[Masthead] Fog/Mist ~ 36°F  
Dense Fog Advisory
Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014

Stories from Tuesday, October 2, 2001

At 86, former Schaller minister turns author (10/02/01)
Bryant retired from the ministry of the Iowa United Methodist Church in 1981, unable to continue preaching because Parkinson's Disease had caused his speech to slur. He then took up his pen and started writing his memoirs, immediately followed by a book on the Old Testament. Both were published in 1995...
SL police ranks thin, DARE and Officer Friendly cut for the year (10/02/01)
Over the summer, one officer retired and another resigned. Last week, a second officer gave his resignation and another was called to active duty with the Air Force Reserve to serve in Turkey. The department is working to fill all three open positions by mid to late November. ...
Activists: We must bridge gap between 'haves and have nots' to stop the hate (10/02/01)
"We have to understand the atmosphere of hatred for America and where it comes from," said Brian Terrell, with the Catholic Workers Movement in Des Moines. "September 11 was a response to real violence, to real grievances," he said of the attacks in Washington, D.C., and New York City...
SL teachers eagerly await a new mentoring program (10/02/01)
The Iowa new teacher mentoring program is designed to help first-year teachers make the transition to the classroom by working closely with veteran educators. Funding for the program was approved last spring by the state legislature. The Storm Lake School District already has a teacher-trainer program for all new teachers to the district, but with the new teacher mentoring program, the district will have "mentors" working specifically with teachers in their first year of teaching. ...
Nesbitt selected as Teacher of the Year (10/02/01)
Mr. Nesbitt is a dedicated teacher that "cares very deeply for each student, and teaches each student as an individual. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Iowa High School Speech Association, serving as the Coach at Large. He helped to start the Buena Vista Community Theater. In addition to his volunteerism in the community, he started a program in Speech Two for students to read to senior citizens...
PAW PRINTS - How sad is that puppy in the window? (10/02/01)
We would like to explain why we feel so strongly about this issue. Most of the dogs sold in pet shops come from puppy mills and poorly kept breeding kennels, many found right here in the Midwest. In puppy mills, female dogs are usually kept in crude, outdoor cages and are bred continuously. ...
Squeeze on space in Alta Elementary School core of proposed expansion plan (10/02/01)
Every day the principal of the school which houses the kindergarten through sixth grade students of the Alta School District walks up and down the hallways, greeting students in the cramped library and watching kids who file out of the only bathroom for 275 first through sixth graders in the building...
Humor in the classroom improves learning (10/02/01)
One Iowa State university economics professor is doing his part to change that. Ron Deiter is director of undergraduate advising in economics and ag business. "More than 20 years ago, I taught my first college-level economics course and bored my first group of students," Deiter says. "After that first class, I told myself if I was going to continue teaching as a career, I had to change how I taught to make it fun not only for my students, but for myself."...
Storm Lake youth tackles cemetery clean-up as he nears Eagle Scout status (10/02/01)
Becoming an Eagle Scout is a very demanding standard and a worthy goal. The trail towards earning the Eagle Scout Award first requires you to earn the ranks of Star and Life, which requires you to earn a certain number of merit badges, accept a position of responsibility in your troop, and to be of service to your church and community. ...
Summit Church hopes Chicago forum will help small groups (10/02/01)
To do so, he will become a member of a big group this week in one of the biggest cities in the country - Chicago. Scolare, associate pastor and director of small groups at Summit Church, will be attending the Small Groups Conference at Willow Creek Community Church in suburban Chicago, which began Wednesday and will continue through Saturday afternoon...
Alta Education Foundation nets $1,600 from golf, card fundraisers on Sunday (10/02/01)
Thirty people braved the unseasonably brisk temperatures, while over 40 people escaped the cold weather by participating in a card tournament inside the clubhouse. Paula Radke, golf organizing chairwoman, said members of the foundation were enthusiastic about the numbers they saw at both the golf and card events...
Reporting threats: it's not really tattling (10/02/01)
Parents can strengthen these efforts by taking an active role in violence prevention. One way that families and schools, working together, can head off violence is by persuading children to report threats and dangerous behavior by their peers. It's not tattling. Children hate to think of themselves as tattletales. You have to teach them that there's a big difference between tattling and reporting...
JV Cyclones amass nearly 300 yards in 30-6 victory over Pomeroy-Palmer (10/02/01)
The Cyclones, 3-1 on the year, totalled nearly 300 yards of offense on the night, as the team rushed for 161 yards and passed for 132 yards on the evening. The Alta offense was led by sophomore fullback Kole Petersen, who carried the ball 16 times for 66 yards, and freshman quarterback Nick Nesbitt, who rushed nine times for 51 yards during the contest...
Newsday publishes Storm Lake opinion (10/02/01)
The article was a shortened version of a column by Storm Lake writer Chuck Offenburger. Just as Offenburger had finished the story, the terrorist attacks occurred, and Newsday asked him to update the article to reflect reactions or changes in Storm Lake in the wake of the tragedies...
BVU Parents of the Year presented (10/02/01)
The award, which annually recognizes parents for their support of their son or daughter's college education, was announced at halftime of the BVU football game on Saturday, Sept. 22. Students submit nominations for the "Parents of the Year" award by writing an essay to a panel of BVU administrators for review. The Peters were nominated for the award by their daughter, Mandy, who is a senior double-majoring in finance and Spanish at BVU...
Ethanol Day event honored (10/02/01)
It is one of five county Farm Bureau ideas from Iowa that will advance to the national competition. The Pocahontas County Farm Bureau held a countywide ethanol day to promote its usage, dispel any misconceptions about negative effects on car performance and increase its market share. ...
Finding ancestors course offered (10/02/01)
Beginning Tuesday, October 16, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., participants will learn the how, why and where of getting their genealogy started. Instructor Janice Danielson is ready and willing to share her resources and experiences from "climbing her own family tree." The third week will be spent at the Family History Library, showing the ins and outs of computer use in this search of ancestors. ...
Cornell continues to prove its for real by beating Simpson (10/02/01)
Cornell knocked off Simpson 16-14 on Saturday at Mount Vernon. Simpson and Cornell entered the game as two of the three undefeated teams in the Iowa Conference. The Rams led the entire game and have yet to trail this season. Sparkplug quarterback Chris Lovely opened the game with a 24-yard run and finished with 163 yards on 35 carries and a touchdown...
Upper Iowa rallies past Dubuque for first win of the season (10/02/01)
Both teams topped 240 yards rushing and 320 yards of total offense. Upper Iowa is now 1-3 overall and 1-2 in the Iowa Conference, while Dubuque fell to 2-2 overall and 1-2 in the IIAC. Dubuque got on the scoreboard first on a 33-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Rear to Bryan Kuehn late in the first quarter. Kicker Ryan Wolfram ran in a two-point conversion. The Spartans upped their lead to 15-0 on a 6-yard Chris Singletary run midway through the second quarter...
BVU gets defensive to beat Luther (10/02/01)
STORM LAKE - When Buena Vista's defense plays like it did on Saturday, the Beavers can be tough to beat. Luther found out the hard way as Buena Vista held the Norse to just 97 yards rushing and 43 yards passing en route to a 31-7 victory in an Iowa Conference game at Decorah...
Iowa player sympathizes with Penn State woes (10/02/01)
Iowa's Aaron Kampman knows exactly what the Nittany Lions are going through with coach Joe Paterno. The same thing happened at Iowa when he was a freshman. It was 1998, Hayden Fry's final season, and as the Hawkeyes struggled to a 3-8 record, there was a feeling the coach who had brought the program into national prominence had maybe stayed too long...
Alta places first in Cyclone tournament (10/02/01)
The Cyclones defeated Sac City, Sioux Central and Graettinger in the tourney. Ashlea Payne led Alta in hitting, going 33-for-41 with 19 kills on the day. Greta Lichtenberg was 24-for-25 with eight kills, Casi Flink 25-for-30 with eight kills and Jaime Parkhurst 31-for-36 with 12 kills...
Zorn leads golfers to BVU Classic win (10/02/01)
Buena Vista carded a team score of 658 strokes. The University of South Dakota was second with a 687, followed by South Dakota State with a 709, Northwestern 711, Central 715, Wartburg 746 and Morningside 816. Zorn fired a 77 in each round, while Hall shot a 78 in each round. Jennifer Einck finished fifth overall with a 172, while Kristi Wellendorf carded a 179 to tie for 10th place...
Concert Choir debuts in October 7 concert (10/02/01)
Ninety-seven students from across the United States have begun preparations for performances this season. All concerts are free and open to the public, except the Madrigal Dinners. The remaining dates for the Concert Choir and Vistas Chamber Choir include:...
High stakes 'bidding' war for Clay Events Center (10/02/01)
First the Rotary Club of Spencer approved a gift of $12,500. Then they discovered that the Daybreaker Kiwanis Club had pledged $15,000. Not to be outdone, Rotarians raised their pledge to $15,100. A counter move brought the Kiwanis' pledge to $15,200...
Butterflies give wing to Iowa education system (10/02/01)
However, these teachers were chasing, not being chased. Their targets? The brilliant monarch butterflies floating fitfully from flower to flower in the butterfly garden atop the Mississippi River bluff at Bellevue State Park. Have you seen the monarchs gathering up in Storm Lake? No doubt science teachers and their young students have...
ENTERTAINMENT BRIEFS (10/02/01)
St. Mary's craft bazaar to be held The annual St. Mary's Fall Craft Bazaar will be Saturday, Oct. 6, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the St. Mary's School Gymnasium in Storm Lake. Over 50 specially selected artists and crafters will be featured. There will also be a handmade quilt raffle and a "scrumptious" bake sale with homemade pies, specialty breads, desserts and cookies...
TRAVEL IOWA (10/02/01)
From American Indian history at sites including Blood Run and the Toolesboro Mounds, to a peek into the lives of former governors at Plum Grove and Montauk, these attractions give visitors an interesting dose of Iowa history. American Gothic House, Eldon...
Shopping for credit cards, and the questions to ask (10/02/01)
First of all, consider the "just say no" approach. If you keep your credit cards to a minimum, you lower the chance of unwittingly falling into expensive credit card debt. It is also usually not a good idea to sign up for a credit card just to get so-called "free prizes."...
O'Bannon $10,000 prize winner for SL Kum & Go (10/02/01)
O'Bannon received $10,000 for winning the grand prize. The contest, which lasted between April and August, consisted of a "mystery shopper," an unidentified consumer, visiting all 300-plus stores 12 times throughout the period. The mystery shopper judged each store on a pass/fail basis with a seven-checkpoint list...
Keo Pittman (10/02/01)
Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 29th at 2:00 p.m. at Lakeside Presbyterian Church with the Reverend Duane Queen and Pastor Barry Thongvanh officiating. Cremation will follow the funeral service with burial at a later date in the Tai-Dam section of Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines...
Jesse Young (10/02/01)
Mr. Young passed away Sept. 20, 2001, at Waverly Municipal Hospital. He was born to Charles Caul and Lulu Belle (Manzer) Young in Parkersburg. He married Ruth Miller on February 24, 1934, in Waterloo. They lived in the Shell Rock area all of their married lives. ...
Sarah Petersen (10/02/01)
There is a visitation today after 2 p.m. at the Farber and Otteman Funeral Home in Sac City. A service will be Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the St Paul's Lutheran Church in Sac City with burial in the Cory Grove Cemetery, Rev. Mark Selby officiating...
Edna Konomos (10/02/01)
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 9 a.m. at Park Lawn Funeral Home, Kansas City, Mo. Edna was born May 10, 1907, in Agency to Edward and Edith Graves Wing. She attended grade school at Dickens and graduated from Spencer High School. After graduation and a six-week teaching course, she taught country school near Fostoria for two years...
Harold Halverson (10/02/01)
Mr. Halverson passed away Sept. 19, 2001, at Buena Vista County Hospital. Harold was born Nov. 17, 1913, to Theodor O. Halverson and Lula Buell Eastman Halverson in Alta. He was baptized and confirmed in the United Methodist Church of Alta, and later joined the Sioux Valley Lutheran Church...
Robert Wittrock Sr. (10/02/01)
Services were October 1, at The United Methodist Church in Holstein, with Rev. Judith Piper officiating. Burial is in the Holstein Cemetery. Robert was born June 3, 1922 in Logan Township on the homestead farm south of Holstein. He was the only son of William and Edna (Schnare) Wittrock. ...
Melvin Abbott (10/02/01)
He then enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard with the late Floyd Rice and served in Los Angeles, the Pacific, San Francisco, Boston and New York before retiring in 1967 as Senior Chief Journalist. His mother, Estella Crouse, his grandparents, Alexander and Agnorah Haines, and his aunt and uncle, Neva and Otto Haines, all are interred, along with many other relatives, in St. ...
Frank Crapser (10/02/01)
Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Aurelia. Military Honors will be conducted by the Grashoff-McManus American Legion Post #390 of Aurelia. Visitation will be Sunday from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m., with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia...
Lorna Pepper (10/02/01)
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. on Wednesday October 3rd, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Rochester, Minn. with Reverend Steven Schauder officiating. There will be a memorial service on Thursday October 4, at 10 a.m., at St. Paul's Lutheran church in Alta prior to the burial at Buena Vista Cemetery, Storm Lake...
Norman Severson (10/02/01)
Funeral services were September 27, 11:00 a.m. at Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Storm Lake with Rev. Todd Schlitter officiating. Interment was at Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery, Storm Lake. Norman was born September 14, 1911 to Fred and Josephine Severson on a farm west of Early. ...
Vincent Benna (10/02/01)
Funeral service was at Grace Lutheran Church in Storm Lake on September 28, with Pastor Douglas Haynes officiating. Interment was at Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery in Storm Lake. Vincent Carl Benna, son of Edith (Spar) and George Benna, was born in Albert City on June 26, 1921. He was baptized and confirmed at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Albert City. Vince grew up on a farm northeast of town and graduated from Albert City High School...
Darrell Merkley (10/02/01)
At his request, there will be only a grave side service on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 2 p.m. in Schaller under the assistance of Farber and Otteman Funeral Home in Schaller. There will be no visitation. There will be military rites by the Schaller VFW Post No. 4704...
THE PILOT EDITORIAL - 'Drunk bus' (10/02/01)
This is the familiar Rides bus contracted to ferry students at Buena Vista University back and forth to a couple of preferred local bars on a couple nights a week that night life traffic is particularly heavy. Of course, the bus doesn't just chug up to the bar door, it coyly lets out a couple doors down. ...
LETTER TO THE EDITOR - Poetic justice (10/02/01)
Among the many questions she has had from her own children, and the many I have heard myself from my own, I realized not only do our children have questions, but we as adults do also. I received this e-mail from my sister, and wanted to share a few of her thoughts with others, who feel the same fear and confusion. Many questions may never get an answer, perhaps the greatest one of all... "Why?"...
GUEST EDITORIAL - A new kind of war (10/02/01)
The existance of this nation has been threatened by terrorists. This is a conflict unlike any other; the enemy operates in secrecy and stealth, hits and runs, then hides. And, it's a war we cannot afford to lose if we want to preserve the American way of life and ideals!...
LETTER TO THE EDITOR - Teacher funds (10/02/01)
Before this national tragedy there had been a lot of discussion and no action taken to deal with Iowa's looming workfore crisis with nearly 40 percent of our skilled workers ready to retire. Our state elected officials do have the power to avert this destructive economic predicament if they act now...
THE PILOT EDITORIAL - American kids (10/02/01)
It seems like patriotism comes natural for them. In fact, in seems like they have been just waiting for it. Surprising, isn't it? It seems sometimes our society has tried everything it could to snuff out American pride. Teachers are in trouble these days if they dare to say the Pledge of Allegiance in school - somewhere along the line, it became wrong to suggest that we are "one nation, under God..."...