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Stories from Thursday, April 10, 2008

Rathje campaign: Harkin is vulnerable (04/10/08)
There was a time when Steve Rathje was a laid-off welder, living on free cheese and powdered milk given away to the needy. "There was a point where I was standing in line for welfare just to be able to buy diapers for my child," he says. "I told myself that wasn't ever going to happen again."...
Trinity Church to host Spuds and Splits on Sunday (04/10/08)
Spring is almost here! What better way to spend a nice Sunday afternoon with the fmaily than by attending Trinity Lutheran Church of Alta's annual Spud and Splits Dinner! This year's event will be on Sunday, April 13. Serving will be from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Along with a large array of toppings for your baked potato, you will receive a banana split and drink for only $6 per person! So, pack up the family and join everyone at the Alta Community Center for food, fun and fellowship!...
Blood drive to be held at Alta April 24 (04/10/08)
The Siouxland Blood Bank will be making a stop in Alta on Thursday, April 24. Donations will be taken from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Alta Community Center. The Siouxland Blood Bank was founded in 1967 and is the sole provider of blood and blood products to 36 Siouxland area hospitals...
Engagements (04/10/08)
Steven Mahr and Emily Hinkle Emily Rose Hinkle and Steven Michael Mahr are pleased to announce their engagement. The wedding is planned for June 15 in Hawarden. Parents of the couple are Warren and Sally Hinkle, Owatonna, Minn. and Kevin and Bev Mahr, Alta...
Obituaries (04/10/08)
Alice M. Waldo Sept. 21, 1916 - April 6, 2008 Alice Marie (Souther) Waldo, 91 of Alta, died April 6, 2008 at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center. Services were held on Wednesday, April 9 at 1 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Alta. The Rev. Craig Lee officiated. Burial was in the Elk Township Cemetery of Alta. The Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home of Alta was in charge of the arrangements...
New committee welcomes new residents (04/10/08)
The old Welcome Wagon has been rejuvenated in Alta with the all new Alta Builds Connections Welcome team. The goal of this team - made up of six adults and two high school students - is to visit new residents into the community, offer information about how to meet particular needs and help them feel welcome into the community...
A life spanned over three centuries (04/10/08)
Ruth Jensen Hamilton's life has expanded through three centuries. She has experienced the world of invention and of Depression, space travel and computers. At the age of 108, the 1916 Alta High School graduate, who now resides in Florida, still finds life rewarding...
'Toon Academy (04/10/08)
Dale Sorenson has been drawing cartoons for as long as he can remember. He even pens a poem and composes a song now and then. The talented Alta man will give a special presentation at the Storm Lake Public Library Thursday, April 17 as part of National Library Week (April 13-19). His talk will begin at 6:30 p.m. and is being made available by Friends of the Library...
City deals with ballpark, road project (04/10/08)
Members of the Storm Lake City Council took care of many items of business during a short meeting Monday including approval to move annual Cinco De Mayo based event, Fiesta Latina to the community...
Former Sac businessman convicted on toxic waste (04/10/08)
A former Sac City businessman has pled guilty to charges of mishandling hazardous waste. Ken Pap, 71, now of Ames, allegedly stored waste with high concentrations of chromium and cadmium that he knew could potentially harm people and the environment. ...
Bauers sue for $4.9m, may be uninsured for Consumers Supply blaze (04/10/08)
The multi-million-dollar fire that consumed Consumer Supply Corporation of Storm Lake may not be covered by insurance. The company owned by Jim Bauer of Storm Lake and his sons Robert and Jon, Snow Ridge LLC, has filed a lawsuit seeking nearly $5 million, alleging breach of contract by Community State Bank in Spencer for failing to cover the Richland Street structures destroyed in the towering blaze last December...
15 arrests pile up as Mexican, Salvadoian groups rumble in SL (04/10/08)
Last Sunday, Storm Lake Police were alerted to a racial conflict that had happened at the Field of Dreams Complex on West 10th Street late Saturday night. Police were told that several subjects had been engaged in an ongoing feud over their respective nationalities of Mexican and El Salvadorian. ...
Smoking ban clears statehouse; 3 area reps. vote no (04/10/08)
The Legislature approved a broad statewide ban on indoor smoking Tuesday that supporters said would save countless lives, boost public health and protect thousands of Iowa workers. Local senator Steve Kettering was one of 19 Republican senators voting against the measure, which exempted casinos. Local representatives Gary Worthan and Dan Huseman, both also Republicans, voted no in the House...
Engagements (04/10/08)
Megan Brownfield and Paul Sodahl Debbie and Kevin Brownfield wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Megan Brownfield, Ames, to Paul Sodahl, son of Cindy (Rice) and Jon Emery, Ames, and the late Arlen Sodahl. The couple will be married June 7 in Ames at Saint Cecilia's Catholic Church...
Historical Society spring book sale April 17-19 (04/10/08)
The donation deadline of April 15 is fast approaching for the Buena Vista County Historical Society's spring book sale. Check your bookshelves and bookcases for reading material you would like to pass along. Books can be left at the museum weekdays between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Or for a more convenient time call for an appointment - 732-4955 or 732-3088. Please, no textbooks, Reader's Digest Condensed books or encyclopaedia sets...
Statehouse Almanac (04/10/08)
As the fallout from the rush to change Iowa's 34 year old law on collective bargaining continues, Iowans are seeing the bill for what it is; political payback to the unions. The only hope that the taxpayers of Iowa have is for the Governor to veto this bill...
Clay groups oppose hog confinements (04/10/08)
It was standing room only as area residents gathered in the Spencer Area Activity Center for what had been deemed "an informational meeting" about a handful of the potential impacts associated with hog confinement buildings. As attendees entered the meeting - which was in reaction to Prairie States Management Company's proposal to build four, and possibly up to 13, confined animal feeding operation (CAFO) facilities approved to house up to 2,480 head of wean-to-finish hogs over the next 24 months - they were offered the opportunity to sign a petition opposing "commercial hog factory sites" in Clay County.. ...
Storm Lake boys start season with split (04/10/08)
Storm Lake pulled out a hard-fought victory in their first conference meet Monday, 5-4 over LeMars on the home courts, then lost several close matches to bow 6-3 in Cherokee Tuesday. Against LeMars, the Tornadoes and Bulldogs traded singles matches, with Erick Stephas, Jeremy Boes and Cory Nelson winning, while Jesse Munger, Taylor Anderson and Will Hansen lost in tight sets. Game five set the tone for Storm Lake, as Nelsen battled to take the final two games after being tied 8-8...
Freshman wins BVU mound debut (04/10/08)
Junior Garrett Hill went 3-for-6 with a double and two runs scored, and senior Jeff Weisenborn went 2-for-5 with a double and three RBI, as the Buena Vista baseball team picked up an 8-3 non-conference victory at Dordt College (8-14) on Monday afternoon...
It's a strings thing (04/10/08)
With very little court time under their belts, the Storm Lake girls tennis team was competitive, but fell 5-4 to LeMars in the conference opener on the road Monday. Singles winners for Storm Lake were senior Abby Smith, who won 10-4; and sophomore Amanda Helmbrecht, 10-4. Tornadoes Kelly Smith, Morgan Rauch, Dah Khompavongsa and Linda Her bowed in singles...
SL track: Champions twice over (04/10/08)
SL girls win eight events to claim Unity Invite... "Fantastic," was the word that came to mind for coach John Brostad as the Storm Lake girls dismantled the field in the Unity Christian Girls Track Invitational Monday night at Orange City. Storm Lake won eight of the 19 events to finish with 132 team points, with host Unity a distant second with 88...
Fast Times at Galva-Holstein High (04/10/08)
Alta boys shine, second in Russ Kraii Relays The Alta boys had a strong showing to lead the area in the Russ Kraii Relays at Holstein Monday night, finishing second amid an 18-team field to powerful Lawton-Bronson. Laurens-Marathon was third, with Galva-Holstein fourth, and Sioux Central fifth. Among other local schools, Aurelia was 13th, Storm Lake St. Mary's 16th and Galva-Holstein JV 18th...
Estes opens the Sami (04/10/08)
International opera star, music educator, humanitarian, and native Iowan Simon Estes will bring his resonant bass-baritone voice to the stage of the Sami Bedell Center for the Performing Arts for its Grand Opening on Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m. The first professional "star" on the stage of the Sami Center, Mr. ...
Pilot at the Movies (04/10/08)
Maybe the best offense in a real football game is a good defense. Not so in a movie about the early years of the sport, when pro football was a poor cousin to the college game. George Clooney's "Leatherheads" plays everything safe, offering up all the solid defensive moves it needs. Great period costumes, jazzy music, 1920s slang, all of which combine for a nice re-creation of the feel of the era, with Renee Zellweger a sound choice to play a saucy reporter opposite Clooney's gridiron grunt...
Yoga classes begin April 22 (04/10/08)
Kathryn McKinley will be offering "Yoga" on 6 Tuesdays beginning on April 22nd from 5:45-7pm at the Storm Lake Middle School. This class focuses on Hatha yoga, the practice of physical postures that assist with flexibility, balance and strength. Participants also practice breathing and relaxing. ...
Test & Tune set (04/10/08)
If you just can't wait for dirt-slinging action, get a preview of the IMCA racing season at the Buena Vista Raceway in Alta during the annual Test and Tune Saturday, April 12, starting at noon. The event is a chance for racers to get in shape for the season, which begins Wednesday, April 23...
Business In Brief (04/10/08)
Travis honored for sales Arnold Motor Supply and the Auto Value Parts Stores of Nebraska and Iowa, headquartered in Spencer, recognized the 2007 top performer for the Sales Division of The Arnold Group of Companies, at the company's Sales meeting held in Fort Dodge on March 14...
Kuehl & Payer Ltd. marks 25th anniversary in Storm Lake (04/10/08)
Two promising young engineers found themselves faced with a decision in the early 1980s. Neal Kuehl and Bob Payer were working for Otto & Culver Engineering in Storm Lake, but when that firm sold out to Associated Engineers out of Fort Dodge, the firm quickly developed issues and its people started to depart...
Funeral Arrangements (04/10/08)
Alice L. Ryan June 2, 1931-April 7 Alice Louisa Ryan, 76, Fonda, died Monday, April 7, 2008 at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, April 10 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Fonda, Iowa, with Father Thomas Hart celebrating the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Fonda, under the direction of Mahaney Funeral Home in Fonda...
Letter from the Editor (04/10/08)
It seems a little bit like a cop-out for the county supervisors board to backpeddle on the plan it willingly passed a year ago to build a bike trail when it redoes C65 on the south side of the lake. A change in the people occupying the chairs in the courthouse is no excuse for reversing course on a vote that has already been made. Neither is fear of being short on cost guesstimates for a project a fair explanation for simply ignoring that project and hoping it eventually goes away...
The Real World (04/10/08)
April is National Autism Awareness month, and while I am completely pro-awareness, I found an interesting article that made me do a double-take. David Savill, a 22 year old man from England with Asperger's syndrome has joined the growing community of Second Life. ...
Readers Respond (04/10/08)
Why not hire vets? By STEPHEN BARR It's a never-ending tale - a stern, workhorse senator has an idea, and a White House aide makes nice, without showing support. First, the idea. Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) wrote to the president on Feb. 27, urging the administration to ramp up its hiring of recent combat veterans. Grassley asked President Bush to establish the goal that 10 percent of all new hires by federal agencies be veterans...