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Stories from Tuesday, March 14, 2006

SL Principal carries education message to D.C., but finds many programs sliced in budget plan (03/14/06)
If Storm Lake Principal Juli Kwikkel could give federal officials a grade for their stance on education this year, it might be an "F." F for Frustrating. "In the five years I've been meeting with our Congressional leaders in Washington, this is the bleakest situation I've ever seen. The budget outlook for education is pretty bad, and that is frustrating."...
Beginning Real Estate Investor Seminar will take place March 25 (03/14/06)
New investors and everyone thinking about getting into real estate investing are invited to take part in the Beginning Real Estate Investor Seminar to be held Saturday, March 25 from 12:30-5 p.m. at Iowa Central Community College, Storm Lake, in Room 10. Topics to be covered include basics in property analysis and comparisons, financial options, real estate terms, developing your team, renting/being a landlord, rehabilitating/remodeling and insurance...
New bus at AC-T sports newest technology (03/14/06)
Albert City-Truesdale students are riding on new technology these days. The district has received its new school bus, a Saf-T-Line C2 unit that is one of only 20 in use in the state. The bus is said to have been developed with advancements suggested by schools' drivers and transportation directors. ...
Education Briefs (03/14/06)
College night will be Thursday at SLHS; parents, and students invited Representatives from approximately 79 colleges, schools and branches of the military will be at the Storm Lake High School for the annual college night program on Thursday, March 16 from 6:30-8 p.m...
Little Storm Lake restoration cost set at over $3.5m (03/14/06)
Cleanup of Little Storm Lake would cost at least $3.6 million and work will start no sooner than 2009, according to a preliminary restoration plan submitted by the Army Corps of Engineers to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources recently. Like many other environmental projects, the plan was delayed for two to three months by the Corps' commitment to clean up after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita...
Oxley sworn in as postmaster (03/14/06)
Todd Oxley has been sworn in as new Postmaster of Cherokee. The swearing-in ceremony took place Monday at the post office at 410 Willow Street. Lori Slater-Trautwein, Post Office Operations manager for the Postal Service's Des Moines-based Hawkeye District presided. Oxley, a veteran of the Storm Lake Post Office, succeeds Eduardo Lopez, who was promoted to a Postal Service Managerial position in his home state of New Jersey...
Geopiers project gets underway for SL AWAYSIS site (03/14/06)
Peterson Contractors, Inc began installing the Geopier system for the Project AWAYSIS lodge and water parks on Monday. The Geopiers being sunk into the site are a proven and cost effective solution to providing support and stability to sensitive structures like the lodge and water parks, city officials said...
Medicare and prescriptions discussions planned at BVRMC (03/14/06)
"Medicare & Prescription Drugs: New Insurance Coverage Available" will be the topic of a meeting held on Monday, March 27 at 3 p.m. at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center. BVRMC Financial Counselor Debi Germann, will be the presenter at this session held in the Women's Center at BVRMC. Refreshments will be served. The educational event is open to everyone, free of charge...
Community responds with prayer in young girl's struggle (03/14/06)
It has been almost one year to the day that Alex Hermstad began experiencing muscle weakness. Today at 12 years old, she continues her battle against an unknown neuromuscular condition that has left her so weak she must rely on family or support staff to meet her daily needs. ...
$3,000 reward as propane tank is dumped on train tracks; FBI, terrorism force assist (03/14/06)
Storm Lake Police are turning to the public for help in catching the person or persons who have been placing propane tanks on the railroad tracks running through the city. On Monday, police and Canadian National Railroad officials announced a $3,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest and conviction...
Council 'loses sleep,' but set to sell land (03/14/06)
It is a "sleep-losing issue." That's how Storm Lake City Councilwoman Julie Egland described the decision to sell 3.39 acres of public-owned, lake-view land on the west side of the golf course to create a condominium development as part of Project AWAYSIS...
'Bad advice bill' seen as a boon to factory farms, burden for state (03/14/06)
Iowa lawmakers this week will take up a proposed bill that would protect factory farms from enforcement action if they can prove they relied on bad advice from state environmental experts. A public hearing was planned last night on the bill. It would prohibit the Iowa Department of Natural Resources or the Iowa attorney general's office from taking action against farmers or other Iowans who relied on incorrect DNR staff explanations in order to comply with state environmental regulations...
Iowa Great Lakes imposes night boat limit (03/14/06)
The Iowa Natural Resources Commission has approved a nighttime speed limit of 25 mph on all lakes in Dickinson County. The commission approved the speed limit from a half-hour after sunset to sunrise during its meeting on Thursday in Centerville. A legislative rules committee must still approve it...
Beaver softball team hopes to be an IIAC surprise (03/14/06)
The Buena Vista University softball team returns six of its top seven hitters from last season as well as the squad's top two pitchers. A year after finishing 5-11 in the Iowa Conference, Coach Marge Willadsen believes her program is in a position to stun the other teams and coaches in the league who picked the Beavers to finish in the bottom half of the conference...
Alta gives Mohawks a scare before falling short (03/14/06)
Alta senior Brad Payne knew it was going to be a tough road to upset second-ranked Bellevue-Marquette here Monday afternoon in a Class 1A state tournament quarterfinal at Wells Fargo Arena. But he and the Cyclones weren't going into the night with a whimper...
Coffeehouse concert with Michael Compton at Arts on Grand (03/14/06)
Arts on Grand is pleased to present singer song-writer Michael Compton in an evening of songs and acoustic guitar music. Compton will perform on Friday, March 24 from 7-9 p.m. at the gallery in downtown Spencer. Michael Compton is a 33-year old former Minnesota native who currently resides in Spirit Lake. ...
Egging On The Arts (03/14/06)
Brushes are busy as the Storm Lake Porcelain Artists prepare for their Sixth Annual Egg Sale and Display at the Witter Gallery April 1 from 9 a.m. to noon. Over 100 hand-painted eggs are being painstakingly painted and signed by each artist. The 2006 theme is, "Old Fashioned Tea" and will be reflected with many hand-painted antique-style porcelain shoes used for table decorations. Some will also be sold...
Funeral Arrangements (03/14/06)
Charles R. Pearson Charles R. Pearson, age 58, died Monday, March 6, 2006 in Marshalltown. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 11 at the Sliefert Funeral Home in Albert City, with Pastor David Bernhardt officiating. Burial was in the Fairfield Township Cemetery in Albert City. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Albert City is in charge of the arrangements...
Letter from the Editor (03/14/06)
Our state must be in pretty darn good shape, if the biggest excuse for a Great Iowa Controversy we can conjure up for 2006 is those TouchPlay games. Nobody saw it coming in the debate-o-the-year sweepstakes. It didn't turn out to be sex offenders or child welfare laws. ...
Readers Respond (03/14/06)
Playing political games with minimum wage issues To The Editor, This week the Iowa House voted to increase the state's minimum wage by a dollar to $6.15/hour. Five minutes later, House members voted to rule the wage hike out of order. That was the political game being played last Monday night in the Iowa House. ...
Glawe's Views (03/14/06)
I love the zoo - well most of them anyway, if they are built to remotely resemble the natural habitat. Like the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha. We have made a point of going there every year for the past several. Even though my kids are growing, they don't seem to tire of going there...