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Charter Oak receives grant for 200 trees

After a storm passed through the Charter Oak area a couple of months ago, several branches and whole trees came down as a result.  Brent Friedrichs, a Charter Oak city council member, said there …
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O’Connell earns all-conference as Rams compete at WVC meet
The Western Valley Conference cross country meet was held on Oct. 17 in Onawa. Hannah O’Connell earned all-conference honors as she … Read More
Raiders beat the Rams in regular season finale
The Raiders of East Sac County threw the ball, ran the ball, and stopped the Rams offense all night on Friday, Oct. 9, as they beat … Read More
Rams compete in two cross country meets
On Oct. 6, MVAOCOU traveled to Kingsley for Kingsley-Pierson Invitational. Hannah O’Connell was the top finisher for the Rams as … Read More
Ram Athletes of the Decade - Part Two - HONORABLE MENTION
Sam Halbur, Class of 2014Volleyball, Track, and Softball Sam Halbur didn’t any time waste making an impact on the volleyball … Read More
Ram Athletes of the Decade - Part One - HONORABLE MENTION
SUMMER BEERY, Class of 2015Golf Summer Beery earned first-team all-conference honors in golf four times during her high school … Read More
Welcome to “Ram Athletes of the Decade”
Over the last 10 years, I’ve had the opportunity to cover MVAO (now MVAOCOU) Rams athletics. I have seen these student-athletes … Read More
Obituary...Brady Leroy Hanson, 76
Brady Leroy Hanson, 76, of Castana, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, of a sudden illness. A Funeral Service was held at 11 … Read More
Obituary...Artis Ann Christiansen, 88
Artis Ann Christiansen was born on May 17, 1932, the daughter of Arthur and Dorothea (Peters) Schwarz. She was born in the Ida Grove … Read More
Obituary... Grace Mathews, 90
Grace Elaine Mathews was born on July 31, 1930, to John and Pearl (Beebe) Gipper in Fremont Township, Fayette County, Iowa. She … Read More
Obituary...Ricky Lane, 72
Ricky Ray Lane, 72, of Jefferson, S.D., formerly of Ute, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, at UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s … Read More
Obituary...Christy “Mzdazey” Hamman, 61
Christy D. Hamman, 61, of Ida Grove, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at the Horn Memorial Hospital of Ida Grove. No public … Read More
Obituary... Bonnie Reed, 64
Bonnie Sue Reed, 64, of Charter Oak, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, at her residence of Charter Oak. Private Family … Read More

Loretta Petersen-Arnold 100th birthday celebration

The family of Loretta Petersen-Arnold is hosting a drive by celebration from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 22, to celebrate her 100th birthday. Loretta will be in sitting in her driveway and …

Frances Ann Nemitz celebrates 80th birthday

Frances Ann Nemitz will be celebrating her 85th birthday on Wednesday, Aug. 12. A card shower is being hosted from her by Cristi and the grandkids. Card may be mailed to 1439 N. 5th St. EXT, …


Bob and Linda Otto celebrate 50th wedding anniversary

Bob and Linda Otto celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 5. Bob Otto and Linda Uhl were married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mapleton on Sept. 5, 1970. They made their home and …


Goslar, Gustin announce upcoming wedding

Whitney Goslar and Robert Gustin announce their upcoming wedding. Their wedding will take place Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mapleton. Parents are Mitch and Amanda …


Four generations

With the recent birth of Tucker Berry, four generations of the family gathered together. Pictured are, on the left, Great-Grandpa Joe Fleck of Rodney; on the right, Grandpa Earl DeVries of Little …


Kolbe-Weed wed on June 6

Lisa Kolbe and Tanner Weed, both of Harlan, exchanged marriage vows on June 6, 2020, at The Stables at Copper Ridge on Denison. Rev. AL Hazelton performed the 6 p.m. double ring ceremony. Parents …