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Stories from Monday, September 24, 2007

Teaching the next generation (09/24/07)
Roosevelt elementary spent time at the Vietnam "Moving Wall" when it was at the County Fairgrounds recently. The students listened to a program about the Vietnam War and had the opportunity to see for themselves the names of the fallen. Photo by Mike Leckband
RV royalty crowned (09/24/07)
The River Valley School District had a coronation ceremony for Homecoming Royalty on Sunday Sept. 16. Court members include, (left to right) Ethan Byers, Katie Carnes, Tyler Clark, Lara Flemming, King Pat Brinkman, Queen Trisha Todd, Tanya Kline, Chance Cullen, Jody Peterson and Pat Parcel. Crown bearers Kendall Fitch and Ethan Spotten. The homecoming game will be Friday with River Valley playing Le Mars Gehlen. Photo by Sue Todd...
Petitions due Thursday (09/24/07)
Nomination petitions for municipal elections are due in the offices of the city clerks by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20. All council seats are for four-year terms unless the election is to complete an unexpired term filled temporarily by appointment as noted when applicable. All seats are at-large except three seats in Cherokee each representing a ward...
Ground to be broken at Marcus (09/24/07)
Hometown Guesthouse, Inc. will be holding the Official Ground Breaking for their 16-room motel at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the site located in the Marcus Business Park, north of the Marcus Junction, on Highway 3. Mark Buschkamp, Executive Director for the Cherokee Area Economic Development Corp., and Darrell Downs, Mayor of Marcus, will be featured speakers at the groundbreaking. Other local dignitaries will be in attendance along with Hometown Guesthouse Board of Directors...
Bulldogs prevail in District opener (09/24/07)
REMSEN - In an exciting game that saw five lead changes, Aurelia senior standout Jared Bruce returned a Remsen-Union kickoff 75 yards for the final go-ahead score with 6:27 remaining in regulation, then ran for the two-point conversion as the Bulldogs topped the Rockets 30-24 in both teams' District opener...
Floyd Powell (09/24/07)
Floyd Powell, 95 of Le Mars died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2007, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars. Funeral Services here held at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 18 at United Methodist Church of Le Mars, with Pastor Jason Larson officiating. A private burial will be in Marcus-Amherst Cemetery in Marcus...
Colleen A. Johnson (09/24/07)
Colleen A. Johnson, 72, of Washta, died on Friday, Sept. 14, 2007 in the Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City. Funeral services were held on Sept. 19 at 10:30 a.m. at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee, with Pastor Jim Steen officiating. Burial was at the Sunset View Cemetery in Washta. Boothby Funeral Home was in charge of funeral arrangements...
Phipps/ Lundell (09/24/07)
Kelly Phipps and Eric Lundell of Cherokee were united in marriage at 5 p.m. on May 5, 2007 at the St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Cherokee. Parents of the couple are Neil and Jodi Phipps and Tom and Corrine Lundell all of Cherokee. Grandparents of the bride are Richard and Colleen Hultman, Virgil and Joyce Phipps Pyle and the late George Phipps...
Schmillen/Wise (09/24/07)
Tara Schmillen and Brandon Wise were united in Marriage on June 23, 2007 at 2:30 p.m. at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee. Joey Dyslin officiated the ceremony. Tara is the daughter of Kevin and Twyla Schmillen of Cherokee. Brandon is the son of Tim and Mary Wise of Cedar Falls...
Gray Matter: More about watermelons (09/24/07)
            I love it when I get reactions to a Gray Matter column.  That happened recently when a delightful lady, who is somewhat older than I, started to tell me of the reminiscences my recent piece on watermelon vandalism had triggered for her. ...
Still in bad taste (09/24/07)
What little sympathy for O.J. Simpson existed before his latest arrest must have all but disappeared after the bizarre attempt at armed robbery. It was obviously an act of desperation by a man whose past fame as a great athlete no longer provides either respect or revenue...