The rules of public meetings

Ever attend a meeting of your city council, school board, or county board of supervisors? What rules govern their meetings? Do you know whether or how you can participate? A quick review of the basics about local governments might be useful. All local governments generally follow Robert’s Rules of Order to run their meetings. But because officials are elected, most […]

Editorial: Reynolds likes a fight

Gov. Kim Reynolds takes a risk in signing on with six other Republican-led states suing President Joe Biden on his student debt relief program. Reynolds and the other plaintiffs claim the program benefits the elite and forces people who choose not to attend college to pay off the debt. The debt relief program would benefit some 400,000 Iowans, not all […]

Well-fed farmers find biting hand that feeds them tastes so good

It’s going to be a banner year around here despite the drought and all the other troubles. Corn is coming in at over 200 bushels per acre. Prices remain strong, with premiums popping up on spot localized shortages. Land is selling in the neighborhood of $20,000 per acre, rising interest rates be damned — that’s the power of accumulated cash. […]

Editorial: Hank Kimball lives

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and the USDA offer a great program that is expanding across the country: Farmers can get a $5 per acre discount on crop insurance planting cover crops. Every bit helps, but … it sounds like Hank Kimball, the Extension Agent on Green Acres, had a hand in writing the rules: You can’t get the discount […]


Spartans win, 46-16

Buena Vista jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead and held a 16-12 advantage at the half, but the University of Dubuque rallied to score 27 third quarter points and spoil homecoming with a 46-16 win last Saturday at J. Leslie Rollins Stadium. BVU had the screen pass working effectively in the early going with quarterback Zach Herrera connecting with […]

Remsen St. Mary’s wins ranked showdown with N-F

The combination of big plays, turnovers and inability to score in the red zone generally doesn’t lead to successful football. That was the case for Newell-Fonda as the Mustangs, ranked fourth in 8-man, had all of those things working not in their favor in a 61-13 loss to No. 1 Remsen St. Mary’s in a showdown for the district title […]

Storm Lake can’t recover from early deficit to D-S

Denison-Schleswig scored on all five of its offensive possessions in the first half and also blocked a punt and recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown as the Monarchs defeated Storm Lake 42-7 in a district game last Friday at Tornado Stadium. Denison-Schleswig scored on its first possession of the game when Luke Wiebers ran 8 yards for […]

SL housing project gets $950,000 in state aid

Sorbe plans to start on 36 units this fall

A Cedar Falls real estate developer received $950,000 in state workforce housing tax credits to build a 36-unit apartment complex next to the Tenth Street Townhomes. Storm Lake native Nick Sorbe of Echo Development Group was awarded the amount from the Iowa Economic Development Authority last week. Sorbe expects to receive bids on the apartments this fall and break ground […]

Reinerts share recipes during National 4-H week

National 4-H Week is Oct. 2-8, so we are featuring Nicole Reinert, Buena Vista County Youth Coordinator. Nicole began working at BV County Extension as office assistant last October and began her new position in May. “As Youth Coordinator, I’m very busy in the summer with the BV County Fair,” Nicole mentioned. “I help with lots of 4-H things and […]

Christmas through the decades at Santa’s Castle

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It’s October, not too soon to start thinking of Christmas, and Santa’s Castle. Santa’s Castle volunteers have cooked up a clever theme for 2022: “Through the Decades.” The first floor will be divided into sections, each devoted to a different decade starting with the 1950s and ending with the 2000s. Imagine what you got for Christmas in 1974. Was it […]