Melissa Keller (left) and Maggie Reyes of UDMO give one of the families

their Christmas gifts.

BY DOLORES CULLEN Upper Des Moines Opportunity has set a record with their Adopt-A-Family program this year. Generous volunteers have adopted 240 families for which they buy and wrap Christmas gifts. Presents have come in already and families are arriving to pick them up. Tops on the list of...

Sondi Raveling with the long-lost Christmas stocking.

“Anyone want to buy this vintage Christmas stocking?” “Yes. My mother made it for me when I was a baby.” BY DOLORES CULLEN Donna Lichtenberg of Aurelia now has the Christmas stocking back — the one she accidentally put in a box of items bound for Goodwill about five...
Callie Wobbema of Storm Lake is set to expand the cake decorating and baking business she runs out of her home into a bakeshop and eatery at 1515 E. Lakeshore Drive. She and her husband Andy are remodeling the front of the first floor in the building owned by Dan Heitman. The Wobbema’s hope...
Celia Knoffloch of Celia’s Antiques has outdone herself with this giant windmill. One of her “pickers” found it in Minnesota and brought it to the shop in hopes of finding it a new home. Will anybody buy it? Celia says at least one man is interested, inquiring whether it would...

Melissa Keller (left) and Maggie Reyes of UDMO give one of the families

their Christmas gifts.

Sondi Raveling with the long-lost Christmas stocking.

Local News

Prices increased 1.9% in 2017 Not many acres on auction block, keeping market steady BY TOM CULLEN Land prices in Buena Vista County rose 1.9% this year and surrounding counties’ land values increased by similar degrees thanks to limited land offerings and a surplus of landowners with deep...
Jury finds Spencer man guilty despite schizophrenia Judge rules out entrapment defense from prostitution sting BY TOM CULLEN A Buena Vista County jury convicted a Spencer man of prostitution Wednesday despite his claims the Storm Lake Police Department lured him to a hotel by dint of his severe...

Sports

Storm Lake’s Brayden Hoops attempts a shot between

Cherokee’s Alex Paulsrud and Cole Pitts during their

game on Tuesday night. TIMES photo by JAMIE KNAPP

Friday, 15/12/17
Tornadoes 5-0 for the first time since 2001 Storm Lake scored 23 first-quarter points to build a big lead early and the Tornadoes were never seriously threatened after that as they defeated Lakes Conference arch-rival Cherokee 72-58 on Tuesday at Cherokee. Storm Lake, now 5-0 for the...

Storm Lake’s Pasha Nyewe has the ball

slapped away from her by Cherokee’s

Kassidy Pingel and Brianna Sleezer on

Tuesday. TIMES photo by JAMIE KNAPP

Friday, 15/12/17
Cherokee used a 14-0 run in the first half to pull away as the Class 3A fourth-ranked Braves defeated Storm Lake 97-40 in a Lakes Conference game Tuesday at Cherokee. Cherokee, which led 62-24 at the half, was led by Jemae Nichols, who scored a game- high 23 points, Kassidy Pingel added...

Sioux Central’s Karly Boettcher

tries to protect the ball from St.

Mary’s Kallie Goettsch Tuesday.

Photo courtesy of Sioux Central

Rebels Activities Photography

Friday, 15/12/17
Rebels win, 63-34 Sioux Central used two big spurts in the first half — a 16-0 and a 17-0 — to beat Storm Lake St. Mary’s 63-34 in a Twin Lakes Conference game on Tuesday at Sioux Rapids. Sioux Central jumped out to a 21-3 lead after the first quarter. The Rebels led...

Family & Friends

Roger Christiansen of Storm Lake played Christmas carols and more.

Here his son Curt and granddaughter Kaylea enjoy the music.

Friday, 15/12/17
The Newell Public Library welcomed Santa Claus to its Christmas open house on Saturday, Dec. 9. Live Christmas music and refreshments were enjoyed by all.
Friday, 15/12/17
The Newell Public Library has been awarded the Pilcrow Foundation Grant for Children’s Books. We will hold an open house on Monday, Jan. 8 from 6 to 7 p.m. with refreshments to celebrate. All books for children and juniors will be on display and available for...

Opinions

EDITORIALS BY ART CULLEN Quick work by Storm Lake Police in response to racist epithets scrawled on a Buena Vista University dorm room last weekend helped to prevent an ugly situation from escalating. The awful messages were posted on the door of an African American student who was among those...
FILLERS BY JOHN CULLEN The recently renovated Tornado Fieldhouse, part of a $19 million expansion project at Storm Lake High School, makes it a much more enjoyable venue to watch basketball games. I saw the Tornadoes play Spencer Tigers here Friday night before a large crowd. In the old days,...
Corporate executives never let virtue stand in the way of profit BY JIM HIGHTOWER Free and open access to the internet is a virtuous democratic principle known as “net neutrality.”                 ...
My name is Cathy Glasson. I’m a nurse and a union leader, and a candidate for governor. The idea that the Medicaid privatization experiment is working is a lie that cannot be repeated often enough that it becomes truth. We need to listen to the countless people across the state who live...

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