Looking Back in Story City

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

30 Years Ago

June 1986

Record Printing Company was among six Iowa industries to receive the Governor’s Recognition Award on May 21. Governor Terry Branstad presented owner Dave Braland and his wife Cleoris the award.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of rural Jewell held its dedication services on Sunday, June 8 for its new parish following last year’s devastating fire, which destroyed the original 100 year old building.

Judge Story’s performed “Fiddler on the Roof” for this year’s Scandinavian Days production.

Stephanie Twedt, daughter of Alan and Myrna Twedt of Altoona and granddaughter of Amil and Sylvia Twedt of Story City, was crowned Miss Polk County earlier this year.

Mark Tjelta recently joined the staff of Egenes Insurance Service.

Nick Anderson, son of Dave and Carleen Anderson, and Tara Larson, daughter of Bruce and Susan Larson, were selected as Story City’s 1986 Poppy King and Queen.

Local students Stacy Clayberg, daughter of Russell and Diane Clayberg, and Stacey Tucker, daughter of Charles and Elaine Tucker, graduated from Iowa Methodist School of Nursing in Des Moines on May 30.

State Farm Insurance (Don Sanderson), Gene Dougherty & Co. accounting and the KQWC radio station (Cathy Hermanson) held an open house at their new location at 602 Broad Street.

Wolf Chiropractic recently opened for business at 605 Broad Street. The business is operated by Dr. Rayneil Wolf and his wife Jolene.

Freshman Jeff Gustason earned a varsity letter in men’s track at Central College this spring.

Bethel Lutheran Church in Story City celebrated its 100th Anniversary on Sunday, June 29.

Antique expert Gwen Znerold brought a group of 30 to 35 Californians to Story City for the second consecutive year on Friday, June 27. They were spending two weeks vacationing and shopping in Iowa.

Meryl Streep and Robert Redford star in Out of Africa showing June 27-29 at the Story Theater.

The Roland and Story City Kiwanis sponsored a fishing contest on Saturday, May 17 at Little Wall Lake. Jeremy Hess caught the most fish (51), while Jason Sanderson and Matt Meek caught the first and second biggest fish, a 16 inch catfish and a 14 inch bass, respectively.

Construction began recently on the R-S Elementary building addition in Story City. The expansion will include three classrooms, a corridor and a new heating unit.

The R-S girls’ softball team (12-6) claimed the Tri County Tournament title by winning three games June 25, 26 and 28 in Roland over Alden 10-0, Nevada 4-3 and #12 ranked Hubbard (16-2) 4-0. Steph Semler handled the pitching, throwing a one hitter against both Alden and Hubbard. The Norse have now won seven of their last eight games.

20 Years Ago

June 1996

Despite “rain on the parade”, the annual Scandinavian Days festival still went off as planned. By late afternoon Saturday (June 1) the skies cleared just in time of “The Rumbles” concert in the South Park.

The team of Dave Lutjen, Doug Cook, Tom Wynia and Jason Hyland won the second annual Story City Chamber golf tournament held May 17 at River Bend Golf Course.

Seniors of the Week in the Herald’s June Norse News were: Jayme Doolittle, Pat Madden, Carrie Kuykendall, Jessica Rasmusson, Leatha Sternberg, Angie Lettow, Meghan McGonigal, Missy Senti, Heath Brown, Jason Donohue, Tom Hashman, Luke Sampson, Ryan Reisetter, Amanda Lykins, Kim Erickson, Cora Sondgeroth, Khong Baccam, Shantel Johnson and Brian Weger.

Both American Packaging and Harris Auto Racing have been awarded $50,000 forgiveable loans from the state for their proposed expansion projects in Story City.

The Skunk River Wagon Train rolled across northern Story County as part of Iowa’s Sesquicentennial celebration. More than 100 “pioneers” and staff took part in the 85-mile journey, which began and ended southeast of Roland.

Honorary parade marshals for this year’s Scandinavian Days festival were Marsha Taylor, Brad Taylor, Dallas Kray and Jerry Pierce.

American Packaging has announced plans to add a new flexographic printing division that will create 75-125 jobs and will be located in a new 75,000 sq. ft. facility at its present site on West Broad Street.

The Angel’s Cupboard has opened at 626 Broad Street. Owner Jodi Skaff moved the speciality shop from Ames to Story City in May.

Roland’s Garden Tour will feature the gardens of Harold and Amy Edeker, Kermit and Joann Molde and Donna Norcross.

Members of the 1996 R-S Prom Court were Emily Tjernagel, Laura Hanson, Adela Antic (Queen), Leatha Sternberg, Wendy Graber, Chad Brandmeyer, Jeremiah Anderson, Khong Baccam (King), Christopher Hansen and Heath Brown.

River Bend Golf Course marks its 25th Anniversary this season.

R-S Athletic Director Dallas Kray has been selected athletic director of the year for this region, making him a finalist for the National Athletic Director of the Year. His award was presented to him at the National High School Athletic Coaches Association annual convention held in Cromwell, CN June 22-28. Kray attended the convention and gave a presentation.

Sophomore Tim Johnstad, son of Rev. Rolfe and Margaret Johnstad, received the Dean’s Award at Waldorf College in Forest City.

10 Years Ago

June 2006

Roland-Story Elementary School was presented with the 2006 Character Counts Elementary School Award by the Institute for Character Development at Drake University Board Chairman Robert D. Ray.

Story City was honored at the State Historical Society of Iowa’s annual awards ceremony in May. Accepting the Loren Horton Community History Award for Oustanding Program and Use of Volunteers for the Story City Sesquicentennial held in July 2005 were Cheryl Semler, Marilyn Webster and Lynn Henricks.

Pella Corporation recently donated $4,000 to the Story City Main Street Program.

Chandler Minner took part in the two-day Class 2A State Golf Tournament held May 30-31 at Jester Park and Otter Creek, respectively. Chandler finished 27th out of 63 golfers competing.

Story City Council considered establishing a first responders unit for the community. Story City is the only town in Story County without a responder unit. Lysle MacDonald and Kathy Twedt were present at the Monday, June 5 meeting to make the recommendation to the council. The council eventually approved the formation of a responder unit effective August 1.

Ann Pellegreno of Decatur, TX and formerly of Story City, has recently published the third volume (1941-2003) of her “Iowa Takes to the Air” series of books.

Gardeners featured this year in the Story City Historical Society’s Garden Tour are: Greg and Sandy Jacobson, Al and Wanda Holm, Orley and Charlsie Kilburn and Gill and Evelyn Sassmann.

The newest downtown business is Ezina Salon, which opened at 519 Penn and is owned by Christine Northrop.

Maile Timm was recently recognized by Mercy Medical Center as an EMS provider that goes above and beyond the call of duty.

The new Bill Hennessy Field sign was dedicated on Monday, June 26, at the Bill Hennessy Field in Roland.

The R-S boys’ baseball team played at the Minneapolis Metrodome on Sunday, June 25, facing Woodward-Granger on the turf where the Minnesota Twins and Vikings play. The Norse lost 4-2, as W-G scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh after R-S had assumed a 2-1 lead.