Firefighters from several area departments converged on Newell to fight a fire in 2017 that authorites now believe was arson. Times photo by Whitney Robinson

Brent Mack, ex-firefighter Trail from Nemaha crib blaze leads to more charges ALWAYS THE FIRST TO SHOW UP BY TOM CULLEN A fire that gutted three downtown buildings in Newell two years ago has been linked to Brent Mack, a longtime firefighter who was arrested on Friday for his second...

The once-proud, simple Gothic Revival church at 113 W 4th St. has many broken windows and holes in the roof.

Danish church, listed on historic register, targeted MORE SITES ON CITY RADAR BY TOM CULLEN and OLIVIA WIESELER St. Paul, Minn., resident Jackie Anderson is at a loss as to what she’ll do with her abandoned Danish Lutheran church at the corner of Cherokee and Fourth Street in Alta...
Mary Rehnstrom of Alta brought in this ODD carrot. Our readers come in with the strangest things. Send your weird vegetable photos to dcullen@stormlake.com. Times photo

Here are the homes seen from the south. Times photos by Dolores Cullen

The pace of home building on land in the north part of town directly east of Ace Hardware is ahead of schedule, says developer Joe Aube. In spring he purchased 20 lots from the city with an agreement to build 20 homes in seven years. Now eight of them are up, enclosed, with the first two to...

Rachael Sitzman of Storm Lake uses stencils within her acrylic paintings.

The Witter Gallery is holding reception for the artists of the Artisans Road Trip whose work is on display at the Witter Gallery this month. The reception is Saturday, Oct. 19 from 1-2 p.m. Artists Barb McGee, David Strom, Denise Peters, Haley McAndrews, Rachael Sitzman, Sarah Morphew, Hank...

Local News

10/18/2019 - 9:38am
Up 150 students from last year, pinching buildings for space BY TOM CULLEN Storm Lake School District’s enrollment this fall ballooned 6%, the seventh increase in the last eight years and the largest in over a decade, according to Supt. Stacey Cole...

Sports

Storm Lake’s Jaxon Burton, Sam Dvergsten, Vincent Menigorian, Tyler Dvergsten, Matthew Lenzmeier and Tyler Moon (left to right) head out for the start of Monday’s Lakes Conference race. TIMES photos by JAMIE KNAPP

10/18/2019 - 10:42am
Moon, Lenzmeier, Burton crack top 15 Tyler Moon, Jaxon Burton and Matt Lenzmeier all earned all-conference accolades to help Storm Lake finish third in the Lakes Conference boys cross country meet on Monday in Storm Lake. Spencer won the team title...

Family & Friends

Rachael and Steve Sitzman with their daughter Winnefred (Fred) and Rachael’s mom Deborah Heien. Times photos by Dolores Cullen

10/18/2019 - 10:07am
Rachael “having tea,” something they’d do at Hogwarts. Students decorated the cups and saucers with Harry Potter symbols. Rachael Sitzman comes up with clever projects, from Harry Potter to shadow boxes, at TLC    BY DOLORES CULLEN Meet Rachael...

Opinion

10/18/2019 - 8:31am
EDITORIALS BY ART CULLEN Storm Lake’s street troubles illustrate why the Iowa Legislature at some point must revisit road funding as revenues decline from increased fuel efficiency and electric vehicles. Just a quarter of The City Beautiful’s...

Obituaries

10/18/2019 - 8:26am
Thomas Edward Schlafer, 62, of Winsted, Minn., passed away at his home Oct. 8, 2019. Tom was born in Minneapolis and was the fourth child of Harwood and Audrey (Lindstrom) Schlafer. Just three minutes later, his lifetime best friend and other half...

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