Welcome to O’Brien County

O’Brien County is uniform in shape, a perfect square, 24 miles each way. 16 townships of six square miles. Two rivers, the Little Sioux and Ocheydan. Smaller streams are Mill Creek, Waterman Creek and branches of the Floyd River. The County was named by the Iowa Legislature. It is named for an Irish Patriot, William Smith O’Brien.

Latest News & Announcements

Full time Secondary Road Equipment Operator Opening

Help Wanted: Equipment Operator Full-time equipment operator position at the O’Brien County Maintenance Shop in Archer, Iowa.  Successful candidate will operate heavy construction equipment and perform skilled tasks as directed by the county engineer, maintenance superintendent, or road foreman for a wide range of year round road maintenance and construction activities.  Experience and/or training in Read More »

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Sheldon 2nd Ward Council Vacancy Unofficial Results

Candidate Name Precinct Absentee Total Votes Madeline Kopel 8 0 8 Sandra Johnson 21 2 23 Ken Snyder* 84 5 89 *Apparent Winner

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O’Brien County Courthouse Begins Phase 3 of Reopening May 25, 2021

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 5-25-2021 The O’Brien County Courthouse ‘Phased Reopening Plan’ has moved to Phase 3 effective immediately on May 25, 2021. Phase 3 includes returning to the new ‘normal’; regular operations.  The mask requirement at the O’Brien County Courthouse has been lifted.  The west and east entrance are open to the public. Read More »

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O’Brien County Property Search

Property Search

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Fireworks Permit Applications

Fireworks Permits are needed for any displays to be done in rural O’Brien County.  If a display is being planned for the July 4th holiday, those applications and proof of insurance need to be received for approval by June 25, 2020. Fireworks Permit Application

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Ordinance regulating the operations of Off-Highway vehicles is adopted

The O’Brien County Board of Supervisors adopted County Ordinance No. 25, an Ordinance regulating the operations of off-highway vehicles in the county.  The ordinance will be effective April 1, 2017.  The full ordinance is on the web page.

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