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Stories from Thursday, June 3, 2004

Option: 'City could build lodge' (06/03/04)
If builders won't come to Storm Lake to create the grand Cobblestone Lodge the community envisions, then Storm Lake may well become a builder. "I think it is a viable option for the city to build the lodge itself, if we can get at least $5 million of the funding from the state Vision Iowa program," said City Administrator John Call...
Ted Eilders new pastor at Trinity (06/03/04)
Ted Eilders is the new pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Alta, coming from Orange City where he was teaching at Northwestern College. The Illinois native, who grew up in the country, enjoys living and working in the rural Pastor Ted knew since he was a youngster that he eventually wanted a career in the ministry. ...
'Psychic income' cited by award-winning prof (06/03/04)
Walking into a math classroom, the typical student may have a feeling of uneasiness, and possibly even dread when contemplating the formulas and theories that await them. But at Buena Vista University, if a student is lucky enough to have a class with Professor Ben Donath, these feelings of uncertainty soon dissipate...
Summer reading program offered (06/03/04)
A new summer program at the Alta Community Library will provide fun, learning and a chance for kids to continue with the reading skills they have worked on throughout the school year. Laura Turnquist has been hired to direct the program and is looking forward to the opportunity...
BVU awards scholarships to eight Alta graduates (06/03/04)
Buena Vista University has awarded scholarships to eight Alta graduates for the 2004-2005 academic year. They are Angela Brugman, daughter of Russell and Barbara Brugman, awarded a Z.Z. White Scholarship; Steve Hamer, son of Steve and Marsha Hamer, awarded a Blue and Gold Scholarship; Eric Holton, son of Michael and Jill Holton, awarded a President's Scholarship and a School of Science Dean's Fellowship Award; Jacqueline Moore, daughter of Kimberly Moore, awarded a Multicultural Scholarship; Elizabeth Pedersen, daughter of Brad and Cindy Pedersen, awarded a President's Scholarship and a School of Education and Exercise Science Dean's Fellowship; Kole Petersen, son of Kalvin and Sharon Petersen, awarded a Z.Z. ...
Can lone race pull a turnout for BV primary? (06/03/04)
What if you threw a primary election and nobody came? Buena Vista County Commissioner of Elections Karen Strawn hopes that won't be the case when polls open Tuesday, but she can't recall the last campaign with less local excitement. "There is only one contest on the entire ballot, the one for Democrats in the 5th District for House of Representatives, and even in that race, I'm not hearing a lot of discussion," Strawn said...
School retirees totaled 111 years of classroom service (06/03/04)
A combined 111 years of teaching excellence, 58 of those years at Storm Lake, were honored at the annual Storm Lake Community Schools' retirement party, held on Wednesday, June 2. Retirees honored included: Janelle Gustafson, high school special education teacher for 21 years; Mike Ingram, middle school industrial arts and driver's education instructor for 16 years; Everly Post, high school science and math teacher for 11 years; and Susan Briggs, high school special education teacher for 10 years.. ...
Wedding (06/03/04)
Erica Duggan and Jeremy Plagman were united in marriage on Saturday, April 24 at Iberostar Tucan Resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico at 5 p.m. Parents of the couple are Robert and Carol Duggan of Solomon, KS, and Rod and Charlene Plagman of Storm Lake. Grandparents of the groom are Mary Alice Plagman of Alta and Lorene Suntken of Belmond...
Engagement (06/03/04)
Amanda Wilson, daughter of Bret and Peggy Wilson and John Wilson, and Mark McClure, son of Donald and Janet McClure, are proud to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. Amanda is a graduate from Buena Vista University and is employed with the Business Office of Buena Vista Regional Medical Center. Mark is a graduate from Buena Vista University and is employed with the Internet department of Cellular One in Spencer...
Charges unlikely in death of infant (06/03/04)
DES MOINES - Police say it's unlikely anyone will be charged in the death of an infant who died from an overdose of cold medicine. A Polk County grand jury decided this spring that there's not enough evidence to file charges in Levi O'Brien's death. The boy died May 23, 2003 at his babysitter's house in West Des Moines...
Spencer man gets 9+ years in federal prison (06/03/04)
William Allen Dirks, 24, of Spencer was sentenced Monday in federal court by the United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett according to U.S. Attorney Charles W. Larson Sr. who released the information Wednesday. Dirks was sentenced to more than nine years in federal prison after entering a guilty plea to conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of the Spencer Middle School...
Saengchanphengs' play at tourney almost good enough for state place (06/03/04)
According to Storm Lake High tennis coach Ron Netten, Tornado doubles pair Vinny and Phoxay Saengchanpeng played "inspiring tennis" here over the weekend despite failing to place in the Iowa Class 1A state tennis tourney. As a doubles district runner-up, they were forced to play a district doubles champion, but didn't count on facing the number one seed of Dan George and Matt Snyder from Pella in their very first match...
Newell-Fonda Outlook (06/03/04)
The 2004 Newell-Fonda High baseball team should be a factor in the Northwest Conference race, if not one of the favorites. "We'll be experienced at most positions, our team speed will be better than average and we should have a strong pitching staff," Newell-Fonda baseball coach Del Rieman said recently...
Panthers win NW opener (06/03/04)
The St. Mary's baseball team opened its Northwest Conference season here Tuesday night with a convincing 14-2 win in five innings over Aurelia. With the conference win, the Panthers improved to 4-2 overall. Bulldog pitchers helped St. Mary's out with nine walks and one hit batsmen, but the Panthers capitalized with some clutch hitting...
Garden getaways for June (06/03/04)
Enjoy a leisurely stroll through fifteen of the most unusual floral displays in the area. Twelve of these gardens are located in Sioux Rapids, three can be seen in Linn Grove. Your drive to each garden in the tour will let you take as much time as you wish to gain some valuable ideas for your own flower bed...
Thrills in the Sky (06/03/04)
The 2004 Spencer Airshow June 13 is free to the public, starting at 10:30 a.m. The performers include the "Big Red" Stearman flown by Susan Dacy of Harvard, Ill.; Steve Falon of Sioux Falls, SD in his Pitts Special; Dan Sullivan from Anoka County Airport in Minneapolis and Paul Wood of Waukegan Airport in Chicago, flying in their impressive L39's performing formation and aerobatic maneuvers, and the Paradise Skydiving team from Vinton, opening the show with a jump displaying our National Flag. ...
Art show features SL duo's fascination with Loess Hills (06/03/04)
The Lakes Art Center in Okoboji features an exhibit titled "Meditations on the Loess Hills" beginning June 5. The display features oil paintings by Dennis Dykema and photography by Dr. Bruce Ellingson, both of Storm Lake. During the 1990s, various groups in Iowa advanced the initiative to have the Loess Hills designated as a national park. That effort continues today, and some federal funds have become available to preserve bits of the hills...
Chamber Notes (06/03/04)
New Members The Chamber is pleased to welcome The Kitchen Place as a new member of the Chamber of Commerce. The Kitchen Place designs, delivers and installs kitchens to fit all budgets. They are located in the Northern Territory retail development on N. Lake Avenue. A ribbon cutting will be set at a later date...
First Federal wins marketing honors (06/03/04)
The Iowa Bankers Association honored First Midwest Financial, Inc., holding company for First Federal Savings Bank and Security State Bank on May 7 with a 'Best of Iowa' bank marketing award. Banks from around the state participated in this competition, which included community development, multimedia, print, website, direct mail, radio, television, and miscellaneous categories...
Funeral Arrangements (06/03/04)
Grace Jane Friedman May 29, 2004 Grace Jane Friedman, six day old daughter of Matt and Cindy Friedman of 3422 F Avenue NE died on Saturday, May 29, at St. Lukes Hospital from complications at birth. Services were held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 1 at St. Matthew Catholic Church. Rev. Mark Osterhaus officiated. Burial was at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Cedar Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements...
Opinion from the Editor (06/03/04)
A new Storm Lake committee is gearing up for a long, hard fight to defeat a casino boat on Storm Lake, but what if it didn't have to come to a bitter battle at all? The assumption is that they will have to find and convince voters around the county in a long, contentious and rather expensive war of words to stop gambling interests at the polls...
Our Readers Respond (06/03/04)
Response to a lawsuit against Storm Lake clinic TO THE EDITOR: I would like to send my sympathies to my colleagues for apparently not trying hard enough to resist an apparent legal order from the county attorney and signed by a judge. Trying to practice appropriate and compassionate medicine obviously gets in the way from being intricately familiar with the legal system...