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Stories from Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Ethanol plant plans announced (03/15/06)
Plans to build a 100 million gallon ethanol plant in western Plymouth County were revealed on Thursday. "We are pleased to announce that Little Sioux Corn Processors, L.P., plans to construct an ethanol plant at a location south of Akron, along Highway 12," Gary Tucker, Plymouth County's economic development director, said during a press conference in Akron. Steve Roe, general manager of Little Sioux Corn Processors, Marcus, joined Tucker in making the announcement...
Community Theater production (03/15/06)
The Cherokee Community Theater will present their production of Sir Noel Coward's timeless comedy "Blithe Spirit" on the weekends of March 10-12 and March 17-19. The play first opened on Broadway in 1942, and was an immediate smash. Here is a brief summary of the play's story:...
Choosing to go yellow (03/15/06)
Since late 2005 car manufacturers have stepped up production of Flexible Fueled Vehicles (FFV's) in response to consumer demands in light of sky rocketing fuel prices. An FFV, also known as a dual-fuel vehicle is an automobile that can typically alternate between two sources of fuel. A more common example are vehicles that can accept gasoline mixed with different levels of ethanol...
Future direction of high school mulled (03/15/06)
America's high school students need to prepare for a society that does not yet exist, according to staff members who gave a presentation to the Cherokee School Board on Monday evening. "It is impossible to teach students everything they will need to know. We need to teach them the skills to learn," Larry Hunecke, Washington High School principal, told the gathering...
County approves budget (03/15/06)
Following a public hearing at which one citizen expressed concerns, the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors approved a budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The county property tax levy for the next fiscal year will be slightly less than $4.37 ($4.36623) per thousand dollars taxable valuation for urban residents and slightly less than $7.62 ($7.61623) per thousand dollars taxable valuation for rural residents...
Cherokee company's crew builds one-of-a-kind bridge (03/15/06)
When Scott Christensen and his crew , from the Cherokee-based company Christensen Brothers, Inc. , took on the job as Prime Contractor to build a new bridge in Ravenna, Neb. (a little NE of Kearney), they entered into one of those situations where, says Christensen, they had to "invent ways to solve new problems as they came up."...
Blackstone named to Hall of Fame (03/15/06)
DES MOINES - Former Cherokee basketball standout Tammi Blackstone has been named to the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union Basketball Hall of Fame. Blackstone is one of just two new inductees this year, sharing honors with Lindsey Meder of Solon...
Iowa No. 2 seed in Big Ten (03/15/06)
DES MOINES (AP) - Iowa earned its highest position ever in the Big Ten tournament after the Hawkeyes missed winning a league championship for the first time since the 1978-79 season. Ohio State (23-4, 12-5 Big Ten) claimed sole possession of the regular season title after the 9th-ranked Buckeyes won big over last-place Purdue on Sunday, 76-57...
Hy-Vee Hitters win VB league (03/15/06)
The Hy-Vee Hitters won the Cherokee Parks & Recreation Department's Co-ed Volleyball League and also the double elimination post-season tournament. The Hy-Vee HItters won the league with a snazzy 34-2 record, followed by Brown Chevy 26-10, Modern Heating 23-13, Jobies 15-21, Hy-Vee II 9-27, and EYOH 1-35...
Baseball to sell supplements (03/15/06)
TAMPA (AP) - Major league baseball teams will start selling approved supplements to players in an effort to prevent positive drug tests. Management and the players' association are having NSF International, a company based in Ann Arbor, Mich., certify that products are clean. Once a supplement is certified, teams will buy the products and make them available for resale to players in the 30 major league clubhouses...
Lions franchise Jeff Backus (03/15/06)
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - Right tackle Jeff Backus was designated the Detroit Lions' franchise player this week, allowing the Lions to match any offer that he gets. Backus will be offered a one-year contract worth the average of the top five salaries at his position, or $6.98 million. The team can continue to negotiate a long-term contract while Backus is not required to attend team activities until he signs the franchise tender...
Kistenmacher/Held (03/15/06)
Ken and Jan Kistenmacher of Aurelia and Gregary and Meryl Held, formerly of Cherokee are pleased to announce the engagement and planned marriage of their children Kristi Kistenmacher and Benjamin Held. Kristi is a 2000 graduate of Aurelia High School and a 2004 graduate of Briar Cliff University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Radiology Technology. She is currently employed at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics as a CT Imaging Technologist...
Dreckman/Smith (03/15/06)
Doug & Barb Dreckman of Marcus and Donna Aguglia of Queen Creek, Ariz. and Clark Smith of West Seneca, N.Y. are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their children, Amanda Ann and Jeffrey Clark. Amanda is currently employed at Mi Casa Nursing Center as a Physical Therapist...
Basic Biitner: Puck (03/15/06)
A sports icon left us at the age of 45 yesterday. Kirby Puckett wasn't the greatest home run hitter in Minnesota Twins' history - Harmon Killebrew was. He was also not the greatest hitter - that honor would probably go to Rod Carew or Tony Oliva. Greatest outfielder? Close, but some may favor current Twin Torii Hunter. ...
Our Opinion: Veterans' health care (03/15/06)
Veterans who look to the federal government for health-care assistance, particularly those who seek medical attention for service-related injuries and illnesses, have generally backed the Bush administration's increases in funding for medical services. Since taking office in 2001, the administration has increased medical spending on veterans by 69 percent. And another 11 percent boost is being budgeted for the next fiscal year...
Our Opinion: Security must come first (03/15/06)
When New York City and Washington, D.C. were attacked by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001, little did many of us realize that nearly aspect of our everyday lives would be forever changed. Immediately, we all realized that air travel would change, and, as the days and months progressed, we realized that nearly all forms of transportation would be effected...