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Stories from Thursday, November 20, 2008

Steve Kettering named Senate whip, targets 'out of control' spending  (11/20/08)
Iowa Senate Republicans caucused Tuesday to vote upon new leadership and local Senator Steve Kettering, Lake View, was elected as Minority Whip. Senator Paul McKinley (R-Chariton) was chosen as the new Senate Minority Leader for the next two years...
Stone Soup Sunday in Storm Lake (11/20/08)
The Stone Soup community free meal will be offered Sunday, Nov. 23. The group who has volunteered to host this meal is the Youth Group from Lakeside Presbyterian Church. A cornish hen casserole is being planned. The monthly events have been moved to the United Methodist Church Family Life Center. ...
City seeks to get more pets licensed (11/20/08)
In efforts to get more pets in the City of Storm Lake properly licensed so they comply with City Code, the City Council is looking at passing an ordinance that will change when people can renew their pet licenses. Public Safety Director Mark Prosser said in 2008 the City issued only 85 dog and cat licenses. The first reading of the ordinance passed on Monday. The next reading of the ordinance will be held December 1 at 5 p.m...
MidAmerican Energy to automate meter reading (11/20/08)
MidAmerican Energy has begun the process of installing automated meter reading technology for customers in Storm Lake and the surrounding area. The technology being installed in residential customers' homes and most business customers' premises will enable MidAmerican Energy to obtain energy usage information remotely. ...
Retired school staff meet monthly to keep up; 'We're like family,' they say (11/20/08)
For the past 18 months, retired staff at the Alta Schools have been getting together for lunches on a monthly basis to keep up on each other's lives. The most recent dinner included nine friends whose years of serving in the schools total an impressive 229 years! Most of those years were spent in Alta...
School board contributes to library automation update; work has been done to meet annual goals (11/20/08)
The Alta School Board had a great deal on its agenda at the monthly meeting held last week. The board heard from Alta Library Board members Joan Curbow and Gigi Nelson on updating the automation system at the library. The school district will help in this endeavor by contributing $3,225 for the new system, a one-time fee of $399 to clean up the records and a $495 fee for cable, slip printer and scanner. ...
No Injuries in SL Blaze (11/20/08)
Firefighters were called to Don's Body Shop on Flindt Drive in Storm Lake around 3 p.m Tuesday, where they found heavy black smoke pouring from the north end of the 7,000 square-feet building, with some flames visible through the roof areas. The entire building was filled with thick smoke...
SL man killed by falling beam on LeMars work site (11/20/08)
Authorities are investigating the death of a Storm Lake man who was killed while working on a construction site in LeMars. The Plymouth County Sheriff's Office is assisting Iowa Occupation Safety and Health Enforcement officials who are investigating the death of Jose Gustavo Sivrian. OSHA has not released any findings...
Explosion, fire totals Rembrandt building (11/20/08)
Rembrandt fire department responded to a machine shed on fire with reported multiple explosions, Tuesday night around 9:30 p.m. The fire at the 1228 5th St. site produced flames that could be seen from the Highway 3 and 71 intersection, officers reported...
It's basket time! (11/20/08)
The Storm Lake Library is filled with holiday literary baskets awaiting silent auction bids from the community. Bids on the baskets may be made from now through Wednesday, Dec. 3. The highest bidder will have the opportunity to take home the basket. There are baskets for children and adults, for the sports enthusiasts and the gardener, for the pet lover and the crafter...
Upcoming Events (11/20/08)
Fall Tea Time Fall Time Tea will be held at the Metcalf House Bed and Breakfast on Satruday Nov. 22, from 1 to 3 p.m. Come and enjoy the culinary delights of the season while listening to the sweet sound of live flute music performed for your entertainment...
Des Moines-based Principal seeks $2 billion (11/20/08)
DES MOINES - Retirement, insurance and financial services company Principal Financial Group Inc. said plans to apply to the U.S. Treasury for participation in the capital purchase program. The Des Moines-based company, which offers 401(k) retirement plans, has an Internet bank and life and health insurance divisions, said Tuesday it would issue preferred shares and warrants to the Treasury. The company would be subject to oversight of the Office of Thrift Supervision...
Trial to begin against anti-Rove activists (11/20/08)
DES MOINES - Trial begins this week in the case of four people who attempted to arrest former White House adviser Karl Rove during a fundraising appearance earlier this year in Iowa. Jury selection in the case was scheduled to begin Wednesday, followed by the trial...
Immigrant boy recounts experience of raid in Iowa (11/20/08)
CHICAGO - Pedro Arturo Lopez was in social studies class when the 13-year-old undocumented boy from Mexico heard the unusual thudding of a helicopter above his small Iowa town. Moments later Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents stormed the Agriprocessors Inc. meat processing plant where his mother worked up to 16-hour shifts cutting beef...
Cyclones blow away competion (11/20/08)
Outside of the politics, there are few professions so frequently scrutinized by the general public as that of a head football coach. Every loss is looked at with a magnifying lens and every play call questioned. Whole towns entrust one man and his collective staff to take awkward, bumbling freshmen and mold them into intelligent, disciplined athletes...
The Pilot Tribune's 2008 All-Area volleyball selections (11/20/08)
First Team Jessy Bibler - Senior - Alta Alta's senior leader certainly did so by example with 2.1 kills per game, 2.5 digs per game, and an 88% serving on the season with 32 aces. Bibler started every match for the Cyclones and her .293 hitting percentage was second best in the conference...
Alta's Jack of all trades (11/20/08)
If the annual debates and frenzy over the Heisman trophy have taught us anything, it's that selecting the nation's most valuable player is hardly an easy task. With four area football teams earning postseason berths, and numerous individuals having outstanding campaigns in 2008, the task of selecting our area's most valuable player was a difficult one...
Crooners set Christmas show in a barn (11/20/08)
The Community Crooners will present their annual Christmas concerts on December 13 and 14. Entitled "Unspeakable Joy," the musical is a dynamic blend of choruses, dramatic songs, tender ballads, and beautiful narration recounting the stable and the star, the angels and the shepherds, and the baby on a bed of straw...
Pilot at the Movies (11/20/08)
'Zack and Miri:' the fun isn't worth the dirt Movie making cult hero Kevin Smith has been fiddling around with the dirty joke/soft heart genre for years now, and his latest incarnation, "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" revists that territory and is not all so shocking as one might expect...
Shawn Mayer in local 'Star' concert (11/20/08)
"Nashville Star" finalist Shawn Mayer is coming home. She will appear in concert Saturday at the Clay County Regional Event Center in Spencer, with showtime at 8 p.m. The Nashville Star reunion show features 2008 winner Melissa Lawson with her hit "What If It All Goes Right," and fellow finalist Gabe Garcia and Coffey...
Alta business growing with wind energy (11/20/08)
He started his first business at age 19, and had three different businesses by age 21. Rob Hach, company founder of Anemometry Specialists, now considers himself to be a "serial entrepreneur." "I enjoy the challenge of starting companies," said Hach, with 14 years experience in wind farming. "I always wanted to run my own business in the wind industry."...
Students connect with Corridor employers (11/20/08)
Over 40 high school students and parents attended the first-ever "Where Are the Welders?" Instructional Forum and Career Fair held at the Spencer High School Industrial Tech building in Spencer on Nov. 10. The three hour event showed students in Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson and Emmet counties the career possibilities in industrial technology...
Funeral Arrangements (11/20/08)
Wilma Arlene Strickland Nov. 22, 1919 - Nov. 18, 2008 Wilma Arlene Strickland, 88, of Atlantic, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008, at the Heritage House in Atlantic. Wilma Arlene DeBord, daughter of Arlie Elwood and Dorthea (Davis) DeBord was born Nov. 22, 1919, in Marne. As a child, she lived in several places including Burns, Kansas, and Rogers, Arkansas. They also lived in Marne, Anita, and Atlantic...
Readers Respond (11/20/08)
Live and let live By MAYRA JACUINDE / Storm Lake High School student Same sex couples should have the right to get married, not judged or discriminated. They're no different than male and female couples. They're all humans and have the same equal rights as anybody else. ...
Young Voices (11/20/08)
We can elect a minority president, but we're not ready to accept two women or two men in love... On election day Tuesday, this nation saw an incredible change, a shift in the standard paradigm in the mindset of our nation's people. In electing our country's first minority president, America appears to be overcoming the bigotry that has tarnished its image since its inception...
Nelson's View (11/20/08)
Church Bloopers It seems that even churches are not immune to human error. Here are some bloopers collected from real church bulletins that will have you rolling...
Letter from the Editor (11/20/08)
Making a snow policy work A year ago I came out of work to find a snow ban ticket on my windshield. It seemed I was blocking the plows. As I recall, it was a balmy night for November, in the 50s degree range, and it was no more going to snow in Storm Lake that night than monkeys were going to fly out of... well, let's say, out of the council chambers...