Friday, July 10, 2015

Courier news

Courtesy of the 7-8-15 edition of Ida County Courier (

Odebolt library automation fund started
The Odebolt Public Library recently started a free-will donation book sale to raise funds to automate the library.  Library automation will help staff and patrons use the library resources more effectively, have better records of what books are available and provide remote access to the library’s collection.

The sale includes used books, cookbooks and DVDs. Stop in during normal library hours and check out the selection of used books.

Library hours are Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays— 2 to 6 p. m., Wednesdays—10 a. m. to noon and 2 to 7:30 p. m. and Saturdays—9 a. m. to noon.

You may also send a donation to the Odebolt Public Library, 200 S. Walnut, Odebolt, Iowa 51458. Put “automation” in the memo area.

Visit the library page at

A new beginning
. by Ryan Harvey President/CEO, Mid-America Publishing Corporation

As many of you have heard by now, Ida County Courier is under new ownership.  Mid-America Publishing, based in Hampton, has acquired the property and this is our first publication.

Before I spend any time on our company, I wanted to add my congratulations to Roger and Karen for their many years of service to the communities the Courier and Reminder serves. We hope to continue their tradition as we move forward with the paper and only hope to enhance upon the foundation they’ve built.

I know Karen and Roger plan to stay in Ida Grove for the foreseeable future and hope they enjoy their retirement.

I would also be remiss if I didn’t congratulate Beth Wolterman for her 30 years of service to the community. Her efforts haven’t gone unnoticed and she will be truly missed. Beth elected to retire at the same time as Karen and Roger and we look forward to her efforts in the future. Beth has agreed to continue the Windowsill column, so we’ll continue to provide that column in the paper.

Beth’s position has been filled and the new reporter will join Deb Loger and Mike Thornhill in continuing to provide a high-quality news product the folks of Ida County expect. Look for more details on that person in next week’s Courier.

As we shared last week, Mid-America has 23 weeklies throughout the state of Iowa. The closest property to Ida Grove is about 40 minutes away in Lake City and Rockwell City. Mid-America loves small-town newspapers. We believe they are the fabric of small communities and love to be an interactive part of your lives each day and week. Over the course of the next few weeks and months, you’ll see some changes.

Those changes, however, will mostly be cosmetic. The paper you’ve come to enjoy will remain largely the same, because this company doesn’t believe in a cookie cutter approach. This company believes in letting each paper reflect its own communities.

I look forward to learning even more about Ida County as we begin to establish our roots here.

Ryan Harvey is the president and CEO of Hampton, Iowa-based Mid-America Publishing. He may be reached at

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