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Stories from Wednesday, December 24, 2003

Check out the new Alta Community Library (12/24/03)
The Alta community is enjoying their new library located at the middle school. The unique partnership between the school and the city is working out splendidly - school employees operate the facility during school hours (8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) and city employees come in to work from 3:30-7 p.m...
Alta school receives $25,000 Harkin Grant (12/24/03)
Calling it a major step towards modernizing Iowa schools, Senator Tom Harkin announced that the Iowa Department of Education will award more than $11.5 in Harkin Grants to Iowa School Districts. The funding comes from two pilot programs Harkin created to help local school districts with construction projects and upgrades to meet fire safety codes...
Storm Lake Police renew Citizen's Academy this winter (12/24/03)
The Storm Lake Police Department is accepting applications from citizens interested in attending their annual Citizen's Academy. The academy is designed to provide citizens with in-depth information about the police department, its operation, training, diverse functions and more. ...
Area agland values leap, farms fetch record deals (12/24/03)
The value of Iowa farmland has climbed to record levels, according to an annual study released Wednesday by Iowa State University. The average value of an acre of farmland reached $2,275 in 2003, the highest reported since ISU began conducting the agland survey in 1941...
$28m State Park Plan debuts (12/24/03)
Imagine it, if you can. After months of study, the city's consulting landscape architect unveiled a preliminary plan for the Storm Lake State Park Thursday, a stunning array of projects flung along the lakefront with an estimated pricetag of slightly more than $28 million...
CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS 2003 (12/24/03)
It has been a Christmas tradition for many years for the kindergarten students at Aurelia to write their own cookbooks. The teachers over the years have taken time to sit with each student, ask him or her a favorite recipe and write it down in their own terms...
Money-launderers' use of casinos getting scrutiny (12/24/03)
Iowa law-enforcement and gambling officials say they are paying more attention to the practice of drug dealers laundering large and voluminous bills through unwitting casinos. "Certainly we recognize it's the nature of the business that for anyone who gets illegal proceeds, there's a likelihood they'll spend it in the gaming facilities," Steve Bogle, assistant director for the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, told The Des Moines Register...
BVU cage teams dominating conference stats (12/24/03)
Buena Vista University men's and women's basketball teams are at the top of the Iowa Conference in a number of key categories, according to statistics released by the IIAC this week. In addition, several BVU men and women are among the statistical leaders in the conference...
Alta freshman cagers continue strong season (12/24/03)
The freshman Alta Cyclone boys basketball team extended its record to 3-0 with a convincing 65-35 win over the Knights. The Cyclones took control of the first quarter with an 18-6 lead. By the end of the half they had extended their lead by 18 with a score of 38-16. By the beginning of the fourth quarter the game was out of reach for the Knights with the Cyclones leading 59-23...
Bookshelf (12/24/03)
Virginia K. Hollesen of Sioux Rapids, has penned her third book in a career that spans more than half a century. Her latest work was released December 18 and is now available locally. Virginia's newest book, "Two Shining Rails" is dedicated to her father, Horace Cowan, and relives the time that her father was manager of the Sioux Rapids railroad depot. History buffs will want to get a copy while they are available...
USDA's Drahota earns certificate (12/24/03)
Storm Lake resident Richard Drahota of USDA Rural Development, Des Moines, successfully completed the 2003 Iowa Commercial Lending School at the Collins Plaza Hotel in Cedar Rapids. The school is an intense one-week program sponsored by the Iowa Bankers Association. ...
Funeral Arrangements (12/24/03)
IVERS A funeral service for Henry G. Ivers of Schaller, formerly of Storm Lake, was held on Wednesday, December 24, at Grace Lutheran Church in Storm Lake with Pastor Steve Schulz officiating. Interment was at the Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery in Storm Lake. The Sliefert ~ Asmus Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements...
The Pilot Editorial (12/24/03)
A Pilot-Tribune Christmas Tradition It was 1897 when little Virginia O'Hanlon wrote her famous query to the New York Sun. "Is there a Santa Claus?" The editor turned the letter over to Francis Pharcellus Church to answer. The result is a timeless piece of wisdom that applies as beautifully this holiday season as it did long ago. ...
Guest Opinion (12/24/03)
A Poem for Our Loved Ones Serving in Iraq, by Terra Sievers, Lakeside The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light, I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight. My wife was asleep, her head on my chest, my daughter beside me, angelic in rest...