JOSHUA
MERCHANT
Buena Vista’s
18th president
Merchant’s background is in fundraising Buena Vista University has named Joshua Merchant as its new president, succeeding President Fred Moore, who is stepping down  after 22 years of service. Merchant will assume the role as BVU’s 18th president July 1. Merchant currently...

Left: The intricately painted concrete dragon and wheel appear to have

survived their first Iowa winter. Right: SomBoun Bounyabout, Vanhthong

Khammavong, Yeang Voravong, Siphanlt Seangchanpheng and Reno

Kavan pause from their work Saturday. They hope to finish the building

this summer. TIMES photos by DOLORES CULLEN

Work is progressing on the interior in the new building at Storm Lake’s Buddhist Temple. Construction director Reno Kavan, although he belongs to St. John Lutheran Church, respects the Buddhist tradition. He enjoys working with the monk and other helpers who have created colorful concrete...

Drew Binning enlists “Moses” to ask August Satibanchong to prom. They

embrace while Kevin Thayer documents the moment. TIMES photo by

DOLORES CULLEN

Elaborate date asks fill YouTube BY DOLORES CULLEN It’s little wonder these girls say yes to the elaborate proposals to go to prom or “promposals” at Storm Lake High School. Senior Kevin Xayyavong went so far as to get the police involved when he set out to prompose to Emma...
JOSHUA
MERCHANT
Buena Vista’s
18th president

Left: The intricately painted concrete dragon and wheel appear to have

survived their first Iowa winter. Right: SomBoun Bounyabout, Vanhthong

Khammavong, Yeang Voravong, Siphanlt Seangchanpheng and Reno

Kavan pause from their work Saturday. They hope to finish the building

this summer. TIMES photos by DOLORES CULLEN

Drew Binning enlists “Moses” to ask August Satibanchong to prom. They

embrace while Kevin Thayer documents the moment. TIMES photo by

DOLORES CULLEN

Local News

CCP tries to pull out of agreement, citing maintenance costs COUNCIL DISMISSES AGENT BY TOM CULLEN The Storm Lake City Council Monday dismissed closing four railroad crossings in the city and increasing funding for maintenance of automated gate crossings at the crossings, despite a plea from an...
Engineers lay out tent and RV sites, cottages BY TOM CULLEN The Storm Lake City Council authorized a $9,100 professional services agreement with I&S Group that would initiate the design of a campground and cottages that would be located on the east side of the Storm Lake Marina. Public Works...

Sports

Wednesday, 22/02/17
Ruffridge places fourth, Solko fifth Pocahontas Area/Laurens-Marathon’s Shea Ruffridge and Alta-Aurelia’s Skylar Solko each made the medal stand by placing in the top eight at their respective weight at the state wrestling tournamernt last weekend at Wells Fargo Arena in Des...
Wednesday, 22/02/17
Indians get past Carroll Kuemper, 63-34 Pocahontas Area/Laurens-Marathon will be defending its Class 3A state basketball title. The second-ranked Indians are heading back to the girls state tournament after they beat Carroll Kuemper 63-34 in a regional final game last Saturday at Manson...

Alta-Aurelia’s Tayler Gano battles Tri-Center’s

Ben Sorenson for a rebound during last

Thursday’s district tournament game in Alta.

TIMES photo by JAMIE KNAPP

Wednesday, 22/02/17
Warriors use stingy defense to beat Tri-Center, 54-36 Ryan Radke had made only 14 3-pointers all season, so him shooting from long range was probably one of the least of Tri-Center’s worries. Radke made the Trojans pay for not locating him on the perimeter. The Alta-Aurelia...

Family & Friends

Matt and Katie Brostad with daughters, Nora and Clare.

Wednesday, 22/02/17
MY FAVORITE RECIPES BY MARY CULLEN Katie and Matt Brostad of Storm Lake keep busy with their young family and their jobs. They have two daughters – Nora, four-years-old, attends St. Mary’s Preschool and Clare will turn two years old on March 4. Katie...

Fred and Tracy Nevill finished fifth overall at Iowa

BBQ Society.

Wednesday, 22/02/17
AROUND TOWN BY MARY CULLEN Fred and Tracy Nevill of Oversize Load BBQ in Albert City have done it again. In January, the couple went to the annual Iowa awards banquet in Ames for the Iowa BBQ Society. There they won first place in the state of Iowa for their ribs as...

Opinions

BY ART CULLEN The Storm Lake School Board and Supt. Carl Turner will certainly have their work cut out for them in covering space needs if the Iowa Legislature does not extend the sunset of the school sales tax past 2029. Without that sales tax, the board will have to sell the idea of a new early...
EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK BY ART CULLEN People not so enlightened as I have told me that if you lock three women in a room together, two will scratch out the third’s eyes. If you lock five men in a room together, three will suck all the oxygen out of the room and suffocate the other two. They...
I woke up about 3 a.m. to a siren in the distance. I thought to myself: Car accident? Fire? Medical emergency? Somebody needs help right now!  I also knew that siren meant skilled public servants were on the way to do just that. I went back to sleep knowing that Iowans enjoy excellent local...
This letter is in response to the recent articles covering immigration. My grandfather Albert Joseph Bialek came to the United States from Poland (Galicia) in 1910. Per the Ellis Island website he boarded the ship Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse in Bremen, Germany (formerly Prussia). He had just...

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