The end of an era: Jim and Rae Miller’s final harvest

A legacy of farming that spanned generations finds its final chapter

Amidst the idyllic landscapes of rural Iowa, a story steeped in family tradition, tireless effort, and century-old farming heritage is drawing to a close. Jim and Rae Miller, stewards of their rural Fonda farm for decades, still fondly recollect when they concluded their last harvest in 2021.  Their recent retirement marks the final pages of a multigenerational narrative, etching an […]

Ploeger is grandmother to Iowa Pork Queen AND young author

‘Hiccup the Wonder Pig’ is prize-winning story

Subscriber Nancy Ploeger of Schaller is rightly proud of her granddaughters Enley and Elle Ploeger of Pierson.  Enley entered the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation’s writing contest “Bushel of Stories” as a fifth grader in 2021 and won. Her story “Hiccup the Wonder Pig” was illustrated and published.  Enley’s charming tale recounts Elle’s experience of caring for a pig, Hiccup, who […]

Art Crawl & Brawl


Bringing back Gordon Linge and Sheri Davenport Witter Gallery will host a fundraiser this fall to support the operations of the gallery. Witter Gallery Art Crawl & Brawl is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 30. The day includes short film screenings, a tour and reception at Santa’s Castle, a special art presentation by Gordon Linge at Witter Gallery and the Art […]

Fireman charged with pilfering $8,000 from volunteer association

Volunteer association seeks audit to determine the full impact of losses

The former treasurer of the Storm Lake Volunteer Firefighters Association was arrested for misappropriating $7,770 from the association’s coffers over a six-month period.  Jesus Rojo, 28, was booked into the Buena Vista County Jail on Thursday for felony second-degree theft. Rojo allegedly misappropriated $7,770 in association funds for his personal use from January to July, according to a statement issued […]

Tornado teams shine in Storm Lake cross country invitational

Kampbell sets school record in girls race Silvia Kampbell set a new school record time and finished 13th overall to help Storm Lake place ninth in the Storm Lake Invitational on Tuesday at Sunrise Pointe Golf Course. MOC-Floyd Valley won the meet with 70 points. Storm Lake scored 196. Kampbell finished the course in a time of 21 minutes, 8 […]

Alta-Aurelia hands St. Mary’s setback in Twin Lakes Conference match

Ella Nielsen went 14-for-16 in hitting with 11 kills and Kadence Langschwager was 14-for-14 in serving with five aces to help Alta-Aurelia defeat Storm Lake St. Mary’s in a Twin Lakes Conference match on Tuesday at Alta. Scores were 25-9, 25-10, 25-8. Breyer Anderson went 8-for-9 in hitting with five kills for the Warriors. Nora Peterson was 7-for-8 with five […]

The family that shoots together …

Alta family part of Western Iowa Border Agents group

What does your family do when you get together? The Goodwins of Alta participate in shootouts. They belong to the Western Iowa Border Agents, a group that dresses in turn-of-the-century outfits and dramatize robberies and the ensuing gunfights. They even bring along a metal “jail” in which to lock the bad guys. Ten of the 15 members who appeared Sunday […]

Ridge View stays unbeaten in Western Valley after easy win over OABCIG

Rowan Jensen went 29-for-34 in hitting with 16 kills and Taya Phillips was 17-for-17 in serving with four aces to help Ridge View beat Western Valley Conference rival OABCIG on Tuesday at Holstein. Scores were 25-8, 25-15, 25-7. Sydney Blackmore went.  8-for-10 in hitting with six kills for the Raptors, now 13-2. Madison Stowater was 12-for-12 with four kills, Phillips […]

Cheering the Green & White

Storm Lake High School Cheerleaders fired up the crowd for the homecoming pep rally Wednesday.

Buena Vista beats Martin Luther in three close sets in non-league match

Buena Vista continued its nonconference schedule on Tuesday at Martin Luther and came away with a three-set sweep of the Knights in New Ulm, Minn. The Knights had 15 kills in the opening set compared to only nine from BVU, but the Beavers were able to take advantage of nine serving errors and seven attack errors to escape the frame […]