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Stories from Monday, February 27, 2006

Sherry Held named Citizen of the Year (02/27/06)
Sherry Held was honored during the Annual Recognition Banquet on Saturday by being named as Cherokee's Citizen of the Year for 2005. Held has been involved in many aspects of the Cherokee Community. She has been a member of the Cherokee Community Theatre for over 40 years, including a member of the board and directing many musicals and children's plays...
Aurelia approves summer projects; honors "Nobby" (02/27/06)
Much of Aurelia School Board's regular monthly meeting on Monday was spent on the discussion of building projects. The Board approved the following projects for the summer of 2006: Another project, replacing the flooring in the lunch room, was tabled until the March meeting, as they have received another bid., and the Grounds and Building Committee (Keith Glienke and Jim Hultgren) will investigate further, looking at the flooring in the BVU Rec. ...
Abraham Lincoln visits Cherokee (02/27/06)
Stan De Haan, of Orange City impersonates Abraham Lincoln and last Thursday he addressed students at Roosevelt Elementary in Cherokee providing them an opportunity to ask questions and interact with "President Lincoln". Students were allowed to volunteer to try on the hat, compare hand sizes, and ask any questions they wanted. Did you know that Abraham Lincoln would be 197 years old this year?...
Cherokee's first Grand Old Home chosen (02/27/06)
In the first of a series of homes chosen by the Grand Old Homes Committee under the Cherokee Sesquicentennial Committee Will and Sarah Cook won recognition with their entry. The Cook's Victorian home located at 736 West Cedar in Cherokee was built in 1900 at the instruction of Henry Brummer, a popular business man of the time...
CFD positions in doubt (02/27/06)
The Cherokee City Council will make a decision Tuesday on whether or not to eliminate two driver/dispatcher positions from the fire department. The council will also consider whether or not to replace a police department vacancy. City council members met in special session for three hours Thursday evening and eliminated a total of $55,225 from the proposed general fund budget. ...
Local citizen spurs meth presentations (02/27/06)
Kim George, an employee at the Cherokee County Farm Bureau office, has taken on a cause in recent months, and it is benefiting many area students. George felt that Cherokee County students needed some education about methamphetamines and the devastating results of meth abuse. ...
Sanford has new exhibit (02/27/06)
The Sanford Museum, with help from Cherokee County Naturalist Ginger Vietor and two local businesses, has established a new permanent exhibit at the lower level of the museum. The "Feet You Might Meet" exhibit has pelts of a coyote, a beaver, a raccoon, a badger, a red fox and a river otter. There will eventually be a mountain lion pelt. Information on the animals is provided in the exhibit...
Grant money possible (02/27/06)
Department heads for the county reported business as usual for the most part during the monthly county officers meeting with the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday. Scott said that Hurricane Katrina didn't quite suck up all federal money as expected and there could be some available for county grants. He said if the county does get some conservation grant money, Silver Sioux projects would have priority...
RV deals with personnel matters (02/27/06)
The River Valley School Board dealt with numerous personnel matters at the Monday evening board meeting. The board approved contracts for Gene Woods as assistant cook; Mike Persinger as boys' track coach, and Graham Lundt as assistant girls' track coach and assistant boys' track coach...
Marcus works on city code update (02/27/06)
Jane Gilbert representing the Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council (SIMPCO) spoke with Marcus City Council members on Monday about wrapping up the final draft of ordinances set by the city so they can move to adopt those ordinances as a whole. It was decided that at the next council meeting scheduled for March 13, they would go through the ordinances with a "fine tooth comb" and finalize the draft. That would allow the council time to finish budget work currently in progress...
City deals with nuisance properties (02/27/06)
The Cherokee City Council considered the fate of unoccupied residences during the Monday evening meeting. A residence at 343 East Cedar where large numbers of cats were held is not deemed habitable. Structurally, the building is fairly good shape. The council discussed the possibility of giving the building away to someone who would demolish it for materials, reducing costs to the city. ...
Shear Stylist adds services (02/27/06)
Cherokee can now boast about having a full service spa available to anyone wishing to be pampered and made more beautiful at a cost that you won't find in the big city. Heather Cline, a Cherokeean born and raised, has returned to Cherokee to build a business after completing her education in massage therapy and esthetics at La James College of Cosmetology in Mason City. She is also licensed in both areas...
Council to resume budget (02/27/06)
The Cherokee City Council scanned the general fund portion of the proposed 2006/07 fiscal year budget during the Monday evening meeting and will resume budget work at a special meeting on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. The general fund portion relies primarily on property tax revenue, unlike other portions of the budget such as water, wastewater, and trash collection which rely on fees for the services and street repair which relies on various revenues, including the city's portion of the state road use tax.. ...
Johnson named colonel (02/27/06)
Elizabeth Johnson, daughter of Verdell and Marian Johnson of Cleghorn, was promoted to Colonel in the U.S. Army. Col. Patricia D. Horoho, commander of DeWitt Health Care Network presided over a presentation ceremony held Feb. 3. Johnson graduated from South Dakota State University in 1982 and received her commission through the Reserve Officers Training Corps upon graduation. ...
City to consider council position (02/27/06)
An addition to the Cherokee City Council agenda for tonight's (Monday's) city council meeting is to consider an appointment to fill a vacancy on the council. William (Bill) Troth died last week following a sudden illness. He was last elected to the Cherokee City Council in November of 2003 for a term that began on Jan. 1, 2004 and was to expire on Dec. 31, 2007...
Enterprise zone discussed (02/27/06)
Mark Buschkamp, director of the Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation was present at the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday working on a map of potential enterprise zones in Cherokee County. An enterprise zone makes available tax credits for economic development in the zone. ...
The Earth Needs Volunteers (02/27/06)
On a warm, breezy day two summers ago, my two boys and I were out saving the planet. Don't tell them that! To them, we were just out playing in a stream, noticing the weather, watching fingerling carp wiggle against the current where the slough entered the lake, and catching toads in the tall grasses nearby...
Supervisors prepare budget (02/27/06)
The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors approved a budget for publication, subject to review at a public hearing prior to final approval. The public hearing will be held on Tuesday, March 7 at 10 a.m. in the board room at the courthouse. The proposal calls for an increase in property tax of about 16.6 cents, affecting both urban and rural property tax payers. This brings the total county tax rate per $1,000 assessed valuation to $4.36623 for urban areas and $7.61623 for rural areas...
Sesquicentennial Committee to add Friday events (02/27/06)
The bi-weekly Sesquicentennial Committee meeting recently held at the Depot showed how planning for the event to be held this summer is progressing. The committee is now asking for any organizations to come forward and help develop an evening of family activities for the Friday of the sesquicentennial celebration weekend. ...
More on Marcus Junction (02/27/06)
The board of Marcus Junction, the proposed convenience store and fuel station which will be situated on the corner of Highway 3 and 143, has made great strides in finalizing their plans. According to Carl Nelson, work should begin the middle of March at that time the dirt work will be done and tanks laid in to house the fuel. In addition to gas, ethanol, the business will offer E 85 and biodisel...
Reilly letters at Coe College (02/27/06)
CEDAR RAPIDS - Kasey Reilly of Aurelia, a student at Coe College here, earned his second varsity letter for his participation on the Kohawk football team this past fall. Reilly, the son of Larry and Shanda Reilly of Aurelia, is a 2002 graduate of Aurelia High School, where he was a stellar multi-sport athlete...
They can 'Dig It' (02/27/06)
"Dig It" won the Cherokee Parks & Recreation Department's Women's Volleyball League with a season record of 34 wins and two losses. "Peppers" was runner-up with a 27-9 mark, followed by "Blockbusters" 22-14, "Jobies" 14-22, "Allender's Chiropractic" 11-25, "Tippers" 10-26, and "Slammers" 8-28...
Abbott/Burch (02/27/06)
Jennifer Abbott and Kory Burch exchanged marriage vows September 30 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. A reception followed at the Cherokee Country Club. The couple are at home near Aurelia following a trip to Jamaica. The bride is a kindergarten teacher for the Cherokee Community School District. The groom works for the Secondary Roads Department for Cherokee County...
Mahr/Riley (02/27/06)
Sara Mahr and Bradley Riley were united in marriage August 27, 2005 in Cresco. They were married at Notre Dame Parish - Assumption Worship center with Father Richard Ament as the officiant. Sara is the daughter of Thom and Janet Mahr of Lime Springs, and the granddaughter of Gene and Judy Mahr of Lime Springs and Dolores Schatz of Cresco...
Sorensen/Liddle (02/27/06)
Alvin and Jane Sorensen of Gilmore City are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Laura Ann, to Lucas Allen Liddle, son of Steven and Debra Liddle of Meriden. Laura is a 2004 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa with a B.A. in communicative disorders. She will complete her M.A. in speech pathology in December of 2006. She is currently employed as a graduate assistant at UNI, as well as at Exceptional Person's Inc., in Waterloo...
Reynolds/Godbersen (02/27/06)
Bruce and Cindy Godbersen of rural Cleghorn, along with Tom and Donna Reynolds of Tulsa, Okla. are proud to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their children. Scott Theodor Godbersen to Valerie Suzanne Reynolds. Scott is the grandson of Bob and Marilyn Smith of Sioux City, Pete and Rose Godbersen of rural Quimby, Alice and Orville Sangl of rural Spirit Lake, and Jerry Hart of rural Granger. ...
Basic Biitner: An Unusual Trade (02/27/06)
As a lifelong sports fan, I am very familiar with player trades in all professional sports. In Major League Baseball, the "hot stove league" is the only thing that fuels our hunger for the National Pastime through the long Iowa winters. THIS winter, however, an entirely new type of trade has occurred which is unprecedented. It doesn't involve any players at all, but rather a respected broadcaster, the Olympics, the Ryder Cup golf tournament, and a cartoon rabbit...
Basic Biitner: Doctor Shows My Way (02/27/06)
My daughter once made the statement that she likes musicals, "except for the songs." I, of course, being the loving parent that I am, immediately jumped on this, and teased her unmercifully for this apparent paradox. In thinking recently about my favorite network TV shows, however, I realized that my three current favorites are all "medical" shows. The three - "Scrubs" , "House," and "Grey's Anatomy" , are all set in hospitals, and I really like them "except for the medical stuff."...
Now & Again: Marching to the beat of their own drum (02/27/06)
I am not yet at a point where I have to start worrying about my children in their teenage years. But I know many who are there now, and I am not that far from it myself. Parents always worry about who their teens are hanging out with and what they are doing. If they don't worry, then they are the ones who really should worry...
Ross Rambles: Joining in the blasphemy (02/27/06)
Few people know that I can draw cartoons. I decided to draw a cartoon of Mohammed in solidarity with Danish cartoonists who have experienced death threats as the result of their depiction of the prophet of Islam. My start on this effort is seen accompanying this column but I did not go through with it. It would be unfair for me to commit this newspaper to a course of action that almost all of the newspapers in the country have avoided...
Gray Matter: Quilts and Quilting (02/27/06)
Many reasons have been suggested for the modern  fascination with quilting -- that ancient craft which has been around since the time of the Egyptians.  It's been  said that it is good for us, in our highly mechanized world, to try doing something of this sort, just as our forbears did it.   In this way, it is claimed, we are able to sense a bit of what it  was really like living in those earlier simpler days. I like that idea...
Basic Biitner: My Hometown (02/27/06)
"Small towns" have a few characteristics that some people don't like, or feel they wouldn't like. True, most small towns have no large shopping malls , or even strip malls. They have no movie theaters , or if they do, it might not be open every day of the week, or every month of the year. They don't have nightclubs or other "hot spots" for entertainment...
Our Opinion: Watch for scams (02/27/06)
Warmer weather is hopefully just around the corner. Along with the many welcome signs of spring, there are unwelcome arrivals. Scam artists looking for a quick buck often go door to door trying to take advantage of trusting people, particularly the elderly. They offer to do yard work or work on the house then don't deliver on the promise after money is obtained, or claim they have done more than they really have before demanding payment...
Our Opinion: Much left to be done (02/27/06)
There are good reasons for alarm at the Government Accountability Office, the Homeland Security Department and the Justice Department -- all of which have recognized the fraudulent use of millions of dollars of hurricane relief funding following last year's devastating storms along the Gulf Coast...
Our Opinion: New worlds (02/27/06)
Occasionally, we see news stories that are not only compellingly interesting, but also reminders that even in the 21st century there are hidden parts of this planet that, when revealed, manage to amaze and delight us. That was the case last week when a group of scientists reported on a trip last December to a remote jungle in the Foja Mountains of Papua, a remote province of Indonesia. ...
Our Opinion: Agree on problem before finding a solution (02/27/06)
Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, in an address to the Iowa Newspaper Association's membership last week, made a case for rethinking and improving educational opportunities for Iowa children. Vilsack spoke abut a trip he and his wife had taken to China, where factory workers are happy to make the equivalent of $150 a month. ...
Our Opinion: Doctor shopping not confined to Iowa (02/27/06)
The Iowa Board of Pharmacy Examiners reported recently that dozens of Iowans who are addicted to prescription drugs are using a practice known as "doctor shopping" to obtain illegal quantities of painkillers or other prescription drugs. Here's how it works: the addict, after exhausting all refills with one physician and pharmacy sees another doctor for the same ailment and gets the medicine from another pharmacy. The cycle gets repeated until someone finds out...
Our Opinion: Stop making sense, already (02/27/06)
Here's a news flash, reported this week: in 2005, for the first time in 20 years, Iowans drove less miles than the year before. Iowans drove about 31.7 billion miles last year, yes, that's billion with a "b," down an estimated 222 million miles from 2004...
Our Opinion: Let's work together (02/27/06)
You have to love the bureaucracy. The folks who have to follow the rules, no matter what, more than often provide fertile ground for irony. Unfortunately, the federal government and the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) have just given us a doozy...
Our Opinion: Time for a Fair Tax (02/27/06)
There is an organization that is promoting the idea of what it calls a "Fair Tax". It is a tax on retail sales of goods and services that would replace federal income tax. The change would have negative consequences on certain segments of the economy. Some law firms depend heavily on tax work and some businesses exist solely because of the existence of an income tax...