Parishioners and visitors pose in front of the “new” church, built in 1952.

About 50 families remain. TIMES photo by DOLORES CULLEN

Even weddings and funerals will fade from Varina ‘Alone with none but thee, my God, I journey on my way.’ FROM A POEM BY ST. COLUMBKILLE OF IRELAND BY DOLORES CULLEN St. Columbkille’s Church in Varina survived two tornadoes and the closing of its Catholic school over its 136...

Left: Abbie Watts with her gander Heidi.

Right: Kelly Jensen’s peacock is a first at the fair.

You wonder if Heidi the gander’s honking keeps Pete the peacock aflutter at night awaiting the really big show BY DOLORES CULLEN Poultry entries at the Buena Vista County Fair have expanded to nearly fill the small animal building on the fairgrounds. And entering, you’ll hear roosters...
Don Brazel harvested this four and a half pound zucchini from his garden in Truesdale. He’s been gardening for 60 years and says this will be his last. Send us your pictures of exceptional vegetables to run in The Storm Lake Times! Email dcullen@stormlake.com 

The 2018 Schaller Popcorn Days royalty were visiting Storm Lake on the

Fourth of July. They are: Princess Beth Bailey, Queen Kenzee Wunschel

and Princess Jordan Grotho. The big celebration starts today and continues

through Saturday. And remember, all the free popcorn you can eat.

Free popcorn all weekend Schaller Popcorn Days will be held Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14 and is sponsored by the Schaller Chamber of Commerce. There will be free popcorn all weekend! Here is a schedule provided by the Schaller Jaycees:  Friday, July 13 • Lutheran Church food stand...

Parishioners and visitors pose in front of the “new” church, built in 1952.

About 50 families remain. TIMES photo by DOLORES CULLEN

Left: Abbie Watts with her gander Heidi.

Right: Kelly Jensen’s peacock is a first at the fair.

The 2018 Schaller Popcorn Days royalty were visiting Storm Lake on the

Fourth of July. They are: Princess Beth Bailey, Queen Kenzee Wunschel

and Princess Jordan Grotho. The big celebration starts today and continues

through Saturday. And remember, all the free popcorn you can eat.

Local News

Even if early childhood project is okayed, old site is relief valve Enrollment projected to grow BY TOM CULLEN Storm Lake Supt. Stacey Cole is open to keeping East Early Childhood as part of the solution to the district’s spacing issues. Cole told The Storm Lake Times Wednesday one of her...
Realtor says small towns need it to make single-family projects work BY TOM CULLEN The suspension of the state’s workforce housing tax credit is threatening the construction of new homes in the Storm Lake area. Storm Lake City Manager Keri Navratil told The Storm Lake Times last month...

Sports

Alta-Aurelia’s Lily Peterson, Jess Flaherty, Brittany Turnquist, Alicia

Turnquist and Abby Kramer receive the state tournament banner.

TIMES photo by JAMIE KNAPP

Friday, 13/07/18
Alta-Aurelia meets Iowa City Regina in first round Regals will be a battle tested team BY JAMIE KNAPP Iowa City Regina is one of those teams that fits the label of battle tested. The Regals have played a lot of softball games — 38 in fact — and a majority of their schedule...

Newell-Fonda players celebrate another trip to the state

softball tournament after beating North Union 10-0 on

Monday. Photo by SCOTT KILBRIDE

Friday, 13/07/18
Mustangs look to put pressure on defense BY JAMIE KNAPP Mikayla Houge is a strikeout pitcher. She relies on it to get outs and so does her defense. But what happens when she doesn’t get those strikeouts and the defense behind her has to make plays? That will be the big question...
Friday, 13/07/18
Alex Snyder fired a four-hitter and struck out 15 batters, and Keaton Mork drove in four runs as Alta-Aurelia opened Class 2A district tournament play with a 5-0 win over East Sac County on Tuesday at Alta. Alta-Aurelia, now 18-4, will play Unity Christian (19-9) in a district final game...

Family & Friends

Friday, 13/07/18
The Star Spangled Spangled Spectacular Kiddie Parade, held at 6 p.m. on July 3, was well attended with lots of creative entries. This “Fourth of July Cookout” entry won first place. Brooklyn and Madison Dorondo of Houston, Texas are the “chefs....
Friday, 13/07/18
Children aged 12-24 months competed in the walking contest in the Buena Vista County Fair on Sunday, July 8. From left: Lesley Kestel with daughter Reese, Destiny Archer with daughter Kaylee Mae, Ruben Quiroz, Emily Ellison with daughter Finley.

Opinions

EDITORIALS BY ART CULLEN Stacey Cole takes up a huge job as Storm Lake schools superintendent with one most challenging task immediately in front of her: getting a new early childhood education center built without use of a sales tax. The need is obvious, the site selected and planning underway...
FILLERS  BY JOHN CULLEN New research by the University of Notre Dame and University of Illinois-Chicago confirms what newspaper publishers have been saying all along: communities without newspapers often end up with poorly run governments and higher costs. “When local newspapers aren...
Civic Skinny DES MOINES CITYVIEW The first thing Gov. Kim Reynolds said after Fred Hubbell won the democratic nomination to oppose her was that “he has no idea what it’s like not to be rich.” But apparently it’s only certain millionaires she disdains....
STRAY THOUGHTS BY RANDY EVANS Don’t be surprised if a guy named Jamie Campbell turns out to be one of the key players in the 2018 race for Iowa governor. Campbell’s name will not be on the ballot in November. He will not be crisscrossing the state, appearing at one campaign event...

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