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Stories from Monday, March 17, 2003

Pitching great Joe Decker, SL native, passes away (03/17/03)
Former major league baseball pitcher George Henry ("Joe") Decker Jr. has passed away at age 55. Decker, born in Storm Lake, was signed out of high school in the first ever open pro "draft" to play for the Chicago Cubs. Over several years, Joe pitched for the Cubs, the Minnesota Twins, where he once recorded 15 strikeouts in a game, then an American League record) and the Seattle Mariners. ...
SL school tax increase; 2 positions, bus route cut (03/17/03)
The Storm Lake School Board is proposing an approximately 27 cent tax increase for the coming year. Superintendent Bill Kruse delivered a report on the budget estimate for the 2003-04 fiscal year at this week's school board meeting. Kruse said the levy rate is proposed to increase to $16.65 per $1,000...
After school programs in jepardy (03/17/03)
Even as the White House proposes to cut future funding for after-school programs, Storm Lake education officials are facing the likelihood of cutting their popular after-school efforts at the middle school to a "skeleton" in order to keep it going for another year...
Kwikkel receives statewide recognition (03/17/03)
School Administrators of Iowa has announced that Dave Kwikkel, the PK-8 principal at Schaller-Crestland, was a finalist for the 2003 Iowa Elementary Principal of the Year Award. Kwikkel was nominated by his peers and selected as a finalist for the award by a committee of Iowa elementary principals. Don Ortman of Rock Valley Community Schools was named 2003 Iowa Elementary Principal of the Year...
St. Mary's Ball to offer Ali fight gloves, Yankee baseballs, Panther bat (03/17/03)
St. Mary's Ball and Charity Auction will be offering many great gifts in the live and silent auctions Saturday, March 29, 2003. Some of the featured items include autographed boxing gloves from Muhammed Ali and Leon Spinks, in a plexiglass case, and a set of three baseballs signed by Raul Mondesi, Chuck Knoblauch and Rich "Goose" Gossage. The gloves and baseballs were donated by St. Mary's parishioners Roger and Mary Timko...
Final Four not in cards for BV (03/17/03)
One team wasn't used to shooting that poorly. The other team wasn't used to shooting that well from 3-point range. Unfortunately for Buena Vista, they were the former. Buena Vista suffered through its worst shooting game of the season playing on its home floor, and it knocked them out of the NCAA Division III Sweet Sixteen as Occidental College stunned the Beavers 67-62 in front of a capacity crowd at Siebens Fieldhouse on Friday...
Newell-Fonda takes aim at state crown (03/17/03)
The record or seeding of a team means very little, especially at the state tournament. Nobody knows that better than Paul Loos right now. The Newell-Fonda coach is preparing his unbeaten and No. 1 ranked team as if they were playing a team of equal caliber...
Surrounding Funerals (03/17/03)
Joe Decker Joe Decker (George Henry Decker, Jr.), formerly of the Sioux Rapids, Linn Grove and Eldora areas, passed away at his home in Fraser, Mich., on Sunday, March 2. Joe was born June 16, 1947, in Storm Lake, to George Decker and Lorraine Goettsch Decker. ...
Letters to the Pilot (03/17/03)
TO THE EDITOR: All across this state thousands of Iowans -sons and daughters, mothers and fathers - have been answering their country's call to what with each passing day appears to an irreversible march toward a war far from their homes. Those of us who remain behind safely in our homes and workplaces must not forget these brave Iowa men and women in military uniform who guard and ensure that safety each day. ...
Letter from the Editor (03/17/03)
Spring's here. I can tell. In place of my daughter's usual wet snowboots soaking the carpet in the middle of the living room floor, this morning there were my daughter's wet roller blades soaking the carpet in the middle of the living room floor. It's a subtle difference, but a sure sign of spring, nonetheless...