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Accident closes Post Office

A driver stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake, jumped a curb and crashed into the front doors of the Storm Lake Post Office about 10:50 a.m. Thursday. No injuries were reported, but …
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Californian donates $20K to LAH

Lake Animal Hospital staff were happily surprised to receive a check in the mail for $20,000 from Rosalie Pierce-Rhodes of Martinez, Calif. The money was donated to fund cat or dog spay and neuter …

Future looks promising for rescued Dobermans Laken and Marina 

Late last month, two female Doberman Pinschers were found wandering near the lake, hungry, alone, and in dire need of help. Thankfully, the duo was discovered before any more harm could come to them, …

Cherokee man sues sheriff deputies for “warrantless search” and guns drawn

Sheriff Scott says disciplinary action taken A Cherokee man sued two sheriff’s deputies for wrongfully searching his house on North Fifth Street in connection with an investigation into a …

Masters  maintains innocence 

Michael Masters claims he’s innocent of a slate of theft charges stemming from an alleged series of thefts from the Storm Lake Tyson Pork Plant.  Masters claims he was given …

News

Construction of the Harmony Garden to begin

The City of Storm Lake will begin construction of the Harmony Garden project on the Public Library/Witter Gallery grounds during the week of July 17-26, weather permitting. Harmony Garden will …

Memorial Road project costs the city an additional $226K

The Storm Lake City Council approved a change order for the Memorial Road resurfacing project, adding 7.2% to the $3.1 million undertaking.  The city council unanimously approved a $226,000 …

Police & Courts: Alta man pleads guilty to felony domestic abuse

An Alta man pleaded guilty to felony domestic abuse in connection with an alleged choking incident in May. Zeb Cook, 32, pleaded guilty to the felony assault charge on July 1, according to court …

Public library closed until July 26 for installation of new lighting

The Storm Lake Public Library facility will be closed to public access from July 17-26, to allow for conversion of the building to LED lighting. The project will provide brighter and more …

Welcome, Studebaker drivers!

The Iowa Hawkeye chapter of Studebaker Drivers Club will meet in Storm Lake Sunday in Chautauqua Park for a drive around town around 1 p.m. The public is invited to take part in the drive, even …

Tall Corn Days 2024 survives

Sioux Rapids Tall Corn Days is a go this year despite the troubles the town has suffered with the worst flood in memory. Dates are July 26-28, with the annual sweet corn feed, inflatables, bags …

First phase of North Raccoon Edge-of-Field project launched

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has formed a partnership with Sac County and its soil and water conservation district to launch the first phase of the North Raccoon …

Fun at the BV County Fair!

Fair draws a crowd despite the heat

“The weather didn’t cooperate as we would have liked, but that didn’t stop people from coming out,” said Buena Vista County Fair Board Co-president Dana Christen Monday. …

The family that pulls together…

You’ve heard of a family pulling together. That’s what the Robbins family does each year to make the tractor pull a success at the Buena Vista County Fair. With the theme …

Fair Food was fabulous

The 2024 Buena Vista County Fair will be remembered for its wide variety of foods: Godfathers, Lucky Wife Wine Slushes, Whip Delight, Dolly’s Roadside Grill, Happy Asian Food, The Big Cheese, …

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More local news
Sioux Rapids Family Care Clinic reopens in temporary location following flood damage 
Sioux Rapids Family Care Clinic of Spencer Hospital, a vital healthcare provider in the Sioux Rapids community, is pleased to announce the reopening of its services at a temporary location following …
Iowa DNR, July 18 fishing report at Storm Lake
Anglers heading to Storm Lake, including Little Storm Lake, can expect warm waters and fair fishing conditions. The water temperatures are currently around 80 degrees, with clarity between 2 and 3 …
Council extends Trap-Neuter-Return debate
Not everyone on the Storm Lake City Council was satisfied with changes to the city animal ordinance including a Trap-Neuter-Return program intended to assuage the town’s stray cat …
Altitude view of Alta
Thanks to Dan Siefer for this photo and message: “Merrianne and I fly our drone a lot at our farm by Alta. This was a shot I took in May. I liked it so well I made a screensaver!”
Sports
Softball

Newell-Fonda denied trip to state tournament

Newell-Fonda’s Isabel Bartek attempts to steal second base as Remsen St. Mary’s Tessa Tentlinger prepares to tag her during their regional final game on Monday. Bartek was safe. TIMES PILOT photo by JAMIE KNAPP

Oftentimes when two elite pitchers square off, the team that gets the hit with runners in scoring position usually wins. That team was Remsen St. Mary’s. The Hawks had only two …

No. 15 Storm Lake upset by Perry in regional semifinals, 4-3

Down to its final out, Perry found a way. The Jayettes trailed 2-1 with two runners on base and two outs in the seventh inning when Karagyn Whelchel singled to score a run and tie the game. …

Baseball

Storm Lake falls to MOC-FV in substate quarterfinals

The ball eludes Storm Lake’s Jake White as MOC-Floyd Valley’s Brooks McCarty steals second base in last Friday’s district game. TIMES PILOT photo by JAMIE KNAPP

Brooks McCarty collected three hits and drove in three runs at the plate and allowed four hits on the mound to help MOC-Floyd Valley defeat Storm Lake 11-1 in a Class 3A substate quarterfinal game …

Alta-Aurelia topped by Kingsley-Pierson in district finals

Alta-Aurelia's Gavin Sleezer tags out a Kingsley-Pierson runner during a pickoff attempt at first base in their district tournament game last Saturday in Alta. TIMES PILOT photo by ADAM DUBLINSKE

Kingsley-Pierson coach Taylor Doeschot feels that when Kevin Wright is on, he is one of the best pitchers around. The Kingsley-Pierson ace was on his game last Saturday as he silenced …

Storm Lake youth swim team takes second in conference meet

Peyton Degner swims the freestyle during last Wednesday’s meet. TIMES PILOT photo by DOLORES CULLEN

The Storm Lake youth swim team hosted the AHEELA Conference meet last Saturday at King’s Point Waterpark and placed second. Around 300 swimmers from Algona, Humboldt, Manson, Storm Lake, …

Opinion

Editorial: Another shooting

The attempted assassination of Donald Trump was not a conspiracy. It was the action of a lone, 20-year-old man armed with an assault rifle who somehow climbed onto a building just 175 yards away and …

Storm Lake has a complicated history with abortion

Back in the good ol’ days, when everything was more wholesome, Storm Lake was an abortion center. Dr. James Alva Swallum was The City Beautiful’s most prominent physician, founding a …
You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em, Know when to fold ‘em, Know when to walk away, And know when to run. — Kenny Rogers, “The Gambler” …
I attended the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) downtown presentation on April 25. The folks from IEDA went over the surveys that some individuals and businesses completed and the IEDA …
The Iowa Public Information Board’s staff made a swift and important determination that a flood committee created by the Dickinson County Board of Supervisors illegally met in closed session on …
As we endure the heat of a contentious presidential campaign this summer, a serene portrait of President John F. Kennedy gazes over the newsroom of the Storm Lake Times Pilot, a reminder of simpler …
Family & Friends

Honoring 20 years of service

Library Assistant Laura Turnquist with Library Director Gigi Nelson.

At its July meeting, the Alta Community Library Board of Trustees honored Library Assistant Laura Turnquist for 20 years of dedicated service. Laura and her husband Dave, a farmer, moved to rural …

The City of Early will host Crossroads Days this weekend in celebration of its 142nd birthday. This year will welcome the return of a car show, bags tournament, big parade and, of course, KTIV will …
Tim Olson, who was born in Storm Lake, grew up in Marathon and now lives in Dubuque, is a multi-talented artist who works in painting, stained glass, drawing and printmaking. A display of his work, …
S.L.A.P.T is thrilled to announce the upcoming musical production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” A hilarious and heart felt musical, the show is about six spellers (and …
My previous article, “Getting back to School in Earlier Times,” discussed the very early days of schooling in Buena Vista County, and the later history of schools in Storm Lake. This …

Help Storm Laker’s friend wounded in Ukraine

David Motlich as a soldier.

Storm Laker Natalia Wetherell, formerly of Ukraine, is asking the public’s help for her friend, Ukrainian soldier David Motlich, as he recovers from injuries sustained in the Ukrainian/Russian …

New art featured at BVRMC

Larry Garland

Larry Garland biography My painting journey began in September 2010. From that point, I started to find my way through the world of watercolor painting. By taking workshops from internationally …

Sacred Heart, a Gothic style brick church, was constructed and furnished at the approximate cost of $15,000. It was dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus on July 30, 1899. The 125 years will be …
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer the Iowa Master Conservationist program on Thursdays starting Aug. 1 at 6 p.m. The program will take place throughout Buena Vista County, …

Giving sale in Aurelia helps flood victims

Aunt Betty’s in Aurelia became the site of a massive free garage sale for people affected by floods in the area. Aurelians Pam Allen and Amy Mikos had planned to have a garage sale a few …

In partnership with the Alta Community Library, CLIMB Theatre presents its summer reading play, “Country Mouse & City Mouse: Adventures in the Suburbs” live at the Roxy Theater on …
Aurelia photographer Spencer Bezoni has been selected to represent Iowa in the American Association of State Troopers calendar contest. His shot of an Iowa State Patrol cruiser set against the …
The Power Solutions eighth annual Ride for a Cause will benefit Storm Lake twins Ricardo and Roberto, their parents, Roberto Cortes and Ana Cristina Salazar Flores, and their sister, Fernanda. …
By Gordon Linge The Witter Gallery invites you to view the current contemporary folk art exhibition of walking sticks — FUTURISTICKS –– An Exploration Beyond — through …
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Allison Moore graduated from Grinnell College in May.

Times Pilot welcomes Allison Moore

Storm Lake Times Pilot reporter Allison Moore is enjoying her new position. She is a May graduate of Grinnell College and began working in Storm Lake on June 3. “I like learning about new …

Newell librarians share favorite recipes

Two librarians, Hiedi Tuerck and Emma Ryherd, have been directing the Summer Reading Program at the Newell Public Library. Hiedi has been assistant librarian with library director Jensen Bodholdt, …
Obituaries
Eldora Schultze
Eldora Schultze, 99, of Marathon died Monday, July 15, 2024, at Laurens Care Center.  Funeral services will take place Saturday, July 20, at 2 p.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Albert …
Janis Raveling
Janis “Jan” J. Raveling, 81, of Sioux Rapids died Thursday, July 11, 2024, at her home.  Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24, at First United …
Bruce Anderson
Bruce Anderson, 84, of Spencer, formerly of Aurelia, died Saturday, July 13, 2024, at Cherokee Specialty Care. There will be no visitation or services. A private family graveside service …
Catherine Bonham
Catherine Pearl Bonham, Aurelia, passed away peacefully at Accura Nursing Home in Cherokee, June 21, 2024. Celebration of Life services will take place Thursday, July 18, at 2 p.m. at Fratzke …
Maynard Zipf
Maynard Glen Zipf, 87, died on July 10, 2024, in Overland Park, Kan. He was born on March 4, 1937, and grew up in the small town of Fullerton, Neb. He graduated high school in 1954, and then …