30 Years Ago

October 1983

The 1983 memberships in the Carousel Historical Society are now available and the society has announced the next series of crystal carousel plates that will go on sale in December.

Lori Hanna was crowned Roland-Story Homecoming Queen for 1983. Her court included Jacque Bromley, Linda Oppedal, Kathy Greiner and Michelle Lovig. Lori was crowned at the pep rally downtown on Friday afternoon, Sept. 30, prior to the Norsemen’s 40-7 football victory over North Polk.

Alma Jacobs has opened a new ceramics shop at 404 1/2 Garfield.

Larry Tweed, son of Mr. and Mrs. Orrie Tweed of Story City, has been named vice president in charge of Manpower Development in Kansas City. Tweed will direct the nationwide expansion of the company’s sales division.

Over 130 customers of Randall-Story State Bank were awake before the roosters crowed to board buses headed for the Farm Progress Show in Marion.

Story City Memorial Hospital and Administrator Steve Carter took part in the 1983 Iowa Family Practice Opportunities Fair held August 27 at the Memorial Union on the campus of ISU. Story City was one of over 50 community exhibits on display.

Mary Ann Olive was honored by her boss Wally Gandrup for her 20 years of employment at Gandrup Snyder Drug last week (from the Oct 5 issue).

Bethany Manor Administrator Keith Anderson will retire at the end of the year due to ill health.

Roland voters approved the Dow-Sat of Iowa cable television franchise at a special election held Oct. 4. The vote was 216-22 in favor.

Six men are running for three seats on the Story City council in the upcoming Nov. 8 election. They are Russell Clayberg, Harold Holm, Mike Jensen, John Lekwa, Robert Parker and Willis Shipton. Jensen is the only incumbent. Kaare Mehl and Ken Peterson are not seeking re-election. In Roland, five candidates are vying for three seats. Incumbents Bob Beeler, Dorothy Christian and Howard Wilkinson are seeking re-election and will be challenged by Craig Hetland and Connie Hall. Roland Mayor Clayton Armstrong is running unopposed.

It was called a "classic" and when it was over no one would argue the point as Roland-Story posted its 38th consecutive conference victory by defeating Ballard 14-10 in Huxley on Friday night, Oct. 7. It was a contest fans and payers will remember for years!

The Norsemen softball season came to a close with a 3-0 defeat to Nevada in the opening round of the regional tournament. The Norse finished 12-5 this fall, coming off an 11-17 summer season. R-S opened sectional play earlier with an 8-3 win over Radcliffe, then lost the sectional final to Hubbard 1-0 in 10 innings. Nevada went on to reach the final four at the state tournament held in Urbandale.

Over an inch of snow fell in Story City on October 13, as the unexpired weather caught everyone off guard. Ellis Anderson of Yantis-Anderson Clothing, however, did report that he sold a swim suit during the snowfall.

Story City received some unwelcome news at the Oct. 12 council meeting. It appears the Iowa Department of Water, Air and Waste Management may require the city to begin planning the construction of a new sewage treatment plant in the near future. According to a list, compiled by the agency, Story City ranks as one of three cities which will be required to replace obsolete sewage treatment equipment. Story City is joined on the list by Ames and Jefferson.

Roland-Story wrapped up its seventh consecutive HOIAC football title by slipping past West Marshall 14-13 at State Center on Friday night, Oct. 14. The Norse are 7-0, 6-0 in the conference, and have now won 46 of their last 47 games; the finest run in the state! A Tom Schaeffer to Marc Soderstrum 19 yard pass scored the first TD in the first quarter. WM scored just before the half to lead 7-6, but R-S took the lead back in the fourth on a one yard plunge by Terry Webb. WM would score in the closing seconds of the game, and elected to go for two and the victory, instead of kicking the PAT for the tie. But Scott Dunn intercepted the two-point conversion pass and the Norse held on. Webb finished with 100 yards on 17 carries. Dunn also led the defense with seven tackles, five unassisted.

Butler Manufacturing in Story City recently announced a 40 percent employee reduction at the plant. A 50 percent drop in grain production, drought conditions and the PIK program all played into the forced reduction in the labor force. The rehiring of laid off employees is also highly unlikely. In a related matter, Plant Manager Tom Dolezal also announced that he is leaving the Story City plant to become Divisional Manufacturing Manager in Kansas City, effective by the end of November.

Angela Quick, Sara Harris and Monte Ness of Roland-Story have attained the highest individual honor available by being selected to the 1983 All-State Chorus.

Helland’s Jewelry is celebrating 15 years in business on Friday, Oct. 28.

20 Years Ago

October 1993

A massive $3.6 million project, that included an upgrade to the Story City Electric Utility’s generator plant, was dedicated in the memory of two long-time plant employees/officials at a special ceremony held on Sunday, Sept. 26 at the light plant. Gene Twedt, superintendent from 1957 to 1991, and Elmer Jensen, secretary of the electric utility board from 1948 to 1991, were both remembered for their dedication to the local plant.

Greg Yeakel was recognized for five years of service to the R-S school board.

Two Story City industries - MBS and Harris Auto Racing - along with Anderson’s hog confinement operation were showcased in the GCC sponsored "Mystery Safari" held on Thursday, Sept. 30.

Salem Lutheran Church in Roland celebrated its 125th Anniversary on Oct. 9-10.

Progress on the Bertha Bartlett Public Library construction project has increased since improvements were made to the soil condition in September. The concrete foundation has been completed and has led to the erection of exterior walls and framework. Hopefully the facility can be enclosed by the first snowfall.

The 20th ranked Class 1A R-S Norsemen girls’ volleyball team breezed to two conference victories over Bondurant-Farrar and Woodward-Granger, which then led to a HOIAC conference tournament title held on Saturday, Oct. 2. The Norse now stand at 17-1-2 overall and 5-0 in the conference. Members of the team include Tina Caruth, Kari McIlrath, Suzanne Olive, Brenda Ritland, Lynette Ritland, Jen Ostrem, Kara Sampson and Nicole McMenamin.

The R-S boys’ and girls’ cross country teams finished third and fifth, respectively, at the Nevada Invitational held at Hickory Grove on Monday, Oct. 4. Laurie Holl led the girls with a third place finish, while Jeff Kinyon came in 11th overall for the boys.

Katie Hashman, Jessica Bochmann, Missy Senti, Anna Truman made up the rest of the girls’ lineup. Chad Morris, Tom Hashman, Pat Madden, Matt Braet, Randy Heckert and Matt Lande rounded the boys’ squad.

Erica Osmundson was named 1993 Roland-Story Homecoming Queen during the downtown rally last Friday, Sept. 24, prior to the Norsemen’s football game with CMB. Other queen candidates included Kari McIlrath, Kristine Kruger, Anna Truman and Brenda Ritland. Escorts were Jarrod Johnson, Chris Nelson, Jared Peterson, Tim Johnstad and Jeff Kinyon.

The deteriorating condition of the Broad Street bridge that spans the Skunk River in Story City worsened last week (from the Oct. 13 issue) when it was discovered a six-inch hole in the pavement went all the way through the deck.

The Story City Community Club recently distributed a total of $3,000 to 12 local organizations, services and facilities from funds the group raised at the Scandinavian Days open-air concert.

The volleyball girls, now ranked 17th in Class 1A, remained unbeaten in conference play with four more victories over West Marshall, CMB, Colo-Nesco and South Hamilton, thus claiming the HOIAC title in the process. They now stand at 21-1-2 overall and 9-0 in the HOIAC, as tournament play now begins.

Marty Wolske, son of Thomas and Rheon Wolske, formerly of Story City, is the news editor at the student-run Saint Thomas University campus newspaper, The Record, located in Collegeville, MN. Marty is a junior at the school.

Wanda Holm of Story City was honored as "Professional of the Year" by the Arc of Iowa at an awards ceremony held in Cedar Rapids on Sept. 25. Holm has been program director for the Story County Developmental Center in Ames for the past 20 years.

Story City incumbent Mayor Harold Holm is running unopposed in the Nov. 2 election. Two former council members Russell Clayberg and Jerry Erickson are running for the two council seats currently held by Kenny Peterson and Andy Nelson. Larry Ammerman and Sue Ernest have also entered the race as write-in candidates. Two council seats are open in Roland, with incumbents Bob Beeler and Ed Cannon running, along with Steve Oakland and John Wattleworth. No one officially entered the Roland Mayor’s race, but Jim Gibson and Matt Schell have agreed to be write-in candidates.