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Stories from Thursday, April 17, 2008

Abandoned grain elevator gets 2nd life as climbing tower (04/17/08)
The old Fort Dodge Grain Terminal Elevator, located near Hawkeye Avenue and Loomis Park Road, has been an eyesore for years. Tagged with graffiti and serving as a roost for turkey buzzards, the large now unused structure is about to get a face lift and turn into an asset for the entire region...
Engagement (04/17/08)
Joni Strom, David Miller to exchange vows June 14 Joni Strom and David Miller, Nashville, Tenn., are happy to announce their engagement. Joni, the daughter of Steve and Betty Strom, Alta, is a graduate of Alta High School and Iowa State University. She is employed as a traffic/production manager at Red Pepper...
Heartfelt wishes for Aspen (04/17/08)
Aspen Alexis Wiederholt, 13, has dealt with more than any other normal person her age can imagine.  She is a fighter, a trooper and a miracle that is loved by many people. She has undergone open heart surgery seven times and will go through more surgery as she grows...
Walleye tourney: Bad day fishing is still better than a good day working (04/17/08)
Following a week of incredibly nasty weather, the team of Bruce and Terry Sparks from Des Moines brought the only five-fish limit to the scales and took home the $1760 first place check at the I.O.W.A. Team Walleye Tournament Trail opener at Storm Lake on Sunday, April 13...
Child Abuse vigil will light candles for awareness (04/17/08)
The candlelight vigil has become an annual tradition in Storm Lake - a sad one, because the need to light candles in memory of abused children hasn't gone away; a hopeful one, because people still care enough to try to do something about it. This year's vigil will take place on the Buena Vista County Courthouse green Thursday, April 24, starting at 5:30 p.m...
BVU International Day showcases cultural variety (04/17/08)
As international students at BVU adapt to American culture through their studies and daily interactions, they still hold a piece of their home country which they can teach others about. On Monday they got a chance to do just that during International Day at BVU, showcasing different parts of the world like Bosnia, Mexico and South Korea through the many different aspects that make up a culture - like fashion, dance and food...
Over 100 ask for resignation of L-M school superintendent (04/17/08)
With the end of the school year drawing near, it would normally be a time for an area school district to reflect on student accomplishments. For Laurens-Marathon, however, controversy lingers and threatens to tear school and community apart. Over 100 concerned people attended the school board meeting Monday, only to be told that no personnel issues would be discussed. A petition has been presented with over 100 names calling for the resignation or firing of Superintendent Iner Joelson...
Engagements (04/17/08)
Matt Loesche and Cass Meyer Cass Meyer and Matt Loesche, Waterloo, are announcing their engagement and upcoming marriage. Parents of the couple are David and Cynthia Meyer, Storm Lake, and Richard and Sue Loesche, Mesa, Ariz., formerly of Waterloo...
Iowa Briefing (04/17/08)
Culver signs strict smoking ban Gov. Chet Culver signed into law a strict ban on indoor smoking Tuesday, saying the move would benefit thousands of Iowans whose health is threatened by second-hand smoke. The law, narrowly approved by the Legislature, takes effect July 1 and will outlaw smoking in virtually all public places, including bars and restaurants. Exceptions were granted for gambling areas of casinos and the Iowa Veterans Home at Marshalltown...
Iowa couple helps ill, disabled achieve outdoor dreams (04/17/08)
It's not easy to get a wheelchair through the woods. Firing a rifle with only one hand is no piece of cake, either. But with the right attitude, it can be done. That attitude, said hunter Derrick Meyer of Albia, may be stubbornness. When he takes terminally ill or disabled young people into the outdoors, the only reason he wants to know their limitations is so he can figure a way around them...
Alta a double winner in Coed Relays (04/17/08)
For the Cyclones' guest teams at the Alta Co-ed Relays Tuesday Night, there was a storm brewing. The Alta girls piled on 191 points to outdistance Remsen St. Mary's with 174, Pomeroy with 68, Storm Lake St. Mary's with 44, and Aurelia 40. The Alta boys ran away with their half of the meet in even more dominating fashion, with 200 team points, followed by Aurelia with 118, Remsen SM with 74, Storm Lake SM with 50 and Pomeroy with 44...
Cherokee native Timmerman: 'no more thoughts of NFL football' (04/17/08)
After 12 seasons, four Super Bowls and two Pro Bowls, the only football Cherokee, Iowa native Adam Timmerman wants to see now is his son playing pee-wee flag ball this fall. He had a try-out with Detroit last season after being unceremoniously cut by the St. Louis Rams, then a visit to Jacksonville during training camp. But when Washington made an offer midway through the season, he turned it down, and he won't be making any more calls...
SL soccer wins nailbiter (04/17/08)
The Storm Lake girls' soccer team brought home their first win of the season on Monday, April 14 when they defeated Western Christian 1-0. Terry Gonzalez was the girl with the golden shoe as she tapped in the only score of the game with 4:40 remaining in regulation. The Tornadoes worked the ball down field and got their break when Kyrie Butler used her head to flick the ball to Annie Brophy, who set up the score for Gonzalez...
SL girls win 4th straight Sheldon title (04/17/08)
If you happen to be a Tornado track athlete, Sheldon isn't a bad place to spend a spring evening. Storm Lake won their fourth Sheldon Invitational Monday night, outdistancing second-place Spencer by 31 points and claiming their second invitational title in a row...
Prep Results (04/17/08)
GOLF SM BOYS WIN AT SPRING LAKE - The St. Mary's boys won a four-way battle by a single stroke as Schaller-Crestland played host for a golf meet at Spring Lake in Lake View Monday night. The Panthers carded a team 181 to edge Newell-Fonda with 182. Sioux Central was third, just six strokes behind the leaders, and Aurelia finished fourth, one more stroke back...
Pilot at the Movies (04/17/08)
"Nim's Island" is a movie for kids who like to think and read and use their imagination, and for parents who may be tired of family fare that's nothing but a litany of cutesy pop-culture references. Not much is terribly new or challenging in this adaptation of Wendy Orr's novel. But Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin - child stars past and present - do make a smart, appealing pair...
Stunt Airshows Coming to Storm Lake (04/17/08)
One of the first performers to sign on for the Fly Iowa "Wings, Wheels and Water" show in Storm Lake August 8-10 is veteran stunt pilot Greg Poe. Poe has virtually spent his life in the air, earning his pilot's license during his teenage years in Idaho, and beginning to train almost immediately in aerobatics out of back country airstrips. He is now known as one of the best stunt pilots and aerobatics instructors in the world...
SCORE set to help grow small business (04/17/08)
A new business can use the most advanced technology available, but without fundamental business sense, today's entrepreneur may struggle to stay in operation tomorrow. Starting a business requires planning. Starting a successful business requires much more. Successful entrepreneurs understand that the learning curve is steep and take advantage of free small business counseling and low-cost educational training workshops from SCORE "Counselors to America's Small Business."...
Young is Faith, Hope & Charity employee of the Year (04/17/08)
Faith, Hope & Charity's Employee of the Year, Nancy Young, is still in shock of receiving her award. Nancy began in 2002 with Faith, Hope & Charity working in their Community Service program. For two years, she worked with children after school and on the weekends. In 2004, Faith, Hope & Charity was looking for fulltime help in their residential homes. Nancy felt it was her calling to be more active in the daily lives of the residents at FHC...
Stille Pierce and Pertzborne honored (04/17/08)
EMC Insurance Companies has announced its 2008 "Leading Partners" and has distinguished Stille Pierce and Pertzborn of Storm Lake. Stille Pierce and Pertzborn is one of the highest- performing EMC agencies in the country, placing them in the top 15 percent of all EMC agencies nationally...
Thrivent aids Lutheran Synod (04/17/08)
The Western Iowa Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is the recipient of $3,250 from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans' Care in Regions program. Funds will be used to support activities of the Western Iowa Synod, including workshops and seminars for area congregations as well as outreach services...
Funeral Arrangements (04/17/08)
Eugene A. Petersen Feb. 21, 1940-April 12, 2008 Eugene Allen Petersen, 68, of Early, passed away on Saturday, April 12, at Loring Hospital in Sac City. Memorial services were held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 16 at Faith Lutheran Church in Early with Rev. Charles Bettin officiating. Visitation was from 5-8 p.m., Tuesday, April 15 at the Farber & Otteman Funeral Home in Sac City...
Letter from the Editor (04/17/08)
My big sister was a bit of a hippie back in the day. Instead of Sesame Street, as a kid I was bopping around the bungalow to John Lennon singing "Give Peace a Chance." And I wasn't alone. I can still recall singing "One Tin Soldier Rides Away" with the fifth grade choir. "Listen children, to a story, that was written long ago..." Check that one out on YouTube and decide for yourself if it still applies...
Readers Respond (04/17/08)
Get a city-county trail project in gear From ANDRIETTE WICKSTROM / Storm Lake It is appalling that the Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors recently rescinded their promise to provide safe traveling lanes on C-65 for the many people who are already walking, running, and biking there. ...