Alta-Aurelia students participated at the Twin Lakes Conference Art Show held at ICCC in Fort Dodge on March 23rd. Participants include, from top:
Vanessa Gonzalez - “But Grandma said I Could” - Charcoal Drawing. This Drawing received a Judges Honorable Mention Award at Western Iowa Salon Exhibit held at BVU.
Mary Barnes - 3D mixed media, plaster and acrylic paint - “A Ride To Remember.”
• Elyse Pollock - First Place Student Choice Award - white charcoal - “What Could Have Been”
• Elyse Pollock - First Place in the pastel category, soft pastels - “Prometheus”
• Clara Candelario - Third Place in ceramics - “ Carved Stoneware Candle Holder”
• Sarah Zimmerman - pointillism and watercolor roses - “3-12-17”
• Stephanie Murillo - oil stick painting - “Sun Kissed”
• Irasemma Gonzalez - sculpture, aluminum casting - “The Wall-Shattered Families”
• Natalia Carr - Second Place in graphite drawing - “School House”
• Natalia Carr - First Place in ceramics - “Stoneware Lamp”
• Rachel Stephan - 3D Mixed Media plexiglass, acrylic paint, and caulk - “Renny”
• Alicia Turnquist - First Place in 2D Mixed Media ink, pastel, and watercolor - “Dock in Many Medias”
A large crowd was on hand for the Bel Canto Choir Concert at the Storm Lake High School Auditorium Thursday night. The event doubled as the debut of the long-awaited Steinway D nine-foor grand concert piano, which had arrived at the school Wednesday, following a $140,000 fundraising campaign and a lengthy selection process. Performing were the mixed choir, Vocal Impact ensemble, Tornado Vocal Jazz, concert choir and men’s and women’s choirs, with everything from classical to standards to pop. / Pilot photo by Dana Larsen
The Silversteppers and guests put on an epic performance Friday night for a large crowd. The team, including Emily Heitman, Jess Sandhoff, Katie Lenhart, Olivia Schaller, Abby Jones, Kallie Goettsch, Hailey Hartman, Addie Young, Ashley Green, Lizzie Lenhart, Alondra Melendez, Jordan Hewett, Vivian Keenen and Grace Murray, placed second in Class 1 Pom and third in Small School Prop at the 2017 State Dance Competition. They were joined Friday by teams from Alta-Aurelia and Sioux Central and youth teams from kindergarten to 8th grade. The boys joined in for a coed dance, and the night concluded with a special dance with the girls and their parents. / Photos by Dana Larsen
Starting at top, August Satibanchong dancing with her father during the Senior Father Daughter Dance at the Storm Lake Dance Squad performance on March 10, senior Nitra Soumetho performing a solo to “Skyfall,” Storm Lake Dance Squad performing to “KISS Medley,” Storm Lake Dance Team performing to “SOS” and “Cheap Thrills” in vintage Storm Lake Dance outfits, 7th and 8th grade Storm Lake Youth Dance Clinic, the Storm Lake Dance squad teamed up with the of some of the boys from Storm Lake High who participated in the CoEd portion of the evening and Storm Lake Senior Dance Squad performing to “No Air.” / Photos by Sarah Nicholson
Before and after photos of the restoration process. See "A Grand Old Lady" for full story.
The 55th annual Storm Lake Schools Parade of Bands was held last Thursday in the high school gym. Performing were the 5th grade concert band, sixth grade concert band, 7th/8th grade concert band, the high school band, and in a stirring finale, a massed effort by all the students. Music ranged from the youngest students with the rousing “Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow” to the melancholy “Cry of the Last Unicorn” from the high school group. Directing were Austin Heims, Barbara Wells, and Colleen Hecht, with master of ceremonies Lynn Hardt. / Pilot photos by Dana Larsen
Alta held its first Hometown Christmas celebration Sunday, with activities all over the community. Among the events: popular horse-drawn wagon rides in the downtown area, visits from Santa downtown, holiday portraits at White House 220 Cupcakery, a soup lunch at the fire station, beer exchange and winery booths, a forest of creatively decorated trees at the library, cookie decorating at the Methodist Church. Events culminated with the lighting of a community Christmas tree. / Pilot photos by Dana Larsen
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
A look back on Storm Lakes signature celebration. / Photos by Dana Larsen and Chip Hubert
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
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
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