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Stories from Monday, November 26, 2001

SIMPLE PLEASURES (11/26/01)
On the last warm day of November, there is value in the way the clear water ripples over a lost shell on the rugged beach at Frank Starr Park, and the way the hardy plants wave in the warm breeze nearby, inviting straggling waterbirds into the safety of their roots. A moment of quiet contemplation atop a log. A string of footprints in the sand. Simple Pleasures...
Alta school vote 'too close to call' (11/26/01)
In the Alta school buildings this week, the mood is "cautiously optimistic," as the December 4 bond issue vote for a pivotal elementary and middle school addition draws close. "I see this as a very important opportunity for our school system and our community. December 4 is going to be a big day for Alta," Superintendent Fred Maharry told the Pilot-Tribune...
Lake gives clues to droughts past and future (11/26/01)
In order to answer this question, I have studied lake elevation levels going back to 1931. These levels were taken by county engineers, and I want to thank Darel Burns for giving me copies of the lake elevation data. The data indicates that the lake has been through three major periods of low water conditions where the water level at times was 36 inches or more below the top of the outlet dam. ...
SL to be multi-county 'court center' under judicial budget plan (11/26/01)
The council is seeking public comment on the plan, which reduces the number of Iowa's judicial districts from eight to five, and reorganizes court services into 28 court service areas. Under the restructuring, Storm Lake would serve as the court service area for the four county area of Buena Vista, Cherokee, Ida and Sac...
Newly certified BVRMC Diabetes Center helps area patients learn to manage chronic disease (11/26/01)
Unfortunately, the quartet has also seen the need for their services increase around the local area over the past few years. Diabetes, a chronic disease which causes high blood sugar levels, affects approximately 16 million people in the U.S., and health experts estimate over five million individuals have the disease but do not know it...
New postal system routes funds from SL to Mexico (11/26/01)
"Dinero Seguro offers the Hispanic community a fast, safe and reliable way to transfer money to Mexico," said Postmaster Todd Oxley. "Postal money orders have long been a favorite way for people to send money to friends and relatives in Mexico. Dinero Seguro provides and electronic alternative that reduces the time that it takes to receive the funds from days to just 15 minutes."...
Planned Parenthood offers new HIV testing procedure (11/26/01)
Sixteen other Planner Parenthood sites across Iowa will begin the service at the same time. The tests are being offered, said PPGI vice president for health services Penny Dickey, R.N., because patients throughout the state, in rural as well as in metro areas, have asked Planned Parenthood for the service. HIV testing previously had been available only at PPGI's Des Moines Central and Iowa City clinics...
Newell-Fonda principal set to represent NW Iowa athletics (11/26/01)
Elected to the Council from the Northeast District, Class A schools, were Gary Stumberg, superintendent of schools at Starmont and Richard Evans, high school principal at New Hampton. The Class AA schools new council member in northeast Iowa is Stan Slessor, superintendent at Waverly-Shell Rock...
Utility deposit to be required of SL renters (11/26/01)
Current rental customers who have their current service disconnected for non-payment will also be required to pay the deposit, in addition to the disconnect fee, to have their service restored. The combined utility deposit will be refunded after 24 consecutive months of penalty-free service. The original amount of the deposit will be credited to the customer's account...
A splash of art, a gift for youth (11/26/01)
A new piece of art is taking on life in a second-floor hallway at South Elementary. Spanning one side of an east-west corridor by the library, the high school art club is creating a gift for their younger, fellow students. Elementary Principal Ed Rude first asked the high schoolers if they were interested in painting a mural...
Goodfellow drive hits $4,000, more to be done (11/26/01)
As of Thanksgiving, the fund drive stood at $4,000, which provides warm winter coats, hats, mittens or snowboots for children who have none. The program is now in its seventh decade at the newspaper. "There have been some good contributions, especially from many of the civic groups in Storm Lake," said Betty Ohlund, chairperson of the Mr. ...
Local citizens display strong initial support for Mr. Goodfellow campaign (11/26/01)
Donations can be made to Mr. Goodfellow, in care of the Pilot-Tribune, P.O. Box 1187, Storm Lake, 50588; or can be dropped off at the Pilot offices at 111 West 7th St. in Storm Lake. Donations to date: Eastern Star - $75 Donald or Jean Behm - $50 Henry Schuelke - $25...
Dining on Diversity (11/26/01)
For students at Storm Lake High School, those entrees have become just as much a part of their Thanksgiving holiday as hot turkey and steaming mashed potatoes. Students, teachers and administrators at the school participated in the traditional diversity dinner Wednesday afternoon, and added nontraditional Thanksgiving foods such as tacos and ramen noodles to their plates full of stuffing and creamed corn...
BV wrestlers flex muscles against Southwest St. (11/26/01)
Buena Vista's Taylor Wood began the dual with an 8-2 decision at 141 pounds. Brandenburg won by pin in 1 minute, 21 seconds at 149. Aaron Loewens was a winner by technical fall 18-2 at 157 pounds for the Beavers, now 2-0. Pat Wilsbacher came away with a 5-3 decision at 165...
BV women shoot lights out in 84-53 rout of NW (11/26/01)
When the Beavers shoot over 50 percent, it may be safe to say they can't be beat. At least on Tuesday night they couldn't. Buena Vista shot 58 percent from the field as it rolled to an 84-53 victory over Nebraska Wesleyan at Siebens Fieldhouse. Buena Vista made 34 of 59 shots in the game. The Beavers were 18 of 31 in the first half and 16 of 28 in the second half...
GIRL'S BASKETBALL - St. Mary's opens season with win (11/26/01)
St. Mary's took a 6-4 lead after the first period before extending to a 15-10 halftime lead. The Panthers held a 26-20 lead going into the fourth period. Lawton-Bronson cut it to 42-38 with less than a minute left to play. Peggy Ploeger tossed in seven points. She also had nine rebounds. Drey added seven rebounds and Michelle Weaver five...
Pilot plans 'Noteable' jazz show (11/26/01)
The Noteables jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force Heartland of America Band will perform. This 17-piece big band tours throughout the upper midwest entertaining communities of all sizes. From formal performances in grand auditoriums to casual concerts in the park, The Noteables are in constant demand...
An evening with the helpers at Santa's Castle (11/26/01)
The "Evening with the Elves" event was held on Wednesday, November 14. The "elves" included members of the Storm Lake Chamber of Commerce and volunteers involved with the renovation of Santa's Castle this year. "The Castle premiere was great," Marilyn Monson, Managing Director of the Storm Lake Chamber of Commerce, said. "There were so many people who had good comments, and many could see a remarkable improvement in the Castle."...
Fort Dodge symphony plans holiday concerts (11/26/01)
At 3 p.m. will be "A Holiday Concert" featuring Julie Holtan, vocal soloist. Dimitar Nikolov will be the conductor. The concert will include music from two Christmas favorites: Handel's Messiah and Tschaikowski's Nutcracker Suite. The concert will close with the audience singing The Hallelujah Chorus from the Messiah with the orchestra...
Elvis, Marilyn appear in SL library baskets (11/26/01)
The Friends of the Storm Lake Public Library Holiday Literary Gift Baskets are a great way to give a creative, unique gift and support the library at the same time. The Holiday Literary Gift Basket Project is a community effort. Local businesses donate $100 each toward the project, and volunteers and library staff work together to create the baskets. Each basket is based on a theme, and they all contain a book and other items that fit the theme...
Farmers meeting to focus on getting paid for quality (11/26/01)
The thrust of the meeting will focus on the ISO Quality System approach. Some innovative farmers in the state have already been certified to this system while others are asking questions. This meeting will give basic information concerning ISO 9001:2000 and will answer questions from farmers interested in the system...
Katie Freese (11/26/01)
Funeral services were Friday, Nov. 23 at the United Church of Christ with the Reverend Jerry Schultz officiating. Burial was in the Wall Lake Cemetery in Wall Lake. Katie Freese was born Dec. 14, 1902, in Crawford County, the daughter of Martin and Geeseke (Maise) Peters. She attended Crawford County schools where she graduated from the 8th grade...
For this I am grateful (11/26/01)
As I continued on, I noticed that in a shop near my boarding gate were, yes, nail clippers. A few days later, I read about the man who, in his rush to catch his plane in Atlanta, unwittingly committed a major security breach. The airport shut down for four hours as the National Guard and airport officers scrambled to catch someone who didn't even know he was being chased...
PILOT GUEST EDITORIAL - Highway 20 is critical to ethanol (11/26/01)
The plant is truly a grassroots project that has been funded by area producers who are interested in adding value to their farming operation. Grain farmers are attracted by the 6.8 million bushels of corn that will be used as feedstock to produce the ethanol. ...
BETWEEN THE LINES - Is that the worst we can do? (11/26/01)
The loudest debate in our City Hall is over how we will go about making safer and improved railroad crossings. The biggest philosophical struggle is whether our future pool and future rec center should happen together or separate. The hottest environmental subject is how we as a community will contribute to preservation of our beautiful lake. Over in Alta, the biggest challenge is deciding whether a progressive school addition should or should not have a gym along with it...