Friday, June 17, 2011

Cmetery Tour Follow Up

What a great day!  Michael Zah's was fantastic, the food was delicious and the participants were wonderful.  We started off the morning with a full house and a wonderful program by Michael Zah's, followed by  a wagon ride to a pioneer cemetery where Michael Zah's gave a demonstration, next we enjoyed a delicious lunch catered by Fiesta Foods of Hartley, and then we all parted for a self - guided tour of the O'Brien County Cemeteries.  Each participant was given a audio CD and guide book while volunteers were on hand at the cemeteries to answer questions.

Friday, April 8, 2011

O'Brien County Tourism Announces Upcoming "Where the Journey Ends" Cemetery Tour

Primghar, Iowa, April 6, 2010 - O'Brien County Economic Development Corporation, in conjunction with O'Brien County Tourism, is seeking historical stories of O'Brien County as well as volunteers to help with our upcoming June 2nd "Where the Journey Ends" Cemetery Tour.
This event will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Prairie Heritage Center near Sutherland with a presentation by State Historian, Michael Zahs. A wagon ride through the tall grass prairie will take participants to the site of the Waterman Pioneer Cemetery where Mr. Zahs will share more on cemetery symbolism, pioneers and more. Lunch at the Heritage center will follow before participants set out on their own to explore cemeteries throughout the county. Volunteers are needed to be on hand at the county cemeteries from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on June 2 to assist in finding specific locations and to answer questions. O'Brien County Tourism is also looking for stories to share. If you know an historical story of O'Brien County that you would like to share, contact the O'Brien County Economic Development Office. Think about sharing your time and talents!
The "Where the Journey Ends" event is open to everyone. A $20 fee will cover the event as well as a copy of the Audio Tour and Guidebook. Preregistration is needed by May 19. Contact the O'Brien County Economic Development Office at 712-957-1313 to register. Space is limited. The O'Brien County Economic Development Office will have additional copies of the "Where the Journey Ends" Audio Tour and Guidebook available for purchase. For additional information or questions regarding this project, please contact Kiana Johnson, O'Brien County Economic Development Corporation, at 712.957.1313 or e-mail .

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Sanborn Foods, Inc. Press Release

P.O. Box 616
160 S. Hayes
Primghar, IA  51245

P.O. Box 616
160 S. Hayes
Primghar, IA  51245


Kiana L. Johnson
O’Brien County Economic Development Corporation
Ph.: 712.957.1313
Fax: 712.957.3015

Sanborn Foods, Inc. Under New Ownership

Primghar, Iowa, January 14, 2011 –Scott and Teresa Vogelaar are the proud new owners of Sanborn Foods, Inc. in Sanborn, Iowa. The O’Brien County Economic Development Corporation is proud to be a supporter of the purchase of this family business through an O’Brien County Revolving Fund Loan. Scott and Teresa, who have over thirty years of combined experience in the grocery business, are looking forward to serving the community with great personalized service and competitive prices.

O’Brien County Economic Development, in conjunction with the O’Brien County Revolving Loan Fund Committee, has approved financing for this business acquisition. The Revolving Loan Fund is used to attract, retain or expand business or industry.  Revolving loan funds may be used for the following:  Land purchases, Building purchases, Building Construction, Machinery purchases, Equipment purchases and any other uses deemed appropriate by the RLF Committee.

O’Brien County Economic Development Executive Director, Kiana Johnson, said, “O’Brien County Economic Development Corporation is pleased to be part of this business purchase. Sanborn Foods has been a vital business on Sanborn’s Main Street for many decades. We are excited to see the Vogelaars committed to providing excellent grocery and meat department services to Sanborn and the surrounding area.” 

For additional information on O’Brien County Revolving Loan Funds, contact Kiana Johnson, O’Brien County Economic Development at 712.957.1313 or e-mail .

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