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Hindus seek Diwali holiday in Iowa schools with Hindu pupils (01/26/15)
Hindus are urging Iowa schools, public as well as private, which have significant number of Hindu students, to include Diwali, the most popular Hindu holy day, as a school holiday in their 2015-2016 school calendars and beyond. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, said that it was not fair with Hindu pupils and their families as they had to attend school on their most popular festival while many schools in the state were closed on some other religious holidays...
Leadership Storm Lake recognizes first class (01/26/15)
The Leadership Storm Lake program recognized its first class in a short ceremony on Tuesday, January 20th at King's Pointe Resort at 6 p.m. The Leadership program is an initiative of Mayor Jon Kruse in an attempt to build leadership capacity. The program was designed and presented by a steering committee made up of civic and governmental leaders in Storm Lake today. ...
Mom Gone Wild (01/22/15)
Sarah Tiefenthaler challenges the Pacific Northwest wilderness on National Geographic's show, 'Remote Survival'
Celebrating Women in Denim (01/22/15)
The 11th annual Women in Denim Conference honored Dorothy Hinkeldey as their 2015 Inspiration Award winner during last Friday's banquet. Hinkeldey was nominated by her family for this award. She has been an active part in family farming all her life. ...
Sioux Central students participate in Honor Choir (01/22/15)
Eight Sioux Central High School Choir members, along with Choral Director, Crystal Bunge, traveled to Dordt College on Monday, January 19th to participate in the 55th Annual Northwest Iowa High School Honor Choir festival. This year's choir, under the direction of Tim Watson from Morningside Coilege, was composed of 34 schools and 250 voices...
Alpha Company, 1-168th Infantry Battalion presented with gift cards for their service (01/22/15)
The Storm Lake chapter of Operation Barnabas presented thirty-four members of the Alpha Company, 1-168th Infantry Battalion with $100.00 gift cards on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the Storm Lake Armory. The Alpha Company, 1-168th Infantry Battalion trains once a month in Storm Lake, and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2009-2010...
Rachel's Challenge (01/20/15)
Ridge View to host program inspired by the compassion of a 17-year-old Columbine murder victim.
Could new investigation clear Buddy Holly pilot? (01/20/15)
56 years later, alternative explanations proposed for young Alta flyer's crash
Tickets on Sale for Chef Margo and Cheferettes performance in Galva (01/20/15)
Chef Margo Sievers and the Cheferettes are set to host a St. Patrick's day educational performance in Galva on Saturday, March 14th at The Meeting Place. In its third year of celebrating this holiday, Sievers and her Cherferettes aim to mix fun into learning about the Irish culture. "I've always had a special fondness for the isle of green, Sievers said talking of her Irish heritage...
Lee Meyer is back as boss at Buena Vista Raceway (01/20/15)
Buena Vista Raceway celebrates an anniversary season in 2015 and Lee Meyer will be back in charge of weekly operations at the 3/8-mile dirt oval. Meyer promoted BVR from 2002-2007 and returns to that position, while taking on manager duties for the Buena Vista County Fair...
Citizenship Class Begins February 10 at Storm Lake library (01/20/15)
Applications are being accepted for the U.S. Citizenship Class offered at the Storm Lake Public Library. The 8-week course introduces students to historical and cultural information used on the Naturalization Test. Classes will be held on Tuesdays, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., beginning February 10. Child care will be available...
Events moved off ice as 35th Winter Games approach (01/20/15)
What started as just a single broomball tournament on a small pond 35 years ago has blossomed into one of the area's largest annual events. The 35th edition of the University of Okoboji Winter Games will commence Jan. 23-25. "It started as a group of people on a pond near the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery," Iowa Great Lakes Chamber Program Director Jen Johnson-Ross said. ...
The Art of Hope (01/19/15)
Homeless men discover artistic talent creating one-of-a-kind jewelry for area shelter.
Saving the Cobblestone: $2m target, preservation group may be next step (01/19/15)
The founders of a proposal to "Save the Cobblestone Ballroom" are still hopeful, but after almost a year with no tangible results, are coming to realize that a new strategy must be adopted if there is to be any chance of success. "I'm thinking we need to form a preservation committee in Storm Lake. We need to find somebody down there to help," says Kirt Klaassen...
New 4H outreach educator is ready for the challenge (01/19/15)
Nichol Kleespies is the new 4-H and Youth Outreach educator for Buena Vista county. Incorporating past job experiences, she is most excited about finding ways to provide leadership and community service opportunities to the youth of our county. "The leaders in Buena Vista County have been incredibly welcoming," Kleespies said. ...
Education News
N-F Jazz Band wins honors (01/26/15)
On January 15, the Newell-Fonda Jazz Band competed in the 2nd Annual Triton Jazz Festival held on the campus of Iowa Central Community College in Ft. Dodge. 4 Class 1A bands performed. 3rd place: Audobon HS, 2nd place: South O'Brian HS, 1st place: Newell-Fonda HS...
Buena Vista University names Byrne to Vice President of Academic Affairs (01/22/15)
Buena Vista University has named Dr. Barbara Byrne as its interim vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty. She began her duties on Monday, Jan. 12 and will serve in the position through the 2015-16 academic year. Byrne is senior vice president emeritus for academic affairs at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, where she served for 10 years. ...
SIXTH GRADERS ATTEND HONOR BAND (01/20/15)
Kylene Howard and Alyssa Willeford, Albert City - Truesdale sixth graders, attended the Strong Foundations Honor Band at West Middle School in Sioux City on Monday, January 12. The purpose of the Strong Foundations Honor Band is to provide an opportunity for young instrumental musicians to have an excellent ensemble experience in a positive, friendly environment without competition or unnecessary stress, while working with outstanding music educators. ...
St. Mary's receives funds from Bishop's dinner (01/20/15)
The Catholic School Foundation of the Diocese of Sioux City announces today more than half of the $150,000 raised at the "Bishop's Dinner For Catholic Schools" last October is being distributed to 16 Catholic school systems throughout northwest Iowa...
Harry Stine to speak at Sioux Central School (01/20/15)
Harry Stine, founder of Stine Seeds, will be speaking at Sioux Central School at Sioux Rapids, on Feb 10th at 10 am. He will be speaking to interested juniors and seniors from 10 - 11:30 about entrepreneurship, his journey to becoming one of the richest men in Iowa, what students need to succeed and anything else that comes up...
Northwest Missouri State (01/20/15)
The Office of the Registrar at Northwest Missouri State University announced the names of students named to the Academic or President's Honor Roll at the end of the 2014 fall trimester. To be included on the Academic Honor Roll a student must carry a minimum of 12 credit hours and attain a grade point average of 3.50 or above on a 4.00 scale. Students named to the President's Honor Roll have attained a perfect 4.00 GPA for the trimester...
2015 Conservation Scholarships (01/20/15)
The Buena Vista Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) is offering two scholarship opportunities for Buena Vista County high school seniors interested in conservation and agriculture. Class of 2015 students residing in Buena Vista Count and pursuing programs of study in any field of conservation or agriculture, qualify for the Conservation scholarships. ...
Buena Vista University Earns A/Stable Rating from Standard & Poor's (01/20/15)
Standard & Poor's (S&P) Ratings Services has affirmed its 'A' long-term rating and stable outlook for Buena Vista University. BVU has received an 'A' category rating from S&P for the last 13 years, and its A/stable rating puts the University in the top-tier of Iowa private colleges...
Scholarship through Iowa Student Loans (01/20/15)
Registration is open for a scholarship that gives Iowa high school seniors a chance to win $1,500 for college while learning important financial literacy skills. High school seniors may register for the Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship at www.IowaStudentLoan.org/SeniorScholarshi... between now and Feb. ...
Morningside College (01/20/15)
Several area students were named to the Dean's List at Morningside College for the 2014 fall semester. Each semester the Dean's List recognizes students who achieve a 3.67 grade point average or better and complete at least 12 credits of coursework with no grade below a "C-." William C. Deeds, provost at the college, recently released the Dean's List for the fall semester, and each student received a letter of recognition...
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PUBLIC NOTICES
THE IOWA DISTRICT COURT, BUENA VISTA COUNTY (01/22/15)
IN THE ESTATE OF Dorothy J. Moulder, Deceased Probate No: ESPR016836
Buena Vista County Solid Waste Commission (01/22/15)
January 15, 2015
THE IOWA DISTRICT COURT, BUENA VISTA COUNTY (01/20/15)
IN THE ESTATE OF Eileen W. Meyer, Deceased Probate No: ESPR016830
BUENA VISTA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER (01/19/15)
DISBURSMENTS OCTOBER-DECEMBER 2014
THE IOWA DISTRICT COURT, BUENA VISTA COUNTY (01/19/15)
IN THE ESTATE OF Ruth E. Anderson, Deceased Probate No: ESPR016837
Alta Municipal Utilities (01/19/15)
December 1, 2014 Special Utility Meeting
Alta Municipal Utilities (01/19/15)
December 1, 2014 Special Telecommunications Board Meeting
THE IOWA DISTRICT COURT, BUENA VISTA COUNTY (01/19/15)
IN THE ESTATE OF Arlene H. Thompson, Deceased Probate No: ESPR016838
Alta & Aurelia Community School Districts (01/15/15)
November 10, 2014
Alta & Aurelia Community School Districts (01/15/15)
December 8, 2014
THE IOWA DISTRICT COURT, BUENA VISTA COUNTY (01/15/15)
IN THE ESTATE OF Dorothy J. Moulder, Deceased Probate No: ESPR016836
THE IOWA DISTRICT COURT, BUENA VISTA COUNTY (01/15/15)
IN THE ESTATE OF Kathlyn Skelton, Deceased Probate No: ESPR016823
NOTICE TO BIDDERS (01/15/15)
Project No. : L-B-1306--73-11
NOTICE OF HEARING (01/15/15)
NOTICE OF HEARING ON PROPOSED REPAIRS AND/OR IMPROVEMENTS FOR DRAINAGE DISTRICT NO. 106, BUENA VISTA COUNTY, IOWA
Business News
CCCU teams up with Faith, Hope, and Charity (01/26/15)
As part of the newer Citizens Cares program, an employee initiative designed to give back to local communities, the Storm Lake Community Credit Union employees selected Faith, Hope & Charity as the recipient of their donations this quarter. "We are very appreciative of Citizens Community Credit Union's support of FHC, and it's wonderful that every dollar they donate is matched by their employer. ...
CCCU employee promoted (01/26/15)
Ashley Cooke has been promoted to Branch Service Specialist for the Storm Lake branch. Her responsibilities will include assisting members with their financial needs and performing a variety of duties to support branch operations as well as loan officer duties...
Two new business ventures for old Masonic building (01/22/15)
Julie Baker is excited about the possibilities for using her new office space. The east end of the second floor of the masonic building on Lake Avenue above Celia's Antiques will hold her bookkeeping business and yoga studio. Her bookkeeping business will have office hours on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10-3 p.m. or by appointment and yoga classes Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-6:45 p.m...
Plains Area Mental Health, Inc. appoints new program director (01/22/15)
Plains Area Mental Health, Inc. is very pleased to announce that Lori Bush has agreed to serve as the Director of Integrated Health Services. Lori will lead the administration and oversight of one of the most significant endeavors and program offerings Plains Area Mental Health has implemented in many years. ...
New year, new home with Elements (01/15/15)
By MEGAN NAYLOR / Pilot-Tribune Staff
Guest Columnists
Compromise likely on school funding (01/26/15)
The second week of the session was shortened by the King holiday, so the remainder of the calendar was packed with committee meetings. I know of at least one bill that will be voted out of committee this week and debated and passed on the House floor next week. Budget sub-committees are also in full swing, so, we are off and running...
Life of a daredevil (01/22/15)
With most things in life, I prefer the calm, safe (boring) approach. I am not a thrill-seeker. I do not endeavor to live on the wild side. Far from it. I drive within the speed limit; I wear sensible shoes; I brush after meals; I have first aid kits in each of the family vehicles. None of my hobbies involves parachutes, bungee cords, zip lines or poisonous snakes...
The new job (01/15/15)
I was working on my graduate degree in mathematics and was struggling to support my little family when I saw an ad in the local paper. A vocational school was searching for a part time math teacher. I thought about how much fun it would be to teach students math applicable to their chosen area of study, so I drove to the school and filled out an application...
Feeling accostigated (01/15/15)
My family has a lot of fun with words and workings of the world. We aren't alone. Recently a friend posted a new term on Facebook: Recognore. It's when you are out in public and you see someone you know but pretend you don't and ignore them instead. I found the concept clever, even though I've never, ever recognored anyone. I'm sure you haven't, either...
How students communicate (01/13/15)
Sometimes I get interesting letters, emails, and phone calls from students. I thought I'd share some of them here. I don't think they really need any explanation, other than to say I changed any names for anonymity, the spelling and punctuation errors are their own, and some I had to pare down a bit...

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