30 Years Ago

January 1984

This year finding and purchasing a Cabbage Patch Doll this past Christmas was a true test of parenthood. But two sets of Story City parents didn’t have to worry about passing the 1983 test. Tim and Sarah Greiner’s daughter Kathy handmade her own Cabbage Patch Dolls and Hal and Ann Lavely’s son Tim (who works for Coleco, the manufacturer of the Cabbage Patch Dolls) "adopted" one of the dolls for his parents as a Christmas present. Kathy Greiner made three dolls from a pattern available from Cabbage Patch. Tom, who is director of advertising services for Coleco and lives in Connecticut, obviously didn’t have to fight through the mobs of parents to "adopt" his doll.

"Jesus, My Joy", the first album recorded by the Joy Trio, was made "on a whim", according to trio member Susan Amensen, Sherry Tjernagel and Mary Severseike. Ten songs were chosen for the album out of 13 tape recordings sent to The Barn recording studio in Alexandria, Indiana. The songs were recorded over a three-day period, after the local band in Alexandria had arranged the music prior to the trio’s arrival.

Virginia Meeks, R-S High School English teacher and advisor to The Norse school news, was one of several entrants who had her favorite Christmas memory published in the Des Moines Sunday Register on December 25.

Progress is being made at the site of the new Story City water treatment facility. The pre-cast concrete walls have now been put in place.

New council members Harold Holm and Russell Clayberg, along with incumbent Mike Jensen, were sworn in at the January 3 meeting.

Three champions, Terry Webb (126), Scott Dunn (132) and Steve Smith (Hwt.), were crowned at the Reinbeck Invitational wrestling tournament held on Saturday, Jan. 7. It was the Norsemen’s best showing ever at the meet, as they finished second in the team standings.

The Norse boys and girls got 1984 off on the right foot, winning two games last week (from the Jan. 11 issue). The girls defeated Manilla 67-49 and North Polk 71-60 to improve to 8-1 overall and 6-0 in the HOIC. The boys downed Guthrie Center 46-29 and North Polk 82-68 to run their mark to 6-2 and 5-1 in the conference. Brenda Glasnapp scored 34 and 40 points in each of the contests, respectively. Mary Schaeffer added 15 and 16, respectively. Lea Ann Morgan scored 10 and 12. The guard court consisted of Shayleen Pierce, Cathy Cole and sisters Lisa and Kathy Snyder. Jon Mehl scored 15 in the GC game, then missed the North Polk contest due to a sprained ankle. Dave Skare and Jeff Gustason picked up the slack by scoring 21 and 20, respectively, versus NP.

Catherine Louise, daughter of Fred and Virginia Larson, was the first baby born in 1984 at the Story City Memorial Hospital. Catherine joins brother John, 2, at home. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Peter B. Larson of Story City.

New Roland council members Connie Hall and Craig Hetland, along with incumbent Bob Beeler, were sworn in at the January 9 meeting.

Beginning next fall, R-S high school students will be required to take five academic classes each semester, have eight periods a day in which to schedule them and must satisfactorily complete 40 credits of class work to graduate.

Diet Center of Story City has announced new counselor Jan Hobbs, who began her duties on Jan. 9. She replaces Naomi Reisetter, who left to assume a similar position at the Ames Diet Center.

"All in My Lifetime", Orville Anderson’s written account of Story City and the surrounding area since 1905, is now available at the Story City Public Library.

A proposal that the Story City Police Department provide part-time coverage and back up for the Roland Police Department met with some resistance at the Jan. 16 Story City council meeting.

The Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines celebrated its centennial on Jan. 18. A full page of photos was featured in the Jan. 25 Herald issue and were taken by Herald employees Lee van der Linden and Jenny Stensland at the special ceremony and open house held at the capitol.

Jennings Sondall and Jim Skare, two long time city employees, were presented plaques for their many years of service at the Jan. 16 council meeting. Sondall has worked for 36 years, while Skare has been with the city for 30 years.

Story City residents will have another chance to vote on another bond issue next year, only this time the money asked for will be used to purchase new equipment for the Story City Memorial Hospital.

The 1A 12th ranked Roland-Story girls suffered their first conference loss of the season 55-52 to West Marshall on Tuesday, Jan. 17. Brenda Glasnapp scored 30 for the Norse.

Janet Enderson is the new activities director at Bethany Manor.

20 Years Ago

January 1994

Lt. Col. Alan Ose, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joel Ose, was recently selected as Vice Commander of the 153 Airlift Group in Cheyenne, WY. Alan is a 1963 SCHS graduate and a 1967 ISU graduate. He has been in the Wyoming Air National Guard since 1979 and is presently a full-time State Farm Insurance agent.

Out of 9,000 applicants, Matthew Ubben, a 1993 R-S graduate, was a recipient of a $6,000 Robert C. Boyd Scholarship, which will run over four years. Matt is presently attending Yale University and is the son of Paul and Sharon Ubben of Jewell.

The merchants branch of the Story City GCC has been re-established as the First Friday Mertchants, and they will meet the first Friday of each month over the noon hour. The committee includes Steve Pultorak, Helga Kennedy, Linda Thompson, Kathy Knous and Jim Phillips.

The recently completed narthex addition at Immanuel Lutheran Church was dedicated during a special worship service on Sunday, Jan. 16. An open house was also held that afternoon.

After nearly 40 years of employment with the Story City Municipal Electric Utility Chuck Matheason has retired. A reception for him was held at city hall on Tuesday, Dec. 28.

The Story City Memorial Hospital is under going a renovation to the lobby and entrance. New wall coverings, carpet, furniture and drapes are being installed. Volunteers during the renovation include Cheryl Semler and Cookie Peterson. Karen Burk has also joined the Hospital Board of Trustees as its newest member.

Kevin Anderson of Nevada and previously from Parkersburg, became the new manager of the Story City Pizza Hut recently.

Construction workers for the Bertha Bartlett Public Library project braved frigid temperatures last week (from the Jan. 26 issue) to begin attaching the teal blue roofing material on the building. The new library is scheduled for completion in March.

Christopher Alan Jacobson was the first baby of the year born at the Story City Memorial Hospital. The son of Greg and Jill Jacobson of Story City checked into the world at 5:26 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 16. He joins a brother Brett, 3, and sister Jessica, 4. Grandparents are Joe and Joyce Hanson of Jewell and Bernie and Arlene Jacobson of Story City.

Rita Ullestad has been appointed Development Associate at Waldorf College. She has been associated with the college in a number of positions over the years. Rita graduated from Waldorf in 1979. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Ullestad.

The Roland Wa-tan-ye Club recently initiated two new members, Mary Egemo and Pam Danger.

In early December, 30 members of the R-S High School Technology Students Association toured the WOI-TV studios in Ames. Tom Wheeler of Story City conducted the tour for the students. The students were shown the newscast studio as well as another where local programming such as "The Johnny Orr Show" is taped. They also watched a live news broadcast of the Channel 5 noon news.

10 Years Ago

January 2004

Elizabeth (Betty) Madson Ankeny received her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Education and Human Services from Colorado State University at the 2003 summer graduation ceremony. Elizabeth is the daughter of the late Helen and Ingram Madson of Story City.

Demolition of the buildings located at the corner of Broad and Elm in downtown Story City began Wednesday, Jan. 7, in order to make way for construction of the new Ackley State Bank.

R-S wrestling coach Jim Kinyon achieved his 200th career dual meet victory Thursday night (Jan. 15) at Coon Rapids by downing Woodward-Granger 63-13. Kinyon is the only head wrestling coach Roland-Story has had since the program began in 1969.

In a unanimous vote at its regular Jan. 12 meeting the Roland city council appointed Jeri Neely to be the town’s new mayor.

Story City Trees Forever has been selected to receive a $4,000 matching grant through Aquila Natural Gas and administered by the state Trees Forever organization. The funds will be used for the spring 2004 tree planting and sales projects.

John Hinz, President of the Story City Kiwanis, presented a $500 check to Jean Kirkpatrick, a representative of the Loaves and Fishes food bank, as a donation to the local charity.

Local musicians Carolyn Ahlstrom, Sue Amensen, Linda Donohue, Ken Frette, Randy Navratil, Mary Severseike, Sherry Tjernagel, Harris Twedt, Jr., Solvay Twedt and Delbert Quam joined with 31 other friends of Bethany Life Communities to record a compact disc entitled "Embraced for Love".

The R-S boys upset previously unbeaten Bondurant-Farrar Friday night (Jan. 16), 55-53, in Story City. The Norse came back from a 25-18 halftime deficit to chalk up the win. R-S was a blistering 23 of 31 from the floor for 74 percent. Jamie Jacobson led the Norse with 13 points, followed by Nick Handeland with 10, Dan Gerjets and Seth Bohnker each with eight and Sam Hammes added seven points.

Judge Story’s Theatrical Troupe will present "Bull in a China Shop" for its annual dinner theater production Feb. 27-28 and March 5-6 at the Sons of Norway Lodge. Members of the cast include Erma Schaeffer, Nancy Schwartz, Judy Brekke, Marla Miller, Peggy Faden, Sue Braland, Ann Braland, Staci Olthoff, Jill Wagner, David Michael, Roger Bohning, Pat Hashman, Walt Hermanson and Mike Miller.

R-S High School student Scott Muxfeldt, son of Kevin and Margaret Muxfeldt, has been selected as a winner of an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. Scott participated in the "Know Your Constitution" project sponsored by the Young Lawyers’ Division of the Iowa State Bar Association. Scott’s entry was one of 100 chosen out of more than 2,500 entries submitted.

The R-S girls are heading into the final stages of their regular season in fine fashion, downing Woodward-Granger 76-35 (Jan. 20), North Polk 58-35 (Jan. 23) and Hubbard-Radcliffe 62-46 (Jan. 24), to improve to 12-4 overall and 9-2 in the conference. Three individual Norsemen 5 on 5 school records fell by the wayside. Greta Billerbeck scored 33 points to break her previous mark of 29 she shared with Katie Gelner (2000). Ashley Gibson broke the single game assist record by dishing off 14. And Greta’s 16 field goals was also a new single game record.