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Stories from Monday, May 15, 2006

Aurelia jazz band has successful year (05/15/06)
The Aurelia Jazz Band, under the direction of Jason Heeren, capped a very successful school year by winning 5th place at the Iowa Jazz Championships in Des Moines on April 18. This was the ninth consecutive trip to the State championships for Aurelia...
Raising cattle makes life interesting (05/15/06)
It's obvious from his smile and the demeanor while he talks about his cattle that Jason Ducommun has the cattle business and farming in his blood. He says he gets that from his grandfather. and having been raised on a farm himself it's no wonder. The young cattleman and his family live on a farm just north of Larrabee not far from the place his parents, Jim and Judy Ducommun, own. ...
Aurelia citizens discuss sharing (05/15/06)
AURELIA - A group of 30-35 citizens gathered at the Aurelia school on Thursday evening to ask questions and share their concerns about the future of their school with a representative from the Iowa Department of Education. Barb Bird spent Wednesday and Thursday at the Alta and Aurelia schools gathering information for a report on the feasibility of Alta and Aurelia sharing some programs. ...
County supports Cleghorn shelter (05/15/06)
The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors received a request on Tuesday for support of a shelterhouse project in Cleghorn. Todd Wetherell, speaking on behalf of the fund raising committee, explained the project to supervisors. The old shelterhouse that has very limited capacity will be replaced by a 3,600 square foot building that has handicapped accessible restrooms inside and a unisex restroom accessible outside for use by people in the park when the shelterhouse is not in use...
Council approves electronic sign (05/15/06)
The Cherokee City Council approved a request for an electronic message sign, about 3 1/2 feet by 10 feet at the Country Store (Shell Station, formerly Swains) at 820 South Second Street in Cherokee. Todd Kanne, of Community Oil Co. based in Carroll was at the council meeting Tuesday to discuss the details of the project and building inspector Kent Wenck was present at the meeting to inform the council about prior approval by the planning and zoning commission and the board of adjustment...
Relay For Life Rally set (05/15/06)
The American Cancer Society invites individuals who want to honor cancer survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer) and caregivers, or pay tribute to those who have lost their battle with cancer to join its Relay For Life, scheduled for August 4 and 5 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. in Cherokee...
City puts decisions on hold (05/15/06)
Several agenda items were tabled at the Tuesday meeting of the Cherokee City Council, awaiting more information and more deliberation. Tom Deiker, Cherokee Mental Health Institute (MHI) superintendent, and Tony Morris, MHI business manager, were hoping to get an answer on Tuesday concerning a water and sewer bill for March and April. The MHI fiscal year ends on June 30 and they need to resolve budgetary matters...
Aurelia board ready for Thursday feasibility visit (05/15/06)
State Department of Education representative Barb Byrd will visit the Aurelia school on Thursday to meet with School Board members, staff, students, parents, and community members as part of her feasibility study of the Alta and Aurelia school districts...
RV keeps vending variety (05/15/06)
The vending machine snacks and beverages are not all healthy at River Valley schools but the student council is doing the best it can do in providing healthy choices, it was determined at a special meeting of the River Valley School Board last week...
Reserves shoot in Des Moines (05/15/06)
Last fall the Cherokee Police Reserves went to Des Moines to compete in the annual Police Reserve Competition shoot. The group of 11 reserves competed in three different categories at six levels of competition: duty handgun, duty shotgun and the team shoot...
CMS rallies for Aquatic Center (05/15/06)
Cherokee Middle School students ended the "Great Penny Conflict of 2006" with a rousing cheer for Principal Larry Weede to lead them to the high board at the new aquatic center. The Great Penny Conflict involved the 27 "star bases" of CMS (grades 5-8) bringing coins to school competing for the highest points. ...
Cherokee musician will enter Hall of Fame this summer (05/15/06)
Some of you Baby Boomers may remember a popular 1950's TV Western called "Have Gun Will Travel", which starred Richard Boone as Paladin, a gun for hire. You may not know that Cherokee has its own version of the "gun for hire". Don't worry, though - the tools of this man's trade are not firearms , but drumsticks...
Supervisors discuss jail (05/15/06)
The expansion of the Cherokee County Jail might not be as big of a project as once considered, according to supervisors discussing the matter at last week's Cherokee County Board of Supervisors meeting. "We just probably need a couple of big cells," Jeff Simonsen, chairman, said. The cells would allow better separation of jail inmates by classification, either gender and crime level. Simonsen added that there needs to be some safety features added...
Avis/Smith (05/15/06)
Rebecca K. Avis and Seaman Justin R. Smith wer married April 29, 2006 in Chicago, Ill. Jamie Haney of Muscatine was maid of honor, sister of the groom and Steve Meyermann of Blue Grass was best man, best friend of the groom. The ceremony was attended by immediate family only. Rebecca is a 1999 graduate of Washington High School in Cherokee and Justin is a 1999 graduate of Muscatine High School...
Horn/Richardson (05/15/06)
Brian Richardson of Kingsley and Debbie Richardson of Marcus, along with Jack and Lisa Horn of North Street, Mich. and Shellie Horn of Pierson are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcomming marriage of their children Dustin Brian Richardson of Larrabee and Mandi JoAnn Horn of Larrabee...
Knoben/Kannegieter (05/15/06)
Chuck and Sally Knoben of Cherokee are pround to announce the engagement of their daughter Kristi to Kelly Kannegieter, son of Rob and Diane Kannegieter of Aurelia. Kristi, a 2001 graduate of Washington High School, will be a May 2006 graduate of Morningside College with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing...
Basic Biittner:I've Got Your Number (05/15/06)
Reggie Bush, college football's most recent Heisman Trophy winner, was recently drafted by the NFL's New Orleans Saints. Most likely, he will soon be making more money than most of us will ever see. Mr. Young isn't happy, though. You see, he's worn the number 5 on his football jersey all through high school and college, and would like to wear it again in the NFL. ...
Now & Again: My one and only mom (05/15/06)
My one and only mom For lack of an idea for a Mother's Day present I decided to dedicate this column to my one and only mom. I say "one" because, of course, I only have one mom, others may have stepmoms and such. I say "only" because although I have a mother-in-law and family friends who were like a mom, my mom is "the" mom. The supreme being who was and is the most integral part of who I have become as person, good or bad. (I'd like to think, mostly good.)...
Gray Matter: Father Jan a true inspiration (05/15/06)
Here is the story I promised you of Father Jan Lisowski, a native of Poland, who was once assigned to Holy Name Church here in Marcus as an associate priest. He had come to the US and the church's Sioux City diocese, as a displaced person. It was during the time of his four-year stay in our town that Pope John Paul II made his historic visit to Iowa. ...
Our Opinion: Forever stamps (05/15/06)
How many of you are still using 37-cent stamps that you purchased before first-class postage went up to 39 cents? If you are, you're having to add an additional 2 cents of postage every time you mail a letter. For many postal patrons, having to deal with out-of-date stamps can be just as aggravating as an increase in postal rates...
Our Opinion: Providing a valuable service (05/15/06)
May 14-20 is School Board Recognition Week. There is no greater voluntary responsibility undertaken by Iowans than overseeing the 365 school systems in our state. These people make difficult, sometimes controversial decisions with no pay and little recognition for their efforts. Boards in our rural area have had a particularly challenging job, trying to maintain the highest level of offerings possible in the face of declining enrollment based revenue...
Our Opinion: Time for a change (05/15/06)
The spring open burning season is over in Cherokee and it will be a few months before the fall open burning season, if there is one. City council members are thinking about ending the practice. Many, if not most, communities the size of Cherokee or larger do not allow the burning of leaves and sticks...
Our Opinion: Can we get by without them? (05/15/06)
On May 1, there was a call for the immigrants in the United States to boycott work in protest of proposed increased criminal sanctions against illegal immigrants. The boycott was intended to illustrate the role that the immigrant workers play in the American economy. Some owners of businesses in metropolitan areas felt a financial loss on that day and the customers of those businesses were inconvenienced. The reaction of most Americans to the work boycott ranged from "so what?" to outrage...
Our Opinion: Life on the farm (05/15/06)
Help wanted: Hard worker with good business head and plenty of capital. Must be willing to work pretty much around the clock when needed. Must like animals and/or plants. Good knowledge of chemistry, biology and government regulations required. No health insurance. No retirement plan...