30 Years Ago

August 1983

The City of Roland has hired Monty Hall as a new electrical employee.

Wierson’s Furniture is celebrating its 30th year with a coffee/open house on Friday, August 5. Irv Wierson purchased the business in 1953 from William Larson and Ardis Peterson. Irv, his wife Sarah and store employees Jim and Steve Phillips will host the open house.

Over 7,000 RAGBRAI riders passed through Roland and Story City on their way to Clarion Wednesday morning, July 27. the bicyclists spent the night before in Ames.

Bethany Manor hosted the 6th Annual Story County Nursing Home Olympics on July 30. Nursing home residents participated from Nevada, Ames and Zearing, along with Story City residents.

Two Roland residents, Viola Miller and Loren Twedt, have filed nomination papers for the one vacant seat on the Roland-Story School Board. The election is Tuesday, September 13.

The Iowa State Fair will have a new five-lane entrance into the fairgrounds this year at East 33rd and University when it opens August 10 and runs through August 20.

The Story City antique carousel has a new sign identifying its location in the North Park, courtesy of Fred Kalamaja, who designed and constructed the new sign.

Wally Gandrup, owner of Gandrup Drug, has installed a new blood pressure monitoring machine in the store, which is free for public use.

Roland awarded a cable franchise to Dow-Sat at its August 22 council meeting. The franchise will have to come before a vote of the electorate in November before the system installation can begin.

The new screened-in porch addition on the clubhouse is now open at River Bend Golf Course. Kaare Mehl Construction built the facility for $2,994.

The Star Wars saga continues with a seven-day run of Return of the Jedi from Friday, August 12 to Thursday, August 18 at the Story Theater. All seats are $2.00.

The Story City Memorial Hospital is now offering two new services - Respite Care and Adult Day Care - both aimed toward the elderly population.

Two appliquéd quilts from Country Sampler in Story City will be included in the September/October issue of Country Homes magazine. Becky Senti, co-owner of the Country Sampler, said the quilts were chosen because of their unusual patterns. Senti’s daughter Missy is shown in the photo of one of the quilts.

The mini-parks that bracket each end of the business district on the north side of Broad Street has been maintained by Ruth and John Charlier. The Charliers first starting adding flowers to the downtown area in the 1960s, and when the city reconstructed the boulevards on Park and Elm and landscaped the mini-parks, John designed and installed the lighting. He and Ruth also expanded the flower plantings at that time. Audley Moulin also maintains the 800 Park Avenue block boulevard, while Lyle and Charlotte Helm take care of the mini-park just off the interstate on the eastern edge of Story City.

Mike Jensen and Gaylen Johnson recently traveled to Reindeer Lake in northern Saskatchewan, Canada, for a six-day fishing trip.

A petition with signatures of 306 voters within the R-S school district were presented to the school board on August 15, which will start the process toward a $3.5 million bond issue, which is hopefully set for October. The bond issue will allow for replacement of the 1917 section of the Roland Middle School and the 1919 section of the Story City High School. The project will include approximately 40,000 square feet of space; 23,000 at the Roland facility.

Moonlight Madness and Appreciation Night will be held in Story City on Friday, August 26 from 6 to 10 p.m. Free hot dogs and pop will be served from 5 to 7 p.m.

Robin Eischen won the longest hair contest at the Iowa State Fair this August in the 7-10 age category. Robin is the daughter of Bob and Portia Eischen of Roland.

Nearly 100 boys in grades 3-6 took part in this year’s summer baseball program, which began on June 6 and ran through the end of July.

20 Years Ago

August 1993

The site of the future Bertha Bartlett Public Library became one big mound of dirt last week (from the August 4 issue), as a crew from Peterson Construction began excavation work on the facility located at the northeast corner of Broad and Park.

Amy Mortvedt of Story City was crowned the 1993 Story County 4-H Queen on Sunday, July 25, at the fairgrounds in Nevada. The Waldorf College sophomore was one of seven county contestants vying for the title. Amy is the daughter of Bruce and Jo Mortvedt, and will represent Story County at the Iowa State Fair later this month.

Mary Lou and Bob Cole are featured in the August 4 issue highlighting their 35 years of landscaping their backyard at 824 Hillcrest. Bob refers to his yard "as a little bit of heaven".

Anne Seleskie, 8, and Ashley Koester, 11, held a variety show on Friday, July 23, along with other youngsters from the Northridge neighborhood to help raise money for the American Red Cross Relief Fund for Iowa’s flood victims. Anne’s little sister Nora also took part, and is pictured along with Anne and Ashley in the August 4 issue.

The R-S softball team completed a 16-13 season and finished third in the HOIC at 12-2. Four players - seniors Amy Myers and Leigh Rasmusson and juniors Anna Truman and Tina Caruth - were named first team all-conference. Second team selections were junior Nicole McMenamin and sophomore Lynette Ritland. Seniors Kristin Loupee and Karen Hanson, plus junior Brenda Ritland, were named honorable mention.

The R-S baseball team had five members honored as All-HOIC selections. The Norse finished a strong third in the 10-team conference with a 12-6 record, and ended up 15-8 overall. Seniors Aaron Bauman and Matt Armstrong were named to the first team. Sophomore Bryce Fuhrman was named to the second team. Seniors Jon Hovick and Ryan Bohner were named honorable mention.

Due to the expansion needs of Gookin Ford, the former Thorsbakken DX station, which recently served as Pennsylvania Station gift shop, is in need of a new location. John Gookin, business manager at Gookin Ford, hopes that someone will step forward and elect to move the historic building rather than see it torn down.

Norman’s Nordic Kringla opened the last week of July in Roland.

Valhalla Restaurant has a new surface to its parking lot after owners Jerry and Linda Erickson, despite a couple of rain delays on August 2 and 4, had the property resurfaced.

Story City Memorial Hospital elected to enter into an agreement with Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines at its August 17 hospital board meeting. This follows several months of negotiating and considerations by board members.

Ten "No U-turn" signs were installed in the downtown business district.

Jim O’Connor is the new customer service rep for Peoples Natural Gas in Story City.

The new Story City Subway building is nearing completion. The restaurant is scheduled to open in early September and is located near the interstate between Godfather’s and Harris Auto Racing.

Donna Johnson, formerly of Story City, was crowned Mrs. Iowa/America on June 19 in Sioux City. She is the wife of Nathan Johnson and the daughter-in-law of Grace and Warren Johnson, who managed the Riverside Bible Camp for many years.

Denise Carlson has been cast in the lead for ISU Theater’s production of Dear Mary, which will be presented August 27-29 at Fisher Theater in Ames.

10 Years Ago

August 2003

Construction work on Pennsylvania Avenue,south of Broad Street in downtown Story City, got under way this past week (from the August 6 issue) with the original brick street from Broad and Washington being replaced with new concrete curb and gutter. The 1917 bricks are being removed and stockpiled by the city for future projects and will also be offered for sale by the Story City Main Street office as a fund-raising project.

Story City Main Street has a new program director. Carolyn Honeycutt will succeed previous director Mary Ann Sherman.

Katie Craig is interning this summer for the Story City Historical Society, doing research, cataloging and organizing various projects.

Pitcher Molly (McGuire) Geise of Story City was inducted into the River City Softball Hall of Fame on July 12 at the North Iowa Fairgrounds. A four-year starter at Simpson College, Molly went on to a new softball level following her college years. She was asked to play with an elite all-star team featuring college all-Americans, competing regularly in the Midwest against the best players in the sport. The Olympic and Pan-Am teams were both selected from this level. In 1996 she pitched against the USA and Canadian Olympic teams.

Officer Chris Greenfield of the Urbandale Police Department was recently issued two citations for exemplary performance in the line of duty. Chris is the son of Jerry and Terry Greenfield of Story City and a 1993 graduate of Roland-Story.

Senator Tom Harkin visited Story City last Thursday, August 14, to view the progress on the new Herald office located at 511 Broad Street. One of 10 Iowa Main Street communities to receive Main Street Challenge Grants, Story City Main Street was awarded $25,000 for the new Herald building project. Funding for the grants are provided by Harkin’s Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Economic Development Initiative.

The R-S girls’ softball team had three players named to the All-HOIC team. Meghan Minner and Natalie Anderson were named to the first team.Ashley Gibson was placed on the second team.

Drew Anderson and Jonathan West were named to the boys’ baseball All-conference first team, while Drew Rasmusson was named to the second team and Jake Blomberg was given honorable mention.