Ashes were distributed at St. Mary’s Church and elsewhere on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, to mark the beginning of Lent on the foreheads of the faithful as a reminder of mortality and humility. Here at Otsego Place, Betty Rohr conducted an ash and communion service. Residents Marie Nieland and Jim...

Top: The Star when its silver screen was brilliant.

Bottom: The Star today gone dark.

Group tries to save historic building from decay BY DOLORES CULLEN The old Star Theater in Sioux Rapids is one of 13 properties from across Iowa on Preservation Iowa’s “Most Endangered Properties” list and a local committee has assembled to save it. The Most Endangered Property...
Mabel the Newshound, a member of The Storm Lake Times staff for six years, died Tuesday afternoon while having a bad tooth removed at Lake Animal Hospital. Nobody knew that Mabel had a greatly enlarged heart and she could not come out of anesthesia. From now on, the vets will check the heart...

Left to right: Sue Messenbrink, gallery treasurer; Carol

Peterson; Jerry Johnson, gallery board; Hugh Perry;

Patricia Hampton; Cindy Barahona Roth, gallery

director. Photo above: Perry shows off a princely

frog from July.

Peterson feted for selling them The Witter Gallery accepted a check for $5,000 Tuesday from the sale of calendars featuring the photography of Hugh Perry. The fundraiser, chaired by volunteer Carol Peterson, made the calendars available in 27 places, mostly in Storm Lake, but also in Albert City...

Top: The Star when its silver screen was brilliant.

Bottom: The Star today gone dark.

Left to right: Sue Messenbrink, gallery treasurer; Carol

Peterson; Jerry Johnson, gallery board; Hugh Perry;

Patricia Hampton; Cindy Barahona Roth, gallery

director. Photo above: Perry shows off a princely

frog from July.

Local News

DEVELOPERS NIBBLE BUT FEW BITE Just 79 new units go up in 5 years BY TOM CULLEN Storm Lake needs to bolster its housing stock by over 600 units by 2025 but current building trends and income levels are insufficient to close the city’s housing shortage. Only 25 new housing developments...
Council allows use July 3-4 BY TOM CULLEN The Lakeside City Council passed an ordinance amendment that would limit fireworks shooting except on the Fourth of July holiday. The council unanimously set a public hearing for next month on the ordinance amendment. City Attorney Dave Jennett told The...

Sports

Newell-Fonda’s Megan Morenz tries to steal the ball from

Ar-We-Va’s Jadeyn Smith during their regional tournament

game on Tuesday. TIMES photo by JAMIE KNAPP

Friday, 16/02/18
Mustangs’ pressure defense takes toll on Ar-We-Va Newell-Fonda outscored Ar-We-Va 45-15 over the second and third quarters, and Olivia Larsen went over the 1,000-point mark for her career as No. 4 Newell-Fonda opened Class 1A regional tournament play with a 77-28 win over the...

Rachel Bozonie celebrates after Storm Lake beat Carroll Wednesday to

win a regional tournament game for the first time in eight years. TIMES

photo by JAMIE KNAPP

Friday, 16/02/18
Tornadoes beat Carroll For the first time since 2010, Storm Lake has won a regional girls basketball tournament game. The Tornadoes turned the trick by beating Carroll 56-53 in a turnover-marred game on Wednesday at Tornado Fieldhouse. Storm Lake, now 7-15, will play Denison-Schleswig...

St. Mary’s Olivia Schaller looks to pass

the ball while driving past GTRA’s Toni

Alesch during Tuesday’s regional

tournament game. TIMES photo

by JAMIE KNAPP

Friday, 16/02/18
Graettinger-Terril/Ruth-ven-Ayrshire outscored Storm Lake St. Mary’s 24-2 in the second quarter to pull away from a close game as the Titans went on to eliminate the Panthers 56-28 in a Class 1A regional quarterfinal game on Tuesday at St. Mary’s. The Titans held an 8-4 lead...

Family & Friends

Friday, 16/02/18
Happy birthday to Gene Kestel who turned 90 on Valentine’s Day. He and musical friends Roger Christiansen (right) and Bob Honsbarger (left) of Schaller entertained at the Senior Center that day. All three of the guys have February birthdays and perform a lot...

Callie Wobbema in her new café.

Friday, 16/02/18
Callie Wobbema opens her business Enjoy Beach Café Thursday, Feb. 22. She and her husband Andy have fixed up the main floor of the former Atlas Chiropractic building across from King’s Pointe on Hwy. 7. On the menu are sandwiches, soups and an array of...

Opinions

EDITORIALS BY ART CULLEN Public employees have it too good. That’s why the Iowa Legislature last session gutted their unions and took away their collective bargaining rights. They’re too fat and powerful. This week, the Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors allowed 2% raises for...
FILLERS BY JOHN CULLEN Last week’s school postponements, caused by Thursday night’s five-inch snow, reminded me of how schools handled snow days when I was a student in the 1950s and 60s. Not so much. When I was a kid, when it snowed we still had school, and if kids from the country...
STRAY THOUGHTS BY RANDY EVANS Am I the only one who is discouraged these days?               My state of mind is not helped by the news spewing out of Washington, D.C., and Des Moines many days. It doesn’t help my...
In today’s rigged political system, the special interests of a tiny minority trump the will of the great majority BY JIM HIGHTOWER It’s odd that Washington Republicans are so loudly crowing about their passage of the Trump-McConnell-Ryan tax law. Odd because the people outside of...

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