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Barbeque vendor to serve SL (08/25/16)
"I started barbequeing in 2011 just to eat it, and we decided to enter our first barbeque contest that same year- Lakefest, and we won the whole thing," says Shannon Sundine of Iowa Wild Hogs BBQ. "So we got into those crazy contests, we traveled 30 weeks out of the year, we went to 13 states over the last three years, and we've won over 115 awards. But now we're getting burned out on traveling, so we want to serve Storm Lake the best barbeque I know how."...
Storm Lake Police lead elementary school in Pledge of Allegiance (08/25/16)
Tuesday was the first day of class for Storm Lake Elementary School, and Principal Julie Kwikkel continued the tradition of asking a community helper to raise the American flag, and lead the students in The Pledge of Allegiance. Storm Lake Elementary School is a textbook example of diversity in America, and this year, the Storm Lake Police Department was on hand for the honor. ...
Despite backlash, BV officials expect smooth pipeline construction process (08/25/16)
Despite lawsuits, protests and a Native American uprising trying to block the Dakota Access oil pipeline making its way toward Buena Vista County, local county supervisors are expressing few concerns. However, they have declined to make the county directly responsible for protecting the project...
Dredge faces more repairs (08/25/16)
The Lake Improvement Commission held their monthly meeting Monday afternoon in the City Council chambers. Public Works Director Jason Etnyre told the commission the dredge is currently undergoing repairs to the water pump. It required several repairs during the previous month, including a new cutter head, which had already been replaced at the start of the season, and a cracked spud ( a "leg" that holds the dredge in place.)...
Edwards Auto brings Chrysler products back to SL (08/25/16)
For the first time in several years, Storm Lake will have a dealership for Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and RAM truck vehicles. Edwards Auto Group announced the expansion of its vehicle line-up in Storm Lake Wednesday. The addition takes effect immediately...
A boy and his boxes (08/25/16)
The Little Free Library project promotes literacy while building a sense of community by providing a free book exchange in public locations. Spencer Boy Scout Jace Wiemers built six of these libraries to be posted in parks across the city to complete his Eagle Scout project...
Save the State theater project nears completion (08/25/16)
The Holstein State Theatre restoration is nearing completion. The sound system is installed, heating and cooling systems complete, a new 3D screen has arrived from Quebec, and 150 leather-clad "rocker" seats have been installed. Donors may still help by "buying" a seat for $350 - with permanent recognition on a plaque in the lobby. ...
Donations (08/25/16)
Officers and employees of Central Bank presented Joan Spooner of Upper Des Moines with a check for $782.68 to be used toward back-to-school programs. Central Bank partnered with Pizza Ranch on Monday, July 25, and worked serving pizza and clearing tables in exchange for collecting tips and proceeds. Central Bank also held a "Blue Jean Friday" where employees gave money to wear Blue Jeans on July 29. Central Bank has enjoyed "giving back" to the community thru several summer events...
Grand opening for Medical Center project (08/23/16)
A grand opening ceremony for the expanded and renovated Buena Vista Regional Medical Center has been scheduled for Monday, August 29, starting at 10:30 a.m. The public is invited to come to the new main entrance area off Northwestern Drive. There will be a ribbon cutting, tours and refreshments. The $26 million project broke ground in July 2014...
Could 'Ag Urbanism' address SL food needs? (08/23/16)
At the most recent meeting of The Hunger Dialogue group in Storm Lake, a suggestion was made to look into a program offered by Iowa State University to help communities build their capacity to produce, process and distribute food. The Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit program was introduced at the Iowa Hunger Summit/World Food Prize event in 2014...
Tyson Foods disaster relief team responds to flooding (08/23/16)
Tyson Foods' Meals That Matter' program - designed to respond to disaster sites - was tested over the weekend as it traveled to the flood zone in Louisiana. The flooding was called the worst natural disaster in the U.S. since Hurricane Sandy, with 60,000 homes heavily damaged and at least lives lost. ...
CAASA seeking hippies to join fun run (08/23/16)
The Hippie Hustle 5k Walk/Run is seeking some Hippies to join the fun on Saturday, October 1st at 8 a.m. This fun run event starts at Main Street, Peterson, and is a fundraiser benefiting CAASA-Centers Against Abuse and Sexual Assault. Medals will be presented to the 1st-3rd male and female winners, along with a prize for the best dressed...
Court process begins for former Spencer pastor (08/23/16)
Court documents posted Thursday at the Clay County Courthouse are beginning to provide additional details about allegations surrounding a former Spencer pastor. Kevin Grimes faces five counts of sexual exploitation by a counselor through his roles as director of the Spencer Dream Center and pastor at DaySpring Assembly of God Church...
Milford Pioneer Theatre reopens (08/23/16)
MILFORD -- After anxious weeks of hoping and waiting, the Milford Pioneer Theatre has reopened for business. On Aug. 12 the screen lit up again and an appreciative audience saw a movie in Milford for the first time in months. The movie house had closed down when all film distribution went strictly digital. A new digital projector's cost was prohibitive to the owners, the Mayer family, in spite of a fundraising effort in the community...
BV County Conservation to host cabin open house August 27 (08/23/16)
Buena Vista County Conservation Board will celebrate the opening of their new cabin at Buena Vista County Conservation Park in the North Shelter Area at 359 440th Street, Peterson, Iowa on Saturday, August 27, from 1 to 4 p.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 1 p.m. Refreshments will be provided while the public tour the cabin after the ceremony...
Education News
Aronson receives teacher's aide diploma (08/23/16)
Sam Aronson, Story Hour Leader for Albert City Public Library, earned his Teacher's Aide Diploma through a correspondence course from Stratford Career Institute, St. Albans, Vermont. Through an advertising postcard he received in the mail, his interest was piqued to further his education. Sam has been and continues to help out with the 1st and 2nd graders reading program at the Albert City-Truesdale Elementary School...
Free presentation on financial aid to be offered at SLHS (08/23/16)
High school seniors and their parents will be able to get information on the college financial aid process during a free presentation offered by Storm, Lake High School and the Iowa College Access Network® (ICAN). The event will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 1, in the Media Center of the Storm Lake High School. ...
Teacher takes on bus driving duties (08/23/16)
When the Storm Lake schools needed a new bus driver to fill a vacancy, a teacher stepped up. The district received no applications when advertising the job. Curt Radcliff, who has some past experience driving a bus, consented to take over the Bus #10 route for three hours a day. ...
Summer Graduates (08/23/16)
University of Wisconsin Superior Students completing their degrees were invited to participate in the university's Commencement held May 14 at Siinto S. Wessman Arena on the UW-Superior campus. Graduating this summer term was: Aurelia Kylee Jean Koivisto, Bachelor of Science, Accounting...
Local student loan provider lowers rates on private student loans (08/16/16)
Iowa Student Loan reduces rates on its partnership loan
Healthy eyes for back to school (08/16/16)
August is Children's Eye Health and Safety Month, an ideal time to get your child's eyes checked before school starts. Children face unique eye health challenges, including injury, infection, reading difficulties and nearsightedness. According to the American Optometric Association, 80 percent of what a child learns is through his or her eyes. ...
BVU to honor five at Founder's Day Service (08/16/16)
Buena Vista University will hold its 39th annual Founders' Day memorial service on Saturday, Sept. 10 to honor five deceased individuals who have served the institution as staff, trustees, alumni, friends and benefactors. "As we celebrate our 125th anniversary this year, we look back at BVU's legacy and the people who make BVU so special," said BVU President Fred Moore. ...
Storm Lake Schools back to school orientations (08/09/16)
Welcome Conferences for grades K-5 will be held Thursday, August 18th from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. and on Friday, August 19th from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Back to School Night for grades 6-8 will be held Thursday, August 18th from 5:30 - 7 p.m. Freshman Orientation will be held Friday, August 19th from 8:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m...
Add family meetings to weekly routine (08/09/16)
As August arrives, families start to think about "back to school" routines. Dr. David Brown, an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach human sciences specialist, suggests making family meetings a routine all year long. Weekly family meetings can help busy families keep communication lines open, said Brown who specializes in family life issues and is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist...
Morningside College student from Newell is officer for honor society chapter that receives national award (08/09/16)
Student Missy Morenz (pictured), daughter of Gary and Patricia Morenz of Newell served last year as an officer for the Morningside College chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD), which recently received an award for continuing to pursue excellence. Morenz is a 2014 graduate of Newell Fonda High School...
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Nyren earn CPA certification (08/25/16)
Williams & Company C.P.A., P.C. is pleased to announce that Alexandrea (Alex) Nyren has earned her CPA certification. Alex is a 2015 graduate of Buena Vista University with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting Degree. Alex began working with Williams & Company, P.C. in the Onawa office in May of 2015...
Loews Carpet One Floor & Home invites customers to become design insiders (08/25/16)
Loews Carpet One Floor & Home recently launched Beautiful Design Insider, to offer customers exclusive inspirational and educational content from accomplished interior designers and home experts. Additionally, Design Insiders will receive advance notice on upcoming Carpet One Floor & Home promotions and special offers...
El Mariachi Dance Club opens (08/23/16)
A Grand Opening was held Friday for a new Dance Club in Store Lake, "El Mariachi Dance Club" located next to El Mariachi Family Restaurant at 523 Erie St. The dance club will have access to the restaurant and will feature live music and DJ music every weekend from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. starting on Friday...
Albert City Public Library director attends Iowa Library Association 2016 Leadership Institute (08/18/16)
From July 27-29, the Iowa Library Association provided their Leadership Institute for 25 people employed in various library services throughout the state. Mary Johnson, Director of the Albert City Public Library, was chosen by the ILA to attend this year at the Hotel Kirkwood Center in Cedar Rapids. ...
TransAgra announces new COO (08/11/16)
Bob Snow, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer. TransAgra International has been manufacturing microbial fermentation products, "abiotics," in Storm Lake for 57 years. "We are perfectly poised to benefit from the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD)," Snow said. ...
Shoe Sensation opens on Lake Avenue (08/04/16)
With a jam-packed parking lot, and a line of people waiting to get inside, Shoe Sensation held a Grand Opening and ribbon cutting last Thursday morning. Area Director Kim Jin was on hand for the opening, saying, "This is our seventh store in Iowa, and Shoe Sensation is really excited to be in Storm Lake."...
Guest Columnists
MOTB: quest for the dress (08/16/16)
We are entering the wedding stage of life -- better put, re-entering. Since our own wedding we've been on sabbatical, during which time we experienced all other stages -- from the baby shower to the kindergarten and high school graduation stages and everything in between. Now, the cycle has come full circle and I do believe we're back to weddings. (Cue "Here Comes the Bride.")...
A scattered brain (08/09/16)
Ever experience a day when things are slightly off kilter? When the normal becomes abnormal, often in an almost imperceptible way? The order of the universe is lagging, your controller fails to control and you're thrown a degree (or two) off course. Thought processes and actions seem to be deregulated and your brain refuses to function in a straightforward, logical manner...
Politics and the Pulpit (08/04/16)
As an admitted news junkie a good part of the last month has been spent watching our two national parties practice democracy in their national conventions. First the Republicans gathered in Ohio, and then the Democrats in Philadelphia, and now we are settling in to the 100 days before America makes its way to the polls and elects a new president. ...
A stroll through the City's "Enchanted Forest" (08/02/16)
"I talk to the trees, but they don't listen to me" (But they sure tell stories!)
A stroll through the City's "Enchanted Forest" (08/02/16)
"I talk to the trees, but they don't listen to me" (But they sure tell stories!)
Fleeing germs (08/02/16)
We live in a culture where people fear shopping cart handles. To be fair, it's not the handles themselves. It's the germs residing on said handles. Germs can make us sick. Being sick is a logical thing to fear. So we wipe the handles with disinfectant and go about our merry way...

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