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New sheriff tackles an array of challenges (12/18/14)
Keeping track of 31-person sex offender list among the tasks that keep BV officers busy
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE (12/18/14)
Storm Lake St. Mary's Parish had a packed house for the observance of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Friday evening. The native dancers set the tone for the celebration with their procession into church prior to the mass. Fr. David Esquiliano presided at the service with Fr. ...
Late start decision frustrates SL schools (12/18/14)
Superintendent sees benefit in year-around classes
Elbert wins Treasurer vote (12/18/14)
Sherri Elbert has become the next treasurer of Buena Vista County. In a special election held Tuesday, Elbert pulled in 494 votes, to 405 for Danelle Lovetinsky. Elbert won in each precinct, while Lovetinksy had the edge among absentee voters, 173 to 147. There were no write-in ballots cast...
Bikes for Tykes (12/18/14)
Even Santa has been pressed into duty in the assembly shop at Lakeshore Cyclery this week, as the Storm Lake bicycle store is assisting the BIkes for Tykes program in the Fort Dodge region. As a major sponsor for the program, Lakeshore quickly set up more than 30 children's bikes to go to less fortunate children. In all, the program aims to deliver 550 bicycles this season...
Spencer death 'self-inflicted' (12/18/14)
According to Spencer Police Chief Mark Warburton, despite social media rumors to the contrary, no foul play was discovered in the death of the 23-year-old Spencer woman, who was found by police Monday night. The woman reportedly suffered self-inflicted injuries that led to her death. The identity of the victim was not released by authorities out of respect for the family's wishes and department policy...
Celebrating Bomgaars Opening (12/18/14)
Storm Lake United held a ribbon-cutting Wednesday morning for the new location of the Storm Lake Bomgaars store. The facility, located in the Hy-Vee Plaza, features much more product space and several new innovations.
Rotary shares $6,600 in donations to 11 community organizations (12/18/14)
Representatives of 11 community organizations were on hand this week to receive grants from the Storm Lake Rotary Club. They include: Community Education Faith Hope and Charity Buena Vista University Society of Human Resource Management Buena Vista University Marketing Association...
'A Family Dinner' at St. Mary's (12/18/14)
Storm Lake St. Mary's School held their traditional all-school Christmas lunch in the school gym. The kitchen staff served all of the students, faculty, staff, school board and parish staff at one time so that they could celebrate together. Mrs. Julie Pedersen and her eighth grade students planned the event, decorated the gym, provided a skit, and even arranged for Santa to arrive. ...
HELPING MR. GOODFELLOW (12/18/14)
Northwest Bank's Northwest Cares program raised $200 to present to the Mr. Goodfellow fund this week. Pilot editor Dana Larsen accepted the donation, which will be used for warm winter clothing for needy children. Presenting the funds are Bank President Brent Bonner and mortgage and loans officer Cody Galvin. / Photo by Megan Naylor...
Police Blotter (12/18/14)
Updates from the Storm Lake Police Department, Buena Vista County Sheriff's Office and the Storm Lake Fire Department.
Meeting kicks off day care center planning (12/16/14)
The project to create a new Storm Lake area child day care center kicked off last night with a public meeting in the Center for Women at the medical center. About 30 people came to hear the idea, ask questions and add input - all of them seemingly strongly in favor of a facility...
New high school science wing set for opening (12/16/14)
Despite many weather delays, the Storm Lake School District still plans to get its multi-million-dollar high school expansion and renovation project wrapped in time for the start of the 2015-16 school year. At the moment, excitement surrounds what the architects refer to as "Area C" - the newly-built science wing and freshmen area. ...
Author Tracy Sievers featured at Albert City Public Library (12/16/14)
Tracy Sievers, the author of the acclaimed children's book Home Runs in Heaven, will be reading her book and having a book signing event at the Albert City Public Library on December 23, at 1 p.m. Meet the author of this great children's book that focuses on explaining heaven in "kid terms" so that children understand the completeness and perfection of that beautiful place...
Galva hosts Holiday vendor show (12/16/14)
Over 220 people traveled to Galva on Saturday, December 6th for a holiday vendor show that featured 26 vendors from across Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska. Thousands of gift ideas were on display in the two buildings, and shoppers were able to see, touch, taste, and smell an assortment of products and services. ...
Education News
GOTTA DANCE! (12/16/14)
The Storm Lake High School Dance Squad competed in the Iowa State Dance Team Competition on Friday, December 5th at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. They competed in Class Eleven Pom and received a Division 1 and also the Large School Hoopla Category where they earned a Division 1 and the 1st place trophy. ...
Student artists needed for Duck Stamp competition (12/16/14)
Calling all student artists and nature enthusiasts! The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now accepting entries for the 2015 Iowa Federal Junior Duck Stamp (JDS) art contest. In entering the JDS contest, students learn about waterfowl and their habitat, and then create an image of an eligible North American waterfowl species. This contest can be entered by school groups, informal groups, or the student may enter individually...
More honors for Sioux Central students' Haiti efforts (12/16/14)
Jordan Bayliss and Garrett Radintz, both 2014 graduated seniors from Sioux Central High School and active members of the Sioux Central FFA Chapter, are continuing to be recognized by the National FFA Organization for their achievements accomplished in their FFA careers. Both individuals were honored with Silver recognition at the National Level, for Radintz 'Triple R Farms' Poultry Production, and Bayliss' 'FFA2Haiti' Home/Community Development supervised agricultural experiences...
Elizalde named outstanding ISU student in multicultural outreach (12/16/14)
Iowa State University student Guillermo Elizalde of Storm Lake was honored Dec. 14 as the Multicultural Liaison Officer Outstanding Student honoree from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for fall 2014. He will graduate from ISU Dec. 20 with degrees in interdisciplinary studies (criminal justice) and sociology...
Newell-Fonda students take part in innovative 'Maker Week' program (12/16/14)
Newell-Fonda Middle School students are participating in Maker Week, December 15-19. "Maker Week is made up of hands-on activity based stations that encourage our students to be creative and turn that creativity into a product of their choosing," stated middle school principal Dick Jungers. Students will be in one class of their choice during the week, concentrating on that subject area with one or more teachers...
Modulal classrooms may be solution for middle school (12/15/14)
Students at Storm Lake Middle School may be using "modular spaces" in the near future - what used to be known as portable classrooms. Due to a space crunch in the schools, and projections for a student body that will continue to grow, the district will soon be comparing prices and determining whether using existing modulars or obtaining new ones would be best...
N-F included in video conferencing grant (12/15/14)
Newell-Fonda schools are one of six in the community college district to be included in a Rural Utilities Service grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, through Iowa Central Community College. The matching grant of more than a quarter-million dollars will allow for the purchase of Polycom video conferencing systems that will replace older Iowa Communications Network fiber optic systems...
Iowa Central Community College awards Storm Lake residents certificates in Production Welding (12/15/14)
On Friday, December 5th, Iowa Central Community College awarded several students Production Welding Certificates. After completing the course, Iowa Central Community College offered a "speed interview" day, where employers, such as Meridian, Tyson, and the Goodwill Connection Center, had the opportunity to come in and interview each of the students who completed the course. ...
Celebrating the Season at BVU's Christmas Dinner (12/09/14)
On Dec. 4, the Buena Vista University community gathered together for the 28th Annual All-Campus Christmas Dinner where 708 students were served a holiday meal by 71 members of the University faculty, staff, and administration. The lighting of the Christmas trees was performed by John, Isaac, and Elizabeth Tudor, children of Matt and Melinda Tudor. ...
Sioux Central FFA awarded two National American FFA Degrees (12/09/14)
SIOUX RAPIDS - It's been an eight year wait before two former Sioux Central High School alumni would receive the highest honor bestowed to FFA members - their American Degrees at National FFA Convention November 1, 2014. The National FFA Organization granted Susan Krummen of Linn Grove and Austin Ehlers of Storm Lake their American FFA Degrees some eight years following the Chapter's first honoree, William Jones of Sioux Rapids, granted in 2006. ...
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PUBLIC NOTICES
Public Hearing Notice - Dec. 4th, 2014 (12/08/14)
The City of Alta Planning & Zoning Commission will conduct a Public Hearing Dec. 9th 2014 at 6:30 PM. The purpose of this hearing by the Commission is to review the request for a Special Exception Use Permit for Paul & Donna Koth, owners of the structure, formally used as the clubhouse for West Links Golf. ...
Alta City Council - December 1, 2014 (12/08/14)
A regular meeting of the Alta City Council was held on the above date in the Council Chambers of the Alta City Hall. The meeting was called to order at 6:02 PM by Mayor Ron Neulieb with the following members present: Present: Pam Henderson, Rob Hach, Rob Chapman, Molly Elston, Lee Meyer. Absent: none...
THE IOWA DISTRICT COURT, BUENA VISTA COUNTY (12/08/14)
IN THE ESTATE OF Howard L. Peterson, Deceased Probate No: ESPR016818
Lakeside City Council (12/08/14)
THE REGULAR CITY OF LAKESIDE COUNCIL MEETING WAS HELD ON NOVEMBER 11, 2014 AT 7:00 P.M. IN THE LAKESIDE CITY HALL
Business News
Smart Money Save on home heat bills (12/18/14)
It is already shaping up to be a long and cold winter. That means your heating costs will rise along with the expenses for just about everything else! But, our friends at samplestuff.com have some ideas for saving this winter. Quality insulation serves as perhaps THE best way to keep warm air in your home. ...
Iowa Lakes Corridor wins two Mid-America Economic Development Council Awards (12/18/14)
Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation captured two awards at the Mid-American Economic Development Council Conference & Site Selector Forum earlier this month. Iowa Lakes Corridor took 1st place for Best Workforce Development program and Best Annual Report in the small organization category, which included economic development groups with annual marketing budgets of less than $100,000...
Strader Recertified as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (12/18/14)
CFRE International announces that Brad Strader has been re-certified as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Strader, Executive Director of the Buena Vista Regional Healthcare Foundation, is one of over 5,300 professionals around the world who hold the CFRE designation...
Tyson names a new leader to protect 'animal well-being' (12/16/14)
A new leader has been selected to oversee the animal well-being efforts at Tyson Foods, Inc., company officials announced Monday. Tyson, which now owns both the pork and turkey processing plants in Storm Lake, is by far the area's largest employer. Dr. Christine Daugherty has been named vice president-Animal Well-Being Programs and Technology, replacing Dr. Dean Danilson who is retiring after 26 years with the company...
The new look of tradition at Fritcher Abstract Company (12/15/14)
Fritcher Abstract's open house and ribbon cutting on December 10th signaled the start of a new era in the business while keeping close to its Storm Lake roots. Inside gorgeous shining hardwoods, exposed red brick and a hammered tin ceiling are paired with modern industrial lighting and new dark windows for a look that has an agreeable symmetry of vintage and new. ...
'Nothing says Christmas like a bike' (12/11/14)
It's been a good year in the biking business, and 2015 is shaping up to be a hit with '15 model machines rolling in early and often at Lakeshore Cyclery. New model bikes traditionally appeared around March, but the vast Storm Lake showroom already has some 200 2015's in from Schwinn, Cannondale, GT. Savvy buyers are keeping the staff busy as they check out what's new and also look for good buys in remaining 2014 inventory...
Bonner completes lending school (12/11/14)
Brent Bonner, Bank President of Northwest Bank in Storm Lake, successfully completed the 2014 Iowa Commercial Lending School held in Cedar Rapids. The school is an intense one-week program sponsored by the Iowa Bankers Association, for lenders who want to broaden their commercial lending knowledge to serve effectively and profitably as commercial loan officers...
BV County Farm Bureau honored for excellence (12/11/14)
Kevin Jesse received the Buena Vista County Farm Bureau recognition award at the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) annual meeting in Des Moines Dec. 4. IFBF President Craig Hill (right) made the presentation to Jesse. Buena Vista County Farm Bureau received an outstanding designation for its 2014 programs which help further the story of agriculture to new audiences through many areas including policy development, policy implementation, communications, and strengthen the county Farm Bureau...
Galva's innovative American Natural Processors honored with Iowa Venture Award (12/08/14)
The Iowa Area Development Group (IADG), on behalf of Iowa's rural electric cooperatives, municipal utilities and independent telecommunication companies, honored eight distinguished Iowa companies with the Iowa Venture Award at a luncheon held in conjunction with the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives' annual meeting at the Sheraton West Des Moines...

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