February 03, 2023

Creston High speech hosting fundraiser dinner

Creston High’s speech team is looking for investigators to attend its first murder mystery dinner at 6 p.m., Dec. 10 at the Elks Lodge.

“It’s our first year doing it and assistant coach Kelly Marcus wrote the murder mystery,” said Laura Granger, Creston speech and drama director.

Tickets must be purchased by Dec. 5. For $30 per person there will be appetizers and a pork loin dinner. Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.crestonactivitiesboosterclub.com/shop.

Those in attendance are encouraged to dress in related attire. Prizes will be awarded for best costume and to whoever solves the mystery.

Here’s the scene.

It’s 1928 and Captain Pat O’Connor is retiring from 30 years of police work. O’Connor has seen his share of friends and enemies over the years as he’s led his police department, and due to this has a habit of always looking over his shoulder.

It’s true he wasn’t always well liked by everyone on the force, but that isn’t stopping his department from hosting him a retirement party at a local cop-owned Speakeasy (but maybe it’s more of a hurrah, he’s finally gone celebration?).

There have been rumors for years O’Connor is connected to the mob, but surely those are just rumors? Despite these murmurs, he had a spotless record, and the public seemed to adore him. Or did they? Come to the retirement party and toast Capt. O’Connor to find out.

John Van Nostrand


An Iowa native, John's newspaper career has mostly been in small-town weeklies from the Rocky Mountains to the Mississippi River. He first stint in Creston was from 2002 to 2005.