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Stories from Tuesday, March 25, 2008

No swan cygnets to release this year, but wild bird sightings stir optimism (03/25/08)
It's almost time for the annual release of the trumpeter swan cygnets that has become an annual Storm Lake harbinger of spring. Just one problem. There are no swans to release. Not a one. No new cygnets survived last year, on the heels of a record-setting hatch the year before...
Is gaming the next big thing for the library? (03/25/08)
Game on! Children have recently come to the Storm Lake Public Library not to check out books, but for events to play popular video games such as Guitar Hero and Dance Dance Revolution that are now housed in the facility. Purists argue that libraries should be quiet, stately places for the enjoyment of literature, but nationwide, public libraries, university libraries and school libraries are turning more and more to video gaming and even game lending to attract young people to their doors...
Lifesaver gets her honors, 'in our eyes, she's always been a hero' (03/25/08)
Carla Peterson of Aurelia says she doesn't consider herself to be a hero, but she graciously accepted an unexpected award from the Siouxland Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, which holds a ceremony each March to honor extreme heroism in northwest Iowa. Peterson was cited for her quick actions last summer that saved the life of a 2-year-old Storm Lake boy who had drowned off Bel Air Beach...
Library needs/expansion study begins (03/25/08)
Study will soon begin on the potential need to expand the Storm Lake Public Library. "We will be starting by examining the building that we have, and then our consultant will be talking to community members to gather opinions, and looking at the various needs," explains Misty Gray, Library Director...
St. Mary's to hold kindergarten round-up (03/25/08)
Storm Lake St. Mary's School will be holding kindergarten round-up Friday, April 4. There will be two sessions - one from 9-10:30 a.m. and one from 1-2:30 p.m. Parents and their perspective kindergarten students are invited to attend. Children who will reach age 5 by Sept. 15 could be eligible for kindergarten in the fall of 2008...
AC-T preschool and kindergarten registration set (03/25/08)
A combination meeting for parents of children who are planning to be enrolled in preschool or kindergarten in the fall of 2008 will be held on Tuesday, April 1, at 7 p.m. in the AC-T lunchroom.  Please use the lunchroom door on the north side of the school on that night.  Teachers will preview classroom curriculums and answer any questions that arise.  Childcare will be provided.  All updated immunization records and each child's birth certificate are needed at the meeting.  Parents are encouraged to notify the school if unable to attend.. ...
Local gas prices up 25% in a year, but there's hope ahead at the pumps (03/25/08)
Storm Lake gas prices have been running very close to climbing state averages, but there could be a little relief ahead. After reaching a record high price of $111.80 a barrel on March 17th, crude oil prices fell last week on news that the dollar was strengthening and demand was declining...
Engagements (03/25/08)
Andrea Naeve and Nathan Malcom Andrea Naeve and Nathan Malcom, both of LaVista, Neb., announce their engagement and approaching marriage. A May 24 wedding is being planned in Humboldt. Andrea is the daughter of Dave and Cindy Vote and Jay and Lorna Naeve, Gilmore City. Nathan is the son of Mike and Diane Malcom, Humboldt...
Manure runoff traced back to Dickinson county open feedlot (03/25/08)
The DNR investigated for manure runoff into the Little Sioux River from northern Dickinson County after a complaint to the Spencer DNR field office Thursday. DNR environmental specialists traced the runoff to an open feedlot owned by Troy Ahrenstorff located about two miles northeast of Lake Park...
Davenport man to carve fallen soldier memorial (03/25/08)
She wasn't one of his students, but Thom Gleich always enjoyed saying hello to her in the hallways at Davenport North High School. Katie Soenksen's presence was like a ray of sunshine. At about 5 feet 10 inches, she was relatively tall. And she always flashed a big, beautiful smile - one you couldn't help but return with one of your own, the special education teacher said...
Iowa Legislature (03/25/08)
It is 7 p.m. on Wednesday evening, I am at my desk on the House floor, and I anticipate being here for several more hours this evening. This is all due to an eleventh-hour amendment to what was intended to be a non-controversial clean-up bill of Chapter 20, Iowa's public employee collective bargaining chapter. ...
Hoop-a-thon slated at SLMS (03/25/08)
The fifth annual Hoop-A-Thon, which will be held April 5, 11 a.m. through 2 p.m., at the Storm Lake Middle School, is designed to benefit research for Huntington's Disease. All proceeds will go to the Huntington's Disease Society of America (HDSA). Youth to adults may participate...
Alta's Nesbitt a blue-chip recruit for Augustana (03/25/08)
Multi-sport standout Cody Nesbitt of Alta has signed a letter of intent to play football with Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., the school announced Monday. The 6-foot-1, 183-pound wide receiver/defensive back was a three year starter for Alta, where was a two-time All-District honoree as a running back and helped the Cyclones to back-to-back Class A playoff appearances and a District title...
BVU rebounds for pair of wins to close Tucson Invitational, league play begins (03/25/08)
The Buena Vista softball team closed out its Spring Break trip to the Tucson Invitational by winning a pair of games on the final day, including a no-hitter from freshman Morgan Darrow, Storm Lake. BVU topped St. Joseph's College in the opener, 8-0 (6 innings) before topping Kalamazoo College, 11-3 (6 innings) in game two...
Marathon to Marathon schedule set (03/25/08)
The 13th Anniversary running of the Marathon to Marathon will be held on June 14. The event is USA Track and Field sanctioned, and it attracts both elite and recreational athletes from around the state and other areas of the country. Registration is open now for the marathon, half-marathon, team marathon and 5K walk/run...
Pilot at the Movies (03/25/08)
Oh please, please make it stop. The parade of inane, tedious fare being currently passed off as comedy roll on the "College Road Trip," which I would assume a person would only consider seeing because it happens to be the only new flick at the local multiplex this week (and their TV and internet are on the blink, every video store in the county has burned down and they've already watched the clothes going around in the drying this week.)...
Iowa Youth Art Month (03/25/08)
The Art Educators of Iowa announced the winners of the 2008 Youth Art Month Show at the Historical Building in Des Moines. This annual K-12 art show from schools throughout the state, celebrates the month of March as "Youth Art Month". The exhibition has been open for the entire month of March. ...
Funeral Arrangements (03/25/08)
Rosemary Mohr April 10, 1926- March 17, 2008 Rosemary Mohr, 81, Early, passed away on Monday, March 17, at Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge. Mass of the Christian burial was held at 10:30 a.m., on Monday, March 24 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Early with Father Larry Burns officiating. Burial is at the Sac Heart Catholic Cemetery under the direction of the Farber & Otteman Funeral Home...
Glawe's Outlook (03/25/08)
We all grew up reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at school and we said it proudly. But things have changed. The Pledge of Allegiance and the Lord's Prayer are not allowed in most public schools anymore because the word "God" is mentioned. I received this email recently. It is the NEW school prayer and it is said to be written by a 15-year- old kid in Arizona. It truly opened my eyes...
Readers Respond (03/25/08)
Forgetful Republicans From BOB DVORSKY / Iowa Senate Elephants may never forget, but Republicans can't seem to remember. In a recent letter to the editor, former legislator Bill Dix demonstrated a bit of amnesia when he attacked Democrats and patted himself on the back while discussing the state's fiscal condition...
Letter from the Editor (03/25/08)
It was late in December, the sky turned to snow. "All 'round the day was going down slow..." I came across the dusty French textbook during an archeological dig in the basement the other day. Where the little window let a few hopeful rays of almost-spring sun dance among the dust devils. ...