Steep drop in commodity prices drives decline Biggest slide since ’86, but sky is not falling By TOM CULLEN Land values in Buena Vista County and Northwest Iowa this year took the largest tumble since 1986, according to the Iowa Land Value conducted by the Iowa State Center for ...
South Dakota couple smitten at first sight of grand old B&B By DOLORES CULLEN A totally refurbished foyer, sleek wood floors and marvelous antiques are among the improvements you’ll find at 226 Geneseo St., the bed and breakfast once known as The Metcalf House and just reopened as The...
Republican beats Lovetinsky by 89 By CLARE CULLEN Sherie Elbert of Marathon was elected as Buena Vista County Treasurer on Tuesday night.            Elbert ran against Democrat Danelle Loventinsky and won the election by 89 votes. A total...
She plans to ‘keep doing what Dick started’ By DOLORES CULLEN Dick Christiansen, 83, has retired from his position as mayor of Newell after serving for nine years. “It was just time,” he said. He was elected to his third four-year term in the fall of 2013. Accepting the...

Local News

Steep drop in commodity prices drives decline Biggest slide since ’86, but sky is not falling By TOM CULLEN Land values in Buena Vista County and Northwest Iowa this year took the largest tumble since 1986, according to the Iowa Land Value conducted by the Iowa State Center for ...
South Dakota couple smitten at first sight of grand old B&B By DOLORES CULLEN A totally refurbished foyer, sleek wood floors and marvelous antiques are among the improvements you’ll find at 226 Geneseo St., the bed and breakfast once known as The Metcalf House and just reopened as The...

Sports

Storm Lake’s Parker Lange attempts a shot

between Emmetsburg’s Cooper Hofsted and

Wes Schultes during their game on Tuesday

night. TIMES photo by JAMIE KNAPP

Friday, 19/12/14
Tornadoes hold on for Lakes win, 57-52 After an 0-3 start, the Storm Lake boys basketball team finally got the confidence boost it needed as the Tornadoes used a fast start in the first half to jump out to a big lead and then held off a late charge by Emmetsburg to win 57-52 in a Lakes...

Storm Lake’s Dezirae Reyes forces a jump ball with Emmetsburg’s Alexa Naig during

the first half of their Lakes Conference game on Tuesday night. TIMES photo by

JAMIE KNAPP

Friday, 19/12/14
Emmetsburg jumped out to a 19-5 lead after the first quarter and never looked back as the E’Hawks handed Storm Lake a 52-26 setback in a Lakes Conference game on Tuesday night at Tornado Fieldhouse. Emmetsburg led 30-8 at halftime and took a 42-16 lead into the fourth period....
Friday, 19/12/14
Kenzie Keune finished with 12 points and six rebounds and Sioux Central used a 13-6 spurt in the third quarter to pull away and beat Storm Lake St. Mary’s 35-28 in a Twin Lakes Conference game on Tuesday night at St. Mary’s. St. Mary’s held a 10-6 lead after the first...

Family & Friends

Jeff Bunjes of Alta hand carved this entire nativity, complete with wise men,

shepherds and an angel on top.

Friday, 19/12/14
A display of over 100 nativity scenes at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Dec. 7 and 10 attracted lots of people. And they saw nativity scenes made out of everything from cornhusks to expensive crystal. The nativities, donated by community members,...

Cole Kleespies

Friday, 19/12/14
Cole Kleespies, 13, is a seventh grader at Storm Lake Middle School. He wrote this story for a social studies assignment. An oil pipeline is being placed near Storm Lake, Alta and Cherokee. That sounds great right, a new pipe that runs close to Storm Lake. Wrong. It...

Opinions

“It’s about damn time!” Don Mason exclaimed as he picked up our telephone call Wednesday. The former Nemaha farmer and current manager for the Iowa Corn Growers Association knew why we were calling: The White House just announced that it intends to normalize relations with Cuba,...
Storm Lake School Superintendent Carl Turner has been disciplined and methodical about how he approaches space shortages at all levels in the district. He was able to help the school board pass a major bond issue to expand the high school with a performing arts center and auxiliary gym. All the...
By ART CULLEN Willis Hamilton got a good chuckle when he received a letter Friday from Des Moines attorney Doug Gross, former chief of staff to Gov. Terry Branstad. Gross encouraged Hamilton to become his client, for $1,000, in proceedings surrounding the development of the Dakota Access Pipeline...
By DON BEHM Some months ago the news was about a sergeant in the American Army who was a prisoner of the Taliban in Afghanistan and was released after five years in prison. How he became a prisoner of war is a strange story. He was not captured in battle. He left his gear and simply walked away...

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