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Stories from Friday, February 20, 2009

SL Police efforts to bridge language barriers featured in national webcast (02/20/09)
The Storm Lake Police Department will share its experience with a multi-lingual community in a New York-based national webcast this month. On Feb. 24, the Vera Institute of Justice, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (the COPS Office), will present a free, live webcast on strategies to help law enforcement agencies overcome language barriers...
'Murder at Coppersmith Inn' to be presented on Roxy Theatre stage March 13-14 (02/20/09)
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...
Making a 'Connection' (02/20/09)
The high school students at Alta High School are participating in a program that is strengthening the "connection" between them and the school. Students have been divided into groups of eight-10 and assigned to a high school teacher; the program, called Connections, provides 15 minutes each day to discuss such topics as relationship skills and provide reading time. ...
Students share projects during science fair (02/20/09)
The Alta seventh and eighth grade students took part in the annual science fair last week; 61 projects were completed and were on display for students and parents to see. The projects were judged and 14 projects will advance to the state science fair to be held March 27-28 at the Hilton in ames...
City of Sioux Rapids strives to complete goals (02/20/09)
The members of the Sioux Rapids city council have been working hard to achieve the goals set during last year's public hearing. A community survey followed up by the Public Meeting on March 2 of last year gave the council a good idea of what residents wished to see in the town. The first goal was the opening of the city swimming pool...
Mendez joins ISU Extension (02/20/09)
ISU Extension in Buena Vista County recently hired Ana Mendez, Storm Lake, as the Family Nutrition Program Assistant. Mendez will be offering nutrition classes to families on limited incomes with children under age 10. The programs' nutrition, food safety, and food shopping messages help participants to choose nutritious foods, stretch their food dollars and handle food safely. ...
Fair board looking for persons to operate concession stand (02/20/09)
Buena Vista County Fair Board is looking for an interested party in running the concession stand during the fair. Interested parties can contact Amy Meyer (712) 284-1007 for more information. The concession stand needs to be open the week of the fair, which is July 13 through July 19t Equipment that is provided includes refrigerator, freezer, fryer, stove and oven, and pop coolers...
Braunschweig retires as First Coop's manager (02/20/09)
Paul Braunschweig is retiring as location manager of First Coop and a party is being planned for his send off. The event is planned for Friday, Feb. 27 from 1-4 p.m. "I appreciate it," Braunschweig said about the party, sharing that after serving 15 years at the Coop and being associated with farming all his life, it has been a "tough" decision to hang it up...
Investigators ask public's help as 2001 Early shooting case is re-examined (02/20/09)
More than seven years have passed since a 20-year-old Early man was shot to death in an alleged home invasion, but authorities are taking a fresh look at the cold case, and asking for the public's help. On December 13, 2001, Dustin Wehde reportedly came to the door of Michael and Tracey Roberts, a couple who had befriended him months earlier. He was looking for odd jobs, but Mrs. Roberts told him to come back the next day, when her husband would be home from a business trip...
HS Facilities Committee weighing costs, advantages of options (02/20/09)
The high school facilities study completed at the Alta High School reveals it could take close to $4 million to renovate the 1916 building; adding on to the middle school building to accommodate the high school students could be more. The report prepared by architects at FEH of Sioux City and recently sent to the school, revealed "darn close to what we were thinking it would," said High School Principal Tom Ryherd who has been spearheading the project...
SL School board hears more ideas on uses for soon-to-be- vacated elementary buildings (02/20/09)
Input as to what should be done with the Storm Lake elementary buildings once they are no longer in use was heard at Monday's school board meeting. Christina Rice shared she had attended West School so has some special connections there. She said while there is no magic wand to wave to dispose of the buildings there are things that they could be used for...
County says it can cut no more; loan possible (02/20/09)
While looking at proposals for the Fiscal Year 2010 the Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors said Tuesday they're not sure how they'd be able to stay within a their current tax levy cap for their general fund and meet all the department's expenditures requests. Currently Iowa counties have a $3.50 levy limit on general funds...
Upcoming Events (02/20/09)
Storm Lake Baptist Church to host rummage and bake sale Storm Lake Baptist Church, located at 105 East 3rd Street, will be hosting a rummage and bake sale on Saturday, Feb. 21 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds will be used for upcoming missions. "Fireproof" at Albert City Covenant Church...
Engagements (02/20/09)
Kier and Gerdes to unite in marriage Tim and Joelle Kier of Newell are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Kalee to Aaron Gerdes. Aaron is the son of Roger and Brenda Gerdes of Fonda. Kalee will graduate from the University of Northern Iowa in May. ...
Iowa officials surprised Texas workers mistreated (02/20/09)
DES MOINES - Officials from Atalissa acknowledged Tuesday that they knew doors were padlocked and windows boarded shut at an eastern Iowa house for mentally disabled men who worked at a nearby meatpacking plant. But the City Council members from the tiny town told Iowa lawmakers they didn't think the 21 men from Texas were mistreated...
Gun runner busted in region, at age 79 (02/20/09)
A LeMars man has been convicted for illegally dealing more than 500 weapons and money laundering the proceeds. Nine of the guns he moved, with no background checks and across state lines, have been found at crime scenes so far. Chester Douglas Pullen is 79 years old. He faces a maximum sentence of 35 years in prison plus 11 years of supervised release and fines of up to half a million dollars - he would have to live to age 125 to fulfill such a sentence...
Four Edgewood men charged with running down coyotes (02/20/09)
Four Edgewood men were charged on Feb. 4 with illegally pursuing coyotes with the use of snowmobiles. Curt Bockensted, 44, Doug Wegmann, 40, Dennis Wegmann, 36, and Joe Rhines, 44, all of Edgewood, were charged using snowmobiles to run over coyotes in Clayton and Delaware counties. Rhines and Doug Wegmann have already paid their fines. Bockensted and Dennis Wegmann will have a court date set in March...
N-F defense sets the tone as Mustangs advance to semis (02/20/09)
NEWELL - The #2 Newell-Fonda girls' basketball team is just two more victories away from their second consecutive state tournament berth, following their 83-43 romp of Laurens-Marathon Tuesday night. Thanks to the full-court pressure that has been so effective all year, the Mustangs took control very early on, jumping out to a 32-5 advantage after just one quarter of play. The advantage was 53-16 at the half...
Tornadoes let one slip away against ELC (02/20/09)
STORM LAKE - The Storm Lake boys' regular season ended in sour fashion at home Tuesday night. After overcoming a slow start, the Tornadoes responded with a big second quarter and held a 25-23 edge over ELC midway through the third. However, Storm Lake was outscored 31-23 in the final quarter and a half to fall to 3-18 on the season and 2-14 in the Lakes Conference...
Cyclones fall short against ranked CCE (02/20/09)
ALTA - The Alta girls' basketball team came out on a mission and had 15th-ranked Clay Central-Everly on their heels early, but the Mavericks strung together a 15-0 run soon after as they held off the scrappy Cyclones, 66-58. "I am so proud of this team," said Alta head coach Jeannie Henningsen. "Our girls fought for four quarters against a very good team. We are proud of our year and are very excited about what the future has in store for Alta girls' basketball."...
Okoboji ends Rebel girls' season, 60-26 (02/20/09)
SIOUX RAPIDS - A stifling defensive effort by the Okoboji girls' basketball team made all the difference Tuesday night as the Pioneers held Sioux Central to their lowest scoring output of the season and ending their state tournament hopes, 60-26. Struggling to find the basket against a very tall Okoboji team, the Rebels were just 9-44 (20%) from the field and 0-13 from long range...
Storm Lake girls overpower LeMars, on to semifinals (02/20/09)
STORM LAKE - It was a choppy, foul-filled contest between LeMars and Storm Lake Wednesday night, but it played into the Storm Lake girls' hands as they advanced to Saturday night's semifinal over LeMars, 54-43. In all, 55 free-throws were taken and three players fouled out in the quarterfinal matchup that saw the Tornadoes defeat the Bulldogs for the third time this year...
The Taffetas (02/20/09)
It's 1956 and four singing sisters from Muncie, Indiana are making their national television singing debut, in the classic style of a Sunday night television show. SPencer Community Theatre Playhouse is proud to present the sweet harmonies and bebop of the '50s in a nostalgic tribute to the sounds of The Maguire Sisters, The Andrews Sisters, The Fontaine Sisters and The Chordettes...
Pilot at the Movies (02/20/09)
'Friday the 13th' sets horror record "Friday the 13th" had all the luck as the remake of the 1980 slasher flick opened with $42.2 million, putting blood and guts ahead of hearts over Valentine's Day weekend. That was a record for the horror genre, topping the $39.1 million debut for 2004's "The Grudge." Accounting for today's higher admission prices, "The Grudge" sold slightly more tickets, however...
East Fifth Salon has new ownership (02/20/09)
After instructing at Faust Institute for ten years and working in salons for several years, Jami Langner says it was her dream to own her own salon - her dream came true this past year. Langner purchased East Fifth Salon from Melinda Kimblad, who returned to work at the Expertease Salon. Kimblad originally worked at Expertease Salon but then left to open up her own salon - East Fifth and then returned to Expertease after the salon moved to a building uptown...
KAYL FM: 60 Years on the air (02/20/09)
KAYL FM is celebrating 60 years this month. On Feb. 17, 1949 the FM station signed on to the air for the first time as 101.5. At this time the AM station 990 had already been on the air since November 14, 1948. According to staff when the FM station went on the air it was one of very few FM stations on the air at that time...
Readers Respond (02/20/09)
Use gaming funds to rebuild Iowa From PATTY JUDGE / Iowa Lt. Governor On January 12th, the 83rd General Assembly returned to Des Moines to begin the annual Legislative Session. I want to take this opportunity to continue the Culver/Judge Administration's dialogue with Iowans about what's happening in their capitol; to keep all of you informed about the policies and decisions that will impact our state's future; and most importantly, ask for your continued involvement in helping to address the issues we'll face together this year.. ...
Nelson's View (02/20/09)
When journalism becomes Wild Kingdom I have definitely run into my fair share of pets/animals during my reporting adventures. One that really sticks out in my mind was the time a black lab (who belonged to someone I had just interviewed) jumped in my car. ...
Letter from the Editor (02/20/09)
Focus is the name of the game Legislature, skate park and a really good Iowa Hawkeye joke. If there is anything at all positive to find in Iowa's current budget crisis, it is the no nonsense approach of the Iowa legislature. When the cash runs out, it has a way of focusing the legislature to the job at hand - schools, roads, jobs, and this year, flood relief. ...