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Time for new presidential candidates in 2024

Sherlock Holmes’ statement, “It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data,” in Arthur Conan Doyle’s “A Study in Scarlet,” is a pearl of wisdom to use when thinking about America’s political future. The following data applies to the Nov. 5, 2024, presidential election notion that Donald Trump and Joe Biden are too old to be president. First, […]

Editorial: Good for St. Mary’s

The Iowa Legislature and Gov. Kim Reynolds moved swiftly this week to approve vouchers for families of private school students worth about $7,800 per student starting next year. It is estimated that the vouchers could cost $1 billion, but it is hard to project. For example, it will be good for St. Mary’s School (our alma mater). It should increase […]

Oscar nomination for ‘Storm Lake’ producer

One of the people who made the film “Storm Lake” two years ago, a documentary about our community as seen through the eyes of The Storm Lake Times, has been nominated for an Academy Award for her latest work. Beth Levison, a New York filmmaker, is co-producer of “The Martha Mitchell Effect,” which was nominated this week for an Oscar […]

Long-term care access at risk in rural Iowa

Nursing homes, including Whispering Heights in Rock Valley, are under tremendous financial pressure due to a number of factors that have occurred during the nearly three years of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. For instance, at Whispering Heights, our total expenses have increased over 41.2% during the past three years, while the state Medicaid reimbursement rate has remained the same […]

Forever and a day

I tripped and knocked over my golf clubs and bag in the garage the other day and as I picked them up it dawned on me that I haven’t swung them for about eight years and probably won’t ever again. Suddenly sad and melancholy, I started looking around the garage and saw my youngest son’s old Little League bag with […]

Lottie missed her parents, burned down school 4 times

Mike Overmohle not only likes to find old schoolhouses, but interesting stories about them — like the teacher who set fire to her school four times and it became a local whodunnit mystery. The Storm Lake newspapers unearthed by Overmohle described how Lottie Cole confessed, after the fact, to the fires she started at Washington #7 school just northeast of […]

Overmohle tracks down 8 more one-room schools

Good work, Times Pilot readers! You helped schoolhouse sleuth Mike Overmohle identify six more schoolhouses in Buena Vista County.  In an article that ran in February 2022, we learned that the Storm Lake resident had documented 25 schoolhouses still standing in the county.  They are usually hidden in plain sight, as a house that’s been added on to, or a […]

SL wrestlers edge Cherokee on tiebreaker criteria, 38-37

Storm Lake and Cherokee wrestled to a 37-37 draw, but the Tornadoes were declared the winner after the tiebreaker criteria (fewest forfeits) in their Lakes Conference dual match on Tuesday at Cherokee. Storm Lake began the dual with a win by forfeit from Javier Najera at 113. Christian Roque won by decision 10-7 at 120 pounds to give Storm Lake […]

SL boys use third quarter spurt to beat rival Cherokee

Storm Lake scored 17 unanswered points in the third quarter to erase a five-point deficit and the Tornadoes never relinquished the lead as they beat Lakes Conference arch-rival Cherokee 79-69 on Tuesday at Tornado Fieldhouse. Cherokee made a 3-point shot to go ahead 45-40 with about 5 minutes left in the third quarter when Storm Lake went on its run. […]

Sluggish second half hurts SL girls in Lakes loss to Cherokee

Cherokee, ranked No. 12 in Class 3A, scored 15 unanswered points in the third quarter to take control as the Braves went on to hand Storm Lake a 67-49 setback in a Lakes Conference game on Tuesday at Tornado Fieldhouse. Storm Lake led for much of the first half until the final seconds when Cherokee made a 3-pointer to take […]