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Stories from Monday, September 19, 2005

Higgins helps students strengthen skills (09/19/05)
**By Nancy Nelson, Staff Writer The Cherokee School District has many new faces for the 2005-06 school year. Cari Higgins is one such new face. You will find her teaching in the special needs classroom for second, third, and fourth grade students at Roosevelt Elementary...
Making music for the heart and soul (09/19/05)
**Rebecca Kragnes overcomes many obstacles to share her life in music By Nancy Nelson, Staff Writer Overcoming obstacles and climbing out of pitfalls can be overwhelming and many people may not take the challenges for what they are, a test of character and faith. For Rebecca Kragnes her whole life has been a challenge and she has overcome and dealt with them with all the grace and dignity of an angel...
Drug Court report given (09/19/05)
**By Ken Ross, Managing editor Mark Cozine, county attorney, and Kristal Phillips, assistant county attorney, were at the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday to report on the status of the Drug Court program. They informed the supervisors that the program is having some notable successes in providing alternatives to prison for some individuals with a first conviction of a drug offense...
Grant has strings attached (09/19/05)
**By Ken Ross, managing editor The city of Cherokee has been awarded $400,000 toward its Aquatic Center/Gillette Park project from the state's Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) program, but there is a catch. The city of Cherokee has to match the $400,000 on top of the $20,000 per year over five years that the city has already pledged...
Voter turnout was light (09/19/05)
**By Ken Ross, Managing editor Voter turnout was light for area school elections on Tuesday. The River Valley District, with a contested at-large election, had by far the highest percentage of voter turnout, 16.25 percent. Lyle Paulsen received 212 votes, winning over Scott Knaack who received 101 votes for the River Valley seat held by Jim Stowater. Stowater did not seek reelection...
Officials respond to petition (09/19/05)
**By Ken Ross, Managing editor In a sometimes heated exchange with a citizen, the mayor of Cherokee and some council members responded to a petition seeking the elimination of the city administrator position, currently held by Ron Strickland. During the public forum period of the Cherokee City Council meeting on Tuesday, Norman Rupp asked whether the city was going to act on the petition presented at an earlier meeting with an unspecified number of signatures...
Report identifies positives and concerns (09/19/05)
**By Ken Ross, Managing editor Increased use of non-fiction reading in elementary and middle schools, direct teaching of specific vocabulary words, reteaching of items missed on tests and increased use of physical objects in math exercises are among several strategies that will be used in improving reading and math scores in Cherokee schools...
Allison Holbrook hailed as RV's reader (09/19/05)
It was great while it lasted but unfortunately, those halcyon days of summer have come to an end. With a great deal of moaning and groaning and a sigh of resignation or two, our area's students have hoisted their weighty text book-type tomes and trudged off to school for the new academic year...
Loughlin / Meiners (09/19/05)
Patty and Eric Meiners announce their wedding which took place on Aug. 25, 2005 in Deephaven, Minn. A reception was held Aug. 27 in their honor at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Mahoney on Lake Minnetonka. Patty Loughlin, is the daughter of Joanne Loughlin Sanderson of Cherokee and the late John D. Loughlin. Eric Meiners is the son of Wilbur and Lois Meiners of St. Cloud, Minn. The newly-weds are at home in Eden Prairie, Minn...
Otto / Bush (09/19/05)
The parents of Kristina Otto and Matthew Bush announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their children. Kristina Ann Otto is the daughter of Jerry and Kathleen Otto of Hartley. She is a 1998 graduate of Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn and a 2002 graduate of Briar Cliff University with a Bachelors of Social Work degree. She is currently employed part-time at Fareway in Cherokee...
Snyder / Larson (09/19/05)
The parents of Melissa Snyder and Charlie Larson announce the engagement and approaching wedding of their children. Melissa is the daughter of Mark and Quita Snyder of Storm Lake she is a graduate of St. Mary's in Storm Lake and is currently employed at Faith, Hope, and Charity in Storm Lake...
Gray Matter: Tread lightly when assigning blame (09/19/05)
In these "post-hurricane" times I face a dilemma.  I am not certain my musings will add to, or subtract from, anything that's already been said.  On the other hand, going on as though nothing unusual has happened, isn't feasible, either.  I do want to assure those of you who have been kindly concerned, that my Louisiana relatives were far enough from the coast that they were not directly affected.  However, indirect effects are coming with 5,000 displaced "neighbors" moving into their city from the coast.. ...