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Stories from Monday, June 5, 2006

Pride Group considers expansion (06/05/06)
The Pride Group (formerly Plymouth Life) is considering expanding its mental health residential program in Cherokee, going from 15 to 30 beds. The facility would move from the main building at the Cherokee Mental Health Institute campus to the now vacant Donahoe building. This would also make possible, future expansion to as much as 60 beds...
Moving ever closer (06/05/06)
Fundraising for the Aquatic Center/Gillette Park project got $2,508.21 closer to its $3.6 million goal during the final day of school last week. Students from Roosevelt Elementary in Cherokee spent five weeks collecting coins in their classrooms in fierce competition for the top prizes of opening day swim passes when the new facility opens next year. During an assembly held last week at the school the results of their efforts and top winning classrooms announced...
Aquatic Center/Park bid approved (06/05/06)
The Cherokee City Council, meeting in special session on Tuesday, approved the lowest of four bids for the Aquatic Center and Gillette Park project. The bids had been opened on Thursday and reviewed by the fund raising committee prior to being acted on at the Tuesday meeting...
Foster parent point of view (06/05/06)
Todd and Mary Sechler of Cherokee raised their two children and sent them out into the world as adults. What they weren't prepared for was the "empty nest". They didn't enjoy it at all, saying, "it was too quiet". They had heard stories about abused and neglected children and decided they would like to help by becoming foster parents...
Cherokee receives historic recognition (06/05/06)
At an awards ceremony at the State Historical Society of Iowa on May 8 the City of Cherokee was awarded a certificate (signed by Governor Vilsack and by Anita Walker, Director of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs) announcing that the Cherokee Commercial Historic District was listed in the National Register of Historic Places...
Getting spruced up for the party (06/05/06)
Local resident Richard Boothby was standing outside of the Sanford Museum recently , when he looked at the time capsule plaque on the rock outside of the museum entrance door. The brass plaque, noting the presence of the time capsule, had been there since the capsule was placed there at the time of the Cherokee Centennial in 1956...
Hundred Proof does triple duty (06/05/06)
A versatile band with local connections will appear at major events in Cherokee this summer, including a Rodeo Dance, the Firemen's Dance and at the All School Reunion. The Hundred Proof Band will be at Cherokee's 40th Rodeo Dance at the Cherokee Bowl's parking lot on Saturday, June 3. They will appear at Cherokee firemen's dance on Saturday, June 24 and will appear at Cherokee's All Class Reunion Dance at the VFW on Friday, June 30, part of the weekend of Sesquicentennial celebration...
Church members construct scale model of their building (06/05/06)
Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee has participated in many parades in Cherokee in the past, but their entry usually consisted of members riding on a flat rack. There had been talk for several years about building a better looking float to represent the church, but it took until this year to get the project rolling...
20 thouuuuuuusaaaand cans and bottles (06/05/06)
Cub Scouts from Pack 107 in Cherokee are standing where what will be the new Aquatic Center/Gillette Park, of which, they will be frequent if not daily visitors. They recently unanimously voted to donate the proceeds from their pop can recycling efforts to the project...
City approves hanging baskets (06/05/06)
Downtown Cherokee will be a bit more colorful thanks to the efforts of some citizens and civic groups. Mark Buschkamp of the Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation and Joni DeVos of the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce were at the Cherokee City Council meeting Tuesday to show one of the wooden baskets to be hung from banner arms on light poles downtown...
Former Cherokean Stoltenberg wrestles at state (06/05/06)
ROSEAU, MINN. - Marc Stoltenberg, a former Cherokee student, qualified for the recent Minnesota State Youth Wrestling Competition, after placing first in his district and fourth in the Regional Tournament in Bemidji, Minn. Stoltenberg, the son of former Cherokee residents Chris and Amy Stoltenberg, is the grandson of Don and Teresa Dalton of Cherokee...
Family makes large memorial gift (06/05/06)
The proposed Bacon Aquatic Center/Gillette Park Development is easily recognized for the positive impact it will offer to the quality of life in Cherokee for at least the next half century. It is also offering families an opportunity to honor a loved one who made our community a better place over the past half century...
Council reduces MHI bill (06/05/06)
Council reduces MHI bill Ken Ross, Managing editor The Cherokee City Council voted 3 to 1 on Tuesday to reduce a water and sewer bill that would have been over 63,000 to about $26,100. A water line break caused a massive use of water at the Cherokee Mental Health Institute during the months of March and April...
Schweitzer/Johnson (06/05/06)
Steve and Lisa Schweitzer of Strang, would like to announce the engagement and upcoming wedding of their daughter Jenna Lee to Robert Mark Johnson. Bobby is the son of Mark and Karen Johnson of Cleghorn. Jenna is a 2002 graduate of Shickley High School and a 2006 graduate of Northwestern College in Orange City. Jenna majored in elementary education with an endorsement in coaching and will be substitute teaching and coaching this fall...
Harmon/Harman (06/05/06)
James and Betty Harman of Cherokee announce the engagement of their daughter, Melanie Kae to Sean David Harmon, son of Dave and Charlene Harmon of Ankeny and Becky Harmon of Chandler, Ariz. The couple is planning a July 22 wedding at the First United Methodist Church in Ankeny...
Mummert 50th Anniversary (06/05/06)
Don and Jeanette Mummert of Aurelia will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cherokee on June 3, 1956.
Basic Biittner: Motown or Chicago? (06/05/06)
The great Motown Records' group, Martha and the Vandellas, released a hit record entitled "Dancing In the Street" in 1964, and it was remade in 1982 by Van Halen and then again in 1985 by David Bowie &Mick Jagger. A popular song, definitely, and a popular idea also. ...
Gray Matter: Antiques or just used furniture? (06/05/06)
Is this an antique or just a piece of used furniture? To some it's all the same; to others of us there is a world of difference. I am not quite certain where my interest in antiques originated. I only have a couple of chairs that came from my family, and we had just a rocker and an immigrant trunk from my husband's people. Still, because he and I shared a passion for lovely old pieces, our home is almost totally furnished with things we collected over the years...
Ross Rambles: Get rid of it (06/05/06)
Get rid of it The Cherokee City Council has displayed what psychiatrists refer to as "property retentive" characteristics. In July of last year, on a vote of three to two, the council decided to retain a vacant lot. The decision came two weeks after establishing a minimum bid of $1,000 for the lot which is now used for public parking...
Struck Strikes Out: Sioux Valley Am tees off June 17-18 (06/05/06)
What? Sioux Valley time already? It can't be, can it? It can't already be time for the Sioux Valley Amateur Men's Match-Play Golf Tournament? The one that draws the top players throughout the Midwest and is played on the venerable, sublime Cherokee Golf & Country Club? That one?...
Now & Again: Children teach us (06/05/06)
As yet another school year ends today, I quickly realize that the summer will fly by and this fall my third and last child, my daughter, will begin her official school career in kindergarten. With two older brothers she has become tough and hardened to the ways of elementary children. ...
Our Opinion:The miracle keeps happening (06/05/06)
We hope most people in Cherokee understand how truly amazing the $3.6 million Bacon Aquatic Center/Gillette Park project is. John Cook, who along with Doctor Robert Martin chairs the fund raising committee, said at a recent Cherokee City Council meeting, for most projects like this in most cities there might be a $400,000 grant with the city bonding for the rest...
Our Opinion:Our debt to veterans (06/05/06)
The revelation that personal information about 26.5 million U.S. veterans was stolen from the home of a Veterans Affairs data analyst raises many questions. None of the answers is likely to make the veterans or anyone else feel better about the security of their records...
Our Opinion: A well-intentioned mistake (06/05/06)
Some Cherokee city officials, past and present, breathed a huge sigh of relief when the home at 863 Amber Drive was sold and money borrowed for the project was repaid. Construction of the house was a joint effort of Washington High School, Western Iowa Tech Community College and the city of Cherokee. It was started in the fall of 2003 and completed in the spring of 2004...
Our Opinion: Skate park deserves support (06/05/06)
Most of the George Bacon Estate is being used for the Aquatic Center and Gillette Park project, which is as it should be. George Bacon left a sizable amount of money for the parks and rec department. There was no further restriction on its use. He simply wanted to provide recreational opportunities for young people and families, making the Aquatic Center and Gillette Park project an appropriate designation for the funds...
Our Opinion: Here we go! (06/05/06)
Annual celebrations make summer a fun time of the year. Technically, summer starts at the summer solstice on June 21, but what people think of as the start of summer is the end of the school year and that is what we refer to here. Watermelon Days, the Cherokee County Fair, the Marcus Fair and (this year) the Sesquicentennial Celebration are just some of the celebrations the whole family can enjoy this summer...