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Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
Poll

 Yes - the kids are getting "stir crazy!"
 Yes - it means autumn, my favorite time of the year, isn't far away.
 Yes - "Football Friday" will be here soon (not to mention Football Saturday, Sunday, Monday...
 No - I don't want summer to end!
 Doesn't matter one way or the other to me

Bethlehem Lutheran Church commemorates 50 years at location (08/20/14)
The congregation at Bethlehem Lutheran Church will celebrate the anniversary of its move to their current location, at 300 E. Bow Drive, with a special service this Sunday. The service will start at 9:30 a.m., and, weather permitting, it will begin outside before moving into the church sanctuary. Following the service, the youth of the congregation will be serving lunch to attendees, with proceeds to be used as a fundraiser for the youth group...
Cherokee 5-person Golf Tourney Sept. 6th (08/20/14)
The Cherokee Golf Course will host a 5-Person High Steaks Golf Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 6, with a 9 a.m. Shotgun start. The entry fee is $35 per person and includes the golf and a steak dinner following the tournament. Call the Cherokee Golf Course 712-225-4687 to sign up...
Uncle Ben 5K Run/Walk Raises $9,500 for Three Local Schools (08/20/14)
CUSHING, Iowa -- Nearly 250 people competed in the second annual Uncle Ben 5K Run/Walk sponsored by Driftwood that took place here Saturday, August 16, at 9 a.m. The event raised $9,500 for the following three local elementary schools, who had the most participants that day:...
'Double 5 generation' photo (08/20/14)
Here is a unique "double 5-generation" photo that Cherokean Lorna Brandt took recently . The baby in the photo is the first great-great grandchild of Lorna's mother,Vera Brandt, and the baby has two great-great grandmothers still living. The baby,whose name is Damian McKibben, is being held by his father, Brandon McKibben, of Bagley, Iowa. ...
Paltz completes auctioneer course (08/20/14)
MASON CITY - Earning the honorary title of "Colonel," Dennis John Paltz of Cherokee recently graduated from the World Wide College of Auctioneering here. Paltz successfully completed the course of instruction and training covering all phases of auctioneering taught by professional instructors at the college. Students received instruction in Real Estate, Benefit/Charity/Fundraising, Automobile, Farm, Antique, and Specialty Auctions, as well as vocal training and auction law...
Bakken Pipeline landowner's informational meetings near (08/20/14)
Cherokee and O'Brien County landowners impacted by the Dallas, Texas - based Energy Transfer Partners' (ETP) proposed 30-inch diameter Bakken crude oil pipeline should expect to receive invitations in the mail soon to attend joint ETP/Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) landowner's informational meetings...
Items for sale at the CAFM (08/20/14)
Here is the updated list of vendors and the items you will have available for sale during the Cherokee Area Farmers Market under the canopy at the depot from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. this Thursday. This will be the twelfth market of the 2014 season. green beans, tomatoes, grape tomatoes, kohlrabi, kale, carrots, beets, cucumbers, turnips and eggplant...
Chamber Coffee (08/20/14)
This week's Cherokee Chamber Coffee will be hosted by the Cherokee campus of Western Iowa Tech Community College and will be held in the WITCC Conference Center at 9:30 a.m. on Friday.
Trinity Lutheran Preschool opens in Cherokee (08/18/14)
Several members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Cherokee participated in some "small group visioning" two years ago, and the church's pastor, Rev. Jonathan Riggert, said that among areas of concern expressed by group members were: 1) The presence of waiting list for 3 and 4 year old children to enter the local public pre-school; and 2) The absence of a Christian school in Cherokee county...
Galva ethanol plant to host grand opening Sept. 9 (08/18/14)
GALVA - Quad County Corn Processors has announced that it will host a grand opening event for its new "bolt on" bio-refinery that is turning corn kernel fibers into cellulosic ethanol. Quad County is the site of Iowa's first cellulosic ethanol production and the world's first corn kernel fiber cellulosic ethanol, a process that was invented by Plant Engineer Travis Brotherson and patented by Quad County Corn Processors...
Cherokee performers in State Fair Talent Search (08/18/14)
Several performers from Cherokee County participated in the Bill Riley Talent Search at the 2014 Iowa State Fair, after earlier qualifying by winning the Riley Show at the Cherokee County Fair.
Transporting Bakken crude by rail a volatile situation (08/18/14)
As federal regulators continue investigating why tank cars on three trains carrying North Dakota crude oil have exploded in the past year, energy experts say part of the problem might be that some producers are deliberately leaving too much propane in their product, making the oil riskier to transport by rail...
Annual Hanover Festival Sunday (08/18/14)
HANOVER - Tradition calls for the finest of the Midwest's polka bands to entertain at the 18th Annual Hanover Festival to be held Sunday, August 24, from Noon to 7 p.m. The Hanover Village is located southwest of Alta at the intersection of M-27 and C-65...
DEC 5K Fun Run/Walk (08/15/14)
The Cherokee/Ida Drug Endangered Children's Alliance is holding this 5K to recognize September as Recovery Month on Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. with registration begining at 9 a.m. at Moorehead Park in Ida Grove. Registration cost will be $25, plus a guaranteed t-shirt for all participants if registered by Sept. 5. See registration form below...
City refinances loan notes; OKs street seal coating projects (08/15/14)
At its regular meeting Tuesday night, the Cherokee City Council held a Public Hearing on the authorization of a loan agreement and the issuance of not to exceed $650,000 G.O. Refunding Capital Loan Notes. The proposed capital loan notes would refinance three existing bond issues from 2006, 2008, and 2009, resulting is a savings of $20,161 in interest for the City...
IWD continues serving Cherokee Tyson workers (08/15/14)
In light of the recent Tyson Foods announcement closing the Cherokee Tyson Deli plant, the Iowa Workforce Development Rapid Response Team continues to staff the temporary Cherokee office in the Community Center Wednesday -- Friday from 4 p.m. -- 8 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. -- 2 p.m...
All in the family (08/15/14)
Registration for the new Cherokee school year was a family affair for many last week at the Cherokee Middle School. Classes started Thursday in Cherokee and they begin Monday at several other area schools.
Cherokee Class of '59 (08/15/14)
The Cherokee Washington High and Immaculate Conception High Schools' Class of 1959 recently celebrated their 55th Class Reunion at the Bomgaars Conference Center on the Cherokee County Fairgrounds. Those attending were, front row, left to right, Sydney Bell Shannon (IC), Nancy Welch Hartliep, Karen Davis Peck, Jane Nelson, Gary Meyer, Dan Hankens, Bob Hall, Dick Anderson. ...
Times Gone By (08/15/14)
Iowa is not always considered as the ideal place to come to enjoy ones summer vacation, but the fact remains that according to a recently issued directory of the owners of summer cottages on Spirit Lake and the Okobojis, a large number of people travel all the way from Oklahoma, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, the Dakota, and even as far as California, in order to spend the hot summer days in their comfortable lodges on the shores of these Iowa lakes. ...
'NW Iowa Bulldogs' may play in Aurelia next spring (08/15/14)
At its monthly joint school board meeting here with the Alta board on Monday, a pair of Aurelia alumni requested to use the Aurelia football field, practice field, locker room facilities and concession stand for their football team (currently known as the Iowa Sharks) next season...
Supervisors discuss possible changes to L.E.C. building (08/15/14)
At its Tuesday meeting, the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors had a discussion with Deputy Sheriff Jeff Friedrichsen regarding a proposed expansion of the Communication Center at the Law Enforcement Center. David Skou, who is the county 911 director, had told the board last week that he needs to have a bigger space for the communication center due to the need for more storage space for new equipment, and he had recommended constructing a "lean-to" building adjacent to the center for the new room.. ...
CSWCD meeting Aug. 19th (08/15/14)
The Cherokee Soil & Water Conservation District will be having its regular monthly meeting at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, August 19, in the USDA Service Center, located at 314 Lake St. in Cherokee.
"Little Lowell' Concert at Storm Lake church (08/15/14)
STORM LAKE - Lowell Mason, the world's oldest living little person, will present a concert at Storm Lake Church of Christ at 225 E. 6th St. at 6 p.m. Sunday. Often referred to as the "World's Smallest Gospel Singer," the 46-inch tall Mason's big, booming voice catches people by surprise. "Little Lowell" has presented more than 1,000 Gospel Music Concerts at the Precious Moments Chapel in Carthage, Missouri...
Hanover Tractor Ride on tap Saturday (08/13/14)
HANOVER - The 10th Annual Hanover Tractor Ride will be held on Saturday, August 16. Tractors and riders will assemble at the Hanover Village southwest of Alta at the Junction of C-65 and M-27 at 8:30 a.m. The route will take the group south to Galva and then west, returning to the Village in the afternoon after visiting several sites of interest along the way...
Chamber Coffee (08/13/14)
Friday's Chamber Coffee, at 9:30 a.m., will be hosted by the Mental Health Institute, and it will be held in the J. May Conference Room on the second floor of the Main Building.