30 YEARS AGO

July 1983

It has rained 15 out of the last 18 days, from the end of June to the first of July, and it should come as no surprise that the Skunk River finally overflowed its banks over the 4th of July weekend.

Have you been looking for a unique accessory for your home? Something no one else has or will ever have? Well, the Carousel Historical Society may have just what you are looking for – a small carousel horse. A drawing for the horse is under way to raise funds for the Story City Carousel. Bill Rathe carved the horse, and he is the one who also made the major repairs and re-carving of the Hershell-Spillman animals when the carousel was being restored.

Despite the rainy weather, work has begun on Cedar Place, a housing complex under construction for senior citizens. The complex is being constructed just north of Bethany Manor in Story City.

Problems with the street, including a nearly complete collapse of the roadbed this spring, have plagued Ryan’s Circle homeowners and the Roland Council for years. But they should finally be seeing some improvement as work began last week (from July 13 issue) by contractors to bring the road up to grade.

The 40th anniversary of the Riverside Bible Camp was celebrated on Sunday, July 10. Former directors attended, including Kearney Frantsen, Dan Knudsen and current camp manager Warren Johnson. Mrs. A.J. Bringle, widow of the camp’s first director, A.J. Bringle, also attended.

The Malibu station wagon owned by the Story City Memorial Hospital, stolen on July 1 from the hospital parking lot, was recovered several days later in Denver, Colorado. A juvenile from the Webster City area is being held for the crime.

Wagner’s Food Center in Roland is having their grand opening celebration this week (July 13 thru 16), and will also continue it the following week, July 20-23.

Mr. Fred (Fred Kalamaja) of WOI-TV’s "Magic Window" children’s program was the guest at the recent children’s summer reading program sponsored by the Story City Public Library. Mr. Fred spent the hour illustrating stories which have been read by the children this summer (from the July 13 issue).

Dr. Kim Rettenmaier has joined the staff of Semler Medical Clinic and the Story City Memorial Hospital, effective July 11. Rettenmaier and his wife Janet live at 503 Marvick, the former home of another former Story City physician, Dr. Craig Chapple.

Approximately $800 was stolen in a strong arm robbery at the Viking 66 station on July 10. The robbery occurred at 8 p.m. No weapon was shown and the male clerk on duty was forced into the bathroom.

RAGBRAI will be passing through Story City and Roland on Wednesday, July 27, after spending the night before in Ames.

The man who robbed the Viking 66 station twice in 10 days was apprehended in Des Moines July 22. Gerald Seaton, 21, was captured after being stopped for driving a car with only one headlight. After a check of his car, it was discovered to have been stolen in Minnesota. Seaton was a runaway from a halfway house in Hastings, MN.

After temps in the 90s for much of July, the mercury finally hit 100 degrees on Thursday and Friday, July 21 and 22.

Winners of the Story City Crazy Day costume contest were Suzanne Pierce (Yeakel Drug) and Bob Lekwa (Charlson’s Clothes Shop). Runners up were Diane Webster (Charlson’s Clothes Shop) and Ellis Anderson (Yantis-Anderson Clothing).

20 YEARS AGO

July 1993

Breaking away from the traditional shoveling ceremony, all those involved with the Bertha Bartlett Public Library project were invited to take their turn pulling the ropes attached to a single-bottom plow during the June 27 library ground breaking ceremony.

Roland’s Rocket Revival ’93 was deemed a success on July 2 and 3, according to committee chairman Bob Harestad. A kiddie parade, alumni softball and basketball games, plus a Saturday morning parade, afternoon softball tournament, crafts and games, Kiwanis barbecue and an EMT pork barbecue, variety show, pool party and a Legion street dance highlighted the weekend’s activities.

A newly installed bird aviary located in the main lobby at Bethany Manor in Story City offers the nursing home residents an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of nature without having to look out a window.

The recent acquisition of VF Factory Outlet centers, including the Story City mall, by Factory Stores of America, may mean the local center will be expanding in the near future, so says VF manager Tim Hawkins. The mall is 7th on a list of 11 that Factory Stores of America plans to expand. The plan is still in the development stage, however.

The 1993 Scandinavian Days Co-Chairs Gerdena Swenson and Larry Ammerman, were recently recognized by the Story City GCC. Dave Sweet and Bob Huffer will be the 1994 Scandinavian Days Co-Chairs. Del Denekas and Doug Munsen will also begin serving three year terms on the board. New GCC board members are Nancy Johnson, Lisa Kalamaja and Larry Varland. The 1993 GCC officers are Kim Hermanson, President; Orley Kilburn, Vice President; Mike Healy, Secretary; and Marsha Sweet, Treasurer. Ammerman, Loretta Parker and Beth Thedt have completed their terms on the GCC board.

Chad Kammin, son of DeWayne and Donna Kammin, played host to a Turkish foreign exchange student this past school year.

Pitcher Tonya Danger, a 1993 graduate of Northwestern College, a 4-year letter winner in women’s softball following the 1993 season.

It has already been termed one of the worst natural disasters in Iowa’s history, and the Story City and Roland areas felt the impact as well last Friday, July 9. The Skunk River and Bear Creek both swelled above capacity after fierce thunderstorms ripped through the state Tuesday night and early Friday morning. Approximately five inches of rain fell in this area.

The U.S. Postal Service recently installed a multi-commodity vending machine at Factory Stores of America in Story City.

Sport Hill, located in the former Peoples Natural Gas location at 524 Broad Street, recently opened and will hold its grand opening on Friday, July 16. Owners are Alan and Lori Hill.

Jack Frandsen of Roland recently dismantled his eight-post Victorian gazebo in June and transported it piece by piece to St. Louis where he reconstructed the 12 x 12 structure in his daughter Barbara’s back yard. The steeple of the gazebo is from the old St. Petri Church in Story City.

Assessments continued to pour in following the damage caused by the worst natural disaster in Iowa history – the floods of 1993. The city of Des Moines, without water for more than a week, accepted Story City’s offer to help with the emergency situation, and sent a 6,500 gallon tanker to Story City last Wednesday, July 14, to collect 5,000 gallons of our community’s water. Des Moines is the first metropolitan area to have gone this long without water. The Water Works treatment plant was forced to shut down on Sunday, July 11, when flood waters contaminated the system.

Eighth grader Emily McKnight performs as "Annie" in the classic production at the Ingersoll Dinner Theater running now through August 22. Emily’s sister Brooke is also part of the cast.

JoNann Twedt and Mardell Christian, both of Roland, were joined by Mardell’s sister-in-law Jaynee Christian and nephews Andrew and Erik of Story City, for an 8-day wagon train trip through North Dakota. The trip included 15-plus miles of travel on foot per day, driving a covered wagon, serving supper to 200 from a chuck wagon, building fires and digging latrines.

10 YEARS AGO

July 2003

Story City’s beloved antique carousel is turning 90 years old this month. The Story City Chamber has planned several events for July 11 and 12, including photo displays and slide shows, a chicken and sweet corn feed, music in the park, and of course carousel rides for everyone.

The R-S school board approved a decision to borrow $500,000 against future local option sales tax money to pay for a new heating and cooling system at the elementary.

Karen Hermanson and Dave Morris have been named campaign co-chairs for the 2003 Story City United Way of Story County campaign.

Work is progressing on the new Story City Herald office building at 511 Broad Street. The foundation, infrastructure and exterior walls have been completed. The building is scheduled to be finished by October.

Honored during the Chamber’s 90th birthday party for Story City’s 1913 antique carousel were those who helped with the purchase and restoration of the carousel in 1982. Those recognized included Jo Barker, Eloise Thorson, Thora Kinseth, Loren Barker, Irene Rod (representing the late Myron Rod), Roger Auestad, Deb Holm, Kenneth Erickson, Jr. and Don Hoy. Not present was Tom Dolezal. The late Art Cox, who initiated the restoration with a generous donation, and the late Audley Moulin, who was GCC President at the time the carousel was purchased in 1938, were also recognized.

Rod Bohner, R-S High School art teacher, recently visited the Bertha Bartlett Public Library to present a program about "cartooning" to school age children (from July 16 issue).

The Story City Chamber Board recently made the decision to have the old I-35 carousel billboards updated. Mike Marti of Story City was responsible for the new design and color scheme.

After two years of planning, approximately 250 of Ole and Madela Donhowes descendants reunited for the first time at a family reunion held over the 4th of July weekend. Donhowe from across the country, as well as Germany, Bolivia and Norway made their way to Ames and Story City. Kay (Donhowe) Munsen of Story City, who hadn’t seen some of her cousins in 40 or 50 years, was instrumental in helping plan the reunion.

The city of Randall is 125 years old! A chicken and sweet corn supper, along with ISU Professor Jane’ Cox’s one-woman play "The Promised Land" and a performance by The Rovers will mark the celebration on Sunday, July 27.

A prairie walk led by Story County Conservation Director Steve Lekwa was held Saturday, July 12, at Story City’s Prairie Park, as part of the 90th celebration of the carousel.

Alex Vaughn was presented with the Eagle Scout Award on Sunday, July 1 at SS Peter & Paul’s Catholic Church.