City of Rolfe
Alumni Reunion 2013
Are They Now
Bill Winkleblack of RBI at Pocahontas school
Rolfe Alumni Scholarships for 2006 Awarded
||Krista Winkleblack, daughter of Bill and Jeanette
Winkleblack and Jacob Brinkman, son of Robert and Joanne Brinkman,
were awarded a $300 Rolfe Alumni Scholarship on Tuesday, May 16,
2006 during the PAC Awards Night. The Rolfe Alumni Scholarship was
established at the 2005 Rolfe All-School Reunion with donations from
Rolfe alumni. Photo credit: De Sindegard (Click the picture for a larger picture.)
The board of
directors of the Pocahontas Area Community School District held a
hearing on February 13 regarding the Rolfe gym, other buildings in the
east wing of the school, and all other school property east of the
railroad tracks to the town of Rolfe. At the hearing, Bill Winkleblack (RHS
1974) represented Rolfe Betterment Incorporated. He spoke in support of
a petition that Rolfe Mayor Al Kuchenreuther (RHS 1974) had presented
earlier in the hearing, requesting that the school district give the
property to the town of Rolfe. The board members at the meeting voted
unanimously to accept the terms of the resolution.
(click on photo for larger view)
lot is happening regarding the fate of the
gym and the rest of the the school property.
on April 16, 2006.
We apologize, but the message board has been
malfunctioning. You can read messages that have
already been posted, but new messages don't work
well due to gremlins in the software. We
apologize for any inconvenience.
we have posted
photos taken during the week of January 23,
2006, of the demolition of the three-story
section of the Rolfe school that was built in
have also posted an
archive of articles from the Pocahontas
Record-Democrat about the decision to close the
Open Monday through Friday 8:00 am
to 4:00 pm.
Closed for lunch from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 pm.
Deputy city clerk: Janice
Lanus Young (RHS 1958)
Address: 319 Garfield; Rolfe, Iowa, 50581
Rolfe Betterment Incorporated
Contact person: Bill
Winkleblack (RHS 1972)
(he can be reached at the Rolfe State
Bank where he is the executive vice president)
Address: 316 Garfield; Rolfe, Iowa, 50581
The 2005 bean harvest is
99 percent completed in the Rolfe area. Many farmers had yields that
averaged 50 or more bushels per acre. Rolly Svobodoa, general manager of
the Pro Cooperative that serves Rolfe and several other area towns, says
the 2005 crop should be slightly better than the average 2004 Pocahontas
County bean yield, which was the seventh highest in the county's history
with 46 bushels per acre. The state average in 2004 was 49 bushels per
acre. Bean prices are stable to low this year compared to the past few
years. Today's price was $5.10 per bushel.
Rolfe skyline during corn harvest. File photo
shot from southwest of Rolfe by Helen Gunderson.
The 2005 corn harvest is 90 percent complete
with very good yields except in acres that were too wet during the
growing season. Many farmers are harvesting yields averaging 200 or more bushels
per acre. Rolly projects that the 2005 yield for the area served by the
Pro Cooperative should be near the levels in 2004 when Pocahontas County
had its best yield ever with an average of 196 bushels per acre. That
was a big jump from the previous high of an average of 168 bushels per
acre in 2003.
The state average for 2004 was 181 bushels
and for 2003 was 157 bushels. Corn prices are extremely low compared to the
last few years. Today's price was $1.44 per bushel.
The United States Department of Agriculture
has a National Agricultural Statistics Service that provides
on-line data regarding
yields, prices, and other information that is organized by state and
county. Persons interested in learning more about what's happening in
agriculture should visit the site. It's a little tricky to maneuver, but
is worth a visit.
Updated and expanded Retrospectively Rolfe calendar
Helen Gunderson has updated and expanded a calendar that she
calls "Retrospectively Rolfe." The calendar consists of black and white
photographs of RHS and Rolfe scenes from throughout the last century. Helen
had published a small run of the original version for use in 2004. The new
version covers 30 months, beginning in August of this year. It should be off
the press in time for sales and other distribution at Greater Rolfe Days and
the all-class school reunion.
postcards and E-postcards
Helen Gunderson has produced a beautiful, high-quality postcard
with six scenes of Iowa barns. Four of the photographs were taken between
Rolfe and Pocahontas. The card recognizes 2005 as being the "Year of the
Barn and Family Farm" as proclaimed by Iowa Governor Tom Vilsak. Eventually,
the cards will be available for sale in Rolfe. To view the card and for more
information about it, visit the Gunder-friend Productions
Helen has also established an E-Postcard
the Gunder-friend site. Visitors may select one of her photographs, write a
message, and send an cyber postcard to friends. There will soon be a similar
e-postcard system on this web site, and visitors will be able to send
postcards with Rolfe images. Randy Martin (RHS 1975) is the service
administrator for both the Gunder-friend and RHS sites, and his son
Jonathan, a recent college graduate, has been programming the e-postcard
We're hungry for Rolfe news
If you have Rolfe news
that you think we should post, please pass along the information or at least
a lead and the name of a contact person. Remember, though, we are not a full
service news bureau and our priority interest is in those stories that would
be of interest, not only to residents of the Rolfe area, but to Rolfe
expatriates as well.
2004 News Index
We made a
separate page for news from 2004.
the RD and contact information
If you have information you would like posted on this page, please
e-mail the RHS web site the who, what,
when, and where of the announcement or story. This page is an experiment.
Submitted items should be consistent with the
of service of this website. You may also
e-mail the Pocahontas
Painting at top of page by the
late Darlene Brinkman, former mayor of Rolfe.