[Masthead] Partly Cloudy ~ 73°F  
High: 72°F ~ Low: 54°F
Monday, July 28, 2014

Stories from Thursday, February 5, 2009

County rejects bids to sell Spectra site (02/05/09)
The Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors rejected all three bids received for the proposed sale of the former county care facility site, saying they didn't offer enough money. The County took no action on a fourth, potentially much higher bid, which came in after the deadline Jan 19...
'Murder at Coppersmith Inn' to be presented on Roxy Theatre stage March 13-14 (02/05/09)
If you would enjoy an evening filled with mystery and laughs, join the cast of Alta's spring play, "Murder at Coppersmith Inn." The fun begins when three star-struck high school juniors disguise themselves as college students to audition for a professional play. Little do they realize that the professionals are strapped for cash and the strange situations are occurring at their dinner theater...
'Focus On Marriage' live telecast at Summit Church Feb. 28 (02/05/09)
What does your relationship look like through God's eyes? Focus on Marriage will give you a new perspective - and help you understand the higher purpose of your marriage, while providing practical insights and tools to help with everyday issues. This first-ever national marriage simulcast event broadcasts live from Focus on the Family headquarters in Colorado via CCN.tv and will reach more than 100,000 people. ...
Obituaries (02/05/09)
Jean Peterson Oct. 21, 1927 - Jan. 17, 2009 Jean Peterson, Elkhorn, Neb., wife of Pastor Herbert Peterson who served Alta Trinity Lutheran Church from 1959-68, died Jan. 17, 2009. Funeral services were held in Bethel Lutheran Church, Omaha, Neb. Burial was at the Elfsborg Lutheran Cemetery, rural Pomeroy...
Alta speech students will perform at state contest in Spencer Saturday (02/05/09)
Over 2,000 aspiring young actors and actresses from 92 high schools, including Alta, will travel to Spencer, Saturday, Feb. 7, to take part in the Northwest State Speech Contest of the Large Group Speech Division of the Iowa High School Speech Association. Spencer High School will host the event...
Firemen's dance will feature music of Riata Band; proceeds to the new fire station (02/05/09)
Come out and support the Alta Firemen and their cause to build a new fire station. The Riata Band, featuring covers of country and classic rock hits, will headline the Alta Firemen's Dance, a fundraiser event planned for Feb.21 at the Alta Community Center. All proceeds go toward the new fire station...
Could a Habitat for Humanity home go up in Alta? Some are hoping so (02/05/09)
Darrell DePrez made a second request to the Alta City Council Monday to consider putting up a Habitat for Humanity home in the community. Nine homes have been built by the Buena Vista County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity - all in Storm Lake and Lakeside. DePrez said the 10th home is being planned for. He said he would like to see a home built in Alta...
BV judging team strong at Nationals (02/05/09)
Iowa 4-H teams took high honors at several recent national judging events, according to Mike Anderson, 4-H agriculture program coordinator with Iowa State University Extension. At the Western National Roundup in Denver, Colo., Jan. 7-11, several Iowa teams participated in a variety of events including horse quiz bowl, hippology and the livestock judging...
Omelet Fundraiser helps support AWOL group (02/05/09)
Twelve Buena Vista University students, along with two advisors, will be traveling in March to Taos, New Mexico for an Alternative Spring Break of Service. This is the tenth year BVU has participated in challenging students to give back through intentional service extended to others. ...
East Sac FFA Chapter attends State Legislative Symposium (02/05/09)
In preparation for National FFA Week, the Iowa FFA Association hosted their 24th Annual FFA Day at the Capitol and Legislative Symposium on Monday, Jan. 26. The symposium is sponsored by the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation through the Iowa FFA Foundation. ...
N-F students take advantage of one-to-one computer opportunity (02/05/09)
The students at Newell-Fonda High School were each handed a world of knowledge at the start of the school year and one semester later, administrators and staff are proud to say that the students are taking full advantage of the opportunity. The small school district received a personal computer - Mac Book - for each student to use in school and out for the next four years, at no cost to them. ...
Teachers worry, SL district girds for potential deep cuts in uncertain economy (02/05/09)
No Storm Lake school district teachers are currently being pink-slipped because of the current budget crunch, but the district is in a position where it can't make any promises for the coming year, says Superintendent Paul Tedesco. "We would like to be able to look at everybody and say your job is going to be same next year, but I don't think that is really a possibility," Tedesco said...
Lincoln look-alike commemorates 16th President's 200th birthday at AC-T (02/05/09)
In commemoration of his 200th birthday, President Abraham Lincoln made an appearance at the Albert City-Truesdale School Tuesday - or so it appeared. Stan DeHaan, impersonator of the 16th President, walked in to the hushed gymnasium in a stately manner; the resemblance was uncanny. ...
Upcoming Events (02/05/09)
NW Iowa Area Singles Dance Spencer Northwest Iowa Area Singles are sponsoring a dance on Friday, Feb. 6, from 8-12 p.m., at the Hap Ketelsen Community Center, in Everly. Singles/Couples are welcome and there will be door prizes. For more information call Tim at 712-240-3416...
Lawmaker seeks change in attack ad rules (02/05/09)
DES MOINES - Iowa's Senate president is backing an effort to make clear who is behind campaign attack ads that don't specifically urge a vote. Sen. Jack Kibbie said Tuesday he wants to improve transparency and end the increasingly popular practice...
Musicians raise $12,000 for state park (02/05/09)
Area musicians played to a packed house of country music fans during the "Opry at the Sami" on Jan. 24, helping in a massive fund-raising effort to restore and renovate Mini-Wakan State Park's shelter house. Held in conjunction with the University of Okoboji's Winter Games, the event took place at the recently completed Sami Bedell Center for the Performing Arts in Spirit Lake...
Proposal to raise fees postponed due to economy (02/05/09)
DES MOINES - A proposal to raise hunting, fishing and trapping fees has been postponed due to the current economic conditions. "The proposal to raise fees was very difficult for us and the decision now to postpone the request is equally as hard. Because of the continued severity of the economic downturn, we felt that now was not a good time to be raising fees," said DNR Director Richard Leopold...
Tornadoes storming towards regionals (02/05/09)
CHEROKEE - Fresh off their 53-49 win over ninth-ranked Spencer, the Storm Lake girls' basketball team has started to pick up steam heading towards February 18th's Regional opener, following their 70-31 thrashing of Cherokee Tuesday night. The Tornadoes shot 43% (24-56) from the field and 50% (6-12) from deep as they equaled their second highest scoring output of the 2008-2009 season. ...
Wildcats top the Bulldogs, 47-25 (02/05/09)
SCHALLER - The Schaller-Crestland girls' basketball team remains tied for fourth in the Northwest Conference following their 47-25 win over Aurelia, snapping a four game skid that saw them fall to Newell-Fonda (#2 in 1A) twice, Sioux Central, and Manson NW Webster (#2 in 2A) in an eight day span...
Alta boys top St. Mary's for third straight win (02/05/09)
ALTA - The Alta boys' basketball team used a stellar shooting effort Tuesday night to propel them to their ninth win over the season Tuesday night as they topped St. Mary's, 61-45. The Cyclones' balanced attack went a combined 23 of 45 (51%) from the field, including eight of 15 from long range...
Rebels fall to E-hawks (02/05/09)
SIOUX RAPIDS - An ice cold shooting night did in the Sioux Central Rebels Tuesday as they made just 13 of 49 (27%) field goal attempts in their loss to Emmetsburg Tuesday night. The Rebels 37-point showing is their lowest of the season fueled by a 2 of 17 night from long range and 9 of 20 at the foul line. Sioux Central was actually tied at the end of the first half, 24-24, but could only manage 13 points the rest of the way...
Alta girls lock down St. Mary's, 58-21 (02/05/09)
ALTA - After surviving a grueling final week of January, the Alta girls' basketball team is back on track following their 58-21 dismantling of St. Mary's Tuesday night. Last week, the Cyclones had the unfortunate challenge of facing Newell-Fonda (#2 in Class 1A) and Manson NW Webster (#2 in Class 2A) in a span of three days. Alta dropped both contests...
An evening in Egypt (02/05/09)
St. Mary's Ball offers a prize getaway to Luxor Resort Tickets are now available for St. Mary's 2009 Ball and Charity Auction's ancient Egyptian event - Journey Along the Nile - held Saturday, March 21 at the Buena Vista University Siebens Forum Dows Grand Ballroom. Those who purchase ball and auction tickets early have the chance to win a trip to the Las Vegas Luxor...
On Stage (02/05/09)
Bridal comedy in SL dinner theater St. Mary's Junior High is presenting Dinner Theatre 2009 on Saturday, February 7. Dinner (reservations only) and pre-show entertainment will begin at 6:30, followed by the "Who Dun Stole the Bride." The play, directed by music teacher Gayle Strom, centers around a countrified weddin' when country gal Katie Sue and classy Bill get a hankerin' to tie the knot - but not everyone jumps for joy at "the Yankees invadin' the South." Katie's clan is suspicious of Bill's snobby family from over yonder, and Bill's parents think the Eckley family isn't of their caliber. ...
Worthan recognized for customer satisfaction by J.D. Power and associates (02/05/09)
Jan Worthan, an American Family Insurance agent in Storm Lake has been recognized for customer satisfaction excellence under the J.D. Power and Associates Distinguished Insurance Agency Program. Worthan joins other American Family agents who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to outstanding customer service...
SL funeral director qualifies for recertification (02/05/09)
Bradley J. Smith of Storm Lake has recently qualified for recertification of the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner, by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. A number of professions grant special recognition to members upon completion of specified academic and professional programs and "CFSP" is funeral service's national individual recognition...
Johnson Estate Donation Benefits New Service at BVRMC (02/05/09)
Buena Vista Regional Medical Center has recently received a generous donation from the Estate of Wilna F. Johnson. Mrs. Johnson and her late husband, Bernie, were long-time residents of Alta. Wilna was represented by her nephew, Dave Mortensen, also from Alta. ...
Funeral Arrangements (02/05/09)
Vivian D. Jorgensen April 13, 1926 - Feb. 1, 2009 Vivian D. Jorgensen, age 82, of Storm Lake, died Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009, at Methodist Manor Retirement Center in Storm Lake. Services for Mrs. Jorgensen will be held on Thursday, Feb. 5, at 11 a.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Storm Lake. Burial will be in Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery in Storm Lake. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the services...
Letter from the Editor (02/05/09)
Socialism, Obama, and the Che t-shirt A good history teacher will tell you - learn from the past, or you may be doomed to repeat it. It was just a matter of time. I saw my first "Che" t-shirt in Storm Lake today. For a moment I considered asking the wearer if he had ever actually read a history book, but from his trendy shag haircut, manicured hands and checkered shoes, it was pretty obvious. Trust-fund mallrat college student, not a Marxist guerilla...
Guest Opinion (02/05/09)
Groping memories Few reporters showed up for the Supreme Court's hearing of a sexual harassment case involving a kindergartner. But Allison Stevens sat in the front row, finding the case a reminder of harassment. A couple months ago, I got a front-row seat to oral arguments by the Supreme Court in the case of Jacqueline Fitzgerald, a kindergartner from Hyannis, Mass., who was sexually harassed as she rode...
Readers Respond (02/05/09)
Driven to Distraction From CHRIS RICH / Iowa State Trooper, Cherokee Driving is an activity that requires your undevided attention. Each year more than 3 million people are injured in vehicle crashes and distracted drivers account for about 25% of all vehicle crashes...