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Stories from Thursday, December 18, 2003

Alta's Loren Friedrichsen enjoys working with wood (12/18/03)
Loren Friedrichsen "wood" rather be busy than have nothing to do. The rural Alta man has been in the woodworking mode for several years and enjoys turning the wood into "things." He admitted he has always enjoyed doing woodwork. In fact, he still has the first woodworking projects he made over 70 years ago from the wood of apple and orange crates. ...
Alta woman's 'sinfully fattening' fudge is holiday taste pleaser (12/18/03)
Are you at the point where you are saying, "Oh fudge! I'm not going to get my Christmas candy made?" If so, there is help for you. Julie Baker has the most scrumptious recipe for fudge and better yet, she'll make it for you and even box it up. "I got this recipe 20 years ago from a friend in Minneapolis," said the Alta woman. "It is the melt in your mouth, creamy kind of fudge. And it is sinfully fattening."...
WC's Eekhoff too much for SHLS girls (12/18/03)
Hull-Western-Christian's diversified offensive attack was too much for the Storm Lake High girls basketball team here Monday night as it beat the Tornadoes, 61-43 According to SLHS coach Stacy VanDerSloot, when her team concentrated on Western Christian's inside game, WC beat them from the outside and vice versa...
BV chosen for new DHS project 'Community Partnership (12/18/03)
Buena Vista County has been named as one of the rollout sites for a new Department of Human Services program called Community Partnership. Details of the project will be announced soon, but according to local DHS Supervisor Phyllis Slawson, it will emerge as "a whole new approach to keeping kids safe."...
School tax sails, SL plans elementary (12/18/03)
Voters in Buena Vista County dug a little deeper into their own pockets Thursday, overwhelmingly passing a School Infrastructure Local Option sales tax to inject 10 years worth of new funding into its schools - one penny at a time. The measure passed by a vote of 1,582 to 507, and of 18 precinct plus absentees, the sales tax failed in only one precinct...
N-F tradition may be coming to an end (12/18/03)
One of the best kept secrets in Newell may be coming to end this holiday season. For 15 years, with funds from a hidden trust, Santa Claus and his elves have given Christmas presents to children in the Newell-Fonda school district and the Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic School in a quiet ceremony in the lower level of the Newell-Fonda High School. This year more than 200 children were given gifts by Santa...
SL's Save the Depot group networks, seeks historic photos (12/18/03)
The committee to Save the Depot in Storm Lake met with leaders of the Cherokee Depot project recently to learn the secrets of the success of that half-million-dollar restoration project. The meeting produced some good advise for the Storm Lakers, according to committee founder Brad Strader...
Regulators OK new health rules near livestock operations (12/18/03)
DES MOINES - State environmental regulators have given preliminary approval to new health rules for livestock operations. However, the Iowa Environmental Protection Commission said the guidelines for hydrogen sulfide gas from large-scale factory farms may be changed later...
Kicker Martinez tells kids to set goals, reach dreams (12/18/03)
Carlos Martinez has had a dream to kick in the National Football League since he was nine years old. He's just about there. After a banner four years as a field goal kicker/punter for Buena Vista University, he signed with the Fresno Frenzy of the Arena Football League...
Just for Kix dancers offer Winter Show at SL Middle School Monday (12/18/03)
The Storm Lake Just For Kix dance classes will be putting on their Winter Show on Monday, December 22, at Storm Lake Middle School beginning at 7 p.m. The show features groups ranging in age from Preschool through High School. Admission is free for everyone. Doors open to the public at 6:45 p.m. Join us for what's sure to be a captivating show...
4-H Business of the Year (12/18/03)
Iowa Feeder's Supply of Storm Lake was recognized at the November 16th 4-H Award's Day as this year's 4-H Business of the Year. Paul and Eileen Howie have supported 4-H programs for many years. They have been strong supporters of the Livestock Premium Fund since it began. They have provided help to many 4-H'ers learning about raising livestock including information about feed rations for their livestock projects. ...
Funeral Arrangements (12/18/03)
WELTY Earl M. Welty, age 69, of Nemaha, passed away on Thursday, December 11, 2003, at the Loring Hospital in Sac City following an extended illness. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, December 18, at 10:30 a.m. at the Nemaha Methodist Church with Russ Davis and Pastor Karl Schiltz officiating. There will be a private family burial at the Nemaha Cemetery at a later date. The Sliefert ~ Asmus Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements...
Letter from the Editor (12/18/03)
I think perhaps I have now seen it all. A bunch of Iowa convicted sexual offenders have taken the state to federal court, claiming THEY are being discriminated against by SOCIETY. They say the 2002 state law that made it illegal for sexual offenders to live within 2,000 feet of a school or daycare center is unconstitutional and mean. The Iowa Civil Liberties Union predictably sided with the sex abusers in their vocal quest for their just dues...
Guest Opinion (12/18/03)
To me, the month of December brightens the end of the year like a cheerful hearth fire brightens the dead of winter. I love the rituals, foods, smells and sense of connection that surround the holidays. And, like most kids, I love the gifts. I believe that we celebrate the sacredness of life when we give each other gifts. ...
Letters to the Pilot (12/18/03)
TO THE EDITOR: Maybe passage of the Energy Policy Act of 2003 this fall was asking too much. After all, Congress had a full plate, including a controversial Medicare passage that passed in November. Fortunately, there is still time for the $100 billion energy bill to become reality. And that's good news for America...