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STORM LAKE - At the start of this school year, new sixth grade teacher, Heath Stille was wanting to get settled into the school district and make an impact on his students. When school returns to session in the fall, Stille...
Storm Lake Choir Festival Finale
Grand Finale at Storm Lake Schools Parade of Bands
Chad Elliott at the Witter Gallery
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Fund the outdoor recreation trust (04/27/15)
Recently, the City of Storm Lake issued a resolution supporting the funding of the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund, Resolution No. 82-R-2014-2015. Additionally, the Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors approved Resolution #2015-03-10-A, which supports funding the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund. ...
Credit union reform (04/23/15)
The impact of tax-exempt organizations on tax revenues needed to fund our schools, roads, national defense and other priorities has received some long overdue attention as of late. While most nonprofits can, and do, provide a valuable service to our communities, the few who abuse the system are hurting everyone else...
Farm to school lessons learned (04/23/15)
Hemingford, Nebraska, public schools recently transitioned from a "warm and serve" to a "made from scratch" school lunch. The change has been a hit with students and will likely have a positive impact on the school's budget. School nurse Judy Stewart, a driving force behind the change, believes when final financial statements for kitchen operations come in, labor and food costs will be the same as before the transition, if not less...
Estate tax repeal (04/23/15)
Republicans are protecting rich friends, NOT Iowa farmers! Senator Grassley was quoted today saying that the estate tax "sends more money to Washington, D.C., that would be better spent on keeping up the family farm or creating jobs at a business." Seriously, Senator Grassley? Tell us, how many estate tax dollars were sent to DC from Iowa couples whose farm was valued in excess of $10.86 million dollars?...
BBC News
Chelsea 1-0 Crystal Palace
Chelsea secure their fourth Premier League title as Eden Hazard's first-half penalty rebound defeats Crystal Palace.
Thousands of migrants rescued at sea
More than 5,800 migrants are rescued and 10 bodies recovered in several operations in the Mediterranean over the weekend, Italy's coastguard says.
US marines and aircraft reach Nepal
Nepal's only international airport restricts larger aircraft because of concerns over its runway, as the post-earthquake aid effort continues.
Baltimore lifts post-riot curfew
National Guard troops begin leaving Baltimore and a curfew is lifted, as tension subsides following rioting over the custody death of a black man.
Families pay visit to new princess
The Prince of Wales and other close relatives visit Kensington Palace to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's new baby daughter.
VIDEO: Nepal areas 'still waiting for aid'
Sanjoy Majumder reports on the problem of aid distribution to those affected by the Nepal earthquake
Death at top hotel 'unexplained'
Police are investigating the "unexplained" death of a man at London's Dorchester hotel.
VIDEO: Drone films Nepal quake destruction
Aerial footage filmed by a drone shows the devastation caused in the Sindhupalchok district, near the epicentre of the earthquake in Nepal.
Bingham level after final fightback
Stuart Bingham recovers from 3-0 down to level at 4-4 against Shaun Murphy in the first session of the World Championship final.
Father abducts three-year-old son
Essex Police are searching for a man who has abducted his three-year-old son from the child's foster parents.
State news
UI expects new public health degrees to attract hundreds
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Public health has been defined by the World Health Organization as "the art and science of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organized efforts of society."...
Woodbury County sheriff's hope fading for sobriety program
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) -- He's seen for himself how it works, offered to explain why it would be useful in Iowa and tried to get state legislators to approve it for statewide use....
Difference over surplus money delays legislative adjournment
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- At the center of the unresolved Iowa budget is a simple disagreement about how to count the money....
Minnesota man pleads guilty to child sex abuse in Iowa
FOREST CITY, Iowa (AP) -- A Minnesota man faces up to 50 years in prison in Iowa when he's sentenced in June for sexually abusing a child younger than 12....
Sioux City picked to try out new traffic safety campaign
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Sioux City will try out a new Iowa traffic safety campaign before the program is rolled out through the rest of the state....
Technology News
Gadget Ogling: Wine in a Dash, Connected Bicycles, and a Wearable for Behinds
I'll admit I'm not the planet's most refined wine connoisseur, but I do enjoy a glass or two of red with my dinner. At the minute, the few bottles I have are vacuuming up space around my kitchen, so I could use a wall-mounted wine rack -- but what's the use of having a rack with no bottles once they're finished? Poppy Reserve could solve the problem of a barren wine rack.
Elon Musk Unveils Tesla's World-Changing Powerwall
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk on Thursday announced the company's plan to develop residential and business battery systems, including the Powerwall Home Battery and business-oriented Powerpack. These systems are being developed to work in conjunction with solar panels to store energy for use at a later time. They also can draw power from the grid when demand for electricity is low.
Steer Clear of iOS 8's Infinite Loop
A flaw in iOS 8 allows hackers essentially to crash apps that perform SSL communications whenever they like. Skycure reported the bug at the RSA security conference held last week, advising owners of iOS devices to upgrade to iOS 8.3. Apple this week confirmed that iOS 8.3 addresses the vulnerability. An attack would involve specially crafting an SSL certificate to regenerate a bug.
Microsoft Offers Devs an Edge
Microsoft on Wednesday made its new Edge browser available to participants in the Windows Insider Program. Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president, operating systems group, made the announcement at the company's Build developers' conference, being held in San Francisco through Friday. Edge is available through the Windows 10 Preview, accessible to Windows Insiders.
Apple Watch Could Be a Password Alternative
With password tolerance levels at an all time low, alternatives to the pesky and insecure authenticators are beginning to abound. One of those alternatives could be the Apple Watch. Even before Apple's latest gadget began shipping last week, MicroStrategy announced it was extending its Usher enterprise security solution to the Apple Watch. Usher on the Apple Watch allows it to act as a digital key.
IoT: Why Security Pros Need to Prepare Now
Have you ever heard of the Cullinan diamond? If you haven't, it was the largest diamond ever discovered: a 3106 carat diamond found in 1905 in South Africa. What's interesting about the Cullinan diamond isn't so much the discovery of the stone itself but what happened afterward: specifically, the cutting of the diamond. The Cullinan diamond was split into a number of smaller pieces.