the Ida County Courier and the Reminder to our family of newspapers,” said Ryan Harvey, president and CEO of Mid-America Publishing. “Roger and Karen have done a tremendous job with the papers over the past few years and we look forward to continuing to build upon the tradition that they have established.”

Rector has been associated with the Reminder and Courier for a total of 55 years.

The publications will join a growing group of 23 weekly newspapers owned and operated by Mid-America. The Courier is the ninth county seat newspaper owned by the company. They include the Hampton Chronicle, Butler County Tribune-Journal (Allison), Wright County Monitor (Clarion), the Eldora Herald-Ledger and Hardin County Index, of Eldora; The News-Review, of Sigourney; the Grundy Register, of Grundy Center; The Graphic-Advocate (Lake City-Rockwell City); and The Leader (Garner-Britt).

Other papers owned and operated by the company include: The Record (Conrad), The Sheffield Press; The Eagle Grove Eagle; The Kanawha Reporter; The Buffalo Center Tribune; The Pioneer Enterprise (Rockwell-Thornton); The Keota Eagle; The Clarksville Star; The Ogden Reporter; the Calmar Courier; The Postville Herald; The Sun (New Sharon-Fremont); and The Outlook (Monona.) The company also produces two weekly political newspapers, the Conservative Chronicle and the Liberal Opinion Week.

Additionally the company prints several TMC shoppers, such as The Hampton Chronicle’s Bonus in Hampton, The Spectrum in Lake City-Rockwell City, The Leader’s Shoppers News Review in Garner and the Wright County Reminder in Clarion; plus monthly shoppers such as The Dual County Leader in Eagle Grove and the Keokuk County Chief in Sigourney.

“Terms of the purchase have not been released. The Ida County publications are a natural it in our company,” Harvey said. “The backbone of our company is community-focused weekly newspapers.  We only hope to build upon the strong foundation that Roger and Karen have built.”

Harvey will serve as the regional publisher. Day-to-day operations will be handled by office manager Amy Forbes. Forbes, along with the rest of the staff in Ida Grove, has been offered employment by Mid-America.

News editor Beth Wolterman has chosen to retire from her position along with the Rectors. Wolterman has covered area news for the Courier for the past 31 years. Mid-America is currently advertising to fill the Courier’s news editor position.

“Karen and I would like to thank all our dedicated subscribers, readers and advertisers for your support and friendship over the years. It has been a long and amazing career and we are confident Mid-America Publishing will carry on our tradition and make our publications even stronger in Ida County,” Rector said.

“I would also like to thank my dedicated staff and Reminder carriers for their many years of service to the company. It has been a huge team effort every single week, from the planning stages to the final product,” Rector said.

Mid-America also has a commercial printing division, based in Hampton, that offers customized printing and publishing solutions, such as banners, posters, postcards, direct mailing, mailing list management, letterhead design, newsletter management and dozens of other marketing and promotional products, which it plans to make available locally in the Ida Grove area.

“We’re more than thrilled to be a part of Ida Grove and Ida County,” said Harvey.

Harvey further added that Mid-America’s interest in Ida Grove is partly because of the good mix of businesses operating there, including both new and established industries, and employers who bring people to the community.

“A community newspaper is only as healthy as the community it serves,” Harvey stated. “It is encouraging to see the commitment to commerce in Ida Grove over the long term.”

Matt Grohe, board chair of Mid-America Publishing, added, “We appreciate Roger’s willingness to working with us to incorporate these publications into our lineup. We are very grateful for his consideration and look forward to serving the citizens and businesses in Ida Grove and beyond, well into the future.”

The newspaper will stay in its current location at 214 W. Main St. and will retain the same mailing address, email addresses and phone number.

Readers of the newspapers will notice some immediate changes, however. The newspaper’s billing and circulation will be handled by the company’s home office staff in Hampton and additional content will appear. The printing of the newspaper will also move to the Hampton facility, rather than being printed in LeMars.

Both the Courier and Reminder will now be printed on Monday, rather than Tuesday. The deadline for all news and display advertising will be Friday at 3 p. m. The deadline for all classified advertising will be Friday at 5 p. m.

In addition, a new-look website will be launched in the next couple of months, along with a new Facebook page.

(The Odebolt News Blog would like to thank Roger Rector for allowing us to post news about Odebolt from the on-line Ida County Courier all these years, and to wish him a great retirement!  Ryan Harvey, president and CEO of Mid-America Publishing, has agreed to allow us to continue this arrangement, and we thank him!)

Sac sheriff investigates Schaller contact
The Sac County Sheriff’s Office investigated an incident that occurred in Schaller June 24 around 12:30 p. m.

A teenage girl and her little brother were walking near Sparky’s Convenience Store when a white male pulled up and asked if they wanted to see a puppy. The children said no, turned and walked the other way.

After interviewing the 51-year-old and following up on additional investigative leads, there is no evidence to suggest that he had malicious intent when he made contact with the kids.

Sac County Sheriff Ken McClure said, “This is a good time to talk to our kids about stranger danger and what to do if a stranger approaches them and offers them a ride, candy and or to see a pet. Law enforcement encourages these types of contacts to be reported immediately.”

Cranston enjoys interior decorating
Self-taught interior designer/florist James “JR” Cranston returned to the Odebolt area last fall after living in Chicago for about 10 years. There, he held a variety of managerial jobs and worked part-time as a bartender and deejay.

Cranston, a 1999 O-A graduate and son of Steve and Karen Cranston of Odebolt, said, “My parents getting older led me to move back to the area, so I could be closer and spend time with them. In addition to helping on the family farm, I worked part time at The Flower Shoppe in Ida Grove and then, last winter, I decorated several homes in the area for Christmas.

“I attribute my mom for nurturing my desire to decorate and design home interiors. While I was growing up, she allowed me to fix up our home and decorate it for the holidays. Although I didn’t go to school for interior design, I’ve always been interested in it. I had never found a person or company to work for until I began full-time employment at The Elements in Storm Lake in June.” In addition to helping on the farm, he does house calls for private clientele for interior design and decorating.

Creek Days announces competition results
Several competitions were held during Odebolt Creek Days June 20 and 21. Some of the results are as follows:

Trinity Lutheran 5K run/ walk winners were as follows (listed in order of irst, second and third place):

Women 30 and under: Lauren Beckman, 23.00; Alayna Wilken, 24.39; and tie, Skylar Reis and Madison Hemer, 29.12.

Men 30 and under: Cody Fredericks, 20:23; Dylan Hemer, 22.26; and Mark Steinhauser, 22.54.

Women 31-50: Tiffany Bloyer, 20.45; Jessica Meyer, 25.55; and Amanda Weber, 26.07.

Men 31-50: Kevin Bloyer, 23.08; Curt Wareham, 26.28; and Rusty Sadler, 27.01.

Women 51 and over: Kay Bloyer 42.28; Deb Loger, 45.16; and tie, Stephanie Freeman and Laurie Currie, 49.13.

Men 51 and over: Jerry Reynolds, 49.10; and LaDon Siebrecht, 1.00.09.

Car show winners were: Bill Cates, Dodge Coronet; Bob Drilling, 1957 Ford T-Bird; Ron Sutton, 2011 Dodge Challenger; Steve Neville, 2012 Ford Mustang; Dave and Jac Friedrichsen, Ford Mustang; Delby Schmidt, 1971 Chevy Chevelle; Doug Rowedder, 1958 Ford Fairlane; Dan and Denise Holmes, 1940 Chevy Truck and Lonnie and Susan Schmadeke, Torino Cobra.

The kids’ choice winner was Jim Blanchard’s Volkswagon bug.

Bob Kepler’s trike was the winner in the bike class.

Receiving the long distance award was Bob Prichard— 1,144 miles Buford, Ga., 1936 Ford pickup.

Winning the foosball tournament was the team of Curtis Mentzer, Colby Hemer, Jonathan Meyer, Nick Reis, Clayton Mandernach and Adrienne Bielenberg.

The sand volleyball tournament winning team members were Shay Quirk, Quinn Reik, Matt Drost, Brandi Drost, Rachel Drost, Mark Fertig, Dylan Bettin and Steven Schroeder.

Pedal pull winners are as follows (listed in order of irst, second and third place):
-Ages three-four: Jordan Boyens, Briley Schultz and Breckin Godbersen.
-Ages five-six: Quinn Anderson, Logan Stehr and Brooklyn Martin.
-Ages seven-eight: Karter Wulf, Isaac Hoe ling and Heath Schultz.
-Ages nine-10: Jarret Roeder, Kolby Wulf and Cauy Hugeback.
-Ages 11-12: Michaela Warren and Kiersten Schultz.

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