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Stories from Thursday, January 8, 2009

Alta School Board sends two-way sharing proposal to Aurelia School (01/08/09)
The Alta School Board met recently to discuss information obtained at the community meeting held Dec. 19 and took questions from the small group in attendance. Following the open forum the Alta Board put together a two way sharing proposal. It was delivered to the Aurelia School Monday by Superintendent Dr. Fred Maharry...
Alta student selected to serve as Senate page (01/08/09)
When Hannah Fordyce was in seventh grade she had the opportunity to travel to the capitol in Des Moines to spend a day with the legislators with other 4-H'ers. The young people were treated to a presentation by high school'ers who had been fortunate enough to be selected for the legislative page program. She remembers turning to her friend and whispering, "I want to do that!"...
Schaller Fire Department receives $92K for equipment (01/08/09)
The Schaller Fire Department announced that it is receiving $92,642 from a U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency Program (FEMA) grant. Fire Chief Ed Syndergaard says the funding will be used to buy needed updated personal protection equipment...
BV County makes board appointments (01/08/09)
Local Emergency Management Commission - Ken Hach-delegate, Dale Arends-alternate Region III Emergency Planning Council -Arends-representative, Hach-alternate Buena Vista E-911 Service Board - Hach-representative, Arends-alternate Buena Vista Solid Waste Commission - Don Altena-delegate, Paul Merten-alternate...
Post office asks customers to keep walkways clear so carriers can make safe deliveries (01/08/09)
"Snow and ice on sidewalks and front porches present a serious challenge for our letter carriers across the region," said Doug Morrow, manager of the U.S. Postal Service's Des Moines-based Hawkeye District., which covers most of Iowa and the Illinois communities near the Quad Cities...
Anniversaries (01/08/09)
Brenda and Roger Potratz A 50th wedding anniversary celebration will be held Jan. 17 at Scooters in Alta beginning at 6:30 p.m. for Roger and Brenda Potratz. All friends and family are invited. It's a surprise! Lori, Lisa, Lyn and Lee
Voice of Democracy essay winner shares experience of soldier dad away at war (01/08/09)
Service and sacrifice by America's veterans benefit today's youth War is a serious occurrence. It changes everyone it touches. Most of the time, though, we only think about the soldiers that fought in them. What we don't think about are the people back home; the spouses, families and especially children they left behind, the people that have to live without them. Many heroic acts the soldiers do affect American youth...
Fareway anticipates spring groundbreaking for new store (01/08/09)
The Storm Lake City Council approved the sale of one block of East Seventh to Fareway Stores, Inc. Monday night, after a public hearing. The Council approved the sale of $2.75/square foot totaling $66,000 for the 24,000 square foot block. Pat Hagen with Fareway was present at the meeting and said they anticipate a spring groundbreaking with hopes of opening the new 32,000 square foot store by Thanksgiving. ...
A ticket to HISTORY (01/08/09)
When 18-year-old Kylea Gibson was supporting Barack Obama early in his campaign, she never imagined that a little piece of the history made by the 2008 election would come back to touch her own life. A phone call from the Obama staff recently informed her that she was being given two of the highly-coveted official tickets as a guest to attend the swearing-in ceremony in Washington, D.C...
Will AC ethanol plant rebound? (01/08/09)
As the City of Albert City and the local VeraSun workers wait to hear more about what the future will hold for the massive, now-idled local VeraSun ethanol plant, some say they feel somewhat left in the dark as what will become of the two-year-old facility and the jobs it brought to town...
From old car devotee to Zauer Kraut bandleader, Dvergsten led with humor (01/08/09)
The community is remembering John Dvergsten, the colorful civic leader who passed away Sunday on his 93rd birthday. A memorial service will be held today at 2 p.m. at Lakeside Presbyterian Church. "John was irresistable and filled with boundless energy, and you never left a conversation with him without wearing a goofy smile," Pilot-Tribune Editor Dana Larsen says. ...
Justice For Our Neighbors clinic scheduled (01/08/09)
The first monthly Justice For Our Neighbors (JFON) free legal clinic will be held at Storm Lake United Methodist Church, 211 E. Third St., from 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11. The clinic will assist clients with immigration issues. This is the 20th clinic site established by UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief). Marilyn Fields is the clinic coordinator...
Upcoming Events (01/08/09)
Hanover Historical Society meeting The 12th annual meeting of the Hanover Historical Society will be held at St. John Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall at Hanover (Alta) on Sunday, Jan. 11, beginning at 2 p.m. 2009 promises to be another exciting year with many challenges. Plan to attend the meeting on Jan. 11 and be a part of this exciting restoration project...
Contemporary collectors pay big bucks for wooden ducks (01/08/09)
The past century is often referred to by waterfowl hunters as America's Golden Age of Shotgunning. Although sky darkening clouds of ducks and geese indeed seemed limitless, hunters of yesteryear enjoyed little in the way of "store bought" equipment. ...
Iowa teen dies after contracting meningitis (01/08/09)
COUNCIL BLUFFS - A 15-year-old Council Bluffs girl has died after contracting meningitis. Donn Dierks of the Council Bluffs Health Department says Ashley Renee Andreasen likely contracted the illness over winter break. The high school sophomore died in an Omaha hospital Friday, just a day after she complained of a severe headache...
Iowa traffic deaths fall in 2008 (01/08/09)
DES MOINES - Officials say high gas prices and the grim economy are factors in a drop in the number of people killed on Iowa roads in 2008. Based on preliminary figures, state officials estimate between 410 to 415 people died in traffic accidents last year. That would be the third lowest since World War II...
#2 Mustangs win first two of 2009 (01/08/09)
PRAIRIE VALLEY - After dropping their first game of the season to a tough Manson Northwest Webster team before the break, the Newell-Fonda girls basketball team bounced back with two big road wins afterward. Tuesday night saw the Mustangs top Prairie Valley 70-51 behind a well balanced offensive attack and relentless defensive pressure...
Cylcone wreslters win a close one over K-P (01/08/09)
KINGSLEY - The Alta Cyclones wrestling team hit the road for a dual against Kingsley-Pierson Tuesday night. They Cyclones won the dual by the score of 37-36. The hard-fought matched ended in a tie(36-36), but Alta won by one point from the second criteria of most wins counting forfeits...
Sioux Central stands as lone undefeated in NW Conference (01/08/09)
SIOUX RAPIDS - The top two teams in the Northwest Conference squared off in Sioux Rapids Monday night as the Sioux Central Rebels and Laurens-Marathon Chargers squared off to make up their previously canceled game that was set to take place December 19th...
Claytons push S-C past the Bulldogs (01/08/09)
AURELIA - Egypt Clayton turned in 21 points, nine rebounds, and two blocks, and Chelsea Clayton poured in 28, ten rebounds, five assists, and three blocks as the Wildcats topped the Bulldogs 57-36 Tuesday night. The duo has paced Schaller-Crestland all year with Tuesday night's output being their highest combined efforts of the season...
Wolverines race past SL boys (01/08/09)
STORM LAKE - After nearly a three week long break, the Storm Lake boys basketball team resumed play Tuesday night against the visiting Wolverines of Sioux City West. Neither team showed much rust from the time off, but the fast-paced Wolverine attack out paced the Tornadoes 69-53 led by freshman phenom Wesley Staten...
Tornado girls split first two games in 2009 (01/08/09)
IDA GROVE - The 13th ranked Storm Lake girls basketball team trailed nearly the entire game against Battle Creek Ida Grove, #10 in Class 2A, including a 53-44 deficit heading into the fourth quarter, but Cassie Meylor's basket with seven seconds left clinched the Tornado victory Tuesday night...
Alta rolls past St. Mary's 77-55 (01/08/09)
STORM LAKE - Some lights out shooting and a commanding lead on the boards paved the way the Alta boys basketball team in their 77-55 win over St. Mary's Tuesday night. The Cyclones shot 52% (26-50) from the field on the night including 10 of 20 from long range, and they outrebounded the Panthers 38-28 en route to picking up their third win of the season...
Classic Blues in SL (01/08/09)
The History of the Blues Series returns again this season with three outstanding gigs at Buena Vista University's Anderson Auditorium. Some of Iowa's top talent will hit the stage, and all of the concert events are free to the public. Veteran bluesman and educator Tom Gary created the series several years ago to go along with an interim class on the blues genre he teaches for BVU, and the events have brought top-name talent to the local stage ever since...
Arts and Culture (01/08/09)
Reception for teen artists Friday at Witter Gallery 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 Jan. 30, with a Reception Friday, January 9 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend and meet some of the young artists...
ExperTease Style and Cuts moves to downtown SL (01/08/09)
After 12 years of business near Bomgaars, ExperTease Style and Cuts has moved to a new location at 435 Lake Ave, formerly home to Medicap pharmacy. Mindy Weiland, co-owner says a church near their old location decided to expand so the salon needed to find a new home and moved to their new location mid-December. ...
Twisted Spoon Cafe opens in AC (01/08/09)
One Albert City businesswoman says she's gotten some strange looks after she tells them the name of her new cafe - The Twisted Spoon. "But it's catchy, it stays with you," Sharon Evers, of Laurens says. She says the inspiration for the name came after watching people stirring their coffee. "One of these days they're going to twist up their spoon," she says with a chuckle...
Farm Business Management Workshops (01/08/09)
Taking Control of Your Farm Business (AS101), and Debt Control and Lender Communications (AS121) have been popular farm business management workshops for several years. Many have elected to attend the workshops more than once as a way to update trends and refresh themselves on the subject matter...
Funeral Arrangements (01/08/09)
Alvin Peterson Apr. 10, 1928 - Dec. 25, 2008 Alvin George Peterson, age 80, of Newell, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008 at the Newell Good Samaritan Center. Funeral services for Mr. Peterson were held on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Newell. Burial was in the Newell Cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Newell was in charge of the arrangements...
Letter from the Editor (01/08/09)
In the Rolodex under 'Immigrant crisis' The New York Times, no less, comes to Storm Lake, poking around as the national media periodically does, mining for quaint midwestern opinions on immigration. Something along the lines of, "they should all be shipped back where they came from," which it got, along with those who pointed out that ethnic diversification happens to be what saved Storm Lake in a period when the future was somewhat in question...
Nelson's View (01/08/09)
Welcome 2009! Hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas and New Years! I spent Christmas with my parents in north central Iowa while my brother and his wife spent Christmas in Oklahoma and Texas enjoying warmer temps. I'm totally jealous. Us Iowans spent the first few weeks of winter trying to find our way around all the mountains of snow and in the process not fall down on the ice...
Readers Respond (01/08/09)
A dam issue From JIM BRAUHN / Linn Grove I recently read in the Pilot-Tribune that a group called the "Whitewater Coalition" wants to remove low-head dams in Buchanan County. You might say, "That's over in eastern Iowa," and be right. But this dam issue goes deeper than that.....