Wednesday, December 28, 2016


Fundraiser for the Russell Historical Society new heating/cooling system.

Ed Sellers will offer dance lessons starting on January 19 for six weeks
Time:  7- 9 p.m. 
Instruction will include two-step, waltz, polka and swing.
Lessons will take place at the Russell Community Center
To sign-up, or for questions, please call Ed at  

Monday, December 12, 2016

City Council Minutes

City of Russell
Council Meeting
December 5, 2016, 7pm
Mayor Pro-Tem Chris Feehan, called the meeting to order at 7:00pm. Council members present were   Casey DeHoedt, Terry Newcomb, Corey Paige, and Jay Pierschbacher.   Mayor Duane Bedford was absent.  Also present was Jim Larrington, Craig Alexander, and Jeff Johnson from the Police Dept. 
The past minutes were read and approved; Casey made a motion to approve and was seconded by Terry.    Motion carried 5-0.
Income and expense reports were reviewed by the Council.   Terry motioned to approve reports and Corey seconded.  Motion passed 5-0.
Kris handed out checks to Council members for their attendance at Council meetings for this year.
Jeff Johnson stated that he is retiring this month from the Police Dept.  He stated that he will be available to work part-time for us beginning in May of 2017.  Chris stated that the City of Russell would be flexible with police hours and that approx. 60 hours per month would be expected.  Jeff stated that the current wage he was receiving would be suitable for him.  Jeff stated that in the meantime, he would be available for problems such as nuisance properties if problems still exist after proper written notification by the City is ignored.  Jeff will be put on the Council agenda in April of 2017 to discuss further.  Chris stated that the Council may have a special meeting regarding junk and debris on properties in Russell.  Casey stated that we might look into programs that help people clean up their property such as the Eagles.
Craig Alexander stated that this Council meeting would be his last as fire chief for Russell.  Brian Beaty will be taking over next year as fire chief.
Jim reported on streets.  Jim is starting to contact companies regarding prices to blacktop streets in town.  Blacktop Services is coming to make an estimate.  The culvert is in and Prairie Street is re-opened as of December 1.  Jim stated that more rock will be needed in spots as the dirt settles.  The city of Russell will obtain bids for concreting the road next spring.
Jim reported that he was in need of an air compressor and tools for the shop.  Chris stated that when the Council worked on next year’s budget, they would look into purchases next fiscal year.  Jay stated that the Council should get a complete tool inventory.  Jim will make a list of tools needed.
Jim completed his water/wastewater training and will start taking the testing in January, 2017.
The new snow blade has been installed on the truck. 
The two benches are made for the parks in honor of Peggy Fulk’s parents.  The Council discussed the installation, one possibly to fit on concrete already there.  Casey made a motion for Jim to install the benches, Jay seconded the motion.  Motion carried 5-0.
A citizen had reported seeing a mountain lion in town. 
Maxine Willadson from Public Health asked the Council to adopt a tobacco-free/nicotine-free policy for the Russell City parks.  She stated that there would be no cost to the city for signs that would reflect the policy.  Jay made the motion to adopt this policy and Casey seconded it.  Motion passed 5-0.
Shirley Morr donated a Christmas tree for the Community Building.
Jim and Chris put up the city Christmas signs/decorations.  Jim stated that we are in need of some new brackets for some of the holiday signs.  Jay made a motion to have new brackets made and Terry seconded it.  Motion carried 5-0.  Also, there was discussion by the Council to purchase more decorations after new budget session.
It was discussed that the Community Building needed snow cleats on the west side of the roof to keep snow from falling on patrons.  Corey stated that the cost would be approx. $400.  Corey made the motion to purchase the cleats and Terry seconded the motion.  Motion carried 5-0.
The Council discussed setting a Budget session meeting.  Terry made the motion to set the meeting for December 21 at 7 p.m. and Corey seconded it.  Motion passed 5-0.
The Council discussed replacing some equipment such as a backhoe, skid loader, and lawn mower in the future.
The next Council meeting will be held on Monday, January 9, 2017, due to the holiday.
Casey made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:18 pm and Terry seconded.  Motion passed 5-0.

Russell News

Russell News December 6, 2016


                Tuesday, December 6, Noon to 8 p.m. Special election at the Community Center for Indian Community College, to contract indebtedness  and issue General Obligation bonds in the amount not to exceed $36,000.00.

Wednesday, December 7, 6:00 p.m. United Methodist Night Owls Christmas at the home of  Connie Smith

                Tuesday, December 13, 10:15 a.m. Russell News meeting at the Museum, everyone welcome

                Thursday, December 15, 5:15 p.m. Russell Museum/Library Board meeting

                Saturday, December 24, 6 p.m. Faith United Methodist Church  Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

                Sunday, December 25, Christmas Day

                Sunday, December 25, 10:30 a.m. Faith United Methodist Church Christmas Day service.  Everyone is encouraged to come and join in worshiping the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

                Saturday, December 31, New Year's Eve

Around town

                Terry Wilhite is scheduled to take the reigns of pastor of First Baptist Church in Russell on Sunday December 4th.  He and Sharon and  family will be moving into the Parsonage next door to the Church at 206 West Smith Street in Russell sometime during the month of December.  The congregation looks forward to their ministering to the Russell area.
                Terry Wilhite grew up on the farm of his parents Alice and the late Bob Wilhite of rural Russell, Iowa.  He has a sister Cathy, and brothers Jerry and the late Rick Wilhite.  Terry is a 1978 graduate of Russell High School, and has further education from Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri, and Maranatha Bible College in Watertown, Wisconsin.  He grew up attending Russell First Baptist Church along with his parents and siblings.  He accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior during his college years.  He and his wife Sharon have 7 children, 5 of whom still live with them at home.  His careers have included teaching at a Christian School in Anchorage, Alaska,  an assistant youth minister at Grace Tabernacle Baptist Church in Centerville, Iowa, Awana Leader at Ankeny, Iowa Baptist Church,  a part time preacher filling pulpits in area churches, being a chimney sweeper, and a general handyman for hire.  Several of his dad's brothers were missionaries and pastors along with Sharon's father being a Pastor.
Russell Sportmen's Club Annual Meeting Report
                The Russell Sportsmen’s Club Annual Meeting was November 14, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. There were 14 members present and one guest:  Members Stan Steenhoek, Steve Mikesell, Dan Morrett, Curt Catron, Jeff Wesley, Weston Laing, John Laing, Amy Laing, Jim and Janell McIntyre, Jeremy Cochran, Vern Vogel, Tim Stroud, Dan Quillin, and guest Chad Smith. President Stan Steenhoek opened the meeting. Dan noted that the family of Bob Sims gave $1,300 in memorials.
                Members elected the following Officers and Board Members for 2017-President:  Steve Mikesell,Vice-president:  Tim Stroud, Secretary/Treasurer:  Dan Morrett, At-large Board Members: Curt Catron, Jeremy Cochran, Paul Goldsmith, John Laing, Dan Quillin, and Ted Williams.
                Guest Chad Smith talked to the membership about his interest in starting and coaching a high school trap team. The Club would like to see a trap team started and offered the use of the trap range for practices, meets, and related activities, should a team get established.  Some members expressed interest in helping out.  The Club will send Chad a letter of support.
                2016 membership included 149 single or family memberships an improvement from 2015, Installing lights on the pistol range was discussed and tabled. 2016   range/lodge improvements included continued work on new rifle range: target stands are in, 2 of 5 shooting benches are built and delivered.
                Thank you to all volunteers who continued work on this big project.  A special thanks to Stan Steenhoek for overseeing the project and for the use of his heavy equipment.  Please continue to thank Vern Vogel for keeping the grounds mowed and the volunteers who stepped in during his absence.

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