BV County prosecutor takes McGee case

Buena Vista County Attorney Paul Allen will prosecute a former Cherokee police officer accused of running over a 6-year-old girl at the intersection of North Roosevelt and East Indian Street last month. Cherokee County Associate District Court Judge Andy Smith approved Cherokee County Attorney Ryan Kolpin’s application for a special prosecutor to represent the state against Michael McGee. Kolpin’s relationship […]

Farmers back on track on eve of corn deadline

Corn farmers have erased their two-week lag in planting and, as of Sunday, kept pace with the state’s five-year average, according to a new U.S. Department of Agriculture report released Tuesday. Corn planting typically starts in mid April, but widespread rainfall across the state — with the exception of far northwest Iowa — delayed farmers for weeks. They were two […]

Ripping up CRP is a terrible signal for the planet

Awhile back it sounded and felt like things could really take a turn for the better: President Joe Biden named Tom Vilsack secretary of agriculture, a pragmatic Iowan who knew the ropes and could bring people along on climate change. Vilsack was talking about building a resilient agriculture and food regime centered around conservation and sustainability. He is a smart […]

Editorial: Primary considerations

There’s too much outside influence on our politics. That’s just one more reason to vote for Rep. Dennis Bush of Cleghorn and Lynn Evans of Aurelia in the Republican primary election June 7 for state legislature. Bush is running for re-election to the House, serving western Buena Vista and Cherokee counties. Evans is running for the Senate nomination in a […]

Letters to the Editor

Evans the best choice for Senate District 3 With reapportionment based on the 2020 census, new House and Senate districts have been drawn to reflect the changes in population. The 2022 general election in November will be the first time we will vote in our new districts. The new Senate District 3, which includes Osceola, O’Brien, Buena Vista and parts […]

Clausen becomes first local golfer to win Lake Creek Amateur

Shoots 3-under-par to hold off Anderson by two strokes

Storm Lake resident Aaron Clausen became the first local golfer to win the Lake Amateur on Sunday after carding rounds of 71 and 70 to claim the title by two strokes over former champion J.D. Anderson of Johnston in an event completed under gusty conditions at Buena Vista University Golf Course at Lake Creek over the weekend. The Lake Creek […]

Plymouth County farm sells for $25,000 per acre

Farmland in Northwest Iowa tends to be the most valuable in the state and that was proven again last Friday morning in Le Mars. A 100-acre farm in Plymouth County was sold by Brock Auction Company for $25,000 per acre. The farm features 96.33 tillable acres with a Corn Suitability Rating (CSR2) of 92.7. When the gavel dropped, the land […]

Breeze puts up new docks

$50,000 worth of docks amenity to residents, open to the public

New docks installed by The Breeze Condominiums Owners Association in the last two weeks are chiefly for condo residents, but the public is welcome to use them also, says Shawn Foutch of Foutch Properties. The large foursome of docks across the street from the three-story condos will accommodate 11 hoists. About half of the spaces are filled. “We are reserving […]

BVU’s Simpson All-American in three events

Buena Vista senior thrower Becca Simpson closed out her 2022 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championship performance by becoming an All-American in all three events she qualified for. Last Thursday she claimed third place in the javelin throw by tossing 44.19 meters on her very first attempt. It was the program’s highest-ever finish in the event. Simpson then […]

SC’s Casey ties for sixth in 2A state tournament

Sioux Central’s Kendra Casey finished in a tie for sixth place in the Class 2A girls state golf tournament played at Pheasant Ridge Golf Course in Cedar Falls last Thursday and Friday. Casey carded an 85 in the first round last Thursday and came back with an 80 in the second round to finish with a 165. The state champions […]