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Stories from Thursday, March 5, 2009

Kindergarten, Jr. kindergarten round-ups to be held (03/05/09)
Kindergarten Round-Up will be held Friday, March 6, 2009 from 9-11 a.m. Please call the Elementary School at 200-1400 to register your child. Jr. Kindergarten Round-Up will be held on Friday, March 13, 2009. Your child must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 15, 2009 to be eligible for Kindergarten or Jr. Kindergarten...
Wee Care registration being taken (03/05/09)
The Wee Care Preschool, located at Church of Christ, 505 West Highway in Alta, is now taking registrations for the coming fall session. The preschool is licensed by the State of Iowa and is in its 17th year. The prtogram is for children ages 3 (by June 1) to age 4...
Obituaries (03/05/09)
Mary Frances Brickson June 14, 1911 - Feb. 11, 2009 Mary Frances Brickson, 97, formerly of Alta and Aurelia, Iowa, passed away Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 11, 2009 in the Buena Vista Manor in Storm Lake. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 3 at 2 p.m. at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee. Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery at Alta. Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee was is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com...
Kiwanis to have pancake dinner (03/05/09)
The Alta Kiwanis will host a pancake breakfast Sunday, March 15, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Alta Community Building. Cost is $5 for adults or $12 per family. Tickets may be purchased in advance from any Kiwanis member or at the door. Proceeds will go to the Lord's Cupboard Food Pantry and for the support of Alta Kiwanis community projects...
Wendell Larson named as Northwest Iowa Track and Field Coach of the Year (03/05/09)
Wendell Larson begins his 16th year as track coach this season. His enthusiasm never seems to run out. Larson was recently named as the Northwest Iowa Class 1A Track and Field Coach of the Year, an honor given to him by his peers and the Iowa Track Coach Association. This is the third time he has received this honor, proving how well respected he is...
Lot purchased for Habitat for Humanity homes; city and utilities (03/05/09)
It appears that Alta could be the site for two future Habitat for Humanity homes. Darrell DePrez couldn't be happier. DePrez, a strong supporter of Habitiat for Humanity, has spoken to the city council several times with hopes of gaining their support for the project to take place in the community...
SL approves plans for water improvement projects (03/05/09)
The City of Storm Lake gave an okay Monday night for a contract with Veenstra and Kimm to provide a design and inspection services for construction of a $712,000 water line to run on the southeast side of the city. Infrastructure Superintendent Pat Kelly says the line will be beneficial as it will help provide stablility in water tower levels and will "loop" the current distribution system. ...
Sac reclaims its sticky world record (03/05/09)
Sac County residents ended a sticky situation last weekend by reclaiming their world record for the largest popcorn ball in history. An army of volunteers worked from 6:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. to construct the nine-foot-tall ball at the Noble Popcorn plant Saturday, with youngsters at times perching on the shoulders of the adults to add handfuls of popcorn to the top of the monster...
SL church to host monthly food ministry program (03/05/09)
With many people feeling an ever-tightening budget in the current economy, it can be hard to keep nutritious meals on the table. To help bring some ease to locals' food budgets, Faith United Assembly of God in Storm Lake will begin an Angel Food Ministries program, with initial food orders due by March 14 by noon...
'Mathletic' student leading kids to a love of numbers (03/05/09)
CEDAR FALLS - Many schools across the country struggle to raise math scores. One college group of future teachers says the key to math success is fun. Sarah Demers, Storm Lake, is the president of the group at the University of Northern Iowa. She was recently profiled in a television report by NBC station KWWL while working to put on the 3rd annual Math Fair in Cedar Falls - a "mardi gras for math" with balloons, treats and prizes...
BVU cancels first annual Winter Festival (03/05/09)
Due to warm weather, the first annual BVU Winter Festival has been cancelled this weekend. The festival, sponsored by Buena Vista University and the Outdoor Adventure Club, in collaboration with scouting program Venturing 103, was to consist of five events: snow golf, cross country ski races, a snowshoe obstacle course, a snow sculpture competition and broomball...
Trinity Regional makes cuts to preserve jobs (03/05/09)
Trinity Regional Medical Center, Fort Dodge, is turning its focus to saving jobs in the midst of an economic crisis. Admissions to the medical center for the last eight months are running about 14 percent below 2007 levels, and the operating margin has fallen from nearly $4 million in 2007 to $1.2 million. Uncollectable bills being written off as charity increased 38 percent in 2008, as the facility wrote off nearly $10 million...
Family Night offers food, fun, information at Storm Lake Middle School Friday (03/05/09)
The annual Family Night at the Storm Lake Middle School is planned for Friday. Sponsored by SLMS, CommUNITY Education, Buena Vista Regional Medical Center and Iowa State Extension, the mission is to have the middle school students share with their families the school and some of the things they do there...
Bald Eagle Day events Saturday (03/05/09)
The Prairie Heritage Center will host Bald Eagle Day events on Saturday, 9:30-4 p.m. at 49331 Yellow Avenue, rural Peterson. Use a spotting scope or binoculars to view eagles from the comfort of the center. Eagle displays and interactive activities are planned throughout the day. Area bird expert Lee Schoenewe will give an entertaining presentation on songbirds...
Brass Quartet concert in SL March 12 (03/05/09)
The Central Iowa Brass Quartet will make a rare local appearance with a free concert March 12, 7:30 p.m. at Anderson Auditorium at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake. Brass music of all genres from "Bach to Bob" is on the agenda for this concert, members say...
SL student protests language tests (03/05/09)
Some students at Storm Lake High School plan to protest on Friday over the use of required English Language Development Assessment testing at the school, although the teen who is the focus of the issue hopes her fellow students will not put themselves at risk...
SL approves plans for water improvement projects (03/05/09)
The City of Storm Lake gave an okay Monday night for a contract with Veenstra and Kimm to provide a design and inspection services for construction of a $712,000 water line to run on the southeast side of the city. Infrastructure Superintendent Pat Kelly says the line will be beneficial as it will help provide stablility in water tower levels and will "loop" the current distribution system. ...
Missing classes, honor student urges fellow teens not to stage a protest (03/05/09)
Some students at Storm Lake High School plan to protest on Friday over the use of required English Language Development Assessment testing at the school, although the teen who is the focus of the issue hopes her fellow students will not put themselves at risk...
Engagements (03/05/09)
Bunjes and Hinkeldey to wed Gary and Anne Mohr of Fonda and Jeff and Carol Bunjes of Alta are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming wedding of their children, Julie and Brad. Julie is a Newell-Fonda High School graduate and she also graduated from the Millenium College of Massage and Reflexology in Fort Dodge. ...
New lottery leader would like to help King's Pointe (03/05/09)
The Iowa Lottery can be better used to promote state attractions - specifically King's Pointe resport waterparks and the state's new Honey Creek Resort, says Terry Rich, the former broadcast executive and director of Blank Park Zoo, who is Governor Chet Culver's choice to become the next director of the Iowa Lottery...
Pilot Outdoors (03/05/09)
Biologists predict best winter perch fishing still ahead SPIRIT LAKE----It's the talk of anglers statewide. Spirit Lake perch fishing is on fire. Following an incredible three full months of block buster action, it appears as if the excitement isn't over yet. As spring thaw approaches, angler success is actually on the rise. If the bite were to get any hotter, say locals, it's likely the ice itself would ignite into flame...
Alta's Scott Radke member of BVU baseball team (03/05/09)
STORM LAKE - Scott Radke, a 2008 graduate of Alta High School is a member of the Buena Vista University baseball team. Radke is the son of Mike and Suzette Radke of Aurelia, Iowa. Radke will add depth to the infield for the Beavers this season after earning four letters while playing for the Cyclones, as well as being named a First Team All-Conference, All-Area, and All-District performer last season...
Bertelsen named IIAC male Athlete of the Week (03/05/09)
STORM LAKE - After being a part of five championship titles during the Iowa Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships this past weekend, Buena Vista senior Eric Bertelsen has been named the IIAC Male Athlete of the Week, for the period ending February 28. This marks the second time he's earned the honor this season...
Girls' Class 4A state hoops (03/05/09)
S.C. Nrth 78, Indianola 56 The second-ranked Stars' high-powered offense raced paced Indianola behind a 20-point effort by Brittni Donaldson. Jalyssa Ceasar added 19 points and 7 boards as the 23-1 Stars advanced to Friday's matchup with C.R. Kennedy...
Girls' Class 3A state hoops (03/05/09)
Pella 52, Spencer 51 The Tigers missed three shots within the final ten seconds to allow last year's state runner up to advance. Spencer trailed by as many as seven in the second half but used a 17-3 to push the seven point edge in their favor. However, Pella would close on a 6-0 run to regain the lead...
Charger basketball ready to shock the state (03/05/09)
The Road There Five points. That's all that separated the Laurens-Marathon boys from reaching that state tournament a year ago when they fell to the eventual Class 1A runner-up, George-Little Rock. It would be safe to assume that got underneath their skin a little bit...
2A Boys' tournament field set (03/05/09)
Hull-Western Christian will go for their third straight Class 2A Championship following their 78-56 routh of a ranked Unity Christian squad Monday night. The two-time defending champs' only loss came at the hands of 3A #1 Bishop Hellan, but they nabbed just a four seed behind undefeated Solon and Fort Dodge St. Edmonds, as well as Pella Christian...
Touch of Broadway (03/05/09)
Touch of Broadway, a local entertainment group, will be performing at the Storm Lake United Methodist Church on Saturday, March 7. The entertainment portion of this event is open to the public. Tickets for the Touch of Broadway entertainment only are $5 and may be purchased in the church office until Friday, March 6. The Touch of Broadway performance will begin at 7:45 p.m. in the church sanctuary...
'On the Fritz' for St. Mary's (03/05/09)
St. Mary's Ball & Charity Auction is hosting Omaha's On the Fritz Band for the March 21 Storm Lake fundraising event. For nearly 30 years On The Fritz has been entertaining crowds across the Midwest. Featuring twin brothers, Wayne and Stan Fritz, the band covers a select history of Rock and Roll music that can be enjoyed by even the most diverse audiences...
Area Events (03/05/09)
Music meets art in Fonda event Sunday Get in the swing of things Sunday, March 8 from 1- 4 p.m. at the Fonda Arts Center's Music/Art Drop-in Sunday, featuring the Rockwell City-Lytton High School Jazz Band under the direction of Colleen Hecht. Local singing group the Hecht Brothers will also perform. ...
Grand Central offers an array of drinks for all tastes (03/05/09)
Never tried coffee? Don't worry says Grand Central Coffee Station owner John Keenen because the shop likely has a flavor that will appeal to your taste buds. The shop offers over a dozen freshly brewed coffees in a variety of flavors as well as a wide variety of mochas, lattes, cappuccinos, americanos and granitas. ...
Gingerbread announces executive director (03/05/09)
The Gingerbread House Child Development Center, Inc., is pleased and excited to announce the hiring of a new executive director, Cheryl Nelson. Cheryl, her husband and family, moved from Frankfort, Kansas and have settled in Alta. Cheryl began her position with Gingerbread on Feb. ...
Funeral Arrangements (03/05/09)
Charlotte A. Morris Jan. 2, 1922 - Feb. 28, 2009 Charlotte A. Morris, age 87, of Peterson, died on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009 at Countryside Estates in Cherokee. Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6, at the First Congregational Church in Peterson, with Rev. Charles Hall officiating. The Warner Funeral Home in Peterson is in charge of the arrangements...
Letter from the Editor (03/05/09)
Good day. In the end, the voices of our youth count for something. There is a certain sense of mortality in the passing of the voices you grew up with. You know - the voices you would know anywhere, instantly, for as long as you live. Voices nearly as familiar as a member of your family. What was that voice for you?...
Nelson's View (03/05/09)
Pets at work I recently read an article in USA Today of how some companies actually allow employees to bring their pets to work with them. Hey, what pet wouldn't want that? They actually have pet policies in their employee handbook. Instead of taking a smoking break people would be taking their dogs out for a bathroom break...
Picking a new car is no picnic (03/05/09)
You can take a kid out of Detroit but you can't take Detroit out of the kid. That's my excuse, anyway. I'm a car nut. I like cars the way Imelda Marcos liked shoes. I call it my auto-eroticism (and you'd be amazed at the looks I get when I call it that)...