Stowe says talks with politicians were ‘hollow gestures’ By ART CULLEN The Des Moines Water Works Board of Trustees is expected to vote Tuesday to file a federal lawsuit against Buena Vista, Calhoun and Sac counties over nitrate pollution in the Raccoon River. CEO Bill Stowe told The...
Alta woman chooses water birth following C-section By DOLORES CULLEN DO TRY THIS AT HOME, is the advice of an Alta couple whose daughter was born at home on Feb. 17 via water birth. “We would do it every time,” said Nathaniel Jones, who was thrilled to see his wife Rachelle’s...
Chief uneasy for privacy concerns By WHITNEY ROBINSON Two bills that would require police officers to wear body cameras have been introduced in the Iowa House. “Although new, the technology is excellent,” said Storm Lake Police Chief Mark Prosser. The bill would require law...
Fourth of July committee announces theme            Although this winter’s cold weather makes the Fourth of July feel like a long ways off, the Storm Lake Star Spangled Spectacular Committee has been hard at work planning for the 2015...

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Stowe says talks with politicians were ‘hollow gestures’ By ART CULLEN The Des Moines Water Works Board of Trustees is expected to vote Tuesday to file a federal lawsuit against Buena Vista, Calhoun and Sac counties over nitrate pollution in the Raccoon River. CEO Bill Stowe told The...
Network could connect city, county, schools Engineer explores route, costs By WHITNEY ROBINSON The City of Storm Lake is looking into running fiber optics east to west through the middle of the community, potentially with the school district and county. The city uses fiber optics to control the...

Sports

Newell-Fonda’s Mallory Sievers forces a jump ball with Burlington Notre Dame’s

DeeDee Gilbert during Wednesday night’s state semifinal game. Photo by

Scott Kilbride

Thursday, 05/03/15
Mustangs come back from 13-point early deficit to beat defending state champions, 63-56 Newell-Fonda will play either Exira/EH-K or Springville for title BY JAMIE KNAPP When shots aren’t falling, you’d better play tenacious defense and stay with your game plan. That’...

Pocahontas Area/Laurens-Marathon players celebrate after coming back to beat

No. 13 Clear Lake 63-59 in the first round of the Class 3A girls state tournament on

Tuesday night in Des Moines. The Indians played Crestwood in the semifinals on

Thursday night. Photo by Chris Vrba

Thursday, 05/03/15
No. 2 Indians rally late to beat Clear Lake, 63-59 PAC played Crestwood in Thursday’s semifinals The shots weren’t falling, the third quarter was a near disaster and the opponent kept making baskets. Somehow, Pocahontas Area/Laurens-Marathon survived it all to play another...

A member of the Storm Lake trapshooting team takes aim during a tournament.

Thursday, 05/03/15
The Storm Lake Trapshooting team is ready to begin its spring season and it’s not too late to join the team. The season runs from March 3 through May 18 and practices are held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons starting at 4:30 p.m. and include classroom work focusing on safety,...

Family & Friends

Cheryl Abbas relaxes amidst the items for sale at Helping Hands. This native

Californian is looking forward to spring.

Thursday, 05/03/15
By DOLORES CULLEN Have you met Cheryl Abbas at the Helping Hands center in Albert City? It’s a former restaurant on Main Street that now serves folks in need of food, clothing or just a listening ear. Cheryl volunteers her time as the center’s director....

Dan Maier

Thursday, 05/03/15
The public is invited to enjoy refreshments and sweets in celebration of the retirement of trooper Dan Maier, #215. The party will be held on Friday, March 13 from 1-4 p.m. at Lake Avenue Lounge banquet hall, 615 Lake Ave. in Storm Lake.

Opinions

The Iowa Legislature last year approved a bill allowing epileptics to possess and use a certain form of cannabis (marijuana) oil that contains no THC, the psychoactive material that gives humans a buzz. The bill’s passage came after several parents brought their afflicted children to help...
Gov. Terry Branstad has a bad habit of putting businessmen who file for bankruptcy in charge of the Iowa Board of Regents, from which they launch strategic plans to imperil higher education. During his first tenure as governor, Branstad installed Republican fundraiser Marvin Pomerantz as chairman...
By ART CULLEN The Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors stands firmly in the vocal minority of Iowans when it comes to a potential lawsuit over nitrates in the Raccoon River. The Des Moines Register’s Iowa Poll reported Friday that 63% of those surveyed said that the Des Moines Water...
By DON BEHM As I write this story the whole world seems to be in a war or near war. The Middle East is in the worst kind of war. Neighbors are killing neighbors and terrible atrocities are happening like beheading innocent people. The United States has been part of wars in this area for over 10...

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