20 YEARS AGO

April 1993

Story City’s two motels will begin implementing an additional five percent levy on July 1, after the issue gained voter approval in last Tuesday’s (March 29) election. Nearly 190 voters went to the polls, with 139 residents (74 percent) approving the tax.

Brooke McKnight, Story City, has been cast as "Lady Larkin" in the Nevada Fine Arts Association’s spring production of "Once Upon a Mattress", scheduled for April 15-18 at Gates Hall in Nevada.

The Story City Cub Scouts held their annual Pinewood Derby on Saturday, March 27, at the R-S High School gym. Jarred Kepley (Den 1) captured the overall pack championship. Den champions were Greg Sondgeroth (Den 2), Bo Ammerman (Den 3), Jesse Sweet (Den 4), Andre Zerr (Den 5), Trent Ragaller (Den 6), Brian Baumhover (Den 7), Scott Richardson (Den 8) and Grant Wynia (Den 9).

Only the framework remained after the Story City mobile home of Linda Klein was destroyed by fire early Sunday morning, April 4. Approximately 20 firefighters responded to the 4:15 a.m. call. A photo appears in the April114 issue.

Ground breaking for the Bertha Bartlett Public Library in Story City has been pushed back about a month, but city officials are still hoping to award the construction project to a general contractor by the end of May.

The new Ford Ranger Splash pick up was developed by a small team of Ford Truck Design Studio and Truck Operations employees, including Andrew Jacobson, formerly of Story City. Jacobson moved the project from idea to production in a short period of 18 months.

Wendy and Guy Barnes are featured in the April 14 issue, as they begin work in Oklahoma on a movie about the infamous cult siege in Waco, Texas. The movie is the latest "In the Line of Duty" television movie. Wendy and Buy work on Hollywood movies as an art director and production designer, respectively.

Dale Henricks, Roland-Story Superintendent, was recognized March 20 during the boys’ state basketball tournament by the Iowa High School Athletic Association for his contributions to the success of Roland-Story’s athletic programs.

Roland Boy Scout Troop 162 was the winner of the Klondike Derby held February 20 at Camp Mitigwa in Boone. The scouts included: Jason Bucklin, Vic Emery, Doug Horness, Jason Mortvedt and Jeremy Horness.

When the Central Iowa Symphony performs in the new Roland-Story High School auditorium on Sunday, May 2, it will be the group’s first appearance outside of Ames. The symphony is made up of volunteer musicians from several communities in the area, and includes Kay Munsen of Story City. The concert will also feature Emily Senti, Story City, at piano, as well as the 79 member Roland-Story mixed chorus, under the direction of Cheryl West. Emily is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. S.E. Senti and is a freshman at the University of Colorado.

Janie Barnett of Roland has been selected by the Department of Human Rights to receive an outstanding individual award from the State of Iowa for her past volunteer service.

Conditions of the Broad Street bridge over the Skunk River in Story City continues to worsen, and a recent inspection of the structure has prompted one engineering firm to speculate that the needed repairs may qualify for funding as early as October of this year.

Immanuel Lutheran Church in Story City held a ground breaking ceremony for the new building addition following Easter services on Sunday, April 11. The new addition is under construction and is located at the northwest corner of the existing church complex.

The Story City Memorial Hospital recently received a $3,000 grant from the GTE Foundation; the first of three pledges to help fund the capital expansion project.

A seven-foot Baldwin grand piano with ebony high lacquer finish has been ordered for the R-S auditorium at a cost of $31,995. Forty community members helped select the piano.

Organizers are currently meeting weekly to plan for this summer’s Roland Rocket Revival 1993 celebration, which is scheduled for July 2 and 3. Members of the committee include Kelly Pop0p, Max Larson, Pam Shannon, Bob Harestad (Chairman), Diane Omundson, Diane Beck, Bob Egemo, Pat Britson, Wendy and Jeff Herzberg, Ade Lounsberry, Wanda Ventling, Amy Edeker and Ken Rogge.

10 YEARS AGO

April 2003

AJ Christian is featured in the April 2 issue, in the first of a series of articles featured military personnel who have been called to serve in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. AJ, the son of Fran and Roger Christian, joined the Iowa Air National Guard prior to his senior year of high school. After graduating in May 2002, AJ left for basic training. Shortly after retruning, he and his fellow members of the 132nd Fighter Wing, based in Des Moines, were called to serve in Operation Enduring Freedom. He began his tour of duty just before Thanksgiving last year.

Luella Kalvik’s Preschool is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year and will hold an open house on Saturday, April 12. The preschool opened in September of 1983, and a new preschool was built in 1993.

Crystal Hanson set a new indoor record in the high jump with a leap of 5 ft. 8 ½ in. at the ISU Indoor Track Meet held on March 17 and 18 in Ames. She also won the Dickinson Relays title by five inches at Cedar Falls last Thursday night (March 27). Patrick Johnson also placed sixth in the 3200 at the ISU meet and second at the UNI meet. Elara Hopkins was fourth in the long jump at ISU and sixth at UNI.

The Story City Cub Scout Pack 101 held their 52nd Blue and Gold Banquet on February 23, with over 225 in attendance. Crossing over into boy scouts was William and Jess Robinson, Zach Schrader, Matt Norris, Samuel Titus and Ben Nelson.

Kevin Watson is featured in the April 9 issue and continues the series of articles about local service personnel who have been called to serve in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Kevin, a 22 year veteran of the U.S. Army and Army Reserves, is a Master Sergeant in the 1st Battalion, 383rd Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 75th Division, out of Fort Des Moines, and has been stationed at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin since January 27.

The Wizard of Oz will be the 20th anniversary spring musical of Judge Story’s Theatrical Troupe. Cathy Hermanson is directing.

Jack Shelley, 91, recently spoke at the Senior Citizens luncheon. Shelley spoke on the infamous Kate Shelley story, involving a little girl and a train on the now-named Kate Shelley Bridge near Boone in the 1880s.

Jeff Staker and Douglas Anderson are two more servicemen featured in the April 16 issue, as the Herald continues its series featuring local service personnel. Jeff, who is an 8th grade middle school teacher at Roland-Story, has been called to active duty with the Iowa National Guard’s 1st Division of the 133rd Infantry Division. His last day at school is April 18. Douglas is the son of John and Jan Anderson of Gilbert and is a gunnery sergeant in the U.S. Marines. He is currently fighting in Operation Iraqi Freedom, serving in the Combat Service and Support Battalion. Douglas graduated in 1985 from Gilbert. He is Glen Mackey’s nephew and his mother, Jan, used to work at Lowry’s Department Store in Story City.

A new Maltese Cross mural was recently painted on the wall in the fire truck bay of the Story City Fire Department. The mural was drawn and painted by Becky Watson and son Brian, with help from Nathan Watson and Bruce and Kathy Twedt.

The controversial Pennsylvania Avenue street project is moving forward after the Story City Council approved the project’s plans at its April 7 meeting. Last month the council came under fire when several residents expressed concerns with replacing the original brick streets with new concrete.

Thora Kinseth received the Story City Chamber’s Community Involvement Award at the annual meeting of the GCC held Tuesday, April 8. The award recognized her many years of commitment and dedication to the community, along with her late husband Carroll.

Monte Ness, former Story City resident, recently visited Tom Textor’s 4th grade and Dawn Omvig’s second grade classes. He spoke about his blindness, and also brought along his guide dog Magic.

Iowa Guardsman Bud Truman is featured in the April 23 Armed Services feature. Truman returned April 12 after spending four and a half months in Kuwait with Detachment 34-OSACOM of the Iowa Army National Guard based in Boone. Truman joined the Air Force in 1968 and served for nine years. After taking a few years off, he joined the Guard in 1981 and continues as a full-time guardsman.

Crystal Hanson won the high jump title Friday, April 24, at the Drake Relays held in Des Moines. Competing in the high school division, Crystal cleared the bar at 5 ft. 7 in. She also came in fifth in the 100 meter hurdles (:15.03). Patrick Johnson, representing the R-S boys’ track team, was 18th in the 3200.

Brad Taylor received an honorary Iowa FFA degree recently, the highest award bestowed by the FFA for adults.

The Community Easter Egg Hunt was held Saturday, April 12, in Story City’s North Park. Over 800 eggs were filled with candy and prizes. The annual event is sponsored by the Story City Chamber.

The R-S Elementary held a spring Character Counts assembly on Friday, April 4. The program included local high school magician Ben Sweet.