10 Years Ago

October 2003

Jan Neumann was the lucky winner in the Scavenger Hunt quit drawing held during the Sept. 26-27 "Weekend for Friends" event sponsored by Story City Main Street.

Roland-Story’s 2003 Homecoming King/Queen included Kara Munson, Hannah Marti, Greta Billerbeck, Megan Peterson, Nicole Ewing, Bryce Lutjen, Cory Kuykendall, Ben Hammes, Seth Bohnker and Kyle Healy. Billerbeck and Kuykendall were crowned Queen and King at the Oct. 3 pep rally downtown. The Norsemen football team went on to defeat Bondurant-Farrar 41-7 that night.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will provide an Assistance to Firefighters Grant to the Story City Fire Department in the amount of $54,773.

Story County Assessor Gary Bilyeu was removed from his position on Sept. 24 as members of the Story County Conference Board voted 2-1 to end Bilyeu’s 21 year tenure.

The Story City Historical Society invites residents to bring their treasures they would like appraised to an event on Saturday, Oct. 11 at the Bertha Bartlett Museum. Licensed appraisers Julie Jorstad of Ames and Wanda Holm, long-time owner of Grey House Antiques in Story City, will give professional evaluations.

Roland-Story student Jacki Doolittle has recently been selected for membership into the National Society of High School Scholars.

Kyle Stowe, 2001 graduate of Roland-Story, graduated from Great Lakes Naval Recruiting Center in Great Lakes, IL. After a two week leave Kyle will report for duty on Oct. 17 in Norfolk, VA. Stowe is the son of Danny and Jane Stowe of Story City.

In a unanimous decision at the Oct. 6 Story City council meeting the city agreed not to partner with the Roland-Story school district for a new recreation center.

Two new businesses have opened in Story City. They are Evergreen Wishes at 601 Broad, owned by Kathy Hermanson, and Bethany Life Foundation, 619 Elm Suite 3 in the Scandia Centre, the latter of which was announcing a corporate name change as well.

The Story City American Legion teamed up with Harlan’s Food Mart for a fund raiser to benefit the Roland-Story Middle School’s DARE program. A total of $1,730 was raised.

The R-S High School has installed a new DAKTRONICS scoreboard at the football field and track.

New tee boxes were installed and various trees removed at the River Bend Golf Course, thanks to approximately 30 hard working volunteers on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 19 and 20.

The Roland Council approved the creation of anew city administrator/city clerk/city treasurer position at its Oct. 13 meeting. Council member Roger Fritz was the lone city official against the proposal.

Story City’s Main Street Committee held their third annual Newcomer’s Gathering on Monday, Oct. 6 at the Grand Viking Hall. A total of 15 new families were welcomed at the event. Grace Church Pastor Brian McNamara was the MC, and volunteers included the Story City Cub and Boy Scouts, the R-S Honor Society and Key Club, Vivian Gossel from the Story City Library and Main Street volunteers Elizabeth Jackson, Jan Neumann, Linda Anderson, Lynn Dodgen, Lois Stevenson and Rachel Faga.

Betsy Warburton was named President/CEO of Bethany Life Communities by the organization’s Board of Directors on Sept. 30. Warburton has served as Bethany Manor’s administrator since October 1998.

The R-S volleyball team saw their conference unbeaten streak come to an end on, of all nights, Senior Night, Tuesday, Oct. 14, falling to their rivals, the South Hamilton Hawks 3-1. The girls rebounded, however, on Thursday, Oct. 16, at North Polk, easily defeating the Comets 3-0. The Norse finished the conference season as champs of the HOIAC with a 10-1 record. Members of the Norsemen volleyball team include Greta Billerbeck, Brittany Friesth, Jennifer Hanson, Nyla Evans, Megan Peterson, Jacki Doolittle, Ashley Gibson and Dena Christian.

Kevin Baumhover was crowned district champion at the 2A District cross country meet held on Oct. 23 at Eagle Grove. Kevin thus qualified for the State Meet, which was run in Fort Dodge on Nov. 1.