Storm Lake Pilot Tribune blogs http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/ Recent blogs from the Storm Lake Pilot Tribune newspaper in Storm Lake, Iowa en-us Hunger in the land of plenty (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1421/entry/67759 Something’s off here, really off. Yesterday, at the old Bomgaars building, people waited in line for up to two hours in the cold wind and the first light snow of the season, for volunteers to hand out food trucked in from Des Moines. Nearly 50 were in line at my count, before the doors even opened. There were elderly people leaning on walkers. Families with small children. A mother with a baby in a plastic carrier, shielded with a fleece blanket. These aren’t people... Thu, 01 Dec 2016 12:30:45 -0600 Castro in retrospec (Outside Looking In by By Mick Polich) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/2054/entry/67758 The army fatigues, the scraggy beard, the cigar... mention just those features to any baby boomer, and they will probably tell you that’s Fidel Castro. The Cuban revolutionary/dictator passed away on November 25th, and it’s safe to say that Castro was one of the more polarizing figures of the last century. After seizing power in 1959, New Year’s Eve 1958, to be exact, Castro turned Cuba into a political one -party socialist state, industry and businesses becoming... Thu, 01 Dec 2016 12:29:54 -0600 Donít shed blood for oil (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1421/entry/67741 There are certain things that should make us sit up and take notice, no matter what the circumstances. One of them would be our government telling citizens they cannot protest. If you accept that without questioning, pull your nicest wool sweater over your head, because you are a sheep. Many of us are distant observers of the standoff at Standing Rock. We’re not emotionally invested, we understand both the need for affordable domestic fuel and the need to protect the... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:07:33 -0600 The joy of cooking (Outside Looking In by By Mick Polich) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/2054/entry/67740 Ah yes, we are knee deep in the holiday season, and it seems like it’s not possible Christmas is around the corner. Of course, I think I’ll run out of time, as usual – our family tradition is putting up Christmas decorations the day after Thanksgiving, as per many folks. One thing that dovetails into the season besides the running-with-the-bulls mentality of Black Friday is cooking holiday meals. Really, it can be cooking in general. I am proud to say my chef skills... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:06:55 -0600 Barack, we hardly knew ya (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1421/entry/67730 Barack Obama, who are you? No, really. Maybe it’s just me, but after eight years with this man as our duly-elected leader, I’m not sure we really know him. Don’t know if we have ever seen inside the man. Oh, we’ve heard countless speeches, and seen thousands of carefully-orchestrated photo ops, but how much do we really know about the person? It didn’t take us long to solve that tough-talking Texan, or the charming rogue from Arkansas. For all of the... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:20:47 -0600 Thanksgiving needs a PR campaign (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1421/entry/67692 Thanksgiving just can’t win. First political correctness decided that the religious aspect had to go. Apparently you’re supposed to take care who you go around thanking these days. Then the health freaks scared us out of those massive devil-may-care dinners that in that latter stages required the untying of the sweat pants. A dollop of turkey tofu atop a cranberry-artificially-flavored rice cake surrounded by three organically-grown spinach leaves and a vitamin water on the... Tue, 22 Nov 2016 11:25:28 -0600 Immigration reform (Outside Looking In by By Mick Polich) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/2054/entry/67691 This must be the day to write a column on immigration reform, because the signs and signifiers are coming in like biblical locusts, brothers and sisters. One of my neighbors, who is the same political party affiliation as myself, was concerned about a semi-ambiguous church sermon recently, that warned of Nazi-like repercussions, isolationism, and jingoistic backlash given our recent election. Our local chief of police hopes to calm fears, and asks non-registered immigrants to come out... Tue, 22 Nov 2016 11:24:20 -0600 Post-election America (Bit of Everything by By Sarah Nicholson) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/sarahnicholson/entry/67657 It’s been a little over week since the election and it feels a little like America has taken a combination hit to the face. The morning after the election was like a campus wide hangover at Buena Vista University. There was no sound, just the milling noise of shoes and jeans shuffling along on a hopeless precession to classes. If it sounds overly dramatic, it was, but the atmosphere extended far beyond the college campus. Twitter read like someone’s obituary and among everyday... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 12:53:39 -0600 Trails to practicality? (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1421/entry/67656 The mayor’s committee on Parks, Trails and Urban Forestry came together last night for the first time in a couple of months, and of course, bike trails were a major element of the spirited discussion. A map of Storm Lake pasted to the wall in City Hall quickly became a mass of Magic Marker lines - places the county wants to mark as trails on existing roads, places the city wants to develop someday on and off streets, places the committee feels would make good trails. By the time... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 12:28:31 -0600 Trump promises, Obama promises (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1421/entry/67640 Donald Trump’s situation reminds me of the proverbial dog chasing cars. What do you do with it once you catch it? There is a world of difference between campaigning to be president, and being president. Imagine the learning curve for someone who has no experience at all in government. And there’s a world of difference between making a promise and being able to deliver on it. Some of his conservative backers are already upset that President-elect Trump is already backing off... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 11:09:12 -0600 Basketball memories (View from the nose bleeds by Craig Shultz) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/2060/entry/67622 Basketball. The first sport I can remember watching as a child. I might’ve told this story way back in June when I did my first column, but one of my first memories of watching basketball happened when I was six or seven years old. I was at my grandmother’s house for the night having a root beer float while the NBA on TNT or TBS, I can’t remember which, was on. My beloved Orlando Magic were on with Shaw, Penny Hardaway and Nick Anderson. They were playing the Charlotte... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 13:43:58 -0600 After the storm, a yuge task (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1421/entry/67603 Why did Donald Trump win the election? He’s not the most qualified, in fact with zero experience in government, he might be the least, ever. He didn’t have the most robust organization among candidates. In fact, a Trump senior advisor told the media Tuesday that he figured it would take “a miracle” for his candidate to win. He didn’t have the best plan. He tends to speak in emotional, vague terms, plays a bit fast and loose with the facts, and has... Thu, 10 Nov 2016 12:55:24 -0600 What you can do (Outside Looking In by By Mick Polich) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/2054/entry/67585 You know, I don’t know about all of you, but I had a pretty good summer. Even though our son was gone for most of the summer on his own career journey, and we miss him a lot, I’ve found out that I made some gains, broke new ground, and learned a ton of stuff. And for a senior, as I am now classified, that’s pretty good. Really, whatever “senior” means, hey, let’s just throw that word out of general usage right now – I don’t like it, so... Tue, 08 Nov 2016 10:44:14 -0600 Having a swim, and a break (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1421/entry/67584 Blue blazes, it’s nice when your government officials get it. When, as state and national politics seem all too often motivated by greed, at the local level something can be done because it’s the right thing to do. Last night, King’s Pointe GM Nick Edwards (welcome back Nick) approached the Storm Lake City Council about an Outdoor Waterpark Season Pass Special. Last year, the city tried a Black Friday one-day sale on waterpark passes. Problem. Not everyone is in town... Tue, 08 Nov 2016 10:43:45 -0600 Pepperoni with a side of ignorance (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1421/entry/67583 On today’s front page, we have a story from a local student who was confronted at a Campustown pizzeria in Ames the other day by a group of guys chanting “Build the Wall!” The only wall I see is the one around those people’s closed minds. As ugly and hateful as politics has become this season, it is no excuse to abuse others. And it is never okay to target people based on the color of their skin or the language they may be speaking. The sheep standing in line... Tue, 08 Nov 2016 10:42:12 -0600 For being out there tonight (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1421/entry/67541 Bless the police officers out there tonight, doing their jobs to protect and defend the people of their communities after watching the terrible news of the officer slayings in central Iowa slowly come to light throughout this long day. Bless them for not turning in their badges and walking away over the unfathomable, blind hatred that claimed the lives of two of their brothers while they sat in their patrol cars, doing their jobs. Bless them for swallowing their sadness and shock today... Thu, 03 Nov 2016 12:29:32 -0500 Harvest season (Outside Looking In by By Mick Polich) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/2054/entry/67540 Some folks don’t know this, but I do have a little background when it comes to harvest season. I think I mentioned before I grew up in a farm oriented family, so when my favorite time of year rolls around, a flood of fond memories make their way from the backpages of my mind. I had three uncles, plus my dad, who were either full, or part time farmers. Uncle John and his family had their farm outside of Madrid, Iowa, while Uncle Eddie and Joe farmed north of Des Moines, and... Thu, 03 Nov 2016 12:28:07 -0500 Looking back at the football season (View from the nose bleeds by Craig Shultz) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/2060/entry/67521 The season has come to an end for our area football teams. There might be a hint of disappointment on the player’s mind after the final horn sounded on Friday night. A sense of disbelief, a lowering of the head, and wondering where it might’ve gone wrong. Yet, no one in the area; players, coaches, parents or fans, should feel any disappointment over their team’s seasons. Rather they should have a sense of joy come over them. Why? The players gave it everything they... Tue, 01 Nov 2016 13:07:26 -0500 The most dangerous season (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1421/entry/67520 It’s that time of season. Witches and trolls walking among us, stirring heart-chilling fright, dread and trembling among us mere morals. That’s right. Election season. Everybody wonders what will happen on election day. I’m wondering what will happen after it. All of the anger, disillusionment and distrust of the campaign isn’t going to go away. America isn’t going to hug this one out. For the first time in my experience, a significant number of... Tue, 01 Nov 2016 10:45:52 -0500 Two paths diverged in a wood... (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1421/entry/67469 I was going to title this “A Tale of Two Cities,” but it turns out that was already taken by some hack named Chuck Dickens or something like that. For a moment I was going with “More Than One Way to Skin a Cat,” but I didn’t want anyone to get the wrong idea, we’re not advocating skinning of anything here. Settle down there, PETA. The idea is that development can take a couple of different paths. You may remember some years ago that Storm Lake... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 13:22:04 -0500 "My daughter's life can be an inspiration to many and they may just not know it yet" Part III (Above the Din by Chris Eral) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/2057/entry/67451 The Nectar of the HummingBird Then summer came.... This was the summer that the majority of my daughter's life started to change. My daughter loved to swim. We use to call her our little fish. She was diagnosed with migraines at the beginning of first grade. The pill they put her on made her gain 20 pounds with in 2 weeks. You could probably imagine the toll this took a little body. She developed stretch marks everywhere because of this. She became very timid and insecure about her body.... Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:15:49 -0500 Storm Lake football, a family thing (View from the nose bleeds by Craig Shultz) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/2060/entry/67440 The feeling at the Storm Lake football game was unlike anything I’ve ever felt at a football game before. Yes, my sample size is a little limited in that regard, but sometimes you can just feel an energy when you walk into a stadium. You can just sense that something big is going to happen one way or another. After the final horn sounded, a celebration was on, one of the many celebrations for sports fans over the weekend. For the first time in school history the Storm Lake... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:41:44 -0500 Protest vs. arson (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1421/entry/67405 There’s a way to express yourself, and there’s a way not to. The recent arson fires at Dakota Access Pipeline construction areas accomplish nothing, except to unfairly blemish the efforts of thoughtful people who are peacefully protesting. People doing this are vandals, not activists, and they deserve to be caught and prosecuted, hopefully before they wind up hurting someone. The groups leading real protests, with concern to protect water sources, natural... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:06:22 -0500 HGTV: Stop me before I watch again (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1421/entry/67387 As addictions go, mine’s pretty benign, albeit plenty frustrating. It’s HGTV. I can’t stop myself. And I need to HGTVent. I have no idea why I watch this channel. Every show is pretty much the same thing, as near as I can tell. The host or hosts appear to be beautiful models, perfectly dressed, the fur-trimmed females made up as though they have just left the makeup counter at Younkers, the men in trim-cut GQ cover checkered shirts and sports jackets with just the... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:15:17 -0500 Politics as usual (Outside Looking In by By Mick Polich) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/2054/entry/67386 Name calling, arrests, fist fights – that’s just the mild stuff that has happened at political campaign rallies this past year. Given what I know about the history of American political elections, I chuckle a bit when I hear folks say there’s never been anything like these events in history. Go back a bit, and there’s so much political dirt, you could start a garden. The 1968 Democratic National Convention brought forth physical confrontations between protesters... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:13:55 -0500 Drug test bitterness backfires (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1421/entry/67383 If people are poor, or jobless, they must certainly be drug addicts, right? Let’s GET them, right? Instead of helping them become employable so they can contribute to the tax base, let’s demonize and humiliate them if we can, right? Who cares if the children of slackers go hungry, right? Oh, I know. If we have to be drug tested to get our jobs, let’s make everyone pee in cups before they can get food stamps! That’ll teach ‘em. It almost sounds like a real... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 10:15:50 -0500 In appreciation of truckers and local business (Outside Looking In by By Mick Polich) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/2054/entry/67350 One of the more interesting aspects of living here in northwest Iowa is hearing about the history of different businesses that have come and gone. Midbell Music, J.C. Penney, plus existing businesses that move in and out of buildings downtown, and beyond, all have had some sort of retail history around these parts. Seemingly, as sure as the sun rises in the east in the morning, mainstay businesses like HyVee, Fairway, and Walmart are just expected to be there, open when they say they are open,... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 13:07:14 -0500 My last column (The Voice of Reason by Chip Hubert - Pilot Reporter) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1978/entry/67340 This will be my last week writing for the Storm Lake Pilot Tribune. Next week I will return to industry, working in the electrical division of Evapco in Lakeview. If money is the root of all evil, then a career in journalism is a short cut to sainthood, but I am ready to renew my acquaintance with the devil. I learned electronics in the Navy, and that training has been paying the bills ever since. I have been very lucky all my life, and my tenure here has been an extension of that... Wed, 12 Oct 2016 09:49:39 -0500 All about Storm Lake football (View from the nose bleeds by Craig Shultz) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/2060/entry/67337 There are varying degrees to define success on a particular week. Sometimes success doesn't always show up after the final whistle on the scoreboard. The success that we see from our local high school teams, and our college teams, can be measured by the week to week improvement that we see from them. Success that can be transferred to the next game, to practice to build up to a better understanding of what went right or what went wrong. For the Storm Lake Tornadoes, success has been defined... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 14:33:56 -0500 Should Trump tape turn vote? (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1421/entry/67335 What kind of locker rooms does Donald Trump hang out in, I wonder? I'm not here to tell you how to vote, that's your business. Besides, nothing anyone reads here is going to change anyone's mind any more than all those crazy Facebook memes are going to change anyone's mind. Everyone needs to make that decision on their own. I hope the election is decided on the issues facing our country, and past private comments, no matter how ugly and immature they may be, are not the greatest of those... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 11:40:40 -0500 When tech goes South (Outside Looking In by By Mick Polich) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/2054/entry/67334 We all know the story behind tech -- great when it works for us, then we curse the day we ever bought the stuff when it crashes. And isn't it the truth that when tech goes out, it takes other tech as collateral damage. I should have known I was in for a week of wonderful, weird electronic glitching when little things started to pop up with my laptop. Of course, timing is everything when it comes to Murphy's Law, as I was trying to call up my music production program for a student to work on... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 11:39:54 -0500 ISU's high flyer president (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1421/entry/67325 The big fuss over Iowa State University President Steven Leath's use of ISU-owned airplanes should indeed raise concern - not about planes, really, but about what the role of our higher education leaders is becoming. Leath has been left trying to defend himself repeatedly in recent weeks over the airplane fiasco, which one would suspect leaves little time for leadership of an academic institution. Information has slowly leaked about about Leath's use of the university's planes for a... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 17:38:30 -0500 Listening, or screwing around (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1421/entry/67301 Look, I was a college student once, sort of, and I did plenty of college student things that I wouldn't necessarily care to share with you today. (Primarily because the statute of limitations might not yet be up on a few of them.) So I'm going to make this suggestion in the kindest and gentlest way possible, fully aware that I could be speaking just as well to my goofy 19-year-old self as I am to students today. Buena Vista University could use a class is listening. This week, I sat in... Thu, 06 Oct 2016 12:17:47 -0500 Women in leadership (Outside Looking In by By Mick Polich) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/2054/entry/67300 With the most decisive presidential election in recent U.S. History fast approaching, it's easy to overlook a few milestones, due to the polarizing natures of both candidates. Let's put attitudes and biases aside for a second to consider how long it's taken us as a nation, to even get a female presidential candidate, of a major party, into the mix? Try 240 years, and when it comes to history, Americans seem to the shortest memories, and the narrowest scope to view a global history in which... Thu, 06 Oct 2016 12:16:41 -0500 What we learned: Week five (View from the nose bleeds by Craig Shultz) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/2060/entry/67222 Hey, hey sorry about the lack of a column last week, but we're back this week ready to dive into the world of high school football. Week five showed us a lot about our area teams, I feel. It showed us that some of them have gone through a murderer's row of scheduling while others are beginning to separate from the pack in a huge way. As customary, we'll begin with Storm Lake. Excuse me, I mean number eight in the state of Iowa Storm Lake Tornadoes. For what seems to be the first time in... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:55:47 -0500 A new reason to love Fridays (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1421/entry/67218 Let's see, I have two ideas to write about here. Politics or football. Football or politics. Ooh, tough decision. Ha - who am I kidding?? *Crumples sheet of political notes.* Who wouldn't rather talk about football in Storm Lake right now? Deflategate not withstanding, football is a lot more honest. Besides, I'm talking high school football. Come on, Storm Lake going from 3-6 a year ago to 5-0 to date and top ten rated this season? Best start in almost 40 years? Pretty remarkable... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:07:16 -0500 The Fair Wasn't Won on Salad (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1421/entry/67217 You know, I'm sure there are reasons other than food for going to fairs, I just can't think of any at the moment. Fair food has become a fetish unto itself, with things beyond your wildest fevered imagination impaled upon a stick. Seriously, they will deep fat fry anything they can get their hands on. Keep an eye on grandma. The Iowa State Fair, I'm told, had 200 food booths this year, including 70 different varieties of foods on a stick and 20 different types of corn dogs. Where... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:05:24 -0500 What I don't know (Outside Looking In by By Mick Polich) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/2054/entry/67216 I'm sitting at home, fighting off some upper respiratory virus, and hoping I can get back to work soon. I've got a birthday coming up, and really, it's no big deal, but I made a little deal with myself that every birthday, I would try to change one thing in my life that I thought needed changing. Not for self- congratulatory reasons, but more of an awareness thing to get better as I get older, and clean some stuff up. Given the way stuff works in our world, I think that it's OK To admit that... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:02:50 -0500 OA-BCIG: forgot to ask the kids (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1421/entry/67184 Age and maturity do not necessarily go hand in hand. A lot of times - a whole lot of times in fact - young people react to a changing world much better than their parents, grandparents and the people who are supposed to be in charge do. While society still fitfully grapples with issues like diversity, same-sex marriage and the fact that selfies are indeed a form of global communication, teenagers usually get it first. They figure out how to get along and look past differences, and make it... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:08:21 -0500 Trump (The Voice of Reason by Chip Hubert - Pilot Reporter) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1978/entry/67183 I apologize for talking politics here, a place where you usually see birds and boats, but I have to make a few comments. Monday I covered a visit by Ruben Gallego, who is a congressman from Arizona here to support Hillary. Trouble is, he didn't support Hillary at all, he just tore down Trump. And most of the bad things people say about Trump actually can be taken as compliments. People complain that politicians use negative adds too much, so Trump supporters (and probably a bunch of... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:06:48 -0500 A good start on housing (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1421/entry/67165 Last night, the Storm Lake City Council held a study session on housing issues in the City, hoping to spur development of all forms of housing. Needless to say, you don't solve a problem as complex and far-reaching as Storm Lake's housing shortage in an hour, but you do have to start somewhere. This is how good, representative government works. Hashing your needs out openly, in a public setting, and admitting when you don't have all the answers. It's one thing to write an issue on top of... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:39:05 -0500 An education in reality (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1421/entry/67164 People have been asking Storm Lake School District administrators why a food bank has been started inside the high school. "Hey, you're supposed to be educating kids," they complain. That sound they hear is the point, whizzing over their heads. They are teaching kids, for gosh sake. Teaching them to be good human beings, and that might even be more important (*gasp*) in the long run than standardized test math scores. I'm still waiting to use algebra II in real life, but what I... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:37:23 -0500 A useless society? (Outside Looking In by By Mick Polich) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/2054/entry/67163 Well, I was going to delve into the Colin Kaepernick/national anthem debate, but something else caught my eye when I was having lunch earlier today, flipping through the news on my Flipboard app. Book writer, and Bill Gates approved (didn't know their was such a thing) historian Yuval Harai says, via his new book "Homo Sapiens: A Brief History Of Tomorrow," that the human race is losing out to robots. Folks will be useless and won't know what to study for degrees or training, due to robots... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:36:48 -0500 Fake guns, condos, cheap books (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1421/entry/67120 This should almost go without saying, but fake guns can get you into real trouble, real fast. Consider the case from a few days ago in Storm Lake. Two teenage girls are feuding, one is walking home from sports practice at night when a vehicle comes rolling up on her - scary enough for a 15-year-old alone at night. Then her protagonist pops out of the sunroom, spouts some threats and pulls a handgun on the kid. Luckily, things went no further. The vehicle fled, and after police got wind of... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:59:38 -0500 Government shutdown gets personal (The Voice of Reason by Chip Hubert - Pilot Reporter) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1978/entry/67119 I have been obsessive/compulsive about working out since I was about 19 years old, when I quit smoking and tried to make amends. In 2010, after Jane got a gold medal from the President's Fitness program, she inspired me to keep track of my physical activity at their online site. You get a point for each calorie you burn (more or less.) Within a year or so, I earned a bronze award (about 25,00 points) a silver (about 50,000) and a gold award (about 100,000.) By that time, I had become... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:58:54 -0500 What we learned: Week three (View from the nose bleeds by Craig Shultz) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/2060/entry/67094 Sometimes the big play is all a team needs to change momentum. Whether it be specials teams, defense or offense, all a team needs is that one spark, that one change in momentum. This past Friday night we learned that special teams are quite special indeed. The Storm Lake Tornadoes were out gained by nearly 30 yards, and yet won by 35 points. How does this exactly happen? Let us take a deeper look at the game for the moment. Storm Lake didn't force any turnovers. The offense couldn't get the... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 12:33:42 -0500 About mentors (Outside Looking In by By Mick Polich) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/2054/entry/67091 During the recent Iowa/Iowa State football game (sorry, Dana), the announcing crew brought up a graphic on former Iowa coach Hayden Fry's coaching staff from 1983, and his subsequent coaching tree, which has gone on to even greater success (again, sorry Dana). Kirk Ferentz, Carl Jackson, Don Patterson, Bob Stoops, Bill Snyder, Dan McCarney, Barry Alvarez, to name a few -- take this group, and start counting won/loss records, national championships won, bowl games won with their respective... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:40:22 -0500 On the trail of pipeline payback (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1421/entry/67090 If the Bakken Pipeline planners were wise - about something other than making a maximum of profit, that is - they might have considered doing something to make their project more palatable to the people who will live with it. Let the imagination wander a bit. The Bakken... bike trail? What incentive does Iowa have to accept this project? Sure, farmers who agreed to have the pipeline cross their land get a little easement money, the state pockets some taxes, some towns get a little very... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:39:42 -0500 15 years; what has changed? that'president? (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1421/entry/67089 It hardly seems possible, but 15 uneasy years have gone by since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Imagine, the incoming class of freshmen in our local high schools will be the first to view this historic tragedy as something that exists only in history books, something that happened before they were born. I haven't heard of any events in the area to mark the anniversary, and I suppose that is understandable. It is not a particularly happy date to remind ourselves of over and over, or a... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:36:18 -0500 No oar, Mr. Niceguy (The Voice of Reason by Chip Hubert - Pilot Reporter) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1978/entry/67055 James and Patricia Hampton came over for a game of pool Monday night, and before we went inside they were admiring Hunky Dory, who sat in the yard on her trailer. The oarlock blocks are made of pinewood, with a coat of epoxy that gives them a golden hue, the dark streaks of grain creating a tiger striped look. James said, "Those oarlocks are awesome," and I basked in the glory of being mistaken for an artist. Turns out, that will be the last compliment those blocks ever get. Tuesday... Thu, 08 Sep 2016 11:40:14 -0500