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Stories from Thursday, May 25, 2006

Csilla Vargova: 'Every day I learned something new' (05/25/06)
When Csilla Vargova arrived in Alta a few days before the start of the school year in the fall from her home country of Slovakia, she was nervous about many things, including making friends and communicating in English. She completed a year in high school, and even earned her diploma in Sunday's ceremony, and will head back to Slovakia soon. She admitted, speaking in now near-perfect English, "everyday I learned something new."...
Alta Pool will open season (05/25/06)
The Alta Pool will open Saturday at 1 p.m. , weather and maintenance pending. Daily admission will be $2. Season passes will be available ar $40 for single membership and $70 for family. Swim lessons will begin the second week of June and run through the end of July. ...
Matt Pritchard is anesthesia graduate (05/25/06)
Alta High School graduate Class of '95, Matt Pritchard graduated May 15 as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. Matt met his specialty requirements by completing a four-year BSN Nursing Program at Allen School of Nursing in Waterloo with academic awards of Summa Cum Laude, and then worked three years in a post- surgical intensive care unit at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md...
Back to 'square one,' Rembrandt Enterprises plan expected to pass (05/25/06)
After a surprising rejection of a proposal for a major expansion to their chicken-and-egg facility, Rembrandt Enterprises has submitted a new plan that is expected to pass easily. "They are basically starting over at square one," said Buena Vista County Environmental Health and Zoning Administrator Kim Johnson...
Galva Methodists Celebrate 125 years with dove release (05/25/06)
The congregation of the First United Methodist Church in Galva will host a day of celebration on Sunday, June 4, to mark the 125th anniversary of Methodism in the community. Pastor Ron Johannsen will conduct the 10:30 a.m. service with the sermon presented by Sioux City District Superintendent Rev. ...
Raccoon Valley Biodiesel gets $400k, details still to come (05/25/06)
The proposed $70 million Raccoon Valley Biodiesel plant planned for Storm Lake got an early shot in the arm with $400,000 in state funds and approval for future tax breaks, but paperwork remains to be done to get the project off the ground. The plant would create 25 jobs - most averaging nearly $20 an hour - and make biodiesel from soybean oil, vegetable oil and animal fats at a plant locate near the Gateway Lighthouse on Highway 71...
Unique conservation day planned for Tunquist site (05/25/06)
A Conservation Field Day will be held June 14 at 5 p.m., sponsored by Trees Forever and the Buena Vista Soil and Water Conservation District. Tge event will be held at the Turnquist family farm June 14 to learn more about buffers, boulder weirs and other conservation practices that are helping Storm Lake...
Awaysis takes shape, other projects wait (05/25/06)
If the term Project AWAYSIS conjures images of placid, serene, unruffled relaxation in a hammock framed by tropical palm tree fronds, think again. There are a lot of coconuts in the air just now. So many, in fact, that there is no time or space to create the sprawling playground, beach, jetty-area lighthouse and Great Lawn green space for community activities that had been planned this year...
County buys $200k building from BVU (05/25/06)
A $200,000 purchase of a property by the Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors from Buena Vista University was passed with only two members voting to approve it Tuesday. The purchase of a storage building next to the site for the new County Jail and down the block from the courthouse annex will go ahead...
SL youth raises funds for diabetic camp (05/25/06)
For Mary Kottke, leaving her son Joe alone at camp last summer was hard. Mary and her husband Kevin were the last parents to leave. "It was hard to leave him alone for that long," she said. As happens in many cases, the first time the son is away from home was harder on the parents. Joe loved camp...
Where was state help in meningitis response? (05/25/06)
Neither Kim Rupp, Cherokee County health nurse, nor Aimee Barritt, county emergency management coordinator and environmental health director, were pleased with comments from state health officials in a recent meeting with them. Rupp told the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that state officials asked what they could do to help with the meningitis problem experienced in Cherokee County...
Poorest candidate hits streetcorner (05/25/06)
While his opponents rake in big money in their bids to become Iowa's next governor, Sal Mohamed takes a quieter approach. Mohamed, who has raised only $6,000, visited Iowa City this week, where he spent an entire day on a street corner waving to motorists and talking to people walking by...
Spalding Catholic rallies past Panthers (05/25/06)
Granville Spalding, just two years removed from a Class 1A state championship, broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the sixth inning and edged St. Mary's here Tuesday night in the 2006 opener for both teams. Panther ace righthander Andy Dahm pitched the first five innings and yielded just four hits and two runs, just one of which was earned...
Two-Minute Drill (05/25/06)
RUDE TO ATTEND MORNINGSIDE Storm Lake senior Stephanie Rude next fall will attend Morningside College, where she will compete in track and field. She placed seventh at the 100 meter dash with a time of 13.12 seconds at the Class 3A Coed State Meet in Des Moines last weekend...
SL's Clausen, Nielsen aim for top 10 finishes at state golf (05/25/06)
Storm Lake High golfers Aaron Clausen and Kyle Nielsen have mixed feelings about competing at the Class 3A State Golf meet in Decorah Friday and Saturday. They say they would have liked the rest of their varsity teammates to be competing this weekend, but also welcome the chance to play as individuals...
That's a lot of . . . BULL! (05/25/06)
The plans and colorful, entertaining events are being finalized for the upcoming 2006 Cherokee PRCA Rodeo scheduled for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, June 1-3 at the Cherokee Fair Grounds. Cherokee's 40th annual PRCA Rodeo includes performances at 7:30 p.m. each day by the the world's top cowboys and cowgirls who covet the high-quality shows produced by Barnes/MJM Rodeo of Cherokee and Peterson...
BVRMC flips over new gymnastics coach (05/25/06)
The gymnastics room in the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center Fitness and Health Center is dark and quiet as Marcia Ready, the new gymnastics head coach, makes her way in. Soon, she knows it will be filled with children, just like her at their age, who want to learn gymnastics...
FCSA presents books to Alta FFA (05/25/06)
Farm Credit Services of America builds on its commitment to support youth in agriculture by giving back to the community. On May 17 Kay Mernin of Farm Credit Services of America was on hand to present 10 FFA Handbooks to the Alta FFA chapter, lead by instructor Andy Zinnel, for the 2006-2007 school year...
Funeral Arrangements (05/25/06)
Mary Ann Eckerman April 20,1919 - May 19, 2006 Mary Ann Eckerman of Newell, died Friday, May 19, at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake. Born Mary Ann Kelly at Eagle Grove, on April 20, 1919, and raised in Vincent, She later graduated from Eagle Grove High School in Eagle Grove, in 1937. She taught school in the Vincent and Duncombe areas...
Readers Respond (05/25/06)
Who is the minority now? To The Editor, I read an article written by D'Vera Cohn and Tara Bahrampour Washington Post Staff writers, May 10. It states that nearly half of the nation's children under 5 are racial or ethnic minorities, and the percentage is increasing mainly because the Hispanic population is growing so rapidly, according to a census report released. The percentages in Storm Lake would suggest that the Caucasian population is NOW the minority or will be in the near future...
One Man's Outlook (05/25/06)
All of the graduations I have been covering of late has got me to start thinking about the graduations I was part of. I put on the robes and got my diploma from Moline High School, Class of 1987, and later Teikyo Marycrest University after years of learning and making lifelong friends. To that end the best piece of advice I have for graduating students is don't...
Letter from the Editor (05/25/06)
It has been suggested that since Storm Lake needs a new Senior Citizens Center, and since the Cobblestone has sat vacant for want of a use, that the two might make beautiful music together. I don't know if that's possible - it would take a lot to restore the Cobb, some seniors might not want to go that far, it would cost a lot to cool and heat - the challenges would be myriad and real...