Dan/Ray Wetherell and Forgotten Iowa History, Jefferson Bell Tower Days, Watersheds

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 06/06/2018
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Highlighting how the passion of the late Daniel Ray Wetherell (Dan), librarian, reinvigorated the love of the local library in his hometown of Sutherland, Iowa, we spoke with the Connie Cody, president of the General N. B. Baker Library, and vice president, Nancy Hill.  Uncovering another side of how Wetherell's passion for Iowa history inspired the The Forgotten Iowa Historical Society FACEBOOK page, we spoke with one of the administrators of the page, Linda Artlip Weinstein, who described how "Ray" (Wetherell's FACEBOOK moniker) designed a site that has attracted 52,000 members, and how they plan to continue after his death.  

Switching to events of the week, we spoke with Emily Reece, Festival Chair for the 2018 Jefferson Bell Tower Festival.  On a more subdued note Jim Pease, chair of the Story County Conservation Board, and Dan Haug, Watershed Educator for Prairie Rivers of Iowa, told us about a press conference to be held this afternoon to introduce the public to road signs naming the creeks that make up the watersheds of the various rivers of Iowa.

Slim’s Country Market, Roosevelt Summer Sunday Concerts, And Art Walk 2018

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 06/01/2018
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Today’s Local Talk program took us back to the beginnings of Slim’s Country Market on US 69 at Story City.   Slim Jr. talked with Maggie Westvold about his dad and mom starting the roadside produce stand 75 years ago, shared interesting and fun stories about growing up as part of that family business and reminisced about his parents’ strong work ethic and how changes have taken place over the years.

A musician from Tropicante, a band which will play at this year’s first Roosevelt Summer Sundays Concert, talked with Colin Burczek, KHOI intern, about their Latin dance band kicking off the 2018 season on Sunday, June 3rd, 7:00 pm, at the former Roosevelt elementary playground at 911 – 9th Street NW in Ames.

Maggie Westvold talked with Ursula Ruedenberg about Art Walk 2018 in the downtown Ames’ Mainstreet Cultural District, happening Friday, June 1st, 5:00 to 8:00 pm.  KHOI Community Radio is part of this inspiring event each year with mural painting in the studio and Redz Bluez band playing out front!  Listeners were encouraged to come by and enjoy and step into the studio and pick up a brush!

Finally, Susan Gwiasda with the city of Ames, shared what’s happening around town and gave us an update on the emerald ash bore situation; talked about a recent generous contribution for the new healthy living center to be built in west Ames; what to do when a power outage occurs at your home (call 515-239-5240).  Also, the phone number for hours at the Furman Aquatic Center is open (515-239-5434)


Scandinavian Days, Tom Flack, Cemeteries, Sadika and YES

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 05/30/2018
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Dennis Hart's regional news opened the show before our Story City guests came to give us a preview of Scandinavian Days.  Sam Barnes, Scott Johnson, and Melissa Asklof (cast members ofJudge Story Theatre Company's production of Mary Poppins) told about the 21st century version of the old favorite.  Jay Wilcox, director of the Story City Greater Chamber Connection, gave us a rundown on Scandinavian Days 2018.

The second half of our show continued the Memorial Day (Week) theme in unique ways.  We remembered Tom Flack, who died this spring.  Then we explored Story City's pioneer cemeteries in a conversation between Jerry Sowers (Sowers Cemetery) and Paul Wierson (Boe Cemetery) and the protection of the State Association for the Preservation of Iowa Cemeteries.  Finally, Del Christiansen, the executive director of IRIS, Iowa Resourcefor International Servicetold us about the impact of the death of Sabika, on the nation-wide community of international exchange students in the YES program.

Memorial Day

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 05/28/2018
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Today is Memorial Day and we have a special program honoring the distinguished individuals who have lost their lives while serving the US military hosted by Sequan Gatlin. Dennis Hart opened the show with his weekly local news update from the page of the Ames Tribune.

Following the weather report for the week, KHOI chairmen Joe Lynch spoke about his farm and how the weather is impacting his work. 

Sequan Gatlin gave us his Points to Ponder, a new segment proposing a question and different angles to consider on the topic. 

Henry Corbin provided us with a special Memorial Day Address speaking about the meaning behind the poppy flower and the importance of honoring those who have gone before us.

Finally, the show concluded with poetry from Maggie Westvold detailing the experience of military personnel and honoring family during Memorial Day.

Ponder, James Behn, Burial, APA

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 05/25/2018
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We started our program by beginning the series of "Points to Ponder" by KHOI intern Sequan Gatlin, followed by intern Colin Burczek interviewing James Behn, one of the musicians playing at the series known as Roosevelt Summer Sundays to be held weekly at Roosevelt Park from June through mid-August.  A Memorial Day note came fromDavid Gradwohl telling us about the Burial Mound discovered at Northcrest subdivision in Ames.  Ann Kinzel and Carolyn Myers, representing Ames Progressive Alliance, brought us Alisa Franzen, president of the Ames School Board, and Luke Deardorf, vice-president, to bring us up to date on the next steps for building the new high school.


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