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City TIF lawsuit survives

A judge allowed the City of Storm Lake’s lawsuit over Buena Vista County’s alleged misappropriation of over $5 million in tax-increment financing revenues to proceed, but limited its …

Grassley: Farm Bill likely to be extended another year

Senator Chuck Grassley addresses concerns about the declining number of family doctors and OB/GYNs from Dr. Tim Rice at Cherokee Regional Medical Center on July 18.

Senator Chuck Grassley R-IA, doesn’t see the possibility of a new farm bill passing before November's presidential election, but instead another one-year extension will be tacked on to the …

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 …

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, …

Friday collisions result in driver injured, power outages

Six vehicles were involved in a series of collisions on Friday afternoon and resulted in an injury and a slate of traffic charges against one of the drivers. At 3:14 p.m. Friday, a 2014 Ford F25 …

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 …

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: Harris for president

President Joe Biden’s decision to not seek a second term was expected, anguishing to anticipate, and necessary for the good of the nation. Biden has been an exceptional leader, rescuing …

Editorials: Not nearly enough

Graham Gillette got it about right, speaking of engineering initiatives along the North Raccoon River to control nitrate pollution. Gillette, a member of the Des Moines Water Works Board that …
When I was a young man in Storm Lake 60 years ago, the city’s summer street improvement projects resurfaced 12 to 20 blocks every year with asphalt, and streets that were really in need were …
Caring Paws, the community volunteer organization behind the drive to create a no kill animal shelter in Storm Lake, has made significant progress in recent months. We have strong leadership and a …
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 …
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 …
Family & Friends

Ahoy! Pirate adventure plays out on stage

A bold discovery on the ship.
“The Vanishing of the Jolly Roger” played to an appreciative audience at Storm Lake Auditorium last Friday. The production culminated a week-long workshop for children interested in …

Buena Vista Co. Conservation events

Coffee & Canvas: Nature Painting The BV County Conservation Board and Witter Gallery are excited to partner up and offer Coffee and Canvas at the Gabrielson Shelter House in Sioux Rapids. …

Open Houses and Card Showers

The family of Shirley Strait will host an open house to celebrate her 90th birthday at Storm Lake United Methodist Church Family Life Center on Saturday, July 27 from 2-4 p.m. No gifts please. …

BVRMC Oncology & Infusion Center donates sunscreen to area pools

BVRMC Oncology & Infusion Center employees, from left: Karen Pantoja, RN; Kelsey Martens, RN; and Susan Buckendahl, patient access coordinator.

Buena Vista Regional Medical Center’s Oncology & Infusion Center donated gallons of sunscreen to area community pools to promote staying safe in the sun during summer activities. …

Final Week at The Witter….

The Witter Gallery will offer two “whittle-awhile” workshops during the final week of the walking stick exhibition. Interested parties are asked to pre-register to reserve a stick (or …

More Family & Friends

The fun was popping at the 73rd Schaller Pop Corn Days despite the scorching temps

Pop Corn Days royalty, queen Claire Wandrey, and princesses Alyssa Beide and RaeLynn Hansen.

The 73rd annual Schaller Pop Corn Days was held last weekend, July 12 and 13, in Schaller. Despite sweltering temperatures, the event saw high attendance and offered various …

Truesdale school reunion Aug. 3

Everyone who attended Truesdale School is invited to attend the school reunion at Pizza Ranch in Storm Lake on Saturday, Aug. 3 at 5 p.m. If you have questions, call 712-291-0121.

SLHS Class of 1974 celebrates 50 years

Seated on the floor, from left: Kate Fitch Hutton, Jill Hollenbeck Demers, Cindy Appleseth, Jeff Myers. Front row, seated, from left: Joann Simpson Stevenson, Lory Preston Krummen, Kim Weeks Aronson, Mary Hamilton, Donna Stieghorst Dose, Alene Engebretson Rickels, Mary Grunig Parsons, Dan Bartles and Terry Brodsack. Second row seated: Elizabeth Rice Anspach, Gary Schramm, Dave Felton and Jeff Mittlestadt. First row standing: Lyle Morse, Nannette Flores Robuck, Deb Anderson Starr, Rich Travis, Vicki Drake Barbero, Joni Boger Wallquist, Terri Thompson Vandercook, Pat Jones, Connie Swenson Demers, Linda Lehman Goyette, Malinda Rosdail Johnson, Jerry Kahl, Dennis Frederick and Calvin Morse. Back row standing: Rob Elk, Rod Oleson, Jeff Dickson, Doug McVinua, Jon Nelson, Dan Veerhusen, Mike Porsch, John Ambroson, John Julius, Dave Georgeffe, Kim Kuyper Janssen, Melanie Lee Manson, Roger Redig and Mike Boyd (hidden). Not pictured: Kevin Frank and Joe Hanson.

The Storm Lake High School Class of 1974 held its 50th reunion July 4 and the following weekend. Attendance was notable. Of the 157 who graduated in the class, 44 attended, 72 counting their spouses. …

Iowa Legal Aid brings Expungement & Employment Barriers clinic

Iowa Legal Aid will bring an Expungement and Employment Barriers Clinic taking place at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 1614 W. 5th St, Storm Lake, on Saturda, Aug. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in …

Early Crossroads Days July 19-20

An Early firetruck makes its way along the parade route at last year’s Crossroads Day parade.

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 …

Work by Marathon native at Sioux City Art Center

Tim Olson with “Trailer Home Murder Triptych,” oil on panel.

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, …

SLAPT brings drama to the Spelling Bee

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 …

High school for all!

Local school bus in 1918. Consolidation increased the average distance from school beyond the previous two mile limit, requiring acquisition of many school buses.

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 …

My Favorite Recipes
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
LuVern Snyder
LuVern E. Snyder, 93, of Schaller died July 20, 2024, at Methodist Manor Retirement Community in Storm Lake. Funeral Mass will take place Thursday, July 25, at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart …
James Black
James F. Black, 88, of Alta died Thursday, July 18, 2024, at his home in Alta, with his loving family by his side. Visitation will be Thursday, July 25, from 5-7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church …
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 …