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Stories from Monday, January 8, 2001

SL schools offer teachers 3.3% raise (01/08/01)
The total offer the district is willing to give the teachers, if accepted, is $203,472 or $1,414.61 per full-time teaching employee, an increase of 3.3 percent. The teacher's association had earlier requested a $565,466 package for an increase of 8.5 percent, including a 3.27 percent boost in base pay...
BV County road department explains winter road policies (01/08/01)
County crews maintain 245 miles of paved and 750 miles of gravel roads, which can be a daunting task during a snow storm. , according to County Engineer Jon Ites. Statewide, the extensive rural system can strain local snow and ice budgets - counties are responsible for almost four times the road miles of state, city and town agencies combined. ...
SLHS to host Diversity Day on Feb. 15 (01/08/01)
The opening session will include the S.O.S. Players performing skits on racism, diversity and violence with music by the University of Iowa Steel Pan Band. Participants are then invited to choose from at least 10 topics for five sessions throughout the day. Topics will include: Breaking Through Stereotypes, Culture of Poland, Japan and Denmark, Gang Trends Nationwide, Children of AIDS, a Tanzanian Safari and Quinceranera...
Embezzlement at YES Center, director fired (01/08/01)
At its monthly meeting July 5, the board of directors, including Jim Gustafson representing Buena Vista County, voted unanimously to terminate Donald E. Short Jr., postdating the action to take effect as of December 20, 2000. An audit of the YES Center's books has been requested from the Iowa State Auditor's Office and the matter has been referred for prosecution. ...
Running down a dream (01/08/01)
Catching up with Ben Smith has never been easy. Whether tearing up the track or plowing through the hole on the football field, Smith is traditionally a step ahead of the competition. So where is Buena Vista's former All-American tailback a year removed from his records-shattering senior season? He's more recently been doing all his running in the streets of our nation's capital...
HEAVENLY LABORS (01/08/01)
The pane Babcock is holding will take one to two weeks of renovation, and in all, it may take six to seven months to have all of the glass brought back to original condition. The stained glass all dates to 1906, and was produced by the Ford Brothers artisans, a well-known Chicago firm around the turn of the century, according to Pastor Kenneth Bell. ...
Partial meth lab found in SL, one arrested (01/08/01)
The search at 503A West 8th Street was part of an ongoing drug investigation. Police located the partial meth lab in the garage area of the mobile home and requested the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement Lab Team to respond to the scene. At approximately 11:30 p.m., the lab team arrived and processed the garage area, neutralized the chemicals that were located and collected evidence of the lab. ...
Start the year off right (01/08/01)
"Aerobic exercise is the up and coming thing," Fitness and Health Center director Heidi Wiedenfeld said. "We've had people call with their New Year's resolutions and it seems aerobic exercise is the thing they are most interested in." Cardiovascular training like aerobics, jogging, swimming, fast walking and cross country skiing all incorporate the same goal of getting the heart rate into the target zone and sustaining that pace for an extended period of time. ...
Beyond 'Freedom to Farm' (01/08/01)
With only two years left on the Freedom to Farm Act, Iowa farmers are calling on Congress to start work on a new bill. Both of Iowa's U.S. Senators - Tom Harkin and Charles Grassley - say that negotiations should begin well before Freedom to Farm expires...
Habitat for Humanity seeks fourth partner family (01/08/01)
The non-profit organization selects families who currently live in inadequate housing, who are willing to partner with Habitat volunteers in building a home and who are able to repay the mortgage on the house. Habitat for Humanity seeks not only to provide affordable housing, but also to uplift families. ...
Small changes can cut risk of heart disease (01/08/01)
The good news is there's much you can do to help ward off heart disease. Cardiologist Gary Hoff, D.O., associate dean for clinical affairs at Des Moines University~Osteopathic Medical Center's College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, says simple lifestyle changes can make a world of difference in reducing your chances of developing heart disease...
BV public health, BVCH receive $20,000 to snuff teen smoking (01/08/01)
The total value of the grant is $20,000, with one-fourth of that being raised locally, said Karole Graen, director of public health. The grant is designed to fund a collaborative anti-tobacco effort targeted at seventh graders and pregnant women. It will involve several school districts, Buena Vista University, BVCH, public health and law enforcement...
SL girls edged by Spencer, 59-57 (01/08/01)
Storm Lake led 16-14 after the first quarter, but trailed 28-24 at the half. It was 43-40 Spencer heading into the fourth quarter of play. Spencer made 28 of 51 field goals for 55 percent compared to 20 of 68 for 29 percent for Storm Lake. Storm Lake made 13 of 21 free throws to the Tigers' 2 of 8...
Luther upsets No. 10 BV men (01/08/01)
Luther shot 51 percent in the first half to build a 40-32 halftime lead. The Norse outscored the Beavers 44-42 in the second half. Buena Vista made 23 of 50 field goals for 46 percent. Luther shot 48 percent. Justin Pieper scored 14 points for Luther, while Jared Bly and Justin Taiber each added 12...
Newell-Fonda cruises past St. Mary's, 58-41 (01/08/01)
Newell-Fonda, now 5-2 overall, led 47-35 with 3 minutes remaining when it went on an 8-2 spurt to take a 55-37 lead with 2 minutes to play. The game was tied at 10-10 after the first quarter. The Mustangs held a 26-13 halftime lead and led 39-29 entering the fourth period...
Storm Lake wrestlers rally to beat LeMars (01/08/01)
Storm Lake rallied to beat LeMars 44-30, but lost to Spencer 41-28. "We were pleased with the way we wrestled in both duals," Storm Lake coach Ty Seaman said. "I think we have improved quite a bit in the last three weeks considering we haven't had a match since Dec. 16. We were aggressive and wrestled hard for the full match."...
Hot start helps Alta knock off SL, 75-49 (01/08/01)
Alta held a 17-10 lead after the first quarter. It was 45-28 Alta at the half and 67-36 entering the fourth period. Heath Glienke scored 14 points for the Cyclones, now 7-2 overall. Jared Johnson added seven points. Johnson grabbed five rebounds and Eric Holton added four. Holton also charted four assists. Ryan Schultze had three steals, while Wes Bunjes and Brad Bunjes had two apiece...
Fourth-ranked Newell-Fonda tops St. Mary's (01/08/01)
St. Mary's held an 18-17 lead after the first quarter. The Mustangs led 40-25 at the halftime break and 47-42 at the end of the third period. Travis Brown, Corey Carlton and Jared Daniel all scored nine points apiece for the Mustangs, now 5-1 in the league and 5-1 overall...
Chamber hopes to hire new business recruiter (01/08/01)
The chamber proposes to bolster downtown retail activity by hiring a business recruiter. Chamber officials requested funding for the new position from the Storm Lake City Council during this week's budget requests. "We've been hearing different comments from different chamber members regarding the business climate in downtown and the need for more retail vitality downtown," said Tim Rebnord, incoming chamber president for 2001...
Ernestine Luft (01/08/01)
Casketbearers were Linda Baumeier, Barb Dahm, Vicky Lashier, Jenny Price, Doug Blass, Milt Ringgenberg, Beth Fossey and Ed Lashier. Burial was in Early Union Cemetery. Farber and Otteman Funeral Home of Sac City was in charge of the arrangements. Mrs. Luft passed away Monday, Jan. 1, at the Loring Hospital in Sac City...
Edwin Harris (01/08/01)
Pallbearers were Steve Breazeale, Jeff Davis, Shawn Breazeale, Tony Davis, Shane Breazeale and Robbie Davis. Burial was at Newell Cemetery. Farber and Otteman Funeral Home of Newell was in charge of the arrangements. Mr. Harris passed away Wednesday, Dec. 20, at Buena Vista County Hospital in Storm Lake...
Newell woman arrested while trying to flee SL police (01/08/01)
The vehicle did not stop and proceeded east on East Lakeshore Drive until it reached the intersection of East Lakeshore Drive and Radio Road. When police arrived, they noticed the female driver, identified as Lamoon Marlatt, 51, of Newell, was very agitated and attempted to exit her vehicle. After refusing to obey the officer's instructions to remain in the vehicle, Marlatt was arrested...
POLICE & SHERIFF'S BLOTTER (01/08/01)
ACCIDENTS A hit and run accident happened last Friday between 5:15 and 5:45 p.m. in the Wal-Mart parking lot, 1280 Lake Avenue. A 1995 Saab, owned by Matthew Wallace, Sac City, was parked in the parking lot when it was struck by an unknown vehicle which left the scene. damage to the Wallace vehicle was estimated at $800...
Police seize hashish during search of home (01/08/01)
During the search, police located a small amount of what is believed to be hashish, a derivative of marijuana. The materials seized have been submitted to the Iowa State Crime Lab for analysis. No arrests have been made in connection with the search warrant and the investigation is continuing...
PILOT EDITORIAL - Unlocking the school buildings (01/08/01)
The schools were dark all weekend and over the holidays, and the doors were chained shut for the summer. The general community seldom had cause to enter a school, except maybe for a basketball game now and then. Even as we have educated, we have learned...
BETWEEN THE LINES - On the gravel roads: So this is prosperity... (01/08/01)
Out on the gravel roads, things haven't been quite so entertaining. In the Pilot-Tribune during the month of Clinton's first election, a local restaurant was advertising breakfast for 99 cents, it cost $2.50 to go to the movies, a new Chevy pickup was priced at just under $7,500, and some real nice houses were being offered for $40,000...