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RAGBRAI to roll through from Ida Grove to Pocahontas

Galva, Schaller, Nemaha, Newell, Fonda on route

The 49th edition of the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa will pass through many towns in the Storm Lake area, but not Storm Lake itself. On Monday, July 25, which is Day 2 of RAGBRAI, riders will pedal through Galva, Schaller, Nemaha, Newell and Fonda on their way from Ida Grove to Pocahontas. The ride starts July 24 […]

COVID-19 vaccine booster shots are available

BV Public Health has Moderna, J&J in stock
Pfizer also offered at pharmacies

Area public health authorities have stocked thousands of COVID-19 shots in anticipation of federal authorities approving the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines as boosters. Public Health Administrator Julie Sather told The Storm Lake Times the agency’s supplies of both vaccine brands are sufficient for those who are eligible for a booster shot. She said on Thursday morning the agency […]

TikTok vandalism videos create headaches for administrators

Teens face charges

Devious Licks, a trend on the social media platform TikTok, has arrived in Storm Lake and resulted in charges filed against four teenagers. For those who are unfamilar, the trend has users posting videos of themselves stealing items from their schools, such as lunch trays, garbage cans and signs, or showing stolen items, known as “licks.”  Some  of these videos […]

‘Storm Lake’ hits the big screen

New York producers document a community

The stories of Storm Lakers are moving across the state and the nation via the documentary “Storm Lake,” which chronicles life in Buena Vista County through the eyes of The Storm Lake Times. After its opening at the Vista 3 Theatre in Storm Lake Thursday night, the movie, its directors Jerry Risius and Beth Levison and various Times staff members […]

BVRMC requiring staff to receive COVID-19 vaccine


Buena Vista Regional Medical Center will require all staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 ahead of the holiday season. In a letter Friday to employees, CEO Rob Colerick acknowledged that vaccinations as a condition of employment is a matter that “causes much conversation and feelings,” but ultimately allows BVRMC to provide the “safest possible environment” for patients and insure stability operating […]

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 […]

Lenzmeiers settle into new home for holidays

BVU’s first family slows down amid whirlwind

Being home for the holidays is all the more special when your new job comes with a beautiful, partially-furnished home on the lake. Storm Lake High School junior Matt Lenzmeier overheard his mom Betsy on the phone: “Whoa!” he remembers thinking. He pieced together the story. His dad, Dr. Brian Lenzmeier, then provost, would become president of Buena Vista University.  […]

Storm Lake mulls water expansion for industry

Prospect looking for suitable site

Storm Lake City Administration says a study it commissioned about a water expansion is directly related to industrial growth. The city council on Monday approved a $200,000 study with ISG for a comprehensive study of the water distribution system, which includes a water plant with a capacity of five million gallons, 10 wells and three towers.  Building Official Scott Olesen […]

Restrooms close at Sunrise Campground, city parks

Due to a drop in temperatures, the Sunrise Campground and city park restroom facilities have been closed for the season. Shutting the water off protects the water lines from freezing, breaking and causing the need for expensive repairs.