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Stories from Monday, April 17, 2006

RV makes personnel decisions (04/17/06)
Numerous personnel matters were addressed at the regular meeting of the River Valley School Board on Tuesday. The regular meeting followed a public hearing at which the board approved the budget for the next fiscal year. Among the resignations accepted at the Tuesday meeting was that of Al Groth as a bus driver, something he has been doing for 52 years. ...
Photo history book available (04/17/06)
"Remembering Yesterdays, A Pictorial History of Cherokee County, Iowa" is now on sale to the public. The book is a Sesquicentennial project of the Cherokee Area Archives and features photographic images of the 19th, 20th and even a few from the 21st century. Every town and area of the county is represented in the book. Events, buildings and other structures give the flavor of how the county developed...
County adopts NIMS (04/17/06)
The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors has adopted the National Incident Management System as a standard for dealing with major disasters. Aimee Barritt, county emergency management coordinator, said that by the end of the summer, the county might have completed all the training necessary to be in compliance with NIMS requirements. Board of supervisors have yet to complete this training which emergency services personnel have received and just recently secondary roads personnel have completed...
Project progress reported (04/17/06)
John Cook, co-chair of the Aquatic Center and Gillette Park project committee, was present at the Tuesday meeting of the Cherokee City Council to report on fund raising progress and to request action regarding a raffle. Cook said that the fund raising effort now has less than $400,000 left to go to reach its goal...
CFD receives rural support (04/17/06)
Roger Frisbie, treasurer for the Cherokee Fire Department, presented a $10,000 check at the Tuesday Cherokee City Council meeting to Deb Taylor, city clerk, as support from the Cherokee Rural Fire Department for the CFD. In response to budget difficulties in the city of Cherokee, the rural fire department has provided the extra support on top of an increase in the fee paid for responses by the CFD to rural fires from $200 to $250 per response. ...
Marcus moves forward on development (04/17/06)
Marcus City Council members approved several resolutions that will complete the process of expanding the city's limits and enable economic growth at Monday's regular council meeting. With minor corrections to the plat map for the voluntary annexation of the Marcus Business Park and Marcus Junction, the council approved the annexation of both properties. ...
District raises lunch prices (04/17/06)
The Cherokee School Board approved an increase of hot lunch prices by a dime (20 cents for adults) at the recommendation of the superintendent, John Chalstrom. Chalstrom said that even with the increase, the price of the lunch is below the state average...
Council confirms termination (04/17/06)
On a 4 to 1 vote, the Cherokee City Council has affirmed a decision made last month to terminate Diane Cargin, who served as the deputy clerk/treasurer. The original termination was done by Ron Strickland, city administrator, after consultation with individual council members on an informal basis (not at a meeting at which a quorum of council members were present)...
Aurelia will have three make-up days (04/17/06)
Aurelia School Superintendent Tom Vint reported that Aurelia students will have three make-up days this spring, two for "snow days" and one for the funeral of student Jacob Dreier. These days will be made up on April 13, May 24, and May 25. The last day of school for students will be May 25. Teachers will have their end-of-the-year workshop on May 26...
RV advisories go Olympic (04/17/06)
The games might be over for the interim but at River Valley High School, the Olympic spirit is obviously still burning brightly. Take March 29, for instance... If you would have happened to stop by the school, you would have discovered the walls of the commons room echoing with the clatter of controlled pandemonium as the students transformed their lunchroom into a field of contention for their own "Olympic" games...
Foundation accepts grant requests (04/17/06)
Leaders from throughout Cherokee County have established the Cherokee County Legacy Foundation (CCLF) to help foster community based philanthropy. The group has recently received a state award totaling $3,600 which will be used to advance philanthropy and fund charitable projects benefiting the citizens of Cherokee County...
School board approves budget (04/17/06)
The Cherokee School Board approved a budget for the 2006/07 fiscal year at the Monday evening meeting. Despite the loss of enrollment over several years, the finances in the school district remain solvent, according to John Chalstrom, superintendent...
School reduces positions (04/17/06)
The Cherokee School Board reduced positions in order to cut about $205,000 from the annual budget. At the Monday evening meeting, the school board approved recommendations from the administrative team as presented by John Chalstrom, superintendent. The staff reductions coincide with approval of a staff and benefit package that will increase costs to the district of 3.574 percent. ...
Meningitis is confirmed (04/17/06)
Two cases of meningitis in Cherokee have been confirmed as of Saturday, according to Kim Rupp, public health nurse. The specific type of meningitis is Neisseria Meningitis, a bacterial infection. Rupp could not provide any identifying information about the individuals or discuss their present condition, however, students at Washington High School were informed in an assembly on Friday that two high school students had suspected, at that time, cases of meningitis...
Final approval to be on 25th (04/17/06)
The Family Aquatic Center/Gillette Park Development Committee has decided to seek final council approval for the project at the April 25 Cherokee City Council meeting. The objective had earlier been to make that presentation at the meeting of April 11...
Stuck Strikes Out: Mankind 20 points closer (04/17/06)
The sports world, and maybe even the whole world, is abuzz over the miraculous high school basketball game that played out in Upstate New York last week. The story concerns an autistic high school senior boy who was cut from the basketball team in middle school and had since served as basketball manager for the JV and varsity boys teams...
Rupp/Evans (04/17/06)
Lori Jean Rupp and Brandon Kirk Evans were united in marriage on Oct. 8, 2005 at Immaculate Conception Caltholic Church in Cherokee with Father Armand Bertrand performing the ceremony. Parents of the couple are Phil and Joyce Rupp of Cherokee, John and Lana Anderson of Northwood and Kirk and Ann Evans of Sterling, AK. Grandparents are Roger and Marge Wagner and Bob and Annette Hopes...
Reinert/Brosonski (04/17/06)
Steve and Patsy Reinert of Cherokee are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Sande Reinert to Duke Brosonski, the son of Mary Ellen Brosonski and Johnny Johnson of Yankton, S.D. and the late Charlie Brosonski. Sande is a 1995 graduate of WHS and has an art degree from University of South Dakota. She is currently the curator and designer for Rehfeld's Art Gallery in Sioux Falls, S.D...
Now & Again: I stand corrected (04/17/06)
In my last column I did say correct me if I am wrong regarding the sewer line project at Spring Lake Park. As a matter fact I was wrong in saying that the project was a mess. I stand corrected. The comment did not come out as I had intended. I am not so enamored with my ego that I can't admit my mistakes...
Ross Rambles: A mostly invisible problem (04/17/06)
The College Knowledge column by Barb Pytel printed in the Wednesday edition of the Chronicle Times raised some interesting points. The title of the column was "Why are there fewer boys on a college campus?" Pytel notes that females are now a majority on college campus. ...
Gray Matter: More about quilts (04/17/06)
Several weeks ago we were discussing the fascinating subject of quilts and quilting. At the time, I was a little concerned that it might be boring to you male readers. So, I was more than pleased to read a recent account telling that in Pioneer days (perhaps out of sheer boredom) while confined inside a cabin in the dead of winter, some of the manliest of men picked up a needle and joined their womenfolk in this interesting pursuit. ...
Our Opinion: Missing the point (04/17/06)
An editorial in the April 6 Chronicle Times was critical of the way that the termination of the Cherokee deputy city clerk was handled. The city administrator carried out the termination after informally polling city council members. It was the position of the editorial that since the deputy city clerk position was an appointment of the city council, it was up to the city council to make the termination and the informal polling cannot be considered a formal decision of the council...
Our Opinion: Beware the con artist (04/17/06)
It's springtime and word has it that home repair scams are operating at record highs throughout the United States, with their focus remaining on the elderly and naive. Spring is prime time for such con artists as we all catch a slice of spring fever and begin contemplating fix-up jobs such as painting the house, barn, garage, or other outbuildings; shingling the roof; gutter repair or replacement; improving landscapes; trimming, removing, and/or planting shrubbery and trees, etc...
Our Opinion: Surfing prudence (04/17/06)
Surfing prudence One of the negative sides of the Internet is the booming market in pornography. Not only are there thousands of Web sites that offer the vilest content imaginable, there are millions of online surfers willing to use their credit cards for instant access -- a supply-demand situation that only fuels the growth of this dark industry...
Our Opinion: The teachers deserve it (04/17/06)
Some may think that the timing is wrong for a 3.5 percent increase in the wage and benefit package of certified staff (teachers and counselors) in the Cherokee School District. Some may think that it is a bad time to reduce the property tax for the school district by about 88 cents next year...