30 Years Ago

September 1983

Next Tuesday’s (Sept. 13) school board election features only one race. Viola Miller will be challenging incumbent Loren Twedt for his seat on the Roland-Story Board of Education.

Bond Informational Meetings are scheduled for Sept. 12 at the middle school in Roland and Sept. 13 at the high school in Story City. The meetings are to discuss the proposed bond issue to remodel the high school and middle school. The tentative bond issue date is Tuesday, Oct. 25.

The Roller Brothers Three Ring Circus will perform twice on Sept. 8 in Story City, near the horse ring and softball field east of Hillcrest. The circus is sponsored by the Roland and Story City Kiwanis.

The R-S Norsemen opened the 1983 football season with a 37-12 win over Waukee. It was also Coach Kerry Van Winkle’s 100th career victory. This is Van Winkle’s 10th season at Roland-Story after spending six years at Kanawha. Forty of those 100 wins have come since 1979, as the Norse are 40-2 over that period, including two state consecutive state championships in 1981 and 1982.

Janice (Braathun) Billerbeck was elected into the Iowa Girls’ Softball Hall of Fame at the state softball championships held in Fort Dodge on August 5.

Pitcher Colleen Henry was one of 10 girls awarded a trophy at the state girls’ softball tournament recently, identifying her as one of a select group of pitchers to win over 100 games during her high school career. Colleen’s lifetime record at R-S was 170-43, as she helped guide her Norsemen teams to the state final four in the summer of 1981 and the state title in the fall of 1981.

Jenny Stensland is the latest addition to the Story City Herald staff, and will handle advertising and cover the school board.

Construction is well under way on the new Egemo condominiums located at the northeast corner of Elm and Broad.

The Norsemen won their 34th consecutive conference game Friday night, Sept. 9, with a 22-8 win over Nevada.

The R-S softball girls ran their winning streak to six following a season-opening loss to Nesco, defeating Hubbard and Ames last week (from the Sept. 14 issue). Brenda Glasnapp had four hits, and Kris Lage added three in the two games. Steph Semler handled the pitching.

A special election concerning the Dow-Sat cable television franchise in Roland is set for October 4.

Four juveniles from Story City and Roland have been arrested in connection with numerous acts of vandalism, which occured September 10. Damage was estimated at $2,000, and included scratched paint, slashed tires and broken building windows at Ahrens Implement, Norsemen Electric, the school bus barn and the Story City maintenance shed.

Butler Manufacturing, operating since 1976, informed employees of a possible layoff last week (from the Sept. 21 issue).

Brian Teigland, weather caster at WREG-TV in Memphis, TN will appear on the CBS Morning News with Bill Kurtis and Diane Sawyer on Monday, Sept. 26. Teigland is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Teigland of Randall.

The Norse girls continued to roll, crushing four opponents last week (from the Sept. 21 issue) by the combined score of 30-2! The result is a 10-game winning streak and their record now stands at 10-1. Terri Olson went 7 for 9 in the two games of the R-S tournament. Kris Lage had six RBIs.

The 36th consecutive conference victory didn’t come easy for the R-S Norsemen football team as they held on for an 8-6 win over Carlisle Friday night, Sept. 23 in Story City.

Three former R-S football players are members of the Central College football team this fall. They are seniors Brett Clayberg and Mike Bohning and freshman Tom McDonald.

Steve Lekwa, ranger/naturalist for Story County Conservation, was named Employee of the Year by the Iowa Association of County Conservation Boards at their annual meeting September 10. Lekwa has been with Story County since 1973.

Kaare Mehl Construction was awarded the contract for the new Story City Water Treatment Plant on September 22 by submitting the low bid of $390,000.

20 Years Ago

September 1993

The R-S High School addition will be showcased on Sunday, Sept. 19 during open house and dedication ceremonies.

The Story City Memorial Hospital has launched a fund-raising campaign with a $10,000 raffle give-away that will help generate funds for a future building improvement project.

After years of discussion, the Story City Senior Citizens Center at 617 Elm has finally received a needed face lift.

Virginia Larson and Brad Kaltenheuser were elected to three-year terms on the R-S School Board on September 14.

The Story City Council has selected Mark Jackson as the new city administrator. Jackson, current city administrator in Homer, MI, will begin his duties here in late October. Jackson follows former administrator Richard Wardenburg, who resigned in June.

Classes began for Roland-Story students on Monday, Sept. 30, with 1,103 enrolled in K-12, down slightly from 1,110 last year.

Roland-Story opened the 20th season with Kerry Van Winkle at the helm by defeating Gilbert 34-0. Rocke Rahfeldt rushed for 162 yards and Brooks Ante added 135, as the Norse amassed 296 yards on the ground.

The record-breaking rainfalls of 1993 have taken their toll on the Bertha Bartlett Public Library construction project, as dirt at the building site has become too saturated to meet density requirements. This may cost the city an additional $3,000 to $4,000 to bring the soil up to those requirements.

Due to heavy rainfall this summer, new storm sewer lines in a troublesome area of the north Penn business district, as well as along a one-half block of Story Street, are being installed.

The turn of the century building at 609 Broad was recently demolished. Owners Rich and Marian Olive and Tim and Judy Watson plan to construct a new one-story building later this year. The old building has been a tavern and pool hall, a dance studio, a real estate office and a sports card shop since the Olives and Watsons purchased it in 1988. The Olives plan to move their insurance office to the new building upon completion.

South Hamilton defeated R-S 28-20 Friday night, Sept. 10 at Jewell, holding off a late rally by the Norse. The Hawks led 28-7 after three quarters.

Former R-S softball pitcher Jane (Michaelson) Hovick was inducted into the Iowa Girls’ Softball Hall of Fame on August 6 in Fort Dodge during this year’s state tournament. Jane compiled a 129-11 record from 1968 to 1972.

Coordinators of the newly established R-S Volunteers in Education Program are Nancy Hemphill, Marsha Taylor, Jane Todey, Sue Yeakel, Carol Ann Morris, Betty Symons and Julie Skaar.

Dean Furness is a member of the Central College football team.

East Marshall was too much for the Norsemen, 27-7, Friday night, Sept. 17 at LeGrand.

Kara Sampson, Kari McIlrath, Jen Ostrem, Tina Caruth and Suzanne Olive continue to help lead the R-S volleyball girls to an 8-1-1 record thus far this season.

Dale Henricks was one of two 1993 inductees into the Iowa State High School Softball Umpires Hall of Fame.

R-S FFA members Michelle Berhow and Kristin Johnson recently served as grandstand ushers at the Iowa State Fair in August.

Kevin Gimmel achieved the level of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. The honor was given at the August 21 meeting of the Story City Kiwanis Club.

Members of the 1993 Story City United Fund Drive Committee are Kaare Mehl, Corinne Brown, Paul Quam, Jerry Ober, Arvin Nelson, Lisa Kalamaja and Charlsie Kilburn.

Edie Demaray has retired after 25 years with the ISU Credit Union.

R-S lost a "homecoming heart breaker" 21-20 to CMB in overtime, despite dominating play.

R-S hosted their own cross country meet at Riverside Bible Camp, with both the boys and girls winning their respective competitions. Laurie Hill, Katie Hashman, Anna Truman and Jessica Bochmann led the girls. Chad Morris, Tom Hashman, Pat Madden, Jeff Kinyon and Matt Braet led the boys.

10 Years Ago

September 2003

Four candidates vied for two open positions on the R-S School Board at the September 9 election. Gini Michel and Brian Sampson were elected, defeating Katerie Sevde and Allison Donaldson.

Doug Doolittle recently received a 25-year service award from the U.S. Postal Service.

The new Casey’s General Store at the east edge of Story City held its grand opening on September 4 and 5.

The Heart of Iowa Classics 12th Annual Car Show was held Sunday, Sept. 7 in the North Park.

William Hennessy, long time Roland and Roland-Story teacher and coach, passed away August 30 at the age of 77.

A public forum was held September 2 in the high school commons where concerned second, third and fifth grade students’ parents gathered to voice their concerns about growing class room sizes in the district.

Wierson’s Furniture at 518 Broad is under going a face lift on the front facade as workers began repainting the sign.

A late score allowed the Norsemen to slip past rival South Hamilton 28-25 Friday night, Sept. 5 in Story City. Jamie Jacobson caught the final two passes of the game to seal the victory. One was the go-ahead TD from QB Bryce Lutjen and the other was an errant pass from the SH QB to seal the Hawks’ fate.

The Penn Avenue Street Replacement project from Broad to Washington is under way and should be completed by mid-October.

The Way and Huffer Law Office are under going extensive facade improvements. Both businesses received grant assistance from the city and Story City Main Street.

Ya Sisterhood members Sue Ernest, Kim Hermanson, Cathy Hermanson, Elaine Tekippe and Wanda Holm are busy putting together a quilt that will be given away at "Ya Sisterhood - A Weekend for Friends" to be held September 26-27.

Century farm recognitions were recently bestowed upon Oz and Linda Twedt of Roland and Richard and Louise Johnson of Story City at this year’s Iowa State Fair. The Johnson farm was established in 1901, while the Twedt farm began operations in 1902.

R-S blanked Gilbert 42-0 by amassing 345 total yards Friday night, Sept. 19 in Story City. Jamie Jacobson and Seth Bohnker gained 129 and 114 yards, respectively.

The Norse girls’ cross country team came in third, the boys fourth, at the Ballard Invitational held Monday, Sept. 15. Kara Munson, Laura Severson, Jennae Maughan, Lizz Wynia and Cyndi Rathmacher led the way for the girls. The boys were paced by Kory Kuykendall and Kevin Baumhover.