Looking Back in Story City

Staff Writer
Story City Herald


October 1984

The Roland City Council voted to sell the city’s electric system to Iowa Electric Light and Power (IELP) at its October meeting by a 4-1 vote. The electric sale has been an issue for nearly six years as to either sell it or not.

The Roland Development Committee held its first meeting in October with $175,000 in its “war chest” for the next five years. The committee will include up to 15 voting members and five non-voting members. Financing of the committee will come mostly from the city (the council pledged $150,000 for economic development at its Sept. 24 meeting). The money will come from the profit of the electrical system sale, along with money from the reserve fund on the bond debt and the sale of the system’s inventory and vehicles. IELP has also promised $25,000 over the next five years. Jerry Hanna, President of Roland State Bank, has been appointed temporary chairman of the new committee. Non-voting members include Mayor Clayton Armstrong, two council members, City Attorney Jim Twedt and IELP Nevada Manager Jim Gray.

Due to renewed state and local interest the Ames Lake Project has been reclassified from “inactive” to “active”, effective July 2, 1984, by the Office of the Chief Engineers. It had been listed as “inactive” since 1974. The Story City council planned to organize a committee to spearhead opposition to the project.

JoNann Twedt has opened a new country craft shop “Rural Room”, located at her rural farm home southeast of Roland.

Homecoming Queen candidates for 1984 are: Terri Olson, Lisa Naig, Shayleen Pierce, Stacey Finnegan and Kelly Pierce. Olson was crowned Queen prior to Friday night’s (Oct. 5) football game against Ballard.

Former R-S players Mike Bohning and Brett Clayberg of Story City and Tom McDonald of Roland are members of the Central College football team this fall. Mike and Brett are seniors and Tom is a sophomore.

Katie Hoy, daughter of Don and Mary Hoy, earned the 1984 Iowa 4-H Home Management Award and will receive a trip to the National 4-H Congress in Chicago Nov. 24-29.

Sue Larson, co-chair of the 1985 Scandinavian Days celebration, attended the 1984 Tourism Conference held at Adventureland Oct. 3-4.

Ballard ruined Roland-Story’s Homecoming on Friday night (Oct. 5) 12-0. It was the Norsemen’s first conference loss since Sept. 22, 1978, against South Hamilton; a span of 43 games! The last loss at home dates back to Oct. 8, 1976 against Nevada.

The R-S girls fell 3-0 in the Regional softball finals against Urbana at Center Point on Wednesday, Oct. 3. The Norse finished the fall season at 14-5. The girls defeated Nesco earlier in the week 5-2 in eight innings. Cathy Cole had three of the Norsemen’s nine hits in the Nesco win. LeAnn Morgan and Kris Lage each had two hits. The Norse had only two hits against Urbana.

A man fitting the description of the person seen driving Arnold Sansgaard’s car several days after his death was arrested Oct. 11 in Omaha, NE and returned to Story County. Sansgaard was found murdered in his rural Boone home outside Story City on July 21.

Remodeling work continues on the new addition to the west entrance of Salem Lutheran Church in Roland.

Fred Larson, Democratic candidate for Story County Sheriff, recently met with Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller at the State Convention of Iowa Young Democrats held at the Memorial Union on the ISU campus.

Pastor David Hofer recently accepted a call to serve as new pastor at Salem Lutheran Church in Roland.

The Norse football team was shut out for the second consecutive week; the first time that has happened in 10 years. The Norsemen fell to West Marshall 6-0 in Story City on Friday, Oct. 12.

Todd McDonald, a senior at Central College, is a member of the Central A Cappella Choir.

The Story City GCC is celebrating 75 years this year.

The Roland-Story Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) changed its name to Roland-Story Parents Support Group at its October 16 meeting.

The R-S football team was shut out for the third consecutive game by South Hamilton 21-0 at Jewell on Friday, Oct. 19.

Five R-S High School students are volunteering as “Candy Stripers” for Bethany Manor this year. They are: Jennifer Sowers, Angie Olson, Christy Mesik, Donna Ness and Stacey Jacobson.

Members of the newly formed Ames Lake Project Opposition Committee are Jay Brekken, Brian Heineman, Marilyn Lekwa, Kermit Miskell and Andy Nelson.

Fire almost totally destroyed the home of Earl and Mary Ellen Moore in rural Story City on October 26.

New officers of the newly formed Friends of the Roland Public Library are: Delores Lounsberry, President; Barb Mortenson, Vice President; Patty Schlorholtz, Secretary; and Inge Herigstad, Treasurer.

The Norsemen won their final game of the football season 14-6 over Nevada Friday, Oct. 26. Peter Osheim had nine tackles. Tim Tjernagel rushed for 78 yards on 21 carries.

The giant Happy Chef is in the process of getting a face lift. The fiberglass statue, built in 1968, stands outside the Happy Chef Restaurant in Story City. The last statues manufactured for the Happy Chef chain were in the 1970s and there are only a few left in Iowa.

The Story City Lions have placed two flag poles at the carousel building in the North Park. The American and Iowa flags will fly whenever the carousel is in operation. The Lions who placed the poles were Dirk van der Linden, Glenn Randau, Don Sanderson, Myron Rod, LeRoy Kester and Don Varnum.


October 1994

Story City’s waste water treatment system was one of three Iowa municipal plants recognized for excellence by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Story City Trees Forever Committee has completed a new city park adjacent to the Senior Citizens Center on Penn Avenue. Volunteers who helped with the development included Mike Jensen (coordinator), Sherri Pack, Marilyn Lekwa and John Michaelson.

The implementation of the $100,000 E-911 address system will include nearly 3500 households in rural Story County and should be in place by next fall.

Munsen Chevrolet-Buick will observe its 80th Anniversary on Friday, Oct. 7 with an open house.

Roland correspondent Joa LaVille is the newest addition to the Herald staff. She is also employed part time by the Roland Library as the children’s librarian.

Preliminary plans are under way for Roland’s 125th birthday celebration to be held June 30 to July 1, 1995.

PEO Chapter FZ presented its annual $500 scholarship to 1994 R-S graduate Kara Sampson earlier this summer.

The warm, friendly feelings John Henry Thorsnes experienced at his 40th high school class reunion in 1990 prompted the former SCHS Class President to spearhead the making of a quilt that includes classmates’ signatures and dates of special occasions, with a large 1950 in the center.

A late score lifted R-S past North Polk 20-14 in the annual Homecoming game on Friday night, Sept. 30. The Norse are now 5-0 on the season. Lynette Ritland was crowned Queen. Her attendants were Brenda Van Patter, Tammi Hill, Gina Peter and Carrie Jacobson.

It took nearly half a century for Dick Peterson to return to the country where he spent 12 days amidst the final months of World War II battles. Peterson, a veteran of the 30th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army, recently visited Echt, Holland, where he was a guest of the same Dutch family that housed him and an army buddy following Holland’s liberation from the Nazis. After serving on the front lines during heavy combat at Normandy Beach and the many battles that followed, Peterson and his G.I. colleague Albert Soukup established ties with the Reiter family, who opened their apartment to the soldiers in a show of gratitude for the sacrifices made to liberate their homeland. Since that time, Peterson and the Rieters have remained in contact, and the Reiter parents, now deceased, have passed their appreciation on to their four children, who have continued to write and correspond with Peterson all these years since.

After 25 years of operating a grocery store in Story City, Harlan Dubansky has sold his grocery to a Nebraska-based partnership, effective Nov. 1. Mike Brown, a member of the new ownership group, will oversee operations alongside long-time Harlan’s manager Carroll Brekke.

Julie Lutjen has become the new Story City GCC Chamber Executive Director, taking over for former director Jodi Graden, who resigned in August.

Roland-Story Middle School language arts instructor Jerry Pierce was selected Iowa’s 1995 Teacher of the Year; the first R-S teacher to ever receive the prestigious honor. Pierce has been with the district for 28 years.

Marty Wolske, 1990 R-S graduate and son of Thomas of Rheon Wolske of Ankeny, formerly of Story City, is studying in the seminary at the University of Notre Dame.

R-S High School Principal Roger Pohlman attended a technology conference sponsored by the Iowa Computer Using Educators (ICUE) recently.

Plans have begun for the third Story City Alumni Reunion, to be held July 1, 1995.

The Norsemen girls’ volleyball team finished second in the HOIC with an 8-1 record. The Norse have won 2 out of the last 3 conference titles, and have lost only 2 conference matches in three years. Their overall mark is 13-5-3. Some of the team members include Suzi Olive, Wendy Graber, Kelly Holm, Laura Hanson, Emily Tjernagel, Mary Hampton and Lynette Ritland.

Eric West, a senior at R-S, has set a new course record at River Bend Golf Course in Story City. West shot a 10-under par 27 on Sept. 28, 1994, breaking his own course record of 29 on July 28, 1994. Jay Torrance witnessed West’s 9-hole round.

MBS, an international seed company with corporate headquarters in Ames and production facilities in Story City, plans to move its home offices to the Story City site, providing a boost of 30 jobs and an annual $1.6 million payroll to the local economy.

The future of the Story City Memorial Hospital may be out of the hands of the board of trustees, as the Semler Medical Clinic has decided to no longer provide emergency room coverage, effective Jan. 1, 1995. Without 24-hour emergency service, the hospital will no longer be licensed as an acute care facility.

The Roland Kiwanis Club is celebrating its 40th Anniversary. Bob Egemo is the new President. LeRoy Higgins is installed as secretary, Pam Shannon is Vice President and Les Williams is the treasurer.


October 2004

Heather Flickinger and Matthew Stellmaker were crowned 2004 Homecoming Queen and King at the Homecoming assembly on Friday afternoon, Oct. 1. The Norsemen won the Homecoming game in thrilling fashion 14-6 over Ogden.

The Punt, Pass and Kick competition was held Sept. 25 and the winners included: Josie Manzer, Paighton Smith, Tyler Hovick, Colin Greene, Sam Mathis, Sydney Mathis, Lucas Olson, Devin Howard, Jerald Fritz, Alex Muhlenburg, Caleb Olson, Austin Foster, Kailee Keltner, Kara Keigan, Nicole Mathis, Amber Jewell, Levi Faas, Jacob Rathmacher and Matt Swanson.

Story City Main Street hosted the 4th Annual Newcomers’ Gathering on Monday, Oct. 4 at Grand Viking Hall. Approximately 20 new families stopped by.

Sandy Opstvedt was recently elected to represent Iowa on the Democratic National Committee.

Garrett Skaar of Story City will interact with Nobel Peace Prize and World Food Prize laureates, in addition to food and agriculture experts from around the world, at the World Food Prize Youth Institute on Oct. 14-16 in Des Moines.

Caitlin McNamara, Lynn Weltha, Jenna Sampson and Anna Penner received certificates of merit on August 7 at the Iowa State Fair for their working exhibit “Snack Attack, Yummy and Nutritious”. The exhibit demonstrated how to make a peanut butter snack that is nutritious and easy for children to make.

The R-S ASA softball team “The Rage” completed their fall season 7-1, outscoring their opponents 35-11. Members of the team are Rachel Grimsley, Laura Baldus, MacKenzie Neely, McKena Carlson, Dayna Mortvedt, Jessica Morlan, Shayla Barnes, Jessica O’Connor, Danielle Mott, Nicole Strasko, Morgan Swanson, Anna Morgan and Jenny Miller. The Rage are coached by Melissa Swanson and Russ Neely.

The City of Story City recently funded $25,000 to the Story City Main Street Business Improvement Loan/Grant Program. Mayor Ken Peterson presented the check to committee chair Dave Morris.

The Roland City Council awarded Scharnweber Water Conditioning of Toledo, IA the contract for water, sewer and street imnprovements in the new industrial park expansion at its Oct. 12 meeting.

Newly elected officers of the Story City Kiwanis are: John Abrams, President-elect; Howard McClennan, treasurer; Cheryl Abrams, secretary; and new board members Larry Egemo and Emery Munson.

Dr. Robert Dappen of Story City received the President’s Award at the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association’s annual meeting held Sept. 22-24.

Bethany Life Communities has begun Phase II construction at the Timberland Village site.

The R-S Norsemen clinched a playoff spot by defeating PCM 45-14 at Monroe on Friday, Oct. 15, with two games remaining. The district title was decided against Grundy Center in Story City the following week (Oct. 22), as the Norse defeated GC 29-7. The Norsemen then traveled to CMB and closed out the regular season on Oct. 29. Playoff action began Wednesday, Nov. 3.

The Roland Kiwanis Club celebrated its 50th Anniversary at the middle school on Oct. 19.

Security State Bank of Radcliffe is announcing the opening of its new Story City branch office on Friday, Oct. 29, in the former Pizza Hut building at 339 Factory Outlet Drive. The branch manager at Story City will be Joel Danielson.

Lance Corporal Brian Clark, son of Paul and Lisa Clark, and a 2001 graduate of R-S, recently completed a seven month tour of duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The R-S girls’ cross country team captured third place at the 2A District/Regional meet on Oct. 21 at Eagle Grove, and by viture of a tiebreaker, earned the final spot in the state meet at Fort Dodge. It was their first ever state berth in cross country. Members of the team are Jenna Maughan, Cyndi Rathmacher, Laura Severson, Ally Gast, Emily Cardella, Lizz Wynia and Alex Sampson. Kevin Baumhover will make his second trip to the state meet in the individual competition, as he placed seventh at the district meet.