2021-03-24

Rising livestock numbers feed nitrate load

Confinements nearly triple over 15 years in North Raccoon watershed

Copyright, 2021, The Storm Lake Times Company The fastest growing segment of nitrate pollution in Iowa can be traced from the unconstrained expansion of livestock confinements since 2000, a University of Iowa hydrologist and a host of other environmental advocates argue.   Chris Jones, a research engineer with the Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research in Iowa City, said the problem […]

BV County Foundation awards $39,000 

The Buena Vista County Community Foundation has announced the 2021 spring grant awardees. Out of 18 applicants, the foundation’s board has awarded seven agencies awards totaling $39,000:  City of Alta: $5,000, airbag rescue tools Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Office: $5,000, K-9 program Hope Evangelical Free Church: $5,000, sidewalk for children with disabilities Storm Lake Police Department: $5,000, Seneca Park basketball court […]

Editorial: We need your support 


The newspaper industry was taking on water before the pandemic nearly submerged it. Advertising evaporated overnight. Several Iowa newspapers closed last summer or were folded into larger publications. We managed to stay afloat through donations from readers and the Payroll Protection Program.  Pandemic or not, the first quarter of the year is always bad for newspapers. It was worse this year […]

Storm Lake girls track will feature more depth, options

Numbers a strength, experience a concern

Filling every event and having options in every event shouldn’t be a problem for Storm Lake’s girls track and field team this season. The Tornadoes have plenty of athletes out, which will provide the team a lot of depth. “Numbers is our strength,” Storm Lake coach Evan Franzmeier said. “We currently have 43 girls out. We should be able to […]

Buena Vista opens ARC play by taking 3 of 4 from Simpson

Beavers score 36 runs in four-game series

It’s been customary over the years at Buena Vista home baseball games that the Vengabus song is played every time the Beavers score a run. The bus made a lot of stops in Storm Lake over the weekend. Thirty-six to be exact. Buena Vista opened American Rivers Conference play by scoring 36 runs in four games against Simpson, winning three […]

ARC softball opener not kind to BVU in sweep by Simpson

Beavers score six runs in three-game series

Buena Vista couldn’t get the bats to come to life last weekend as the Beavers fell again at Simpson 6-2 as the Storm completed the three-game series sweep on Sunday. A two-run home run in the second inning put Simpson in front early before the Beavers cut the deficit in half in the third by scoring an unearned run following […]

BVU doesn’t get the ending it wanted in volleyball season finale

Buena Vista had its eyes set on a strong finish to its adjusted season, but the Beavers came up on the short end of a 3-0 loss to preseason favorite Dubuque last Saturday at Siebens Fieldhouse. The Beavers got off to a quick start in the opening set with a 6-2 lead, but Dubuque responded with a 12-5 run for […]

Storm Lake woman fought COVID-19 while pregnant

Villanueva is doing fine, but it was dicey

A severe case of COVID-19 had Esmeralda Villanueva of Storm Lake shaking, sweating and coughing, but after midnight early Saturday morning, it got so bad she decided to go to the emergency room, and she’s glad she did.  At 34 weeks pregnant, Buena Vista Regional Medical Center staff quickly diagnosed Esmeralda with preeclampsia. She was rushed to Sioux City, and […]

SL police launch ‘Operation Hoop Dreams’ at Seneca Park

The Storm Lake Police Department has received a $5,000 grant from the Buena Vista County Foundation, which will be used to partner with the City of Storm Lake, Storm Lake Parks and the Public Works Department to pour a regulation-sized basketball half-court in Seneca Park, just north of the police station.  The project allows for the ability to expand to […]

Police and Courts: Newlyweds arrested after altercation

A fight between a newlywed couple in Newell resulted in a pair of arrests Monday night, the wife for allegedly driving drunk with a child and the husband for battering her before she left.  Court documents filed on Monday show Newell police responded to 318 S. Franklin St. for a domestic disturbance. Blake Bohe, 31, allegedly told police he was […]