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Stories from Tuesday, December 30, 2008

'Tremendous building' (12/30/08)
When all the construction workers are on the job inside the new elementary building, it is like a small city. Hauling and moving and installing and drilling proceed rapidly. There is much still to do, but according to Storm Lake Superintendent Dr. Paul Tedesco, the pace is on target. The $15 million, 126,796 square-foot building is expected to be complete by June 15 and the students will attend their first class in the new facility next fall...
FFA making positive impact on students (12/30/08)
FFA makes a positive difference in the lifes of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Throughout FFA, each member is required to have an Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) project. ...
HS seniors: a timeline to prepare you for college (12/30/08)
Are you thinking about going to college? Whether the decision has already been made or is still being toyed with, this Planner Timeline, will h help you prepare for college. Below is a general guideline of steps you should follow while preparing for college...
BV agland value leaps 15% to over $5,500/acre; 10th highest in Iowa (12/30/08)
The national economic crash and concerns in the ethanol industry did little to slow the increase in farmland values during 2008, according to a new study. In Buena Vista County, agland value jumped from $4,846 per acre on average for 2007 to $5,582 for 2008 - an increase of over 15 percent...
County Engineer feels Time 21 funds too restrictive (12/30/08)
Last Tuesday, Buena Vista County Engineer Jon Ites informed the Supervisors that the County would be eligible to receive some Time-21 funding this year for road maintenance and bridge repair. However, he says he feels the Iowa Legislation passed about a year and a half ago is too restrictive. Like many counties across Iowa he says there is continually aging roads and bridges and wishes the funds available could be used more flexibly...
Kari Stuckel Appointed to BVRMC Foundation Board (12/30/08)
Kari Stuckel, Storm Lake, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Buena Vista Regional Healthcare Foundation. Kari joins twelve other Board members from area communities. The work of the Foundation is to seek financial support for the continued development of Buena Vista Regional Medical Center...
Citizen of the Year (12/30/08)
Chuck Eddy's career goal has been simply to keep the people in Storm Lake and Buena Vista County safe. He's been doing just that for 33 years in the law enforcement career he never originally expected to have. Eddy's retirement as Buena Vista County Sheriff is now official. Giving up the sheriff title, he is presented a new title - Pilot Tribune's Citizen of the Year...
Lake dredging shows dramatic impact (12/30/08)
Clarity has nearly doubled in Storm Lake over the past four years, according to the Lake Preservation Association, which continues to work for Water Quality improvements in the watershed. In 2004, visual clarity was 10 inches deep in Storm Lake. In 2005 it improved to 12 inches, and 14 by 2006, 17 by 2007. In 2008, according to the daily measurements taken by Storm Lake volunteer Mike Brecher, average clarity was 19 inches...
Investigation begins in Lake Park fire (12/30/08)
LAKE PARK - The State Fire Marshall is set to begin an investigation into a fire that destroyed three downtown buildings in Lake Park. Fire fighters were called to the blaze just before 10 a.m. on Sunday. It took 12 fire departments nearly six hours to put out the fire in the town, which is about 10 miles northwest of Okoboji, near the Minnesota border...
Police arrest Spencer woman on arson charges (12/30/08)
SPENCER - Police have arrested the owner of a Spencer home that caught fire on charges of arson. Brenda Heilstedt faces charges of first-degree arson. Firefighters were called to a Spencer residence around noon on Sunday. Fire Chief Doug Duncan says flames were venting out of the east and south first floor windows and that siding on a neighbor's house to the east was melting and catching fire...
Safer cigarette law goes into effect Jan. 1 (12/30/08)
DES MOINES - A law requiring the sale of new cigarettes that are less likely to start fires goes into effect Jan. 1. The Legislature voted earlier this year to approve the sale of the cigarettes that are less likely to cause of fire if they're dropped, discarded or left near combustible materials...
Minor flooding possible as snow melt continues (12/30/08)
DES MOINES - After a week of snowfall, icy roads and threats of flooding, weather in much of the state is returning to normal. Meteorologist Craig Cogil with the National Weather Service in Des Moines says no additional rain or unusually warm temperatures are expected this week, giving Iowa a reprieve from weather that has caused travel problems and minor flooding...
Purdue rebounds past the Hawkeyes (12/30/08)
IOWA CITY - Rebounds were hard to come by for the University of Iowa women's basketball team in its Big Ten home-opener as it lost to Purdue, 69-60, Sunday afternoon inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Purdue out-rebounded the Hawkeyes 40-33 including 18 offensive rebounds...
Dolphins, Vikings, Panthers clinch divisions (12/30/08)
From the ugliness of 1-15 to the beauty of an AFC East title. That's the Miami Dolphins' story this season. The tale was nearly as good for the Atlanta Falcons, who went from 4-12 to an NFC wild-card berth. And for the NFC South-winning Carolina Panthers, who surged from 7-9 to 12-4...
Ferentz, Spurrier share time at the microphone (12/30/08)
TAMPA, Fla. - When asked what Southeastern Conference football team the University of Iowa reminded him of, South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier reached deep into his pocket of compliments and settled on Alabama. "I guess you could say maybe Alabama plays a little bit like Iowa," Spurrier said at an Outback Bowl media conference Sunday at the Quroum Hotel. ...
Cyclones score big win at Houston, 71-67 (12/30/08)
HOUSTON, Texas - Craig Brackins scored 23 of his career-high 38 points in the second half to rally Iowa State to a 71-67 win over Houston Sunday night at the Hofheinz Pavilion in Houston, Texas. Brackins, who also grabbed 14 boards in the win, recorded his third 30-point game of his career while tallying a career-best 15 field goals...
Untimely cold spell costs Drake in opener (12/30/08)
EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Almost halfway through the second half, Drake had done almost everything it hoped to do against the University of Evansville, except hit a few more shots. The Bulldogs had forced a 41-41 tie after trailing by 13 points in the first half. They had held the Aces without a 3-point basket...
Native son returns for blues fest (12/30/08)
Early one winter several years ago, Jimmy Davis and the Cherokee Jam Band were jamming and practicing for the Jazz Festival when a young man by the name of Eric Klotz walked in with his guitar and joined in. The band members eventually stopped playing just to listen. They were impressed...
Funeral Arrangements (12/30/08)
Vera D. Roberts Sept. 21, 1916 - Dec. 24, 2008 Vera D. Roberts, age 92, of Storm Lake, and formerly of Marthon, died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008 at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake. Funeral services for Mrs. Roberts were held on Monday, Dec. 29, 2008, at Grace Lutheran Church in Marathon. Interment was in Poland Township Cemetery in Marathon. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Marathon was in charge of arrangements...
Letters to the Editor (12/30/08)
Every once in a while, I've been asked to write something for someone else - a speech, song lyrics, a forward to a book, somebody's narcissistic life story... in college, love letters to girls other hapless dillweeds were smitten with. For a while, I entertained myself at the latter by trying to work a food reference into each one - "My dearest cinnamon sugarbuns tomato cumquat..."...
Readers Respond (12/30/08)
Goodbye event at SS office From ORREN KNOFFLOCH / Storm Lake Social Security office Over the past 25 years, I've written quite a few letters to the editor as the manager of the Storm Lake Social Security office. This will be the last one. After 25 years as the manager here, I am retiring on January 2nd. The office is also losing Rae Thompson, claims representative, on that same day. Rae is retiring after a 35 year career with Social Security...
Glawe's Outlook (12/30/08)
Farewell to 2008 he year of 2008 will be over in a few short hours. Has it been one that you will remember? If you are like me, there are some occurrences that will always be tracked back to this year. Apologies are in order to the Alta community and school board for misrepresenting their aim to grade share with the Aurelia school district. Proposals are in the works; details are not decided upon...