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Stories from Monday, February 18, 2008

City plans bonding (02/18/08)
The Cherokee City Council is expected to decide details of a bond during a special meeting on Feb. 19, beginning at 4:30 p.m. The special meeting is also being held to wrap up details regarding the budget for the next fiscal year beginning July 1. Discussion so far has indicated that the city will be bonding for about $400,000 (plus interest) for community center improvements. ...
Aurelia Board approves baseball program (02/18/08)
The Aurelia School Board has approved the District having its own high school baseball program again this summer,rather than sharing with another district. This action was taken at the regular monthly meeting of the Aurelia School Board on Tuesday evening, Feb. 12...
Cherokee Co. Pork Producers hold annual banquet (02/18/08)
Couple shares 70-year romance (02/18/08)
The simple act of sharing a life together provides inspiration to new generations. No area couple does that better than Bill and Evelyn Pease of Cherokee. The couple celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Feb. 10. They speak of the challenges they shared in their youth that formed an eternal bond...
Supervisors hear about hazard mitigation (02/18/08)
Hazardous weather didn't prevent Kristi Quinn and Lacey Kirchmeier of Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council (SIMPCO) from appearing at the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday for a hazard mitigation hearing. Severe weather had caused cancellation of a meeting scheduled on Jan. 29...
Loughlin, Jones District champs (02/18/08)
Cherokee duo, MMC's Godbersen earn state trips Saturday's District wrestling meets brought good news and bad news for area teams. At the 2A meet held in Cherokee, the Braves' second-ranked Nick Loughlin boosted his season mark to 35-0 as he captured the 152 pound championship, and Braves teammate Tim Jones, not to be out done, won the heavyweight championship, moving his season mark to 24-3...
Westwood ends Braves season (02/18/08)
Westwood's Rebels rode a stout 2-3 zone defense, balanced scoring, and cashed in 14-25 free throws in the second half alone to beat Cherokee's Braves 45-41 in Class 2A District Tournament action here on Feb. 12. The loss ends the Braves' season with a disappointing 3-19 record, including half -a -dozen close games lost in the final seconds...
River Valley boys lose 'heartbreaker' (02/18/08)
CORRECTIONVILLE - River Valley boys' basketball coach Dean Norris said his Wolverines "lost another heartbreaker" here on Feb. 8th, when opponent Remsen-Union scored in the final seconds of play to upend RV, in a regular season-ending Maple Valley Conference contest, 53-50...
Unity Christian girls end Cherokee season (02/18/08)
Rated Knights blister WHS 74-42 in Districts ORANGE CITY - The enigmatic Cherokee Washington High girls scored just 15 points in the second and third quarters, on the way to a 74-42 defeat to rated Orange City Unity Christian (20-2) in Class 2A District basketball action here on Feb.9...
Pirates drop game to Mustangs (02/18/08)
HOLSTEIN - The Galva-Holstein Pirates shot the ball poorly in their non-conference matchup with the Newell-Fonda Mustangs here on Feb. 8, but nonetheless had "several opportunities to put the game out of reach," said their coach Bob Lee."Unfortunately, we didn't," Lee went on, "and Newell-Fonda fought back to win." The Mustangs won 49-46...
Bulldogs top Charter Oak-Ute (02/18/08)
AURELIA - The Aurelia Bulldog boys closed out their regular season with what their coach termed a "solid game" here on Feb. 8, as they defeated Charter Oak-Ute 55-39 in non-conference action. The 'Dogs jumped out to a 21-5 lead after one quarter, "then kind of sagged a bit," said Bulldog coach Grant Peckenschneider. ...
Bartel joins Mustang 1,000 point club (02/18/08)
SIOUX CITY - Autumn Bartel, a 5-8 junior guard from Cherokee, became the 18th women's basketball player in Morningside College history to score 1,000 career points during the Mustangs' 104-62 victory over 24th-ranked Doane College on Feb. 9. Bartel scored 22 points in the contest to raise her career total to 1,009 points, She has averaged 10.8 points per game over her 93-game Morningside career. ...
Roberta L. Mohr (02/18/08)
Roberta L. Mohr, 56, of Wentworth, S.D, passed away on Jan. 28, 2008 at the Avera Heart Hospital of South Dakota. Memorial Services were held on Jan 31 at 1 p.m. at the Randal Funeral Home of Madison, S.D. Rev. Verlyn Hanson officiated. Roberta was born June 21, 1951 in Cherokee, the daughter of Earl and Mary (Roberts) Gum. ...
Donna Lydell (02/18/08)
Donna Lydell, 86, of Aurelia, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2008, at the Sunset Knoll Nursing & Rehab Center in Aurelia. Funeral services were held on Feb. 12, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Alta. Pastor Duane Olson officiated. Burial was in the Scandinavian Cemetery in rural Alta...
Norman Leo Morton (02/18/08)
Norman Leo Morton, 75, of Terre Haute, Ind., and formerly of Cherokee and Albia, passed away peacefully at 8:40 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8 2008. In keeping with his wishes, cremation is scheduled, with a memorial and burial to take place during the Morton family reunion in Cherokee in mid- June. ...
Genie Risley (02/18/08)
Genie Risley, 67, Warsaw, Mo., formerly of Cushing, after a long battle with cancer, lost her battle on Jan. 28, 2008. As per her wishes there will be no memorial. Genie is survived by her husband, Dudley Risley of Warsaw, Mo.; daughter, Dina Huffman (Louie) of Aurelia; son, Allen Dirks of Harlan; daughter, Deb Peck of Kiron and six grandchildren...
Janet A. Goettsch (02/18/08)
Janet A. Goettsch, age 64, of Washta died Friday, Feb. 8, 2008, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City. Funeral services were held on Feb. 12 at the Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home in Holstein. Pastor Shari O'Bannon from Westminster Presbyterian Church in Ida Grove officiated. Burial was in the Holstein Cemetery...
Hill and Murphy/daughter (02/18/08)
Zach Hill and Malori Murphy of Marcus are pleased to announce the birth of the daughter. Kaegan Kay Hill was born on Feb. 7, 2008 at 7:01 p.m. and weighed 8 lbs. and 1 oz. and measured 21 inches long. Grandparents are Donald Herrmann of Remsen and Carla Murphy of Marcus and Chuck and Vicki Hill of Meriden...
Cowan/son (02/18/08)
Wade and Mary Cowan of Cherokee are pleased to announce the birth of their son. Brody Bryan Cowan was born on Feb. 7 at 7 a.m. he weighed 7 lbs. and 6 oz. and measured 20 inches long. Welcoming Brody home is his older sister Becca. Grandparents are Kelly Perrin and Teri Perrin, Monica Cowan and the late Bray (Butch) Cowan...
Poduska/Bartel engagement (02/18/08)
Annette Poduska of Des Moines and Jared Bartel of Ames are pleased to announce their engagement and plans for a July 5 wedding in Ames. Annette is the daughter of Dr. Larry and Judy Poduska of Lisbon. She is a 2003 Lisbon High School graduate and received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2007 at Iowa State University. She is currently works Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines...
Basic Biittner : Which 'Home State?' (02/18/08)
During news coverage of "Super Duper Tuesday" last week, a newscaster referred to Illinois as Senator Obama's "home state" and to New York as Senator Clinton's "home state." It led me to wonder - just what state should be designated someone's "home state?"...
From the Midway:Feel good legislation (02/18/08)
A disturbing trend has been emerging in our government over the last decade or so. Laws are being made on the State and Federal level, heck even on county level, to protect us citizens against the greatest threat of all time, ourselves. I'm referring to laws that I like to call common sense law. ...
Gray Matters: Warm Thoughts In Mid-Winter (02/18/08)
I recently heard it rumored that some local women were starting a Garden Club. Just a short while before that I had been bemoaning the fact that such delightful organizations seemed to be things of the past. Happily, as I followed up on the rumor, I found it to be a fact. ...
Children need supervision on computer (02/18/08)
The arrest of an Iowa man recently for five counts of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl, underlines the need for parents to monitor their children's use of the computer. Anthony McGrew, 23, of Melbourne, was charged after an investigation by the Story County sheriff's office showed he allegedly had two encounters with the girl after contacting her in late October through her MySpace.com Web page...
Good stewards of the Earth (02/18/08)
The movement toward a more environmentally friendly lifestyle is largely propelled by enlightened individuals and organizations rather than the government, so it is not surprising that an interdenominational faith based group "Cool Congregations" is advocating activities that reduce carbon emissions...