Iowans deserve to know how candidates stand on science-related policy. So we asked them.

Chuck Grassley, seeking an eighth term in the U.S. Senate, is concerned that science is becoming politicized, but fears any official responsible for stopping it could become politicized themselves.  Michael Franken, who is campaigning to take Grassley’s seat, says the government should dismantle giant agricultural monopolies and promote regional food hubs to make Iowa farms more sustainable.  John Norwood, candidate […]

Editorial: Democracy prevails

American democracy and the rule of law withstood their most serious assault since the Civil War. That’s our main reaction watching the videos offered by the House Select Committee on the Jan. 6 insurrection depicting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer begging for troops as rioters stormed the Capitol. The election certification went on, despite the […]

No place you would want to be is safer than Iowa

Iowa is a great place to live. It’s cheap, it’s easy. It’s safe.  Storm Lake is all that in spades. I can drive across town in seven minutes at 25 mph. You can still buy a house for $100,000 around here. The neighbors on Irving Street are great, and they have an eye on each other. Dean and Josie Ellington […]

Editorial: Meeting the candidates

Lynn Evans of Aurelia will be our next state senator by virtue of a June victory in a Republican primary that was waged mainly to the west of Buena Vista County. Evans is a former school superintendent who is practical and sensible and will stick up for rural education. He’s a nice guy with no ideological ax to grind. Megan […]

Letters to the Editor

Rolling Hills response In response to your editorial dated Oct. 12, 2022 regarding the concerns with the regional mental health structure of the Rolling Hills Region, I would like to take the opportunity to point out the facts on the other side of the issue. Iowa Administrative Code 441-25.12 is clear that the Regional Governing Board shall include at least […]

Man stabbed after bar brawl

A verbal altercation at Ike’s Job Site escalated to a stabbing on a gravel road outside of Marathon on the morning of Oct. 11. Court records show Sean Powell, 55, was booked into Buena Vista County Jail at 12:13 p.m. for willful injury, a class D felony. After Ike’s closed that morning, Powell allegedly stabbed a fellow bar patron on […]

Drought deepens as harvest heats up

Swaths of NW Iowa in ‘extreme drought’

Buena Vista County plunged deeper into extreme drought last week, a trend being seen throughout Northwest Iowa as rainfall remains scarce and harvest activities are ahead of schedule. The U.S. Drought Monitor reported last Thursday that 86% of Buena Vista is now under extreme drought — the second highest classification tracked by the monitoring service at the University of Nebraska.  […]

Central uses late spurt to pull away from Buena Vista

Central scored 14 unanswered fourth quarter points to pull away for a 52-27 victory over Buena Vista in an American Rivers Conference game last Saturday at J. Leslie Rollins Stadium. The Dutch jumped out to an early 14-0 lead in the first 5 minutes of the game, but the Beavers had an answer of their own with an 8-yard touchdown […]


Ridge View beats Sibley-Ocheyedan

Tracin Price caught a touchdown pass and returned a fumble for a touchdown to help Ridge View clinch a playoff berth after a 28-7 win over Sibley-Ocheyedan last Friday at Holstein. The Raptors built a 22-0 lead at halftime. Ridge View recorded a safety when Sibley- Ocheyedan fumbled a snap in the end zone for a 2-0 lead. Ridge View […]

Alta-Aurelia drops game to Gehlen

LeMars Gehlen scored 20 unanswered points in the second half as the Jays pulled away to beat Alta-Aurelia 44-14 in the regular season finale last Friday at Alta. Alta-Aurelia opened the scoring when Cade Ahnemann caught a pass from Cale Brechwald and outran the defense for a 17-yard touchdown. The PAT made it 7-0 Warriors with 3:44 left in the […]