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Stories from Thursday, January 13, 2005

Time to begin looking at future of high school building (01/13/05)
An advisory committee will be put together soon to address the future needs of the high school building at the recommendation of Dr. Wayne Sesker, former Forest City superintendent and now facilities consultant, who made an assessment of the building during a recent visit...
Jumping on the wagon to be creative (01/13/05)
When the cat's away, the mice will play. Some of Kenny Miller's favorite times were his years of youth when his folks left for the day and he rushed through his farm work to get into the shop. "That was my hey day," he admitted. This young boy who attended Alta schools, learned at a young age how to weld and how to work with a variety of tools. "I made a lot of toys out of junk and anything I could get my hands on."...
Colorado murder suspect caught in SL plant (01/13/05)
Storm Lake Police have apprehended a murder suspect from Colorado, working in the Storm Lake Sara Lee plant under a false identity that he took from a man on death row. On January 6 the Storm Lake Police and Buena Vista County Sheriff's Department received information from the Monte Vista County Colorado Police Department that a wanted man may be in the Storm Lake area. ...
SL teachers ask 6% increase, insurance to take a big bite (01/13/05)
The rate of the next insurance premium increase will likely determine the amount of the base salary for starting teachers at Storm Lake Community School District next year. In a proposal laid on the table by teacher representatives Wednesday, the requested base salary for 2005-06 would be $25,013 based on a 20 percent insurance increase. If insurance jumps 30 percent, the base salary would be $24,720...
City confident going into crucial Awaysis bond vote Feb. 8th (01/13/05)
Make no mistake, city officials are saying, the February 8 bond issue election in Storm Lake is a make-it-or-break-it proposition for Project AWAYSIS. "About 98 percent of the comments I hear from people are positive - people are excited and they see the future and the vision of the promise of this," city Project Manager Mike Wilson reflected this week. "However, there are concerns, and most of the concerns seem to be about the lodge hotel."...
SL charter school approved; 'pioneering' (01/13/05)
The Storm Lake School Board was informed Tuesday that the application to plan for a new public charter school has been approved by the Iowa Department of Education. Clarification will be necessary in several areas, however, to keep the process moving...
Santa's Castle has 8,500 visitors (01/13/05)
Santa's Castle in Storm Lake completed its holiday run with 8,500 visitors for the season, including over 1,500 who visited the Storm Lake animated exhibit during the first four days it was open. Visitors came from 35 states in addition to Mexico, Japan, Thailand, Australia, and China...
SLPF taking applications for Citizens Academy (01/13/05)
The Storm Lake Police Department is still accepting applications for the 2005 Citizens Academy. The free class is limited to 18 participants and is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, February 22 and conclude on May 17. The course runs for 13 weeks and is held on Tuesday nights from 6:30 until 9:30 p.m. at the Storm Lake Police Station...
Engagements (01/13/05)
Kathy Heschke and Michael Leach Duane and Jo Heschke of Aurelia announce the engagement of their daughter Kathy Heschke to Michael Leach son of Bob and Donna Leach of Cherokee. They were engaged on August 22 in Mason City. Kathy graduated from Storm Lake High School in 2000. In 2002 she graduated from Iowa Central Community College with a degree in Business. She is currently employed at Western Iowa Tech part-time as a secretary and a cook at the Gausthau Bar & Grill in Cherokee...
Vilsack calls for focus on education, health care, economic development (01/13/05)
Gov. Tom Vilsack outlined his priorities for the 2005 legislative session Tuesday in his Condition of the State Address, saying he would focus on education, health care and economic development. He asked lawmakers to support a new rating system for child care centers, expansion of early childhood education and economic expansion, including a five-year, $800 million commitment to the Iowa Values Fund...
Prep Boys Basketball Roundup (01/13/05)
The Storm Lake boys basketball team is on a roll that's been a long-time coming. The Tornadoes stretched their winning streak to three games here at the SLHS gym Tuesday night with a 57-48 win over Class 4A Sioux City West. Senior post player Casey Morgan had his best overall game of the season to date, coming up with a double double on 18 points and 14 rebounds...
Prep Girls Basketball Roundup (01/13/05)
The Storm Lake-St. Mary's girls basketball team outscored Schaller-Crestland 13-6 here Tuesday night in the first quarter but couldn't keep the momentum going in a 54-38 loss. The Lady Wildcats took command starting in the second quarter. They outscored St. Mary's 16-4 in that frame for a 21-17 lead at the break...
Prep Wrestling (01/13/05)
The Storm Lake High wrestling team had one of its best efforts of the season here Tuesday night, beating Sioux City Heelan 39-31 in a non-conference dual meet. Storm Lake Ty Seaman was pleased with his team's performance. "We had several really good matches and this was a good win for us," he said. "The kids wrestled hard and used good technique to score points...
Wartburg deals BVU men 72-61 loss (01/13/05)
The challenge in the Iowa Conference has officially been issued to the Buena Vista University men's basketball team. And by a familiar foe. Wartburg, led by 20 points from Jason Steege, edged the BVU men here 72-61 Tuesday night in a crucial conference game...
Public invited to share 'Shattered Dreams' performance (01/13/05)
Buena Vista University will host "Shattered Dreams" Sunday, January 16 at 7 p.m. in Schaller Memorial Chapel on the BVU campus in conjunction with Martin Luther King Jr. Day. "Shattered Dreams," a monologue done by Leon Williams, director of intercultural programs at BVU, will bring life to the legacy and empowerment of one of the most prominent speakers in our nation's history. The one-hour production theoretically portrays what Dr. Martin Luther King would have to say to us today...
Gaming chair: Bond issue a must for local development (01/13/05)
Approval of a $3.5 million bond issue for a new aquatic center will in turn help Storm Lake grab its share of $8 million in state gaming proceeds. Diane Hamilton of Storm Lake, chair of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, said $8 million in Vision Iowa money will be allocated to the City of Storm Lake only if voters approve the $3.5 million bond issue for a new aquatic center Feb. 8...
Tyson and Citizens Bank donate new computer system for Gingerbread House (01/13/05)
Thanks to the generous donations of area businesses, Gingerbread House of Storm Lake will save up to 20 hours a week with a computerized check-in system for children at the center. Gingerbread Community Relations Director Mark Shea said a $2,500 donation from Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc., and $1,000 from Citizens 1st National Bank helped pay for the new ProCare software program that went on-line this week. ...
Hy-Vee donates to Concordia (01/13/05)
Hy-Vee's "Commitment to Community Excellence" program continues to make area schools even better. Storm Lake Hy-Vee store manager Jim Carney presented a check for $122.98 to Sherri Grieme at Concordia School in exchange for store receipts turned in. This program replaces the "Shop Smart for Education" program the store has had in the past. The new program runs year round with no break during the summer months...
My View (01/13/05)
Remember when you were young and your Grandparents seemed so old? The gray hair, the canes in hand and the teeth that they removed just to scare you as they chased you through the halls trying to grab you to give you a toothless smooch on the cheek? You swore that you would never make it to be as old as Grandma! You thought that when there was no Grandpa living with Grandma that she would be too old to find a man, let alone get remarried!...
Readers Respond (01/13/05)
Leaders & dreamers To the editor: The leaders and dreamers in Storm Lake have been working hard for many months to come up with a vision for Storm Lake. We need dreamers, but we must consider what we need and can afford. We have a great dredging project well underway, and we have a walking path from the east side along the north to the west side of the lake. We are considering an interpretive center, which I think would be great. We need a new swimming pool and a community center...
Letter from the Editor (01/13/05)
One's initial impression at the news that the Iowa Veterans Hospital in Knoxville is being phased out and likely closed up is predictable. Something along the lines of "You @#$%&*s!" And indeed, Iowa's veteran inpatient system has served the state well for half a century. It allowed us to take care of those who took care of us when called. It let us pay back the debts as best we could...