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Stories from Thursday, May 1, 2008

Media expert tackles reality show 'Bachelor Babes' and 'Bridezillas' (05/01/08)
For many who watch reality TV shows like "The Bachelor," or "America's Next Top Model," they may just see the shows as "harmless fluff." However, according to media critic Jennifer Pozner, the messages that are portrayed about women in the shows can be dangerous...
Parade of Flag Foundation seeking volunteers, flags to be dedicated at Memorial Day (05/01/08)
The Parade of Flags Foundation is again preparing for this year's Memorial Day program. This is the time we draw attention to the families of veterans who may have passed away this past year. If you have made a commitment to dedicate a flag and would like to do so or if you need information, please contact your local funeral director or a member of the Foundation...
Divorce Recovery Workshop (05/01/08)
This workshop will begin spring meetings on Tuesday, May 6, 7-8:30 p.m. a the Storm Lake United Methodist Church, 211 E. 3rd St. Anyone who is separated, divorcing or recently divorced is invited to come. Topics may include: anger, depression, loneliness, finances, how kids are affected, forgiveness, setting goals and possible new relationships. Divorce Care videos introduce the topics and the discussions...
Artistically speaking (05/01/08)
The annual high school art show is something that most all of the students of Jerry Braunschweig look forward to. The show reveal that the school year is nearly complete but more importantly, the event allows the students to showcase the pieces they have worked so hard on throughout the year in their art classes...
District Promotion Committtee to reveal new brochure, signs (05/01/08)
The Alta School District Promotion Committee will have a special unveiling of the new district and city brochures and new signage Wednesday, May 14 at 1 p.m. at the football field. In case of bad weather, the ceremony will be moved to the middle school gym. Students, parents and community members are cordially invited to attend the ceremony...
City housing project moves on (05/01/08)
City Clerk Tom Husman announced to the city council that an Application for Voluntary Annexation of land near the middle school has been received by the City and that the notice requirements have been met. The council may now proceed with the approval of the application and with the annexation of the property that will be used for housing development...
Eighty minutes of math and reading aim for SL students (05/01/08)
Fifth and sixth grade teachers at the Storm Lake Middle School will be restructuring the instruction of math and reading course work beginning next school year, according to the Board of Education members. Eighty minutes will be devoted to math and to reading each day, an additional 30 minutes per day in these two areas. ...
Tyson loses $5m for the quarter, but pork strong (05/01/08)
Tyson Foods Inc., the world's largest meat producer and Storm Lake's largest employer, said this week that it lost $5 million in its second-quarter as it faces high feed and fuel costs and absorbed charges for previously-disclosed plant closings. Tyson lost 2 cents a share in the three months ended March 29 versus a profit of $68 million or 19 cents per share in same period a year ago...
Breaking ground for Fonda emergency center (05/01/08)
The Fonda Fire and Ambulance Services held a groundbreaking ceremony Sunday for the new fire and emergency medical services building being constructed in the community. When completed this fall, the new 6,720 square-foot building will have six bays. ...
Storm Lake Clean-Up effort moves on to west side (05/01/08)
City of Storm Lake staff have now completed the clean up efforts on the east side of town. Items left on the curb during the clean up process were left because they were not eligible clean up items. Some of these items included tires, construction materials, and paint...
10,000 pounds of food going to local programs for the needy (05/01/08)
To help keep the shelves of food banks filled, Tyson Foods, Inc. is donating a total of 32,000 pounds of protein - 10,000 pounds of the food will stay in Buena Vista County and will go to the Upper Des Moines Opportunity in Storm Lake and the Lord's Cupboard in Alta. ...
Iowa Wind Alliance is good news for turbine-rich BV area (05/01/08)
Gov. Chet Culver announced Wednesday the creation of an alliance to train Iowans for high-paying jobs in the growing wind energy industry. Culver said the newly formed Iowa Alliance for Wind Innovation and Novel Development will combine research, public policy, and training and education...
Schools lock down for drug bust in SL (05/01/08)
South School, the Alternative High School, and St. Mary's School were locked down briefly Monday afternoon as a precaution during a drug investigation search at a residence just north of the three schools. At around noon Monday, the Storm Lake Police Entry Team executed a search warrant at 401 Cayuga Street #B7 in connection with a drug related investigation...
Farm bill shifts to feed the needy (05/01/08)
Most people call it a farm bill. But it's really more of a food bill. That's even more true this year as negotiators, spurred by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other urban lawmakers, move dollars from crop subsidies to food stamps and other programs for feeding the needy...
Garden Club will have plant sale May 16 (05/01/08)
The Buena View Federated Garden Cllub is making plans for their annual Plant Sale during the city-wide Garage Sale weekend. It iwll be held Friday, May 16 starting at 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. unless sold out sooner at 1117 Lincoln Road, which is north of the high school football field. There will be vegetable plants, perennials, annuals and houseplants and other related items. Plan to get their early...
ICCC OK's $9m Bio Science plan (05/01/08)
The Bio Science Health Science Center for Iowa Central Community College is officially a "go." After years of planning and two public elections to get the project approved, the ICCC board of directors this week accepted the bid of Kolacia Construction Inc. for $9.082 million to construct the cutting-edge facility on the main campus in Fort Dodge, which will allow for education programs in the alternative fuels field as well as new health care education space...
Castillo-Alvarez: 50-year sentence (05/01/08)
A quiet and, at times, seemingly disinterested Juan Humberto Castillo-Alvarez received a 50-year prison sentence Friday for his role in the disappearance from Spencer and death of a Estherville teenager almost 11 years ago. Joni Ketter, the mother of murder victim Gregory Sky Erickson, addressed the court Friday at the Clay County Courthouse, asking the maximum sentence possible for Juan Humberto Castillo-Alvarez, who was convicted of kidnapping, conspiracy and second-degree murder in her son's death.. ...
Alta boys, Sioux Central girls claim Conference track titles (05/01/08)
The Alta boys barely outran Laurens-Marathon in a tight team battle at the Northwest Conference Coed meet Monday night in Laurens. Alta finished with 120 points, followed by Laurens-Marathon at 119, Sioux Central with 104, Schaller-Crestland 97, Newell-Fonda 47, Aurelia 46, Storm Lake St. Mary's 22 and Pomeroy-Palmer 2...
Storm Lake Tennis (05/01/08)
The Storm Lake boys defended their hometown courts at Buena Vista University Monday night with a 7-2 win over Spirit Lake-Okoboji. Senior all-conference player Jesse Munger was edged 10-6 in a #1 singles battle with Scott Maudlin of SLP, but the balance of the Tornadoes swept through their matches with wins by Erick Stephas, Taylor Anderson, Jeremy Boese, Will Hansen and Cory Nelsen...
BV baseball suffers a blow to conference tournament hopes (05/01/08)
After absorbing a bombing a the hands of Simpson batters last night, Buena Vista University baseball has its work cut out in the final games of the regular season later this week. BVU must win at least two of three from Loras in order to keep hopes alive for back-to-back trips to the Iowa Conference Tournament for the first time since 2002-03...
Still Kicking (05/01/08)
Hard luck week for Tornado girls soccer Despite last week's 6-2 trouncing of Spirit Lake, the Storm Lake girls' soccer team was unable to keep the momentum going as they fell to Spencer 6-0 Thursday and Unity Christian 5-0 on Monday. At practice Tuesday, the players could only shake their heads - they are playing some of their best soccer of the season at times, but it isn't showing on the scoreboards...
Double Winners (05/01/08)
No doubt. That's what Storm Lake left in the minds of the Lakes Conference and area competition, as both the boys and the girls piled up solid team victories in the Tornado Relays on the emerald oval Tuesday night, just as they had done in a rain-shortened Storm Lake Invitational less than a week before...
Area Golf (05/01/08)
Storm Lake On April 21, the Storm Lake golf teams headed to Emmetsburg for a showdown with Sheldon and Emmetsburg, which resulted in a second place finish for the boys and third place for the girls. On the boys' side, Storm Lake's Tyler Gibbins was the varsity medalist with a 39. ...
Hutchins' 'All Creatures' exhibit at Witter Gallery (05/01/08)
Storm Lake's own Danuta Zamjoska Hutchins has opened a one-woman exhibit at the Witter Art Gallery, "All Creatures Big and Small." The show is open to the public, free of charge, and runs from today through May 9. A public reception will be held on Thursday, May 8, 5:30-6:30 p.m...
Lao Culture, Polka tradition at SL Library (05/01/08)
The Storm Lake Public Library presents two new cultural events fot the community this month, thanks to grants awarded by the Iowa Arts Council to the Friends of the Storm Lake Public Library. On Sunday, May 4, will be Cultural Express: Lao Tradition, from 2- 4 p.m. There will be a blessing by a local Buddhist monk, and Khalmo Khounlo of Storm Lake will explain how numerous Lao groups unite through their cultures. A Lao food tasting will be offered along with classical and folk music and singing...
Osweiler's marks 10th anniversary (05/01/08)
Over the past 10 years Osweiler's has been in business in downtown Storm Lake they've seen the styles change, they've seen the people change and they've seen the locations change. One thing they said they haven't changed and don't plan to change is their commitment to one on one service. Osweiler's is ladies' fashion store with clothing and accessories for all ages...
Storm Lake Chamber debuts online interactive map (05/01/08)
Interactive Multimedia Firm, 360 USA of St. Louis, MO recently released an online interactive map of Storm Lake. Local businesses such as King's Pointe Waterpark Resort, Buena Vista University and Metcalf House are featured on the interactive map that incorporates 360 degree interactive panoramic images,commercial photography and video to display area businesses and attractions...
Funeral Arrangements (05/01/08)
Dorothy L. Ploeger July 31, 1941 - April 27, 2008 Dorothy L. Ploeger, 66, Storm Lake, died Sunday, April 27, 2008 at Loring Hospital in Sac City, after a year-long battle with cancer. Funeral services for Mrs. Ploeger will be held today, Thursday, May 1, at 10:30 a.m. ...
Letter from the Editor (05/01/08)
You know you are in a recession when... I notice where President Bush says we are not in a recession. It is a "slowdown." This is helpful information to have. A recession sounds so... so, well, recessive... while a slowdown just sounds like the economy has taken a little break to sit on a parkbench and watch the seagulls and maybe have a sandwich, and everything will be all good again tomorrow...
Nelson's View (05/01/08)
There's nothing like walking across a golf course in a skirt, pantyhose and thankfully no heels on a cold, windy Monday to get photos, but where's the adventure in dressing practically? I haven't been a reporter for that long but I have lived in Iowa practically my whole life so you'd think I'd have the weather figured out by now...