Patrick finds $25,000 to cushion blow after Rice objects by Tom Cullen The Storm Lake City Council directed City Manager Jim Patrick to find $25,000 for Storm Lake United, as Patrick proposed for the economic development corporation to receive 34% less next fiscal year. Funding of agencies was...
Frozen Social Security payments, food stamp cuts hit elderly Little-known program may help supplement tight food budget by Dolores Cullen You might consider ASAPS when planning charitable projects this year. It’s a food program for seniors in BV County run through Upper Des Moines...
Selling coffee to raise funds, provide work experience to youth Christian non-profit moves into Former Twin City Optical building by Dolores Cullen New ideas are brewing at The Bridge, Storm Lake’s non-denominational ministry, and one of them is a coffee roasting business. A $25,000...
Third-lowest level in 10 years by Tom Cullen Storm Lake Police Chief Mark Prosser isn’t alarmed about a 9.6% increase in serious crime in 2015 since annual crime levels are at their third-lowest point in 10 years. In its annual report released Monday, Storm Lake Public Safety reported 514...

Local News

Patrick finds $25,000 to cushion blow after Rice objects by Tom Cullen The Storm Lake City Council directed City Manager Jim Patrick to find $25,000 for Storm Lake United, as Patrick proposed for the economic development corporation to receive 34% less next fiscal year. Funding of agencies was...
Frozen Social Security payments, food stamp cuts hit elderly Little-known program may help supplement tight food budget by Dolores Cullen You might consider ASAPS when planning charitable projects this year. It’s a food program for seniors in BV County run through Upper Des Moines...

Sports

Skylar Solko (top) won his match by decision, but it wasn’t enough as Alta-Aurelia

was defeated by Sibley-Ocheyedan in a regional team dual on Tuesday night. TIMES photo

Friday, 12/02/16
Alta-Aurelia comes up short to No. 5-ranked Sibley-Ocheyedan   Bret Scherkenbach, Nick Gaes and Trenton Miller each won their match by pin, but it wasn’t enough as fifth-ranked Sibley-Ocheyedan defeated Alta-Aurelia 48-34 in a Class 1A regional team dual semifinal wrestling...
Friday, 12/02/16
Daniel Sommerlot won by pin, but it wasn’t enough as Pocahontas Area/Laurens-Marathon was defeated by     No. 9-ranked Webster City       51-20 in a Class 2A regional team dual semifinal wrestling match on Tuesday at Clarion. The...
Friday, 12/02/16
D1 recruits Brown, Kriener combine for 66 points in 91-69 win   Spirit Lake scored 54 points in the second half to pull away from a 10-point halftime lead as the Indians handed Storm Lake a 91-69 setback in a Lakes Conference game on Tuesday at Tornado Fieldhouse. The Indians...

Family & Friends

In “I Know My Alphabet,” kids sang the alphabet backwards. Times photos

by Dolores Cullen

Friday, 12/02/16
First graders at Storm Lake Elementary School performed in the gym Tuesday evening. Their program “Fun”-ky Fonix was reading themed.  

Lee and Rachel Plummer have a secret interest

in forming a polka band with their friends.

Friday, 12/02/16
Two meet at ISU music department BY DOLORES CULLEN The Newell-Fonda 5-12 band teacher and the Laurens-Marathon Middle School band/ vocal teacher are husband and wife. In fact, they were married only Dec. 19. And they live in an apartment in Alta with a sweet view of...

Opinions

BY ART CULLEN One of the unnecessary victims of City Hall’s fiscal crisis is Storm Lake United, which will suffer a 33% funding cut next fiscal year. The non-profit organization represents the former chamber of commerce and industrial development corporation, and depends on member dues and...
This week I expect to cast the most important health care vote of my service in the Iowa Senate. I will vote to shut down Governor Branstad’s push to privatize Iowa Medicaid. Governor Branstad claims privatizing Medicaid will save money and will not deny Iowans essential health care. He is...
BY ART CULLEN Unless the City of Storm Lake can find a new source of revenue quickly, it will be a couple painful years at least for taxpayers and city programs. City Manager Jim Patrick this week recommended to the city council that the city increase property taxes on residential and commercial...
BY DON BEHM It will soon be Valentine’s Day so I thought I should write about my Valentine. Jean and I have been married for 65 years. Jean’s initials spell jam. I have mentioned before that I first knew Jean Ann McCrickard when I was a sixth-grader and she was in fifth grade, taught...

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