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Stories from Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Laurens native returns from Iraq safely (08/17/04)
Sgt. John Ahlers, a Laurens native and hometown hero, returned home safely after 15 months in Iraq Wednesday, August 4. He was welcomed back with a parade in his honor, including the Laurens Fire Department, Police Department, family and friends. Ahlers was also supported by his unit mates, Charles Harrold, Sgt., and John Fansega, Officer Cadet, both from the area, who returned home safely last year after being stationed stateside...
Ready to teach (08/17/04)
Ten new teachers have been hired by the Storm Lake School District for the 2004-05 school year. Angela Snyder, South first grade; Andrew Kuker, high school physics/chemistry, geometry; Becky Brown, South fourth grade; Brian Van Batavia, middle-school science; Val Hogrefe, East begindergarten; Kevin Pederson, middle school industrial technology; Joy Vithayasab, East Title I/special education; Kathleen Hansen, high school special education; Kristen Anderson, North second grade; Abigail Julin, middle-school special education. ...
Council approves odor control study (08/17/04)
The Storm Lake City Council Monday agreed to have Fox Engineering of Ames determine the nature of odor problems on the northeast side of the lake. The study, which will cost a maximum of $19,300, was the lesser of two bids. The other bid was by Veenstra and Kimm for $33,850...
Threshermen's attendance records broken (08/17/04)
It may not have been the biggest, but it was one of the friendliest events Carl Tuttle of Howell, MI, has seen. President of the International J.I. Case Heritage Foundation, Tuttle and other foundation board members were on hand for the 18th annual International J.I. Case Heritage Foundation Exposition. This year's expo was held in conjunction with the 34th annual Albert City Threshermen and Collectors Show this last weekend northwest of Albert City...
Former Iowans return with documentary feature film (08/17/04)
Kelly and Tammy Rundle left their Los Angeles home with their newly completed documentary feature film "Villisca: Living with a Mystery" on June 2. Ninety days, 40 showings, 24 cities, and 5 states later they return for three special final events in Iowa at the State Historical Museum Theater in Des Moines where the unprecedented tour began...
Thank God I'm a country boy! (08/17/04)
Members of the Fairfield Pioneers 4-H Club performed their rendition of "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" on stage at the Iowa State Fair Saturday. The 4-H'ers performed their Share-the-Fun act at the Buena Vista County Fair last month and earned a trip to state. ...
Education (08/17/04)
Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) educators from across Iowa participated in a two-day conference in Ames recently, co-sponsored by IAFCS Educators from Progress and the Iowa Department of Education. The theme, "Putting Our Stamp on the Future," promoted the conference purpose of providing information and experiences for improving the effectiveness of Iowa's Family and Consumer Sciences programs in Iowa schools...
King: Dredging, Highway 20, top House priorities (08/17/04)
Continued dredging of Storm Lake and continuing Highway 20 as a four-lane from Highway 71 to Sioux City are the top priorities for Rep. Steve King, the congressman said Monday. King met with local officials Monday regarding dredging on Storm Lake. King, Storm Lake Mayor Jon Kruse, City Administrator John Call, Storm Lake Chamber Executive Director Gary Lalone, King's District Director David Ehler, and local media toured the dredging site off Stoney Point on the southwestern part of the lake...
Grassley still has hope for Highway 20 (08/17/04)
Sen. Chuck Grassley Friday said it still remains to be seen whether the Highway Bill stalled in Congress will be approved at a level that would ensure extending Highway 20 as a four-lane from Fort Dodge to Sioux City. Grassley made his comments during a 10-minute, unrehearsed interview with Bret Hayworth of the Sioux City Journal and Shelly Roma of WHO Radio in Des Moines. The interview was made available VIA Grassley's voice mail system...
Hitting it hard (08/17/04)
The Storm Lake High volleyball team suffered through some growing pains last season, but this year could be different, according to coach Jacquie Bauer. The Tornadoes lost four seniors, but just one, senior setter Tina Otto, saw significiant varsity playing time...
Rehnstrom named All-Academic team captain; Ferguson also makes team (08/17/04)
The post-baseball season honors just keep piling up for Sioux Central pitcher/catcher Kyle Rehnstrom. Recently, Rehnstrom gained statewide recognition with the Lanny Peterson award. The award, given in honor of long-time Iowa baseball umpire Lanny Peterson, is given to the captain of the Academic All-State team selected by the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association...
Clay Fair plans for biggest show ever (08/17/04)
The world's largest county fair, The Clay County Fair in Spencer, returns on September 13-19, with an array of big name concerts from Clay Aiken to Brad Paisley, the biggest schedule ever of free entertainment around the grounds including Storm Lake chainsaw artist Jeff Klatt, a huge carnival planned by Mirriam's Midway Shows, and special events ranging from the monster truck nationals to chuckwagon racing...
Funeral Arrangements (08/17/04)
Ruth Love February 8, 1920 - August 14, 2004 Funeral Services for Ruth Love, age 84, of Newell, will be held Tuesday, August 17 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Newell. Burial will be in the Memorial Gardens in Boone. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home of Newell is in charge of the arrangements...
Editor's Comments (08/17/04)
That comedian, Jeff Foxworthy, made millions with his "You Might Be a Redneck If..." jokes. He parlayed it into books, songs, you name it. He sold the stuff to the same people he was making fun of, and is probably driving around to the deep south honky-tonks as we speak in a Rolls Royce with a gun rack in the back window and 24k gold rebel flag license plate holders...
Our Readers Respond (08/17/04)
Big business giveaways TO THE EDITOR: Where did state government get all this money to give away? All we have heard for months is that tight revenues meant we had to cut services - not enough money for Medicaid, not enough for schools. Now, with a bigger ending balance than they expected but real needs still unmet in the state budget, the governor and legislative leaders have decided there is $70 million in spare change for business tax breaks for decisions businesses already have made. ...
Pilot Guest Opinion (08/17/04)
Every incoming college freshman has had nightmares about it - you arrive at your dorm room on move-in day, open the door, and come face-to-face with a person you wouldn't want to be within fifty feet of, much less share a room with. Luckily, most roommate meetings conclude in far less tragedy, but are just as nerve-wracking. ...