Looking Back in Story City

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

30 Years Ago

August 1984

The dream of a lifetime came true for life-long Cubs fan Pastor Rolfe Johnstad of St. Petri Lutheran Church. He was fortunate to sing the National Anthem at Wrigley Field in Chicago before the August 6 Cubs/Mets baseball game.

A total of 287 alumni, teachers and friends attended the Randall High School Alumni Banquet Saturday, July 25 at the Starlite Village in Ames.

This week (from the Aug. 8 issue) the engineers who designed the new water plant (at a cost of $468,000) and the Story City employees who will be operating it are going to have their first chance to see how the plant actually works. Plans are to spend the next several weeks testing the new or refurbished equipment and making adjustments. Originally the project was estimated at a cost of $1 million.

Five Story City residents and one Roland person have filed nomination papers to run for the R-S school board in the September election. Two three-year vacancies and one one-year vacancy are up for election. Four nominees - Jim Faga, Greg Michel, Don Hoy and Charles Semler, Jr. - will run for the three-year terms. Bruce Berven of Story City and Richard Schultz of Roland are competing for the one-year term.

Iowa Electric Light and Power (IELP) was the surprise winner in the July 31 Roland straw poll, which showed that the residents of Roland perferred IELP 238-151 to take over the city’s electrical system rather than Hardin County Rural Electric Cooperative. The results were later questioned by several Roland residents.

Thorleif Hellesoy, Vice Mayor of Kvinnherad, Norway, Story City’s Sister City, and his family, visited this past month in the Kaare Mehl home, as well other vacation spots throughout the west and midwest.

By the end of this month Story Pizza will be opening in the former Young Set store downtown.

The Story City Historical Society will be hosting an old-fashioned Threshers Dinner Saturday, Sept. 8 at the R-S High School lunch room.

Over 1300 people attended the Moonlight Madness and Appreciation Night in Story City on Friday, Aug. 24 from 5 to 9 p.m. Free hot dogs and pop were served from 5 to 7. The event was sponsored by the Story City Merchants Auxiliary.

Melanie Hermanson of Story City and 12 other 4-H’ers from the United States returned August 5 from a six-week trip to France with the International 4-H Youth Exchange program. Melanie is the daughter of Pete and Janet Hermanson and will be a sophomore at ISU this fall.

After 16 years of sharing nutrition information with Iowans, ISU Extension nutritionist Kay Munsen is retiring with a new lifestyle. A long-time promoter of good nutrition and weight control, Kay only took on the physical activity part of that lesson about five years ago. After trying and dropping jogging, she started swimming, and now credits her current 60 to 70 lap noon hours with giving her the stamina to go along with her good eating and nutrition habits.

The number of patients and revenue at the Story City Memorial Hospital continued to grow during the 1983-84 fiscal year. In-patients increased 10 percent, from 642 in 1982-83 to 706 in 1983-84. Revenue increased $200,000, with a net revenue after operating expenses of $94,000.

Randall-Story State Bank has replaced its old, crumbling sidewalk with a new concrete walkway containing hot water coils that will melt snow almost as soon as it falls to the ground.

A new football scoreboard was recently installed at the R-S football field, just in time for the opening of the 1984 football season. The first home game is Friday, Sept. 14, when the Norsemen face Johnston.

Approximately 1000 guests attended the open house Sunday, Aug. 19 at the new Cedar Place complex in Story City.

20 Years Ago

August 1994

Members of the new Roland-Story Partnership Committee include Superintendent Dale Henricks, High School Principal Roger Pohlman, Volunteer Coordinator Marsha Taylor, community representative Pete Hermanson and instructor Terry Yocum. The development of business/community partnerships with the R-S schools is the next step of the volunteer program.

Putco Manufacturing has been sold to the Denny Elwell Investment Company in Ankeny, according to Putco owner and founder Mert Okland. Mert and his wife Darlene will continue to oversee operations at the plant for a minimum of one year after the sale becomes effective in mid-October.

The new Story City Memorial Hospital Administrator James Mullen, Jr. assumed responsibilities at the hospital on August 1. Mullen comes here following his duties as Chief Financial Officer at Decatur County Hospital in Leon.

Nearly 70 area residents heard ISU Extension agriculturists speak on a disease that has just recently hit some soybean fields in Story County during a Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) in soybeans seminar held Wednesday, July 20 at the Grand Viking Hall in Story City.

R-S student Brooke McKnight is appearing as one of the leads in the Des Moines Ingersoll Dinner Theatre production of “Bye Bye Birdie”. Brooke also recently returned from New York City where she was a contestant at the International Modeling and Talent Association competition.

Roald Kern, son of Anne Marie Kern, has just completed an intensive four-week laboratory science program at ISU in Ames.

Dave Morris of Story City took his hot air balloon “Aerielle” to Indianola last week (from the Aug. 10 issue) for the 25th Anniversary of the National Balloon Classic.

Approximately 25 area residents attended a Story County Farm Bureau-sponsored meeting last week (from the Aug. 10 issue) to discuss hog confinement issues and offer input for future state and couny legislation on the matter. Gene Mortvedt moderated the discussion, which was attended by State Representative Teresa Garman and County Supervisor Fred Mathison.

A selection of flowering plants, fresh produce and tasty baked goods are offered each Friday afternoon at the Story City Farmer’s Market held in the Harlan’s Food Mart parking lot.

R-S School Board President Richard Schultz has chosen not to seek another term on the board, leaving incumbent Gini Michel of Story City and newcomer Brian Sansgaard of rural Roland as the only candidates in the Sept. 13 election. Schultz has been a board member for 10 years, including eight as President.

Story County Bank and Trust thanked its customers for their business with an annual appreciation supper on Wednesday, July 27, at the Sons of Norway Lodge in Story City.

Jody Harris of Story City recently competed in the Miss Iowa Pre-Teen Pageant in Muscatine, where she was crowned the 1994 Miss Iowa Pre-Teen Princess. Jody will now represent Iowa in the national contest to be held in Orlando, FL in November.

Construction on Woodland Farms’ 22,500 sq. ft. warehouse building, located west of American Packaging, is well under way. Upon completion, American Packaging plans to lease the spec building for a minimum of two years.

Dr. Peter J. Larson, head of the Singapore American Elementary School, has been named as 1994 National Distinguished Principal, representing all American-affiliated overseas schools by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). Larson is the son of Naomi Larson and the late Peter B. Larson.

Area pianists participating in the Bill Riley Talent Search at the 1994 Iowa State Fair include: Jenna Neuman, Joel Njus, Susan Hanson and Jennon Caruth.

Frances Bartlett Kinne, who became Jacksonville University’s first Chancellor in 1989, after serving as President for 10 years, will retire as Chancellor and become Chancellor Emeritus. Dr. Kinne first joined Jacksonville University in 1958 as a faculty member.

Jody Graden will leave the Chamber Director’s position at the end of August after three years on the job.

K.E. Brown Sales in Roland’s new Industrial Park held an open house on Saturday, July 30.

Pam Shannon, City Clerk of Roland, has been awarded designation of Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC) for achieving high educational, experience and service requirements. Shannon has served as City Clerk of Roland since 1990.

A tent fire caused approximately $25,000 in damage to merchandise at the Factory Stores of America Outlet Mall in Story City in the early morning hours of August 19. The tent, located in the mall’s east parking lot, was being leased by VF Factory Outlet for the summer.

Cindy Mannetter of Hubbard assumed ownership of Creation, 521 Broad St., from former owners Janet and Mark Lindgren on August 1.

Ken Frette took first place in the 1994 Iowa State Fair Yodeling Contest held Thursday, Aug. 18 at Pioneer Hall.

R-S Spanish instructor Olivia Griggs was one of six Iowa teachers who spent part of their summer vacation studying abroad at a language school in Morelos, Mexico.

Malinda Munsen, daughter of Don and Eleanor Munsen, has been selected as a contestant in the 1995 Miss Iowa-USA Pageant to be held Friday, Sept. 2 and Sunday, Sept. 4 at the Five Seasons Hotel in Cedar Rapids.

10 Years Ago

August 2004

Lions International Exchange Youth from various countries visited Story City last month where they enjoyed rides on the carousel, swimming in the local pool and walking on the new trail. The Story City Lions Club hosted the visit.

Dale Henricks of Story City was recently named one of two interim superintendents by the Gilbert school board. Henricks retired as Roland-Story Superintendent five years ago.

Jerilyn Rasmusson of Roland has been named Vice President of the Volunteer Center of Story County.

Valerie Carlson, daughter of Kurt and Denise Carlson, was named runner up Story County Fair Queen at the pre-fair Inspiration Night held on July 18, prior to the start of the Story County Fair in Nevada.

The addition of the clock tower at the Story City Ackley State Bank branch took place last week (from the Aug. 11 issue). This completed the construction work for the opening of the facility.

The presence of the West Nile Virus has been confirmed in Story County, the fifth Iowa county to be infected.

On a recent trip to the Boundary Waters in northeastern Minnesota, friends/canoeists/campers Patti Thorson, Kris Scheppler, Peggy Anderson and Shelly Myers encountered their first bear at their campsite. Two years earlier they had a bear take their food during the night, but were too scared to look out at him from their tents.

There’s a new Principal at the Roland-Story High School and his name is Steve Schlatter. Steve assumed his duties following the retirement of Roger Pohlman.

Addie Rasmusson, a senior at R-S, will serve as the State HOSA President this coming school year.

The Opstvedt family, Brian, Sandy and daughters Chanon and Candace, traveled to Boston to attend the 2014 Democratic National Convention.

Thomas Reuss, Pastor at the St. Petri Lutheran Church, was elected President of the Story City Lions Club for 2004-05.

Pvt. Ian Murken graduated August 12 from the Army Reserves Basic Training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, SC. He will continue his training at Fort Jackson for his AIT in Heavy Wheel Mechanic Training.

Over 1,100 rubber ducks raced down the Skunk River for 142 prizes at the 6th Annual Story City Chamber Skunk River Duck Race held Sunday, Aug. 29 in the South Park.

The Story City Herald building was named winner of this year’s Community Design Excellence Award during the Iowa Downtown Summit meeting held in Muscatine on Tuesday, Aug. 24. Story City Main Street Director Carolyn Honeycutt, who attended the meeting, accepted the award on behalf of the Herald and later presented it to building owner Eloise Thorson.

Josh Newell of Story City placed second in the Scholastic Chess Tournament at the Iowa State Fair.

Michaela Rader, five year old daughter of Dan and Malisa Rader of Jewell and granddaughter of Mike and Marilyn Rader of Story City, advanced to the championship round of the Iowa State Fair Bill Riley Talent Search as a “Star of Tomorrow”.