By TOM CULLEN Jurors in Tracey Richter’s 2011 murder trial said in a TV documentary aired Friday they didn’t believe Bert Pittman’s testimony.         Tracey Richter’s story was re-aired with updates on Dateline NBC Aug. 15 after...
A little man with a big voice By DOLORES CULLEN The world’s smallest gospel singer made a big impression on a crowd of around 50 last Sunday evening at Storm Lake Church of Christ. Lowell Mason, who measures three foot, 10 inches, was confident and dignified as he sang out old gospel tunes...
Patton hosts send-off party, then learns she is opponent By TOM CULLEN Elizabeth LaPole is seeking to unseat her former boss, Dave Patton, in the Buena Vista County Attorney’s race. LaPole resigned last week from her position as assistant county attorney. Patton, the incumbent county...
Ex-boyfriend charged with two counts of sexual abuse Police took a report involving a sexual assault on Aug. 18 at 10:10 a.m. Police were told by the victim that during the late hours on Saturday, her ex-boyfriend, identified as Jose Guerra Flores,  32, of Storm Lake, allegedly entered her...

Local News

Sac prosecutor barred from attorney-client conversations Richters work to harass witnesses, Smith alleges By TOM CULLEN Sac County Attorney Ben Smith is allowed to investigate Anna Richter’s electronic devices as long as he stays away from attorney-client communications. Sac County Chief...
By TOM CULLEN Jurors in Tracey Richter’s 2011 murder trial said in a TV documentary aired Friday they didn’t believe Bert Pittman’s testimony.         Tracey Richter’s story was re-aired with updates on Dateline NBC Aug. 15 after...

Sports

Wednesday, 20/08/14
BY JAMIE KNAPP Newell-Fonda had one heck of a season last year. The team advanced to the 8-man state semifinals and the school made its first-ever trip to the UNI-Dome. However, the Mustangs return no starters on either side of the ball from a team that finished 7-0 in the district and...

Sydney Shell of Schaller rejoices after finishing the Storm the

Lake Triathlon last Saturday.

Wednesday, 20/08/14
Local newbies finish with high spirits BY DOLORES CULLEN Tim Smith of Storm Lake, Ryan Lundgren of Alta and Sydney Shell of Schaller were among those who completed their first-ever triathlon last Saturday — and all three were thrilled as they crossed the finish line. Smith, who...
Wednesday, 20/08/14
BY JAMIE KNAPP A new era begins as Pocahontas Area and Laurens-Marathon have combined to share volleyball this season. Former Laurens-Marathon assistant coach Susan Oehlertz will be the team’s head coach. She will be assisted by Alexis Wilchen. The Indians have three returning...

Family & Friends

Mary and John Brumm moved to Storm Lake seven years ago.

Tuesday, 19/08/14
By MARY CULLEN Mary and John Brumm are enjoying their retirement in Storm Lake. They moved here seven years ago from Mason City to be closer to their family. “Karen (Murray) won out,” Mary smiled. Besides their oldest daughter, Karen (Terry), they have...
Tuesday, 19/08/14
By MARY CULLEN Fareway bakery manager and cake designer Teresa Adams brought home several awards recently from the Iowa State Fair. Teresa won first place in the decorated cakes division with her patriotic cake. In addition, she took third place honors in the overall...

Opinions

The main issue springing from the death of a Missouri man at the gun of a suburban police officer appears to be the so-called militarization of police departments through the use of surplus military gear. The better question would be how an unarmed man died after a contact with a six-year veteran...
By ART CULLEN This much should be clear to Michael Barbaro, a New York Times correspondent who hosted about a dozen Pocahontas community leaders for supper last Wednesday evening at the Home Plate Café on Main Street: It is much cheaper to eat well in Poky versus Manhattan. Barbaro said...
By DON BEHM I saw on TV that the United Auto Workers union lost the vote to unionize an auto plant in Tennessee. The union has filed some kind of grievance saying that the vote was not legal. The plant employs about 1,500 workers. The majority voted no to a union. The UAW union has been losing...
A beautiful little girl brushed our dog in the back yard Tuesday evening as her pregnant 24-year-old mother watched. Their tiny puppy bounced around next to the bigger dog getting all the loving attention. We thought: This girl who just had her fifth birthday party — a big bash with lots of...

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