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Stories from Monday, April 10, 2006

County approves website (04/10/06)
The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors approved having Solutions, Inc. establish a website for the county and maintain it. The start up cost will be approximately $3,000 although the exact cost will depend on how much information the various departments provide to put on the website. The maintenance of the website will cost $500 a month...
HEG commits to project (04/10/06)
Another community minded local business has stepped forward to make a substantial "in kind" commitment to the Family Aquatic Center /Gillette Park Development fund drive. HEG Painting Co has announced that the company will donate the aquatic center pool surface application and necessary painting work in the bath house...
Giant cake will help celebration (04/10/06)
An 8 ft. by 8 ft. cake to be baked and decorated by HyVee Bakery of Cherokee will make its debut at the Cherokee Depot on Friday, June 30. The cake is being made to help celebrate Cherokee's 150th birthday. The birthday cake will be the focus of the final event of Family Night Activities...
Mallory advocates termination (04/10/06)
Following more than half an hour of closed session deliberations Tuesday evening, Mick Mallory, Cherokee City Council member, made a motion that Ron Strickland, city administrator, "be terminated from employment tonight." The motion died for a lack of a second. The city council passed a motion that Wally Miller, Jr., the city attorney, conduct research prior to the next council meeting, apparently as discussed in closed session...
Gillette Park gets TEP grant (04/10/06)
The City of Cherokee has received a $78,000 grant from the Transportation Enhancement Project to be used for the construction of the trails planned for the Gillette Park Development. The grant is an 80 percent match of $97,500 of the construction cost of the trails...
County loses 800 in five years (04/10/06)
Estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, indicate that Cherokee County has gone from a population of 13,037 on April 1, 2000 to 12,297 on July 1, 2005. The estimated 800 person reduction is a loss of 6.1 percent, making Cherokee County the third highest loser in terms of percentage in the state and the tenth top loser in terms of numbers in the state. ...
Three Marcus Scouts soar with the Eagles (04/10/06)
For the past few decades, the Boy Scouts of America Troop #113 in Marcus has established quite an exceptional record for itself, especially when it comes to turning out Eagle Scouts. Since 1961, over 20 troop members have attained the lofty Eagle rank, an admirable goal not for the faint of heart when it comes to scouting...
Library board members sought (04/10/06)
The city of Cherokee is seeking people who are interested in being on the board of directors of the Cherokee Public Library when three terms expire at the end of June. Terms on the library board are for six years. There are nine board members. Anyone interested in serving on the library board may call city hall at 225-5749 or contact Mary Jo Ruppert, director of the Cherokee Library, at 225-3498...
Getting to work (04/10/06)
Construction on the new Marcus Junction located along HWY 3 in Marcus began Wednesday morning. The first phase involves excavating the ground to install the petroleum tanks, followed by footings being poured for the building on Monday. The size of the building has been increased after further studies showed it would be feasible. The company expects to be taking applications within the next 30 to 45 days for four full-time and eight part-time employees. (Photo by Nancy Nelson)...
Cherokee girls show their love and support for teacher (04/10/06)
An overnight "sleep over" with a friend is always a special event for kids, but a pair of Cherokee girls recently turned such a night into a positive, altruistic experience. Eleven-year-old Brianna McGee was staying overnight at her friend Clara Wulfsen's house a couple of weeks ago, and the girls decided they wanted to write a letter to one of their favorite teachers, Jerry McDermott...
Always striving for perfection (04/10/06)
Countryside Estates in Cherokee was originally established as Hiserote Manor in 1973. Over thirty years later the facility has undergone ownership changes and had some physical changes. It is currently owned by American Healthcare Management Services, a company based in Huxley. It is located at 921 Riverview Drive overlooking the Little Sioux River...
County approves annexation (04/10/06)
The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors approved a plan for voluntary annexation of 22.7 acres of land into the city of Marcus, a decision that will be finalized by the Marcus City council at its meeting on Monday. April 10. Darrell Downs, mayor of Marcus; Charles Knudson, Marcus city attorney; and Carl Nelson, Marcus City Council member; were present at the Tuesday supervisors meeting to discuss the nature of the annexation...
Singing a Solo (04/10/06)
Fourth grader, Samantha Schoenherr, belts out a lovely solo as part of one song performed by her classmates at the annual spring concert held Tuesday evening. The concert, "Journey to Jazz" was held at the Washington High School gym and presented by students in grades 2-4 from Roosevelt Elementary in Cherokee. (Photo by Nancy Nelson)...
Marcus Lumber has grand opening Saturday (04/10/06)
An 86-year-old business will have a "Grand Opening" on Saturday. Marcus Lumber, was started in 1920 by Roger T. Leavitt, and has been operated by the Leavitt family ever since. Roger's sons, Roger E. and John, succeeded their father, and then passed the business on to their sons Tom (Roger E.'s son), Jim , and Bob (John's sons). Roger E. and John also still help out their sons on a part-time basis...
MMC Boy's Track (04/10/06)
Tuesday, April 4, MMC Relays at Marcus Saturday, April 8, Tomahawk Relays at Cherokee Thursday, April 13, Sioux Center Invite at Sioux Center Tuesday, April 18, Knight Relays at Orange City Thursday, April 20, Blackhawk Relays at Hinton Monday, April 24, Rocket Relays at Marcus...
Spirit Lake retains logo (04/10/06)
A highly scrutinized decision by the Spirit Lake School Board has particular interest in Cherokee, where a similar ongoing controversy exists. The Spirit Lake School Board voted 5 to 0 to keep the name "Indians" as its logo and mascot. The effort to change the name that was potentially offensive to a segment of the population had support from the superintendent of the Spirit Lake School District, Timothy Grieves,...
Cherokee hosts OMK (04/10/06)
It has been a year since Senator Chuck Grassley launched Operation Military Kids in April of 2005. Now, the Treptow Legion Post 230 Auxiliary in Cherokee has made this its project for the year. Operation Military Kids is a program of the 4-H/Army Youth Development Project...
Firing involved informal procedure (04/10/06)
It was disclosed Monday evening during a special session of the Cherokee City Council that the termination of Diane Cargin from the position of deputy city clerk/treasurer involved an informal polling of the city council members rather than formal action at a city council meeting...
Bice's home chosen by "Grand Old Home Committee" (04/10/06)
The Grand Old Homes Committee from the Sesquicentennial Committee announces their second choice for grand old home. The home chosen, located at 439 Euclid Avenue, is owned by Kelly and Amy Bice. Kelly is employed at Tyson's as a quality assurance technician and Amy is a child care provider, operating her business out of their home. They have two daughters, Danielle is 15 and Katherine is 11...
Kunkel/Fordyce (04/10/06)
Molly Kunkel and Brad Fordyce exchanged marriage vows on Oct. 22, 2005 at Grace United Methodist Church in Marcus. A reception was held at the Marcus Community Center. The bride's parents are Jim and Karen Kunkel of Marcus and the groom's parents are Mark and Cathy Fordyce of Aurelia. Grandparents of the couple are Doris Roseen, Orville and Colleen Kunkel, Clare Marie Porsch, and Eldon Fordyce. Great-grandparents are Margaret Zweifel and Clara Porsch...
Kunkel/Fordyce (04/10/06)
Molly Kunkel and Brad Fordyce exchanged marriage vows on Oct. 22, 2005 at Grace United Methodist Church in Marcus. A reception was held at the Marcus Community Center. The bride's parents are Jim and Karen Kunkel of Marcus and the groom's parents are Mark and Cathy Fordyce of Aurelia. Grandparents of the couple are Doris Roseen, Orville and Colleen Kunkel, Clare Marie Porsch, and Eldon Fordyce. Great-grandparents are Margaret Zweifel and Clara Porsch...
Francis/Jipp (04/10/06)
Joshua Jipp of Minneapolis and Amber Francis of Kansas City are pleased to announce their engagement and approaching marriage. Joshua is the son of Randy & Kay Jipp of Aurelia.  Joshua graduated from Aurelia High School in 1998, completed his B.A. from Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN in 2001, and his Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. He is currently a professor of theology at Northwestern College in St. Paul...
Gibson/Waddell (04/10/06)
Rodney and Carol Gibson of Arnold, Neb. are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter Valerie to Robert Waddell, son of Michael and Jeannine Waddell of Aurelia. Valerie is a 2001 graduate of Arnold High School. She attended Morningside College in Sioux City and graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She currently living in Cleveland, Ohio where she works as a staff nurse at Fairview Hospital in the ICU and attends Case Western Reserve University...
Prunty/Wallace (04/10/06)
Wayne and Sue Prunty of Cherokee and Scott and Kathy Wallace of Woodbury, Minn. are pleased to announce the engagement of their children Allison Ellene and Joseph Frederick. Allison, a 1998 graduate of Washington High School, graduated from Luther College in 2002 and from Drake University Law School in 2005. Allison is a transactional and corporate attorney with Dreher, Simpson, and Jensen, P.C. in Des Moines...
Gibson/Waddell (04/10/06)
Rodney and Carol Gibson of Arnold, Neb. are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter Valerie to Robert Waddell, son of Michael and Jeannine Waddell of Aurelia. Valerie is a 2001 graduate of Arnold High School. She attended Morningside College in Sioux City and graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She currently living in Cleveland, Ohio where she works as a staff nurse at Fairview Hospital in the ICU and attends Case Western Reserve University...
De Stigter/Gustafson (04/10/06)
Dr. and Mrs. Tim De Stigter of Aurelia, announce the engagement of their daughter, Elizabeth (Libby) to Dan Gustafson, son of Steve and Gayle Gustafson, Aurelia. A July 8 2006 wedding is being planned at the Memorial Presbyterian Church in Cherokee...
Braun/Hill (04/10/06)
Jerry and Carol Braun of Remsen are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Courtney Lyn to Joshua Charles Hill. Joshua is the son of Dean and Kellie Douvia of Remsen and Charles and Vicki Hill of Meriden The couple has planned a May 6, 2006 wedding at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen with a reception and dance following at the Avalon Ballroom in Remsen...
Now & Again: Pouring out the worms (04/10/06)
Since my last column seemingly shook things up at city hall and I certainly got a great deal of response, I'm going to continue by pouring the worms out of the can. I'm not certain if my last column caused all the hullabaloo or merely released the steam on an already boiling situation...
Basic Biitner: One very special guy (04/10/06)
AURELIA - It was my privilege to be chosen to present a "lifetime achievement" plaque to a very special person on Tuesday night. The plaque cited Duane "Nobby" Buttenob for his "contributions to Aurelia Athletics." As I noted at the time of the presentation, listing all of "Nobby's" contributions on the plaque would have required a very large plaque - one too heavy for either he or me to carry. However, I do have a little more room in this space, so I'd like to elaborate more fully...
Ross Rambles: Where else can we get it? (04/10/06)
Establishing a franchise fee for natural gas would be unpopular but may be the only proposal on the table to provide a stable funding source for maintaining the present level of public safety services, meaning avoiding layoffs from the fire department and/or police department...
Gray Matter: Touché, Union goons (04/10/06)
Wouldn't you know? I just got home and exulted over being back at my computer when the darned thing "went down". I do maintain a love/hate relationship with this device! Anyway I'm finally back on line without enough time to do a really serious Gray Matter, so bear with me...
Gray Matter: Home Again (04/10/06)
At last, I'm home, and Cherokee County never looked so good! One's own house, own bed, kitchen, computer and, most of all, family and friends, take on fresh significance. First, I must tell you my shoulder replacement surgery seems to be a complete success. ...
Basic Biitner: Offenburger's top Iowa prep athletes (04/10/06)
I recently purchased the book, "Bernie Saggau and the Iowa High School Athletic Association" by 'Iowa Boy' Chuck Offenburger. The book is interesting and informative, tracing the 100-year history of the organization , its executive directors - Lyle Quinn, Bernie Saggau, and current Director Rick Wulkow, and Iowa coaches and players. Stories abound, and it will bring back a lot of memories for readers who have followed Iowa high school boys' athletics over the years...
Ross Rambles: Holding the line against PC tyranny (04/10/06)
Holding the line against PC tyranny The recent unanimous decision by the Spirit Lake School Board to retain the Indian logo for its school was not a final victory in the fight against encroaching political correctness. The battle will never end in that district or in others that use a symbol relating to indigenous American culture, such as the Cherokee Braves...
Our Opinion: Automation has gone too far (04/10/06)
A reader recently asked us about an article mentioning the 25-year natural gas franchise agreement with Interstate Power and Light. That isn't the name of the company that the reader sends a check to for natural gas nor the name referred to in previous Chronicle Times articles about a franchise agreement...
Our Opinion: Thimerosal debate (04/10/06)
The latest salvo has been fired in the battle over whether the vaccine preservative thimerosal poses a danger to children, in particular whether it has caused the autism epidemic in the U.S. In the past 20 years, autism has increased from 1 in 10,000 to 1 in every 166 children in America...
Our Opinion: R-E-S-P-E-C-T (04/10/06)
R-E-S-P-E-C-T Cherokee is fortunate to have several nice parks in and around town, and the use of the parks is at an all-time high. Unfortunately, the misuse of the parks is also at an all-time high. The parks are well-maintained by Parks & Rec. superintendent Duane Mummert and his crew, but Mummert and Parks & Recreation Director Linda Peterson are getting very frustrated by an ever-growing problem. It's not only a big problem, you might say it's a crappy one...
Our Opinion: Cleaning inside and out (04/10/06)
Spring cleaning time as arrived and we urge residents of area communities and the rural area to clean not only inside but also outside as well. The appearance of our towns and rural properties affects how people view the area which has a potential impact on tourism and future development...
Our Opinion: Working students (04/10/06)
World War II factories turning out ammunition, weapons, artillery, airplanes and other items needed on the battlefield depended on women to fill jobs while men fought on the front lines. After the war, many women entered the civilian workforce to help pay the bills of an American economy fueled by home ownership, new cars and a huge selection of consumer goods available in the postwar prosperity...
Our Opinion: You just can't do that (04/10/06)
A Cherokee City Council member has stated that there was no illegal closed meeting to decide on the termination of Diane Cargin, the deputy city clerk/treasurer who was terminated last month. In fact, there was no meeting at all at which this decision was made. That is the problem...
Our Opinion: Border issues (04/10/06)
Estimates of how many illegal aliens are in the U.S. range from 7 million to 12 million, a 5-million-person gap that illustrates how porous our borders are and how large a problem the federal government faces in dealing with immigration issues. For the most part, Americans concerned about the wave of undocumented immigrants are focused on those from Mexico and Central America, even though there are many others who have found ways to enter and stay in this country without proper authorization...
Our Opinion: Selling our heritage (04/10/06)
The plan to sell up to 200,000 acres of national forest across the nation to raise $800 million for funding to rural schools is ill-advised. There is bipartisan opposition to the proposed sale of national forest for rural schools. One reason is that selling federal land is a one-time fix for the schools that depend on federal funding. Where will those schools get money for future years? From selling more national forest?...