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King, Mowrer agree to debate in Storm Lake (09/23/14)
Veteran Congressman Steve King has accepted a challenge to debate, from the campaign of his 28-year-old challenger Jim Mowrer. Storm Lake has been chosen as the location, with the debate to be held in Anderson Auditorium at Buena Vista University October 23 at 7 p.m. ...
Day care committee eyes Alta school as potential site (09/23/14)
For a committee looking to establish a local day center, things have taken a turn for the better. And a turn for the west. While the group was originally looking to find a site in Storm Lake, thinking to fill a void in the area since the closing of Gingerbread House, there may be an opportunity instead to start with a center in Alta...
BV Public health goes on offensive to prevent flu, Ebola (09/23/14)
The temperature is dropping and viruses are warming up, according to Buena Vista County Public Health and Home Care. With concern over Ebola as well as flu and other sicknesses, the agency is encouraging the community to "get back to the basics." "Prevention of EV-D68 (Ebola), influenza, and many other viruses and bacteria call for the same measures," according to Director Pam Bogue. These precautions include:...
Education, construction coexist as SLHS 'vision' takes shape (09/23/14)
The biggest challenge at Storm Lake High School this semester may not be Algebra II - it might just be finding a way inside the joint. Heavy construction surrounds what used to be a very "That '70s Show" looking building. Where the parking lot entry once was, a construction fence and neatly stacked building materials block the way, with a sign directing parents to follow a zig-zagging arrow. ...
No deal on proposal to turn South into senior housing, district open to other options (09/23/14)
The former South Elementary will not be sold to an Omaha company that last week proposed to buy the building for a nominal amount and turn the site into 42 senior citizen apartments - at least not right now. The company had asked that the school board give it direction to proceed at this week's meeting, but after discussion, the board opted instead to table the issue and further investigate options for an alternative use for South...
'Operation Smoke Stack' nets 23 drug arrests (09/22/14)
In a series of related and unrelated investigations into the illegal sales and use and methamphetamine and marijuana dubbed "Operation Smoke Stack," Storm Lake Police have made 23 arrests in the past few days. Some of the investigations have been ongoing for over nine months...
Split vote allows Gay Straight Alliance at SLHS (09/19/14)
After an emotional discussion, the Storm Lake Board of Education decided in a split 3-2 vote to allow a Gay Straight Alliance Network club to be formed in the high school, with a paid faculty advisor. A student had come to the board earlier to ask for such a club to be formed, to provide support for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transexual, transgender and other students who would like to join, and to help prevent bullying in the school...
Sewage spill on Flindt Drive Thursday (09/18/14)
BREAKING NEWS - It appears a construction crew working at Tyson along Flindt Drive broke open an underground sewage line this afternoon (Thursday Sept. 18), with liquid material running down the road toward the lake. There was an exceptional response by the police and the city crews, who were there moments after the report to stop the flow before it could pollute the water. ...
Gold Wing motorcycles descend on Storm Lake next week (09/18/14)
The roar - or in this case the powerful muffled hum - of 100 to 125 tricked-out touring motorcycles will be heard in the Storm Lake area September 26 and 27, as the city is the chosen host for the annual Gold Wing Road Riders Association district convention...
Food Bank team probes the realities of hunger in Storm Lake (09/18/14)
What does hunger look like? It looks a little like Storm Lake. That's according to a team from the Food Bank of Iowa, which spent the day Tuesday in the city, researching and meeting with leaders of local charitable programs trying to answer the need...
Gunshots startle Discovery Center visitors; awareness issue revisited (09/18/14)
A local grandmother is expressing concern about potential safety concerns after her grandchildren were startled by nearby gunfire during a recent visit to the Discovery Center in Storm Lake. According to a local Department of Natural Resources officer, there is little that can be done other than raising awareness that hunters and other nature lovers will need to coexist at the popular area during hunting season...
Dates set for public hearings by City Council (09/18/14)
In their monthly meeting last Monday the Alta City Council set upcoming dates for public hearings. The first was set for a public meeting for citizens to look over plans made by I&S Group with the Industrial Road. The second pertains to an urban renewal resolution. ...
I&S Group talks Industrial Road (09/18/14)
Engineer with I&S Group Reese Sudtelgte came to the Alta City Council meeting last Monday to discuss the final plans they have made for the Industrial Road. He gave the city council an update on a number of details from an engineering standpoint. "The seed we will be using out there is a type one urban seed which is just a regular lawn seed. ...
City Council talks easement (09/18/14)
City council members in their meeting last Monday decided that an utilities easement would be approved contingent on HUD approval. WelCov Healthcare Assisted Living in Alta is hoping to get an easement put in on their property. Tom Konradi, city code enforcement officer, said that city attorney proposal was pretty straightforward. WelCov's attorneys originally wanted $5000 for the easement...
Deng presents a story of survival to BVU (09/18/14)
Alepho Deng's life is a story of survival. He told his story to Buena Vista University students and faculty as well as those in the Storm Lake Community on Tuesday night. The experiences that brought Deng, his brother, and cousin out of South Sudan in the early 2000's was a story marked by triumph...
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