Friday, July 17, 2015

Courier news

Courtesy of the Ida County Courier, 7-15-15,

Jones added to Courier news staff
Bethany Jones of Ida Grove joined the Ida County Courier news staff July 7. She will be covering the Galva-Holstein/Schaller-Crestland School Board, Ida Grove City Council and Ida County Board of Supervisors, in addition to other general news assignments.

Bethany graduated from Odebolt-Arthur High School in 2001 and moved to Ida Grove shortly after. She holds an Associate’s Degree in healthcare administration and is currently working on her Associate’s in English at Western Iowa Tech. She lives in Ida Grove with her two children. She is the creator and operator of the Facebook page “Goings on in the Grove.”
(Courier photo by Mike Thornhill) Bethany Jones of Ida Grove joined the Ida County Courier as a news reporter July 7. 

Blood drive coming to Odebolt
A Life Serve Blood Center blood drive will be held on Wednesday, July 22, from 2:30 to 6:30 p. m., at the Odebolt Community Center. To make an appointment, contact Joan Godbersen at 712-668-4474.

School museum features glimpse of past
More than 700 visitors have visited the Iowa Rural Schools Museum in Odebolt, some from as far away as Guam and Hawaii. The museum has received nearly $12,000 in private donations and sales and $6,000 from businesses in 2014. It has received the Iowa Preservation Award and the curator has received an award for her historical book about Victorian times and rural schoolhouses of Iowa. The museum also features two bronze statues and an outdoor classroom on the grounds.

Inside the classroom and entry are many items from 1883, when the school building was built, to 1951, when it ceased to have classes. If you visited the museum when it irst opened, you are encouraged to stop in, as things have been added, are rearranged or might be speci ically featured.

Carol Raasch said, “We learn from the folks who relate their experiences of rural school days and take pleasure in the interest of the younger generations discovering that there’s just a bit more than what “Little House on the Prairie” depicts. We thank those who have donated items and continue to do so for our displays and resources. The artifacts, books and stories of memories are priceless to the visitors’ whole experience.”

The museum is open Wednesdays from 10 a. m. to 4 p. m., Saturdays and Sundays from 2 to 4 p. m. or by appointment. Call 712-830-8328 for more information.

No comments:

Post a Comment