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Thayer's $28m Planned Parenthood suit goes forward
A federal judge ruling paves the way for a former Storm Lake Planned Parenthood manager turned right-to-life activist to proceed to trial with a $28 million fraud lawsuit. Sue Thayer, of Lakeside, filed the lawsuit against her former employer in 2011, claiming evidence that Planned Parenthood defrauded Medicaid to the tune of millions of dollars by overcharging for services and illegally billing for abortion patients...
Skin-to-Skin right after C-Section allows mom and baby to bond
Buena Vista Regional Medical Center now offers babies born by cesarean section (C-section) precious bonding time immediately after birth, called skin-to-skin contact. Skin-to-skin contact is a practice that BVRMC has used for vaginal births for several years. With the right safe conditions for mother and baby, the baby is given to the mother minutes after birth and placed on the mother's chest to begin bonding. The baby stays skin-to-skin with mom until its first feeding...
The Albatross alums gather for 33rd milestone
The Albatross rugby club celebrated its 33rd anniversary Saturday, wrapping up its spring season with a rare home outing in Storm Lake's Frank Starr Park. Past players came from as far as Las Vegas, Kansas City and Minneapolis to take part in the event, which included an "Old Boys" walking game that became quite competitive, a "friendly" exhibition match dividing The Albatross players into two teams, and a banquet at Legacy Steakhouse. ...
BV Raceway helps foodbanks
Last Wednesday, Joan Spooner of Upper Des Moines in Storm Lake dropped by the Buena Vista County Raceway to pick up donated food items that have been collected so far this season. Spooner said, "Last month we gave food to 2800 individuals, in Buena Vista County. ...
Wine and Stein
Alchemists of Buena Vista Local 220 will be the featured group at the Wine and Stein Event at the Buena Vista County Fair on Saturday, July 23, from 5-7 p.m. ABV Local 220 is a fermenters club based in Buena Vista County that was established in 2015. ...
Kid Rock fans head for Creek Fest
Always known as a country festival, Creek Fest is attracting a wider range of fans this season with headliner Kid Rock. There is still plenty of traditional country in Creek Fest, however, with a lineup including veteran Joe Diffie. Robert James Ritchie - "Kid Rock" - five-time Grammy winner, got his start in the Detroit underground music scene as a deejay, and used that to launch a recording career as a hardcore rapper...
Youth learn about animal and vet science
On June 15 and 16, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach -- Sac County hosted an Animal and Veterinary Science Camp. Twenty-two kids, ages 9-12, came out to learn about why we study animals, careers in animal science, animal health and behavior, anatomy and physiology, veterinary science, and more. ...
'Heartbreaking' Supreme Court immigration decision ripples to Storm Lake
A deadlock of the Supreme Court Thursday on immigration policy will leave some Storm Lake residents stuck in the shadows between legal residency and potential deportation. "I'm disappointed but not surprised at all," says Charles Valenti-Hein, a Storm Lake minister who is outspoken on issues impacting the diverse local population...
BV unemployment declining, but employers long for dependability
Unemployment in Buena Vista County continues on a modest downward trend. The latest statistics from Iowa Workforce Development show the local jobless rate at 3.4 percent at the end of May, down from 3.7 percent in April and 4.3 percent in March. Despite ups and downs from month to month, the local jobless rate has declined fairly steadily since the recession of 2009, when the area saw unemployment spike to 6.4 percent, nearly triple the rate of the modern low of barely over 2 percent in the early 2000s.. ...
Rabbit laying rubber
The sign has apparently convinced this bunny, who rockets past it while visiting the Storm Lake High School soccer field. / Pilot photo by Dana Larsen
Gracious Storm Lake drivers have become practiced at stopping traffic to let parades of Canada geese stroll across the roads. This brood was making their way to the lake in the campground area. / Pilot photo by Dana Larsen
Buena Vista University names three new Trustees
Buena Vista University has announced three new members have been named to the Board of Trustees. They are Dr. Susan Donovan, Maureen Heffernan and Daniel Phillips. The Board of Trustees works together to develop and adopt fundamental policies and programs to help Buena Vista University achieve its purposes and provide a high-quality higher education experience to its students. ...
Albert City man redefines 'all terrain vehicle'
Albert City resident Joel Clausen surveyed the world of off-road vehicles and found all of them wholly inadequate. No problem. With the help of Scott Risius, his partner in crime, he built his own hyper-capable machine. The genre is called 'Ultimate Adventure Rigs' because they're designed to get you into and out of the wildest parts of America, while carrying everything you need for a week's worth of fun and adventure. ...
Storm Lake Boy Scout recognized for outstanding leadership
Sam Olson, of Storm Lake, was recognized as a 2016 Youth Leadership Award winner at Trees Forever's Annual Celebration and Awards Dinner at The Hotel at Kirkwood in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Thursday, June 16. Olson will be a high school senior this spring, and yet he is already being recognized as an excellent volunteer organizer...
Quad County Corn Processors and CoBank donate to three area organizations
Quad County Corn Processors, a 14.5 million bushel corn processing biorefinery in Galva and CoBank, a $107 billion cooperative bank, recently donated matching funds to three area organizations. As part of CoBank's Renewal of "Sharing Success" for 2016 program, a total of $10,000 was donated to the organizations in June for projects...
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...
Diva Tech Camp
Iowa Central Community College's Industrial Technology Department held its annual Diva Tech Camp recently. Over 90 high school and middle school girls enjoyed the opportunity to experiment in trades that are traditionally thought of as careers for males. / Photo courtesy of ICCC...
The Sac County Cattlemen sold their scholarship trophies during the annual steak fry at Spring Lake Golf Course on June 20. Scholarship sponsors this year include: (left to right) United Bank of Iowa, represented by Matt Huegerich; Quad County Corn Processors, represented by Dave Juelsgaard; Farm Credit Services, represented by Roy Beukelman; Engel Agri-Sales, represented by Steve Engel; and BN Brokerage, represented by Dave Hamilton. / Photo by Dale Wegner...
GEAR UP Iowa holds college and career summit
60 student leaders from across state selected to attend, six of them from Storm Lake
Iowa Conference spring all-academic team announced
269 student athletes announced, including 18 from BVU
Applications for Nurse Loan Forgiveness hit record high
Iowa College Aid program sees over 7 percent increase
Northwestern College announces Dean's List
Mallory Bjork, Bailey McGuire and Callie Vant Hul, students at Northwestern College in Orange City, have earned spots on the Academic Dean's List for the spring 2016 semester. The Dean's List is comprised of students who have achieved a semester grade point average of 3.50 or above while carrying a minimum of 12 graded hours. ...
Sue Thayer of Lakeside is proud to announce the graduation of her daughter, Kimberly Thayer, from Iowa State University. Kimberly received her Master's of Science Degree in Agronomy and is currently employed as an agronomist at Tucker Consulting, Inc. of Storm Lake...
President's and Dean's Lists
Concordia University Concordia University, Nebraska named 247 students to its honors list for the spring 2016 semester. The top 25 percent of all undergraduate students who complete at least 12 credit hours qualify for the honors list. Local student named to the honors list include:...
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The Elements announces new Ankeny location in The District at Prairie Trail
ANKENY - As part of a strategy aimed at strengthening its presence in Central Iowa, Kathy Sorbe, owner and lead designer of The Elements in Storm Lake, Iowa, announced the opening of a second location at 1380 SW Vintage Parkway, in the heart of The District at Prairie Trail. The Ankeny store will be called The Elements at Prairie Trail and is scheduled to open November 1...
Longtime downtown business expands
A large crowd of well-wishers was on hand for the ribbon-cutting at Rust's Western Shed Thursday for the opening of the men's wear expansion next-door. Owner Mike Rust, with wife Pam at his side, said, "Two or three years ago, Pam and I had the idea for this, and we were finally able to get started in February when The Zone fixed up a new downtown location for themselves. It has all come together in the last three or four weeks, thanks to my wife, who is the best organizer in the world."...
Asian Snack Shack lets you see what you're getting
The Asian Snack Shack has been at their current location since December, serving Laotian food from 10:30 to 7 p.m. seven days a week. Proprietor Bounnhang "Bon" Mangsananh says his spring rolls and sandwiches are his specialties. For those not familiar with Laotian food, he has examples of menu items on display, beside the price list. The Asian Snack Shack is located at 504 Erie Street. All sales are cash only...
Iowa Lakes Corridor announces new hires
The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation has added two new employees to their staff. Katrina McCarty is acting as the Corridor's office, communications, and events intern for the summer and Tim Weideman is the Corridor's administrative specialist...
Reding Sand and Gravel has ribbon-cutting
Storm Lake United officially welcomed Reding Sand and Gravel to the community with a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday morning at the Reding facility. Company owner Chuck Reding and his two children John Reding and Katie Besch were on hand for the occasion...
Smokin' Hereford BBQ had an open house and ribbon-cutting June 8th. Owner Nathan Jensen thanked the customers and staff, as well as Inspiration Winery and Coon River Farms. / Photo by Chip Hubert
Northwest Iowa Young Farmer Group to gather July 7
The Northwest Iowa Beginning Young Livestock Farmer Group has planned another great educational experience at the Northwest Iowa Research Farm in Sutherland on Thursday, July 7, starting at 2 p.m. This meeting will feature a tour and drone demonstration of the research farm, FINPACK training, and mini educational sessions with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Specialists Beth Doran, Dave Stender, and Ryan Breuer. The day will wrap up with a meal and networking ending at 6 p.m...
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach to co-host July beef feedlot assessment field days
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, in partnership with the Iowa Beef Industry Council and Iowa Cattlemen's Association, invite Northwest Iowa feedlot operators to take part in one of two July Beef Feedlot Assessment Field Days. "All of the participants at the first two feedlot assessment field days in June reported they now understand the importance of the feedlot self-assessment," Doug Bear, Director of Industry Relations for the Iowa Beef industry Council, said. ...
Members of the community and Galva Economic Development Corporation hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for Brenda Segebart, new owner of The Lumber Inn, in Galva on Saturday, June 4th. Also present were family members and friends. / Photo submitted
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...
A vacuum as genius tool
I must have accidentally bumped something while vacuuming up a giant warren of dust bunnies behind my media center, because now my television is on the fritz. And by "media center," I mean my TV. The rest of the items there - the wildly expensive and way out-of-date tuner, the obsolete VHS player, the state-of-the-art (at the time) multi-disc CD player that I haven't used since, oh, 1995 - are just decorations now. ...
Gardening with the boys
We spent most of the weekend gardening, and I've come to an important conclusion. Some people are born with green thumbs. Others, including the guys I live with, are simply all thumbs -- and not a one of them is green. I needed help with mulching. I consider it a heavy task and was hoping to put their muscles to work. They were more than happy to oblige and their attitudes were terrific. A few minutes after they started, mine was not...
Don't just pass the water on
What a rainy stretch we had during the last part of April right through May. We definitely reached the saturation point with fields covered with water. Rivers and streams rose and went out of their banks, and runoff made its way into tiles and tributaries eventually ending in our lakes. As a result, lakes rose above full and water poured out of their overflows...
Customer dissatisfaction survey
After hanging up from a two hour-phone call with my cable TV provider, much of it spent waiting for a human, I immediately got an email asking me to fill out a customer service survey. The first question: Did my customer service representative solve my problem? No, but that's not the right question. ...
Time: a moment in
My husband and I have always tried to make our family a priority. It is the one aspect of parenting we can agree on. Still, after years of planning kid-friendly vacations, chaperoning field trips to the zoo or museum, warming the bleachers at youth sporting events and attending school holiday concerts, I have the nagging feeling I could have (should have) done more. ...
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