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Stories from Thursday, January 22, 2009

St. Mary's celebrates Homecoming Week Jan. 24-31 (01/22/09)
Next week is a time of celebration at St. Mary's School. It is Catholic Schools Week. The week combines tradition and respect with fun for the kids. Homecoming will be celebrated during the week as well. "Catholic Schools Week is a time to celebrate who we are," said Principal Bev Mach. "We want to include the community, the parents, teachers and all the volunteers who support us. It's a neat way to open our doors and tell everyone to celebrate and have fun with us."...
VFW, auxiliary to host Valentine dinner for members and guests (01/22/09)
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...
Two local scholarships available (01/22/09)
Dr. T.E. Shea Conservation Memorial Scholarship The Buena Vista County Soil & Water Conservation District will again be sponsoring the Dr. T.E. Shea Conservation Memorial Scholarship. A $500 scholarship will be presented to a B.V. County high school senior to be used for their first year of education on the college level while pursuing a program of study in any field of agriculture or natural resources...
Council awards raises for city employees (01/22/09)
The Alta City employees will receive a 4 percent wage and salary increase this year as approved by the city council on Monday. Insurance was also discussed for the employees. It was noted that employee, employee/spouse, and employee/child coverage remained constant or had a smaller increase, while family coverage increased considerably. The council agreed to keep the employee contribution for family coverage at $143.89 effective Jan. 1 and for six months until the end of the fiscal year...
Teacher's family donates $5,000 to Alta school in her memory to be used on science equipment (01/22/09)
Allyssa Dobson loved teaching and science and she enthusiastically shared that with her students at Alta High School for three years. Her life ended March 17, 2008 after a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 28. Her parents, Dennis and Cherry (Nelson) Jeske of Hanska, Minn., and husband, Luke, Larrabee, knew how much she loved her career and the Alta students. ...
School board still pondering elementary-middle school administrator position; will make decision in February (01/22/09)
Discussion on whether to hire a replacement for retiring elementary-middle school principal Maxine Lampe or to add to the duties of Superintendent Dr. Fred Maharry and principal Tom Ryherd took place at Alta's School board meeting held last week. This discussion was carried over from December's meeting in which two members from the community expressed concern that they felt the position should be filled to allow a full-time administrator in the building. ...
Newell-Fonda to host Technology Open House (01/22/09)
After a successful first semester that is described by High School Principal/Superintendant Jeff Dicks as "we are further along than I ever anticipated," the Newell-Fonda CSD is opening its doors to invited supporters, community members, area school districts, and policy-makers to get their questions answered. Dicks continues, "Our students and staff are accomplishing things at a pace faster than I could have imagined."...
Gingerbread requests $7K from BV County, seeking new director (01/22/09)
Kathy Fritz with the Gingerbread House Board requested $7,000 in funding from the Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors Tuesday to help meet state mandates for some play equipment, continue with general building maintenance and replace some vacuum cleaners...
DNR continues to take reporting calls on new air quality rules (01/22/09)
The DNR is encouraging large livestock and poultry producers to continue to call and report air releases of ammonia and hydrogen sulfide as required by a new federal rule. Producers who have missed the Jan. 20 reporting deadline should continue to call and not fear a $25,000 fine for late reporting...
$625k to expand jail, BV looks to stimulus fund (01/22/09)
Just a year and a half since it was built and already overcrowded, plan are taking shape for a possible expansion of the Buena Vista County Jail. Original construction manager John Hansen says the jail was built to allow for another tier of cells to be added if neccesary. ...
County receives bids for $10K, $30K for Spectra facility site (01/22/09)
Buena Vista County Supervisors opened three bids for potential purchase of the county's care facility site Tuesday - one of which could potentially put the site back in business as a care facility. A $10,000 bid for what is currently the Spectra mental health care site was made by Shane and Nancy Lenhart who own land near the property, a $10,000 bid from Linda Walker and a $30,000 bid from James Walker. ...
SL Mayor in the forefront of effort to bring environment funding issue to the voters (01/22/09)
If the state has a tendancy to "rob Peter to pay Paul" as various needs compete for a slice of the limited financing pie, too often, it is the environment that is the victim of the stick-up, says Jon Kruse. Kruse, Storm Lake mayor and national activist with Ducks Unlimited, is one of the nature lovers hoping to see the state take action this session to help provide a new, protected stream of funding for outdoors programs...
Fair board asks county for $25K (01/22/09)
The Buena Vista County Fair Board is asking county supervisors for $25,000 to help fund this year's event - which is expected to include a rodeo, hypnotism show and a demo derby. Funds are needed as the Fair Board looks to the possibility of extending the fairground's sheep barn. ...
Lawmakers push for quick response in flood relief (01/22/09)
DES MOINES - Iowa lawmakers are pushing for a quick response in approving flood relief, saying hundreds of victims still need help. In seeking fast action, lawmakers were joined Tuesday by victims of last summer's record flooding. One of them, Jim Davis, whose Charles City home was flooded, says lawmakers need to act now...
Sutherland police chief to be sentenced for hog theft (01/22/09)
DES MOINES - A northwest Iowa police chief accused of selling stolen hogs will be sentenced next month after pleading guilty to theft. David Johannsen, of Sutherland, was arrested last July. The O'Brien County clerk of court office says Johannsen pleaded guilty to third-degree theft in December. Sentencing is set for Feb. 9...
Uninsured patients at Iowa hospitals on the rise (01/22/09)
DES MOINES - The number of uninsured patients seeking free care at Iowa hospitals is rising and hospital officials say they are preparing for even more as the economy continues to worsen. The Iowa Hospital Association said in a copyright story in The Des Moines Register that charity-care costs statewide jumped 26 percent in the third quarter of 2008 compared to the same period in 2007...
Mustang girls firmly atop NW Conf. (01/22/09)
SIOUX RAPIDS - The top two girls basketball teams in the Northwest Conference squared off in Sioux Rapids Tuesday night, and the Newell-Fonda Mustangs showed why they hold a #2 ranking in the state as they overwhelmed the Rebels, 79-45. The Mustangs dominated the first half of play, holding leads of 27-6 and 44-14 after the first two quarters...
Sioux City trumps SL, Spencer in Tornadoes home meet (01/22/09)
STORM LAKE - A packed house at the Finkbine pool at Buena Vista University helped bid farewell to the Storm Lake seniors who have just two regular season swim meets remaining. The crowd saw the Tornadoes set nine personal bests, but they came up short overall as they fell to Sioux City Metro, 14-79, and Spencer, 15-78. Metro topped the Tigers, 50-44...
#8 Laurens-Marathon holds off Aurelia, 67-52 (01/22/09)
AURELIA - The Aurelia Bulldogs continued to showcase an improved brand of basketball against eighth-ranked Laurens-Marathon Tuesday night, but they came up a bit shy, 67-52. Aurelia trailed only 13-19 after one and 27-35 at the half. The Bulldogs stormed out to make it a 35-37 game in the second half, but Laurens-Marathon was able to seal the game at the line late, hitting 10 of 16 free throws...
Rebel boys rout Newell-Fonda (01/22/09)
SIOUX RAPIDS - The Sioux Central boy's basketball team built a seven point lead in the first quarter, 19-12, and built on it every quarter thereafter en route to 20-point victory over Newell-Fonda Tuesday night, 66-46. Four different Rebels reached double figures in the NW Conference matchup as Sioux Central shot 48% (29-61) from the field...
Charger girls fend off Bulldogs (01/22/09)
AURELIA - The Laurens-Marathon girls got out of Aurelia with their fourth win of the season, but Bulldogs definitely didn't make it easy for them. The Chargers led 12-9 after one, but Aurelia battled back to take the lead halfway through the second, 18-17. L-M used an 11-2 run to close out the half, 28-22...
Buena Vista has 11-game winning streak snapped (01/22/09)
WAVERLY - Senior Kyle Stribe turned in a season-high 19 points, on 7-of-9 shooting, but it wasn't quite enough on Monday night as the sixth-ranked Buena Vista men's basketball team suffered its first Iowa Conference setback of the season, 80-66, at Wartburg College (9-6, 5-2 IIAC). The loss also snapped the team's 11-game winning streak...
Big first half pushes SL girls to 10th win (01/22/09)
STORM LAKE - The Tornado girls (10-2, 9-1 in the Lakes Conf.) picked up their 10th win of the season Tuesday night, as they used a 25-point first half lead to cruise to the victory over Emmetsburg, 61-36. A 16-6 advantage after one quarter of play inflated to 37-12, as the Storm Lake girls started the game in dominant form...
Tornado boys fall to E-Hawks (01/22/09)
STORM LAKE - The Storm Lake boy's basketball team remains winless at home this season as they fell to Emmetsburg Tuesday night, 64-46. The Tornadoes (1-10, 0-7 in the Lakes Conf) have now dropped eight in a row dating back to their December 5th overtime win in Emmetsburg. Storm Lake started both halves slowly, but used huge second and fourth quarters to propel themselves to the win...
St. Mary's girls still looking for first win (01/22/09)
STORM LAKE - The Panthers' girls basketball team continues their quest for their first win of the season following Tuesday night's loss to Remsen St. Mary's, 52-31. The Hawks used a 21-5 first quarter to build a 20-point halftime lead (34-14) en route to St. Mary's (0-11, 0-6 in NW Conf.) 11th loss of the season...
Comedy Uncensored (01/22/09)
At 31, Denis Donohue is already an eleven year veteran of comedy. He got his education on the stages of New York City's hottest comedy clubs and used the lessons he's learned from Chappelle's Show Paul Mooney, and Emmy award winning writer of The Conan O'Brien Show, Brian Kiley, to solidify his already hilarious outlook on life. ...
Pilot at the Movies (01/22/09)
'Mall Cop' can't shoplift a laugh The biggest crime of all in "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" is not the bank heist that goes down at a New Jersey mall on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year. Rather, it's the egregious way in which Kevin James' innate likability goes to waste...
Building at BVRMC: Cafeteria almost complete, making way for MRI addition (01/22/09)
Buena Vista Regional Medical Center is bustling with construction. According to Director of Engineering Lenny McDonald the new dining/ serving area and kitchen is almost complete. McDonald said he and an architect will be working on a "punch list" next week - which involves going through the new construction area and making sure every detail has been done to their satisfaction. McDonald says they hope to move into the new area the weekend of February 7...
Heritage Bank of SL welcomes Cindy Reckamp (01/22/09)
Storm Lake - Doug Allerdings, Heritage Bank Branch Manager of Storm Lake and Alta, welcomes Cindy Reckamp as Customer Service Representative at our Storm Lake office. Reckamp resides in rural Schaller with her husband Ron. Heritage Bank has branch locations in Alta, Anthon, Aurelia, Cushing, Holstein, Lytton, Sioux City and Storm Lake...
Funeral Arrangements (01/22/09)
Flora Marie Moore April 6, 1921 - Jan. 18, 2009 Flora M. Moore, age 87, of Storm Lake, died Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009, at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center at Storm Lake. Services for Mrs. Moore will be held on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Storm Lake. Interment will be in Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery in Storm Lake...
Letter from the Editor (01/22/09)
Basking in Obamaraville he Obama we see in the opening hours of this administration is a triumphant, poised and confident one. This is billed as a moment of great change, and thus a certain national sense of bravery, of newness, of pride and adventure swells - and thank goodness for it, because in this long gray winter of our discontent, this spirit may be the one thing we have going for us...
Nelson's View (01/22/09)
Inauguration fun facts I unfortunately did not get to view Barrack Obama's inauguration on Tuesday but I'm sure it was quite the ordeal (and I'm sure I'll be able to watch it on the internet). In fact Bill Clinton's second term inauguration was the first such event broadcast live on the online in 1997. ...
Readers Respond (01/22/09)
Awareness at work From NIKKI WIENER / Project Kindle Thanks so much for your support of the Project Kindle and Speak Out HIV awareness programs. We really appreciate all you did to publicize the event held at Schaller-Crestland school in Iowa, make the readers more aware of the programs and to share my experience being involved with this amazing organization...