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Stories from Thursday, July 31, 2008

Luke Nielsen graduates from U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training Center (07/31/08)
Luke Nielsen has graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in Cape May, N.J. Nielsen completed an eight-week training program which included vigorous training in water safety and survival, military customs, seamanship skill, first aid and marksmanship...
'The Truth Project' training simulcast to be held at Summit beginning Sept. 27 (07/31/08)
Summit Church will partner with Focus on the Family to host The Truth Project worldview curriculum training seminar in Alta on Saturday, Sept. 27 via live satellite broadcast through the Church Communication Network. The Truth Project is a life-changing small group DVD curriculum designed to equip churches and their people to make a positive impact on communities and the culture by applying God's principles to daily life...
School registration information (07/31/08)
School registration forms are available online on the Alta website: www.alta.k12.ia.us These forms and payment should be returned to the superintendent's office any time before school begins on Aug. 18. New students coming into the district from another school or first time students need to register in person...
Engagements (07/31/08)
Darin Radke and Beth Johnson Beth Johnson and Darin Radke will be married Saturday, Aug. 9 in Minneapolis, Minn. Beth is the daughter of Dianne Johnson, Chaska, Minn., and the late Mark Johnson. Beth graduated from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minn. with a master's degree in physician assistant studies. She is currently working in the emergency room at Ridgeview Hospital in Waconia, Minn...
Pre-school opening still available at Wee Care (07/31/08)
Alta Wee Care Preschool, located at the Church of Christ, 505 West Highway in Alta, still has a few openings for the fall session which begins on Wednesday, Sept. 3. This preschool is for children ages 3 (by June 1) and 4 year olds. Wee Care offers a program that provides your child with a wide variety of learning experiences in a Christian atmosphere...
Back Pack Mania will assist students in need with school supplies (07/31/08)
For the second year, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post #6172 will be collecting school supplies. The school personnel will give needed items to students without. Please drop off supplies or cash donations at Alta Furniture Mart between 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays...
Alta High School grad named Executive Officer of the U.S. Naval Academy (07/31/08)
Major Bradly Phillips, son of Steve and Peggy Phillips, Kernerville, N.C. and Debra Wade, Denver, Colo., and grandson of Doloris and W.L. (Bud) Phillips, was recently assigned as the Executive Officer of the United States Naval Academy Prep School in Newport, R.I...
Harkin helps break ground for health center next week (07/31/08)
The United Community Health Center will break ground next week for their new facility in Storm Lake, with a special guest. Congressman Tom Harkin, who has long been a supporter of the local facility and the community health ceneters concept, will be keynote speaker for the ceremony on Thursday, August 7, at 1:30 p.m. at the new clinic location - 715 West Milwaukee...
SL dredging season 'a long, tough journey' (07/31/08)
It's been a "long, tough journey" says Storm Lake Infrastructure Superintendent Pat Kelly about this year's dredging season so far. Due to some transmission problems on the new 50 foot tug boat, they've been running further behind on a schedule that was already started much later than anticipated. ...
BVU, Iowa Lakes partner for transitional degree (07/31/08)
An agreement was signed Monday by Iowa Lakes Community College and Buena Vista University administration that ensures an easier academic transition for students at Iowa Lakes. During the formal ceremony on the Estherville campus of Iowa Lakes, the presidents of both institutions spoke of the value of the official Bachelor of Applied Studies program agreement...
Germans document Tractor odyssey (07/31/08)
The Iowa Corn Growers Association and the Sac County Fair Board sponsored a tractor ride - mostly antiques - for all who wanted to participate. Not unusual except that the ride was documented by a television crew from Germany who are situated in the United States to bring the American people and their stories to their home country...
Election season: A calm before the storm? (07/31/08)
Deep in the summer doldrums between the primary and a genneral election now less than 100 days away, politics has grown fairly quiet in the local area. But leaders of both local parties say their candidates are ready to step it up a notch, and both fear that the other will instigate a mudslinging battle for the White House. "It's going to get ugly - no doubt about it," says Buena Vista County Democrats leader Matt Pearson...
'Night Out' block parties set (07/31/08)
The Storm Lake Public Safety Department has confirmed sixteen block parties for the 2008 National Night Out Event Tuesday, August 5. Lt. Ray Eickholt who oversees the program said, "We are very excited to have these block parties confirmed and our public safety professionals from the police, fire and EMS departments are anxious to spend time with the citizens we serve."...
Engagements (07/31/08)
Joey Anthone and Jennifer Petersen Jennifer Petersen and Joey Anthone, Omaha, Neb., are pleased to announce their engagement. Jennifer is the daughter of Gary and Cheryl Petersen, Storm Lake. She is a 2002 graduate of St. Mary's High School and a May graduate of Creighton University School of Pharmacy where she earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. She is pharmacy practice resident at Creighton University Medical Center...
Will sluggish economy cut into record Iowa Lottery income? (07/31/08)
The Iowa Lottery on Tuesday reported record sales of nearly $250 million in the last fiscal year, but a slowing economy and flooding were blamed for a spring drop-off in sales. The $249.2 million in sales of instant-scratch tickets, lotto games such as Powerball and pull-tab tickets was the highest figure since the lottery began in 1985, excluding the period when the lottery operated Touchplay video games. The 2008 sales were 6 percent above the previous year...
BVU begins new alcohol education plan (07/31/08)
Buena Vista University is one of hundreds of institutions nationwide taking a new approach to alcohol prevention. BVU will offer incoming freshman AlcoholEdu for College - a science-based course taken by hundreds of thousands of students each year. The course aims not to preach but rather to educate students about alcohol and its effects on the mind and body...
Family struggles to deal with Ames murder (07/31/08)
Relatives of a slain Ames convenience store clerk said they are struggling to accept the death of a woman they described as a "free-spirited girl." Family member said they knew Lacrissa Davis had a difficult relationship with her boyfriend, whom police believe shot the woman multiple times Sunday before killing himself...
Local athlete a finalist in national Hershey track & field invitational (07/31/08)
Aaron Krier, 14, of Aurelia has been selected as a finalist in the upcoming Hershey Track & Field Games North American final. This will be Krier's second nomination after going in 2006 as well. The event is sponsored by the Hershey Company and features over 500 of the best young track and field athletes throughout North America...
Ex BVU star receiver keeps on rolling (07/31/08)
Jesse Schmidt's comeback story just keeps on getting better and better. The former Laurens-Marathon and Buena Vista University star is finding his stride in the Arena 2 league. The wide receiver was just beginning the comeback process from a ACL tear, an injury that requires extensive rehab and can mean the end of many athletes' careers entirely...
Hawkeyes look to refocus, reload, and rise again (07/31/08)
Iowa football fans may finally have a reason to start cheering again. This offseason, as well as the past few years, have been full of disappointment as numerous Hawkeyes have found themselves in legal battles resulting in their dismissals from the teams. This poor conduct has negatively affected recruiting as well. Regardless, the season goes on, and the Hawkeyes have a chance to be a competitive team in the Big Ten this year...
FLY iowa (07/31/08)
When the Fly Iowa 2008 air show comes to Storm Lake for the weekend of August 9-10, Air Force veteran Herb Backer and his restored 1950s-era T28C warbird, "Ditto," will be a starring attraction. "Herb & Ditto" as the show is known in the international aerobatics performance world, offer "Smoke-Ring Aerobatics" - the big plane creating patterns with the smoke from its wingtips, and then passing through them in barnstormer style. ...
Go and Do (07/31/08)
Artist visits Albert City Library Charles Freitag, a native Iowan, born and raised on a small farm, learned a deep appreciation for his natural surroundings, which can still be found in his paintings of yesteryear. Charles received his degree in Art at the Academy of Art in Chicago, earning honors for his artwork, which is inspired by his favorite illustrator, Norman Rockwell. ...
New owner for Martini's in Storm Lake (07/31/08)
Jeanie Iordanou of Storm Lake says she was looking for a good investment when she asked to purchase Martini's Bar and Grille from former owner Bill Hyde. "It already had a great staff and the menu was fabulous," she says. "I had several years of restaurant experience."...
SOS Thrift Store open for business in new location (07/31/08)
With some help from many volunteers and a long line of vehicles, staff at the SOS Thrift store were able to move all of their merchandise into the new store in less than two hours they say. "Everything just fell into place," says Shirley Kelley, SOS Boardmember and manager. Now they'll have more room to grow as they continue helping students of St. Mary's and their education. In fact they've doubled their space, they say...
Funeral Arrangements (07/31/08)
Jerry Estes March 4, 1942 - July 16, 2008 Jerry C. Estes, 66, Fort Dodge, died Wednesday, July 16, 2008 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn. after a lengthy illness. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 22 in the chapel at Laufersweiler-Sievers Funeral Home and a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Lynn Bruch officiating. Burial was in Corpus Christi Cemetery...
Letter from the Editor (07/31/08)
Careful who we make into heroes Of late, I've received as many reader e-mails on Sheriff Joe Arpaio as any issue - implying, I suppose, a wish that out local law enforcement was run more like that of the colorful Phoenix area lawman. Indeed, Arpaio has done some amazing things, like turning an old jail into a stray animal shelter staffed by prioners, using prison labor to grow food, and providing mandatory English lessons for prisoners who don't speak the language. ...
Nelson's View (07/31/08)
Fun Riddles I always enjoy a good riddle now and then... gets you thinking. Here are a couple I found. Read them to a friend or family member and see if he/she can figure them out. -I dig out tiny caves, and store gold and silver in them. I also build bridges of silver and make crowns of gold. They are the smallest you could imagine. Sooner or later everybody needs my help, yet many people are afraid to let me help them. Who am I? Dentist...
Mini Editorial (07/31/08)
Singer says thanks for the support From SHAWN MAYER / Nemaha Thank you so much for your support since starting my journey on "Nashville Star." It means alot to me to know that Storm Lake has faith in a small town girl from Northwest Iowa in following her dream. I want to thank the Pilot Tribune and all of those fans who came to my hometown concert in May City Wednesday night. I was overwhelmed by the support I saw. It will be an experience I will never forget!...