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Stories from Thursday, January 26, 2006

A cultural awakening for Latino teens (01/26/06)
Hispanic students at Alta High School are enjoying the positive experiences they have had and are surprised that their experiences are not being shared by other Hispanic students attending other Iowa high schools. Five Alta High School students, a graduate of AHS and Ginni Cook, minority liaison, had the opportunity to attend the seventh annual Strengthening and Valuing Latino Communities in Iowa Conference sponsored by the state's Latino Commission...
County puts salary hikes on hold, "It will be a while" (01/26/06)
Elected department heads and their employees who are paid a percentage of their bosses' salaries will have to wait a bit before finding out whether they will get a 10 percent wage hike as recommended by the county Compensation Board. Tom Daniels, chair of the Buena Vista County Compensation Board, officially presented the Board's recommendations to the Board of Supervisors Tuesday. ...
SL man wants supervisors to decriminalize marijuana (01/26/06)
A Storm Lake man Tuesday asked the Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors to consider decriminalizing marijuana and to start a "Safe Ride" program to keep drunk drivers off the road. Paul Peterson, a former Chicago attorney and originally from Storm Lake, said that, at his behest, a number of Illinois communities had adopted a prosecutorial discretion policy which essentially decriminalized possessing small quantities of marijuana...
Runner races for grandma's memory (01/26/06)
With her grandma Helen's memory as the wind at her back, Christa Ballantyne pushed through the miles January 15, and raised over $6,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as a participant in the famed P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon...
VerMulm embraces spirit of Women in Denim (01/26/06)
"This is my type of group," said KTIV Channel 4 anchor woman Kristie VerMulm, keynote speaker at the second annual Women in Denim conference, who relishes her agriculture background. She spoke to the some 380 women in attendance, admitting that speaking in front of three people used to make her sick. The crowd of women seems minute, now; she talks to 60,000 people each night as she broadcasts the news...
WHO Radio Great Iowa Tractor Ride plans to be officially unveiled Jan. 27 (01/26/06)
After 10 years, the WHO Radio Great Iowa Tractor Ride keeps on rolling. The super-secret route will be revealed Jan. 27. Ten years ago, two guys had an idea. They began discussing, "Wouldn't it be fun to take our tractors for a little drive around the area? And wouldn't it be great if we could gather up some friends to take with us? The idea sounded innocent enough at the time. ...
Expert warns local parents of internet threats: 'We have a brand new child molester' (01/26/06)
Computers provide helpful information for millions of people each day. They are also serving as the bait for perpetrators to hook innocent children to reel them into sick worlds. St. Mary's Schools brought in Robert Hugh Farley this week to speak to staff and parents of the community. Farley is a retired police detective with 30 years experience, now serving as a consultant in crimes against children in Chicago...
Engagement (01/26/06)
Sarah Johnson and Michael Ruhs engaged Steve and Lora Johnson of Linn Grove are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter,Sarah Elizabeth, to Michael Ruhs, son of Steve and Cindy Ruhs of Sioux Rapids. The wedding will be held May 20, 2006 at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Rapids...
Anniversaries (01/26/06)
Jo and Duane Haley celebrate 50th Jo and Duane Haley will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary Feb. 4. Their children Dawn, Rhonda, Teresa, and Todd would like to honor them with a card shower. No gifts, just please include your favorite memories as they will be added in a memory book. Send cards to: 2454 255th St. Sac City, Iowa 50583...
Girl Scouts selling cookies through Jan. 30 (01/26/06)
In the Storm Lake area, girls will be selling Girl Scout cookies through Jan. 30. All proceeds, after paying the baker, stay in the council area. A portion of the money stays at the council level to support all types of activities. Moreover, a share of what remains goes to the troop level, where girls decide how to spend it, thus further encouraging goal-setting and leadership abilities...
CADA to merge with another domestic abuse agency July 1 (01/26/06)
The four-county Council Against Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault (CADA/SA) will merge with a similar organization serving four other counties as of July 1, Julie Schulenberg, sexual assault coordinator, informed the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors this week...
Vilsack steps on brakes for teen drivers (01/26/06)
Gov. Tom Vilsack this week is making a pitch for tighter restrictions for young drivers, saying lawmakers won't be able to resist statistics that show the dangers young drivers face. "It's pretty hard to argue with the numbers," Vilsack said at Lincoln High School, where he presented the final recommendations of a task force he appointed to review rules for young drivers...
Raccoon River group hosts water meeting (01/26/06)
A growing organization of citizens fighting for cleaner water, the North Raccoon Watershed Association's members are continuing their work to preserve and enhance the Raccoon River system and its watershed from Buena Vista County to Des Moines. They are farmers, landowners, anglers, canoeists, water quality testers, naturalists and others making the Raccoon a better river for safe recreational use...
BVU cage teams playing it tough down stretch (01/26/06)
Though Buena Vista University is hosting just one track meet this weekend - an indoor meet Saturday at Lamberti Recreation Center - the BVU and Simpson women's basketball teams may be holding a track meet of their own Friday night at Siebens Field House...
SLHS wrestlers edge Dutch, fall to MMC (01/26/06)
The Storm Lake High wrestling team split a pair of dual meets on its home mat Tuesday, edging MOC/Floyd Valley 42-30 but losing to Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 49-23. "We were happy to get a win in our first meet and there were some exciting matches down the stretch in our second meet that we didn't wrestle well in," said SLHS coach Ty Seaman...
SLHS boys falter late in loss to E-Hawks (01/26/06)
A subpar second half here Tuesday night hurt the Storm Lake High boys basketball team in a 76-56 Lakes Conference loss to Emmetsburg. The Tornadoes, who dropped to 5-4 in Lakes action and to 6-7 overall, led 15-14 after the first quarter and 35-33 at the half...
Panthers turn up 'D,' ease past Alta; SLHS drops pair (01/26/06)
The performances of the Storm Lake St. Mary's girls basketball team just keeps getting better. The Panthers took another step toward a Northwest Conference title at home Tuesday night with a 59-35 win over rival Alta. Defense was the key in this contest, as the Panthers held Alta to single digits in three of four quarters. They allowed just four points in the first quarter, nine in the second and nine in the fourth...
SLHS Swing Show Saturday (01/26/06)
The public is invited to the upcoming Storm Lake High School Swing Show Jan. 28, 7:30 p.m. at South School Auditorium. The show will include the high-school jazz band, jazz vocal choir, and appearances by the high-school orchestra and middle-school jazz band. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for students. Let the award-winning jazz sounds of SLHS Music heat up your weekend!...
Library kicks off romantic film festival for February with Bogie and Bacall (01/26/06)
The Storm Lake Library Film Festival will return in February, this time heading indoors for four weekends of romance to coincide with National Library Lovers Month. "Each Saturday in February, we will be showing a love movie," said Susan Stone, library director, who founded the film festivals...
'Surf's Up' exhibit makes waves at R'n'R museum (01/26/06)
It may be winter, but the "Surf's Up" in the Iowa RockNRoll Music Association Museum. On display for the first time is Tom Tourville's collection of Surf band memorabilia. The display includes numerous items such as a surfboard, autographed albums, pick guards and drum heads. Also on display are signed guitars by the Beach Boys and Dick Dale, premier Surf guitarist in the country...
KICD's Bichnese and Leininger receive Women in Denim award (01/26/06)
Susanne Bicknese and Troy Leininger of KICD radio station of Spencer accepted the "Spirit of Denim Award" from Rhonda Christensen during the second annual Women in Denim Conference last weekend at the Buena Vista University Siebens Forum. The award is designed to recognize a company, individual, sponsor, or organization that exemplifies the spirit of Women in Denim...
BVU's President Moore joins Meta Financial Board (01/26/06)
Meta Financial Group has announced that Buena Vista University President Frederick V. Moore has accepted an appointment to its Board of Directors. He will also serve on the MetaBank, MetaBank West Central, and Meta Trust Company boards and on the audit committee...
Alliant announces dividend increase (01/26/06)
Alliant Energy Corp. has announced that the Board of Directors has approved an increase in the company's quarterly common stock dividend from $0.2625 per share to $0.2875 per share, which is equivalent to an annual dividend of $1.15 per share. The Board declared the first quarter dividend payable on Feb. 15 to shareowners of record on Jan. 31. Dividends on common stock have been paid for 241 consecutive quarters since 1946...
Funeral Arrangements (01/26/06)
Richard "Dick" Hans Arndt Nov. 22, 1936 - Jan. 22, 2006 Richard "Dick" Arndt, 69, of Cherokee, passed away Sunday, Jan. 22, 2006, at his home following a long battle with cancer. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee. ...
Letter from the Editor (01/26/06)
Being a newspaper editor means hearing a lot of complaints. It goes with the territory. One reader has spent years waiting for us to put an apostrophe in the wrong place, so that she can circle it in yellow magic marker and rush it in to complain. I'm tempted to do it more often, just because it so thoroughly makes her day...
Readers Respond (01/26/06)
Put Iowa teacher pay in perspective To The Editor: This A.M. I heard a request from a teacher wanting us to contact our legislators about a raise in teacher's pay in Iowa. Iowa is 41st on the teachers pay scale. Let me tell you about the advantages of teaching in Iowa. ...