Storm Lake, Cherokee, Spencer and 22 other Iowa communities have been selected to be part of a one-of-a-kind, limited-edition book to be published later this year.
The book, "Portraits of Iowa: Pride In Our Hometown," will be a collective effort by newspapers across the state, to tell the inside story of 25 of Iowa's most unique and interesting communities.
The Pilot-Tribune will present Storm Lake's story in the book.
The 256- page, color hardcover books will be available at the Pilot office for purchase in October.
According to Tom Schmitt, a spokesperson for Nonpareil Publishing of Council Bluffs, the firm producing the book, no such book currently exists.
"Even though numerous newspapers have produced books about their individual communities, no book provides a collective accounting of more than two-dozen of Iowa's favorite hometowns," Schmitt said in officially announcing the book.
"Although Iowa has many outstanding attributes, its true essence lies in its people and the communities they forged," Schmitt said, adding, "Portraits of Iowa will tell the stories of some of those communities."
Communities featured in the book are: Adel, Algona, Ames, Boone, Charles City, Cherokee, Clarinda, Clinton, Council Bluffs, Denison, Indianola, Le Mars, Logan, Mason City, Mt. Pleasant, Nevada, Orange City, Oskaloosa, Ottumwa, Pella, Shenandoah, Sioux City, Spencer, Storm Lake and Woodbine. Each community's name and a photo from each community will be featured on the book's cover jacket.
"These cities line the endless roadways that criss-cross the state. While each is unique in its own way, all have a common trait - all have played a key role in making Iowa one of America's best places to live and raise a family," Schmitt said. "And that is the foundation upon which the book is based; to jointly present the story of why Iowa is such a great place to live."
Schmitt commented that the key to successfully producing Portraits of Iowa has been the joint effort put forth by the 25 community newspapers involved.
"It is the newspaper that knows the community the best. The newspaper records the community's history and tells the ongoing story of the development of the community and the people within it. We are very proud to have been able to put this alliance together," Schmitt said.
Every chapter in this limited-edition book will be a story of pride, providing readers with both a brief history of each spotlight community and the present-day characteristics that make all of these cities what they are today - a wonderful place to raise a family, maintain a business or just have fun visiting. Along with dozens of full-color photographs, every story highlights the attributes which make each community one of Iowa's favorite hometowns.