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Stories from Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Plains Area will offer Physician/Client meeting through teleconferencing (01/06/09)
Plains Area Mental Heath Center will introduce a new teleconferencing system in February that is expected to cut down on wait time and travel time for the physicians and the clients. The Telehealth teleconferencing will allow a physician to be in one location and the client in another and will provide the same quality treatment as if the meeting were face-to-face...
Education Briefs (01/06/09)
Parents/kids learn soccer skills together Start Smart Soccer, a parent/child program for children ages 3 through kindergarten, will be held at the Storm Lake High School each Saturday in January (Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31) and two Saturdays in February (Feb. ...
Teaching appreciation of nature (01/06/09)
Buena Vista County Naturalist Lisa Meusburger has a very important goal - to create an environmental awareness in kids and adults and to teach them they must be stewards of the earth. For the past 15 years, she has conducted environmental programs in schools throughout the county, reaching students from kindergarten to high school. Classes designed for adults have also been held...
Iowa winters are tame for this BVU Alum (01/06/09)
Iowa winters don't seem too bad after talking with Matt Simons, a 2000 graduate of Buena Vista University. When Matt walks the two blocks from his home to work, all he has to worry about are the occasional Polar Bears searching for food, wind chills that hit 60 below zero, and errant drivers on snowmobiles and four-wheelers. And during the winter this all takes place under the stars in nearly 24/7 darkness...
Farm Bill explored in pair of local sessions (01/06/09)
Two informational meetings will be held this month in Buena Vista County on provisions of the new 2008 Farm Bill. The meetings will cover the current Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program (DCP) as well as the new revenue component known as the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program. The meetings will be held on Tuesday morning, January 13th and 27th. Both meetings will be held at the AEA Meeting Room at 824 Flindt Drive in Storm Lake beginning at 9 AM...
225 bodies needed to form huge dragonfly at Lakes event (01/06/09)
Do you want to be a part of the Winter Games and create art at the same time? This year's People Project will be a gargantuan 100 foot dragonfly. If you want to be part of the art, you don't need to sign up ahead of time, just show up at Peace Lot (SW corner of Highway 9 and 86 across from Vick's Corner) in Spirit Lake at 12:30 on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009...
Ella Wilson an inspiration at 106 (01/06/09)
When Ella Wilson was born - Jan. 4, 1903 - Theodore Roosevelt was serving as President of the United States; she has lived through 18 presidents and was fortunate to be able to see the first Black American voted in to serve this country. Radios provided the news and family entertainment, horses were used for transportation and farm work, oil lamps lit the home and party telephone lines spread gossip about the neighbors quicker than lightening...
Study: child poverty is rising in BV, teen pregnancy rates fall (01/06/09)
Iowa Kids Count coalition has just released its annual report on Trends in Well-Being of Iowa Children. The study draws key statistics from various state government departments, and compared the most recent figures, for 2007, to those of 2000. From education scores to poverty rates to health immunizations and teen births, the study aims to produce a snapshot of how the state's kids are doing...
Weddings (01/06/09)
Sliefert and Gulatto unite in marriage Nikki Sliefert and Andrew Gulatto were united in marriage on June 7, 2008 at the Church of Christ in Alta. Clif Cockburn officiated the ceremony. Dinner and dance followed at the Alta Community Center. The bride is the daughter or Dan and Traci Sliefert of Alta. The groom is the son of Greg and Vicki Gulatto of Rockford, Ill...
Engagements (01/06/09)
Woodle and Arel to wed Mike and Patricia Woodle are pleased to announce the engagement of their son, Bradley Woodle, to Christina Arel. Brad is the proud owner of Advanced Sports and Family Chiropractic in Overland Park, Kan. Christina works for Avila Universtiy in Kansas City, Mo. She is the Clinical Coordinator of the Radiologic Science department. Brad and Christina plan to be married at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Olathe, Kan. on Feb. 14, 2009...
Legislators want flood work to take center stage (01/06/09)
DES MOINES - Despite a state budget crisis and a crumbling national economy, Iowa legislators will nonetheless take on one of the most expensive problems in state history - flood recovery. No one is sure of the price tag, but all agree it's enormous. And it comes at a time when Gov. Chet Culver is cutting the current budget and legislators are facing a shortfall in the upcoming budget that could top $600 million...
New Iowa database to help track doctor-shoppers (01/06/09)
DES MOINES - A new database is expected to help doctors and pharmacists track drug addicts who "doctor-shop" to get their fix. State regulators say the centralized computer system will track purchases of most prescription drugs in Iowa. The system, expected to go online in March, was approved by lawmakers in 2006...
Area Sports (01/06/09)
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Jays steal one away from St. Mary's (01/06/09)
REMSEN - The 2009 portion of the St. Mary's boys basketball campaign picked up right where it left off in 2008. Unfortunately for Panther fans, that meant St. Mary's turned in another dominant first half performance only to struggle late and fall...
Lickliter's squad dumps Hoosiers (01/06/09)
IOWA CITY - Funny thing, this Big Ten Conference basketball. Youngsters sometimes shine, but games are usually won by upperclassmen. Saturday afternoon in Carver-Hawkeye Arena is a good example. The University of Iowa men's basketball team rode the sturdy shoulders of senior Cyrus Tate to a 65-60 victory over Indiana to move to 1-1 in Big Ten, a victory that also pushes Iowa to 11-4 overall...
Pilot at the Movies (01/06/09)
Rourke resurrected in brutal, touching 'Wrestler' If you expect a feel-good hero flick like "Rocky Balboa," or some Hulk Hogan-esqe bigger-than-life grappler action plot, you'll be sorely disappointed. Instead, Mickey Rourke literally reinvents himself in "The Wrestler" as aging pro grappler Randy "The Ram" Robinson - with enough charm and surprising sensitivity to contend for the Best Actor Oscar...
Student Art Show opens (01/06/09)
The Witter Art Gallery opens one of its most popular exhibits this week - the annual Storm Lake High School Scholastic Show: "The Best of 2008." The show will be open to the public through January 30, with a Reception to be held Friday, January 9 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend and meet some of the young artists...
Bridal & Prom Extravaganza (01/06/09)
The third Annual NW Iowa Bridal and Prom Extravaganza will be held at the Clay County Regional Events Center (CCREC) on Sunday, January 11, 1-5 p.m. As the largest bridal event in northwest Iowa, it will provide over 30 exhibitors that are ready to help with all the details of planning a wedding, prom night or any other formal event. Admission is $5 at the door. Ae prom style show will begin at 2 p.m., and the bridal style show will begin at 3:45 p.m. Enjoy treats, prizes and more...
Funeral Arrangements (01/06/09)
Lorraine D. Galvin May 7, 1929 - Dec. 30, 2008 Lorraine D. Galvin, age 79, of Alta, died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008, at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake. A memorial service for Mrs. Galvin was held on Friday, Jan. 2, 2008 at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake. Interment was a private family graveside service. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements...
Letter from the Editor (01/06/09)
Sphelling kerectly - ish a gifht The editor fesses up to his own shortcoming, but new words can be fun, too... People call me once in a while to let me know that I have mis-spelled a word in something I have written. At least one faithful reader will circle it in colorful marking pen and gleefully drive all the way over here to make sure it is on my dusk. Um, desk...
Glawe's Outlook (01/06/09)
With time comes freedom Over time, I have not done a very good job of keeping in contact with friends and family. I have gotten too busy raising my kids and following them through their many school activities. It is time to renew some of those friendships and keeping better track of other family members who live miles away...
Readers Respond (01/06/09)
Sticking to the issue From JENNIFER MORAL / Storm Lake In response to Ms. Gibson's letter to the editor: I have debated whether or not to respond to the inconsistencies and inaccurate information in your last letter, and finally decided I do indeed want to set the record straight...