Thursday, September 8, 2016



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September 17, 2016
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.


Biscuits & Gravy; Sausage & Scrambled eggs: Fruit; Cinnamon Rolls; Coffee; Milk; Juice

Donations go towards new heating/air conditioning unit for the building

Monday, September 5, 2016

Russell News

Russell News
September 6, 2016
                The Russell residents can be very proud of Mike Beaty of Russell who took his Farm team and participated in the Farm contest at the Iowa State Fair. He won 1st place in the following categories-High Point (overall total), Log Skidding, Antique Machinery or Vehicle, Barnyard Horse Pull and The Best Matched Team. He took 2nd place in Farm Hitch Obstacle, Cultivator Competition, and the Feed Team Race.  (Makes one wonder when he has time to practice all this!)
                His grandson Blaine Beaty, got to bring in the team to compete in the Best Match Team (with Grandpa walking right behind him).  Blaine did a great job of showing off Grandpa's team. Keep up the good work, Mike and Blaine, and we look forward to your activities at the Iowa State Fair next year. 
                Russell City Clerk
                Russell welcomes the new City Clerk, Kris Wilkins.  Her family includes husband Albert, children Kelly, Kasey Wilkins and Lee Gardner (from a previous marriage). The Wilkins live five miles west of Chariton and have been in the area about seven years. The hours at City Hall remain the same-Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to noon.  Stop in and introduce yourself.
                Russell Facebook
       is the new Russell Facebook page that is being organized by Casey DeHoedt.
Contact her if you want to include your event  or to find out what is going on in the community.  Call or text at 641-931-6008 or
 Russell Fall Festival Sept. 17
                Begin the day with breakfast at the Museum/Library from 7-10 a.m. On the menu is scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy  and more. A free-will offering will go towards expenses of replacing the heating and cooling unit.
                Russell Fire Department 6th  Annual Best in Smoke BBQ  Competition September 16 & 17, 2016, at the
Russell Bandstand City Park. Chicken­ Pork Ribs­ Pork­ Brisket-entry fees apply, trophies and cash prizes, KCBS rules,
BBQ dinner at 5 p.m. on Saturday, freewill donation, live bands, tractor pull.
                Henry 17 Silver Boy Raffle Drawing at 6:00 p.m. Must be 18 to enter, do not have to be present for drawing.
            Saturday, September 17, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Russell‛s 3rd Annual Take Pride in Your Ride Show n‛ Shine, Ride your wheels at the 4 p.m. Parade.
                For more info. Call Shawn: 641­203­3164 or
                Tuesday, September 6, 6 p.m. American Legion/Auxiliary 
            Wednesday, September 7, 6:30 p.m. Night Owls will meet at Faith United Methodist Church. Deloris Werts is the hostess and Zelda Boldt has the lesson.
                Saturday, September 10, Russell Firemen Convention/competition in Waverly, Iowa. Go Russell Firemen!
                Sunday, September 11,  Russell Sportsmen Club Ladies only handgun clinic
                Monday, September 12, 7 p.m. Russell City Council meeting
                Monday, September 12, 7 p.m. Russell Sportsmen Club Trap shoot
                Saturday, September 17, Russell Fall Festival, see details above, parade at 4 p.m.
                Sunday, September 18, 2 p.m. Russell Sportsmen Club .22 rim-fire rifle (youth shoot free)
                Tuesday, September 20, 10:15 a.m. Russell News committee meeting, everyone welcome
                Sunday, September 25, 2 p.m. Russell Sportsmen Club Muzzle loading rifle
                Monday, September 26, 7 p.m. Russell Sportsmen  Club Trap shoot
                Thursday, September 29th, 3:30 p.m. -6:30 p.m. Blood drive at the Community Center. Contact Deb
                                to make an appointment  641-203-0681
                For Russell news updates try the Russell Historical Society Blog http:// If you have comments, suggestions or you want to volunteer for this column, please e-mail or call 641-535- 2402. or contact 641-931-6008, or

Russell Upcoming Events in September



Friday, August 5, 2016

Russell August Calendar

Monday, August 15, 7 p.m.. Russell Sportsmen's Club Trap shoot 

Sunday, August 21, 2 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Club Any handgun

Tuesday, August 23, Chariton Community Schools begin the school year

Tuesday, August 23, 10:15 a.m. Russell News Committee, at the Library, everyone welcome.

Monday, August 29, 7 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Club Trap shoot


For Russell news updates try the Russell Historical Society Blog If you have comments, suggestions or you want to volunteer for this column, please e-mail or call 641-535- 2402.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Russell City Council Minutes

City of Russell

Council Meeting

August 1, 2016 7pm

Mayor, Duane Bedford called the meeting to order at 7:00pm. Council members present were Chris Feehan, Terry Newcomb, Corey Paige, Casey DeHoedt and Jay Pierschbacher.  Also present were fire chief, Craig Alexander and police chief, Jeff Johnson. Dolores Carroll was present as a visitor.

The past minutes were read and approved by Chris and seconded by Terry.  Motion carried 5-0.

Income and expense reports were reviewed.  It was noted that the money for the sirens were to come from the city hall budget and not the fire department.  It was noted by the clerk to make a correction.  Chris made a motion to approve the income/expense report and Jay seconded it. Motion passed 5-0.

Jeff reported that a few letters were sent out regarding junk and debris.   There was discussion on some of the nuisance properties in Russell and how to handle them.  There was also discussion on many of the ditches in town that needed mowed.  He also noted that the council should be considering purchasing a different police car in the future. He gave some ideas of where to research a newer vehicle.  Jeff left the meeting at 7:30pm.  

Craig reported that even though new batteries were purchased for the siren, it still wasn’t working. He thought it might be the circuit board. He was going to check about having someone come and look at the siren to see why it wasn’t working. He also reported that he had the supplies needed to fill in the culvert area outside city hall. He requested some rock be moved to that area and noted  he would need help when he had time to fix it.

Craig mentioned that the fire department would need two portable toilets for the fall festival events in September.  In the past the fire department paid for one and the city paid for one. He asked for permission to do that again for this September. Jay made a motion to approve this and Casey seconded it. Motion passed 5-0.

The city has received three bids for repairing the sewer on East Smith Street. The bids were reviewed and Duane was going to find out who could get the work done the quickest.  

It was reported that the shelter house at the volleyball court has been repaired after being damaged by the storm last month.  There was discussion on staining the shelter house and picnic tables at the volleyball court.

Due to the resignation of Larry, it was discussed that the city will need to contract someone to do the monthly reports until a replacement can be hired and licensed.  Duane and Lyle will collect the daily samples required but a licensed contractor must write the reports. The licensed contractor will be needed from six months to a year depending on how quickly a new hire would get licensed.

It was decided that the city still needs bids to replace the community center roof.  No bids have currently been received.

Duane talked to the county about the culvert on Prairie Street.  He indicated that we might get some help from the county for those repairs.

Chris talked to the body shop about repairs to the passenger door of the city truck. It was decided that the repairs may be cost prohibitive.  Purchasing a blade for the city truck was also discussed. Chris has researched the options and the costs to purchase a blade.  The council was in favor of purchasing a blade for the truck.  Chris was going to do more research to narrow the options down.

Casey wrote and submitted the application for the Vredenburg Grant. The meeting to decide the recipients of the grant will be on August 5th.

Dolores Carroll requested that Shaw Street in front of the Southside be closed for the fall festival on September  17th. They plan to have a bags tournament in the street.  Jay made a motion to approve the closing of that street and Terry seconded it. Motion passed 5-0.

A resolution was discussed for the Lucas County multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan. The resolution was reviewed by all council members.  Casey made a motion to pass the resolution and Terry seconded it. Motion passed 5-0.

Due to the next scheduled council meeting date being on a holiday, it was decided to hold the next meeting on September 12th. It is likely that a special meeting might have to be held before then to discuss the bids for the sewer project and hiring a maintenance employee.

Chris made a motion to adjourn the meeting  at 8:50pm and Casey seconded. Motion passed 5-0.

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Mayor, Duane Bedford                                                                                Clerk, Mo White

Friday, July 29, 2016

Russell News

Around Town

                The Russell Community welcomes our many new residents.  May you find the community a good

place to live and help us make this a better community.  We would appreciate any input you might have.

                Faith United Methodist Church would like to thank all the parents who brought their children to Vacation Bible School.  It was our privilege to share our love of Jesus with them.  Hope to see you in worship Sundays at 10:30 and hope to see you next year for Vacation Bible School.

                Kaitlyn McCurdy, daughter of Mark and Amy McCurdy of Russell recently graduated from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa.  Kaitlyn, a graduate of Wayne Community School earned a B.S. In Biology and plans to continue her education in the medical field. In the next year she will be serving in the Episcopal Service Corps in Texas.  While there will will be working with the homeless and needy.

                Kelly McCurdy, daughter of Mark and Amy McCurdy of Russell was among the nearly 400 graduates of the last graduating class at A.I.B. Kelly received an associates degree in Allied Science Event, Hospitality and Tourism Management.  Kelly, also a graduate of Wayne Community School will continue her education at Iowa State University this fall.  

August    Calendar

                Monday,  August 1,  7 p.m. Russell City Council meeting

                Tuesday,  August 2, 6 p.m. American Legion and Auxiliary meeting at the Community Center

                Wednesday, August 3,  6:30 p.m. United Methodist Night Owls, Sharon McCurdy is the hostess and has the lesson

                Sunday,  August 7, 2 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's  Club Trap shoot

                Monday, August 8, 2 p.m. Story Time at the Russell Museum/Library  (final date for this summer)

                Thursday, August 11-Sunday, August 21, Iowa State Fair, get your food on a stick and meet old/new  friends

                Monday,  August 15, 7 p.m.. Russell Sportsmen's  Club Trap shoot

                Sunday,  August 21, 2 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's  Club Any handgun       

                Monday, August 23, Chariton Community Schools begin the school year

                Tuesday, August 23, 10:15 a.m. Russell News Committee, at the Library, any one welcome. 

                Monday,  August 29, 7 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's  Club Trap shoot