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Stories from Monday, February 6, 2006

Pool demolition on tap (02/06/06)
The demolition of Cherokee's half-century old pool will begin this week. Two local businesses, Schoon Construction and Lundell Construction have agreed to do the demolition work with a substantial amount of the cost donated to the project. Demolition will possibly begin as early as Tuesday, weather permitting...
Marcus continues to plan for progress (02/06/06)
The Marcus City Council in a special meeting Monday evening decided to move forward on another step in the process of helping Marcus grow as a community. Skip Meisner from Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council (SIMPCO) presented council members with a brief outline of the next steps to take in order to designate the Business Park along Highway 3 under Tax Increment Financing (TIF)...
Taco John's remodels (02/06/06)
Taco John's restaurant opened for business in Cherokee in November 1996, and has been owned and operated by Doug and Val Woods from the start. The year 2005 saw some major remodeling in the fall, and Val Woods feels that this remodeling, in addition to the mild weather in January and the presence of the Movie Gallery video store as a new neighbor, has led to an increase in customers...
Expert to help Cherokee help itself (02/06/06)
Jon Schallert doesn't think Cherokee businesses should be satisfied with attracting customers only from within a 15 minute drive, as is typical of small town businesses. "Most businesses think only in terms of product and price but there are a host of other choices that consumers make when doing business," Schallert said...
More budget work to go (02/06/06)
The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors went through more budget work on Tuesday in a process that will require trimming $450,000 from the proposals for individual departments or of coming up with added revenues, budget reductions and reduced reserves equivalent to $450,000...
MHI board discusses cost-saving (02/06/06)
Possible ways to save money was the primary theme of the quarterly meeting of the MHI Citizens Advisory Board when the group met Friday at the facility. Director of Support Services Rick Forkenbrock spoke about Executive Order #41, a measure aimed at reducing energy costs at state facilities while stimulating the state‚s economy...
Aurelia board considers future (02/06/06)
AURELIA - The Aurelia School Board heard from two people who have been involved in a successful sharing and consolidation agreement at a special retreat at the school Thursday. George-Little Rock Superintendent Joanne Smith and Board President Warren Tiedeman had been recommended by the AEA when the Aurelia Board asked for suggestions of consultants who had been involved in a successful sharing program, and they spoke to the Board for an hour at the Thursday meeting, telling about their experience and answering questions from the Aurelia Board.. ...
Iowa recruiting class emphasizes speed over brawn (02/06/06)
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz unveiled a 2006 recruiting class flush with speed and promising linebackers, but short on blue-chip prospects and homegrown talent. "We're very pleased about the class we were able to sign and obviously very enthused about the individuals involved," Ferentz said Wednesday, the first day of the national signing period...
Cherokee's Halverson, Neal are conference wrestling champs (02/06/06)
SPENCER - The Cherokee Braves wrestling squad featured two champions, one runner-up, and two third-place consolation winners at the Lakes Conference Wrestling Tournament here Friday. Emmetsburg-AR won the team title with 247.5 points, followed by Spirit Lake Park 219, Spencer 165.5, Cherokee 142.5, Sheldon-SOS 131.5, Le Mars 83.5, Estherville-LC 75, Hull Western Christian 55, and Storm Lake 20...
Bowling Results (02/06/06)
Bowling Results (02/06/06)
Week 19 Little Rascals 26-6 Specht Farms 26-6 Guns 'n Roses 22-10 Late Starters 22-10 Eastsiders 22-10 Harman Masonry 20-12 The Big Bouncing Ball 18-14 Goettsch Farms 17-15 Young & Restless 14-18 Bad Luck Bears 12-20 FUBAR 6-26 Jobies 6-26 Mongan Painting 4-28...
Bowling Results (02/06/06)
Week 21 Lang's Plumbing & Heating 44-12 Catts 32-24 Cherokee Bowl 30-26 Lite Ladies 28-28 A to Z Liquor 28-28 Holton Custom Signs 18-38 Bud Girls 16-40 Team 8 0-56 Scratch Game 207 Anne Blaise 183 Tammy Sonksen 176 Shannon Sutton Scratch Series 502 Sue Knaack...
Basic Biitner: It's all in the family (02/06/06)
This is one of those "where are they now?" features , although there may be a lot of readers who have at least a general idea of what this person has been doing. Nevertheless I'm going to give a little update anyway. The Aurelia Atoms (yes, that really was their nickname) basketball team of Coach Daryl "Buzz" Curry had an awesome team in the late 1970s. ...
Now & Again: My family is a sport (02/06/06)
Go Steelers! Go Steelers! Yes, that's right, I am a Pittsburgh Steelers fan and have been since the fourth grade. You know, the year the Steelers won the Super Bowl, the Pirates won the World Series, and the Penguins won the Stanley Cup. Yes, that was the year when the theme song of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was "We are Family" by Sister Sledge. It was the era of Terry Bradshaw, the "Steel Curtain", and the "Terrible Towel"...
Ross Rambles: I don't want to do it and you can't make me (02/06/06)
After much soul searching and chemically assisted meditation, I've decided that I will not seek the nomination for governor of the state of Iowa from whatever political party I currently belong to (I can't recall which it is) and if I do receive the nomination from my party I will not accept it and if I do win the election as governor, I don't intend to serve but if I do, I won't like it...
Ross Rambles: Unseen movies reviewed (02/06/06)
Once again, I've decided to write a movie review, actually two movie reviews, on movies I have no intention of seeing. The last one I did, almost two years ago, was on the Passion of Christ. I eventually did see the movie. A friend loaned me the DVD and it would have been rude not to view it. It was about what I expected and my lack of enjoyment of it was as I expected...
Gray Matter: Remembering the memorable (02/06/06)
As you may recall, I resolved last week to work on accepting the inevitability of change.  A neighbor and I were regretting the change brought about when mutual friends  moved to be nearer their children, due to age-induced health issues.  This is not unusual, I know, but in this case it  brought some serious "end-of-an-era" issues to mind which bothered me a bit....
Now & Again: Words will hurt (02/06/06)
"Sticks and stones may brake my bones and words will never hurt me." I wonder who came up with that saying. It certainly is not a statement of fact. The truth is that words do hurt, and more often than not they are more hurtful than physical injury...
Gray Matter: Are they 'speed bumps,' 'rumble bars,' or is there a better term?  (02/06/06)
Anyway, you know what I mean -- those things in the road that remind a driver to slow down. It seems I've hit one of those on my "roadway", and will be out of commission for a few weeks. I'm scheduled for shoulder surgery (that's easy enough to type, but try saying it out loud, fast, three times in a row). ...
Our Opinion: It's not over yet (02/06/06)
As progress is made on the Aquatic Center/Gillette Park project, people should not mistake the fact that there is actual work being done with the end of the need for financial support. In order to avoid added expense of delaying the project, it has been decided to proceed with confidence that the people of the Cherokee area will come through with more support...
Our Opinion: The whiplash effect (02/06/06)
News reports regarding health issues create a whiplash effect. One day you read chocolate is bad, and the next day you read that chocolate is good. Many medical researchers, asked which report is correct, will answer with an honest "Yes." Sound confusing? That's because you've just developed a case of health-reporting whiplash...
Our Opinion: If we do it, let's do it right (02/06/06)
A bill currently before the Iowa legislature would raise the minimum age for dropping out of high school from 16 to 18. Currently 14 states plus the District of Columbia require students to be 18 before dropping out of school. Another nine states require students to be 17. The other 27 states require students to be 16...
Our Opinion: Be ready for winter storms (02/06/06)
Be ready for winter storms Despite our mild winter to date, nasty weather can be just a day away for those of us in the Midwest. In inclement weather, total power outages don't happen very often, but they do occur with enough frequency that families should be safely prepared if they're left in the cold and dark...