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Stories from Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Generosity meets new Adopt-a-Family program (12/19/06)
So many people open their hearts during the holidays and donate to various causes which assist people who may be in financial need. Without that generosity, many would not have Christmas. Upper Des Moines Opportunity has co-sponsored the Adopt-a-Family program for many years with the Pilot-Tribune, reaching some 200 families and nearly 1,000 people throughout the county each Christmas. Though most of those on the list were adopted each year, some were not. Changes have been made...
Tornado Learning Club benefits (12/19/06)
Thanks to Midwest Wireless' Community Caring Program, the Tornado Learning Club, the Storm Lake Middle School afterschool program received a $4,000 check to benefit the program. "This grant provides funds for transportation for the students who attend the TLC afterschool program. ...
New assistant county attorneys are appointed (12/19/06)
Dave Patton announced Sunday that he has selected the two attorneys to assist with the duties of the Buena Vista County Attorney's Office when he assumes office position in January. The two new assistant county attorneys are Joshua J. Walsh, a partner in the Gailey & Walsh Law Office in Newell; and James M. ...
Alta begins study circles (12/19/06)
"Join a study circle? What's it all about?" This will be a common phrase in Alta during the next month or so. Since Alta has been accepted as part of a project called "Horizons," community members will have opportunities to work together to make Alta even stronger. Study Circles are the first step...
Hultgren wins FSA election (12/19/06)
Jim Hultgren, Alta, has been elected to the Buena Vista County FSA to represent the Elk, Nokomis, Washington, Hayes and Maple Valley township areas. Hutgren produces corn, soybeans and hogs on a farm near Alta. The Iowa State University graduate has been active in ISU Extension, Aurelia School Board and Kiwanis...
Langner name to Dean's List at AIB College of Business (12/19/06)
Ashley Langner, Storm Lake has been named to the Dean's List at AIB College of Business for the 2006 Fall Term. To be on the Dean's List, a student must have a grade point average between 3.50 and 3.79 for 12 or more consecutive credit hours. Langner is a graduate of St. Mary's High School in Storm Lake. Langner is majoring in Accounting & Financial Services at AIB...
Ambulance crew spots farm blaze; 2,300 hogs destroyed (12/19/06)
An Albert City ambulance crew was on a routine trip back home after a call Thursday night when they discovered and reported a fire, according to Buena Vista County Sheriff Chuck Eddy. Just before 8 p.m., the crew spotted flames at a farm located at 1946 540th St., southwest of Albert City. Two hog confinement buildings had caught on fire and were soon fully engulfed in flames...
New county attorney eager to dig into a BV caseload (12/19/06)
Just days away from taking office, Buena Vista County Attorney-elect Dave Patton said he is nearly ready to go to work for the public, saying that he remains "humbled" by the voters' support in the Nov. 7 election. "My two assistants, James McHugh and Joshua Walsh, are eager to get started," Patton said. They will replace the current assistant county attorneys on January 1. [For more on the new assistants, see page 3A of today's issue.]...
WHAT TO DO WITH HUNDREDS OF FLU DOSES? a Sale... (12/19/06)
While three flu strains are already making Iowans miserable, doses of vaccine are going to waste in Buena Vista County, according to Public Health Director Sally Bonnesen. "What are people thinking? It really concerns me that people are not ready," she said Monday. "We need a wake-up call."...
Engagements (12/19/06)
Launna Renee Ennis, Kennewick, Wash., and Willie Jewel Stafford III announce their engagement. Launna is the daughter of Steve and Karen Ennis, Kennewick, Wash. Willie is the son of Willie Jr. and Kelly Stafford, Sioux Falls, S.D. The couple is planning a September wedding in Kennewick, Wash...
Educators expect more state funding (12/19/06)
Educators across Iowa are hopeful new leadership in the Statehouse will mean different priorities. Next session will usher in another era in state politics, with the newly elected Democratic majority pledging more money for education. "I have no doubt that we'll have more money than has even been discussed so far for teacher salaries," said Jeff Berger, a lobbyist for the Iowa Department of Education. "I think they'll make efforts to do more general funding for schools, as well."...
St. Mary's Church in Storm Lake reopens in time for Christmas (12/19/06)
Storm Lake St. Mary's Parish Christmas and Christmas Eve services will all be held in the church, as renovation is nearly complete. The services will be as follows: All are welcome to attend and celebrate the liturgies with St. Mary's. The church is at 320 Seneca Street...
Lawmakers will not ante up on TouchPlay debate (12/19/06)
With lawmakers saying they won't revisit the debate over the defunct TouchPlay gambling machines, the issue of the machines will carry over into the New Year. Gov.-elect Chet Culver and Democratic lawmakers said after the November election that the debate over TouchPlay was settled, but four lawsuits filed by businesses that owned and operated the machines are pending and could cost the state millions of dollars...
N-F boys fall point short vs. OA (12/19/06)
A slow start cost the Newell-Fonda boys basketball team a win here Friday in a non-conference game. The Mustangs trailed early, but a rally in the second half fell a point short, falling 54-53 to Odebolt Arthur. "We had a slow start offensively," coach Paul Loos said. "Our defense allowed us to get back in the game."...
Newell-Fonda girls 8-0 after turning back O-A (12/19/06)
In a battle of undefeated teams, 13th-ranked Newell-Fonda overcame an upset bid from Odebolt-Arthur, winning a 69-64 decision here Saturday evening. Senior point guard Sarah Culp led the charge, scoring a team-high 17 points. Karina Overgaard added 11, while Lauren Devereaux and Megan Peters each finished with 10 points...
Three SLHS grapplers win titles in Manson (12/19/06)
Storm Lake wrestlers Cole Raglen, Daniel Higgins and Ben Seaman won their weight-class titles here Saturday, leading the Tornado wrestlers to a sixth-place finish in the nine-team Manson NW Webster meet. Manson NW Webster won the meet with 222 points, while Pocahontas was second with 182 points and Fort Dodge-St. Edmond third with 169...
A Winter Wonderland (12/19/06)
If you aren't the type to stay cabin-fevered during the icecicle season, the University of Okoboji Winter Games is one way to be the cold-weather blues. Centered around scenic Smith's Bay on West Lake Okoboji, the crazies at the fictional U of O have planned something for everyone for this year's Games, to be held on the last weekend of January...
January Blues (12/19/06)
Once again, it is time for the January Blues Series as part of the History of the Blues class at Buena Vista University. This year the program will bring three well-known blues acts to Storm Lake for public shows. Performers are Tom Gary (veteran bluesman and leader of the blues class) and the Eric Hovey Band (Hovey is a native of Fort Dodge) offer a night of music and stories about the great bluesman...
Funeral Arrangements (12/19/06)
Lloyd McKibban Nov. 28, 1929 - Dec.15, 2006 Lloyd McKibban, 77, Early, died on Friday, Dec. 15, at Cherokee Regional Medical Center in Cherokee. Funeral Services were held Monday at 2 p.m. at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake with Pastor Jim Steen officiating. Burial is at the Storm Lake Cemetery...
Readers Respond (12/19/06)
An upbeat election TO THE EDITOR: The residents of Buena Vista and Sac Counties have just experienced a most usual election this week. Both candidates are to be commended for such a positive campaign! It was good for the candidates to introduce themselves through the media and many meetings. ...
Letter from the editor (12/19/06)
When we don't learn from our errors, we are doomed to repeat them. And it certainly seems like federal immigration enforcement hasn't learned much. Lesson number one - having brown skin does not make you a criminal. A number of years ago, Storm Lake learned the problems with a massive, rather indiscriminate immigrant "sweep." We had hoped that such tactics had disappeared with the circling airplanes and the blacked out vans and the armed guards...