SIOUX CITY – I won’t bury the lead: My time at the Sioux City Journal draws to a close as I dash to work in the Buena Vista University Office of Marketing & Communications in Storm Lake, Iowa.
SPENCER, Iowa -- When Craig Ihnen started his job as executive director of the Iowa High School Speech Association, he'd been at his desk an hour when the phone rang, at 9 a.m., July 1, 1994. Larry Untiet, a teacher and director of the speech/drama program at Spencer High School, called to w…
OKOBOJI, Iowa -- I called to interview Kiley Zankowski about the 39th annual University of Okoboji Winter Games. Zankowski, director of membership and events for the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, prepped for an "avalanche" of 30,000 to 45,000 guests this weekend and, as an aside…
CORRECTIONVILLE, Iowa -- Customers savor coffee, rolls and lively conversation on Thursday morning as Sandy Castle stirs inside The Stirring at 403, the new coffee shop/bakery breathing life and chit-chat into downtown Correctionville.
MOVILLE, Iowa -- I've announced baseball, softball and basketball games; track meets, concerts, trivia contests and charity auctions.
IDA GROVE, Iowa -- Ronnie Ladwig returned from a two-day delivery trip to northern Wisconsin, (1,000-plus miles round-trip) late Thursday. On Friday, he poured concreted in Ida Grove, the hometown he's been building in -- and crowing about -- for 68 years.
PAULLINA, Iowa -- Laura Palmer grew up in Paullina and graduated from Paullina High School here in 1984. For years, she resided in San Diego and the Twin Cities, and, yet, maintained visions of coming home.
SIOUX CITY -- Jeff Kuhn, general director of golf at Whispering Creek Golf Club, glanced from the pro shop on a Monday afternoon as a pair of Morningside College golfers waited for a teammate to arrive.
LAKE VIEW, Iowa -- Evan Boger remembers picking up a slip of paper about the youth wrestling program in the East Sac County Community School District seven years ago. He was a third-grader at the time.
PIERSON, Iowa -- Karl Bahrke, of Alton, Iowa, has played golf for 91 straight months at the Pierson Golf Association's 9-hole sand-greens layout in Pierson, his hometown. With the New Year unfolding and temperatures sinking to single digits, Bahrke told me his 92nd straight golf date there w…
SIOUX CITY -- Troy Betsworth plopped the weekly edition of Sports Illustrated in front of his son, Mitchell Betsworth, who began leafing through the magazine's "Year in Pictures" section.
HOLSTEIN, Iowa -- On one of the shortest days of the year we bring you the tale of a Siouxland giant, a young pro who thinks big, acts bigger.
TITUSVILLE, Florida -- Jim Christensen paces outside his home in the shadow of Kennedy Space Center, glancing skyward as he visits on his phone. A NASA rocket launch earlier this morning was scrubbed due to a computer glitch. He'll peer up and up again this week if and when the launch materializes.
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SIOUX CITY -- Wrestling official Bob Baxter can award himself more than one point for the great escape he executed in breaking out of his burning truck on Interstate 29 north of Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Saturday morning.
SIOUX CITY -- Sixty-five Morningside College football players joined their coaches, student athletic trainers, a student radio broadcaster and dozens of parents and family members in flying to Daytona Beach, Florida, on Tuesday, in advance of the NAIA National Championship to be played at Da…
CORRECTIONVILLE, Iowa -- Debra Langschwager strings together plastic grocery bags, making mats for homeless veterans, one way she honors the memory of an uncle who died in the Korean War and never came home.
CHEROKEE, Iowa -- Pamela Linn sat with her father, Gary Peterson, when he died in New Richmond, Wisconsin, a cancer victim at age 72.
SIOUX CITY -- Ana Lambros had a hug for her older -- and bigger sister -- shortly before noon on Tuesday as Alex Lambros headed to the Long Lines Family Center for a pregame workout for her Saint Xavier Cougars volleyball team.
SIOUX CITY -- Glenn Walinski was working part-time managing a Rocky Rococo's pizza restaurant in La Crosse, Wisconsin, in 1981 when University of Wisconsin-La Crosse students who worked for him directed him to inquire about a job at the La Crosse Center, the concert venue serving the region.
SIOUX CITY -- Visible among three scars on Caroline Little's left arm is the name of her mother and her mother's phone number.
SIOUX CITY -- Sioux City Musketeer Brock Baker spent his first Thanksgiving away from home on Thursday. Rather than spending the holiday alone, he feasted with family and friends, part of a group of 20 devouring turkey and trimmings in the home of Mike and Claudia Ratkiewicz, a Sioux City co…
AKRON, Iowa -- To hear what gratitude sounds like, lean in as Ben Stowe holds his laptop and presses "Play." A voice streams through from Times Square in 1944, a young Dennis Carlson, training in electronics for the US Army joins his brother, Orlo Carlson, in greeting their parents back home…
MAPLETON, Iowa -- Scott Willmott's eyes widen while checking a blood-pressure monitor in the athletic director's office adjacent to the gym at MVAOCOU High School on Monday night.
IDA GROVE, Iowa -- "I follow a full moon to Ida Grove's Skate Palace...seeking a plate of political 'red meat' as five Republicans convene at a table set in red, white and blue."