Saturday, October 31, 2015

Courier News

Courtesy of the 10-28-15 edition of Ida County Courier (  The Ida County Courier is available at Cubby's in Odebolt, and Sparky's in Arthur.

City elections are Tuesday; polls open noon to 8 p.m.
In Odebolt, voters will elect four councilpersons. Running unopposed are incumbents Ruth Ann Mohr, Lee Hemer, Todd Bengford and James Scott. Odebolt voters will vote at the Odebolt Fire Station.

In Arthur, voters will be electing three councilpersons. Incumbents Kristy Rosemeyer (two-year term) and Jeff Gann (four-year term) are running unopposed. The candidate receiving the most write-in votes will fill the third, four-year term. Arthur polling place is the Arthur Community Building;

Four individuals are running unopposed in the Odebolt City Council election Nov. 3. Incumbents Todd Bengford, Lee Hemer and James Scott are seeking election to four-year terms. Ruth Ann Mohr is seeking election to the unexpired term she currently holds.

Todd Bengford 
Todd Bengford said, “I enjoy being on the council and working with council members to serve our community.” He has been employed as a laborer for Lundell Plastics in Odebolt since 2008. He is a member of the Odebolt Community Center Board and a CCD teacher.

Bengford feels the three biggest issues facing Odebolt in the next couple of years are: “Downtown beautification— continue to find funding to tear down old and dilapidated buildings to make the downtown area more attractive. “Water and sewer—work with the council to find funding to update the deep well and sewer lines that are in need of repair. “New business—try to find ways to attract new businesses to town.” Bengford, and wife, Angie, are the parents of three children.

James A. Scott 
James A. Scott, 86, is seeking his third term on the Odebolt City Council. He is a semi-retired, lifetime farmer. Scott is a member of the Odebolt Methodist Church, American Legion Post 313, Wheeler Masonic Lodge, Odebolt City Council, Tri M’s group and Odebolt Cemetery Board. “I like working with the other council members and I love our little town. We also have outstanding employees,” said Scott.

“The biggest issues facing our community in the coming years are our aging sewer and water lines may become a problem and our streets need a lot of repair. It will take a lot of financial study to cover all the expenses,” Scott said. Scott and wife, JoAnn, are the parents of Marcy Jo Albrecht, Jeff Scott and John Scott.

Lee Hemer 
Lee Hemer, 60, is seeking is second term on the Odebolt council. He said, “I am seeking election because I have many goals and objectives for Odebolt. This would mainly be focused on growth and expansion of business and creating one of the best family-friendly towns in Iowa. My interests and focus will be on the best future for the community of Odebolt.”

Hemer feels the two biggest issues facing Odebolt are “creating an attractive town that will present more recreational use for all citizens. Also, to not allow Odebolt’s economic growth to die. These two issues work hand in hand which, by strengthening one will, in turn, strengthen the other. To do this he will be focusing on an increase of a younger population. “Odebolt is a traditionally strong and proud community that needs to rejuvenate and inspire new business through a young population.”

Hemer has been employed as a trolley tech at GOMACO Trolley in Ida Grove for 9.5 years. He and wife, Karen, are the parents of five children and grandparents of 13 grandchildren.

Ruth Ann Mohr 
Ruth Ann Mohr, 65, has been employed at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove for 29 years and is currently the 3 to 11 p.m. House Supervisor. She is a member of the Roose Post 313 American Legion Auxiliary and First Presbyterian Church and is a deacon at the church. She and husband, Dale Mohr, are the parents of a son and grandparents of two granddaughters.

“I’m seeking reelection because of my continued interest and desire to make Odebolt the greatest,” said Mohr. “Odebolt is participating in the Sac County Hometown Pride program. Our first five-year project is a joint effort with the Odebolt Betterment Committee to upgrade the swimming pool, and that will require finding funds to help with the project. “Other issues facing Odebolt are finding monies and grants to maintain the city’s water and sewer systems and streets.”

Fall Dinner November 15
The First Presbyterian Church in Odebolt fall dinner is Sunday, Nov. 15, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the church fellowship hall. The meal features pork loin, mashed potatoes and gravy, salad bar and desserts. There will be a kids’ coloring corner. Presale tickets are $8 each. Tickets at the door are $10 each. Kids six and under eat free. Presale tickets can be purchased by contacting the church ofice or through Sarah Harm at Sac County Mutual Telephone Company in Odebolt.

ONRC Auxiliary changes name, discusses entertainment
[Excerpts] The ONRC (Odebolt Nursing and Rehab Center) Auxiliary met Oct. 15.  ONRC is changing its name to Odebolt Specialty Care.  The auxiliary’s new name is Odebolt Specialty Care Auxiliary.

The open house went well and the music by Paul and John Ching was wonderful. The residents loved them.

The veterans’ coffee hosted by the Legion Auxiliary will be held at the assisted living on Nov. 11 from 9 – 11 a.m.  They will be selling raffle tickets for the items for a Thanksgiving dinner. They also plan to adopt a needy family for Christmas.  The next meeting is Nov. 19th.

Odebolt turkey supper raffle
Odebolt Specialty Care’s NAHCA Leadership Team is sponsoring a Thanksgiving turkey supper raffle. Tickets prices are one ticket for $2 or three tickets for $5. Tickets can be purchased at Odebolt Specialty Care (former ONRC) in Odebolt.

Items in the raffle basket are a 12-pound turkey, potatoes, cranberry sauce, corn, pie, gravy mix, buns and other food items to complete a turkey supper for four to six people. The drawing will be held Thursday, Nov. 12. Winners have 24 hours to respond or another ticket will be drawn.

FFA fruit sales begin next week
The Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove FFA annual fruit, meat, cheese and cookie dough sales run from Nov. 2 – 16. Contact any FFA member, or call the high school at 712- 364-3687 and ask for FFA Advisor, Taylor Clark. Funds from the sale go to student scholarships and funding for conventions and leadership conferences.

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