30 YEARS AGO • MAY 1983

Bikers will be off and riding in the 10th annual Story City Bikathon to be held May 21 at 9 a.m. Bikers will assemble at the Dan’s Foodland parking lot.

Story City Memorial Hospital Administrator David Ness will be leaving his current position for a similar post at the Audubon hospital. Ness will remain in Story City until the last week of June.

Approximately 47 area youth, ages 8 to 14, recently spent four hours of classroom study on gun safety May 19 and 20, in a program sponsored by the Roland Jaycees and held in the Roland Legion Hall. On Saturday, May 23, the local shooting competition was held at the Roland Fire Station. Winners in their age groups were: Andy Hobbs (12-14), Chris Engelhardt (10-12) and Chris Greenfield (8-9).

New for 1983! The Raging River at Adventureland.

The local community theater cast was announced for the George M. Cohen "45 Minutes Over Broadway", which will be performed June 3. The play is being directed by Sue Twedt and Greg Michel. Cast members include Lois Peterson, Denise Carlson, Tressa Reisetter, Dorothy Erickson, Jerry Greenfield, Matt Teigland, Chad Kammin, Roger Bohning, John Abrams, Kurt Carlson and Jean Baker.

Ken and Martha Wagner are the new owners of the Roland grocery store, now known as Wagner’s Food Center.

City Attorney and Hospital Trustee Pete Larson has suggested to council that Story City Administrator Steve Carter should also oversee the Story City Hospital after current hospital administrator David Ness leaves. The hospital board of trustees favors the move, as it was presented to council on May 2 by trustees Larson and Irv Wierson. Plans to combine the cty and hospital administrator jobs were then officially approved at the May 16 council meeting.

A computer program by R-S High School senior Tony Ross, which charts the progress of teams and wrestlers through the annual state tournament was named the top winner in the fifth annual computer programming contest, sponsored by Heartland Area Education Association. There are even tentative plans to use the computer program during next year’s tournament.

Graduation ceremonies were held May 15, with 75 seniors awarded diplomas at Roland-Story High School. Stacey Clayberg, Joe Finnegan and Diane Webster presented the senior speeches. The ceremonies were moved from the football field to the high school gym due to the soggy conditions.

The Story City United Fund netted $11,000 during last year’s fund drive.

Roland’s new fire station and library held open houses on Sunday, May 22.

Brooks Glasnapp qualified for the State Boys’ Track Meet in the 200 and 400 meter dashes with times of :21.82 and :49.22 at the district meet held in Johnston on May 13. The 1600 meter relay team also qualified for state with a time of 3:26.15. Members included Joe Yoder, Tom McDonald, Jeff Gustason and Glasnapp.

The R-S girls’ track team qualified four events for the State Girls’ State Meet at the district meet held May 11 at Nevada. Brenda Glasnapp ran the second best time in the state in the 400 hurdles, posting a time of 1:05.90 to win that event. Cathy Cole finished second in the 400 with a time of 1:00.20, which was good enough for a spot at state. Lea Ann Morgan also finished second in the 800 (2:30.90) and qualified for state, and the distance medley team of Shayleen Pierce, Cole, Morgan and Glasnapp also qualified for stae with the seventh fastest time in the state at 4:29.30.

Gary DeGeest is one of only 22 candidates for deacon’s ordination at the 140th annual conference of the Iowa United Methodist Church. The ordination will take place at Vets Auditorium in Des Moines on Sunday, June 5.

Roland City Administrator Ken Rogge has resigned, effective June 1, to take a position at R.G. Dickinson in Des Moines. The city council, however, was going to consider contracting the administrator’s job on a part time basis with Rogge at the council’s May 23 meeting.

Nora Doolittle, 84, won the Scandinavian Days parade marshal contest in a landslide victory by over 200 votes. Over $1500 was raised during the contest, which cost voters 25 cents for each vote. The money raised will go towards fireworks and the magic show held during Scandinavian Days.

A memorial for Whitney Blake, a fourth grader who died last fall after being fatally burned, was dedicated at the Story City Elementary School on May 19. Four crabapple trees were planted and a memorial rock placed on the north side of the school.

Roland Days was held May 27 and 28.

Brenda Glasnapp won the 400 hurdles title at the State Girls’ Track Meet held May 20 and 21 in Des Moines. After qualifying fourth in Friday’s prelims, Brenda won the event on Saturday with a time of 1:04.37. Cathy Cole set a new school record in the 400 with a time of 1:00.03 in prelims Saturday morning, then finished seventh in the state in Class 2A with a time of 1:00.60. Lea Ann Morgan was 14th in the 800 (2:29), and the distance medley team of Shayleen Pierce, Morgan, Glasnapp and Cole failed to make the finals with a prelim time of 4:20.12, but still set a season best time by over nine seconds.

Brooks Glasnapp was a double winner at the State Boys’ Track Meet held on Friday and Saturday, May 27 and 28 in Des Moines. Brooks posted times of :22.82 and :49.14 in the prelims of the 200 and 400, respectively on Friday. Saturday saw Brooks win the 200 with a time of :22.18, only .01 of a second off the state meet record. Then in the 400 final, Brooks smashed the state meet record, posting a time of :48.67, which was almost two seconds ahead of his nearest competitor.

Stacey Clayberg, daughter of Russell and Diane Clayberg, has been selected Scandinavian Days Queen for this year’s celebration on June 3-5.

Patty Nelson and Aaron Risdal were crowned Poppy Queen and King at the Story City American Legion May 30.

The 10th Annual Bikathon netted over $1100 for new park bleachers.

Craig Munsen and Scott Nibe will attend Boys’ State June 3-9. They were sponsored by the American Legion.

20 YEARS AGO • MAY 1993

Story City’s Antique Carousel begins its 80th season this month, and some recent improvements and repairs have been implemented. Some costly repairs have been under taken this season as well, including the replacement of the main bearing that drives the carousel. The bearing is scheduled to arrive May 11, and if properly maintained, should last another 80 years.

Judge Story’s Theatrical Troupe will present "George M" as part of the 1993 Scandinavian Days celebration. The play marks the 10 year anniversary of the troupe.

Roland city officials hosted a town meeting on April 18 to review the community’s housing needs. Over 75 citizens attended.

Jason Bahr is the Story City Police Department’s newest officer. Jason began his duties on March 29.

Story City Friends of the Library held its second annual Book Fair April 16-18, raising approximately $3,000 for the Bertha Bartlett Library Building Fund. The fair was organized by Deb Mortvedt, Cathy Hermanson, Julie Skaar, Cheryl Semler and Sue Ernest.

Jody Harris, 8, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Harris of Story City, has been selected as a finalist in the 1993 Miss Iowa National Pre-Teen and Petite Pageant to be held July 9-10 in Muscatine.

"Operation Prom Night" was staged April 28 for Roland-Story High School students. The event was a simulated car accident that left two classmates "dead" and another facing 20 years in prison. The event was held to present the consequences of drinking and driving among today’s young students.

The $3.8 million construction project at the R-S High School is now complete. The final touches were put on phase two by Story Construction back in March. An open house for the new facility, which includes an auditorium and commons area, will be held this fall.

Former Story City Memorial Hospital Chief Financial Officer Greg Paris was named administrator of the medical facility last week (from May 12 issue), ending a two-month search to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Michael Ketcham.

Heart of Iowa Coop recently played host to four Ukranian visitors who were traveling in the area to learn more about Iowa’s agro-industry.

Brick Street Bistro and owner Robyn Anderson was one of a select group of exhibitors at this year’s Taste of Iowa Food Show held April 18 in Des Moines

The 4-Harmony Quartet of Matthew Armstrong, Jeremy McKinley, Tom Schultz and Matt Ubben took first place in the Veisha talent show held at ISU recently.

Tim Johnstad and Mitch Ose have been selected to attend Boys’ State by the Story City American Legion. Jeff Kinyon will attend as a representative of Roland’s Legion Post.

Story City officials postponed the opening of general contractors’ bids for the new library construction project until Thursday, June 17. Three other bid-letting projects were scheduled for June 3, so the city felt the library project bid-letting should be pushed back.

Kara Sampson has been chosen by the Story City American Legion to attend Girls’ State June 4-12 at UNI.

New hospital administrator Greg Paris and the Story City Memorial Hospital Board continued to show an interest in entering into a contract agreement with Mercy Hospital in Des Moines at its May 18 monthly meeting.

Graduation ceremonies were held Sunday, May 30, in the high school gym, with 72 seniors receiving diplomas. Seniors Justin Johnson, Kristin Loupee and Matthew Ubben gave the addresses.

Marian Michel, the only elementary librarian the Roland-Story school district has ever known, will retire at the end of the 1992-93 school year after 27 years.

The R-S boys qualified four events for the Boys’ State Track to be held May 28 and 29. Lance Cook will compete in the 3200 and Chris Nelson will run in the 800. The 1600 medley relay of Kevin Nunn, Kirk Pohlman, Chris Nelson and Duane Huffer and the 4 x 800 team of Jeff Kinyon, Matt Armstrong, Chris Nelson and Duane Huffer also qualified.

10 YEARS AGO • MAY 2003

Kyle Jensen, son of Bob and Sharon Jensen, is featured in the May 7 issue as part of the Herald’s continuing series about the men and women serving in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Kyle left for Kuwait on April 7, and then, just recently, moved into Iraq, about 30 miles from Baghdad. He is with coalition forces and his mission is maintaining security and various peace keeping maneuvers.

A community meeting was held April 28 with city officials, citizens and the R-S school board to hear a progress report about a possible Recreation Center in Story City.

The city of Story City was awarded the 2002-03 Tree City USA Award at the 13th Annual Community Forestry Awards luncheon held in Des Moines on April 10. Story City was one of over 120 Iowa cities to qualify for the award.

Cathy Hermanson recently opened a new gift shop, Evergreen Wishes, located at 601 Broad Street.

First grader Brooke Staker is this year’s winner in the Iowa Shriner’s coloring/drawing contest.

Story City Community Club dispensed over $5,000 to eight civic organizations at its annual plea night held on April 24.

R-S seniors Emily Jacobson and Katie Craig visited the State Capitol recently as part of the Secretary of State’s voting awareness day for students.

R-S students Candace Opstvedt and Nora Seleskie were two of the 22 Iowa high school students who participated in the Capitol Project 2003 held in Des Moines April 13-16. The project is a non-partisan program for high school students to learn and experience their state government in action first hand.

This year’s Scandinavian Days board includes Staci Olthoff (Chamber Director), Carolyn Honeycutt, Jan Neumann, Jason Goeders, Brandan Geise, Tawnya Staton and Brian Gast, with Neumann, Goeders and Staton serving as co-chairs of the 2003 festival.

Ryan Bohner, son of Rod and Sue Bohner, is featured in the May 21 issue, as part of the Herald’s on-going series about the men and women serving in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Ryan, a U.S. Air Force Academy graduate, is currently a ranked captain and a member of the 16th Special Operations Squadron based out of Hurlburt Field, Florida. His missions are highly classified.

The R-S girls’ track team qualified in eight events for the State Girls’ Track Meet May 23 and 24 in Des Moines. Crystal Hanson will compete in the high jump and 100 meter hurdles. Elara Hopkins and Kara Munson will take part in the long jump and 400 hurdles, respectively. Natalie Miller will run in the 400, while the shuttle hurdle relay team of Ashley Gibson, Hopkins, Munson and Hanson will also take part at state. The 4 x 200 and sprint medley squads also made it to state. Members of the 4 x 200 are Jennifer Hanson, Kara Dolch, Munson and Hopkins. The sprint medley includes Gibson, Hopkins, Miller and Crystal Hanson.

Crystal went on to win both the high jump title and the 100 meter hurdle crown. Hopkins finished second in the long jump. Munson was fourth in the 400 hurdles. The shuttle hurdle team was sixth. The Norse as a team finished third in Class 2A with 26 points, their best finish ever.

Andrew Clarridge, son of Mark and Susan Clarridge, has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, and was officially recognized on Sunday, May 10 at St. Petri Church.

R-S commencement ceremonies were held Sunday, May 25, in the high school gym, with 93 seniors receiving diplomas. Speeches were given by Jodie Klein, Ryan Larson and David Minner.

The R-S boys qualified in nine events for the May 30 and 31 Boys’ State Meet in Des Moines. Patrick Johnson qualified in three individual events – the 800, 1600 and 3200 – as well as one relay – the 4 x 800, but will have to sit out of one of those events due to the three-event state rule. Patrick will therefore skip the 800. Cory Kuykendall will take part in the 800 at state. Spencer Frederick will run the 200. Jon Hoffmann qualified for the 110 high hurdles. Travis Hamilton and Trent Olson will both take part in the high jump. And three relay teams – the 4 x 100, the 4 x 800 and 1600 medley – will also participate at state. The 4 x 800 team of Johnson, Ethan Schultz, Kuykendall and Olson went on to capture the 2A state title with a time of 8:08.50. Hamilton came in fourth in the high jump at state, while Johnson was eighth in the 3200. The 4 x 100 of Jordan Uthe, Matt Halbach, Brian Baumhoer and Frederick also finished eighth.