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Stories from Monday, August 29, 2005

The Bad Old Days (08/29/05)
In the cemetery west of Albert City there is a gravestone simply marked "Bank Robber." And inside today's museum, which once served as the town's depot, five holes in the walls are mute testimony to a gun battle that ultimately claimed the life of a bank robber and two Albert City men in November of 1901. Another community man was injured and two other men involved in the robbery were later captured and sent to prison...
Sale of the Year Helps Out the Needy (08/29/05)
The UDMO garage sale and raffle is slated to begin Thursday September 1st, running from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Friday September 2 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There are hundreds of antiques and collectables to choose from. Most of the items are new or near new. Proceeds go to the UDMO programs such as the food pantry to help needy families of the Buena Vista County area...
Keeping the Coast Guard Hopping (08/29/05)
It is a long, long way from Dr. Randy Crampton's comfortable podiatrist's office in Storm Lake to the ocean chop of New Orleans or the volatile waters of Guantanamo Bay. So Crampton was stunned recently when he was presented with a surprise commendation from the Coast Guard for his advice that has helped to keep an important unit healthy and in the fight against terrorism...
Alta Schools land $317,000 grant windfall (08/29/05)
The Buena Vista County Historical Society is ready to move its log house and one-room school to make way for Project AWAYSIS. Just one problem - where to? Plans to relocate the historic buildings with a new senior center to the site of the old water plant in Sunrise Park were turned down by the city council recently...
Bizarre bank robbery ends in bike chase (08/29/05)
A Callender man attempted a bold daylight armed robbery at Citizens First National Bank in downtown Storm Lake Friday afternoon - using a bike as a getaway vehicle and a fake ponytail as a disguise. James Magoon, 55, didn't get far. Officers and a police dog gave chase as Magoon darted through traffic on the streets, into alleys and across yards. ...
$4.5 million DNR Casino Beach Marina project begins this fall (08/29/05)
As soon as this fall, the public will see the beginnings of the $4.5 million upgrade of the Casino Beach marina on Storm Lake's south shore. While not an official part of Project AWAYSIS, there is a direct tie-in since the Iowa Department of Natural Resources decided to go ahead with marina improvements to meet the increased demands from visitors with Project AWAYSIS...
Historical Society: 'Nowhere to go' (08/29/05)
The Buena Vista County Historical Society is ready to move its log house and one-room school to make way for Project AWAYSIS. Just one problem - where to? Plans to relocate the historic buildings with a new senior center to the site of the old water plant in Sunrise Park were turned down by the city council recently...
Anniversary (08/29/05)
Lydia and Harvey Koth Harvey and Lydia Koth will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on September 7th. They were married at St. John Lutheran Church in Hay Creek, Minnesota in 1940. Harvey and Lydia, though retired from farming, still reside on their farm just east of Alta. ...
Marriage (08/29/05)
Jessica Casey and Damon Staton Don and Marlene Casey of Newell announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter Jessica Erin to Damon Lee Staton of Newell, formerly of Sac City. The groom to be is the son of Linda Moutray and Jerry Staton, both of Sac City. ...
Boat crash suspect plans to return to Iowa (08/29/05)
Prosecutors say a South Dakota man charged in a fatal hit-and-run boating accident at Okoboji will turn himself in back in Iowa. Justin Allen Nearman, 29, of Sioux Falls, was driving a boat that struck and killed Michael Brosnahan, 51, of Perry, and was intoxicated, officials with the Iowa DNR said...
Evangelical ads bash lawmaker on stem cells (08/29/05)
A Florida-based evangelical group has launched a weeklong advertising campaign in Iowa bashing Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist for his "tragic and grave error" in backing expanded stem cell research. "We know Iowa is a way to get everybody's attention," said Gary Cass, head of the Center for Reclaiming America. "Our hope is Senator Frist will hear from Iowans and they are kind of a bellwether state in the heartland."...
Corn harvest off to early start (08/29/05)
The corn harvest is already underway, pushed ahead by this summer's heat. Pioneer Hi-Bred began harvesting seed corn in some locations a week ago. By Wednesday, corn harvest at their Mount Pleasant operation was 20 percent complete, and the crop's quality is better than expected, said manager Ben Moore...
SLHS swim team works hard under new coach (08/29/05)
This year's Storm Lake High girls swim team is being challenged like it never has been before, and most of the team's members like it that way. The Tornadoes' new coach, Buena Vista junior Laura DeLoss, is a stickler for hard work and, as she puts it, "textbook technique."...
IIAC coaches pick BVU gridders to finish sixth (08/29/05)
The Buena Vista football team was picked to finish sixth in the Iowa Conference for the 2005 season, according to a poll of conference coaches. The Beavers return six starters on offense, but just two on defense off last year's team that tied for third in the IIAC with a 5-3 mark. BVU was 6-4 overall...
Alta returns with talent, speed, depth (08/29/05)
With a second-team all-district senior returning at quarterback, and offensive and defensive lines that could be better than last year's touted units, the pieces are in place for a banner football season at Alta High. Cyclone coach Kevin Hammer, who guided Alta to a 6-3 overall record and a 5-2 record in its Class 1A, District 2 schedule in 2004, returns seven starters on offense and four on defense...
Funeral Arrangements (08/29/05)
Donald Keith Holstein May 29, 1921 - Aug. 23, 2005 Donald Keith Holstein, age 84, of Alta, died on Tuesday, August 23, 2005, at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27 at United Methodist Church, Alta, with Pastor Kathy Kluis officiating. ...
Letter from the Editor (08/29/05)
Today, the Pilot wraps up a seven-issues series on the abuse of methamphetamine in the Storm Lake area. It has been a project we wish we didn't need to do. It has been heart-rending, especially so in the cases of the local addicts who have shared their stories with us even as they lose their children to go behind bars...
Readers Respond (08/29/05)
Hypocritical with HIV story, strip club ads? TO THE EDITOR: In the August 21 Pilot-Tribune, Dana Larsen states that Dwayne Boyd of Milford cruised the party bars, strip joints, etc. around the Lakes area. Dwayne Boyd is the loser with the dangerous gift to share...
Guest Opinion (08/29/05)
If Casey Sheehan was brave enough to fight and die for his country in Iraq, surely George W. Bush has enough guts to listen to his mother grieve in Texas. As parents, George and Laura Bush should feel Cindy Sheehan's pain and invite her into their Crawford home for tea and sympathy. She should be welcomed with the respect due a woman who makes the greatest of sacrifices for her country...