City prioritizes Scout Park lift station work

The City of Storm Lake expedited the reconstruction of the Scout Park lift station to 2023 because of its age and city officials became aware of funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that became available.  The Storm Lake City Council hired Simmering-Cory of Storm Lake to write a grant by next month for the lift station’s replacement at the […]

Really, I wasn’t that bad in the end

Putin yelled nukes. A former bombardier for the USA warned there have been more near misses than you will ever know — dude drops his wrench down the silo, it causes a blast and a nuclear warhead popped out into a wheat field but didn’t go off. Whew. Another story said we were in an insurgent civil war right here […]

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Editorial: Giving up on Iowa

Democrats have enough problems in rural America without nudging Iowa out of its pole position in the presidential nominating process. The Democratic National Committee is determined to put some other state in Iowa’s place and make certain that no candidate has to touch down in Sioux City in January ever again. The DNC in a meeting Friday put forward the […]

Letters to the Editor

Questions for SCOTUS hearing Hearings on the confirmation of Judge Jackson to be a justice of the Supreme Court will begin soon.  I sent the following to all members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and hope she will be asked: You have been nominated for justice, not for judge.  Most nominees have been asked if they will follow the law, […]


Four schools each have two players represented on first team

N-F’s Sievers, SM’s Demers headline elite selections Once again, Newell-Fonda featured the best team in the area in girls basketball. But the gap that the Mustangs had on everybody else was smaller this season. Storm Lake St. Mary’s won 22 games, reached the regional finals, and nearly beat the Mustangs in January. Ridge View won 19 games and made it […]

Storm Lake, Alta approve deal with county for soy crush plant

Storm Lake and Alta approved an agreement with Buena Vista County to establish an urban renewal area around a soybean crushing plant south of Hwy. 7. The Storm Lake City Council voted 3-1 on Friday to establish the urban renewal area around Platinum Crush’s soybean crushing plant just south of Lake Creek Country Club. Councilwoman Maggie Martinez voted no. The […]

DeMuth honored for 28 years in law enforcement

Up to 200 people attended a farewell for Capt. Marty DeMuth last Friday upon his retirement from the Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Office. After 28 years in law enforcement, DeMuth has accepted a position with Hy-Vee and will be the manager of security operations at the Cherokee Distribution Center. The appreciation event was held at the secondary roads building where […]

Police and courts report

Storm Lake woman arrested for drug sales A Storm Lake woman was arrested on Monday for selling methamphetamine and marijuana to police informants last fall. At 1 p.m. last Monday, police arrested Alma Thirkettle, 40, in the 300 block of West Milwaukee Avenue. Thirkettle was wanted on warrants charging her with three felony counts of narcotics delivery. Investigators documented five […]

Sievers, Demers share 2022 Times Player of the Year

Sievers’ high skill, knowledge set separates her from other players

Being a leader isn’t something that just comes naturally. It takes a unique individual to make that happen. Macy Sievers was that for Newell-Fonda. The first team all-stater sacrificed her statistics to make sure that other players were contributing. She made sure the ball went to where it needed to go. In essence, Sievers was the engine in the Mustangs’ […]

Hargens, Sievers make boys all-state team

The Iowa Print Sports Writers Association announced its 2022 boys basketball all-state teams on Tuesday, and two Storm Lake area players were recognized. Sioux Central junior Jacob Hargens was selected to the Class 2A second team while Newell-Fonda junior Carter Sievers was a third team pick in Class 1A. The teams were selected by print sports writers during a meeting […]