Thursday, January 28, 2016

Courier News

Courtesy of the 1/27/16 edition of Ida County Courier (

Independence wins Irgens wrestling tourney
Independence won the 26-team Herb Irgens Wrestling Invitational Saturday in Ida Grove with 214 points. It was the second year in a row that Independence took first place.  O-A/BC-IG was 12th with 69 points.  O-A/BC-IG’s best individual showing came from Jake Wulf, who placed second at 126.  

Iowa Network Services, Inc. (INS) presented an INS Charity Grant Program Award to the City of Odebolt.  The grant was presented in conjunction with Sac County Mutual Telephone Company, who sponsored the grant application.  The $575 grant will go toward the purchase of a ladder for the Odebolt swimming pool.  From left:  Ron Sorensen with Sac County Mutual Telephone Company, Christy Hoefling with the City of Odebolt and J. D. Siebert with Iowa Network Services.

Odebolt web manager retiring, 
Jeff Raasch is hired

Barb (Girvan) Horak is retiring from being the web manager for Odebolt after 14 years. Jeff Raasch, formerly from Odebolt, has been hired by the Odebolt City Council to take over the web manager duties. He hopes to have a new website up by March of this year. The email address will stay the same. Horak and her sister, Bonnie(Girvan) Ekse, will continue doing news blog updates for now and will be free to concentrate more on the Odebolt History Pages in the future.

Horak said, “I have enjoyed my years of supplying an internet presence for my hometown, and especially coordinating with so many people in Odebolt. But, now is the time for new blood. Jeff will do a great job and will no doubt be asking for some help and input from people in Odebolt. We both thank you in advance for your understanding during this transition.”

Horak and Ekse were awarded the Odebolt Community Service Award in June 2005 for their dedication to Horak is a 1967 graduate of O-A High School, and Ekse graduated from O-A in1964. Raasch is the son of the late Curt Raasch and Carol Raasch. He is a 2000 O-A graduate.

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