Recent photo galleries

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    Trick or treating got an early start as Buena Vista University, downtown merchants in Storm Lake and the library/Witter Gallery hosted events in recent days. The result: fun, costumes and candy aplenty. / Photos by Dana Larsen and Kay Quirk
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    The last Sunday in August, Hanover Historical Village comes to life with the sounds of old, thumping farm engines and polka bands, as the sweet smell of brats on the grill and popcorn drift across the exhibits of volunteers showing how things were done before the coming of electricity. / Photos by Hugh Perry and Chip Hubert
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    The annual Beach Party is a much-anticipated end-of-summer blast, serving as a fundraiser for the Storm Lake High School music programs. Children took part in a limbo contest to the beat of R&R Music. The Hula Hoop competition was so tight that a three-way tie for the win was eventually declared when it became clear that the girls could go all night without dropping a hoop. A water-balloon batting game, kiddie pool fishing and face painting were popular with young attendees. School staff volunteered in the dunk tank, and students and parents served up food to hundreds of guests. / Pilot photos by Dana Larsen
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    Perfect weather and enthusiastic crowds made for a successful Wood, Wine & Blues weekend in Storm Lake. Five competitors created intricate carvings in this year's chainsaw art competition. Several Iowa wineries shared samples of their best vintages, and Harper and the Midwest Kind set down a bluesy soundtrack ideal for the signature Storm Lake celebration. / Pilot-Tribune photos by Dana Larsen
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    Over 12,500 people attended the 46th annual Albert City Threshermen & Collectors Show, which wrapped up its three-day run Sunday. There were field demonstrations, parades of antique equipment, tomahawk throwing at the Cherokee Ridgerunners camp, a Civil War re-creation, Grandpa's Barn animal-petting attraction for children and a gathering of whittlers. / Pilot-Tribune photos by Dana Larsen
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    The family and friends of Jimmy Squibb surround his car on last Wednesday night. The race was named as memorial to Jimmy Squibb, an Iowan racer who died in 2015. During intermission, they had bike races for the kids. Older kids went on lap around the whole track while the little ones had a small track on the front stretch. / Photos by Matt Stubbe SM Photos
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    The last act as Fair Queen for Carli Grau this week was to give a speech about her experience over the past year, before handing off the crown to the newly-minted queen, Brea Baumhover. Grau confided that it had been her dream to serve as queen, ever since she won the Little Miss title at a fair years before. One of the most active of fair representatives, she attended countless events over the year - so many so she literally wore out the official white sash. It will be retained for routine use around the fairgrounds by Queen Brea, but a new blue one was made for her reign, to be reserved for ceremonial purposes. Among Carli's favorite experiences, she said, was appearing at races and tractor pulls, but the many parades were also memorable. "People would shout 'Princess!' at me and do the princess wave. That really made my day," she laughed. She also sought to use her position to help others, assembling what she called "Carli's Cancer Kits" to take to oncology patients at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center. She decided to wear her crown and sash for the visits, to brighten the day for the patients. Representing Buena Vista County in the State Fair Queen pageant was an experience, but Carli had twisted her ankle just before the event. Being expected to walk around the grounds for five hours proved to be a painful experience. Being a fair queen allowed her to make many amazing new friends, she said, the closest of which is the Fremont County Queen - an unlikely kinship, since it is well known that Carli's school, Newell-Fonda, and her friend's, Fremont-Mills, do not get along. She had also taken on the role of fundraiser for the local pageant, making the rounds to collect donations to purchase prizes for the queen and little miss contests this year. Next up, Iowa State University and continuing a career in modeling. Carli confided to new queen Brea that the crown should go with her everywhere, and she had made a gift to pass along of a clear carrying case for Brea's headgear. "It goes by so fast," she told her replacement. Here are some scenes from the fair.
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    Car shows are an integral part of the season in Storm Lake, from LakeFest to the Star Spangled Spectacular to the big Kiwanis show coming up for Labor Day. These rides drew plenty of attention during the July 4th celebration - from a 1920s antique to a '50s Bel Air, to a '60s Corvette to a '70s-style dune buggy. Pilot photos by Dana Larsen
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    A look back on Storm Lakes signature celebration. / Photos by Dana Larsen and Chip Hubert
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    Edwards Auto Group sponsored the annual LakeFest car show in Storm Lake Saturday, with a strong turnout of cars from around western Iowa, from classics to hot rods. Above, The Spences from Spencer brought their vitamin C orange 1957 Chevy Sedan Delivery custom. Below, drivers maneuvered the Laketrail to and from the show site, including one waving his first trophy won in competition. A couple brought old and new Mustangs. / Photos by Dana Larsen
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    A breeze off the lake helped keep things tolerable Saturday evening during Lakefest, 2016, but it was still pretty warm as the opening acts sang for the crowd. The heat didn't stop one couple from out of town from cycling all morning, then hitting the concert. The husband said, "Man, you guys have such a nice place here." Beer in hand, he lifted his shirt sleave to show me his tan line and said, "My wife and I just finished bicycling 40 miles around the lake, and we loved it!" He gazed at the boats on the lake and said, "The view is so nice!" The temperature dropped a little hen the sun went down, but the stage was just heating up as Locash came out to put on a show. A pair of ladies from near Iowa City came up to see them. "We've been following them for a long time, since they were the Low Cash Cowboys, and we love them," one of them said. Highlights of the show included the band doing cheers with the crowd during the song 'Drunk, drunk, drunk," and 11 year-old Lisa being invited onto the stage to help Locash sing "Pour Some Sugar on Me," and doing a great job. / Photos by Chip Hubert
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    A crowd was on hand waiting nearly an hour to welcome the State runner-up Storm Lake soccer team home Saturday night. The bus cruised into the high school plaza playing its horn, with players hanging out the windows greeting their fans. Coach Ben Schekirke handed out commemorative soccer balls to the players, who collected signatures on them from teammates. Many of the fans had players autograph their t-shirts. The runner-up trophy - the second in three years, made its way to the school showcase. "This was an amazing experience - the competition, the atmosphere at State. It seemed like everybody was there. It's something I never will forget," player Efrain Gonzales said. / Pilot photos by Dana Larsen
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    Images from the commencement ceremonies at Storm Lake High School Sunday. From top: Grads take a moment to applaud their parents in the crowd. Each was congratulated by school board leader Peter Steinfed as their received their diplomas and walked across the stage. Eric Ramos presented a funny and inspiring senior speech. A graduate hams it up for a family photo as he sets off the stage. Graduates celebrate together after the ceremony, and even take the opportunity for a few selfies to remember the day. Family members share in the emotion. The orchestra performs for the graduates. Youngsters admire their favorite grad. The academic honorees included three students who had achieved a 4.0 or higher grade-point average over four years of high school. / Pilot-Tribune photos by Dana Larsen
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    Fiesta Latina, Storm Lake's annual celebration of the Hispanic culture, drew a large crowd last weekend to enjoy music and dancing performers, food, games and face painting for the children. The events sponsored by the RAICES multicultural awareness student group at BVU. / A Pilot photo safari by Dana Larsen
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    The Storm Lake High School held their Annual Spring Art Show last Friday and Saturday. Scores of students submitted their work into the show and others performed live mood music. Here is a look at a few of the pieces.
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    The Newell-Fonda Silver Stars held their dance night Saturday night. Current members of the Silver Stars include: Abigail Smith, Jordan Wilken, Sydney Kay, Michaela Kies, Carli Grau, Peyton Wilken, Grace Jesse, Camryn Wilken, Maddi Morenz, Courtney Temple, Kendra Sifuentes, Kate Christiansen, Jenna Coppock, Addie Scheidegger, Hannah Smith and Megan Carlson. They were also accompanied by their parents, the Little Silver Stars and the Sioux Central Dance Team.
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    Storm Lake High School students got to participate in The Great Gatsby themed grand march. Along with the grand march, students got to have dinner and a dance at Kings Pointe. The Storm Lake High School junior class was in charge of the theme and decorations
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    By Mark Schafer Pilot-Tribune Sports Editor NEWELL - Plastered around the Newell Corral are various blue and silver rectangles. All hailing the success of past teams that the Mustangs have produced. Championships from the '90s through the early '00s all hang on the walls throughout the gym. On the west side of the gym are the listed ate accomplishments of the girls basketball teams. Seven banners in total. However, unlike the rest of the banners in the gym, none of the southwest wall banners read, Champions. The team that holds the most 1A state tournament records (16 out of a 26 possible), has the most state title game appearances (six) finally has their championship banner to hang on the wall next season. "It means a lot to us, to finally get that championship," said Erin Gerke, sophomore guard. "For this group to be the one to get it, I'm speechless." Now the Mustangs have their first girls basketball state title. They got there with late game heroics, determination and revenge. On Monday March 2, the Mustangs defeated the Colo-NESCO Royals 70-42 in the quarterfinal round. From there the Mustangs entered the game against the Burlington-Notre Dame Nikes in the semi-finals. Last season Burlington-notre Dame had won the championship over Newell-Fonda in a 57-54 thriller. This year though, Newell-Fonda answered and moved to their third straight championship with a 63-56 victory. In the championship game, the Mustangs once again had a side dish of revenge on their plates. The Springville Orioles, a team that won the 2008 championship over Newell-Fonda (67-60) tried to crush the spirits of the Mustangs once more. However a late lay-up by senior Hailey Falline gave Newell-Fonda a 45-43 victory. Their first championship in girls basketball.
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    Three games and three wins sent the Newell-Fonda Mustangs girls basketball team back to the 1A state tournament for the third straight year. Re-live some of the excitement from the games that brought them back to Des Moines.
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    SWEETHEARTS - Members of Touch of Broadway performed at the Alta Community Center on February 11 for the VFW Post 6172 "Sweetheart Dinner." Songs included duets, trios, and group members. Songs performed included "America the Beautiful", "Coming Up Roses", and "King of the Road." The members of Touch of Broadway performed songs through the alphabet. / Photos by Tessa Moser
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    St. Mary's senior night from February 10, 2015.
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    he restored Hanover Village south west of Alta at the intersection of M-27 and C-65 came alive on Sunday, August 24, as the 18th Annual Hanover Festival was held. Events began at noon and continued until 7 p.m. People from a 100-mile radius will come to celebrate and remember the rural life of the past century. Many of the early settlers were of German descent, and the tradition of fine German polka bands headlines the entertainment. The music of Barefoot Becky and the Ivanhoe Dutchmen and Adam Sandhurst and the Jolly Jammers provided the beat for those who "kicked up their heels" on the dance floor. People also sat in the shade of the tent and listen. People also have an opportunity to visit the many restored buildings including the general store, homes, blacksmith shop, saw mill, mill house and barn which are furnished with varied displays. During many working demonstrations one saw how various tasks--some very labor intensive-- were done in the past.
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