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Stories from Thursday, January 24, 2008

School board attempts to reduce budget (01/24/08)
With enrollment down, and state funds down, the Alta School Board is looking at reducing next year's school budget. "We are trying to keep our expenses in line with the revenue," said Superintendent Fred Maharry. The teachers, staff and administrators have made reductions in supplies used all this school year, cutting down the budget...
Steve Strom retires after delivering mail for 28 years (01/24/08)
Steve Strom visits 270 homes each day, driving 123 miles each day. He is one of Alta's rural mail carriers and after 28 years, he will be retiring. Strom has been employed with the Alta post office since 1979, beginning as a substitute driver and since 1985 has been full time. He has been given credit for three years he spent in the united States Air Force so according to the government, he has provided 31 years of service...
Sharing God's love (01/24/08)
The devastation of Hurricane Katrina is still evident in New Orleans and caring people from the area and the nation continue to lend a hand to those who are still jumping FEMA hurdles and have no where to live. Joyce Rydstrom, Alta, was among a group of 10 from Summit Church that recently returned from a week-long trip to the city. This is her second time making the trip and if there is work to do next year, she said, she will go again...
BV unemployment sees a sudden spike, 410 jobless (01/24/08)
Buena Vista County's unemployment rate saw a sharp increase last month, rising from 3.2 percent in November to 3.9 percent in December, nearly equalling the state average of 4 percent. The local jobless rate has risen for three consecutive months.Traditionally, the county runs well below the state average, and has been as low as 2 percent in jobless rates...
St. Mary's hosts an evening of Dinner Theatre (01/24/08)
Join St. Mary's for an evening of laughter, mystery and intrigue as they host their first ever Dinner Theatre on Saturday, February 9 in the St. Mary's Gymnasium. Dinner begins at 6:30 with pre-show entertainment by the St. Mary's High School Speech students followed by middle school production of "The Mystery of Montley's Manor" beginning at 7:30...
Tyson joins Millennium Promise program (01/24/08)
Tyson Foods, Inc., Storm Lake's largest employer, announced Tuesday that it will join the Millennium Promise program, collaborating in the fight against poverty by launching a six-month corporate service fellowship. Tyson is loaning Millennium Promise, an international non-profit organization dedicated to ending extreme poverty, the skills and energies of an experienced corporate executive for six months...
Muslim opening prayer at Iowa Statehouse raises concerns (01/24/08)
The Iowa Legislature started just over a week ago and some people were upset before the first issue was every addressed. When the session began, a Muslim Imam began the prayer in the Iowa Legislature. This is where the controversy begins. The prayer asked of "Victory over those who disbelieve," and "Protection from the great Satan" among other things...
Walgreens off to a fast Storm Lake start (01/24/08)
Some people haven't been able to wait. "We have had people come in the doors, climb over the boxes we've had strewn around, and just start shopping. We've had to tell them that we're happy to see them, but we aren't really open yet," laughs Jason Erickson, manager of the new Walgreens store that officially opens those doors today on the corner of Lake Avenue and Milwaukee in Storm Lake...
Little Sioux area among Iowa's most-threatened (01/24/08)
The Nature Conservancy had hoped to raise $9.5 million to save endangered natural areas of Iowa. Instead, the nonprofit group nearly doubled its goal and raised $18.1 million to preserve six key areas of the state - including the Little Sioux River Valley of northwest Iowa, which runs through the northern edge of Buena Vista County...
Weddings (01/24/08)
Brian and Kari Kinkade Kloee and Carter Thilges announce the marriage of their mother, Kari Thilges, to Brian Kinkade, Albert City. Brian and Kari were married Dec. 31 on the Island of St. Lucia. Kari is a 1997 graduate of Algona High School with a degree in audiology. ...
Grassley pushes colleges to boost their financial aid (01/24/08)
Sen. Charles Grassley wants colleges and universities to boost their financial aid and use their multibillion dollar endowments to help struggling families pay tuition. Endowments nationally totaled at least $340 billion in 2006, with an overall return of 15.3 percent, according to the Congressional Research Center...
Senate approves property tax relief measure (01/24/08)
The Senate unanimously approved a $1.2 million property tax relief measure on Tuesday, calling it the first step to easing the burden on homeowners and local governments. Money for the measure comes from a windfall the state gets from the sale of the nuclear plant near Palo, and key lawmakers insist it's only the beginning of a session-long focus on the issue...
Third quarter costly for Panther girls in loss to Aurelia Bulldogs (01/24/08)
Storm Lake St. Mary's dropped a 40-30 home Northwest Conference decision to Aurelia's girls basketball team Tuesday. The Panthers led 6-5 after one quarter but trailed 13-11 at halftime and 28-15 going into the fourth after the Bulldogs used a 15-4 third-quarter blitz to their advantage...
Orabs take out SLHS girls in OT (01/24/08)
Moral victories, schmoral victories. This was a heartbreaker, said Storm Lake coach Stacey VanDerSloot. The Tornadoes battled back from a 17-13 first-quarter deficit, outscoring the Orabs 21-14 over the second and third periods, but got clipped by Sheldon, 60-57, in overtime here Tuesday night...
Alta clicking on all cylinders (01/24/08)
The bull's-eye on Alta's back isn't going away anytime soon. That's what made this win all the more impressive. Jordan Hinkeldey dumped in 17 points, Aaron Hansen and Mike Huseman joined him in double figures, and the Class 1A No. 1-ranked Cyclones pounded Pomeroy-Palmer 81-43 here Tuesday in Northwest Conference boys basketball action...
Bulldogs rob St. Mary's boys of first conference victory (01/24/08)
Aaron Bruce hit two free throws with 16 seconds left and Aurelia robbed St. Mary's of its first conference win Tuesday night at the Panther Pit, overcoming a 10-point deficit with just 3 minutes left in a 40-38 victory over the Panthers. St. Mary's led by 15 points with 10 minutes to go...
Toreadors top Tornadoes in swimming dual (01/24/08)
The Storm Lake boys swim team raced to 13 personal bests and racked up five second-place finishes while dropping a 124-43 decision to the Boone Toreadors here Tuesday. Earning second place for the Tornadoes were Peter Winterton in the 200 individual medley (personal best 2:31.70), Collin Schultz in the 50 freestyle (personal best 25.07), Casey Schultz in the 100 butterfly (1:11.83), Nate Tucker in the 100 freestyle (personal best 57.28) and Mike Rodgers in the 500 freestyle (personal best 7:28.11).. ...
Fast start propels S-C boys Tuesday (01/24/08)
Brad Anderson put up a game-high 19 points but it wasn't enough as Newell-Fonda fell to Schaller-Crestland's boys 62-51 here Tuesday. The Wildcats had three players score in double figures: Matt Struchen with 18, Kiley Murra with 16 and Collin Johnson with 14...
Say it ain't so: 16 in a row (01/24/08)
Drake's Josh Young kicked off his walking boot for a couple of hours Tuesday night and gave Creighton a kick in the gut. Young hit a tie-breaking 3-pointer in overtime and No. 22 Drake celebrated its first national ranking in 33 years with a 68-60 victory over its Missouri Valley Conference nemesis...
Alta girls get back to .500 in Northwest (01/24/08)
Jordan Henningsen and Jessy Bibler scored 21 and 18 points, respectively - and the Cyclones made 26-of-36 free throw tries - as Alta dismissed the Pomeroy-Palmer girls basketball team 64-45 here Tuesday. With the win, the Cyclones improved to .500 in the Northwest Conference...
Winter's welcome at 'Boji blast (01/24/08)
There is one place in Iowa in January where snow and ice and frigid temperatures are not only tolerated, they are embraced with open arms. The 28th annual University of Okoboji Winter Games kicks off Friday and continues through Sunday with plenty of traditional favorites - from wild broomball action to steaming chili to rollicking rock 'n' roll bands - plus a few new events and lots of special activities for the children...
Pilot at the Movies (01/24/08)
I wanted to like "27 Dresses," I really did. I have a soft spot a mile wide for romantic comedy, and Katherine Heigl is one of the most likeable young actresses out there. Problem is, "27 Dresses" just doesn't live up to its hype - it is neither all that romantic, or terribly funny...
New Thai and Lao restaurant opens in Storm Lake (01/24/08)
The owners of Sichanh business ventures have opened a new restaurant in Storm Lake, Little Vientiane, located on Flint Drive across from their food market and laudromat. The manager is Siamphay Khamphavong, or "Sam." Little Vientiane is a Lao and Thai restaurant that will be open from 10:30 a.m.- 8:30 p.m. They will have a lunch buffet daily from 10:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m...
Utilities partner to help King's Pointe go green, city reaps harvest of rebates (01/24/08)
The City of Storm Lake and Project AWAYSIS architects participated in a program sponsored by Mid American Energy and Alliant Energy designed to ensure that cost effective energy efficiencies were incorporated into the construction of the King's Pointe resort - and on Monday, the companies handed over checks as the effort began to pay dividends...
Funeral Arrangements (01/24/08)
LeRoy T. Fitchett Dec. 26, 1917- Jan. 20, 2008 LeRoy T. "Buck" Fitchett, 90, Newell, died Sunday, Jan. 20, at the Newell Good Samaritan Center. Funeral services for Mr. Fitchett were held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the United Methodist Church in Newell. Burial is in the Newell Cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Newell was in charge of the arrangements...
Letter from the Editor (01/24/08)
Let's make sure we are arguing about the right thing. One case being made is to protect "sanctity" of marriage between men and women in Iowa. The argument goes that if we start letting gay couples officially marry, people will soon be getting engaged to goats, Buicks, houseplants, inflatable people, the entire syncronized swimming team from the University of Nebraska, and who knows what...
Nothing beats 'live' acting (01/24/08)
I am spending most of this week at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Omaha. It's a festival where college students from Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, Missouri, Kansas and Illinois get together for a celebration of acting. There are workshops, scholarship auditions, internship opportunities and plenty of shows and scenes to see. I never find myself bored here. Also there are some pretty fun parties, but that's beside the point...
Tales From The Crib (01/24/08)
The other day my 4-year-old told me she had a secret to tell me. "Lean over," she said so she could whisper in my ear. I complied and waited for the usual phrases she utters. But this I was not expecting. "Britney Spears," she whispered. My eyes grew as big as saucers and I whipped around to ask how she knows that name...