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VICTIM ESCAPES SERIOUS INJURY AFTER CRASHED TRUCK ROLLS ONTO HIM
A dramatic scene unfolded on Lakeshore Drive around 2 a.m. Sunday, after a pickup truck struck the traffic signal pole in the Flindt intersection and then rolled over, trapping the ejected driver underneath with the truck on his legs. Storm Lake Police, firefighters and an ambulance crew did a masterful job responding, and were able to free the man with only minor injuries, as the truck was carefully lifted off - a few more inches and the victim could have been crushed, or if it had traveled over the curb, it would have gone down the embankment into the lake. ...
Council plans to ramp up housing efforts, calls on SLU
Determined to do something about the housing shortage in the community, the Storm Lake City Council held a lengthy study session Monday dedicated to the issue. The City's growth has been such that perhaps hundreds of additional houses and apartments of all kinds will be needed, they suggest. ...
St. Mary's students donate to Freedom Quilts
ST. MARY'S STUDENTS DONATE TO FREEDOM QUILTS - Storm Lake St. Mary's High School U.S. History and U.S. Government students visited the Dennis and Betty Nielsen of the Fonda Freedom Quilt projects to learn more about the non-profit. The St. Mary's Student Council presented a $150 donation to the organization on behalf of the K-12 student body. ...
Grand piano fundraiser nearing its goal
The fundraising campaign to purchase a Steinway concert grand piano for the new Storm Lake High School performing arts auditorium is hitting a high note, but is also racing against the calendar. The price for the piano is only guaranteed through December. The Crescendo Club is in charge of the fundraiser, which so far has collected about $110,000 en route to the $140,000 total...
'BATs' deploy to block pipeline construction
Yesterday, Bold Iowa launched a new initiative called BATs (Bold Action Teams), aiming to stop construction along the entire length of the Dakota Access pipeline in Iowa. The first team of Christine Sheeler, Cyndy Coppola, Lisa Homann, Ed Fallon and Christine's dog Arlo blocked construction in Webster County for over an hour Tuesday morning. ...
Paving a foundation for the future
The first area of donor bricks went into place at Storm Lake High School Thursday, outside the entry to the new auxiliary gym and auditorium. Supporters share a variety of messages, memorials and celebrations in the stones. The Storm Lake School District Foundation headed up the campaign, "Paving a Foundation for the Future," with bricks raising $250-500 each. ...
The evolution of the fair, farming and family
Harold Gross, of Spencer, began attending the Clay County Fair when he was 5 years old, in 1926. However, he admitted that he may simply not remember going prior to that time. In those days, Gross lived near Gillett Grove and graduated from the area high school in 1939...
SLHS students visit KTIV
Recently, 23 students in a Current Events course at the high school, took a trip to the KTIV television station in Sioux City. The trip gave students a visual connection to their current work of developing their own small group production as a final project. ...
Foley to perform at PLAC
Blues and roots artist Sue Foley is the next multi-award winning musician scheduled to appear at the Pearson Lakes Art Center in Okoboji. Her performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, in the Lauridsen Performing Arts Theatre. She spent her childhood in Canada, mesmerized by her father's guitar and started her professional career at 16. ...
Lakes area restraunteur to take over ownership
Dave and Leann Jacobsen, owners of the Gary's On The River complex in Spencer, have sold the restaurant operation to Lakes area food industry entrepreneurs Dave and Rabab Koepp, owners of Colonial Nut Roll Company, Rabab's At The Lake and formerly Rabab's at Brooks, now owned by their son Zach...
A furry friend
Otsego Place tenants get the chance each week to have one on one visits from a small dog called Millie. Tenants sign up for her visit and each tenant gets about 30 minutes of interaction with her. Most of the tenants enjoy feeding her treats and telling her commands like "sit." Millie has been doing visits with Otsego Place for over a year now and usually sees the same tenants each week. ...
Croatian refugee shares story of WWII, emigration
After a lifetime of teaching, Margaret Smolik decided to become an author, starting with a story she knew best - her own. Smolik made the three-hour drive from her home is Osage to speak at Storm Lake Public Library Thursday night, sharing some of the stories from her memoir, "Like a Haystack."...
SL man arrested after assaulting burglars
Four people were arrested early Monday morning after a Storm Lake man confronted would-be burglars with a kitchen knife. Storm Lake Police were called to the 200 block of West 7th Street shortly after midnight. Officers learned that a 15-year-old from Alta and a 15-year-old from Storm Lake had broken into an unoccupied apartment in the 300 block of West 7th Street in Storm Lake around 10 o'clock Sunday, stealing several items...
Area farmland values slide another 3%
Northwest Iowa agland values are continuing to plummet. According to the latest study released by then Realtors Land Institute, values fell 3 percent from March to September - a 9.2 percent total loss to date since September 2015. The harsh news comes on top of stagnant commodity prices as area growers prepare for fall harvest...
Drive through flu clinic set for Wednesday
The drive through flu clinic will be held Wednesday, September 21 from 1-3:30 p.m. at Awaysis Park. Drive through the playground and drive out near the waterpark on east side. Flu is a contagious disease that you can get from others. It can be spread by coughing, sneezing and close contact. ...
Newell-Fonda Homecoming Week activities
Newell-Fonda Homecoming Week of activities, begins Monday, Sept. 26th Dress Up Day's - ETC Monday, Sept. 26th - "Merica" Day Tuesday, Sept. 27th - "Travel To the Zoo" Day Wednesday, Sept. 28th "I woke Up Like" 2:30 Beefcake Volleyball Thursday, Sept. 29th "Celebrity" Day...
Former Secretary of State to speak at BVU Oct. 7
Leon E. Panetta, who served as U.S. Secretary of Defense from 2011-13, will deliver the 22nd William W. Siebens American Heritage Lecture as Buena Vista University. Panetta joins a list of preeminent American Heritage lecturers that has included former world leaders, heads of state and others who have reached the highest levels of accomplishment and recognition in their fields. He is the first former U.S. Secretary of Defense to lecture in the American Heritage Series...
Briar Cliff's new president to visit St. Mary's September 26
Dr. Hamid Shirvani will be visiting Storm Lake St. Mary's Catholic High School at 3:10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26. Not all leaders take the time to emphasize the importance of higher education by speaking directly to high school students. Dr. Shirvani, Briar Cliff's new president, has made it his priority to do just that. ...
Registration now open for Iowa Student Loan's Parent Giveaway
Save now, save later giveaway will award 30 $1,500 awards for College Savings Iowa accounts
The Bridges of Buena Vista County
Mr. Walls' 8th grade science class, at Storm Lake Middle School, was tasked with building bridges made of drinking straws, masking tape, and one index card. After the bridges were completed, 8th grade test engineers set them up to span a 12 inch chasm between two tables, then dropped heavy galvanized washers, one by one, onto the bridges to see how many the bridge could hold. / Photo by Chip Hubert...
Iowans overestimate student loan debt, survey finds
Families, students expect to borrow more than average for higher education
BVU kicks off community campaign
Buena Vista University hosted a Business After Hours to begin their Community Campaign Wednesday. President Fred Moore said, "This is part of our partnership with City Beautiful," pointing out BVU's contributions to Storm Lake included staff and faculty who are active in the community, and contribute to the economy. He pointed out BVU students contributed 55,000 hours of community service the previous year...
St. Mary's to present 'Next Victim, Please'
Storm Lake St. Mary's School will present the comedy Next Victim, Please on November 4 and 5. It is described as a "tongue-in-cheek" murder mystery with 14 cast members. The school would like to include a few short musical presentations as preludes to the play. ...
Sioux Central Financial Aid Night
Sioux Central will host a financial aid presentation on Thursday, September 22 at 6 p.m. in the media center. If you will be requesting financial aid, this will be a presentation that you will not want to miss. The presentation will help with filling out FAFSA and go over major changes that have been made starting this year. This is recommended for seniors and their parents...
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BVRMC announces the Oncology/Infusion Center moving
As part of the current building project, BVRMC will be adding the renovation of the current Center for Women space to fit the Oncology/Infusion Center. Departments involved in the renovation will work with architects during the fall to discuss design needs and construction will begin early this winter...
SL native graduates from flight school
1LT Peter Winterton, a graduate of Storm Lake High School, graduated from the Fort Rucker flight school on September 1. Peter has been a member of the Iowa National Guard since he was 17. His first training and job in the National Guard was for helicopter maintenance which he studied and graduated in at Fort Eustis, Virginia in 2009 immediately following his high school graduation. ...
Hewitt Trucking celebrates National Truck Driver Appreciation Week
Hewitt Trucking, honors its drivers for their hard work, customer service and commitment to safety, during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, September 11-17. Driving a truck is one of the country's most demanding and important jobs. These dedicated men and women travel the roads daily to deliver the freight that keeps our country moving, sacrificing special personal events such as birthdays, family dinners, school programs and many other moments that most of us take for granted...
Noy's Kitchen offers new business hours
Noy's Kitchen is now open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and supper, serving Asian cuisine. Noy had been open part-time since January 15. Speaking of the new hours, she said, "I decided it was time to get going with my business. A lot of people came by during lunch, but I work full time at Tyson, so I hired some help."...
Hy-Vee celebrates National Family Meals Month by encouraging families to eat one more meal together each week
Hy-Vee will donate up to $100,000 to Meals from the Heartland when families post a photo of themselves eating together on social media
Arlington Place of Pocahontas $1 million renovation project underway
Arlington Place of Pocahontas, an established retirement community located at 101 NE 5th Street in Pocahontas, has begun work on the community's $1 million renovation project. "We are thrilled to be able to provide the public with a floorplan of the remodel of Arlington Place of Pocahontas," shares Allison Law, Senior Housing Management Vice President of Operations. ...
National 'Your Money, Your Goals' training comes to Spencer in October
Gain tools and resources to help others define their financial goals, use credit wisely, manage debt effectively and access appropriate community resources with the "Your Money, Your Goals" toolkit from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach on Wednesdays, October 5 and October 12 from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency, 23 East 7th Street, Spencer...
2nd annual "Cop on a Rooftop" to be held at Dunkin' Donuts across Iowa
Law enforcement officers will stake themselves atop 18 participating Dunkin' Donuts locations across the state of Iowa on September 9 to help raise money for Special Olympics Iowa (SOIA). "Cop on a Rooftop" is a unique fundraiser where local officers stand on the roof of a local business while volunteers help collect donations at the entrance and drive-thru of the business. You'll be able to get a free coffee coupon from participating Dunkin' Donuts stores when you make a donation to SOIA...
The difference between opinion and intolerance
Since the dawn of time, people have had opinions on everything from politics to the best way to make fire to whether a club or spear is better for hunting the wooly mammoth. Mostly politics. While people have always had opinions, they weren't inclined to share them with just anyone or everyone. ...
Public education in Iowa is a family matter
I was talking with my mother recently about the start of the school year. She's a seventh grade teacher up in northwest Iowa in Estherville. I'm a medical student at the University of Iowa. She and I share an intense love of learning. My family has had incredible opportunity because of Iowa's commitment to public education. My family's relationship with public education in Iowa spans three generations, starting with my grandpa Dick Tighe...
Climbing Table Rock
I came to the realization, recently, that I am no longer in my prime. The unusual part of this was, that it didn't even occur at a class reunion. It happened on Labor Day. That is the day that my children think we should "labor" by hiking the mountain to Table Rock, overlooking the Tetons. I try to tell them that Labor Day is the day to honor women who have had children, but they don't buy it...
The rise and fall of the Storm Lake Cannery Company
Seventy-two years a major economic asset
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