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Racer brings his suicide and cancer prevention mission to local track
For Tommy "Bigboy" Bellmer, racing has a purpose - something even more valuable than a checkered flag and a trophy. LIfe. Bellmer's 43B modified wears the livery of Alive and Running Iowa, a program raising funds and awareness for suicide prevention...
THE BV FAIR CROWNING!
Meet your 2016 Buena Vista County Fair Queen Brea Baumhover, and your 2016 Little Miss Ava McCarthy! A full house crowd was on hand for the pageant at the fairgrounds Wednesday night, with 2015 queen Carly Grau as emcee. Brea made her own gown, with over 55 hours of stitching. The fair is just beginning, so be sure to check out all the attractions and the carnival that will opens Thursday. / Dana Larsen photo...
A young reader gives back
At age 6, Addison Schekirke operates her own business, all for a good cause. Last year, she decided to start a lemonade stand on the sidewalk in front of her home on West 6th Street in Storm Lake. Wildly successful, she was able to raise enough cash to buy a boxload of school supplies for her classroom, to share with any students is need...
Iowa Supreme Court won't review Sudbeck murder case
The Iowa Supreme Court has decided not to review the Scott Sudbeck first-degree murder conviction or its corresponding sentence of life in prison. The state high court reviewed 79 cases and granted five requests for review. The Sudbeck ruling is one of 74 cases that were denied. The justices issued their orders granting or denying applications on Friday. An additional 36 cases are still under consideration...
BVU announces new National Alumni Association board members
The Buena Vista University National Alumni Association has elected four new members to its board. Additional new board members include: Adrienne Haynes of Kansas City, Mo., a 2010 graduate of BVU and managing partner of SEED Law, a business law firm, and owner of SEED Collective, a business consultancy...
Operation Kidsafe Safety Event
Operation Kidsafe Safety Event in Storm Lake will take place August 4-6. Operation Kidsafe Free Child Safety Events are happening all across the U.S. and Canada. Operation Kidsafe is Free and private for families. Parents take home the only record of the visit (a Bio Document) that is ready to hand to law enforcement in an emergency. ...
Harper and the Midwest Kind headline Wood, Wine & Blues
Harper and the Midwest Kind will make their first appearance in concert at the Wood, Wine & Blues festival in Storm Lake next month. The bands were announced this week. All will perform on Saturday, August 20 in Sunset Park. Ball 'N' Chain are on stage at 11:15, Jeff Carver at 12:30, and Harper from 2:30-4:30...
2016 Rembrandt Alumni & Friends Band
The Rembrandt Alumni & Friends Band presented a one-hour concert before the annual Rembrandt All-School Reunion on Saturday, July 16, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Rembrandt. Rod Shedenhelm is the director of the only known high school alumni band in the state of Iowa. ...
The owners of "Wild Hogs," Angie and Shannon Sundine of Storm Lake, won the Reserve Championship at the BBQ and Blues Competition in Waterloo on July 15th and 17th. They will be selling their prized meats on at the Old Star Video, August 12 and 13th, located by Tyson Foods and Graham Tires. "Wild Hogs" have won numerous trophies throughout the years...
Police arrest couple after children discover meth stash
Children knew dangers of drug from watching TV show "COPS"
Fair gets an early start
A pre-fair parade held on the Buena Vista County Fairgrounds was held Sunday, although wet conditions kept turnout low - a horse drawn wagon, three tractors and an ambulance made up the event. A group of Civil War re-creation soldiers took part in the event as well, firing off a cannon several times (after horses were safely removed from the area.) The 2nd Battery Iowa Light Artillery honors the memory of the Iowa unit that took part in several battles, expeditions and sieges with the Grand Army of the Republic from 1861-1865. ...
Monks find a simple, peaceful life
The most gorgeous thing about walking onto the grounds of Temple Watlao Simongkhounchantalaram, or Storm Lake's Buddhist Temple, is how quiet and serene everything seems, even in the midst of heavy construction and farm machinery operation down the street on a daily basis. The Lao Buddhist Temple has been in Storm Lake since 1999, and remains a quiet, but strong presence for many Lao, Thai, Hmong, and Vietnamese families that follow the principles of Buddha, in northwest Iowa...
BVU hosts Japanese high school students 38 years in a row
"This is often an eye-opening experience for our visiting students. They see a new way of life, and it can change their perspective and their thinking," says Dr. Steven Mills, of Buena Vista University. "They come from a big city, and they're amazed at how open the spaces are here, and how big things are in America. The open skyline, the houses, the roads, the fields."...
Next year's Marathon to Marathon will be 'the Grand Finale'
The final Marathon to Marathon will be held in 2017. The event has been attracting runners from across the country for more than 20 years. "When we first started this event it was planned to be a one time event to celebrate Buena Vista County Sesquicentennial's event for the town of Marathon. ...
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach hosts field day at Northwest Research and Demonstration Farm
SUTHERLAND -- One hundred ten farmers and agribusiness employees attended Iowa State University's (ISU) Northwest Iowa Research and Demonstration Farm Field Day on July 13 near Sutherland. ISU Extension and Outreach specialists shared the latest research in crop production. Attendees were given the opportunity to tour several of the farm's research plots and ask questions of the researchers, as well as ISU Extension and Outreach agronomists and farm business management specialists...
Iowa Central Community College Iowa Central's annual Radiologic Technology Pinning Ceremony, which honors students completing the Radiologic Technology program, was held Wednesday, July 6th in the Bioscience and Health Sciences Building on the Fort Dodge Campus...
Iowa College Aid releases education 'Snapshot'
Iowa College Aid today released "The 2016 Condition of Higher Education in Iowa," a 36-page summary of postsecondary educational attainment in the state. One key topic in the report is Governor Terry Branstad's Goal 2025 initiative, which calls for 70 percent of Iowans in the workforce to have some postsecondary education by 2025. ...
Grassley fall internship applications due August 1
Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa said today that the deadline for fall internships for college-age Iowans has been extended. Applications will now be accepted through August 1. Internships are available in Grassley's Washington, D.C., office as well as his offices in Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Sioux City and Waterloo. The semester-long internships will run from August 22 through December 16...
Some seven youth took time out of their busy summer schedule to learn how to build a basic robot from the Lego NXT kits and then were taught the steps in programming the bot to complete several tasks assigned. Thank you to Sue Jarvis, Robotics instructor from Pocahontas, for teaching these youth the knowledge! Their favorite part of the camp was learning the computer programming and building a robot to drag race. ...
ICCC holds annual Nursing Pinning Ceremonies
Iowa Central's annual Nursing Pinning Ceremonies, which honor their graduates who completed nursing programs for the 2015-2016 school year, were held in Fort Dodge and Webster City on Monday, June 20th and in Storm Lake on Tuesday, June 21st. Trina Staton, Health Sciences Dean, opened the ceremonies with a welcome to all graduates, family, and friends and also thanked the parents and faculty members who were in attendance for their dedication to supporting the students as they made their way through their respective programs. ...
Learning, building and having fun with robots
Local young engineers had the opportunity to learn about robots through the Summer 2016 Level 1 and Level 2 Robotics Camps, led by ISU Extension and Outreach 4-H Master Robotics Educator, Sue Jarvis. Thirteen youth participated in the three day Level 1 camp, where they focused on beginning engineering concepts through hands-on activities of building robots, and using basic software to program their robots movements. ...
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Local student receives Doctorate of Optometry
Storm Lake High alum, Michaela Brungardt received her Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Houston College of Optometry in Houston, Texas on May 14. After graduating from Storm Lake High School in 2008, she attended the University of Northern Iowa and received her BA in Biology. She then completed the four year Optometry program in Houston and is a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society recognizing her for academic excellence since the fall of 2012...
Midland University Midland University conferred 315 degrees at its annual Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14, in the Wikert Event Center. Joe Ricketts, who over 35 years helped build and run the world's largest online brokerage - TD Ameritrade - delivered the commencement address. Ricketts received an honorary doctoral diploma from Midland President Jody Horner...
Summer camps at BVU
BVU Men's Soccer Camp One day soccer camp for rising Juniors and Seniors looking to play college soccer. Two training sessions led by the BVU Coaching Staff and current players One Classroom recruiting session led by Head Coach Ben McArthur Tour of Buena Vista University Lunch will be provided. Cost is $65 per camper. This camp takes place July 1...
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Bacon honored by Thrivent Financial for outstanding performance
Daniel Bacon, a financial associate with Thrivent Financial, has qualified for the Pinnacle Council conference by providing outstanding financial guidance, solutions and service to members of the organization in 2015. Out of Thrivent Financial's more than 2,300 financial representatives, only 109 qualified for this honor...
EOR has ribbon cutting
EOR Environmental Engineering Consultants held a ribbon cutting Wednesday to officially open their doors in Storm Lake. Kevin Griggs and Jay Michels will offer their services for such projects as storm water management, low-impact development, and all types of environmental permitting...
Downtown restaurant hosts ribbon cutting
"Downtown is great. It's all about location, and I think downtown is a hotspot," says Topiz Martinez, owner of Better Day Cafe, located at 518 Lake Street. The restaurant has become known as a place for politically active folks to gather. "My organic, fair trade coffee may have had something to do with that," Martinez says. "But it basically formed itself. I had the idea for a coffee shop as a way to bring people together, and it took off from there."...
10th Street Townhomes holds ribbon-cutting
At the 10th Street Townhomes ribbon-cutting Tuesday, Scott Fitzpatrick of Midwest Housing Equity Group said "We decided to do something to celebrate the opening of this development. It had been in the planning stages since 2012, but it just takes so long to get all the permits and paperwork lined up. But we are proud to be a part of this project."...
First annual National Bridal Sale Day to be held this Saturday
The first annual National Bridal Sale Day-Bridal Saturday- will take place on July 16. More than 700 locally-owned independent bridal retailers coast to coast including some top retail salons in Canada will participate in the inaugural event, offering brides designer wedding gowns and wedding party dresses at substantial savings. In some salons wedding gowns may be up to 80% off...
Zone Home Entertainment announces grand opening in new location
The Zone Home Entertainment hosted a Business After Hours and ribbon cutting Wednesday afternoon to announce the grand opening of their new downtown location at the corner of Lake Avenue and Sixth Street. Co-owner Brandon Frank said, "We are fortunate to call Storm Lake home, and to be able to stay downtown. We've had a soft opening for a couple of months, but now we are ready to become a destination retail store for the entire region."...
Are we forgetting something essential when planning retirement?
Most people have some kind of lifestyle vision for retirement. Unfortunately, without proper planning their dreams won't always become a reality as they enter the encore time of their lives, says Michael Bivona, a certified public accountant who retired almost 20 years ago...
Newell Cafe serving up home-cooking
When Miss Christina says you all better come in for supper, you better do it -- if not, you will be missing out on a little funky slice of down home at the Newell Cafe, in Newell, Iowa. Angilia Durham--Simmons, aka Christina, is owner/operator/chef at what is becoming a wide open best kept secret for almost a year and a half, as far as a small town restaurant. ...
Loews Carpet One Floor & Home provides color and texture inspiration spring issue of free digital magazine
Loews Carpet One Floor & Home is excited to share the color and texture-focused issue of their free digital magazine, Beautiful Design Made Simple. Through this magazine and the Beautiful Design Made Simple blog, the flooring retailer provides customers with home design ideas, inspiration and the latest trends. To read the 2016 Spring Issue of Beautiful Design Made Simple visit BeautifulDesignMadeSimple.com/digitalmagazine or download in the Apple Store...
First - and last - time on jet ski
I've been moving slowly during the last few days. My steps are labored, my movements deliberate. My muscles ache in places I never knew muscles existed. I am bruised. I am sore. I am on vacation. Lots of people think vacations are supposed to be relaxing. Actually, the term relaxing vacation is often an oxymoron because when you are shelling out big bucks at a resort or amusement park to make sure you and your family have a good time, you want to get your money's worth...
Sing along with Dr. Phil
My radio station has changed formats once again. They used to play the worst pop music from the '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s and the first couple of years of the '90s, then they switched to the worst pop music from the '80s, '90s, Aughts and the first couple of years of the teens...
Going to the Birds
The world is going to the birds. Or at least my little corner of it is. And I think this is just... ducky. Nests surround me. Sometimes in the most unexpected of places. But not always. We have a birdhouse in our backyard. We inherited it from the previous owners (humans, not avian). It's made out of wood and was a dull (and rather drab) brown. It sat in the garden, empty, for more than a decade...
All the grills I've known before
There is a theory out there, mainly among men, that there isn't any food that can't be improved by being cooked outdoors over an open flame. What could possibly be better than steak on the grill? Or fish? Or shrimp? If only it stopped there. Cauliflower? Grill it. Mashed potatoes? Grill them. Eggs? Grill them. Salad? Grill it. Soft drinks? Grill them...
That new car feeling
I remember the day we bought her first car. It was promoted as being the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. that year and came complete with a flashy red body and a yellow roof. We brought it home and it sat on the driveway prinstinely clean, with that new car smell and all. It was a cute little coupe, with room for just two -- passenger and driver. In a word, cozy...
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