The Ottumwa Courier

Local News

August 22, 2013

Downtown preparing for lively fall


"It's not a huge thing, it's not a fundraiser, it's just to get people involved," he said. "My hope is some of the hundreds of people who work downtown every day will be engaged this way."

The next event on the calendar is Margaritas on Main on Aug. 29. The event launched last year and ended up being MSO's biggest fundraiser for the entire year.

It even won the award for best fundraising event in the state at Main Street Iowa's celebration in May.

The event includes, of course, margaritas as well as "heavy hors d'oeuvres" and a silent and live auction. This year, a women's mariachi band will be added to the mix.

"It ends up producing about 10 percent of our annual budget," Untiedt said.

Two days later, the sixth annual Walk on Art Street will be held downtown.

Untiedt said 28 artists have signed up to display their crafts, but he's most excited about the kids' activities.

"We have a lot of really good stuff for kids, too," he said. "We're having belly dancers, African drumming, different art stuff. I actually want to go and just be 12 years old."

Finally, MSO will hold the third annual History Walk, this year in the 300 block of East Main Street. Actors will represent well-known Ottumwans from 1929, who will describe downtown Ottumwa as it was back then.

This is Untiedt's first fall as the new MSO executive director since he began in February, and he said it's the organization's busiest season.

"The upside of it is this really is a very strong volunteer-led organization, so I don't have to manage every detail," he said.

In an average year, Untiedt said MSO has around 100 volunteers.

Text Only
Local News
  • The Art of Kong OTTUMWA — The Mona Lisa. Whistler's Mother. Donkey Kong? Don't be so surprised, said Walter Day, that video games and the surrounding memorabilia are being considered art. The creativity and artistic vision required to create a poster, said the found

    July 28, 2014

  • Slideshow: Truck overturns on roundabout

    July 28, 2014

  • 0729 OTT Picture veteran -T -M Veteran finally receives his medals OTTUMWA — A World War II injury may have saved the life of a U.S. Coast Guardsman from Iowa, but he lost friends and a box of military awards. Francis Hardy Harbour was born on Dec.16, 1919, in Drakesville. He joined the Coast Guard in 1941 as a mach

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Seasonal forecast Cool summer leading to cool fall? OTTUMWA — By late July, the average daytime high temperature starts to drop. What is normally the hottest part of the year is over. Averages are still in the mid-80s, and it certainly wouldn’t be out of the ordinary to see days in even the upper 90s.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Grant helps Hills keep students on track OTTUMWA — Thanks to a grant designed to improve graduation rates, Indian Hills Community College now has even more tools in its campuswide effort to help students with needs and give them the resources they need to stay in class. Indian Hills is one

    July 28, 2014

  • 0728 OTT ribs in eldon BBQ dinner with a hundred friends

    ELDON --- This year's Eldon Rib Cook-off was won by three BBQ chefs --- and about 150 hungry visitors. "I was down here last year, too," said Dwayne Yates from Floris, who was biting into his third smoked rib. "I never had a bad one yet." That's what

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mediacom: Rural cable consumers and companies mistreated OTTUMWA --- You may want to add just a racing channel, a court channel or a nature channel to your cable line up. Unfortunately, you'll probably have to buy a "bundle," which, ironically, is what it will cost you here in Wapello County. That's accord

    July 26, 2014

  • Alternate juror could not have convicted Techel based on evidence DAVENPORT — An alternate juror who was dismissed before Seth Techel, 23, of Agency was convicted of killing his wife and the non-consensual termination of a human pregnancy says the verdict could have been different if she had been in deliberations.D

    July 25, 2014

  • Overcome testing fear, get a good job OTTUMWA — It's not who you know, it's what you know. That's what City leaders say about getting a good paying job in Ottumwa. "It seems like in the last year we've had a real reduction in the number of individuals who've applied," said Joni Keith, hu

    July 25, 2014

  • Water Pollution Control Facility gets OK to upgrade OTTUMWA — An emergency Ottumwa City Council meeting resulted in spending $140,583 for the Water Pollution Control Facility. Friday afternoon, council members listened intently as Ottumwa Water Pollution Control Facility Superintendent Kam Reeves told

    July 25, 2014

Photo reprints