Looking Back in Story City

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

30 Years Ago

November 1983

The proposed school bond issue, which would have allowed $3.5 million for construction and remodeling at the Roland Middle School and the Roland-Story High School was defeated Oct. 25. The construction portion of the bond issue received only 49.5 percent approval. At least 60 percent of the voters had to vote in favor of the construction for passage. A total of 1,605 votes were cast in Roland and Story City. The issue came close to being approved by 60 percent in Roland, 319-221 (59.1 percent). In Story City the measure was defeated 583-451 for only a 43.6 percent approval.

Governor Terry Branstad spoke at the GCC meeting Oct. 27. The governor accepted a crystal plate from the Carousel Historical Society. The governor was introduced by LeRoy Kester, who attended high school in Forest City with Branstad.

A come-from-behind 18-14 victory over South Hamilton propelled the R-S Norsemen to their 40th consecutive conference victory and sent them into the 2A playoffs for the fourth consecutive year. Tom Dodds had 122 yards on 17 carries. Jeff Hobbs had eight tackles.

Three R-S students were selected to sing in the All-State Chorus concert on Saturday, Nov. 12, at Hilton Coliseum in Ames. Angela Quick, Sarah Harris and Monte Ness were chosen among the 600 selected state-wide.

The Egemo condominiums and the Cedar Place construction projects are progressing quickly toward completion.

The dream of returning to the UNI-Dome for the fourth straight year dissolved at Griswold on Wednesday night, Nov. 2 when the Tigers claimed a first round 2A playoff game 25-12 over the Norsemen.

The new Life Flight helicopter from Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines made a special trip to Story City on Oct. 25, landing in the back of the Story City Memorial Hospital, and giving residents a chance to see the equipment and ask questions.

The Holiday Fair and Silver Tea, sponsored annually by the Story City Federated Woman’s Club, was held Saturday, Nov. 5, at Community Hall. Several hundred people took advantage of the wide variety of baked goods and handcrafted items offered for sale. Judy Kalamaja and Karen Cotton of Story City are pictured in the Nov. 16 issue.

Mike Jensen, council incumbent, won re-election in the Nov. 8 city election, and will be joined by Harold Holm and Russell Clayberg on the council in January. They defeated Willis Shipton, Bob Parker and John Lekwa. They now join Andy Nelson and Mayor George Toft as members that were all born and raised in Story City. In Roland, two incumbents, Dorothy Christian and Howard Wilkinson, were defeated. Council member Bob Beeler, Craig Hetland and Connie Hall won election.

Jim Pierson was named manager of the Story City Butler Manufacturing plant. He has been employed by Butler in Story City the past six years as a product control coordinator and later as a product control manager.

Bay Window Boutique, owned by Cheryl Scripter at 225 Eisenhower Drive, opened earlier this year and offers a variety of hand-made cottage crafts appropriate for all seasons.

A new shipping service known as Pack ‘n Ship, has begun operating in Story City. The Pack ‘n Ship franchise is located in the Ben Franklin store, which is owned by Mike Holbach.

Eloise Thorson, publisher of the Story City Herald, was given the Story City Lions Club award for outstanding community service on Nov. 17. She is the first woman given the award and the first spouse of a previous winner to be honored. Thorson’s late husband Richard was given the community service award posthumously in 1976.

Ken Rogge, the former full-time Roland city administrator, who has been serving as a part-time city advisor since June, has resigned from his part-time position.

Audley Moulin and Embert Munsen were honored for 45 years of membership in the Story City Lions Club on Nov. 17. They were charter members of the Story City group when it was formed in 1938.

First graders at the Story City Elementary enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving meal on Nov. 22. The students made the entire meal themselves from scratch in the school’s kitchen. They also wore Pilgrim hats or Indian headdresses during the meal.

Doug Munsen, son of Don and Eleanor Munsen, was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout during ceremonies held on Sunday, Nov. 13 at St. Petri Church.

Juniors Brett Clayberg and Mike Bohning earned first and second team All-Iowa Conference honors, respectively, as members of the Central College football team. Bohning received the Lankelma Award as the team’s top underclassman. Clayberg was named a team captain for next season. Freshman Tom McDonald earned his first varsity letter.

20 Years Ago

November 1993

On seven occasions the summer floods of 1993 covered Riverside Bible Camp, resulting in $17,000 in financial losses and damage. With a grant of $17,000 from Aid Association of Lutherans (AAL) provided recently, the funds will provide for the needed flood assistance.

GTE recently contributed $1,000 to the Story City Economic Development Corporation. The grant will be used to support Hometown Health, a community-based health care planning program.

Roland resident Inge Herigstad recently spent seven weeks in her Denmark homeland, visiting family members and sight-seeing. Inge came to the United States at age 27, shortly after WW II.

Approximately 100 children ages 3 thru sixth grade are participating in this year’s Wings program held most Monday evenings at St. Petri Church.

The Roland-Story volleyball team poured through the district tournament with victories over Madrid and West Marshall last week (from the Nov. 3 issue). The Norse, ranked 17th in Class 1A, take a 25-1-2 record into regional play; just two matches from a state tournament berth. Members of the team are Kari McIlrath, Tina Caruth, Jen Ostrem, Kara Sampson, Brenda Ritland, Lynette Ritland, Suzi Olive, Kelly Holm and Nicole McMenamin.

Adam Rasmusson, R-S graduate, was a member of the Northwestern College 1993 Homecoming Court, which saw homecoming festivities celebrated Oct. 22-24.

Mark Jackson, Story City’s new city administrator, joined the city on Oct. 25. Jackson came here from Kalamazoo, MI.

Sue Ernest captured the most votes in the Story City council race in last week’s general election (from the Nov. 10 issue), securing 237 write-in votes. Russell Clayberg, who previously served on the council for eight years, secured the second open seat with 218 votes. Larry Ammerman, another write-in candidate, finished a close third with 215 votes. Jerry Erickson finished fourth with 202 votes. Harold Holm won the uncontested Mayor’s race with 377 votes. In Roland, Ken Rogge was elected to a two year term as Mayor, capturing 125 write-in votes. Incumbents Ed Cannona and Bob Beeler both regained their four-year positions on the Roland council.

Story City’s newest restaurant, Subway, celebrated its grand opening on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 29 and 30.

Story County Bank and Trust has announced construction of a new full-service depository drive-up location at 1463 Broad Street. It is slated for completion by April 1994.

Barbara (Peterson) Doolittle, who has been playing the organ at Grace Church since 1943, was recognized for her 50 years of faithful service at the Sunday worship service on Oct. 10.

In a marvelous volleyball match between two fine teams - Eldora New Providence (24-4-2) and Roland-Story (25-1-2) - the result of the regional semifinal was a five set loss for the Norsemen 15-11, 15-11, 12-15, 11-15 and 8-15. The Norse were coached by Kristi Pyburn and assisted by Brad Taylor.

Homes to be featured this year on the Tour of Homes Dec. 11-12 include: Kevin and Peg Patterson, 841 Lafayette; Steve and Linda Lankford, 503 Marvick; and Roger and Charlotte Auestad, 612 River Hills Drive.

With her most recent $42,000 matching fund contribution, Dr. Frances Bartlett Kinne Bordley has generously donated more than $100,000 for construction of the Bertha Bartlett Public Library.

Jim Gibson, a write-in runner up with 83 votes in the recent Roland Mayor race, has filed a grievance with the county, contesting the Nov. 2 election results, due to the misuse of a voting machine at the Roland polling location. Ken Rogge was reported as the write-in winner with 125 votes.

Judge Story’s Theatrical Troupe’s children’s theater will present the classic “Wizard of Oz” on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 27 and 28 at the Story Theater Grand Opera House.

After a successful first-ever Apple Days on Nov. 6, Gookin Ford plans to sponsor the event again next year. The promotion raised more than $375 for local charities.

This year’s Roland Tour of Homes features Rick and Vicki Cordes,229 S. Green; Ben and Lois Durby, 110 S. Green; Dr. Robert and Helen Larson, 114 S. Park; Carroll and Pauline Pearson, 514 S. Main; and Kelly and Deanne Popp, 301 Samson.

10 Years ago

November 2003

The Norse cheer squad traveled to Cedar Rapids to compete at the Iowa Cheerleading State Championships. The 10-member squad finished third in Division 2A. Members included Stephanie Bucklin, Sharlonda McDermott, Sarah Murken, Alyssa Ober, Chanon Opstvedt, Sarah Engel, Nicole Webb, Brittany Ihle, Barbara Pawlikowski and Allyson Hansen. The girls are coached by Cathy Hermanson and Jane Bauman.

Ben Christian, Jeremiah Ostrem and Lucas Sampson were members of the Central College football team this season.

“Hear Ye, Hear Ye! The Happy Prince” will be presented by Judge Story’s Theatrical Troupe’s children’s theater Nov. 28-30 at the Story Theater Grand Opera House.

Kevin Baumhover competed at the state cross country meet held on Saturday, Nov. 1 in Fort Dodge. He finished 43rd out of 120 runners in Class 2A with a time of 17:29.

Roland-Story’s football team fell to Carlisle 28-14 to end their season with a 6-3 record (4-3 in district play), falling short of the playoffs as well.

A Traditional Home magazine crew was in Story City recently to shoot a photo spread at the Story Theater Grand Opera House. The photo shoot featured unique pillows used by various set designers in Hollywood. The feature is set to appear in the March 2004 issue of Traditional Home, which is published in Des Moines.

Two former Roland-Story High School football players are now playing for the Iowa State Cyclones. Kory Pence, a sophomore offensive lineman, and Kyle Van Winkle, a freshman quarterback who was red-shirted last season, are members of the Cyclones this season.

Ross Bohner, a senior offensive guard from Roland-Story, is a member of the Northern Iowa Panthers football team.

The new Story City Herald office at 511 Broad Street, which has been under construction since May, is now completed. The Herald’s first full day of operation in the new building is expected to be Thursday, Nov. 20.

Story City’s annual Tour of Homes will be represented by Jim and Nancy O’Connor, 1259 Edgebrook Drive; Pat and Rachel Faga, 827 Forest Avenue; and Dale and Lynn Henricks, 1246 Northridge Road.

With over 8,000 volunteer hours logged in its first three years as a Main Street community, Story City celebrated its many achievements on Wednesday, Nov. 12 and received its third year National Certification.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints held their official ground breaking on Saturday, Oct. 4.