Monthly news and announcements for residents of Story City, Iowa

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Welcome New City Employees


Jason Towne (left) recently started as water and wastewater operator with the city. Jason previously worked for the Denison Municipal Utilities as a water and wastewater operator. He has his Grade 2 in water treatment and distribution and Grade 2 in wastewater. Jason’s wife Julie is the Administrator for Greenbelt Home Care and Public Health in Hardin County and they have five children. Cole Teig (right) a 2010 Roland-Story graduate began working in the Parks and Recreation Department. He was previously employed by Service Unlimited. Welcome Jason and Cole.

Story City a Safe City, according to SafeWise

The City of Story City was recently named 9th in the State of Iowa among 100 of the largest communities in 2016 rankings of Iowa’s safest cities. Story City ranked 16th in 2015. The study, conducted by SafeWise, a company that specializes in safety and security systems, bases its ranking by reviewing the most recent FBI crime report statistics along with population data.

Story City Planning and Zoning Commission Vacancy

The City of Story City is accepting applications from residents interested in serving as a volunteer on the Planning & Zoning Commission. Residents interested in serving may obtain a board application from City Hall. For more information or questions contact City Administrator Mark A. Jackson at 733-2121.

“A date which will live in Infamy”

Most of the time when we think of an anniversary it is often the date on which a couple was married. So I wouldn’t forget, and how could I, Elizabeth had our anniversary date engraved on the inside of my wedding ring. Besides a wedding, an anniversary is also the date when an event or something notable took place in a previous year.
Driving back from Des Moines on September 9th, I was listening to a program on Iowa Public Radio of an interview that look place five years ago with Randy Hall of Bettendorf. Randy’s father, Stanley, was killed in the 9/11 attack when the plane he was flying on was hijacked and deliberately crashed into the Pentagon. September 11, 2016 marks the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attack, and since that time much of the world we live in today is governed by what took place on that day. Later this year, on December 7th to be exact, will be the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. President Roosevelt, in a speech the next day before a joint session of Congress, declared that December 7th would be, “a date which will live in infamy.” Each year on Memorial Day, this community honors those who have served our country with a service at the cemetery which also includes a student reciting the Gettysburg Address.
I was recently looking at the progress being made on the South Park Project when former City Council Member Lois Heckert who was out for a bike ride stopped and during the course of our conversation noted that it is the 80th anniversary of the swinging bridge. The historic swinging bridge was constructed in 1936 under President Franklin Roosevelt’s Work Progress Administration Program.

Parks are an important part in the quality of life within a community and this year our National Park Service is celebrating 100 years of stewardship of this country’s most distinctive and unique natural space like the Grand Canyon and our first national park Yellowstone. Throughout their 100 years, the National Park Service has worked to preserve our natural and historic properties. Parks and open spaces are such an important part of Story City that we have nearly 85 acres of parkland, where the standard for a city our size would be 35 acres.
Some of the first businesses in Story City were built and opened in 1856. Since that time many businesses have opened and closed. Yet, it’s important that we remember businesses in Story City like Gookin Ford who are celebrating their 50th anniversary as a local and family owned business. Industrial and commercial businesses are an important part of Story City; for the people they employ, for their time and talent in promoting the community, and for the donations they make to help support the Story City. Gookin Ford will be a part of this year’s Story City EDC tour to be held on October 18th.
What other anniversaries are taking place this year?
  • Runners World started publishing in 1966, and in February of 2017 we will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the opening of Story City’s Community Recreation Center. One of the most important features that residents wanted in a new recreation center was a walking/running track.
  • The Story Theatre, 103 years old, is the oldest continually operating theater in the Midwest and the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1976 was the movie Rocky. Forty years ago, our country celebrated its bicentennial and Rocky served as a testament to the human spirit and that the impossible can be accomplished with a little luck, some hard work, and a great deal of faith.
  • This silly and lovable bear who enjoys an adventure or visiting with friends turns 90 years old on October 14th – that’s Winnie-the-Pooh. A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh book was published on October 14, 1926. Each morning, Winnie-the-Pooh would wake up and the first thing he would ask is, “what’s for breakfast” which kind of sounds like something Kurt Erickson would say. Winnie-the-Pooh is one of the first books a parent reads to their children and reading is the foundation of a child’s education. Coincidentally, 1856 was the first year school was taught in Story City; perhaps in the 100 acre woods.  
And what about the future and beyond?
“Change is the essential process of all existence.”
The creator called it “wagon train to the stars,” and this television show premiered on September 8, 1966. After three years the show was cancelled, but was brought back and thrived in syndication. This led to four other TV sequels, 13 movies, and a number of memorable quotes that have become part of our pop culture over the last 50 years. It boldly went where no one had gone before with a multi-ethnic cast and crew and episodes that addressed issues of racism, class struggle, and warfare. The technological gadgets of the time inspired the technology we have today; a communicator is a cell phone, the main viewing screen is skyping, and ship scanners are today’s GPS. And, the future birthplace of its captain came from Iowa. Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek was ground breaking and his view of the future and beyond was optimistic.
“There’s an old saying, fortune favors the bold.”

Mark A. Jackson
City Administrator

City of Story City

504 Broad St.
Story City, IA 50248
(515) 733-2121
(515) 733-2460 Fax
Office Hours:
M-F 8am-4:30pm

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