Looking Back in Story City

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

30 Years Ago

December 1984

Sonja Egenes, who served in the Iowa Legislature for 12 years and was the first Republican woman to be nominated for an Iowa congressional seat, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, at University Hospital in Iowa City from complications of diabetes and a recent kidney transplant. She was 54. Sonja is survived by her husband John and son Jay.

A “high tech” company, which was interested in locating in Roland if the city would loan it $100,000, told City Attorney Jim Twedt it is no longer considering settling in Roland.

The Christmas tradition of community caroling around the large tree in Story City’s downtown is being revived this year. On Sunday, Dec. 9, church congregations from Roland, Randall and Story City will gather at the four corners of the business district and carol their way to the tree at 6:30 p.m.

Oakland Corporation, which specializes in business computer systems, held an open house Nov. 29 at their new 414 Broad Street location. The corporation employs 10 people.

Glenn Randau was recognized Nov. 15 for his 40 years of membership in the Story City Lions Club.

The 29th Annual Christmas Festival of Music will be presented by the Department of Music at ISU on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8 and 9, at C.Y. Stephens Auditorium in Ames. Participating in the festival from Story City will be Alan Greiner, a bassoon player in the symphony orchestra, and Sara Harris, a member of the chamber singers.

Three former R-S football players - Mike Bohning, Brett Clayberg and Tom McDonald - will be members of the Central College playoff roster for the NCAA Division III championship football game at Kings Island, Ohio, on Dec. 8. The Dutchmen, coming off a 9-0 regular season, recorded playoff victories over Occidental of CA, 23-22, and Washington & Jefferson of PA, 20-2, to advance to the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl sporting an 11-0 mark. Central took on defending champion Augustana of IL for the title, and unfortunately lost.

Freshman Dave Skare is a member of Boone Area Community College’s Bears basketball team this season. Skare is the son of Jim and Doris Skare of Story City and a 1984 graduate of R-S.

Luella Christenson was honored for her 22 1/2 years of service to the Story City Memorial Hospital on Nov. 30. Luella worked in the dietary department.

A group of 17 Japanese agri-businessmen toured Woodland Farms on Dec. 1 to learn how that operation uses computers in its raising of livestock and poultry.

Butler Manufacturing announced Dec. 10 that their Story City facility will be phased out by the end of 1985, due to the depressed conditions of the agricultural economy.

Members of the Story City Merchants Auxiliary voted to change the organization’s name to the Story City Merchants’ Association. New officers for 1985 will be LeRoy Kester, President; Eloise Thorson, Vice President; Jacque Severe, Secretary; and Tamara Osborn, Treasurer.

Many of Story City’s businesses were closed Wednesday, Dec. 12 from 1 to 2 p.m. so owners and employees could attend a public hearing in Ames in support of the opposition to the Ames Lake Project. A formal proclamation by Mayor George Toft was even issued proclaiming the date and time period so that businesses could close. Over 300 people attended the meeting, most of whom were against the project.

The new mandatory child car restraint law goes into effect January 1, 1985.

R-S wrestlers finished third in the Woodward-Granger tournament on Saturday, Dec. 8, in a close battle for the team title. The lone Norse champion was Steve Smith in the super heavyweight class. Vanlop Quang (112) and Andy Cazett (167) came in second.

Robin Eischen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Eischen of Roland, is one of the more than 100 children and adults from central Iowa who will make up this year’s production of “The Nutcracker” at C.Y. Stephens Auditorium in Ames Dec. 14-16.

The R-S cage teams swept four games over Ballard and West Marshall. The girls winning 54-37 and 66-42, while the boys did the same 46-43 and 68-50. LeaAnn Morgan scored 27 and 30 to lead the R-S girls. Jeff Gustason had 13 vs. Ballard, and Peter Osheim scored 11 against WM.

Senior Spotlights this month in the R-S Norse high school news are Jennifer Johnstad and Jeff Gustason.

The Denny Michel family have a very special wish this holiday season - to have their son Caleb Ellis home with them. The Michels expect Caleb will be home from the hospital by the new year. Caleb was born four months premature on June 21 at Mary Greeley and weighed just 1 lb. 6 oz. and was 12 inches long. Shortly after his birth he was taken to Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines where he underwent four operations. Despite medical setbacks, Caleb has now grown to the size of a normal newborn (8 lbs., 19 inches long). He is also alert to the sights and sounds around him. Recently the Michels were guests at a luncheon hosted by the Lutheran Brotherhood of Central Iowa, and were presented with a check for $7,900, as well as presents for Caleb. The money was raised by the three chapters of Beta Sigma Phi and double-matched by Lutheran Brotherhood.

The Story City Council approved the hiring of a fourth full-time police officer on Dec. 17. Chief of Police Bruce Kann appeared before council to request the additional officer. The department’s part-time officer Steve Holdredge recently resigned to take a job at ISU, and Kann told council it would be difficult to hire and keep a part-time officer.

The Roland Council met in special session Dec. 19 and approved an agreemnt to burn the old post office building. The burning will be done by Iowa Fire Consultants of Ames later this month.

Story County’s farmland values declined in value this past year, to an estimated average of $1818/acre. That’s down from $2239/acre a year ago.

The R-S wrestlers were unable to defend the championship of their own Norse Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 22, finishing second in the 8-team meet, 155 1/2 to 211 for Jefferson. The Norsemen had three champions - freshman Chris Cazett (105), junior Vanlop Quang (112) and senior Andy Cazett (167) - and two runners up - junior Chris Peterson (119) and sophomore Bob Lage (126).

20 Years Ago

December 1994

With the goal of establishing a strong, integrated rural network system that will retain medical services in this area, officials from McFarland Clinic and Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames expressed their interest in playing a role in the future of Story City’s health care picture during a joint Nov. 29 meeting of the Story City Memorial Hospital Board and City Council.

This year’s community Christmas tree was donated by Harold Johnson of Story City.

The proposed affiliation of Randall-Story State Bank, in Story City and Randall, with Ames National Corporation has been approved by the Federal Reserve Bank and will become effective Jan. 1, 1995.

Participating in the 1994 Dorian Keyboard Festival held Nov. 11-13 at Luther College were Ann Braland, Randall; Leatha Sternberg, Roland; Daren Johnson and Joel Njus of Story City; and Jenon Caruth and Nicki Hagen of Jewell.

The R-S wrestlers took the W-G Invitational title on Saturday, Dec. 3. The Norse scored in all 12 weight classes, with two champions crowned - junior Logan Ante (140) and senior Ty Sanderson (171).

R-S Ag instructor Brad Taylor, who is the current President of the Iowa Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association (IVATA), has been selected to speak concerning vocational funding at the National AVA Convention in Dallas, TX next month.

The value of Iowa farmland increased an average of $81/acre during 1994, rising to $1356/acre; up 6.4 percent from last year.

Both the Story City Council and Story City Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees have given city leaders the go-ahead to enter into privae negotiations with McFarland Clinic, Mary Greeley Medical Center and Semler Medical to discuss the future of Story City’s health care offerings at a Dec. 5 joint meeting.

In a unanimous vote on Dec. 5 the Roland council appointed Matt Schell to fill the vacant position left by the death of long-time council member Ben Durby.

The Miss T.E.E.N. (Teens Encouraging Excellence Nationally) has announced that Brooke Barnett of Roland has been selected as the 1994 Iowa Miss T.E.E.N. during the annual pageant on Saturday, Nov. 26 at the Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo. Barnett is an honors student at R-S High School, a commended scholar by the National Merit Scholarship Center and a page for the 1995 session of the Iowa House of Representatives.

One of the new events to this year’s Yulefest schedule was a “Lights on Lafayette” liminaria campaign, held in conjunction with the Nov. 25 tree lighting ceremony and carried out by residents of north Lafayette. The event was coordinated by Sheryl, Larry and Bo Ammerman. Non-perishable food items were also collected, in a sleigh supplied by Robert and Phyllis Hermanson, and will be donated to the local food pantry.

Paul Teig of Roland, past President of the Story County Farm Bureau, received a plaque for his outstanding membership work at the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation’s annual meeting in Des Moines Nov. 30.

John Egenes was named the recipient of the 1994 Story City Lions Club Community Service Award, which was presented during the organization’s annual Appreciation Night on Dec. 8.

Judge Story’s children’s production of “Hansel and Gretel” was presented at the Story Theater Grand Opera House Nov. 26 and 27.

Nancy Tanner was installed as the Immanuel Lutheran Church congregation’s new youth director on Sunday, Dec. 18.

Due to advanced radio technology and layoffs at the Story City Memorial Hospital, the local police department will be dispatched through the Story County Sheriff’s Office beginning Jan. 1, 1995.

Story City Memorial Hospital employees Joyce Egemo and Kim Youngman, both RNs, recently received certificates as trauma nurses through Mercy Hospital in Des Moines.

In a project required by the DNR, the gas tanks at Story City Standard were recently removed and the property checked for soil contamination. Station owner Gene Dyer chose not to replace the tanks, retiring instead after 10 years in business. The property is located at 629 Broad Street and is now currently on the market for sale.

10 Years Ago

December 2004

Kiwanis Christmas tree sales were brisk on Saturday, Dec. 4, as residents took advantage of a beautiful 50 degree day to chose that “perfect” tree at the vacant lot east of Troy’s Barbershop.

Short, Harris & Co. and Security State Bank held recent open houses at their respective 602 Broad and 339 Factory Outlet Drive locations.

Granite City Food and Brewery recently broke ground in the Ellsworth industrial park, located on the northeast side of town. In addition, a new Kum & Go Travel Stop is planned for location in Ellsworth as well, with a completion date of spring 2005.

Heartland Senior Services of Story County recently honored Elizabeth Fremming for 15 years of service as the Story City congregate meal site manager.

The Immanuel Lutheran Church Sunday School program recently held a Holiday Angel Tree project to benefit children and young families being served by Youth and Shelter Services.

The first Yulefest Children’s Day was held Saturday, Dec. 11. An Elves Workshop was held at the Senior Center and Royal Cafe, followed by lunch with Santa at Cottage on Broad. Santa also appeared following the free matinee at the Story Theater, which was hosted by Randall-Story State Bank.

The Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner was held Thursday, Nov. 25 at the Sons of Norway and was sponsored by Friends of the Community and the Story City Kiwanis. Committee members included Barbara Clark, Paul Wierson, Diane Osmundson, John Hinz, Carol Sondgeroth and Judy Stone.

Grace United Methodist Church presented its annual Live Nativity scene on Sunday evening, Dec. 19. Various church members took turns portraying the Biblical characters.

M.H. Eby has begun construction of a new 33,000 sq. ft. plant to manufacture livestock semi-trailers in central Iowa at its I-35 location east of the interstate’s north bound exit ramp.

Winners of the Yulefest gingerbread house contest were Josh Saffin, age 11, individual category, and Darlys Orth and her grandchildren, who won the family category.

The R-S cage teams headed into the holiday break with a sweep of CMB Tuesday night, Dec. 22 at Maxwell. Kelsey Klaver and Kristin Brodie led the girls to a 49-34 victory, scoring 12 and 11 points, respectively. Nyla Evans added nine points. Nick Handeland and Jack Bruns scored 15 and 14 points, respectively, to help the boys down the Raiders 48-35.

The Bertha Bartlett Public Library recently introduced a puppet program with various puppets available for two-week check outs.

Heartland Senior Services of Story County recently honored Solvay Twedt of Roland for her many years of dedication to seniors. Twedt served on the Heartland Board of Directors from 1993-2001 and on the Heartland Foundation Board from 2001 to 2004.