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Stories from Thursday, December 21, 2006

Anderson recognized for FSA service (12/21/06)
Raymond Anderson was recognized for 42 years of service with the Farm Service Agency. He was presented a gavel for 11 years as a member of the Buena Vista County FSA Committee, representing Area #3 which includes Elk, Nokomis, Washington, Maple Valley and Hayes Townships...
Marina plan over budget, without an operator, but DNR won't back off project (12/21/06)
Plans for the new $3 million State Marina at Casino Beach have run into some snags, but the project is far from sunk, state officials report. With construction estimates running $200,000 over budget, and with the site about to lose its operator and with no concessionaire willing to run the planned restaurant, Department of Natural Resources planner Don Labate admits that the DNR "has its hands full" with the project...
School bond: 'overwhelming' win (12/21/06)
Storm Lake Schools Superintendent Dr. Paul Tedesco's feet have still not touched the ground, he says, following the voters' dramatic support in a bond issue election Tuesday that will bring a new communitywide elementary school to reality. With a 60 percent supermajority "yes" vote needed to pass the issue, the voters spoke clearly - 810 of the 994 ballots cast (81.5 percent) were in support of the new school...
Brazil: Family on a mission (12/21/06)
The Crippin family will be spending their Christmas vacation in Brazil where they will give of their time, skills and talents doing missionary work. Members of the Bethel Baptist Church in Newell, the Crippins have become well-acquainted with Al and Nadine Pierschbacher, missionaries in Brazil for the past 30 years, whom their church supports...
Council makes aqua park, senior center changes (12/21/06)
Project AWAYSIS manager Mike Wilson presented the Storm Lake City Council with two change orders this week. Originally, the city had planned to have contractor Christiansen Construction do the drainage and landscape rock for the aquatic center's Lazy River tube ride in a landscaping project. ...
Stone Soup cooks for Christmas (12/21/06)
As a growing tradition in Storm Lake, Stone Soup is cooking up a special community meal to celebrate Christmas Eve. The free meal, held at the end of each month when dollars may grow short for many, is always open to all. For its first holiday event, the pots of stew give way to a festive feast of ham, cheesy potatoes, vegetables, rolls and homemade pies. ...
Jesus icons stolen from Newell, a church's nativity now set on fire (12/21/06)
Scrooge has struck Newell with a vengeance, and locals are treating a series of crimes against church nativity scenes as a sad act of terrorism. The latest incident nearly burned down a landmark church. Last year, three different Newell churches had figures of baby Jesus stolen and nativity scenes vandalized...
From combat to home (12/21/06)
There's a Tyler Peters before Operation Iraqi Freedom and a Tyler Peters after it. The two vary greatly. The Army Reservist's parents, Ron and Julie Peters, Spencer, describe the 23-year-old as a Chicago Bulls and Jeff Gordon fan, a Boy Scout, and as a son who was "never in trouble" before serving his country abroad...
Unstoppable? (12/21/06)
The Alta boys basketball team is still undefeated after recording an 85-29 victory over Schaller-Crestland on Tuesday night. "One of our goals was to hold them to at least two single digit quarters," said head coach Bart Smith. The Cyclones went beyond their coach's orders and held the Wildcats to three single-digit quarters. Alta hit the floor hard defensively and worked its way into a 25-9 first quarter lead...
Tigers hit seven treys in win over Tornadoes (12/21/06)
The Storm Lake High girls basketball team is a work in progress, so coach Stacey VanDerSloot expects ups and downs. After Tuesday night's 70-42 loss to a surging Spencer team, she's staying the course. "We've got to keep working, keep plugging away and we'll get better," she said after the game. "We saw some good things out there tonight, but obviously, we still have a lot to work on."...
Sac's fast start buries Panthers (12/21/06)
Shooting 60 percent from beyond the arc here Tuesday night, Sac City rolled to an 80-35 win over the St. Mary's girls basketball team. The Indians jumped out to a 15-0 lead in the first four minutes of the game, according to St. Mary's coach Brad Wilkening...
Go and Do Events (12/21/06)
Hispanic-style holiday service The community is cordially invited to attend a Hispanic Christmas Celebration with a traveling drama team and more, starting at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday Dec. 23 at Iglesia Sendero Salvacion. Meet at Hope Evangelical Free Church, 2015 West Milwaukee, Highway 7, in Storm Lake. Refreshments will be served afterward. For more information, contact Pastor Mario Pineda at 732-7057 (Spanish) or 213-2297 (English)...
Crooners in 'Glory of Christmas' show (12/21/06)
Combining voices from all around the area, the members of The Crooners get as much joy out of performing as their loyal audiences do. The choir will offer their annual Christmas concert this Friday, December 22. The event will be held in the Sacred Heart parish center in Early beginning at 7 p.m. The musical, titled "The Glory of Christmas" is a mix of secular and sacred Christmas favorites...
Serenity Spa is completely moved in at new location (12/21/06)
With the sale of the 800 block of Lake Avenue, a lot of businesses had to relocate. Honey-Kissed Pizza moved downtown, Century 21 has taken ownership of the old Hot Shots building and now Serenity Salon and Spa has located into the new building at 325 East Milwaukee Street Suite 3...
Funeral Arrangements (12/21/06)
Lona Swain Aug. 13, 1932- Dec.13, 2006 Lona Swain, 74, of Storm Lake, died Wednesday, Dec.13, of injuries received in an automobile accident. Services for Mrs. Swain will be held Thursday, Dec. 21, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Storm Lake, with Reverend Bruce Lesemann officiating. Burial will be in the Storm Lake Cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements...
Readers Respond (12/21/06)
No joy for displaced immigrants To the editor: I would like to wish a Merry Christmas to the employees of Swift and Co., whose lives were disrupted and whose families torn apart, but it does not feel right to say that now. I guess the best I can do is say "God bless you and your families." I personally think it is a sad statement of our values, when our government chooses to raid these plants just before Christmas. ...
Jones Outlook (12/21/06)
I remember that a year ago I was a nervous about starting an internship here at the Pilot and my first chance of working on a real newspaper. Now, I'm sitting here at my computer thinking how much has changed. First, I'm not longer a intern. That was a big change for me instead of rushing between classes and covering stories, now I have the rush of covering stories. This hasn't always been an easy task for me. I had a lot of learning to go through and still have a lot left...
Letter from the Editor (12/21/06)
I happened to pick up a fresh copy of a major weekly news magazine at the hospital the other day, the cover of which trumpeted in big red letters that we are "LOSING THE WAR IN IRAQ." The exact same words have lately appeared on the CBS network news, in several news magazines, in newsapers (I see it in the Washington Post this week) and from the lips of a Congressman from Nebraska. ...