A full color photo of Storm Lake's gateway lighthouse along the Highway 71 bypass graces the cover of the April issue of Cityscape, the monthly magazine published by the Iowa League of Cities.
The photo is a popular sunset view of the lighthouse taken by local professional photographer Bob Ansorge
In a featured article inside about the Iowa Living Roadways Program, two more photos of the lighthouse and Storm Lake volunteers planting trees at the site are printed.
The article reveals how communities can enhance transportation corridors which run through their borders by using the statewide landscape improvement program. The Storm Lake Connell's Corner Gateway Committee, which is part of the local Chamber of Commerce, took advantage of the program's "visioning" component, plus secured funds through the program for planting native trees and grasses at the site.
Staff members in Des Moines said the magazine's monthly circulation is about 5,600 copies. The magazine is received by municipalities throughout the state, plus other state leagues, as well as businesses who are interested in Iowa government.
Members of the gateway committee met recently to review the article and the progress of native plantings at the four-acre lighthouse site east of Storm Lake. The committee is working to establish a stand of little bluestem grasses as the "water" area of the lighthouse property below the rock wall.
It is also working to manage the growth of native trees on the upper portion of the property, plus strips of native buffalo grass and wildflowers. Some trees may be replaced this spring and more seeding may be required for the grass areas, plus weed control applications.
Committee members are Mike Porsch, Bob Bergendoff, Joleen Dentlinger, Gordy Miller, Roger Christiansen and Marilyn Monson.
Dick Hakes is chairman and John Call is an ex-officio member.