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Promising South School proposal hits complications
Monday night in a special meeting, Storm Lake School Board heard a modified proposal for a complete historical renovation on South School from Shawn Foutch of Foutch Brothers. Foutch was last in front of the board three years ago, and the plan in place now has 27 one bedrooms, 11 two bedrooms, and one three bedroom, but instead of being income restricted units the new units would be open to the public as market rate apartments...
Officers train to handle school bus hostage scenario
On Monday afternoon, the parking lot behind the Storm Lake Fire Station was turned into a staged hostage scene, as the Storm Lake Police Department hosted training on tactical assaults involving school buses and other similar vehicles. A borrowed Storm Lake school bus was flanked with armored vehicles from the police and county sheriff's departments, as might be done to contain a dangerous scene...
Eyes Wide Open
A local woman shares her story after making a comeback from alcoholism
N-F FFA wins 2015 Iowa FFA Marketing Plan Career Development Event
The Iowa FFA Marketing Plan Career Development Event was held at Iowa State University in Ames, on Tuesday, April 21. The first place team for the Career Development Event was the Newell-Fonda FFA Chapter at Newell. Team members include Sydney Kay, Maddi Morenz, and Karla Peterson. ...
BVU ROTC Cadet receives Governor's Award
Buena Vista University ROTC Cadet Matthew Hanson, a senior business economics major from Stanton, received the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Governor's Cup ROTC Award for outstanding achievement from Iowa Governor Terry Branstad in a ceremony on April 14...
Escape from Vietnam
Storm Lake refugee remembers daunting journey to freedom, on 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon
Family Fun Night at SL Elementary
The Storm Lake Elementary School recently held a Family Fun Night. The goal of this night is to educate parents about the importance of literacy and writing. Parents are also asked to complete a survey for the Title 1 program. SLES is a Title 1 school, which means that the school is provided with extra instructional services to support at risk kids...
Wings and Wetlands Festival weekend
Spring is here. Songbirds are arriving daily. It will soon be time for the annual Wings and Wetlands Festival in Northwest Iowa. For 20 years, six counties in the region -- Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Kossuth, O'Brien and Palo Alto - have cooperated to host an annual celebration linking the season to the arrival of warblers and other birds...
Grant funds helps BV County Sheriff's Office purchase a new utility vehicle
The Buena Vista County Sheriff's Office and the Buena Vista County Emergency Management Agency collaborated to obtain funding to purchase a 2015 Honda Pioneer side by side utility vehicle. The Buena Vista County Community Foundation provided $7,794, the Monsanto Fund provided $5,000, the Sheriff's Office provided $2,794, and the Emergency Management Agency provided $670 along with grant writing and project administration. ...
SL teen warns, 'Don't try Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge'
Zoey McGuire, a sophomore at Storm Lake High School, finds herself famous this week - splashed across national television and internet news sites for a reason she never anticipated. Zoey tried the "Kylie Jenner Challenge," a phenomenon that has blown up the internet, and like many young people around the country, paid a price...
Iowa's Land Before Time: Pelicans among prehistoric life still around today
An Iowa migrant seen each spring and fall on Storm Lake, the pelican has been around the block a few times -- fossils date back 30 million years and the birds may have been around in the dinosaur age 100 million years back. While it doesn't nest in Iowa, you can see large numbers of them migrating through the state. ...
From student artist's imagination springs a tiny, mystical world.
Little Storm Lake dedicated in honor of Jon and Colleen Kruse
Ducks Unlimited major sponsors from across the state of Iowa gathered recently to dedicate Little Storm Lake to DU volunteers Jon and Colleen Kruse. A dedication is one of the most prestigious recognitions Ducks Unlimited bestows on volunteers. The Kruses volunteer for various outdoor organizations, but have been especially involved with Ducks Unlimited, where Jon joined the local committee in 1981 and has served DU as state Chairman and regional vice president. ...
Two SL police officers complete training
Two veteran Storm Lake Police Department supervisors completed three days of training last week entitled, "Disorder Control: Effectively Dealing with Civil Disorder, Protests". Lt. Chris Cole and Lt. Jeff Lundberg both attended the training which was sponsored by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in Des Moines. The instructors were two retired NYPD officers with extensive experience in crowd control and public demonstrations...
Community raising funds to paint house for visually-impaired couple
The Fonda Hometown Pride Committee is working with Keep Iowa Beautiful and Diamond Vogel Paints to paint Steve and Pat Lilly's home. They were awarded seven gallons of paint from Diamond Vogel but 30 gallons are needed for the project. The Fonda Fire Department/EMS have volunteered to power wash and scrape the house and garage. More volunteers are welcome...
SL schools team up with BVU for Buenification Day
Today the Storm Lake Community School District is teaming up with Buena Vista University and participating in Buenification Day. The goal is to help clean up and improve various sites around Storm Lake. "Developing students' understanding of the importance of being a contributing member of their community" is Belief Statement #5 of the School District...
Northwest Iowa Honor Choir Festival
Sioux Central elementary and middle school students participated in the NW Iowa Grade 5-7 Honor Choir Festival on Tuesday, April 21, at LeMars Public School. The 5th and 6th grade choir sang under the direction of Ms. Michelle Swanson. Mrs. Jennifer Wagner conducted the 7th grade choir. Students rehearsed all afternoon and performed in concert that evening...
St. Mary's students win awards at competition
Storm Lake St. Mary's High School students brought home several awards at the Fort Dodge Iowa Central Business Day competition Wednesday, April 8. Mark Bruck earned second overall and Colton Lullmann got fourth overall in the computerized accounting category. ...
BVU teams with DMACC for new degree
Des Moines Area Community College is now offering a Human Services program on its Carroll Campus. Thanks to a new transfer agreement with Buena Vista University, Carroll Campus students can also complete a four-year Human Services degree entirely at the Carroll Campus. The 2 + 2 (two years at DMACC and two years through BVU) starts this fall...
Five students complete welding courses
Five students in Storm Lake have completed a four course production welding certificate offered by Iowa Central Community College. A couple of the students have decided to expand their knowledge and are continuing their education in Fort Dodge by enrolling in a Robotics Welding class offered in May. ...
State school funding stalemate will cost SL teachers, force slight tax hike
As the political stalemate in Des Moines over school funding drags on to the bitter end of the session, Storm Lake school district leaders have reluctantly set aside their hopes of hiring additional teachers for the coming school year. "I just answered a survey someone sent from the state senate. Are we going to reduce staff because of this? No. But we needed to increase staff because of our numbers," Superintendent Carl Turner told the Pilot-Tribune...
Classes endure interior construction in high school progress
That banging you hear in your head isn't the headache that comes with an algebra II final. As the school year nears an end, construction inside Storm Lake High School is picking up, officials said. "Right now the big issue is some heavy duty demolition - it's kinda noisy... well, real noisy. The old nurses offices and guidance area is being torn out to become the new main office area," Superintendent Carl Turner said...
Kindergarteners join in Buenafication
On Thursday, April 30, the Storm Lake Elementary kindergarteners will be cleaning up the school playground as part of Buenafication day. Last year the students raised money for trash cans for their playground in hopes of keeping it clean. They raised enough money to buy benches as well...
Five Storm Lake St. Mary's Middle School vocal students will be participating in the Northwest Iowa ICDA fifth and sixth Honor Choir in LeMars Tuesday, April 21. Evie AlSaffar, Libbie Rettinger, Ariana Elsden, Jesus Flores and Keegan Larson learned five pieces of music to join the 200+ member student choir with vocalists from all over Northwest Iowa. The concert will be held at the LeMars High School at 6:30 p.m. Mrs. Gayle Strom is the music educator at St. Mary's...
Sioux Central Baccalaureate set for May 14
The public is cordially invited to the Baccalaureate Service in honor of the 2015 graduating class of Sioux Central High School, at 7 p.m. Wednesday May 13, at the school. The service is sponsored by the ministerial association of the Sioux Central and Albert City school districts. ...
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THE IOWA DISTRICT COURT, BUENA VISTA COUNTY
IN THE ESTATE OF Michael J. Francis, Deceased
Probate No: ESPR016878
NOTICE OF EXPIRATION OF RIGHT OF REDEMPTION FROM TAX SALE
TO: Kelly W. Moorehead 413 Main Street, Albert City, IA 50510- Owner Crystal Moorehead 413 Main Street, Albert City, IA 50510- Owner Person in Possession 413 Main Street, Albert City, IA 50510- Person In Possession Iowa Attorney General 1305 E. Walnut St. #102, Des Moines, IA 50319-0106- Traffic/Criminal...
NOTICE TO BIDDERS, NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS
NOTICE OF TAKING OF BIDS FOR THE UPGRADE TO A 1 GHZ UPGRADE TO THE EXISTING HFC SYSTEM FOR THE ALTA MUNICIPAL UTILITIES AT ALTA, IOWA.
Regular Board Meeting - Storm Lake Community School District
School Administration Building
April 8, 2015 7:00 p.m.
PUBLIC NOTICE OF STORM WATER DISCHARGE
Jim Hultgren plans to submit a Notice of Intent to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to be covered under the NPDES General Permit No. 2 "Storm Water Discharge Associated with Industrial Activity for Construction Activities". The storm water discharge will be from the Iconstruction of a hog building located in the Northwest Quarter of Section 18, Township 91 North, Range 38 West, Nokomis, Buena Vista County, Iowa. ...
It started with a road trip
It all began with two friends going on road trips all over looking for old furniture and household items. "We'd get in the car and take off to antique stores and thrift stores," Dana Grafft explained. "We'd start off thinking we'd only be gone for a little bit; then we'd be gone all day or end up in Sioux Falls," Tammy Peck said. ...
Logo design contest for Young Professionals of Storm Lake
Calling all creative minds! The Young Professionals of Storm Lake group is in the market for a new logo that will promote the group and their mission of connecting 20-35 year old professionals with their peers, business associates and community. Anyone is welcome to submit their own design for the logo...
Shane Holtorf joins Farm Credit Services of America's Storm Lake office
Shane Holtorf has recently joined Farm Credit Services of America (FCSAmerica) as a Financial Officer in the Storm Lake office. He will be working with producers in Buena Vista, Calhoun, Pocahontas and Sac counties on all their Ag financing needs. "We're glad to have Shane joining our team in Storm Lake. ...
Hey! When thinking about a topic for this week's column, I stumbled on a unique idea! Punctuation! The exclamation point, to be exact! It's exciting! As a general rule, I don't use many exclamation points. Maybe I should! (Or not!!) I'm more on the milk toast side of punctuation. ...
A big, tough heart
Milton spoke strongly to his family. "We will not stop for anything except another equipment breakdown!" Milton was a tough, old farmer, known for a no-nonsense attitude and for running a tight ship, and that spring hadn't started out well. Just when it was time to start planting potatoes, the rains came and threw everything a couple of weeks behind. ...
Maybe someday the doctor will see you
It's nice that Dr. Godot has a whole room just for waiting. It's so convenient. But it makes you wonder: Would people be so patient if he called it the "Wasting Your Valuable Time Room?" Calling it a waiting room makes it sound as if waiting is the most normal thing in the world to do. We're not fuming, we're not steaming, we're not twiddling our thumbs - because it's a waiting room, not a "Twiddling Our Thumbs Room."...
Ask a Trooper: Yielding to emergency vehicles on the interstate
Q: If you are driving down the interstate and an ambulance comes up behind you with his lights and sirens on are you required to pull over and stop like you would on a two lane road? I ask because I never see anyone pull over to a complete stop on the interstate. Thanks for educating me!...
Back in the fall of 2012, my husband developed a genuine need for a generator. He claimed his motivation was based out of love for our family. From a desire to keep us safe, warm and with readily available access to microwave popcorn and video games...
Spring is always a time for renewals and beginnings which fits perfectly with Junk Rescued mantra of "We give new life to old things." These five friends: sisters Deb Hendricks and Sue Mesenbrink of Homeless Treasures, Cheri Maben-Crouch of Bloom Life Redesign, Cindy Johnson of Junk Addiction, and Diane Porter of Designs by Di imagine home decor from items others might see as simply junk to throw away. ...
News & Comment From the Hill: Dan Huseman recognized at Capitol Hill for serving in the Legislator for the last 20 years
Ceremony returned to the Legislature this week as we took time out to honor our Pioneer Lawmakers and to also honor former legislators who have passed on in the last two years. The Pioneer Lawmaker organization was formed back in the 1800's as a way to recognize those who have served the state as a Representative or Senator and also honor statehouse employees and those who have served in the lobby for 20 years. ...
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