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Stories from Monday, May 7, 2007

Mill Creek Bridge will be Historical Landmark (05/07/07)
The old bridge that spans Mill Creek is going to be preserved as a historical landmark. Development of a nature trail is in the works, and it should ensure that the bridge will be around for many years to come.
Aurelia grad helps coach National championship soil judging team (05/07/07)
AMES -- A team of Iowa State University students recently finished first in the 2007 American Society of Agronomy National Collegiate Soil Judging Contest. Twenty-one universities participated in the contest, which was hosted by Utah State University April 15 -- 20. Iowa State team members' hometowns include Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin and Bryant, Newton, Wesley, Creston, Greenfield, Boone, and Johnston, Iowa...
Times Gone By (05/07/07)
Maryhill decree finalized (05/07/07)
The Maryhill Parish, which had a history dating back to the 19th century, ceased to exist on May 1 when R. Walker Nickless, Bishop of the Diocese of Sioux City, signed a decree formally disolving the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Maryhill in Cherokee County...
National Day of Prayer (05/07/07)
As part of a national observance, people gathered at the Cherokee County Courthouse at noon on Thursday, May 3rd, for a prayer service. Photo by Ken Ross
Approaching the finish line (05/07/07)
The finishing touches of the Bacon Aquatic Center and Gillette Park are now taking place. According to John Cook, Co-Chair of the fund-raising committee, "The rough spots are worked out, the main mechanics are largely completed." There should be water in the pool by May 15 or no later than Memorial Day...
Legacy Foundation provides grants (05/07/07)
The Cherokee County Legacy Foundation distributed funds to 12 organizations last week during a banquet at Danny's Sports Spot. Every year, the county receives somewhere around $65,000 to be distributed to non-profit organizations in the county for projects described in grant requests...
Sorting out the semantics (05/07/07)
Since the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors (BOS) first decided to move public health programs to a private entity and close down the Cherokee Public Health Department (PHD), the supervisors and PHD have been using different terminology. The Cherokee Regional Medical Center (CRMC) was chosen by the BOS to operate programs currently overseen by the PHD, over objections from the Cherokee County Board of Health (BOH)...
John G. Todd (05/07/07)
John George Todd, 84, of Quimby, died Wednesday May 2, 2007 at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, following a lengthy illness. His body was cremated and private services will be held at a later date. Greenwood Funeral Home, Cherokee, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to www.greenwoodfuneral.com...
Daum/Son (05/07/07)
Jeffery and Lacey Daum of Tinker AFB, Oklahoma , are proud to announce the birth of their son, Devin Michael, born at St. Anthony's Hospital in Oklahoma City, Okla. on April 29, 2007 at 8:11 a.m. Devon weighed 7 lbs. 7 oz. and measured 20 inches long at birth. Grandparents are Randall and Kim Daum of Alton, Brenda and Vernon Chadwell of Kenucky, Steve and Cindy Roosa of Le Mars, and Mary and Wayne Morris of Cherokee...
Ross Rambles: Seeking protection from monsters (05/07/07)
A Far Side cartoon from Gary Larson, now retired, depicts a child in bed with a snorkel designed specifically for breathing under the blankets that protect him from bedroom monsters. It is well known that exposure of even the tiniest amount of a child's body makes the child vulnerable to the monsters that lurk in the darkness...
Gray Matter: A special woman remembered (05/07/07)
In last week's Gray Matter,  I told you of the enthusiasm  created in western Cherokee county, and elsewhere, by the Marcus Historical Society.   Due to that enthusiasm,  several recent conversations have turned to things and people from the past. I thought you might enjoy one of those "people" stories.  It is about  Martha Ament, a remarkable, multi-talented lady whom many may remember...
Who shapes the world? (05/07/07)
To some people, the world is defined by entertainers rather than people who make decisions affecting industry and government. Time Magazine came out with a list of "100 people who shape the world" that is heavy on actors, talk show hosts and other glamorous celebrities of little substance...
No easy solution (05/07/07)
After the school infrastructure local option (SILO) sales tax was approved bu the state legislature in 1998, it was found that the revenue from the tax is much more lopsided than legislators had expected. The revenue is collected for each county where the tax has been approved and divided up among school districts based on where students who live in the county attend school...
Keep the list small (05/07/07)
According to records from the Iowa Department of Revenue, in 2005, 115,896 taxpayers donated $432,194 to the five checkoffs in the program then. That's down 10 percent in both dollars and number of donors from 2004. There are six checkoffs this year on the Iowa income tax form. They support veterans, wildlife, the Iowa State Fair, an anti-litter hot line, the Iowa Fireman's Association and election campaigns...