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Stories from Thursday, April 24, 2008

Obituaries (04/24/08)
Judy A. Weber April 9, 1945-April 15, 2008 Judy A Weber, 63, of Alta, died Tuesday, April 15, at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center. Services were held on Saturday, April 19 at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Mary's Catholic Church of Storm Lake with Father Bruce Lawler officiating. Burial was in the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery of Storm Lake. A visitation was held on Friday, April 18 from 3-8 p.m. at the Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home of Alta...
Remembering Brian Botello event set for Tuesday (04/24/08)
Tuesday, April 29 marks the one-year anniversary of the day SPC Brian Botello sacrificed his life for the liberty we enjoy as Americans. He was killed on duty in Iraq. Brian's mother, Karyn Brophy, invites the entire community to honor his memory at a special event at the Summit Church in Alta...
Benefit for Aspen Wiederholt to be held this Sunday (04/24/08)
A spaghetti dinner in honor of Aspen Wiederholt will be held on Sunday, April 27 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Alta Community Center. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will be supplementing funds for Aspen. There will also be a raffle for two Ganz Webkinz: one ticket for $2 or three tickets for $5...
Frogs, frogs! (04/24/08)
Buena Vista University students and third grade students of Deb Langner and Jeannie Henningsen collaborated in the science lab recently. The purpose for the gathering was to take part in a hands-on and interactive activity (dissecting frogs) and allow BVU science students to share their knowledge as a type of service learning experience. The get-together also helped create connections with the community as BVU continues to develop future outreach projects...
School board approves budget, taxes increase by 69 cents (04/24/08)
The Alta School board approved its 2008-09 budget recently. Tax askings have increased from $12.86 per thousand to $13.55 per thousand. The 69 cent increase is due to the less amount of dollars coming in to the district from the state as enrollemnts decline...
TATU fights teenage smoking with 'Operation Storefront' (04/24/08)
Although pre-teens and teens may be pressured by their peers to pick up a cigarette, the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids reports that marketing influences them even more. The campaign found that youth are three times more likely to be influenced by the marketing than adults and one third of their experimentation with tobacco is attributed to marketing...
Pheasants Forever begins '08 season with youth event (04/24/08)
The Buena Vista County Pheasants Forever chapter will be kicking off its 2008 activities with the Youth Shoot event on May 4. The chapter will host the event at the gun club just north of Storm Lake, starting at 5 p.m. There will be plenty of chances to shoot clay pigeons, then hotdogs will be grilled for dinner. There is no charge for participating youth. All guns and shooting supplies will be provided. Contact Charlie Larson to sign up at 732-1070 or cell 712-299-6590...
Council OKs rail crossing project (04/24/08)
The Storm Lake City Council took care of several agenda items during a short meetng Monday, included authorizing an agreement which would make safety improvements to the railroad crossing on Geneseo Street. The project would include an installation of flashing signals and gate arms...
Lawmakers sink drunk boater law (04/24/08)
Iowa's drunken boating law has apparently sunk to the bottom in a lake of sticky political mire. Storm Lake State Representative Gary Worthan told the Pilot-Tribune Tuesday that the high-profile bill will not be allowed to come to a vote in the House this year, after passing the Senate unanimously last year...
Fonda breaks ground on long-sought fire/amulance station (04/24/08)
The Fonda Fire and Ambulance Services plan a groundbreaking ceremony this Sunday, April 27 at 5 p.m. at the site (on Highway 7 and Queen Street) for the new emergency station to be built this spring and summer. Chris Mercer and Arnold Thomas from USDA Rural Development will be present to participate in groundbreaking ceremonies for the fire and emergency medical services building in the community. Refreshments will be served...
Nemaha HS Reunion will be May 24; reservations needed (04/24/08)
The 85th Annual Nemaha High School Alumni Banquet will be held Saturday, May 24 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Storm Lake. A social hour will be held beginning at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. All former students, faculty or friends who wish to attend should contact Marlene Myers at 732-2962 or Martin Wedeking at 732-4700 by May 12 to make a reservation...
Garden Club to hold annual plant sale May 16 (04/24/08)
The Buena Vista Federated Garden Club is making plans for their annual plant sale during the city-wide garage sale weekend. The sale will be held on Friday, May 16 starting from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (unless the plants are sold out earlier) at 1117 Lincoln Road, north of the high school football field...
Senate okays state sales tax for schools, Kettering votes 'no' (04/24/08)
The Senate approved a plan Tuesday to replace a local-option sales tax with a statewide 1-cent tax that would create a new formula for funding school repairs and ease property taxes. Local lawmaker Steve Kettering was one of 13 Republican senators who voted against the school funding measure...
Harkin wants to track veteran suicides (04/24/08)
U.S. Sens. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Russ Feingold, D-Wis., introduced legislation Tuesday requiring the Veterans Administration to track veteran suicides. Currently, the VA record suicides and suicide attempts in VA facilities, but do not track how many veterans commit suicide each year outside of those facilities...
BVU bats explode in first game of the season in Storm Lake (04/24/08)
"Click." Make no mistake, that's the sound of everything coming together. For the first time this season, Buena Vista University baseball played a game yesterday that didn't involve a bus. With the new high/school college fields still under construction, BVU borrowed St. Mary's field at Memorial Park Wednesday to take on Martin Luther in an afternoon-evening non-conference double-header...
Quadruple gold for Blum, Woodford returns (04/24/08)
"Juggernaught" might be the term for the Storm Lake girls track team of late. The green and white ran away with their third meet title in a row at the Cherokee Invitational Tuesday night, and piled on 27 season or career bests in the process. Storm Lake finished with 145 team points to 106 for Carroll. Western Christian was a distant third, followed by Unity Christian, Cherokee, Spencer, Sheldon and MOC-FV...
Storm Lake boys tennis spanks ELC, LeMars (04/24/08)
The Storm Lake boys tennis team slammed Estherville Lincoln Central 9-0 on ELC's home court Monday, then spanked LeMars 8-1 Tuesday, padding the Tornadoes' record for the weather-hampered spring to 3-1. "After a two-week stretch without a meet, it was great to play again," SLHS Coach Ron Netten said. "The guys came on strong after some pretty even match starts. This should give us some momentum heading into the last three weeks of the season."...
Storm Lake girls in tight battle with ELS, bow to tough Spirit Lake (04/24/08)
A deep and talented Spirit Lake squad bested the Storm Lake girls tennis team 8-1 Monday night in Storm Lake. Only Kelly Smith, playing in the number two singles spot, managed a win, 10-3 over Aubry Kolegraff of Spirit Lake. The balance of the SLHS team - Abby Smith, Morgan Rauch, Dah Khamphavongsa, Amanda Helmbrecht and Amanda Kavan - could take no more than three games from their singles opponents. ...
Panthers find success despite low numbers (04/24/08)
The Panther Pit may be a little sparse in numbers, but Storm Lake St. Mary's is filling the gaps successfully in track this season and have turned out some solid performances in recent meets. On Monday, the girls wrapped up a gold and two silver finishes to earn them a sixth place finish out of 13 teams. ...
SLHS soccer girls upend Spirit Lake (04/24/08)
The Storm Lake Tornadoes girls' soccer team ripped through an unsuspecting Spirit Lake Indian squad on Monday night as they walked away with the 6-2 win. "They played fantastic," head coach Ray Wiederholt said. "They moved the ball around well, played the open spaces, passed really well, and anticipated each other's movements."...
Alta boys cruise in Invitational (04/24/08)
The Alta boys ran away - literally - with their own Invitational Tuesday. The Cylones poured on 186 team points, to 112 for Schaller-Crestland, 107 for Newell-Fonda, 94 for MMC, 47 for River Valley. Brady Randall won the 400 low hurdles in 60.97, with Scott Radke second. Jack Mills won the long jump with 118'11.5", with Josiah DeRoos third. Brady Randall was third in shot put...
SL boys second, school hurdle record falls (04/24/08)
The Storm Lake boys track team finished second in a competitive field at the Cherokee Coed Relays Tuesday night. Unity Christian won with 117 team points, Storm Lake followed with 95, LeMars had 68, MOC-FV 66, Cherokee and Western Christian each with 60, Spencer with 53, and Sheldon with 39...
On Stage (04/24/08)
The Buena Vista University Theatre spring play "A Flea in Her Ear" takes a bit of patience. But once this slightly bawdy tale of questionable fidelity and mistaken identities gets set up in the first act, things really start moving. One long, tumultuous scene turns actors into track stars, racing in criss-crossing style in and out of a set in a seedy hotel, escaping from jealous spouses, colliding, brawling and even piggy-back riding...
Pilot at the Movies (04/24/08)
"Penelope" is a hard movie to find in area theaters this season, but even if you have to wait for DVD, it's worth the effort. In a season filled with dumbed-down, lazy excuses for movies, "Penelope" is something quite original - a combination of a realistic coming-of-age romance and a bizarre fairy tale...
Northwest Federal Savings becomes Northwest Bank (04/24/08)
Effective May 15, Northwest Federal Savings Bank will change its name to Northwest Bank. Northwest Federal Savings Bank, which was started 20 years ago in Spencer, and currently has additional branch locations in Storm Lake, Algona, Belmond, Estherville, Ft. ...
Storm Lake's Czar of Guitar (04/24/08)
Doug Adams, owner of The Guitar Den in Storm Lake, has grown his business from his small shop on Railroad Street to find success online and in overseas sales. His often hard-to-find instruments have been shipped out to musicians in countries like Australia and Norway. He has even been able to make sales when he's sleeping, he says...
Metabank keeps its NASDAQ stock listing (04/24/08)
Meta Financial Group, Inc. announces that the NASDAQ Hearings Panel has granted the Company an extension until June 6, 2008 to file its Quarterly Reports for the quarters ended December 31, 2007, and March 31, 2008. The decision has the effect of allowing Meta Financial Group's continued listing on the NASDAQ Global Market...
Funeral Arrangements (04/24/08)
Lillian M. Shull June 13, 1935-April 16, 2008 Lillian M. Shull, 72, of Sac City, passed away on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at Mercy Hospital in Sioux City. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 19, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sac City. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery in Sac City under the direction of the Farber & Otteman Funeral Home...
Letter from the Editor (04/24/08)
Back in the day, a high school kid faced dire straits for getting caught with a Playboy under the mattress. Had we not been protected, why, a whole generation of us would be wandering around today believing females come with staples in their belly buttons...
Mini Editorial (04/24/08)
Equality - or something else? Every once in a while, we get a press release from an organization on gay rights. In some cases, it is a "Gay Day" or other effort to demonstrate solidarity. In some cases, it is campaigning for various specific forms of workforce, school or hate crime protections. There is a well-known scholarship program that only offers funds to gay or lesbian Iowa high school grads...
Organi-fied (04/24/08)
I had a conversation with someone the other day about chickens. Now I'm sure you're probably thinking, oh what a wonderful conversation I DON'T really care to be informed about. But hear me out on this one. America seems to be having a huge organic craze lately. Every which way we turn there is something new being organically, chemical-free grown. It started mostly in vegetables and other things that are grown in or from the earth. Now people are getting highly interested in organic animals...