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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
St. Mary's grads about to 'happen to things' (05/22/13)
St. Mary's High School sent 23 graduates out into the world in commencement ceremonies Sunday, with their chosen theme from the words of Thoreau fresh in their minds: "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you have imagined."...
SLHS grads follow path to expectations (05/22/13)
Once extremely excited freshmen and now seniors ready to take the next step in their lives, 141 students graduated from Storm Lake High School Sunday afternoon. "As seniors, we walk through the halls, knowing where everything is and what to do," said Claudia Martinez, one of three student speakers in the ceremony. "Now it is time for us to grow up and have expectations for ourselves."...
Iowa Congressman King charges 'Obama Benghazi cover-up worse than Watergate' (05/22/13)
In an editorial written for U.S. News Weekly, this area's Congressional Representative Steve King is leveling severe allegations against the president, comparing his administration to that of Richard Nixon during the Watergate investigation. The Republican's literary attack is based on the assault on the American diplomatic mission at Benghazi in Libya last September by a heavily armed group...
Tiny park may be last Hwy 20 roadblock (05/22/13)
The Iowa Department of Transportation has proposed another U.S. Highway 20 project in Woodbury, Ida and Sac counties as part of the push to complete a four-lane corridor across Iowa. Storm Lake United CEO Hary Lalone says leaders of this area should be "absolutely" behind the proposal. ...
OWI limit: How drunk is too drunk? A Pilot Special Report (05/20/13)
Two local law enforcement leaders have expressed mixed feelings regarding a federal safety board's recent recommendations for states to lower drunken driving thresholds to mirror guidelines that have reduced traffic accidents in more than 100 countries...
SL schools plug in a tech plan, tune up music instrument buy (05/20/13)
The Storm Lake School Board Wednesday approved a technology plan for 70 additional computers and purchases for new music instruments and equipment. Both areas will greatly benefit the students in the district, the leaders suggested. Seventy desktop computers and towers will be purchased from Rick's Computers at a cost of $44,625, coming in below the budgeted $52,000. These new computers will replace labs at the elementary and high schools...
New band adds to Spectacular fun (05/20/13)
Bluegrass fans will be making note of Duluth's Saint Anyway band at the Storm Lake Fourth of July celebration. Star Spangled Spectacular organizers have booked the band for the afternoon entertainment lineup at Sunset Park Bandshell. Saint Anyway is a "stomp-grass" trio featuring Tony Petersen, Jami Kallestad and Dane Levinski, that plays at numerous venues in the upper Midwest. The group has three albums and six tours under their belt and has a new release planned for later in 2013...
Auditorium design to be revealed May 23 (05/20/13)
Updated design drawings of the auditorium and high school renovation project will be presented by architects DLR Group during a special public meeting Thursday, May 23 at 6 p.m. in the Storm Lake Schools Administration building. Since April 17, there have been many meetings between the DLR representatives and the high school staff and subcommittees to allow the architects to grasp the needs of the students, staff and auditorium committee for the complete project...
Raising children is one of the hardest, if not the hardest, jobs in our lives, but knowing that your child has a caring, patient teacher eases some of the stress of parenthood. In our district we have many excellent teachers, but I want to recognize one who made a huge impact on my child's life...
Path for those without vision (05/22/13)
Worldwatch reports there is no clear path to sustainable meat production. They want humans to stop raising livestock and quit eating meat to lessen greenhouse gas emissions, slow "global warming", and still feed our growing world population. Yet, cropping is more energy intensive than free-ranging livestock, and the terrain in much of the world's pasture land is too steep for cropping...
More money for domestic violence services (05/20/13)
Iowa's services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault need to modernize to reach more victims. The shelter closures are just one small part of a broader plan to improve services by redirecting resources. The Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Iowa Attorney General's Office, and local programs and communities have been working to strengthen service delivery in the state in order to offer the assistance victims tell us they most need.. ...
How about a day for mother earth? (05/20/13)
Happy Mother's Day, Mother Earth. Your dominant species has a "gift" for you: We've increased your atmospheric carbon level to 400 parts per million! We've been working on it for years. It's consumed much of our time and most of our resources, so we hope you appreciate it. We're sure it will make your 2013 Mothers Day memorable . . . and warm...
Thank a teacher (05/10/13)
Tuesday, May 7, was National Teacher Day. Thank a teacher for making public schools great! Teachers in Alta-Aurelia and in communities across the nation were in the spotlight on National Teacher Day, as students, parents, school administrators and the general public learn how teachers make Great Public Schools for every student...
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