30 Years Ago

December 1983

The choirs of the Roland-Story churches will combine to present this year’s community "Advent Musicale" at Bergen Lutheran Church in Roland on Sunday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. The mass choir will be under the direction of Pam Quick, R-S High School vocal director.

Last Sunday’s (Dec. 4) show of "Mr. Mom" at the Story Theater was the last in a long line of movies that have been presented by Dick and Virgil Peterson. The Petersons have announced their retirement and have sold the theater business to Todd Thorson. The theater will be closed from Dec. 5 to Dec. 25 when it will re-open under Thorson’s management. The first film for Thorson will be the James Bond’s "Never Say Never Again".

The R-S wrestlers are off to a flying start as they won the Woodward-Granger Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 3 186 1/2 to 155 over runner up East Union. Scott Dunn (132) won his fourth straight title. Terry Webb (126) and Matt Soderstrum (Hwt) were second time champs. And Vanlop Quang (96) won his first title at the tourney.

George and Arlene Toft purchased the first and second carousel pig plates auctioned on Dec. 6. The first plate sold for $55 and the second was purchased for $50.

The Story City Memorial Hospital Foundation has announced that the group will soon be updating patient rooms and furnishings using donated funds. It will cost about $2,500 per room.

The Story City Merchants Auxiliary will provide free babysitting for children on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons for parents shopping in Story City.

The R-S girls and boys basketball teams remained unbeaten in the HOIC with victories over Johnston. Jon Mehl and Dave Skare led the Norse boys with 28 and 25 points, respectively. Brenda Glasnapp poured in 47.

The possibility of an eight-period school day in the 1984-85 school year was presented by High School Principal Roger Pohlman at the Dec. 13 R-S School Board meeting.

A Live Nativity scene was performed in a realistic setting at Dale and Jan Nelson’s barn, northwest of Roland, last Wednesday evening, Dec. 14. Members of the Bergen Lutheran Church in Roland created the scene.

The R-S wrestlers claimed their own Norsemen Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 17, crowning six champions - Terry Webb (126), Vanlop Quang (98), Scott Dunn (132), Dennis Stille (138), Andy Cazett (167) and Matt Soderstrum (Hwt). Computers were used for the first time to keep score, coordinated by math instructor Clayton Armstrong.

The R-S girls still remained unbeaten and now share the conference lead with Nevada at 4-0 after knocking off Ballard from the unbeaten ranks, 72-45, Friday night, Dec. 16. Brenda Glasnapp scored 39 points, followed by Kris Lage with 17 and LeaAnn Morgan added 13.

The City of Roland’s six-month experiment with a part-time administrator came to an end this week (from the Dec. 28 issue) as the city council voted to hire Kenneth (Pat) Eldredge as full-time administrator, replacing Ken Rogge, who has served as a part-time administrator since June, and data entry clerk Betty Paulson, who will leave her position March 31.

Michael Bonello will replace Keith Anderson as Bethany Manor’s new administrator. Bonello comes from the Perry Lutheran Home and will assume his duties Feb. 1.

This year’s downtown Christmas tree, a staple on the square since 1913, was donated by Olive Hill, 903 Washington St.

Santa made an appearance at the Herald office Christmas luncheon last Friday disguised as Aileen Johnson. "Santa" came bearing goodies and was greeted by Herald employees Jenny Stensland and Lee van der Linden.

20 Years Ago

December 1993

This year’s community Christmas tree was donated by Story City resident Harold Johnson.

The Story City Lions Club presented its annual Community Service Awards to Arvin Nelson and Kenny Peterson during the organization’s Nov. 18 appreciation night.

With most of the bricks in place, the exterior of the new Bertha Bartlett Public Library is nearly complete. Work is now under way to finish the interior as well. The building should be completed by March.

Isabelle Madson, Story City’s oldest resident, celebrated her 107th birthday on Nov. 29.

A new era in Iowa girls’ basketball opened at Roland-Story on Friday night, Dec. 3, when the Norsemen hosted Woodward-Granger for the first-ever 5 on 5 competition, claiming a 52-40 victory. Gina Peter led the way with 14 points. Anna Truman had 12 points and Kara Sampson posted 10 points. The girls lost the next night to West Marshall 60-46. Sampson had 19 points in the loss, followed by Peter with 17.

Coach Jim Kinyon began his 25th year of coaching R-S wrestling with a double dual victory over Boone and Ballard on Thursday, Dec. 2. The Norse then finished second at the W-G tourney with Mike McCabe (275) the lone R-S champion.

Tom Randall, Ames, is pictured with former Dallas Cowboys Coach Tom Landry at a reception prior to Landry’s induction into the Cowboys Ring of Honor held recently in Dallas. Randall attended the induction, having played for the Cowboys during their 1978 Super Bowl season.

Bob Hill’s racing career has spanned 18 years, and he is currently a regular on the late model Busch Tour, having won the point championship this past season. Hill recently took his driving skills to the national level, placing fourth at the ARCA sanctioned Jiffy Lube 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Nov. 12.

After months of debate what the Story City Park Board’s responsibilities are, the city council gave final approval to an ordinance that redefines the group as an advisory board. The board will now have to answer to the council for any policy changes, decisions, etc.

Last Thursday, Dec. 9, marked the 25th anniversary of the tragic Iowa National Guard plane crash that destroyed the Peter Tjernagel home northeast of Story City. Peter’s wife Marie Tjernagel has recently compiled an account of that tragic event in a new book entitled "The Follinglo Tragedy".

Mike McCabe (275) put his name in the R-S wrestling record books with his pin in :53 against CMB last Thursday, Dec. 9, giving him the 53rd pin of his high school career. The mark breaks the previous record that had stood for 16 years.

Eugene Mortvedt of Story City received the Story County Farm Bureau recognition award at the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting on Dec. 1 in Des Moines.

A national television film crew recently spent a week with Kevin Larson on the Robert and Vena Mae farm located north of Story City filming a commercial promoting DuPont’s soybean herbicide. The 30-second spot will begin airing in January in northern Illinois and Iowa.

The Roland-Story third graders spent a recent afternoon caroling throughout the downtown business district.]

The corner of Main and Maple Streets in Roland had a major change in October when the Rocket Inn, a Roland landmark for over 30 years, was torn down to allow for parking and landscaping at the neighboring Casey’s General Store.

The 1993 Yulefest Committee included Mark Lindgren, Kathy Knous, Candy Anderson, Rolfe Johnstad, Jim O’Connor, Helga Kennedy, Pat Hill, Cindy Doolittle and Steve Pultorak.

10 Years Ago

December 2003

This year’s Christmas tree on the town square was donated by Everett Mortvedt of 310 Maple. Coincidentally, last year’s tree was also donated by Mortvedt.

Wierson’s Furniture will celebrate 50 years in business on Friday, Dec. 5. Owner Irv Wierson took over the business for William Larson in January 1953. In conjunction with the Anniversary, co -owners Jim and Connie Phillips will hold an open house on Friday.

Dave Morris received the 2003 Story City Lions Club Community Service Award during the annual dinner held on Nov. 15.

Fran Christian’s eighth grade 55K class recently raised $814 to benefit ALS research. The students held a baseball benefit in which they played 42 innings.

With heavy hearts, following the tragic loss of fellow student and classmate Sam Mortvedt, the Norse girls sported black shoulder bands in memory of Sam. The boys will do the same when they open the season as well. The girls lost to Ballard 51-46 on Monday night (Nov. 24) at Huxley, then defeated South Hamilton 46-38 at home on Tuesday, Nov. 25. Kara Dolch scored 18 in the Ballard game, one of her best performances of her career. Greta Billerbeck added 15. Greta led all scorers in the SH game, scoring 24 points in one of her best performances as well.

Ethan Schwartz, R-S senior, recently participated in the World Food Prize Youth Institute.

Four R-S students were selected and recently participated in the 18th annual Opus Honor Choir Festival. David Naglak and Rebecca Maughan were selected as members of the 7th/8th boys’ and girls’ honor choirs. Caleb Flickinger and Stephanie Torgeson, members of the 9th grade mixed honor choir, were also chosen. Over 3,200 students were nominated and only 720 were selected.

A Live Nativity scene was performed by Grace United Methodist Church members on Sunday, Dec. 14.

RVP 1875 recently opened in the former Charlson Clothing location at 526 Broad Street. Owner Robby Pederson is a master furniture maker of 19th century utilitarian style furniture by hand, using only tools of the same period.

Paul Wierson was presented the R-S Booster Club’s Fan of the Year Award at the last football game this fall. Gail Glasnapp was the recipient of the inaugural award last year.

The Story City Council gave the go-ahead at their Dec. 15 meeting for Ackley State Bank to build a new location on the corner of Broad Street and Elm Avenue, next to the Story City Pharmacy.

Ashley Gibson tossed in a 3/4 court, 65 foot "buzzer beater" to shock the Gilbert Tigers Friday night (Dec. 19) in Gilbert 41-38 in a battle of unbeatens. The Norse girls improved to 4-0 in the conference and 5-2 overall. Greta Billerbeck led the girls with 13 points. Crystal Thompson had 10 points, followed by Gibson with nine.