Looking Back in Story City

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

30 Years Ago

July 1986

Despite 90 degree temperatures and late, unexpected thunderstorms, over 1300 people attended the first all-school, all-class reunion held under a big tent on Forest Avenue Friday and Saturday, July 4 and 5 in Story City.

Kristi Greiner was crowned 1986 Iowa Miss Teen June 28 in Cedar Rapids. Kristi competed with 64 other girls from across Iowa. She will now enter the national competition in Kansas City, MO.

Nearly 50 tourists from Norway’s Sunnhordland region visited Story City last week (from the July 8 issue). The trip commemorated 150 years since Norwegian settlers began migrating to this country.

Pitcher Steph Semler silenced Nevada 2-0 on Tuesday (July 1) at Roland to earn her 100th career victory for Roland-Story.

This year’s Story City swimming pool employees include: Cathy Hermanson (manager), Kent Clayberg, Kent Erickson, Brad Botos, Tom Satre, Todd Michel, Kurt Erickson, Marge Doyle (assistant manager), Marcy Longseth, Beckey Parker, Kristen Pohlman, Sirena Kann and Teri Disbrowe.

Story City’s new police officer Norm Spurlock began duties July 1.

Butler Manufacturing has agreed to wait 30 days before proceeding with grain storage plans in their empty facility. Local concerns had arose when a June 29 Des Moines Register classified advertised a one million capacity grain storage space. If original plans are pursued the Story City Butler plan will be filled with grain.

Alan and Paula Sampson and family attended the Liberty Celebration in New York Harbor as part of the annual Independence Day celebration. They boarded the 28 foot Silverton boat owned by Dr. Bruce and Linda Koenig (Paula’s sister) and joined an estimated 10,000 vessels in the harbor for the festivities.

Angie Olson, daughter of Judy Bohning and Jim Olson of Story City, was crowned Queen of the 1986 Story County 4-H Fair.

Sara Holt was recognized by the city of Randall for her “excellent work” in preserving the community’s history.

Joe and Cynthia Wilson are currently refurbishing the former Roland greenhouse. They hope to open their new business in October under the new name Roland Floral and Greenhouse.

After defeating Nesco 6-3 in sectional play, the Norse girls lost a 2-1 decision in 18 innings to Hubbard in the sectional final. It was the longest game in R-S history. The girls still advanced to regional play, however, and defeated N.E. Hamilton 7-0 and BCL 3-2 to remain alive in tournament play.

The R-S FFA livestock judging team recently took first place in the Boone County Fair judging contest. Members included Terry Wicks, Kent Keech, Chad Olson and Paul Kokemiller.

20 Years Ago

July 1996

River Bend Golf Course celebrated its 25th Anniversary on Friday, June 28. Rich Olive presented a brief history of the course and club house manager LaVonne Olson offered her thanks to those who helped in compiling a River Bend history book. Bob Cole, Duane Orcutt and Vera Semler (representing Dr. C.E. Semler) shared stories about the joys and obstacles encountered during the planning and construction of the golf course.

Dallas Kray of Roland-Story was named National Athletic Director of the Year by the National High School Athletic Coach’s Association (NHSACA) at their national convention held June 22-28 in Cromwell, CT. He was a finalist after winning the Regional Athletic Director Award earlier this year.

The R-S girls ran their winning streak to 11 games and were rewarded with a #13 ranking in the state 2A softball rankings. They are now 15-3 overall and 6-1 in the HOIC. Pitcher Janel Loupee earned victories over Ogden 2-1, B-F 4-2, CMB 3-1. Leading hitters were Abby Doyle, Lisa McMenamin, Emily Tjernagel, Amy Ostrem, Kelly Holm, Sara Myers, Missy Senti, Jenni Donohue and Angie Lettow.

American Packaging is proceeding with plans for a $20 million expansion project.

The R-S girls completed the regular season with a 27-10 record and still maintain their #13 ranking as tournament play began. They defeated Madrid 10-0, Ballard 8-6, South Hamilton 8-6 and lost to W-G 6-3 and Colo-Nesco 6-3. Wendy Graber had a red hot week, as she had a home run, a triple and two singles against Ballard, smashed two more triples against W-G and had four of the Norsemen’s five hits in the Colo-Nesco game. The Norse went on to fall short of the state tournament by losing to #8 Iowa Falls 5-1 on Monday (July 22) in post season play, finishing with an impressive 27-11 record.

10 Years Ago

July 2006

Rachel Grimsley, Nathan Krakau and Mia Devitt competed at the 30th Annual HOSA National Convention in Anaheim, CA June 20-24, after earning the opportunity by placing high at the state competition.

Paula Brown and Connie Phillips have been named campaign co-chairs for the 2006 Story City United Way of Story County campaign.

R-S FFA members Ashley Youngman, Andrew Hoffmann and Josef Biechler recently participated in the State FFA Food Technology contest held at ISU.

Roland Days will be held Friday and Saturday, July 7 and 8.

Laurel Whipple was recently awarded the $1,000 Robert Smiley Scholarship by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union and the Smiley family.

The Story City Council approved the preliminary plat of Frandson’s Prairie Ridge East and West subdivisions, which will be located on the east and west sides of Sunrise Avenue, at its regular council meeting on July 3.

The new Roland-Story weight room at the high school is nearly complete. Total cost of the project was $31,000 and was funded by the Athletic Boosters.

Greta Billerbeck has signed a letter of intent to play volleyball this fall for the University of Texas at Brownsville, a member of the Red River Athletic Conference of the NAIA. Greta is the daughter of Mark and Janice Billerbeck of Radcliffe and a 2004 graduate of Roland-Story.

Race car driver Mark Lettow leads the “360” modified points race at the Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City.

R-S FFA members Anna Penner and Tyler Olson competed in the North Central FFA District Livestock Judging Contest held in conjunction with the Franklin County Fair in Hampton.

Brittany Ihle of Story City is one of eight students who have been awarded a $3,000 John W. Fisher Scholarship from the Ball Corporation. Ihle is the daughter of Scott Ihle and Jane Bauman of Story City and is a 2006 R-S graduate.

Nearly 60 children of all ages attended a special Blank Park Zoo presentation about insects and reptiles at the Bertha Bartlett Public Library on Monday, July 17.

Jacob Marti completed an Eagle Scout project for the Parks and Rec Department, designing a new soccer field sign for the soccer and flag football complex at the western edge of Story City.

Aren Halleland, age 8, caught a 37 inch, 13 lb. Northern while on vacation at Rainy Lake in Minnesota July 2 with his parents Bob and Lori Halleland.