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Stories from Thursday, October 23, 2008

County sets public hearing date to sell off Spectra site (10/23/08)
When the Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors met Tuesday they set a public hearing for November 10 at 10 a.m. to discuss selling the County care facility after a decision was made that it was in the best interest of the County to sell the property. The hearing will help decide whether or not to sell it and how the county would plan to sell it. The County will accept bids up through Jan. 16 at 4:30 p.m. in the County Auditor's office...
Letters to the Editor (10/23/08)
'Thanks' for giving the gift of life To the Editor: The following HEROES registered to donate blood at the Alta Community Blood Drive Thursday, Oct. 16: Stephen Anderson, Amanda Ballou, Don Krueger, Russell Cammerer, Susan Krueger, Heather Carr, Jerri Louis, Florence Dodd, Janet Meyer, Loren Fahr, Kily Meyers, Greg Galvin, Grethchen Miller, Angelica Grieme, Teresa Miller, James Heschke, Terra Miller, Marilyn Huseman, Neil Patten, Michael Kaufman, Kevin Pingel, Donnabelle Sievert, Mindy Taylor, Sherry Tippy, Angela Wadsley, Patricia Wall, Dennis Weber.. ...
Obituaries (10/23/08)
Loren Friedrichsen Sept. 23, 1923 - Oct. 16, 2008 Loren John Henry "Peanuts" Friedrichsen, 85, Alta, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008 at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center of Cherokee. A funeral service was held Tuesday, Oct. 21 at the United Methodist Church of Alta. ...
Alta Library forced to increase penalties for late, lost and damaged materials (10/23/08)
For the first five years of service as a combined school and public library, the library has been very lenient and offered a "Conscience Box" for freewill of fines. There has been a problem that the library has noticed lately. Many DVDs and videos have been coming back damaged or not coming back at all...
A salute to Iowa's veterans (10/23/08)
Don Fisher is a very proud veteran. He was called up for duty in 1967 and spent time in Vietnam during '68-'69. He still has bitter memories of the lack of recognition the soldiers who put their lives on the line received when they returned home from the war. As he thought about it even harder, the soldiers who returned from World War II, the Korean War and Desert Storm didn't receive recognition either...
Plans made for Arby's construction (10/23/08)
Permission is being sought for storm water discharge into Poor Farm Creek during construction of the new Arby's restaurant in north Storm Lake. The stormwater discharge will be from site clearing, grading, and excavation for the construction in Geisinger's Commercial First Addition to the City of Storm Lake. Storm water will flow into a new tile line into the city sewer and will outlet at the creek in Washington Township about a quarter of a mile away...
$175,000 for a water tower paintjob (10/23/08)
The Storm Lake City Council this week approved a resolution for an agreement for services provided by DGR and Associates of Rock Rapids to repaint a 500,000 gallon water tower in West Lake Estates. According to Infrastructure and Public Facilities Director Pat Kelly the tower is about 15 years old and hasn't been painted since it was erected. The project estimate is $175,900. It will be painted inside and out, and will include the new city logo...
Ivey finished three marathons in four weeks (10/23/08)
Storm Lake surgeon and running enthusiast Troy Ivey continues his quest to achieve 50 marathons in 50 states by age 50. Dr. Ivey has run three 26.2-mile marathons in a four-week period, finishing each in the 3 hour and 20 minute range. On Sept. 20 he ran the Air Force Marathon in Dayton, Ohio; on October 4, he ran in St. George, Utah; and on October 18 in Indianapolis, Indiana...
Launderville follows dad into world of law enforcement (10/23/08)
J.J. Launderville followed in her father's law enforcement footsteps. The daughter of Sandy and Gary Launderville, J.J. is a 1998 Alta High School graduate. She just celebrated her one-year anniversary as a police officer for the City of Carroll and recently completed 13 weeks of training at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy...
Local corn, soybeans looking good - but the prices aren't (10/23/08)
A farmer's life is rooted as much in uncertainty as in the rich black dirt of northwest Iowa. A season that started out appearing doomed by bad weather had grown into one of huge promise with rebounding crops and record commodity prices. But now that the rich bounty of grain is hitting the bins, the prices are withering...
Weddings (10/23/08)
Mr. and Mrs. Kole Friesen Allie Simone Gardner of Napa, Calif., and Evan Kole Friesen of Storm Lake, gave thanks to the Lord for their beautiful wedding day on Friday, July 25th at 11:30am on Doran Beach in Bodega Bay, Calif. Parents of the couple are Jay and Pam Gardner of Napa, Calif., and Garry and Marj Friesen of Storm Lake...
Iowa's first woman Olympic gold medalist dies (10/23/08)
DES MOINES - The first woman from Iowa to win an Olympic gold medal has died. Archery champion Doreen Wilber of Jefferson died Sunday of Alzheimer's disease at age 78. Wilber won her medal in the 1972 games in Munich. When she returned to Iowa late at night, she was met by huge crowds at the Des Moines airport and at the courthouse square in Jefferson...
Judge allows video testimony in Northwest Iowa murder trial (10/23/08)
SIOUX CITY - A judge has ruled that videotaped testimony of the parents of a Sioux City man accused of killing his stepdaughters will be allowed after prosecutors have reviewed the man's psychiatric evaluation. Court records say defense attorneys want to use videotaped testimony of John and Sherry Harris talking about psychiatric institutional placements of their son, Lawrence Harris, from 1998 until 2003 in California...
Palin speaks Saturday in Sioux City, Des Moines (10/23/08)
DES MOINES - Vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin will appear at two events in Iowa on Saturday, and John McCain is expected to hold an event the following day. The visits by the Republicans will come little more than a week before the Nov. 4 election...
Storm Lake JV and Freshmen VB round out sweep of Spencer (10/23/08)
The Tornado JV and freshmen teams wrote the preamble for the varsity's big win on Tuesday night as both teams battled in heavily contested games and emerged on top to complete Storm Lake's sweep of Spencer. The JV won in two games, 21-19 and 21-15 to push their regular season record to 6-11-1...
Ticket information for BVU women's basketball exhibition at Iowa State (10/23/08)
Single game tickets for the Buena Vista women's exhibition basketball game at Iowa State University on Sunday, November 2, will go on sale beginning Friday, October 31. Ticket prices for the game will range anywhere from $5-12. Fans wishing to purchase tickets for the game can do so one of three ways:...
Tucker shines for the Tornadoes in dual action (10/23/08)
The Tornadoes' swim team wrapped up their regular season Tuesday as they took part in dual action against the host Tigers and Sioux City Metro. Storm Lake fell in both matchups, 80-14 against the Tigers and 77-17 against Metro, but there was a definite silver lining in the form of senior Erin Tucker...
Friday night area pigskin preview (10/23/08)
The final week of the 2008 regular season is upon the area's football teams, yet much remains to be decided on Thursday and Friday night. Alta and Laurens Marathon have both clinched playoff berths, but their final seeding won't be determined until after crucial matchups against their respective district leaders, Akron-Westfield and North Sentral Kossuth...
BVU looks to bounce back (10/23/08)
The Buena Vista football team looks to put the tough loss a week ago to Luther College behind them and bounce back this week during the team's non-conference home contest with Waldorf College (1-7). The 6-3 loss to the Norse was the first Iowa Conference defeat for the Beavers this season after they had won their first four. All the scoring in the game came on back-to-back possessions in the first quarter before the two defenses went head-to-head the rest of the way...
Tornadoes storm back to claim 3rd in the Lakes (10/23/08)
The Storm Lake netters travel to Spencer on Tuesday night with third place in the conference up for grabs in the regular season finale. The Tornadoes dropped the first game 23-25 but battled back to claim the next two 25-17 and 25-21. The Tigers countered to win the fourth 25-13 and seemed to have the fifth wrapped up with a 14-11 lead...
Harvest Hoopla is fun for all ages (10/23/08)
From a children's Halloween parade and Little Spooks funhouse to pumpkin recipes and karaoke costume contests for the big boys and ghouls, Aurelia has been the area's Halloween City for a decade. The city is home to the Haunted Bates Motel, an attraction in itself, but the real celebration comes at the Harvest Hoopla, celebrating its tenth anniversary of delighting kids and adults alike. This year's event is set for Saturday, Oct. 25...
Area Music (10/23/08)
Broadway comes to Cherokee Symphony The Cherokee Symphony will present its Fall Pops Concert October 26 at 4 p.m. in the Cherokee Community Center. Storm Lake's Lee Thorson conducts the orchestra. This program will feature singers Mark and Amy Sarchet in a medley of Broadway tunes and in some classic scenes from "South Pacific."...
Hy-Vee stores recognized for excellence in promoting health (10/23/08)
Praised for its leadership in bringing health and wellness to mainstream consumers, Hy-Vee has been named the recipient of the 2008 Supermarket News Whole Health Enterprise Award. The company was recognized for its wealth of wellness programs, product offerings and professional guidance aimed at both employees and customers. ...
MidAmerican offering tree-planting grants (10/23/08)
MidAmerican Energy Company is offering Iowa communities it serves the opportunity to apply for tree-planting grants. By providing funds for communities to plant trees in parks, roadways and other common areas, the Trees Please! program promotes energy efficiency and environmental beautification. Trees improve energy efficiency by serving as natural windbreaks and providing shade to homes and businesses. At the same time, planting trees improves air quality and helps protect and nourish the soil...
Genesis Printing Project Campaign (10/23/08)
The end of September marked completion of the first local fundraising campaign for Genesis Development. The goal of $30,000 to create an area increasing the efficiency of the Rain Gauge Printing business was accomplished. Naming rights for this special department have been granted to a local family for the initial donation. ...
Funeral Arrangements (10/23/08)
Yvonne E. Bertness Yvonne E. Bertness, age 87, of Sioux Rapids, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008 at the Sioux Care Center in Sioux Rapids. Memorial Services for Mrs. Bertness will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008 at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Rapids, with Pastor Tonna Parsons officiating. Private family burial services will be held at a later date. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids is in charge of the arrangements...
Young Voices (10/23/08)
The Fine Art of Learning to Cope "Go to the sky or to the earth, as is your nature," but is our society really ready to deal with death? By CASSIDY PTACEK / Special to the Pilot-Tribune nce while I was babysitting a little girl, she told me, "My grandpa died but it is okay because he watches me play. ...
Readers Respond (10/23/08)
Politics and the war From MEL SUHR / Storm Lake John McCain keeps telling us repeatedly that Barack Obama has too little experience to be president. So why did he choose Sarah Palin, who has far less experience than Obama, to be his running mate? She could be president someday...
Nelson's View (10/23/08)
I can't even imagine I live in Alta and live within walking distance of some railroad tracks. In fact if you walk into my back yard you can see the tracks. I drive over those tracks at least twice a day on my way to and from work. I probably breeze over those tracks without a second glance now and then and put too much trust in those warning signals. They're just lights and like everything else I'm sure they do break down from time to time...