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Stories from Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Money for the new Community Center (01/30/08)
Aurelia Board members discuss District's future at retreat (01/30/08)
AURELIA - Aurelia School Board members met with Superintendent Tom Vint on Jan. 22 to discuss some current and future budget, construction, testing, and sharing issues at a "Board Retreat" at the school. Board member Jim Hultgren, a member of the Board's Finance Committee, discussed the District's past, current, and future financial condition. ...
Cherokee school board supports statewide levy (01/30/08)
The Cherokee School Board passed a resolution in support of a statewide one-cent sales tax for education to replace the School Infrastructure Local Option (SILO) tax that is in place in all 99 counties in Iowa. Superintendent John Chalstrom told board members at the Jan. ...
Community center project progresses (01/30/08)
Foundation makes large donation An announcement of a significant contribution from the Raymond and Florence Erlandson Foundation will result in the city of Cherokee moving forward with the total community center project, including lighting and sound improvements...
New programs may come to MMC (01/30/08)
The Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn School Board members are pleased that Northwest Iowa Community College is seeking a site in Marcus for an alternative high school program. Presently, there is a waiting list for students to be accepted into Sheldon as well as Le Mars...
Bierma is hired in Wisconsin (01/30/08)
W. Bruce Bierma, former city administrator for Cherokee, has been named the administrator of the town of Kronenwetter, Wis. Bierma started on Dec. 12 in Kronenwetter. His annual salary is $78,500. Bierma is originally from Northwest Iowa, graduating from high school in Sioux Center in 1970. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from Northwest Missouri State in Maryville, Mo., and did graduate work at Northern Iowa University in Cedar Falls...
Trying to solve a hefty problem (01/30/08)
What do you do with a 99 year-old safe? That is the question Judy Klee has to answer. Klee, the owner of The Spice Rack, located in historic downtown Cherokee. A problem being in a historic district has been decades in the making. The five-foot three and a half inch high safe is perched on the second story balcony and has sat there for as long as anyone can remember. ...
Washta Tire and Repair opens for business (01/30/08)
It would be safe to say that a car that refuses to start, a flat tire, a funny knock in your engine or any other miscellaneous automobile engine-related malady would really have a tendency of putting a crimp in a fellow's day. Luckily, however, if any of these little mechanical emergencies happen to befall you while you're motoring along in southern Cherokee County, Washta's newest business...Washta Tire and Repair, will soon have you fixed up and back on the road...
Mental health services are in jeopardy (01/30/08)
Cherokee County might be forced to reduce mental health services in the future because there simply is not funding to continue programs at the present level. The matter was discussed during the Jan. 15 meeting of the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors, during a presentation of the case management cost report by Lisa Langlitz, community services director...
Aurelia girls tops St. Mary's (01/30/08)
STORM LAKE - The Aurelia Bulldog girls outscored the Storm Lake St. Mary's Panthers 13-0 in the third quarter of their conference game here on Jan. 22 to break open a tight, low-scoring contest on the way to a 40-30 Northwest Conference win. After holding a 13-11 lead at the half, the Bulldogs increased their lead to 26-11 when the third quarter buzzer sounded...
MMC wrestlers lose two duals (01/30/08)
Letsche, Lehnhoff, Mayer double winners ORANGE CITY - The Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn grapplers dropped a double dual here Tuesday night, falling 42-36 to Storm Lake, and 42-28 to MOC-Floyd Valley. One of the few teams around that fills all the weight classes, the Tornadoes also beat MOC-FV 46-24...
RV boys handle Whiting in MVC Tourney (01/30/08)
CORRECTIONVILLE - Coach Dean Norris' River Valley Wolverines had an easy time of it in their first-round contest in the annual Maple Valley Conference Tournament, besting Whiting by a decisive 74-31 score here on Jan. 22, in a game postponed from Monday night, due to inclement weather...
Wolverines fall to West Monona Jan. 18, but win in Conference Tourney (01/30/08)
CORRECTIONVILLE - The River Valley girls led 26-20 in their Maple Valley Conference game against West Monona here on Jan. 18, and still held a three-point lead, 39-36, heading into the fourth quarter. The Spartans, led by 26 second-half points by Jessica Hansen, continued their comeback in the final quarter and wound up with a 57-51 victory over Coach Terry Jensen's Wolverines...
G-H boys win in MVC tourney (01/30/08)
HOLSTEIN - The annual Maple Valley Conference basketball tournament tipped off on Jan. 22 - delayed a day because of wintry weather - and the Galva-Holstein boys came away with a first-round victory. The Galva-Holstein Pirates engaged in a "very competitive game" with Odebolt-Arthur, according to Pirate coach Bob Lee. ...
Mat Braves drop double dual (01/30/08)
Cherokee's Loughlin wins twice, now 28-0 ESTHERVILLE - The Cherokee Braves found the going tough at a Lakes Conference wrestling double dual here Tuesday night featuring Lakes leader Spencer, and host Estherville-LC. The double dual, originally scheduled for December 6 but postponed due to inclement weather, saw E-LC beat the Braves 48-20, and Spencer win big 69-12...
'Dogs come back to beat SM (01/30/08)
STORM LAKE - Aurelia boys coach Grant Peckenschneider described the Jan. 22nd Northwest Conference game with Storm Lake St. Mary's as "not a pretty game at all," and also commented that the Bulldogs "could not throw a beach ball into the ocean while in a boat at sea."...
AGHSC splits duals at Schaller (01/30/08)
SCHALLER - The AGHSC Stonecutters hosted Westwood and Woodbury Central in a Maple Valley Conference double dual meet here on Jan. 22 and split the results. AGHSC defeated Westwood 72-6 in the first dual, then was defeated by Woodbury Central, 45-33...
Loughlin perfect at BCIG-OA (01/30/08)
Cherokee grappler 25-0; AGHSC, MMC also compete IDA GROVE - Cherokee's Nick Loughlin, the state's second-ranked Class 2A wrestler at 152 pounds, ran his unbeaten record this season to 26-0 by winning his weight class in the rugged two-day, 21-team Battle Creek-Ida Grove/Odebolt-Arthur Wrestling Tournament...
Slow start dooms Braves, 59-48 (01/30/08)
Jones scores all Cherokee points in first half A lethargic start doomed the Cherokee Braves in a non-conference tussle with #1 1A Alta in Cherokee Jan. 19th, the undefeated Cyclones jumping to a 13-4 lead in the first quarter to secure momentum and, ultimately, the game by a 59-48 score...
Cherokee girls drill Alta, 72-52 (01/30/08)
Drennan, Hatch combine for 32 points Displaying their best shooting night to date, the Cherokee Washington High girls hammered Alta 72-52 in Cherokee Saturday night, sinking 13 three-point shots in the process. Lacie Drennan fired in 17 points, and Nicole Hatch netted 14 to lead the WHS girls to the non-conference win. ...
GH, RV split double bill (01/30/08)
Wolverines win opener, Pirate boys victorious HOLSTEIN - Galva-Holstein and River Valley played a Maple Valley Conference basketball doubleheader here on Jan. 17, and each school came away with a victory. In the girls opener, the Wolverines bested the Lady Pirates by a score of 51-39. The teams were tied at 10 after one quarter, but the Wolverines outscored the Lady Pirates 16-2 in the second quarter and increased their lead to 19 after three quarters before posting the final 51-39 win...
Ranked Tigers tumble Braves (01/30/08)
Balanced scoring keys youthful Cherokee SPENCER - The hustling Cherokee Braves, young and restless and sporting a 1-14 record, fought gamely at rated Spencer on Jan. 18, ultimately succumbing 81-51 to the torrid-shooting Tigers. Despite falling behind 22-9 after a sluggish first period, the Braves battled back time and again to trail 37-26 at halftime, and 58-40 after three quarters. ...
Tigers maul Cherokee girls (01/30/08)
WHS makes just six field goals in game SPENCER - The eighth-rated Class 3A Spencer girls bolted to a 25-4 lead in the first quarter, ballooned that to 39-7 at halftime, and didn't even say goodbye on the way to a resounding 86-28 Lakes Conference victory over Cherokee here on Jan. 18...
MMC boys fall at Akron-Westfield (01/30/08)
AKRON - The Akron-Westfield boys jumped out to a 23-11 first quarter lead over Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn in Jan. 15th War Eagle Conference basketball action at Akron, then continued to build on that lead through the first three quarters. When the shooting was done, the Westerners had racked up an 89-51 win over the Eagles...
Braves drop double mat dual (01/30/08)
Loughlin, Jones remain undefeated LE MARS - The Cherokee Braves came out on the short end of a tough Lakes Conference wrestling double dual here Thursday night, dropping a 48-26 verdict to Spirit Lake Park, and falling 57-14 to host Le Mars. Cherokee's #2-ranked Nick Loughlin stayed undefeated for the season after recording two technical falls at 152 pounds, running his shiny season mark to 22-0. ...
Lady Pirates pull out win, 47-43 (01/30/08)
G-H boys falter in loss to MVAO HOLSTEIN - The Galva-Holstein boys "played a real good first half (down 26-23 at the half), but came out a little flat in the third quarter, and Maple Valley/Anthon-Oto took advantage of it to push the lead to 12 at the end of the third quarter," said Pirates' coach Bob Lee...
Nelson runs for Mustangs (01/30/08)
VERMILLION, S.D. - Morningside College won two events at the Bill Hillenbrand Open indoor track meet run at USD on Jan. 19 and 20. Freshman Ryan Gass cleared 6-5 in the men's high jump to take first place, and the Mustangs also won the women's 3200-meter relay in a time of 10:01.59. ...
Shirley Kennedy (01/30/08)
Shirley Kennedy, 80, of Denison, passed away Jan. 21, 2008 at Eventide Nursing Home in Denison. Funeral services were held on Jan. 24 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Denison, with burial at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Storm Lake. The Huebner Funeral Home in Denison was in charge of arrangements...
Wilbur and Delia Amendt (01/30/08)
Wilbur Amendt, 91 and his wife Delia 90, of Lakefield, Minn. both passed away on Jan. 19, 2008. Wilbur passed away on Saturday afternoon Jan. 19, at Colonial Manor in Lakefield. Delia passed away Saturday evening Jan. 19, 2008 at her home in Lakefield...
Lewis Shea (01/30/08)
Lewis Shea, 66, of Cherokee, died suddenly Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008 in Davenport, Fla. Private family memorial services will be held at a later date. Greenwood Funeral Home, in Cherokee is in charge of arrangements. Lewis was born May 31, 1941 in Cherokee, to Lewis D. and Hazel (Robinson) Shea. He attended school in Cherokee at both Immaculate Conception and Washington High School. On Aug. 2, 1967 he married Priscilla McBride in Denver, Colo...
Gail Rathjen (01/30/08)
Pauline "Gail" Rathjen, 64, of Ida Grove, died with her family at her side Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008 at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove following a courageous battle of cancer. Funeral services were held on Jan. 19 at 10:30 a.m. at the Christensen Huffman Funeral Home in Ida Grove, with burial at Ida Grove Cemetery in Ida Grove. Visitation was held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home. The family will be present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m...
Keith William McGee (01/30/08)
Keith William McGee, 91, of Peterson, died on Jan 15, 2008 at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 19 at the United Methodist Church in Peterson. A lunch and time of fellowship was held immediately following the services at the church. Rev. Roger Maize and Rev. Charles Hall officiated. Interment was at the Diamond Center Cemetery in Aurelia at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday...
Kramer/daughter (01/30/08)
Chad and Theresa Kramer of Elk Point, S.D. are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter. Addison Leigh Kramer was born on Dec. 20, 2007 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City. She weighed 6 lbs. and 9 oz. and measured 20 inches long. Grandparents are Mike and Pauline Kramer of Cherokee and Jerry and Kim Watterson of North Sioux City, S.D. Great-grandparents are Lawrence and Teresa White of Fonda and Lebert Watterson of Sioux City...
Long and Edwards/son (01/30/08)
Paul Long and Hope Edwards, both of Cherokee are pleased to announce the birth of their son. Warren Peace Matthew Long was born on Jan. 8, 2008 at 3:26 a.m. He weighed 7 lbs. and 8 oz. and measured 20 inches long. Grandparents are Leroy and Nancy Edwards of Correctionville and Larry Long Sr. and Colleen Dalton of Washta and the late Alice Long...
Johnson/daughter (01/30/08)
Michael and Tara Johnson of Spencer are pleased to announce the birth of their child. Hadley Rose Johnson was born on Jan. 11, 2008. She weighed 9 lbs. and 3 oz. and measured 22 inches long. Welcoming Hadley home are her brothers Cullen, Isaac, Keegan, and Caden and her sisters Brittany, Mallory and Abigail...
Erritt and Sindt/daughter (01/30/08)
Brent Erritt and Jessica Sindt of Cherokee are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter. Tashianna Brandi Erritt was born on Jan. 7, 2008 at 8:19 p.m. She weighed 6 lbs. and 11 oz. and measured 20 inches long. Grandparents are Penny Lenninger and Danny Lenninger and Sharon Erritt and Brian Erritt...
Gray Matter: WORLD TRAVEL (01/30/08)
Recently I told you of my friend who made a trip around the world. Today I want to tell you of local folks, Jim Hoefling and Leone Sand who traveled at least a third of that distance to Shanghai, China to visit Jim's son, Ken and his family. Most of us will never be able to make such a journey so we are fortunate to have friends who do and who are willing to share the experience with us...
From the Midway:Would term limits work for Congress? (01/30/08)
A few weeks ago I wrote a column about my experience at the Iowa Democratic Caucus in South O'Brien County. There was one issue that I mentioned in that column that I would like to explore a little further. The column was running quite long so I did not have a chance then to give this issue its full attention...
BASIC BIITTNER : Short on days, long on holidays (01/30/08)
For being the shortest month of the year (yes, I know it has an extra day this year, but it's still the shortest month), February seems to have a lot of holidays - both official and unofficial (UH). It starts right off, too. February 2 is Groundhog's Day (one of the unofficial holidays, in case you didn't know). ...
Ross Rambles:Keep your huddled masses (01/30/08)
We sometimes get accused of liberal bias in our commentary, partly because of our occasional use of Donald Kaul's column, but primarily because some people can't think of the term "media" without adding the adjective "liberal." This stereotype persists despite the existence of the conservative FOX News, the conservative domination of talk-show radio, the existence of a variety of news magazines that cater to every possible position on the political spectrum, and the fact that publishers and editors from small town newspapers tend to be more conservative than their metropolitan counterparts.. ...
It has got to get better (01/30/08)
Congratulations, you've made it. You are a survivor. Didn't realize you had it in you, did you? Didn't realize you could make it through the most depressing day of the year? Didn't realize there was a most depressing day of the year? You're not alone...
Voodoo economics (01/30/08)
When it comes to dealing with recession, our political leaders appear to be quacks, resembling the healers of a past time who used leeches to extract impurities from the blood and incantations to ward off evil spirits. The fear of recession has the Bush administration proposing a stimulus package of tax refunds that would be spent by consumers, creating demand for consumer goods and thus stimulating production...
Tinkering with the bottle deposit (01/30/08)
There is some justification for a proposal to raise the deposit in Iowa on bottles and cans of beverages from five cents to 10 cents but Governor Culver's plan has a couple of flaws. The deposit was initially put in place 30 years ago. Since that time, the cost of living has more than tripled...
It's still the economy (01/30/08)
Exit polls at the various primary locations are indicating that support for candidates is soft. People are making their choices without enthusiasm. More probing questions reveal that a general weakness throughout the field of candidates is the lack of confidence toward any candidate's ability to deal with the economy...
Media frustrations are amusing (01/30/08)
We share the amusement felt by many citizens toward the stumblings of national pundits in prematurely attempting to wrap up the current political season into a tidy package. We refer not only to the totally inaccurate prediction of results in the New Hampshire primary but also to the obvious discomfort of media pundits trying to summarize the volatile and unpredictable Republican contest for the presidential race...