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Bottom 10 Donald Trump cameos (08/25/16)
Whatever your thoughts may be on Donald Trump as a politician, most voters would agree that he's far more successful in that venture than as an actor. Still, The Donald has made a yoooge number of cameo appearances in the movies over a period of 30 years, serving as go-to Hollywood shorthand for New York-style glitz, greed and cunning. We set out to make this one of our Top Ten lists, but let's face it, there's no top about it...
Blues band rolls into Byron's (08/25/16)
The Craig Swalwell Band will perform Saturday, September 3, at Byron's in Pomeroy. The group has been popular around central and western Iowa for years with different lineups and songlists. They specialize in high-energy blues and classic rock, along with some of their own originals...
Country music hall of famer, Ronnie Milsap, to perform at the Hard Rock (08/23/16)
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City announced this week that country music icon, Ronnie Milsap, and folk rock/country group, The Turnpike Troubadours will take the Anthem stage this November. Ronnie Milsap has an impressive six Grammy Awards, four ACM awards, seven CMA awards, and 40 No. 1 country hits. Most recently, in 2014, Milsap was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame...
'Pete's Dragon' (pleasantly) stays earthbound (08/18/16)
"Pete's Dragon," a Walt Disney Co. release, is rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America for "action, peril and brief language." Running time: 103 minutes. Three stars out of four.
23rd Annual Chili and Salsa Cook-Off to be held September 17 at the Hard Rock (08/18/16)
Join in for the 23rd Annual Chili & Salsa Cook-Off benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Siouxland. This event will take place Saturday, September 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This fun, family friendly festival is the perfect time to enjoy a lovely fall day with your family while supporting a great cause. ...
Kicking off football flick Top 10 list (08/16/16)
It's been a long wait for football season, and you just can't get enough gridiron glory from those preseason games. Kick things off with a viewing of your favorite football flick! It's a crowded field - I found over 60 choices, all of them more exciting than watching Jay Cutler. Here's our list of the Top 10 Football Movies of All Time...
The Pretty Reckless in first northwest Iowa show (08/16/16)
Hard rock quartet The Pretty Reckless will be coming to northwest Iowa for a November 26 show at Hard Rock resort in Sioux City. Tickets went on sale Friday. The band recently became the first female-fronted group to hit #1 on the Billboard radio charts with three straight songs, eclipsing the record shared by Stevie Nicks and The Pretenders...
Weddings and Engagements
Cone and Blum Engagement (08/02/16)
Katie Blum and Nolan Cone would like to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. Katie is the daughter of Mike and Sara Blum of Storm Lake. Nolan is the son of Kevin and Cindy Cone of Storm Lake. A wedding is planned for August 13 at storm lake United Methodist church...
Luce and Miller Engagement (07/28/16)
Felisha Kay Miller and Daryn Russell Luce are pleased to announce their engagement. Felisha is the daughter of Tim Miller of Storm Lake and the late Kathy Miller. Daryn is the son of Betty Luce of Larrabee and the late Daryl Luce. Felisha works at Methodist Manor Retirement Community and Daryn works at the Storm Lake Computer Shop. A September 17th wedding is planned at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Storm Lake...
Focht and Strock Engagement (07/28/16)
Kaylee Strock, of Alta, and Grant Focht, of Stanton, are pleased to announce their engagement. Their wedding will take place August 20th at Prairie Pedlar in Odebolt. Kaylee is a 2015 graduate of Simpson College in Indianola. She is currently working at the Shenadoah Medical Center. Grant Focht is a 2013 graduate of Simpson College. He is currently working on the family farming operation in Stanton. The couple resides in Stanton...
Keller and Nyren Engagement (07/14/16)
Heather and Pete Runneberg of Laurens, along with Jeff Nyren of Omaha, Nebraska announce the engagement of their daughter, Alexandrea Nyren, to Micheal Keller, son of Ken and Toni Keller of Storm Lake. Alexandrea, a 2015 Buena Vista University graduate, is an accountant at Williams & Company in Onawa. ...
Wiest and Husman Engagement (06/30/16)
Rodney and Becky Husman of Galva are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Rachel to Benjamin Wiest, the son of Dwight and Julie Wiest of Herreid, SD. The couple plans to be married on August 6 at Hanover Church (rural Alta). Rachel is a 2012 graduate of Alta High School and a 2015 graduate of South Dakota State University. She is employed as a Soil Conservationist with Natural Resources Conservation Service in Ipswich, SD...
Wells and Belvin engagement (06/28/16)
Katie Lee Belvin and Tyler Paul Wells announce their engagement and approaching marriage. Parents of the couple are Dan and Kathy Belvin of Sloan and Brian and Cindy Wells of Fonda. Katie is a 2008 graduate of Westwood Community School and a 2012 graduate of Iowa State University. She currently works as a Senior Sales Coordinator for JB Hunt in West Des Moines...
Police and Sheriff's Blotter
Alta man killed in accident (08/25/16)
On August 21, at approximately 5:04 p.m., the Buena Vista County Communications Center received a report of an accident at the intersection of 70th Avenue and 620th Street involving a motorcycle and a sport utility vehicle. The investigation into this accident has been going on by the Buena Vista County Sheriff's Office. ...
Police Blotter (08/25/16)
Additional charges added to burglary case The Storm Lake Police Department has filed additional charges in connection with a series of burglaries which occurred to Storm Lake businesses in 2015 and early 2016. On May 3, the SLPD arrested Torian Vaughn, age 23 of Pocahontas, in connection with a large amount of burglaries and attempted burglaries in Storm Lake and throughout northwest Iowa...
Accident over the weekend results in one fatality (08/23/16)
On August 21 at approximately 5:04 p.m., the Buena Vista County Communications Center received a report of an accident at the intersection of 70th Ave. and 620th St. involving a motorcycle and a sport utility vehicle. A passenger in the sport utility vehicle reported the accident and that the person on the motorcycle was injured. The BV County Sheriff's Office and the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center ambulance were dispatched to the scene...
Man assaults girlfriend and also strikes 1-year-old (08/23/16)
On the evening of Friday, August 19, at approximately 6:36 p.m., the Storm Lake Police Department was dispatched to 1304 Erie Street in reference to a 911 call of an unknown problem. Upon arrival of police they met with an adult female who alleged that her boyfriend physically assaulted her in the garage of the residence following an argument. ...
Couple engage in fight with 3-year-old present (08/23/16)
On the afternoon of Wednesday, August 17, at approximately 4 p.m., the Storm Lake Police Department was dispatched to 1334 Erie Street #1 in reference to a domestic disturbance. Upon arrival police met with Erik Javier Martinez Ortiz, age 28, and Diana Guzman Rivera, age 25, both of Storm Lake. Police allege that both parties engaged in an argument and assaulted each other. Police observed superficial injuries to Martinez Ortiz sustained in the physical altercation...
Healthbeat
United Community Health Center to host a Lunch and Learn (08/23/16)
United Community Health Center will host a Lunch and Learn on Tuesday, August 30, from 1 -- 2 p.m. All who are interested are welcome to attend this complimentary presentation, you may bring your lunch & refreshments will be provided by our host, United Community Health Center...
Upcoming blood drives (08/23/16)
As school gets back in session and summer comes to an end, LifeServe Blood Center is urging eligible students and other blood donors to get back in the swing of donating blood. More than 3,000 units of blood are needed each week in order for LifeServe Blood Center to meet the needs of its more than 120 hospital partners in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota...
Iowans challenged to take the next step (08/23/16)
Register now to improve wellness and win prizes
Program helps Iowa caregivers plan for long-term financial security (08/16/16)
As the state's older population continues to increase, many Iowans eventually will be providing some level of care for an elderly parent or relative. Although taking on that caregiving role may have an emotional benefit, it also may have a negative financial impact, if the caregiver has to take time off from paid work or quit working altogether...
IAFP seeking nominations for 2016 Family Physician of the Year Award (08/16/16)
Is your Family Physician the best of the best? Do they go above and beyond to care for their patients? Are they active in the community? Do you think they deserve the 2016 Family Physician on the Year Award? If so, we want to hear about them! The Iowa Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP) is seeking nominations for the 2016 Family Physician of the Year. ...
Student brings LifeServe blood drive to Southpark Mall in Spencer (08/09/16)
Last year, Spencer High School senior Paige Curry led a blood drive effort at Spencer High School that collected 56 units of blood for LifeServe Blood Center, positively impacting up to 168 lives. The effort earned Curry (pictured above with her mom who donated blood during last year's drive) a $750 scholarship. ...
Susan G. KomanŽ Iowa named Affiliate of the Year (08/02/16)
Susan G. KomenŽ recognized Susan G. KomenŽ Iowa with the "Affiliate of the Year Award" at its annual Komen Leadership Conference. This honor recognizes the Affiliate that exhibited the best overall effort in advancing the Komen vision and promise to end breast cancer forever, and demonstrated a commitment to collaboration across the organization...
National Health Care Week August 7-13 (08/02/16)
The United Community Health Center in Storm Lake would like to announce that August 7-13 is National Health Care Week. Please take this time to recognize all the great services and resources that health care centers provide. Here is a schedule of events happening at the United Community Health Center...
Hy-Vee voluntarily recalls a limited quantity of its No-Salt-Added Black Beans due to potential presence of foreign material (07/26/16)
Hy-Vee, Inc., based in West Des Moines, Iowa, is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity of Hy-Vee No-Salt-Added Black Beans across its eight-state region due the potential presence of plastic and/or metal pieces within the product. The presence of small pieces of plastic and/or metal has the potential to cause a choking hazard and may cause adverse health consequences, including injury...
Parents: Are you hungry, angry, tired or lonely? (07/26/16)
What these feelings may actually mean
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Anniversaries
60th Wedding Anniversary (08/09/16)
Everett and Sandra Nordine, formerly of Albert City, now of Rapid City, S.D., celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary in June with 30 of their family at the Canyon Lake Resort Lodge in Rapid City for the weekend. They have been blessed with three children; Terry (Hope) Nordine of Rapid City, S.D., Heather (Mike) Lenz of Newell and Amber (Brian) Perkins of Mason City. Also added to the family has been nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren with nine spouses...
60th Wedding Anniversary (08/02/16)
Family and friends will be gathering together on Saturday, August 6, to celebrate Marlin and Laura (Meyer) Weier of Linn Grove 60th Wedding Anniversary. An open house in their honor is planned from 4:30-8 p.m. at the Shelter House (behind the swimming pool) in Peterson. Please join their children, Loren Weier, Judy (Jim) Kuecker, Mike (Sheila) Weier, and their grandchildren in celebrating this milestone. No gifts please...
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Grassley to host anti-human trafficking forum at Des Moines University (08/25/16)
Sen. Chuck Grassley is bringing national and state anti-human trafficking experts together for an Iowa-based forum on ending human trafficking and modern slavery. The discussion is intended to be a guide for medical professionals, first responders and the public at large in recognizing and combating trafficking...
Grassley to hold town meeting in Cherokee and Buena Vista Counties August 29 and 30 (08/25/16)
Sen. Chuck Grassley will hold town meetings in Cherokee on Monday, August 29, and in Sioux Rapids on Tuesday, August 30, as part of his annual 99 county meetings. With these meetings, Grassley will continue his long-standing practice of holding meetings with Iowans in every one of Iowa's 99 counties every year. ...
Special teal season begins September 3 (08/25/16)
The third year of Iowa's experimental early teal season begins September 3 and according to state waterfowl experts, several factors are in place for hunters to be successful. "We had a good hatch of blue wing teal and had a wet summer so most of our wetlands have water. Now it's up to the weather and the migration, but it looks promising," said Orrin Jones, state waterfowl biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources...
Judge hits airwaves to bash 'Checked Out Chuck' (08/25/16)
Patty Judge released her first television ads of the general election this week, both of them aiming at her opponent and saying little about her own campaign. Judge is banking on making a case that incumbent Chuck Grassley has changed during his decades in Washington...
New lawsuit seeks 'emergency' stop to pipeline construction (08/23/16)
On Monday, August 22, Bill Hanigan of the Davis Brown Law Firm filed an emergency motion with the Iowa Utilities Board to temporarily prevent construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline across the property of fifteen Iowa landowners while a lawsuit remains pending in Polk County District Court...
New tech is too costly for county (08/23/16)
The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors won't become compatible with a statewide emergency services network anytime soon. An agenda item for the Aug. 16 supervisor meeting was for Sheriff Dave Scott and 911 Director Dave Skou to address the supervisors about radios...
Sioux City hospital looks overseas for nurse recruitment (08/23/16)
A Sioux City hospital is recruiting nurses from overseas to fill a growing number of vacancies. UnityPoint Health-St. Luke's vice president of patient care and chief nursing officer, Priscilla Stokes, says the retirements of longtime nurses combined with an increasing number of aging baby boomers has led the hospital to start international recruitment...
Grassley wants to reveal Clinton's emails (08/23/16)
Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, says he has twice written to the FBI director over the agency's investigation of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. This week, the Senate received the FBI's interview summaries from the investigation. Grassley made the following comment on the materials...
Branstad, Reynolds order review of Iowa's alcohol laws (08/23/16)
Governor Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced a study of laws governing the regulation of alcohol in Iowa and have tasked Stephen Larson, Administrator of the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division, and Debi Durham, Director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority, to spearhead the working group review...
Gas prices expected to remain low (08/23/16)
Average retail gasoline prices in Iowa have risen 0.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.15/gallon. This compares with the national average that has not moved in the last week to $2.12. Storm Lake consumers have seen the opposite. Prices jumped from $2.02 to $2.09 Thursday at some stations. This compares to $2.30 in Des Moines and $2.14 in Omaha...
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