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Stories from Tuesday, January 6, 2004

Proficiency testing underscores importance of reading mastery (01/06/04)
Much has been in the media about the federal legislation requiring the testing of all students to determine their proficiency levels in math, reading and science. In Iowa the basic tool used for this measurement is the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (given in grades two through eight) and the the Iowa Tests of Educational Development (given in grades nine through 12.) All schools are required to report out on grades 4,8 and 11...
Short courses at Iowa Central to begin (01/06/04)
Several Art courses will be offered by the Iowa Central Community College Storm Lake Center starting in January. Each Art course will be held for fifteen consecutive weeks. Basic Drawing will be held Thursday evenings starting January 15 from 9-12:20 p.m...
AC-T students are the web masters for school site (01/06/04)
Having a web page is a pretty common thing for schools these days. It takes a lot of work to compile information and keep that information updated. At the Albert City-Truesdale School, there is a specific class that is responsible for the task. Under the direction of Julie Bjork, the students learn how to design the page, how to take photos and how to gather information for the web. ...
Storm Lake Satellite Broadcast addresses 'mad cow' concerns (01/06/04)
The current BSE crisis is impacting Iowa beef producers, and prompting questions from many Iowa consumers may also have questions about the safety of their beef. As a result, the Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University is offering a satellite broadcast presentation regarding BSE (also known as mad cow disease) on Wednesday, January 7, from 1-3 p.m. at the ISU Extension Office in Buena Vista County, 824 Flindt Drive, Storm Lake...
Theater patriarch still has a love for movies (01/06/04)
How can an independent movie theater owner - in a day dominated by mega-movie chains and a generation enamored with video games, DVDs and cable TV - stay alive and make money? Well, it helps if you have an 80-year love affair with the business and nearly three-quarters of a century worth of expertise in running movie operations. Add a bullheaded stubbornness to succeed that was born from poverty, and you have a screenplay of Bob Fridley's life story...
Grassley to discuss Medicare in Storm Lake (01/06/04)
Senator Chuck Grassley will hold a town meeting in Buena Vista County this month as part of his continuing commitment to visit each of the state's 99 counties each year. The local meeting is open to the public on Thursday, January 15 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center, Schaller Family Center for Women, 1525 West 5th Street in Storm Lake...
Variety presents Sunshine Coach to FH&C (01/06/04)
Children at Faith, Hope & Charity will enjoy a smoother ride for 2004 and many years to come thanks to Variety - The Children's Charity. The charity recently awarded Faith, Hope & Charity a new Sunshine Coach, valued at more than $30,000. "We turned in our grant application for a new van this past summer, and are very pleased our request was granted," said Mary Sorenson, FH&C Development Director. ...
Dean calls for idealism, draws a crowd in SL (01/06/04)
Dr. Howard Dean served up hot cakes and his new agenda for Democrats Saturday morning to more than 300 people at The Embers. Building momentum in his drive toward the Jan. 19 Iowa caucus, Dean said he knew this would be a difficult election and that people are going to bring up the things that divide the Democratic Party. But he said he wasn't asking any Democrat to back off on their beliefs nor would he back off his beliefs about equal rights under the law for every American...
Twins share New Year baby honors (01/06/04)
The 2004 New Year's baby - make that babies - have arrived at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center! Identical twin boys - Justin Marcos and Jayden Michael - were born to Barbara and Gustavo Constancio of Alta on Thursday, January 1. Justin made his entrance at 12:48 p.m. and Jayden arrived at 1:11 p.m. Each tipped the scale at 5 pounds 12 oz. and each measured 20 inches...
Iowa Games set to quit SL Regional (01/06/04)
The Iowa Games is about to announce the end of the Storm Lake Regional, a mainstay for the past decade in the statewide sports program that functions as Iowa's version of the Olympiad. For longtime Iowa Games leader Jim Hallihan, the decision was not an easy one...
Mixed market a week after Mad Cow report (01/06/04)
Livestock auctions saw mixed results a week after Mad Cow disease was discovered in a Holstein cow slaughtered last month in Washington state. Buyers and sellers alike wondered what the fallout would be from the discovery of the first U.S. case of the disease, which reversed a trend of record-setting cattle prices and sent cash and future prices for cattle tumbling...
Beaver men efficient on offense, defense (01/06/04)
Controlling the paint and efficiency on offense helped the Buena Vista University men's basketball team to a 77-64 win over Wartburg College on the Knights' home floor here Saturday night. With the win, the Beavers improved to 8-1 overall and to 2-0 in Iowa Conference play...
Panther girls split (01/06/04)
The Storm Lake-St. Mary's girls basketball team split a pair of games here over the weekend in the Catholic Youth Organization tourney. The Panthers beat Granville-Spalding Saturday 46-13 but lost to Remsen-St. Mary's Sunday afternoon, 39-33. "Overall, I was impressed with our performances for the weekend," said Panther coach Ryan Berg. "Hopefully, we can start to put together a winning streak as we get back to conference play."...
Funeral Arrangements (01/06/04)
Heard Elaine Heard, age 78, of Storm Lake died Tuesday, December 30, 2003 at the Country View Nursing Home in Waterloo after a five-year battle with myeloma. Funeral services will be Tuesday, January 6 at 2 p.m. at the Storm Lake United Methodist Church with Reverend Dr. ...
Letter from the Editor (01/06/04)
Bumping into Dale Garlock was the highlight of anyone's day, with the possible exception of the walleye population. If community journalism was the man's calling, fishing was his passion, and you could mark your calendar by his annual family fishing trip, where his greatest joy each year has been baiting the hooks with his children, and eventually his grandchildren...
Guest Opinion (01/06/04)
I recently wrote a column suggesting "high fives" for our churches in their home town ministry. A popular nightly talk show moderated by President Reagan's son Michael disagrees. He recently had a guest helper who shocked listeners, including me, by declaring, "Christianity is fat and lazy." The telephones began to ring. Some callers disagreeing and rebuking him, others praised him for having the courage to tell it like it is...
Letters to the Pilot (01/06/04)
A heading on one story reads "Area schools get thousands in Harkin grants for safety." I am confused; just exactly what is a Harkin Grant? Have the senator and his wife placed money into a foundation that donates money to various groups? Would you explain to your readers what is a Harkin Grant and where do they originate?...