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Stories from Thursday, August 21, 2008

Alta rattlesnake finds new home with DNR (08/21/08)
Alta Police Chief Mike McDonald got a chance to meet a live, poisonous rattlesnake for the first time in his life, last week - up close and personal after the reptile was taken into custody by the Department. "It hung out in my office," McDonald says. "First time I've been around a rattlesnake. It (the snake's tail) was very loud." Fortunately the snake was contained in a glass aquarium, but McDonald says they secured the lid with duct tape, just in case...
LM puts controversy, budget issues behind; off to a positive start (08/21/08)
What a difference a few months can make. At the end of last school year, students at Laurens-Marathon were holding sit-down protests in the school, the principal was being removed in an emotional process, patrons were petitioning for the firing of the superintendent, and there were concerns over an feared exodus of students and staff...
SL reactions mixed to smoking ban (08/21/08)
Iowa's new smoking ban is getting mixed reviews in the Storm Lake area, admits Nona Sand, a smoking prevention advocate with the Buena Vista County Public Health Department. "It seems to be going very well some places, and others not," she said of the controversial public smoking ban, which went into effect July 1...
100 university leaders want drinking age at 18 (08/21/08)
Presidents from about 100 well-known American universities have already signed on for a plan to study lowering the legal drinking age from 21 to 18. You won't find Fred Moore's name on that list. Known as the Amethyst Initiative, proponents hope that urging lawmakers to approve a lowered drinking age will help control binge drinking...
A day in the world of a kindergartener (08/21/08)
The first day of school. For many, like those in Roxanne Tjaden's kindergarten class, it is an exciting day; for others it is often a scary day with tears. There is much to learn about school and the veteran teacher of 30 years wasted no time explaining rules and routines they will become familiar with in no time...
City gives OK for sanitary sewer improvement projects, updates SL fee resolution (08/21/08)
After completing a study of the current wastewater treatment plant in Storm Lake, which was originally built over twenty years ago, operator Veenstra and Kimm identified at least nine improvement projects they feel the City of Storm Lake needs to address. Some of the projects are short term and need to be addressed immediately said Bob Veenstra. Other projects can wait and be more longer term...
Kids Day America to take place on Sept. 20 (08/21/08)
On Saturday, Sept. 20th, 2008 communities worldwide will participate in the fourteenth annual "Kids Day America ," a Health, Safety, and Environmental Awareness Day. Dr. Christy Heitman, D.C. will be sponsoring the event locally from 12:00 noon until 3:00 pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Storm Lake...
Engagements (08/21/08)
Benjamin Strandberg and Staci Noll Dave and Pam Noll of Storm Lake, together with Jerry and Anna Strandberg of Omaha, Neb., are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their children, Staci Noll and Benjamin Strandberg. Staci is a 2000 Storm Lake High School graduate and has her Bachelors degree from the University of Northern Iowa. ...
Anniversaries (08/21/08)
Dr. and Mrs. Rex Shearer celebrate 50 years together Rex and Darlene Shearer of Storm Lake were married on Aug. 23rd, 1958 at St. Michael's church in Kingsley. Their children are Don and Laurie Brown of Silver Lake, Kan., Brian and Julie Johnson and Christine Shearer of Ankeny, Brian and Shannon Shearer of Castle Rock, Colo., Jason and Angie Shearer of Omaha, Neb. ...
Galva gets Iowa's first gas blender pump (08/21/08)
Customers at the Galva Holstein Ag station now have more ethanol to choose from. The business has the state's first blender pump, which offers the common 10 percent blend, the E-85 blend for flex-fuel vehicles, and a new 30 percent ethanol blend. The manager of the station's energy department says the blender pump allows the northwest Iowa business to expand it's ethanol offerings...
A major northwest Iowa employer says it's ready to begin production (08/21/08)
VeraSun Energy Corp. on Thursday announced the startup of its 110 million gallon per year ethanol biorefinery near Hartley. The Hartley plant is the 13th VeraSun biorefinery in operation. The opening pushed the company's annual production capacity to more than 1.3 billion gallons.
"We are pleased to bring our Hartley ethanol biorefinery into production," said VeraSun CEO Don Endres, in a statement. "It is one of the largest and most efficient facilities in the nation...
1.1M attend 2008 Iowa State Fair (08/21/08)
Officials with the Iowa State Fair say a record number of people attended this year's fair. Officials say an estimated 1.1 million people attended the 11-day fair, which ended on Sunday. That broke the previous record of about 1.05 million in 2004...
Laurens-Marathon transitions to 8-man (08/21/08)
The Laurens-Marathon Chargers join a number of area teams in being shuffled around districts this fall. They leave class A district 3 and will begin their tenure in eight-man district 2. The Chargers were a competitive team in class A last season as they went 5-4 to finish tied for third in the district. Only Alta and Newell-Fonda finished better...
Storm Lake's Mickelson wins Jackson Nationals (08/21/08)
Jason Mickelson had a successful weekend in Jackson, Minnesota as the Storm Lake native took home two checkered flags in the 30th annual Jackson Nationals. Mickelson raced in the IMCA stock car division and collected $2000 in prize money for his efforts over the weekend. In Sunday's 20-lap final, Mickelson was one of two racers to have the lead...
CommUNITY Education happenings (08/21/08)
Youth football sign up Storm Lake Tornado head football coach Bill McCabe will be offering Start Smart Football for children ages 5-7 years old. This is a parent/child activity geared towards teaching the basic skills needed to in the game of football...
Here, kitty kitty (08/21/08)
The Big Cat Encounter will return to the Clay County Fair by popular demand. The show, provided free with fairgrounds admission, will run the full length of the fair Sept. 6-14. With several shows each day, fairgoers get an up close view of Siberian tigers and a variety of other big cats - they may even be able to pet a baby animal or catch a glimpse of a rare white tiger - all while learning about the problems facing the beautiful creatures in the wild...
Pilot at the Movies (08/21/08)
'Swing Vote' - oh phooey, you'll probably like it anyway I guess they don't call them critics for nothing. The so-called experts are voting thumbs down on "Swing Vote," one of the most anticipated movies of the year, as being too sentimental. ("Gooey" says the Associated Press reviewer.)...
NASCAR pit crew experience in SL Friday (08/21/08)
Race fans in Storm Lake will have the opportunity to test their pit crew skills on an authentic racecar. A replica of the No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger, driven by 2008 Daytona 500 Champion Ryan Newman, will make a pit stop from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday at the Alltel retail store located at 111 Sail Barn Rd. in Storm Lake, Iowa...
Good Samaritan Society-Newell employee receives honor (08/21/08)
Good Samaritan Society-Newell honored Michelle Wilson on July 28, 2008, for being named a John R Grubb Health Care Scholarship recipient by the Iowa Health Care Association Foundation. Wislon is currently working as a CNA at the Good Samaritan Society-Newell. She has been serving in the long term care profession for five years, and is studying nursing at Iowa Central Community College...
Investing advice (08/21/08)
You've just inherited a large sum of money. Now what do you do with it? It'd be easy to just spend it on a new toy you've had your eye on. Investing it wisely can make that inheritance go a long way. "I think people move quickly when they get money quickly," says Brianne Babel, Financial Advisor for Edward Jones. ...
COOL webcast to outline impact of mandatory labeling (08/21/08)
In light of mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) taking effect Sept. 30, 2008, Iowa State livestock experts are coming together to help producers understand how they will be affected. Iowa Beef Center (IBC) Director John Lawrence, along with several other Iowa State livestock experts, will be speaking at a COOL webcast held Aug. 25, 2008, at 7 p.m. Host sites will be available so individuals can attend a nearby location to watch the speakers broadcast throughout the state...
Funeral Arrangements (08/21/08)
Richard L. Nelson Jan. 3, 1923 - Aug. 14, 2008 Richard L. Nelson, age 63, of Linn Grove, died Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008 in rural Rembrandt. Funeral services for Mr. Nelson were held on Tuesday, Aug.19, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Linn Grove. Burial was held at the Barnes Township Cemetery in Linn Grove...
Letter from the Editor (08/21/08)
The only perfect candidate It suddenly dawns on me who would be the perfect candidate to be the President of the United States. This candidate has none of the weaknesses of the existing choices. This person has both the wordly experience and the youthful vitality that we are looking for. ...
Readers Respond (08/21/08)
Family speaks out on invasion of privacy From RENEE JENSEN / Great Falls, MT Last week if someone would have told me I'd be writing a letter to the editor in Storm Lake, Iowa, I would have thought they were crazy. But after reading many newspaper articles and the absurd blogs of Kyle Payne, I find it even crazier that a now fired RA from BV University, who assaulted a young woman, may not do any jail time. ...