Relief is just around the corner

Hunkered down behind these four walls on Irving Street since March, it was good to hear Dr. Anthony Fauci say that the cavalry is just over the hill and on its way to rescue me with a vaccine in a matter of weeks or months. Pfizer and Moderna each announced within the past few days that their genetic COVID-19 vaccines […]

Schaller man injured on I-29 near Glenwood

A construction worker from Schaller was struck by a semitrailer Tuesday in southwest Iowa, Iowa State Patrol reports. Wayne Hanson, 70, was reportedly taken to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha after he was struck by a northbound truck on at approximately 12:34 p.m. in a construction zone on Interstate 29 at mile marker 32 near Glenwood. According […]

What’s a sewer plant worth?

Facing $10M upgrade, Tyson takes city facility

Tyson Foods is expected to purchase the wastewater treatment plant it has been leasing from the City of Storm Lake for one dollar because it’s subject to nearly $10 million in DNR phosphorous reduction mandates.   A city-commissioned appraisal released on Monday outlines a no-win situation for the 54-year-old wastewater facility: convert the property to agland to the tune of […]

Reynolds defends decision to not require masks in Iowa schools

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is defending her decision to not require masks in Iowa schools, saying on Tuesday she believes “we’re not seeing a lot of transmission from the students” in classrooms. “Right now, we’re going to stay where we’re at with that,” Reynolds said. Reynolds announced her strictest mask requirements yet on Monday, ordering Iowans to wear a mask […]

Celebrate the holidays with a pot of boar’s head soup

You can find a fresh one at El Mexicano

You’re browsing among the turkeys and hams at Walmart, thinking of what to cook for Thanksgiving. Suddenly you get the feeling you’re being stared at.  There are pig heads for sale, “vacuumed sealed, eyes attached, some closed, some looking right at you,” according to reader Carolyn Bonham, who stared right back and took a picture.  The pig heads were available […]

SL superintendent cautions that some pods could go virtual

Ballooning hospitalizations and coronavirus case counts finally prompted Gov. Kim Reynolds on Monday to impose a mask mandate and limits on social gathering, but area government agencies are still making preparations as though the spread is completely out of control.  Restrictions of public life are beginning to tighten, beginning with schools.   The Alta-Aurelia School Board is testing a hybrid […]

Deloris McKibban

Deloris J. “Dee” McKibban, 75, of Early passed away on Nov. 16, 2020, at UnityPoint-St. Luke’s Hospital of Sioux City. A Private Family Funeral Service will be held Thursday, Nov. 19, at Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove. Rev. Missy Brown will officiate. Committal Services open to the public will be held at 12 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19, in […]

Freshman claims BVU Super Smash Bros. esports title

Marching band member who plays tennis adds esports to his co-curricular slate

Michael Schreck came to Buena Vista University this fall intent on playing in the marching band and tennis for the Beavers. He made history as BVU’s first esports champion. Schreck, a freshman from Willey, topped 12 fellow BVU students in the university’s fall Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament, an esports offering directed by Trevor Berneking, who coaches BVU esports as […]

Ridge View athletes make all-district and conference teams

These Ridge View athletes made the Class A District 10 all-district football team this season. Pictured from left to right are, front row: Zander Ernst, Chayden Wright, Brody Deitering, Tyhler Kolpin, Kolton Luscombe and Connor Naberhaus. Second row: Ben Spina, Kole Winkel, Brecken Conover and Logan Pickhinke. Not pictured are Cade Harriman, Beau Blackmore and Earnie Clayton. These Ridge View […]

IDPH limiting fans at sporting events

The Iowa Department of Public Health last week provided some updated guidelines that will affect area athletic competitions and other events from now to Nov. 30. Moving forward, only two guests will be allowed per participant. All spectators over the age of 2 will need to wear a mask covering the mouth and nose at all times. Members of the […]