Issue # 109                                                                                 January, February, March 2018





The Brandon Area Community Club is currently raising funds for a new concession stand at the Brandon City Park.  The concession stand will have bathroom facilities that will be available not only during the ball season but throughout the spring, summer and fall months.

            The BACC has always strived to help with improvements at the park and with the help of city funds, have started the fundraising efforts to construct a modern concession stand.

The concrete for the floor and the patio area have been poured, electrical and plumbing roughed in and the first two courses of concrete block have been laid.

Special thanks to Guy Stacy and Travis Cornwell for heading up this project.  Thank you to Tayd Albert, Robbie Hardware, Eli Truax, Denny Albert for your work on this project.

If you would like to help in the efforts monetary donations may be sent to: Brandon Area Community Club, P.O. Box 163, Brandon, IA 52210.   Please make a note in the memo line: Concession stand fund.





 The Brandon Area Community Club is holding a fundraiser event for the new concession stand.


Saturday, February 17, 2018 at the Brandon Area Community Center.

David Malmberg- Ventriloquist/Comedian will perform at 7:00 pm

Event for ALL ages


Tickets are $15 each age 12 and over; $10 ages 4-11 and ages 3 and under free. If you purchase a table of 8, we will reserve a table for your party on a first come, first serve basis.  The sooner you purchase your table the closer you will be to the stage.

To purchase/reserve your tickets, please contact Theresa Stacy 319-721-9675, Kelly Thomas 319-361-0031, Denise Lehman 319-404-8472.




YOU will FiT right into our REFIT® class! Be the Change Group Fitness uses REFIT® choreography and routines to provide you with fitness experience that will rock your body, heart, and soul. Powered by human connections, we turn boring “have to” workouts into “I don’t want to miss” this fitness experience. Our easy to follow format is perfect for both beginners and fitness enthusiast – regardless of age, shape, size, or ability. Cost of the class is based on a free will donation that is distributed to local charities and organizations. Classes will be held on Thursday nights in Brandon at the Brandon Community Center 6:30 p.m.




Levi and Kim Lehman, Long Grove, Iowa, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Isaiah Marvin Lehman.  Isaiah was born on December 12, 2017 at 3:43 p.m.  He weighed 8 pounds 10.5 ounces and was 21 inches long.   He joins big brother, Jeremiah.  Grandparents are Lloyd and Nancy Unger, Mt. Prospect, IL; Doug and Denise Lehman, Rowley.  Great-grandparents include Sharon and Delbert Koopman, Vinton; Dick and Dorothy (Wenger) Lehman, Fairbank; Dolores Novak, Rowley and Vera Kempel, Lena, IL.


Tressa Halstead and Kharlice Anderson, Waterloo, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Mattavion David Anderson.  He was born on November 28, 2017.  Mattavion weighed 6 pounds, 2 ounces and was 19 ¼ inches long.  Grandparents are Darin and Sandy Halstead, Lisa Wenger of Vinton and Andy Anderson and Nikki Claiborne.  Great-grandparents are Darwin and Janice Halstead, David and Barb Boyles of Urbana.


Jill and Josh Ohrt, of Tripoli, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kelsie Jo Ohrt.

Kelsie was born on November 13, 2107.  She weighed 5 pounds and 4 ounces and was 18 inches long.  Grandparents are Darin and Sandy Halstead, Max and Janell Ohrt.  Great-grandparents are the late Larry and Janice Halstead, Norma and the late Wilbert Bergman and the late Chester and Phyllis Ohrt.




Erika Aaroe graduated in May 2017 from Centennial High School in Peoria, Arizona and is enrolled at Estrella Mountain Community College in Avondale, Arizona.

Brianne Kunkel graduated in May 2017 from Cactus Shadows High School in Cave Creek, Arizona and is enrolled at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.

Lauren Kunkel graduated from Arizona State University in May 2016 with a degree in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior. Lauren worked for a year at the Mayo Clinic in the Precision Neuro Therapeutics (PNT) Innovation until August 2017 when she enrolled at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.


Erika, Brianne, and Lauren are the granddaughters of Rosalie Albert Krause and the late Richard Krause of Sun City West, Arizona and great granddaughters of the late Iril and Millie Albert of Brandon.



Early in December members of the Lime Creek Fish and Game Club met to assemble and deliver bags of groceries to the elderly living alone in Brandon.    At this time we also donated $84 worth of groceries to the food pantry in Brandon.  The Lime Creek Fish and Game Club donated a check for $100 to the Independence Food Pantry.   These projects are funded with the proceeds of our annual Fish Fry.  We had our Christmas Party at the Pizza Ranch in Independence.



The Lime Creek Fish and Game Club will hold their 51st Annual Fish Fry at the Brandon Area Community Center on Saturday March 24, 2018. We will be serving from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m.  Proceeds from the Fish Fry will be used toward conservation and community projects.  Everyone

is welcome and your continued support of this event is appreciated.




The Historical Society held their Craft- Vendor Sale on Sat., October 21 at the Jefferson Twp. Hall. There were lots of crafts to choose  from and vendors available for those that decided to stop by and shop. Bake sale and noon lunches were also offered.


In conjunction with the Brandon Christmas Festival on December 1st, the society served a soup supper at the United Methodist Church in the fellowship hall. Chili, Potato soup and sandwiches were served to about 100 people.  The Historical Society would like to extend thank you to the church for the use of their facility.  They would also like to thank everyone who attended and supported the annual fundraiser.


Kid’s Shopping Day was held on December 2nd at the Jefferson Township Hall from 10:00am- 1:00 pm.  Thanks to the approximately 30 children that came to shop.  A special thank you goes out to several of the youth and adults that assisted the children in shopping and wrapping their purchases.


Are you in need of a coal bin and coal chute?  Probably not in this day and age and neither did the Historical society.  There was one located under the sidewalk in front of the Bank building.  Sometime throughout the years it had been filled with sand. As the wooden door to the building’s basement rotted away, the water and sand both flowed into the basement.  To fix this issue, many volunteers and a conveyor furnished by Larry Hickey shuttled the sand back into the chute.  The rotted door was replaced with cement blocks and concrete.  In the spring when the weather permits the city will replace the curbing and the Historical society will replace the sidewalk.  Many thanks to Patrick Lehman, Ross Wiley, Joe Enos, Dale Priebe, Chad Albert (provided the skid loader) and Nyle Dage.


The Bank building’s flat roof has once again been repaired and the building is weather tight again.



The Brandon Area Food Pantry would like to thank everyone for the donations to our food pantry.

Special thanks to the Craig and Judy Albert family and the city of Brandon and Lime Creek Fish and Game Club for the donations this past month.


The Food Pantry is located at the Brandon Kwik Stop.  If you need assistance, please contact Cindy at the Kwik Stop during normal business hours or you may make an appointment with Cindy Clark or Barb Boyer. Please drop off your donations at the Kwik Stop.



Our local quilting group, Connie’s Quilters, recently provided a Christmas themed quilt for Brandon’s 25th Annual Christmas festival auction.  The quilt was sold to the highest bidder for $100 and the proceeds were donated to the Concession Stand Fund.


To date, the quilt ladies have sewn and given away over 200 quilts. Donations of fabric and supplies are gratefully appreciated, by the group as they continue their mission.











Bags (Corn hole) Tournaments/BINGO

The Brandon Area Community Club is sponsoring beanbag tournaments on a monthly basis at the Brandon Area Community Center.  The event is purely for fun and entertainment, so feel free to join in and show off your tossing talents.  There will be an end of the season prize for the person with the most wins. The cost is $5 per person with a drawing for partners.  


Dates for the upcoming tourneys: All dates start at 4pm

Sunday, January 21st

Sunday, February 11th

Sunday, March 11th

Sunday, April 8th


Ages 18 & over are welcome to attend. Please bring your own refreshments and a snack to share.



Spring is just around the corner and that means warmer weather and ball season starts!

BACC will hold sign-up for ALL players interested in playing Baseball or Softball on Sunday, March11, 2018 at the Brandon Area Community Center. Registration is from 1-3 pm.

The cost of registration is $20 per player. Players must buy their own uniforms.  If you absolutely cannot attend, please contact your coach from last year and make arrangements to fill out paperwork.


Parents are also required to work one day in the concession stand at a home game to help defray the cost of playing ball. If anyone in the community is willing to help out at the concession stand contact Amanda (319-350-3485) or umpiring, please contact one of the coaches.


2017 Christmas Festival

The 25th Annual Brandon Christmas Festival was held Friday, December 1st and Saturday, December 2nd.

Thank you to local musician, Katie Stahlhiem and her daughter, for their performance during the Christmas Festival.


Special thanks to Bear Creek Church for having an “open house”.   Bear Creek had musical entertainment and treats were served.  Thank you to the Church of Christ and the Brandon United Methodist Church for your hospitality and entertainment you provided for the event.  We appreciate your continued support of the festival.


Thank you to each person that chose a child’s name from the Community Giving tree.  Seven families had a brighter Christmas morning because of your generosity.


The winners of the Tree Decorating contests were:

First: Angie McFarland- “Nightmare before Christmas” Tree

Second: BASH- Hot Cocoa Tree

Third: Mary Circle – Glitter Snowflake Tree


The winners of the House Lighting Contest were:


First: Bob and Lavon Bearbower and (tie)  Buddy and Kelly Thomas

Second:  Jeremy and Karen Nichol

Third: Mike and Beth Little


First: Cayden Nielsen   Second:  Mike Williams


Gingerbread House and Creations Contest Winners

0-10 yr old Houses from a kit                                             18 & over Creations (Homemade)

1st- Memphis Peyton                                                           1st Theresa Stacy

2nd- Myra Peyton                                                                  2nd Hilary Peyton

3rd- Quinn Lehman                                                             

                                                                                                18 & over Gingerbread house from Kit

11-17 Creations from a kit                                                  1st Denise Lehman

1st – Seth Stacy                                                                    2nd Whitney Holt      


0-10 yr old Creations from a kit                                                                             

1st – Derbi Holt      3rd- Owen Miller

2nd – Aiden Stacy   4th- Evan Miller


The following donated a gift basket, wreath, or other item for silent auction.

Jeremy and Louise Brown, Phyllis Clark, Joyce Anderson, Becca Ries, Denise Lehman, Brad and Brandy Schultz, Judy Albert, Jackie Aberle, Patrick and Jill Lehman, Phat’s Pub and Grub, Prairie Acres Pumpkins (Jackie Hoffman), Lu Horak, Austin and Whitney Holt, Thomas Repair (Brian Thomas) Erin and Travis Cornwell, Sherri Cavalier, Amanda Miller, Melinda Hunter, Connie’s Quilters, Jill Marie Photography (Jill Louvar), Barb Albert, Ruby Bearbower,  Amy Stephens, Theresa Stacy, Angie McFarland, Patti Stacy, Bev Bearbower, EZ Trash Solution (Dawn Phillips), Cuts by Us

(Tally Aldrich and Chris Palmer) Denton Castings, Michelle Thomas, Tina Jochenshim and Diana Conrad.

Thank you for donating the wreaths and gift baskets.  The money raised went to the new concession stand fund. Thank you to the generous bidders!


The following donated prizes for the raffle drawing:

Ross and Shirley Wiley, Joyce Anderson, Denise Lehman, Connie’s Quilters, Sandy Aldrich, Gary Bearbower, Phyllis Clark, Prairie Acres Pumpkins, Marlene Brown, Horak Farms (Lu Horak) Kim Brunko, Fontana Nature Center, Bob and LaVon Bearbower. Thank you to all contributors and to those that purchased tickets.



The Brandon Area Community Club has its own website.  Please visit

and check out upcoming events and important information pertaining to our community.



Mark your calendars now. The next Cowboy breakfast will be Sunday, September 16, 2018 at the

Brandon Area Community Center.



Several area rural residents held  “Trunk or Treat” on Halloween night at the Brandon Area Community Center.   We had very positive feedback and would like to expand on this event in 2018.

Watch future issues of the Brandon Bee II for information on this year’s event.



Brandon Area Community Club meetings will be held on the THIRD Monday of each Month at 7 pm at the Brandon Area Community Center.  BACC welcomes all adults to join our community club.



The BACC held their annual Halloween Party on Saturday, October 29, 2017 from 1-3 pm.

105 children age 0- 6th grade attended.  Thank you to the following businesses and individuals for the donations to the door prizes and cost of the party. The BACC could not have such a successful event without your assistance. Each child in attendance received at least one door prize!


Donors include: Brad and Brandi Schultz, Brandon Kwik Stop, Cuts by Us, Bev & Gary Bearbower, Wyatt and Amanda Miller, Smokey Hilltop Ranch, EZ trash solutions, Thomas repair, Prairie Acres Pumpkins, Esther Little, Denton Castings, BACC, Jill Marie Photography, Greg Acuff Logging, Joyce Anderson, Barb’s Bakery, Helen Purdy, Dave and Tess Erger (Erger Farms).


Costume Contest winners:

Ages 0-11 mos                                                         Kindergarten

First –Drake Hoveland                                            First – Aiden Stacy

Second- Delaine Holt                                            Second –Gabbi Palmer

Third-Zachary Petersen                                          Third- Memphis Peyton                 


Age1                                                                           First Grade                                                               

First – Davennah Erger                                          First – Evan Miller

Second-Elaina Priebe                                            Second- Hannah Kellogg

Third- Nichol Kolthoff                                              Third- Corrinn Cornwell


Age 2                                                                          Second Grade

First – Mille Erger                                                     First – CeCe Priebe

Second- Piper Nabholz                                          Second- Johnny Rogers               

Third-  Isabel Belfield                                               Third – Myra Peyton                                                                                   

Age 3                                                                          Third   Grade

First – Madison Busch                                            First – Carson Aberle

Second- Allis Frese                                                             Second- Kai Davis

Third- Brekin Selken                                               Third-Stevie Rogers


Age 4                                                                          Fourth Grade

First- Jace Rogers                                                    First – Owen Miller

Second- Weston Kellogg                                       Second- Liberty Brown

Third- Collin Selken                                                Third- Vanessa Frese


Age 5 Not in Kindergarten (none)                                    Sixth Grade

First –                                                                         First- Hunter McBride

Second-                                                                     Second- Alexis Collier


Adults and Kids 7th grade and over

                                                                                    First- Tony Halligan

Fifth Grade                                                                Second – Hilary Peyton

First- Olivia Albert                                                    Third- Kristin Stieber

Second- Yasmin Rogers   


Group Costumes

First- Jessie, Marissa and Gage Butz

Second- CeCe, Evie, and Allena Priebe

Third- Tony and Nyoko Halligan


Easter Egg Hunt

BACC will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Good Friday, March 30, 2018 at 10 a.m. sharp.

Weather permitting it will be held at the Brandon City Park. Ages 0-12 years old.  Easter Bunny will be appearing.


Brandon Days- Aug 3, 4 and 5, 2018

Believe it or not we have started to think ahead to the next Brandon Days in August.

2018 Theme is “Pirates”-  so who are your favorite pirates?  Jack Sparrow, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Peter Pan……Use your imagination.  Let’s make this year’s celebration one to remember.





306 East Street


Sunday School is at 9:30 am with Worship at 10:30 am. Handicap accessible.


We would like to thank all of you that came out and supported us both nights during the Brandon Christmas Festival.  It was a spectacular night of singing.  Thank you to the

choir for all your hard work. .



507 Main Street

319-474-2362 Pastor’s cell phone number  319-560-9994

Sunday School is at 9:00 am (Adult classes 8:45 am)  Fellowship time is 9:45- 10:00 am. Worship service begins at 10:00 am. Handicap accessible.



Christmas Baskets

The Brandon United Methodist Women delivered 38 baskets of fruit and goodies to 49 area senior citizens. 


Family Mystery Supper

The Brandon United Methodist Women’s group would like to invite everyone to our Mystery supper on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 6:30 pm.  This is a free event for you and your family.  Please call Denise 474-2387 or Phyllis 474-2317 to make your reservation.


Pancake Breakfast and Bake sale

The annual Easter Pancake Breakfast and Bake sale will be held at the Brandon Methodist Church on Saturday March 31, 2018.  Serving Pancakes, Ham, Orange Juice and Coffee from 7- 10:30 am.

Cost is a Freewill donation for the breakfast. 



Mary circle and friends went Christmas caroling in Independence on Wednesday evening, December 6, 2017.  They sang at the BCHC care center, Prairie Hills, East and West Campuses of ABCM Care centers.  The blessing of Christmas music was well received by all. The group of 12 ended the evening with a meal at the Chung Garden Chinese Restaurant in Independence.






Brandon’s After School Hour was held at the United Methodist Church on December 6th. In November they made ornaments for a tree at the Brandon Christmas Festival Tree Decorating contest.  They were pleased to be award second place in the contest.  Thank you for your votes. A reminder: BASH DOES NOT MEET IN JANUARY, but will meet the first Wednesday of each month. Dates for 2017: February 7th, March 7th, from 4:15- 5:30 pm.  April 4th will be the last BASH of the school year, it will be held at regular time with parents and grandparents invited to join the children for a program at 5:30 pm. All children ages Kindergarten through 5th grade are welcome to attend.




The Brandon United Methodist Youth Group gathered together on November 26, to

ring the bell for the Salvation Army at Wal- Mart in Independence.  The youth had a great time doing this annual community service project.


December was a busy month for Youth Group.  On December 2, they hosted a soup/sandwich supper at the church during the Brandon Christmas Festival and had a large turnout.  Proceeds from the freewill donation will be shared after a recipient or group is determined.  Members are grateful and appreciative of the support of all who were able to stop by!  Then on December 17,  the youth and Sunday school students presented The Symbols of Christmas during the church service.


Youth members are scheduled to meet on Sunday, January 21, at 1 p.m. and will be planning activities for the next few months.  The group typically does a late winter/early spring fundraiser and designates the proceeds to a special cause.  In the past, donations have been made to the Spece Family, the Brandon Food Pantry, Brandon Area Community Club, and many others.  If you have a suggestion, please share it with a member.  Students will also be planning a time for a fun activity, such as going bowling or watching a movie.  With Easter on April 1, the group will begin gathering ideas for an Easter service to share.  Stay tuned!


As always, all students in grades 6-12 are welcome to come!  Call Rachel at 319-551-4794 or Dawnye at 319-334-0163 for more information.




In the early morning hours of December 31, 2017 a fire broke out in the home of Deb Bistline, Brandon.  The frigid temperatures made it challenging for the firemen to fight the blaze that consumed the home.  Six fire departments responded to the fire and even with the gallant efforts the home and its contents are a total loss.  Deb, along with her children, Dillin, Bailey and grandson Jace were not injured in the fire.  The family has found temporary housing but is in need of items such as clothing, shoes, toys and other personal effects.  An account has been set up to accept donations for the family at Farmer’s Savings Bank in Vinton.  The bank’s address is 401 B Avenue, Vinton, Iowa 52349, please indicate on the memo of your check that you are donating to the Deb Bistline house fire acct.    Deb, Dillin, Bailey and Jace are overwhelmed with the outpouring of caring and support to their family already.  Thank you to everyone.








Roxann Bistline, 61, of Brandon died, Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at Manor Care in Cedar Rapids following a brief illness.  Roxann was born August 20, 1956 in Vinton to Don and Virginia (Brehm) Bistline.  She graduated from Washington High School in Vinton with the class of 1975.  She worked as a cook at Vinton- Shellsburg High School.

Roxann enjoyed fishing, riding her bicycle, helping out with the farm work and caring for her farm cats. She was active in helping out with the various community activities in Brandon including church suppers at the Methodist Church, Cowboy Breakfast and the mobile food pantry.  She loved to make noodles and sharing her produce from her expansive garden.

She is survived by her brother, Roger of Walker; several aunts, uncles and cousins including local survivors;  her aunt, Marie Bistline, and cousins Deb, Dillin, Bailey, Jace Bistline of Brandon. Roxann was preceded in death by her parents.   Editor’s note: Roxann spent many active years in the Brandon You and I club (Jaycettes) which became part of the Brandon Area Community club.   The 2017 Cowboy breakfast was the first time she was unable to help at the breakfast.  Roxann will be missed in our community.


James D. Vogel, 92 of Jesup, Iowa, died Friday, November 10, 2017, at ABCM Rehabilitation Center – West Campus in Independence, IA.

Jim was born July 22, 1925, near Brandon in Buchanan County, Iowa, the son of Sylvester George “Wes” Vogel and Esther Catherine (McDonald) Vogel. He graduated from Jesup High School with the class of 1943. He served in the US Army from 1944 – 1946, including a tour in Germany. On June 3, 1950, he was united in marriage to Elaine Margaret Oswald at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Waterloo, IA. Jim was an office clerk at Rath Packing Company in Waterloo and also farmed before his retirement. He was a member of St. Athanasius Catholic Church; Pump-Scheer American Legion Post #342; and Knights of Columbus Council #8227 in Jesup.

Jim is survived by five sons, Steven (Connie) Vogel of Jesup, Joseph (Kris) Vogel of Waterloo, Pat Vogel of Waterloo, Tim (Cindy) Vogel of Gilbertville, IA, Marty (Rhonda) Vogel of Blairstown, IA; six daughters, Sherri Schmitt of Waterloo, Margaret “Peggy” (David) Gilchrist of Urbandale, IA, Beth Augustine of Waterloo, Ann (Lowell) Fenner of Iowa City, IA, Nancy (Neil) Steege of Newhall, IA, Barb (Harry) Murtha of Victor, IA; also, 29 grandchildren; 46 great grandchildren; 4 great great-grandchildren; one brother, Richard (Mary) Vogel of Independence; one sister, Eileen Splinter of Camarillo, CA; a sister in law, Ann Vogel of Oelwein and a brother in law, Myron Oswald of Harpers Ferry, IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife Elaine on July 13, 2012; four great grandchildren, one son in law, Steven Schmitt and one brother, John Vogel.


Gene N. Thomas, 80 of Jesup, IA died Thursday, November 16, 2017, at his home.

Gene Norman Thomas was born on February 7, 1937 at Dundee, IA, the son of Edith Bandy.

On December 12, 1964, he was united in marriage to Jean Ann Brown at the First United Methodist Church in Jesup. He was employed at John Deere in Waterloo, IA, until retirement and was a member of UAW Local #838 in Waterloo.

Gene is survived by his wife, Jean of Jesup; one daughter, Emma (William, III) Venneman of Brandon, IA; two granddaughters, Ashley and Nicole. He was preceded in death by his mother.


Scott Allen Van Wey, of rural Vinton, died December 22, 2017, from a rare and deadly type of thyroid cancer.
MEMORIAL SERVICE:  2:00 PM, Saturday, JANUARY 13, 2018 at Wildcat Golf Course and Country Club in Shellsburg, following the memorial service a Celebration of Life will be held until 6:00 PM.

Scott Allen Van Wey obituary continued:
He was born in Postville, Iowa, on July 11, 1963. The oldest of five children, he attended Valley High School in Elgin, Iowa. He was always a hard worker, and took a lot of pride in whatever he did. He did dry walling hanging, finishing, and painting for most of his life. He had also worked as a mechanic, and did electrical work. Since the windstorm in 2011, he was employed by Elwick Electric, in Vinton, which he often said was the most enjoyable job he had ever had.
Scott loved motorcycles. He liked to work on them, and most of all, loved to ride them. He met and made a lot of good friends though the bikes. He also had a big soft spot for kids and animals. The past few years he enjoyed volunteering for the local INNER CITY SLICKERS program for at-risk youth, and did a little fundraising for the Vinton-Shellsburg Special Olympics program. He had a horse, and enjoyed trail riding with Becky, and he really loved his dogs.
Scott is survived by his wife of 17 years, Becky; One Son, Travis; his mother and Stepfather Jean and Jack Greenwood, Of San Angelo, Texas; one sister, Jill Taylor, also of San Angelo; 3 brothers, Larry Van Wey of Dallas, TX, Mark Van Wey of Greenville, TX and Greg (Jackie) Van Wey of Westminster, CO; stepson, Josh (Mindy) Clark of Vinton; in-laws, Robert and Phyllis Simnacher of Vinton; brother-in-law, Kevin (Danielle) Simnacher of Cedar Rapids, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Van Wey, and his grandparents ­;Irma and John Van Wey, and Viola and Kenneth Hellum.


The Mobile food pantry is returning to Brandon.  It will be held the 4th Saturday of the each Month at the Jefferson Township Hall in Brandon. Mobile food pantry is open to families in NE Iowa who have a need to supplement their grocery budget.  No cost is involved but you need to supply your name, address and household size. (Information gathered is used to keep tally of the number served in the communities and in the event of any recall on food items)  They do need assistance unloading food for distribution at 8:45 am. The distribution of food is from 9:30 to 10:30 pm.  In December 32 households consisting of 56 adults and 26 children benefitted from the resources of the Mobile Food Pantry.



City Council meeting are held the second Monday of every month at 5:30 p.m. 2018 does brings some changes to the City council in Brandon.  

Mayor- Guy Stacy

Brandon City Council Members:

Kelly Thomas                                                Patrick Lehman                    Anna Demuth

Travis Cornwell                                            Brian “Buddy” Thomas



Most people’s New Year’s Resolution involve getting in shape and losing those unwanted pounds…..Here’s a chuckle for you.










To say “Thank You” just doesn’t seem like enough but that is all we have.

Our family would like to do just that. We give thanks to everyone that contributed to our 6th annual Thanksgiving meal. We appreciate the donations of food, money and time given.

Thank you to those that donated food, so much to choose from- from homemade rolls, to salads, to desserts, pies, ice cream and also ham and turkeys. 

Thank you for all the monetary donations- because of your generosity we were able to donate to the concession stand fund, the food pantry and several families in the Brandon area.

Thank you to our friends that helped in the kitchen, having served over 75 attendees, you being there sure took the stress away from us.


Craig, Judy, Jordy and Ronnie Albert

Jackie, Shawn, and Kids




Our family would also like to say thank you to everyone that helped us this fall with getting our

harvest completed following Craig’s second hip surgery.  The support we have received from friends and neighbors has been so very much appreciated.  Thank you to everyone.


Craig, Judy, Jordy and Ronnie Albert

Jackie, Shawn, and Kids



The Brandon Area Community Club would like to thank Cindy Clark for her continued support of the Brandon Bee II.  Cindy delivers the newsletter to each and every door in town.  Due to the extreme cold this week, this issue is going to be available at the Kwik Stop, both churches, Phat’s Pub and Grub and Cuts by Us.





After many years of organizing and advertising the Brandon City Wide garage sales, Cindy Clark has decided to “hang up her hat”.   If YOU are interested in holding City Wide garage sales, please let the editors of the Brandon Bee II know and we will publish your information in the next issue in April.



The deadline for the April, May, June Issue of the Brandon Bee is due by March 15, 2018.

Donations from the following people are very much appreciated as this quarterly newspaper continues:  Lawrence and Phyllis Noe, Orline Snider and Mary Rogers.


Editors’ note:   Please submit your information to the Bee to Denise: or 3326 Hamilton Ave., Rowley, IA 52329. or 3221 Dugan Ave., Brandon, IA 52210. Complete issues of the Brandon Bee II will now be published on the Brandon Area Community Club’s website at