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Stories from Thursday, January 15, 2009

Harkin, Grassley boost Vilsack hopes at Wed. hearing for Ag Secretary nominee (01/15/09)
U.S. Agriculture Secretary nominee Tom Vilsack sailed through his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday with little opposition, endorsing Barack Obama's pledge to end child hunger by 2015 and supporting federal purchases of fruits and vegetables to boost school lunch programs...
Alta VFW, Auxiliary to host Sweetheart Banquet for members; public invited to entertainment (01/15/09)
Alta Post 6172 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars is announcing that their annual Sweetheart Banquet will be held at the Alta Community Building Feb. 18. All VFW members, Ladies Auxiliary members and their guests are invited to enjoy a meal with the post that evening...
Students share 'Why American veterans should be honored' in essay contest (01/15/09)
Middle school sudents had the opportunity to participate in the Patriots Pen contest. Essays were written using the title, "Why America's veterans should be honored" sponsored by the VFW and auxiliary. Cody Anderson, Morgann Droegmiller and Michaela McDonald were all local winners, Cody's essay went on to winn at the district level and is now in competition on the state level...
Anemometry Specialists recognized as entrepreneurs of month by Iowa Farm Bureau (01/15/09)
Rob and Tara Hach have the energy of the wind - uplifting and powerful. What's also exciting, they have made the energy of the wind their job. For the past several years, they have been promoting nature's energy with their testing equipment at Anemometry Specialists that determines if the wind can be a valuable resource in the form of an electricity-producing wind turbine...
Galva man honored as Iowa's ethanol blender pump pioneer (01/15/09)
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today this week that Galva Holstein Ag of Galva is one of two 2009 winners of the Secretary's Biodiesel and Ethanol Marketing Awards. The awards were created by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship to recognize fuel marketers that have gone above and beyond in their efforts to sell renewable fuels...
Annual Wassail Party rescheduled to Jan. 19 (01/15/09)
Witter Gallery's annual Wassail Party featuring Touch of Broadway will be held 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 19. The event, originally scheduled for Dec. 8, will also feature the Witter Gallery Giving Tree with ornaments available for purchase. The ornaments will each have gift tags ranging from $5 to $500. Pay the gift tag price, get the ornament and help fund the gallery's mission to support the arts. Examples of gifts to the Witter include:...
BV Sheriff says more staff needed for crowded jailhouse (01/15/09)
The newly-constructed Buena Vista County Jail is continuing to see crowding issues with an average of about 35 inmates daily. Gary Launderville, recently given the oath of office as the county sheriff, told the board of supervisors Tuesday that a sizeable portion of his budget will be spent in wages, especially on jail staff. Launderville says having more inmates in the jail requires more staff, and he feels he doesn't have the full-time help he needs...
Martin Luther King Jr. celebration rises to a new level in SL (01/15/09)
When the Storm Lake community gathers to mark the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. on Friday, it will be more than a celebration - it will also be a call to action. "When we look at this man's faith and history, we realize how he caused people to rise up, take a stand and share their hope," says Buena Vista University chaplain Ken Meissner. "There is need in our community still today, and we hope people can rally around these ideals."...
Skatepark petition rolls to goal, but city still strapped for cash (01/15/09)
As word of the effort to convince Storm Lake leaders to build a skatepark for youth began to leak to the outside world, a burst of supportive signatures from as far away as Australia and the United Kingdom put a long-standing online petition drive over the top...
Can session dodge an IA budget crisis? (01/15/09)
As local Republicans State Senator Steve Kettering and State Representative Gary Worthan joined legislators from across the state to convene the 2009 Iowa Legislative session Monday, both said averting a state budget crisis is job one. Both disagree with Democrat Governor Chet Culver's method to help "fix" the situation with a $700 million bonding plan for state projects including flood recovery and repairing aging roads and bridges in the state. ...
KidsNet to hold orientation in SL (01/15/09)
Storm Lake - Iowa KidsNet, the statewide organization that recruits, trains, licenses and supports Iowa's foster and adoptive families, will hold an orientation in Storm Lake on Thursday, February 5, at 6:00 p.m. for individuals interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents...
Engagements (01/15/09)
Thompson and Van Houten to wed Sally Thompson of Emmetsburg and Tyler Van Houten of Alta, announce their engagement and upcoming marraige on June 20, 2009. The couple will be married in Alta, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church. The bride to be is the daughter of Bill and Vicki Thompson of Kimball, S.D. She is a 2004 graduate of Emmetsburg High School. She graduated from Iowa Lake Community College and the Faust Institute of Cosmetology. She is currently a cosmetologist in Emmetsburg...
Upcoming Events (01/15/09)
Soup Day and Bakesale at St. Peter's in Newell The annual Soup Day and Bakesale for the St. Peter Lutheran church in Newell will be held Saturday Jan. 17 from 11:00 am to 1:00 p.m. They will be serving Chicken Vegetable and Chili and an excellent assortment of home made pies, along with baked items to be purchased. It will be held at the church. Any questions, Reva Arends 272-3572...
Iowa salmonella case linked to outbreak (01/15/09)
DES MOINES - An Iowan who became ill with Salmonella has been linked to a national outbreak that has sickened more than 400 people. State Public Health Department officials say the Iowan recovered but the source of the illness remains under investigation...
RR Donnelley closing; Spencer to lose 160 jobs (01/15/09)
"RR Donnelley regretfully has reached the decision to permanently close our facility located at 520 Second Avenue East," The company has reported in a letter to Spencer Mayor Reynold Peterson. "After an extensive analysis of all of the options and circumstances, we determined that to remain a leader in the highly competitive commercial printing industry, this was our only option."...
Jury selection begins in Harris murder trial (01/15/09)
SIOUX CITY - Jury selection has begun in the trial of a Sioux City man accused of killing his stepdaughters in January 2008. Larry Harris is accused of killing 8-year-old Aylsha and 10-year-old Kendra Suing. Jury selection began for his trial on Tuesday...
Rebel girls outpace the Cyclones 52-38 (01/15/09)
ALTA - The Alta and Sioux Central girls were neck and neck in the first half as Alta entered the break trailing 22-18, but the Rebel girls were able to outscore the Cyclones by ten in the second half despite a 5 of 19 night at the free throw line. Brooke Scharn turned another impressive outing with 16 points and 17 rebounds for the Rebel girls. ...
Mustangs cruise past St. Mary's for 10th win (01/15/09)
NEWELL - The #2 Newell-Fonda girls basketball team won their fifth straight game as they jumped out to a 23-5 first quarter lead and never looked back in an 89-31 victory over St. Mary's in Northwest Conference play Tuesday night. The stout Mustang defense came up with 28 steals and their balanced attack saw a 13 different girls score as they fell one point shy of the 90 points they scored against the Panthers earlier this season...
Big second half pushes St. Mary's past Mustangs (01/15/09)
NEWELL - The St. Mary's boys basketball team outscored Newell-Fonda 39-15 in the second half as they cruised on the road in Northwest Conference play Tuesday night 69-37. The 69-point outburst is the Panthers' second highest total of the season as four different players reached double figures led by Connor Richardson who has been on fire since the holiday break...
Tornado girls hold off late scare from LeMars (01/15/09)
LEMARS - In their first game of the season, the Tornado girls basketball team cruised to a 22-point victory over the visiting Bulldogs. It was a much different story the second time around in LeMars Tuesday night as they survived a late scoring drought to hold off the Bulldogs 52-48...
Tornados top Bulldogs, fall to highly ranked Tigers (01/15/09)
STORM LAKE - The Storm Lake wrestling team made up their previously canceled Lakes Conference dual with LeMars and Spencer at home Tuesday nigh with mixed results. In the first dual of the night, the Tornadoes were dominant as they picked up seven pins en route to a 50-27 win over LeMars. All told, Storm Lake took wins in ten of the fourteen matches...
Huseman's late three topples previously unbeaten Rebels (01/15/09)
ALTA - Subzero temperatures outside couldn't match the fever inside the gym in Alta as the Cyclone boys basketball team snapped their two-game skid with a 49-47 upset of the previously unbeaten Sioux Central Rebels. Sioux Central entered Tuesday night's Northwest Conference matchup a perfect 8-0 on the season and had taken it to Alta 60-40 in the season opener. What a difference a month can make...
Buddy is Back (01/15/09)
Spencer Community Theatre has been invited to reprise the hit musical "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story," as part of the Winter Dance Party festivities celebrating the life and music of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper. "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" premiered at SCT in February 2008 to sold-out houses and an extended run. ...
Music and Fun (01/15/09)
Concordia throws a genuine '50's style sock hop Take a trip back to the sock hop era of the fabulous '50s in a unique fundraiser event for Concordia Lutheran School. On Saturday, January 24 at West Lakes Gold Course clubhouse in Alta, the school's volunteers are preparing a real sock hop, complete with all the burgers, fries and shakes you can eat. There will also be '50-style music and games...
Laurens graduate opens MJ's Creations in AC (01/15/09)
When MacKenzie Johnson of Laurens learned of a need for a hair salon in Albert City, she says she decided to give it a try. The young Laurens native opened her first salon- MJ's Creations in a Main Street building owned by Mike Behrens- last September. Behrens said the salon had formerly been home to "Hairy's Place," another beauty salon but had closed. With the chairs and mirrors still in place, he says it just needed a new stylist so he contacted Johnson...
University Extension offers help managing finances in times of economic crisis (01/15/09)
Iowans are becoming increasingly concerned about losing retirement funds, investments, jobs and even the roof over their heads. Now they have another resource to turn to -- eXtension.org, a multi-university research-based Web site. University experts from across the United States compiled free, easy-to-access financial management information on eXtension.org. ...
Funeral Arrangements (01/15/09)
Elizabeth McSwain Feb. 17, 1924 - Jan. 12, 2009 Elizabeth McSwain, 84, of Spencer, died Jan. 12, 2009, at her home following a brief illness.A private memorial service will be held at a later date in Phoenix, Ariz. Elizabeth (Betty) Anna Rosson was born Feb. 17, 1924, in Readstown, Wis., to Albert and Ellyn (York) Rosson. She graduated from Readstown High School in 1941, and from Viterbo College, St.Francis School of Nursing, La Crosse, Wis., in 1945...
Letter from the Editor (01/15/09)
Skatepark is up to the Skaters Somewhere, under a pile of junk in the back of the garage of my memory... is a board. Oh my gosh. When I noticed that the petition for a skatepark in Storm Lake had reached its goal, my first thought was, "lowwww priority." Quickly followed by the likes of "too expensive," "liability issue," "punk magnet," and the ever-popular "You'll put an eye out, kid."...
Nelson's View (01/15/09)
The Winter Woes I hope you're all hanging in there (and staying warm) as winter drags on. I have a friend who lives and works in Eastern Iowa (not a native Iowan - not even a midwest native) who told me his resolution this year is to survive his second Iowa winter. ...
Readers Respond (01/15/09)
Rest in Peace From SHERISE GIBSON / Storm Lake A friend of mine who lives in England passed this on to me and I would like to pass it on to others. This "Obituary" was printed in the London Times - for the passing of common sense! The original author is unknown, but it is interesting and sadly true...