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Elementary school battles chronic absences (04/28/16)
New study says that missing class in the early years is putting many Iowa students on a path for academic struggles
St. Marys smashes record in 'Just Feed One' (04/28/16)
Storm Lake St. Mary's School led the charge and set a new record in packaging 100,224 meals for the hungry through their seventh annual Then Feed Just One program April 20. Students, faculty, staff and volunteers from area businesses worked throughout the day to package nutritious meals for less than one dollar each...
Area woman sentenced to five years for sex act with a 12-year-old (04/28/16)
Barbara Barnett, formerly known as Barbara Meseck, formerly of Albert City, was sentenced to serve a term of incarceration not to exceed five years in prison after pleading guilty to Lascivious Acts with a Child, a felony, in the Buena Vista County District Court Monday...
SL man charged with child sexual assault from 2009 (04/28/16)
Storm Lake Police received a report Tuesday of an alleged sexual assault. A Storm Lake man, 48-year-old Derrick Roberts, was accused of abusing a 6 year olf female child at a local residence in 2009. The SLPD and the Iowa Department of Human Services investigated and questioned Roberts at the police station. Later Tuesday, Roberts was arrested and charged with Sexual Abuse 2nd Degree, a felony. He was booked into the Buena Vista County Jail on a $25,000 bond...
Pastries and Paint aims to create a more family-inviting Witter Gallery (04/28/16)
BVU student Mackenzie Rappe was part of the Pastries and Paint at the Witter Gallery. One of the Strategic Communications teams in Media Campaigns planned, organized and managed the event for their media campaign. Kenzie drew caricatures. Art activities were held and pastries were supplied. / Photo courtesy of Jerry Johnson...
Linn Grove man's latest conviction brings 5-year sentence (04/28/16)
Terry Wirkus, age 60, of Linn Grove, was sentenced in Buena Vista County District Court on Monday for a term not to exceed five years in prison after pleading guilty to Burglary in the Third Degree. Following an investigation of a burglary that occurred on a rural farm outside of Truesdale, Wirkus was arrested by the Buena Vista County Sheriff's Office on February 3, 2015. Wirkus was found to be in possession of a vehicle radiator and battery that matched the items stolen from the farm...
'Kindness Explosion' hits Spencer (04/28/16)
Hundreds of volunteers, representing 12 churches in Spencer, hit the streets Saturday morning to perform service projects around town. Projects included dog washing, yard work, ditch cleanup, nursing home visits and soda, water, popcorn and hot dog handouts. ...
Three SL students are History Day national qualifiers (04/28/16)
Storm Lake High School has three qualifiers for the National History Day contest. Nationals are held June 12-16 at the University of Maryland, College Park. The local national qualifiers will compete with other state winners. This year's theme is "Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History."...
New stores coming to Lake Ave this fall (04/28/16)
In late March, United Development Group of Green Bay Wi broke ground for a new strip mall on Lake Ave, across the street from Rasmussen Ford. Dollar Tree will be the anchor store. "We do a lot of development for Dollar Tree," said Rick Johnson, of United. "We did their Spencer store which opened last August, and the new one in Creston."...
Bringing new life to old things (04/28/16)
Sue Mesenbrink, Deb Hendricks, Diane Porter, Cindy Johnson and Cheri Maben-Crouch have completed another successful run with their Junk Rescued program. Found treasures, many painted or repurposed in distressed chic style, are periodically offered for sale in the Lake Avenue Lounge building downtown. See the Junk Rescued page on Facebook for more information. / Pilot photo by Dana Larsen...
St. Mary's students place in business competition (04/28/16)
Two Storm Lake St. Mary's High School students placed in individual competitions in the Iowa Central Community College Business competitions earlier this month in Fort Dodge. Colby Snyder placed fifth in the graphic design promotion competition and Kassandra Velasquez placed eighth in the Accounting 1 competition. ...
Country Cruisers (04/28/16)
Country Cruisers line dancers made a stop at Otsego Place on the evening of April 13th. Tenants always enjoy seeing the couples dance together and everyone had a good time. Otsego Place thanks them for making a return visit and hopes to see them later this year again...
BVU's 125th anniversary birthday celebration (04/28/16)
This year marks Buena Vista University's 125th anniversary. Events to commemorate this milestone will be held throughout the year, beginning with a community birthday celebration on Wednesday, May 4 from 5-6 p.m. on the lawn above the Harold Walter Siebens Forum on the BVU campus...
Area bands open for Steve Miller at Shellabration (04/28/16)
Shellabration Inc. has announced the opening acts for the Steve Miller Band on Thursday, June 30th at Roger's Sports Complex in Fort Dodge. Shellabration 2016 will feature Bad Authority and the Jay Clyde Band. "We're incredibly excited about this year's lineup," said Shellabration President, Jim Reed. "Sharing the love and the big stage with our opening acts is one of our favorite parts of producing the event," added Shellabration Vice President, Bill Rodewald...
DREAMers in Storm Lake: 'No human being is illegal' (04/28/16)
"No human being is illegal." So read a message set out on the sign-up table for the DREAM Iowa community meeting in Storm Lake Saturday, where about 15 people turned out for an event aimed at empowering undocumented young adult immigrants. The event was as notable for who didn't attend as who did. According to some of the local Latinos who sat in, others were too afraid to come. "Coming out" as an undocumented immigrant may put others in their family at risk of deportation, they believe...
Education News
Student Soloist Concert featured in Cherokee (04/28/16)
On Sunday, May 1st at 4 p.m. at the upper level of the Cherokee Community Center the Cherokee Symphony will present their annual "Student Soloist Concert." Six applicants competed and three outstanding student musicians were selected to perform with the Cherokee Symphony. Conductor Ted Hallberg, LeMars and violinist Laura Haverdink, Orange City, acted as judges. Those chosen are:...
Storm Lake native inducted into Phi Theta Kappa at Iowa Central (04/28/16)
Mitchell Martin, from Storm Lake, was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa at an induction ceremony held March 13th in the Bioscience and Health Sciences Auditorium on the Iowa Central Community College Fort Dodge campus. Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1.5 million members. ...
Buena Vista County Farm Bureau announces scholarship winners (04/28/16)
Buena Vista County Farm Bureau is pleased to announce the winners of their 2016 County Farm Bureau scholarship awards. Jacob Husman, Galva, son of Rodney and Becky Husman, is the recipient of the $500 Buena Vista County Farm Bureau scholarship. Nolan Wells, Storm Lake, was awarded a $400 scholarship. ...
Honor Choir (04/19/16)
Six Storm Lake St. Mary's sixth graders will participate in the Northwest Iowa ICDA 5-6 Honor Choir Tuesday, April 19 at LeMars Community High School. Students will learn five pieces of music at their schools and then join over 200 other students from around northwest Iowa for rehearsal in the afternoon and a concert at 6:30 p.m. ...
Nguyen awarded $2,000 scholarship from Iowa Masons (04/19/16)
Nguyen T Nguyen, a senior at Storm Lake High School in Storm Lake, has been awarded a $2,000 scholarship from the Grand Lodge of Iowa, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. Nguyen was one of 60 outstanding Iowa high school students selected to receive the scholarship from over 650 applicants...
Morningside College education students inducted into honor society (04/19/16)
Thirty-two Morningside College students recently were inducted into Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in the field of education. Students in the Sharon Walker School of Education at Morningside had to have at least sophomore standing, be admitted to a teacher preparation program, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, and express the intention of continuing in the education field...
2016 P.E.O. GJ Scholarship winners (04/19/16)
P.E.O. Chapter GJ of Sioux Rapids is proud to announce five scholarship recipients for 2016. Four young women have received the Dr. Carol Steiler Halverson Scholarship of $500. Hallie Larsen, daughter of Edwin and Mary Larsen of Storm Lake, who is attending BVU majoring in biology...
Ridge View students participate in the Western Valley Conference Art Show (04/12/16)
Senior Hannah Feilmeier won Best of Show at the Western Valley Conference Art Show on March 31st for her 3-D assemblage mask titled "Futurama." Gold Medal recipients were Hannah Feilmeier for her graphite "Self Portrait" and senior Ian Reed for his 3-D assemblage mask titled "Robot Chicken."...
Austin Delp accepted to Master's program (04/12/16)
Austin Delp, a Buena Vista University senior theatre major from Alta, was accepted to Arizona State University in the Master of Fine Arts program in music theatre. Delp's acceptance into the program was based on a standard application, pre-screening video and live audition...
Iowa Student Loan launches new college financial literacy tool (04/12/16)
Families preparing for college now have access to a unique, new online tool that provides an estimated total cost of a four-year undergraduate degree, based on students' freshmen year award packets. Developed by Iowa Student LoanŽ, the College Funding Forecaster helps students calculate estimated costs, funding gaps and potential student debt. ...
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Jack Link's celebrates the Laurens community by giving back (04/28/16)
LAURENS -- Jack Link's Protein Snacks is deeply rooted within the Laurens-Marathon community and the company recently announced a substantial donation to help fuel the Laurens-Marathon Community School District. A local representative from Jack Link's presented a check for $30,000 to the Laurens-Marathon School District on Thursday at the Laurens-Marathon Middle School track meet...
Burger, well done: Ritz in Arnolds Park serves one of Iowa's 10 best (04/28/16)
For the fifth straight year, diners have nominated The Ritz in Arnolds Park as one of the best burger establishments in Iowa. The restaurant was voted among the top 10 burger joints in the state as part of the Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen's Association best burger contest...
Local agency receives production award (04/21/16)
Colburn & Elk Insurance Agency, in Storm Lake, was awarded a Star Award for exceptional performance on behalf of North Star Mutual Insurance Company in 2015. Colburn & Elk joins a group of eight agencies from Iowa who received a Star Award from North Star Mutual. Agencies receiving this award are leaders in the area of production. Colburn & Elk has represented North Star Mutual since 2009...
A visit from King and Northey (04/21/16)
Congressman Steve King and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey traveled to Galva to meet with the Quad County Corn Processors Board of Directors and staff to discuss renewable energy issues on April 4. During the round-table discussion, Quad County representatives were able to ask key questions and listen to both men's views on agriculture, ethanol, the Renewable Fuels Standard, presidential and Iowa campaigns, EPA concerns, and a host of other issues important to farmers and businesses in northwest Iowa. ...
CENTURY 21 The Professional Group welcomes Mike Wilson (04/14/16)
CENTURY 21 The Professional Group is pleased to announce Mike Wilson has joined its firm as a sales consultant. He will specialize in Residential and Commercial property sales in the Storm Lake and Buena Vista County area. "We are thrilled to have Mike join our team," said Margie Robinson of CENTURY 21 The Professional Group. "It's an exciting time to be with the CENTURY 21 System as we increase our market presence in Storm Lake and Buena Vista County."...
Lunch and Learn (04/14/16)
Northwest Communications and Storm Lake United hosted a lunch and learn seminar on April 7 at Smokin' Hereford in Storm Lake. During this seminar, attendees learned valuable marketing tips for their businesses including using social media in a business setting, attracting millennials and how they "tick," web design that promotes response from customers, and network security...
Senator Rick Bertrand visits Quad County Corn Processors (04/14/16)
Iowa Republican Senator Rick Bertrand visited Quad County Corn Processors ethanol plant on April 1. Quad County was pleased to give Senator Bertrand a tour of their plant and showcase their patented Cellerate technology. During the walking tour, Quad County production staff shared details about their innovative technology that is generating the majority of cellulosic ethanol manufactured in the United States. ...
Casey's presents funds to Byways of Iowa Foundation for installation of one-of-a-kind public art along Iowa's Byways (04/07/16)
Casey's General Stores, Inc. Vice President of Store Operations, Bob Ford, presented the Byways of Iowa Foundation (BIF) with $7,242 on March 10th. These funds were raised by 151 Casey's stores along Iowa's Scenic Byways specifically to help BIF work with communities across the state to conceive and hire artists to develop one of a kind public art pieces along ten Iowa Scenic Byways...
BV Variety open for business on Railroad Street (04/07/16)
BV Variety has a wide variety of products for sale Storm Lake is getting a brand new variety store at 206 W. Railroad street in downtown. They are still putting items onto the shelves at BV Variety as this goes to press. "We buy pallets of clearance and return items from liquidators and sell them at 30% to 50% discount," says Angelica Lozano who with her husband Arturo own the store. ...
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Garbage in, garbage out (04/28/16)
Why don't we get the day off? Why isn't it a holiday? Sure, a holiday once or twice a week may sound like a lot, but we're worth it. Making trash is the one thing most of us are really good at, and yet we never get any recognition for it. Think of all the jobs we create: the trash collectors, the people who make those noisy trash trucks, the people who make trash bags and wastebaskets, all our friends who work at the landfills... ...
An overdue message to my neighbors (04/26/16)
Thank you and I'm sorry. I should have said this earlier -- and repeated it many times over the years. To the neighbors on the left and right, kitty corner, in front and behind, and perhaps a few houses beyond that: you've all been infinitely patient with my brood...
Cassette tapes making a comeback? (04/26/16)
If you ever browsed our local S.O. S. Store, you've probably noticed a small section in the store devoted to old vinyl records, CD's, and cassette tapes. Given our Spotify/ Google Play music streaming services world, you would think any of these antique music holding forms couldn't hold water any more...
The summer paradox (04/19/16)
It used to be that you couldn't get anyone who worked in an office in the city on the phone on Friday afternoons. All the bigwigs leave town early to go to their weekend homes. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the movers and shakers were all working four-and-a-half-day weeks...
Public Health: It affects everyone (04/14/16)
It's National Public Health Month! By definition, Public Health is the science of protecting and improving the health of families and communities through promotion of healthy lifestyles, research for disease, injury prevention and detection, and control of infectious diseases. ...
Lost in GPS space (04/12/16)
Sue says that I have no sense of direction. That I get lost going from the bedroom to the bathroom. Sure, you do that one time in the middle of a very dark night, and suddenly it's something she tells everyone. But she is right about me being directionally challenged. ...
Cleanliness is next to impossible (04/05/16)
I'm cleaning the house so our cleaning person won't think we live in a pigsty. Not that I've ever been in a pigsty, but I'm guessing they're pretty messy. The pigs probably leave dishes in the sink until there's a big enough pile to make it worth it washing them. But we're not a bunch of pigs...
BVC devastated by the world's worst invasion! (04/05/16)
Not the prairie fires, blizzards, Indians, mosquitoes or tornados: The great scourge was the invasion of----locusts! HISTORICAL MOMENTS & MUSINGS (Facts & Fables) The Buena Vista County Historical Society & Museum

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