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Stories from Thursday, July 27, 2006

City tries again for Iowa Great Places status (07/27/06)
The City of Storm Lake will again toss its name into the hat in the competition to be named as one of Iowa's Great Places. In the launch of the program last year, Storm Lake made a concentrated effort to win one of three spots statewide in the program, which eventually went to Sioux City, Clinton and Coon Rapids...
82-turbine windfarm gets OK in Pocahontas Co. (07/27/06)
Construction of a 123-megawatt wind facility in Pocahontas County in northwest Iowa is expected to begin later this year and is scheduled to be completed prior to the end of 2007. In April 2006, MidAmerican announced a 99-megawatt wind project in Crawford and Carroll counties in west central Iowa following Iowa Utilities Board approval of the company's plan to build up to 545 megawatts of new wind-powered electric generation in Iowa before the end of 2007...
Peterson Post Office issues sesquicentennial postmark (07/27/06)
As part of the upcoming Peterson sesquicentennial celebration, Post Office personnel in the community will issue a special commemorative postmark beginning on Saturday, August 5, at the Post Office and Country Store on Mail Street. This will be the first time for a special cancellation in Peterson in more than 25 years...
Nature center plan to re-emerge (07/27/06)
Like your lawn in the midst of a blazing summer, "it looks dead, but it's not." That's how local conservationist Jeff Kestel describes the plan to build an elaborate nature Interpretive Center on Little Storm Lake. "It will come to life, in its own time."...
Dog Park to be proposed for Storm Lake (07/27/06)
A few local citizens plan to propose a new dog park development to Storm Lake city officials. Dog parks have become popular projects for urban centers - grassy areas enclosed by thick plantings or fencing where people can bring their dogs to run off the leash...
Two towns fight it out for $150m 'Earthpark' (07/27/06)
The cities of Pella and Riverside have been chosen as finalists for a $150 million environmental learning center, project organizers said Tuesday. Once known as the Iowa Rainforest Project, the plan has continued to evolve even as it lost its orginial site...
Cherokee begins effort to shelter kids from drugs (07/27/06)
The most tragic aspect of the manufacture and use of drugs that now pervades rural areas, is the affect on children. A new organization in Cherokee - Drug Endangered Children (DEC) - now helps the most innocent victims of the drug culture. "It is really important to have the resources and knowledge to provide care and decontamination for children from homes where drugs are present," said Linda Mummert of the Department of Human Services...
Alta lands four on All-NW BB team (07/27/06)
The Alta High baseball placed five players on the All-Northwest Conference first team, it was announced this week. The conference champion Cyclones also landed one player on the second team. Alta players making the first team were pitcher Brad Payne, infielder Scott Radke, outfielder Anand Hase and utility player Paul Allerdings...
SL to offer volleyball, football camps (07/27/06)
Storm Lake High varsity volleyball coach Kim Johnson will be offering two volleyball camps in August at the SLHS gym. For girls who will be entering grades 5-8, a camp will be held Aug. 7-10 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For girls entering grades 9-12, a camp will be held Aug. 7-10 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The camp fee is $35, and youngsters must register for either camp by July 28 to receive a camp T-shirt...
WLVA wins state opener, Braves upset (07/27/06)
Charles City moved into Friday afternoon's Class 3A semifinals with a 6-4 win over fourth-ranked Cherokee on Tuesday afternoon. Charles City (27-10) struck first when Dustin Rippentrop tripled and scored on Eric Miller's RBI groundout in the top of the first inning...
Wordekemper faring well with Yanks Class A affiliate (07/27/06)
Former St. Mary's pitcher Eric Wordekemper is already a few steps ahead of most minor league pitchers, even some hard-throwing rookie pitchers in the big leagues. "I've been able to throw strikes consistently and also keep the ball low in the strike zone," Wordekemper said Tuesday night in an interview with the Pilot Tribune. "I've established good command of my fastball and so far, I've been able to spot it pretty well."...
Christmas in July at Prairie Pedlar (07/27/06)
For one day only, it will be "Ho! Ho! Ho!" instead of "Hoe! Hoe! Hoe!" this summer in northwest Iowa. The Prairie Pedlar Gardens at rural Odebolt will celebrate Christmas in July in the gardens on Saturday, July 29, with a preview of the holiday season featuring homespun gift ideas from nature...
Celebrate Iowa in Concert (07/27/06)
The Celebration Iowa Singers and Jazz Band (formerly known as the State Fair Singers and Jazz Band), an elite ensemble of 37 Iowa high school musicians, is pleased to announce an upcoming performance in Spencer on Wednesday, August 9. The show begins at 7 p.m. at the Clay County Regional Events Center at the fairgrounds...
Rumors of possible Walgreens Drug Store opening in Storm Lake are false (07/27/06)
There have been rumors burning the ears of many Storm Lakers as to the possibility of a Walgreens drug store coming to the area. According to a spokeswoman of the company, Walgreens does not have any plans at this time to move into Storm Lake. "Walgreens has been looking at multiple new locations throughout the state of Iowa that we will be able to open in the state," the spokeswoman said. ...
Faust expands education of cosmetology (07/27/06)
Faust Institute of Cosmetology has been a part of the downtown area of Storm Lake on Erie Street for years. The school hosted 14 chairs for students to learn the ins and outs of all the branches cosmetology. Faust was growing and moved to the old Payless store on Lake Avenue...
Waitt of Gateway Computers will talk to entrepreneur students (07/27/06)
The Okoboji Entrepreneurship Institute will bring together 24 students from the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and University of Northern Iowa at the Lakeside Labs on the shore of West Lake Okoboji from July 30- August 4. The institute will not only teach the students about how to start and build a business, it also represents a new way to connect Iowans to their three state universities...
Funeral Arrangements (07/27/06)
Lois Swearengin May 13, 1922 - July 20, 2006 Funeral services for Lois Swearengin, 84, of Amarillo, Texas, were held Tuesday, July 25, at the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia. Lois LaVonne Pixler was born on May 13, 1922 in Marcus, the daughter of Clarence and Emma Edith (Godwin) Pixler. ...
Letter from the Editor (07/27/06)
Call me neurotic if you will. Some of my early childhood memories are of people who never came home from Vietnam, of Walter Cronkite reporting on platoons being mowed down in faraway places for reasons I couldn't yet understand, on the evening news. ...
Readers Respond (07/27/06)
Remembering Ron Brown To the editor: I read the article Dana Larsen composed for your July 17th edition, "His Forte: Smiles." It was a great piece, one that truly touched my heart. I watched the Iowa Rock 'n' Roll induction concert and couldn't have been more amazed at the talent of Ron Brown and his re-united band. ...