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Stories from Thursday, December 6, 2001

Alta project passes by 4 votes (12/06/01)
Every vote does count. While cliche, that phrase rang true for residents of Alta on Tuesday night, as the new $3.4 million school bond issue unofficially won approval from voters by 0.45 percent - or a margin of just four votes out of the 961 ballots cast...
Alta freshmen, JV teams open year with wins over Wildcats (12/06/01)
Alta led 37-7 at halftime as every team member scored. Adam Pederson and Justin DeMan had 14 and 12 points, respectively. Nick Nesbitt scored nine, and Neal Peterson and Derek Lietz each had six. Pederson led the Cyclones in rebounding with eight. Hinkeldey collected five, and Corlew, Nesbitt and DeMan four apiece for Alta, now 1-0 overall...
Alta students look forward to new gym, classrooms (12/06/01)
Zach Ploeger, a sixth-grade student at the elementary school, said he was looking forward to being able to play sports and take physical education classes in a new gym in the future. "I think it's good because we will have a bigger gym to play in and have games in," Ploeger said. "It's also going to be good because we're going to have more classrooms, but the gym is one of the best things."...
Faulty tornado warning system to receive upgrade to wireless network (12/06/01)
The Alta City Council voted to update and fix the city's tornado warning system Monday evening after tests over the past few months revealed the sirens did not operate correctly in any of the experimental runs. There were no instances in which the five sirens, located at the water treatment plant, West Links, the city park, the west trailer court and near 30th Avenue north of town, all went off at the same time, and the highest number of sirens which worked at once was two...
Supporters offer numerous reasons for success of bond (12/06/01)
Only 45 percent of those who voted in an election two years ago voiced approval for the school bond, and members of the school board and Facilities Committee said there were a number of reasons for the 15 percent jump in "yes" votes over the past two years...
Police department receives four refurbished laptops (12/06/01)
The department obtained the computers at no cost from the Rockwell Educational Access to Computer Technology (REACT) Center in Cedar Rapids, a nonprofit organization which refurbishes recycled computers and then donates them to schools and other nonprofit associations...
Fed spending nears $100 million in Buena Vista (12/06/01)
Direct federal spending in Iowa was $14,750,803,000 during fiscal 2000 having declined by 5.5 percent from $15,601,525,000 during fiscal 1999. What do the feds invest in you? Per capita (per person) direct federal spending in Buena Vista County was $4,830 during fiscal 2000, compared to a statewide average of $5,740 per person. ...
NO ROOM AT THE INN (12/06/01)
The unpredictable input of disrespectful cows, sheep and the horse did nothing to detract from the meaning of the event for large crowds...
SL firemen warm to state mandates, others smolder (12/06/01)
As state leaders debate a controversial plan for new mandatory training and certification of volunteer firefighters, there are rekindling concerns that the rising demands will cause volunteers to hang up their boots. That could create dangerous situations in the rural communities that depend on their protection...
License required for cats, dogs (12/06/01)
The license can be purchased at the Storm Lake Police Department located at 401 East Milwaukee Avenue. The annual fee is $10 for each neutered/spayed dog or cat and $20 for each dog or cat not neutered/spayed. Upon the issuance of the license the owner of the animal will recieve a tag which must be securely fastened to a collar or harness which must be worn by the cat or dog...
Stille, Pierce and Pertzborn pledges $10,000 to BVRMC (12/06/01)
"This gift is another great example of the support Steve, Tim and Mike have given to the area," says Strader. "We are very grateful for their continuing commitment to BVRMC." " The growth of Buena Vista Regional Medical Center has been key to the success of quality healthcare provided to the area. We are pleased to offer our support," says Pierce. The campaign to fund the building expansion is nearing its $2 million goal, with construction scheduled to begin next spring...
LOCKED UP (12/06/01)
The MDA held its "Jingle Jail" to raise money for the organization, which provides care services to individuals with neuromuscular diseases in and around Buena Vista County. Fifty-one people were locked up at the AmeriHost Inn on Tuesday and raised $9,000, which is $2,000 more than what was raised last year...
THANKS A LOT, CHARLIE BROWN (12/06/01)
Those who attended were encouraged to bring a food item to be donated to Upper Des Moines, and many of the 600-plus audience followed suit. The food drive was organized by five students in a public relations course. Pictured are students Ryan Goeller, Heath Bartness, Upper Des Moines Director Joan Spooner, and students Mindy Dorrell and Anastacia Makgabenyana. Not pictured is student Jen Stangl...
Clerk of Court offices reduce open public hours (12/06/01)
In an order entered on October 24, the Supreme Court of Iowa authorized the chief judge of each judicial district to curtail the hours during which the office of the clerk of court is open to the public. The purpose of curtailing the hours is to provide the clerk's office with periods of uninterrupted work time as a means of dealing with reductions in staff caused by reductions in the amount of funds appropriated by the Legislature for the Judicial Branch...
BOYS BASKETBALL - No. 1 Knights handle No. 3 Newell-Fonda (12/06/01)
Pomeroy-Palmer held a 23-17 lead after the first quarter and it was 29-23 Knights at halftime. Pomeroy-Palmer used a 19-9 spurt in the third quarter to take a 48-32 lead heading into the fourth period. Nick Ford scored 13 points and Kevin Krausman and Dustin Thompson each added 11. Thompson also collected 14 rebounds...
Top-ranked Red Raiders too much for Beavers (12/06/01)
Northwestern held Buena Vista to 36 percent shooting in the game - far below its 54 percent average this season - to post an 82-68 win on Tuesday night at Siebens Fieldhouse. The Red Raiders led by more than 30 points on occasion in the second half. Buena Vista ended up outscoring Northwestern 48-39 in the second half...
GIRLS BAKETBALL - Aurelia turns back St. Mary's; Alta races past Hurricanes (12/06/01)
Aurelia held a 9-8 lead after the first quarter before extending it to 23-17 by halftime. It was 37-28 entering the fourth period. The Bulldogs were able to maintain an eight-point lead throughout the fourth period. Nicole Benes scored 10 points for Aurelia, while Kim Parker added nine. Benes blocked six shots and Trish Ohlson had four assists...
SL boys rout Manson, girls escape (12/06/01)
Nees hit back-to-back 3-pointers as part of a 15-5 first-quarter spurt and finished with 11 points in the game. Storm Lake jumped out to a 15-5 lead after the first quarter. It was 34-13 at the half and 45-25 at the end of the third quarter. Ellens cleared nine rebounds, while DeHaan had six, Bob Blanchard five and Tyler Youde four. Blanchard charted five assists and three steals, while DeHaan had four assists and three steals. Kurt Hanna and A.J. Spielman each had two steals apiece...
Iowa to play Texas Tech in Alamo Bowl game (12/06/01)
Both schools have changed coaches since then, Kirk Ferentz taking over for Hayden Fry at Iowa and Mike Leach replacing Spike Dykes at Texas Tech. Leach brought in a ball-control passing game that's in sharp contrast to the ground-oriented offense that Dykes favored. Tech quarterback Kliff Kingsbury has averaged 48 passes a game in leading the Red Raiders to a 7-4 record...
BVU wrestlers Taxted, Doran shoot for success (12/06/01)
Taxted, ranked second at 125 pounds, and Doran, rated fifth at heavyweight, are contenders for the Iowa Conference title at their respective weights. Taxted and Doran will have to reach the championship matches in the conference championships in February to guarantee themselves a national berth. The Iowa Conference takes the champion, runner-up, and a wild card...
Iowa State going to Independence Bowl (12/06/01)
"We were glad we weren't down there last year," the Iowa State wide receiver said. That's not the case this year. Danielsen and the Cyclones will play in the 26th annual Independence Bowl against a team from the Southeastern Conference. The game will be at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 27. It will be televised by ESPN...
ENTERTAINMENT UPDATES (12/06/01)
BV County Chorale to present concert 'Tis the Season for Music! The Buena Vista County Chorale will present its winter concert on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Schaller Memorial Chapel. The Chorale will present a diverse selection of music: classical and popular, serious and humorous, secular and religious, American and international. ...
THE GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST (12/06/01)
Included is this scene of a formal turn of the century Christmas celebration, complete with a candle-decorated tree. The new Pioneer Main Street exhibit is also decorated in holiday style, and the main gallery features an unusual display of antique toys through several eras. Admission is free...
A day on the deer hunt with Iowa DNR officers (12/06/01)
At the next road, hunters in blaze orange moved on a drive, away from them, into the public hunting area. Our mild fall weather has the duffers thankful for their extended season. At the same time, deer hunters have to check the calendar, to make sure their season is underway. In between the drives and chip shots, a lot of antlers and venison have been taken...
Report shows strong sales and aging housing stock in BV County (12/06/01)
The housing needs assessment was conducted by Northwest Iowa Planning and Development out of Spencer. The county received a grant to cover the costs of the study, which will assist the county when seeking state and federal grants. Several communities also did assessments as well...
New SL bar and grill on the menu (12/06/01)
Those are just rumors, according to owner Shan Keomala. He plans on opening the business sometime next year. When the doors do open, it will be a bar and grill, according to the owner, and will target a younger audience. He has also developed similar ventures in Iowa before, and plans on having a manager from Cedar Falls oversee the day-to-day business of the bar and grill after it opens in Storm Lake...
Jorgensen receives award at annual Farm Bureau meeting (12/06/01)
Craig Lang, IFBF Vice President, made the presentation to Jorgensen, who is the county Farm Bureau president. Buena Vista County Farm Bureau received gold star recognition for its 2001 programs in membership, legislative, county action, public relations, agriculture in the classroom, young farmers and leadership development programs...
Robert Flohr (12/06/01)
Funeral services were Tuesday, December 4th at Fratzke and Jensen Funeral Home, Storm Lake, with the Reverend Ken Bell of Storm Lake United Methodist Church officiating. Burial was in the Storm Lake Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established. Robert Flohr was born October 2, 1954 in Lincoln, NE, The son of Ray Flohr Sr. ...
Louis Lill (12/06/01)
Funeral services will be Thursday, December 6th at 1 p.m. at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home, 300 Cayuga Street, Storm Lake with the Reverend Jack Barber officiating. The body will be cremated following the funeral service with burial of ashes at a later date. A memorial fund has been established...
Elsie Malcom (12/06/01)
Funeral services will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of Christ with Reverend Jack Barber officiating. Burial will be in the Storm Lake Cemetery. Friends may call at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home, Storm Lake, any time after 2 p.m. on Thursday where the family will be present to greet friends from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Memorial funds have been established for the Church of Christ and the Storm Lake Area Hospice...
Ruth Carlson (12/06/01)
Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Friday at the Fonda Presbyterian Church, Fonda, with Reverend John Kerr and Reverend B.J. Ukena officiating. Burial will be at Cedar Cemetery, Fonda. Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m., Thursday with the family present after 4 p.m., at the Palmer-Swank Funeral Home, Rockwell City...
LETTER TO THE EDITOR - Cancer Smart shop honors (12/06/01)
It was truly an honor to be recognized for our efforts in providing community awareness regarding Cancer at the Relay for Life event. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the various parties involved in making this educational promotion so successful. Like any truly worthy endeavor, it takes the efforts and collaboration of many talented individuals to bring something like the "Smart Shop" to completion...
GUEST OPINION - Snowball state of mind (12/06/01)
Gleaming smiles of joy, they lifted their feet out of the deepening snow to roll together three large snowballs. And after soliciting help to stack the balls, the first snowman of the season was born; His name was Bob. I brushed the gentle snowflakes off my nose as I stood watching, gripping my pen ready to catch the children's names. But I soon found my mind wandering about winters past...
BETWEEN THE LINES - Religion and Science (12/06/01)
So I pointedly avoid discussions of religion in this space. Besides, my good friend Clarence Richardson handles that chore with much better credentials. But it amuses me to see recent articles in impressive places about a great "Science vs. Religion" debate. If ever two mediums should be on the same team, it seems like it should be they...
THE PILOT EDITORIAL - Altans made a statement at polls (12/06/01)
It isn't easy in uncertain economic times to willingly vote to increase your own taxes. It isn't easy to overlook the disagreement about details for the greater good. There won't be many school districts - or communities - in this state that could climb that bond issue supermajority mountain in this difficult circumstance...
THE PILOT EDITORIAL - 4-lane North Lake (12/06/01)
Having seen the three-lane system work so well for the Milwaukee-Flindt corridor, we suspect that some of the concerns would not have materialized with the wide three-lane concept. But no one can fault the city council for listening to the concerns of homeowners and businesses and being flexible enough to go with the public opinion...