Immigration

Storm Lake man lost both of his parents to COVID-19

José was laid back, Lidia was tough 

While most of us anticipate a summer when we can forget about Covid, one Storm Lake family won’t forget. They lost both parents to the virus.  José Florentino Estrada, 90, died Nov. 13, 2020, and his wife Lidia Valadez-Chavez, 73, died Feb. 11. Both lived in Storm Lake for the past five years.  Grieving the loss are their 12 children: […]

After 20 years in SL, advocate for Dreamers becomes citizen


A patriotic flower arrangement and a flag greeted Ofelia Rumbo Valdez last Thursday when she arrived at Pro Co-op in Pocahontas, where she works.  The day before it became official: She’s a U.S. citizen. “It’s been such a journey!” she exclaims. “I praise God for this honor, responsibility and privilege.”  She said it was nerve wracking to go in front […]