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Stories from Monday, April 28, 2008

LG congregation keeps its church (04/28/08)
An agreement was announced Friday between the Prospect Hill Presbytery and the congregation that in 2006 voted unanimously to secede from the Presbyterian Church organization, staving off a looming court battle over the church building the congregation has refused to vacate...
Iowa is attempting to strengthen the animal fighting law (04/28/08)
Legislation to increase penalties for being a spectator at a dogfight-S.F. 2203 by Sen. Joe Seng and H.F. 2381 by Jim Lykam-has passed the Senate by unanimous vote, and is waiting for the Iowa House to take action. Dog fighting, and possession of fighting dogs are both felony offences in our state, but it is only a misdemeanor to be a spectator at a dog fight. ...
The two-week test: Fast food vs grocery food (04/28/08)
After all, pizza is mankind's perfect food - you have your grains group in the crust, your veggie group in your tomato sauce, your meat protein group (I think) in the pepperoni, and your dairy group in the cheese. Throw a little Hawaiian pineapple on, and woo-hoo, you've got your fruits covered too...
Avian cholora found in region (04/28/08)
DNR Wildlife officials report that avian cholera has been detected at Rush Lake in southwest Palo Alto County. Avian cholera is a contagious disease that can be harmful to domestic poultry and migratory waterfowl, but is not considered a high risk for humans. Standard disease protection procedures should be used when working with diseased animals, including wearing rubber gloves and washing skin thoroughly...
Regency lays off workers, no word on Storm Lake condos (04/28/08)
Regency Commercial Services owns the stalled Sunset Bay Condominiums project on Storm Lake's city golf course, where the project has not been touched since September of last year. Regency officials have not returned calls to the Pilot-Tribune. A letter addressed to friends and partners of the West Des Moines-based privately held company said 103 employees were told Friday afternoon they had been laid off...
Vigil lights flame under child abuse prevention efforts (04/28/08)
Storm Lake police and fire department representatives stood with the others, in recorgnition that they are often the first on the scene of a tragedy involving children. Five gingerbread man-style cutouts stood on the courthouse lawn, each with a pinwheel, representing children in Iowa who were killed by abusers in 2007...
BV athletes turn mentors for visiting science youngsters (04/28/08)
As student athletes, they won the Iowa Conference championship and advanced to the NCAA "Sweet 16" this season. They are now proving their mettle as role models. This week, volunteers from the team took part in a project organized by Dr. Melinda Coogan, Assistant Professor of Biology, which involved bringing in a group of eighth grade students to the university campus...
Budget is slashed, but SC schools still face a big deficit (04/28/08)
About $110,000 of the reduction will come from staffing - mostly in the form of reduced assignments and hours. Even with the cut, district officials announced this week that they now anticipate a "six figure" deficit in the budget for 2008-09. Sioux Central has lost more than a third of its student population in steadily declining enrollment since 1993, and with it, have bled per-pupil funding...
Gas in SL selling above state average (04/28/08)
Even the experts admit they are stumped by that question. After reaching a record high price of $119.90 a barrel earlier this week, crude oil prices fell by more than $2 a barrel Thursday based on a rebounding U.S. dollar. So where's the plunging price at the pump?...
Engagement - Peggy Fitchett and Chad Bloyer (04/28/08)
Parents of the couple are Duane and Sandra Fitchett, Storm Lake. Susan Bloyer, Early and the late William Bloyer. Peggy is a 2002 graduate of Storm Lake high school and a 2004 graduate of Iowa Central Community College. Chad is a 2000 graduate of Schaller-Crestland. The couple is planning an Aug. 16 wedding at Sacred Heart Church in Early...
Engagement - Deborah Christiansen and Adam Passick (04/28/08)
Deborah is a student at University of South Dakota, majoring in music education. Adam is a student at USD studying recreation. The couple is planning a June 14 wedding in Vermillion, S.D...
Early childhood conference to be held May 10 (04/28/08)
Conference fees are $5 if you live or work in BV, Crawford or Sac Counties or $20 if you live or work outside these counties. The fee includes lunch and resources from Sharron. Seating is limited so registration is required by calling 1-800-859-2025 (Mid-Sioux Opportunity). There will be many surprise giveaways...
Dog obedience classes offered for 4-H'ers (04/28/08)
The classes will run on Thursdays from 6:30 - 8pm. Our dog obedience trainer will be Vera Thomas from Early and she will provide the 4-H kids with a schedule at the first class. All shots must be up to date and a proof of vaccine records must be presented to Vera on the first night of the class. ...
Are northwest Iowa farmers being set up for economic fall? (04/28/08)
Soaring land values, increasing debt and a reliance on government subsidies for ethanol production have prompted economists to warn that what some describe as a golden age of agriculture could come to a sudden end. At risk are the livelihoods of thousands of farmers, the health of hundreds of banks and the vitality of an agricultural industry that has been one of the nation's few economic bright spots in recent months...
POLICE AND SHERIFF'S BLOTTER (04/28/08)
Custody dispute Upon investigation, police allege Amanda Denise Dibiase, 24, Storm Lake, and Stacey Lea Glass, 25, Storm Lake, were arguing over custody of children belonging to Dibiase and Glass' boyfriend. Dibiase and Glass were transported to the Buena Vista County Jail where they were both charged with Disorderly Conduct (simple misdemeanor) and held on a $300 bond...
Walleye egg harvest an environmental success (04/28/08)
By now, all of those impressive adult brood fish have been safely returned to their home waters in places like Storm Lake. All of those precious walleye eggs, however, have stayed behind and are now under the watchful eye of DNR biologists located at the Rathbun and Spirit Lake State Fish Hatcheries...
PILOT ON THE ROAD (04/28/08)
"It was Christmas in prison and the food was real good, we had turkey and pistols carved out of wood." - John Prine, Christmas in Prison LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO - "Wilmaaa!" The homes in New Mexico look just like the Flintstones' house. This is Bedrock...
History & Politics (04/28/08)
For the Buena Vista County Historical Society stalwarts, when it came time to choose a theme for their annual main exhibit, it was an easy decision to go with the flow. "This place is blooming out in red white and blue," laughs Janice Danielson, stepping over the piles of bunting strewn across the floor while putting some finishing touched on the display this week...
You want a bobber with that? (04/28/08)
In three hours of testimony this week, representatives of the restauant said the worm was not placed deliberately, and probably was present in a bag of lettuce in the food prep area. Jones seeks a $5,000 settlement. The drive-up window employee of the time was not present in court. The restaurant had a surveillance camera, but it apparently was out of order...
Mustangs mid-pack at BCIG (04/28/08)
The meet saw two first place finishes for Luke Sarchet, who won both the discus with a toss of 133' 4" and the shot put with a throw of 49' 1". Nathan Schumann was close behind with his second place 124' 10" discus throw and fourth place shot put finish (43' 5"). ...
BVR racing season gets off to hot start; 14-year-old mixes it up with big boys in Mods (04/28/08)
As with previous years at BVR, the sleek Modifieds highlighted the evening's action. This race mixed experienced veterans and fresh young talent. And young is an understatement. Starting third on this night was Nate Caruth, a 14 year-old driver from Ames. ...
Alta defends home turf (04/28/08)
Mike Huseman led the charge with his record-breaking 22.97-second win in the 200-meter dash and his win in the 100-meter dash (11.04 seconds). He was also part of the 4x100 and 4x200 teams that broke meet records with times of 44.00 seconds and 1:33.04, respectively. ...
Tornado teams dominate SL Invite (04/28/08)
Both girls and boys SLHS teams were team point winners when rain forced an early end to the events. The girls' team has dominated area teams this season, winning all five of the meets in which they have competed. To start the night, Amber Woodford took gold in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.94 seconds and third in the 200 (26.99). Katie Blum wrapped up the 200-meter dash (26.47) and the long jump with a leap of 15' 11"...
Fast times at Drake Relays (04/28/08)
Area high school athletes took center stage at the Drake Relays Friday, with some three local individuals placing in the top 10 of the event which includes all class sizes competing together. UNI-bound high jumper Travis Leuer of Laurens-Marathon finished second in the high jump with a vault of 6' 8", one inch behind Anamosa's Colten Kelly...
S-C boys shine in Alta meet (04/28/08)
Kiley Murra added another record casualty to the list as he tossed the discus 153' .5" for a new meet record, and also won shot put by almost three feet (52' 4"). S-C won the 4x800-, distance medley, and 4x400-meter relays. Collin Johnson took second place in both the 400-meter dash (56.23) and the long jump (18' 7.75"), while Justin Ronk claimed second in the 200-meter dash (23.47). S-C also claimed second place in the 4x200-meter relay and third in the 4x100...
Charlie Daniels, '80s glam bands, Garrison Keillor in Fair lineup (04/28/08)
The Fair is August 7-17. Country superstar Josh Turner appears with special guest Craig Morgan. Turner's latest hits include "Firecracker" and "Another Try" while Morgan's latest single, "International Harvester" continues to be a radio favorite. Grammy Award-winner Tracy Lawrence and Blake Shelton also team up for a not-to-miss night of country hits...
Arnolds Park opens May 17; retro rockers Molly Hatchet among the free concerts (04/28/08)
The annual HAPI Family Free Fun Night will be May 16, with free admission to preview the park for the season. Upcoming events include Antique & Wooden Boat Show on July 26 and the Okoboji Blues Fest August 2. Free Preservation Plaza Concerts return. Shows include:...
PILOT AT THE MOVIES - Laughs, heart make 'Sarah Marshall' (04/28/08)
Following the disappointing performance of "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story" and the flop that was "Drillbit Taylor," Apatow is back in classic form with his latest production. "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" is yet another crowd-pleasing comedy like "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," "Knocked Up" and "Superbad" that will make you laugh and squirm the whole way through - usually at the same time. ...
Lawrence Sliefert June 8, 1916 - April 18, 2008 (04/28/08)
Memorial services for Mr. Sliefert were held on Monday, April 21, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Storm Lake. Committal services were at Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery in Storm Lake, at 9:30 a.m. that morning prior to the memorial service...
Charles L. Miller Sept. 26, 1926 - April 18, 2008 (04/28/08)
Funeral service for Mr. Miller were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, at the United Methodist Church in Storm Lake. Burial followed in Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery in Storm Lake, with full military rites by the Alta VFW Post 6172. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements...
Smokes, or schools? (04/28/08)
But it seems as of late that the pride that I should be feeling has dwindled due to the lack of concern for certain issues that we are now faced with. How does one condone a state government that chooses to ban personal practices and not stand up for failing school systems?...
READER'S RESPONSE - The right of silence (04/28/08)
As Iowa Pride Network Director, I am discussing recent efforts to prohibit Iowa's students' participation in the National Day of Silence which brings attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. In light of the recent Iowa School Climate Survey showing widespread homophobia in Iowa's schools and the new inclusive anti-bullying law; The National Day of Silence serves as a great way for hundreds of Iowa students to encourage schools and classmates to address the problem of anti-LGBT behavior. ...
Drinking boater whining won't float (04/28/08)
"We just want to get out on the water and have a few beers, dude, and now The Man wants to take away our right to part-tay," it goes (you'll want to use a Jeff Spicolli accent on this, from "Fast Times at Ridgemont High.") First of all, anyone who uses "party" as a verb should be behind bars for assault on the English language, and second:...