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Stories from Tuesday, May 13, 2008

County approves voting machines (05/13/08)
The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors approved the purchase of three electronic ballot-marking machines to be used in conjunction with eight machines provided through the state. The $18,000 purchase by the county will allow all locations for all elections to be to use the same voting system, which satisfies state and federal laws regarding voting accessibility for disabled people...
HI goes International (05/13/08)
When they named their new company last year, Harvest International founders Byron Friesen and Jeff Sivinski anticipated that the company would eventually market their product globally but they didn't anticipate that they would be shipping their high capacity grain augers overseas less than a year after production began at the manufacturing plant in Cherokee...
Carlsons concentrate on structure and growth in building herd (05/13/08)
When Dr. Mark Carlson moved to his farm on the north edge of Cherokee in 1984, he began raising cattle. Starting with crossbred cows, the veterinarian/farmer switched over to purebreds over a period of time,and now has approximately 160 head of purebreds - mostly Angus and a few Polled Herefords...
NW Iowa planting on schedule (05/13/08)
Corn planting is about half completed in northwest and west central Iowa and soybean planting will soon be in full swing, according to Joel DeJong, ISU Extension Crop Specialist. Other areas of the state are not so fortunate, according to DeJong. In central and southeast Iowa, almost no corn planting has taken place. DeJong stated that the reason for the lack of planting progress in other parts of the state is too much rain...
CMS students explore DNA (05/13/08)
Extracting and eating DNA captivated 7th grade Cherokee students studying genetics with the ISU Biotechnology Outreach Education Center on April 15. Cherokee Middle School Science teacher Diane Rochleau's students worked together to prepare banana solutions to extract DNA from the samples. ...
2008 Prom court (05/13/08)
Recently Washington High School held its 2008 prom. This year's Prom court are from left to right, back row: Kody Decker, Allie Chase, Queen Marrisa Leissler, King Eric Groves, Jesselyn Racine, Kyle Ruehle. Front row: Zach Staver, Jodi Carlson, Megan Anderson, Joel Long. Photo by Doug Pierson of Pierson Photography...
Award winner (05/13/08)
Cherokee Police Dog "Shiloh" poses with the two trophies she won in the USPCA Region 21 K-9 competition from April 27-30. Shiloh won 4th place in the overall competition, and she and her handler, Officer Adam Roberts, also teamed with two dogs from Webster Co. and one from Pocahontas Co. (and their handlers) to take 2nd in the Team competition. Shiloh has thus qualified to compete in the National competition in Nashville, Tenn.,to be held in May. Photo by Dan Whitney...
Sesquicentennial Committee buries time capsule (05/13/08)
Members of the Cherokee Sesquicentennial Committee met at Gillette Park recently to place objects into the Sesquicentennial time capsule. The committee decided to place the capsule next to the Centennial Shelter. This project has been in the works for over two years. Committee members and friends gathered items from the Cherokee Sesquicentennial celebration that was held two years ago...
Board hears from CRMC/Public Health (05/13/08)
The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors met at the lower level of the Cherokee County Courthouse for their regular meeting on Tuesday April 28. The Board had a shortened agenda and first met with LeAnn Hammer and Connie Mohn of the Cherokee Regional Medical Center's Public Health, who presented the Board with their 2009 Local Health Service contract. ...
Trail Ride & Chuck Wagon Feed at Martin's Access (05/13/08)
The Cherokee County Conservation Board, Cherokee Arena Committee, and Cherokee Rodeo Board are putting on a Trail Ride at Martin's Access on Memorial Day weekend, May 24-25. Riding will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 24, and there will be a Free Will Donation Chuck Wagon Feed, open to the public, at 6:30 p.m., courtesy of Hy-Vee Food Store and Tyson Retail Deli of Cherokee. All proceeds will go to the Martin's Access Addition Project...
A Smart Car (05/13/08)
People around Cherokee may have noticed this car parked downtown in recent weeks. The car's owner, Jim Clabaugh, shows off his "Smart Car," so-called because of its efficient use of fuel and ease of parking. The cars have been commonplace in Europe for several years, and will no doubt be more visible here soon. Photo by Dan Whitney...
Times Gone By (05/13/08)
100 years ago Oren Garwood, who until recently was manager of the Jas. Roberson lumber yard, left town last Wednesday without informing anyone of his destination. After reaching Sioux City he wrote back to Mrs. Garwood, saying that he was going many miles away and telling her not to look for him. ...
Tennis Braves clip Storm Lake (05/13/08)
Cherokee 2nd in Lakes; Ruehle undefeated in singles STORM LAKE - It was a tough battle, but the Cherokee Braves nicked Storm Lake 5-4 in Lakes Conference tennis action here Monday night to clinch second place in the conference for the second consecutive season...
Bulldogs prep for District at Laurens (05/13/08)
LAURENS - The Aurelia Boys track team ran in the Charger Relays here on May 5th, which gave them a chance to become familiar with the track on which they'll compete in May 10th's Class 1A District Meet. The Bulldogs captured a couple of first-place medals on their way to a team total of 50 points, good for fifth place in a meet won by the host school with 153 points...
WHS girls tumble to Storm Lake (05/13/08)
Visiting Storm Lake hammered the Cherokee Washington High girls tennis squad 8-1 in Lakes Conference action here May 5th that signaled the end of the 2008 regular season. For Cherokee, Michelle McGarry beat Dah Khamphavongsa 10-7 at number four singles for her team's lone victory...
Aurelia Bulldogs second in boys NWC golf meet (05/13/08)
AURELIA - The Newell-Fonda boys took first place in the fifth Northwest Conference Golf Meet, held on the Aurelia Golf Course here on Monday. The host Bulldogs finished second in the team competition and Sioux Central placed third. NF used 157 strokes in winning the meet, Aurelia had 169, Sioux Central 173, Storm Lake St. Mary's 176, Laurens-Marathon 188, Pomeroy-Palmer 190 and Alta 191...
River Valley. MMC girls compete at Blackhawk Invite (05/13/08)
Wolverines set two school marks HINTON - The powerful Lawton-Bronson girls' track team scored 126 points to take first place in Class B at Monday's Blackhawk Invitational Girls' Track Meet here, as Gehlen Cathoic finished second with 105.5 points. Area schools River Valley and Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn both competed in Class B as well, with the Wolverines finishing fifth with 54 points and the Eagles sixth, with 46 points...
Cherokee girls fifth in Lakes golf (05/13/08)
OKOBOJI - The Cherokee Washington High girls placed fifth in the Lakes Conference Girls Golf Tournament, held on the Okoboji Vu golf course at the Iowa Great Lakes on May 5th. Spirit Lake took the team title with an 18-hole team score of 377, followed by Spencer, 387; Emmetsburg, 403; Estherville-LC, 425; Cherokee, 445; Sheldon, 453; Storm Lake, 459; LeMars, 487; and Hull Western Christian, 492...
WHS teams compete in Lakes meet (05/13/08)
Koch ties school record in winning high jump ESTHERVILLE - The Cherokee Washington High girls placed fifth and the boys seventh at the Lakes Conference Co-ed Relays here on May 5th. Spirit Lake Park won the girls team title with 158.33 points, followed by Storm Lake 132.33, Hull Western Christian 74, Emmetsburg 45.33, Cherokee 44, Estherville-LC 40, Sheldon 40, Spencer 29, and Le Mars 26...
Aurelia's Bruce shines in tough competition (05/13/08)
FORT DODGE - The Aurelia High School boys' track and field squad headed into some pretty stiff competition on May 1, running against the likes of West Des Moines Valley, Fort Dodge, and Des Moines Roosevelt and Hoover, at the Dodger Relays here. The Bulldogs placed eighth out of eight teams in the team standings, totaling 17 points, but did have another outstanding performance from the man who has provided many such performances over the course of a stellar four-year athletic career at Aurelia...
Le Mars girls blitz Cherokee in tennis (05/13/08)
LE MARS - A talented Le Mars girls tennis team blitzed the Cherokee Washington High girls 9-0 in Lakes Conference action here on May 1. In singles action for Cherokee, Shannon Schroeder lost 10-1 to Samantha Rich at number one, Demi Dunn lost 10-5 to Caitlin Bauerly at two, Allie Parker lost 10-5 to Amelia Stonesifer at three, Michelle McGarry lost 10-1 to Natalie Miller at four, Korriane Aguirre lost 10-3 to Haley Switalski at five, and Sanna Miller lost 10-1 to Erica Westhoff at six...
Gimped Braves run at Spencer Relays (05/13/08)
SPENCER - A partial Cherokee Braves track and field squad came home with two third-place finishes at the recent Spencer Relays. The Braves have been fighting nagging injuries to several performers and they did not compete at Spencer. Drew Lugar clocked a 15.78 time in the 110 hurdles to claim third place, and the Braves' shuttle hurdle relay of Lugar, Matt Koch, Kyle Schuck, and Nolan Sampson was third in a time of 1:03.78...
Smith new Braves basketball coach (05/13/08)
Alta coach boasts 61-8 record in 3 years with Cyclones Bart Smith, Alta's varsity boys basketball coach, has accepted the boys varsity basketball position at Cherokee Washington High School. Smith, who posted a superb 61-8 record in his three years at Alta, will also teach Physical Education and serve as an assistant football coach for the Braves. He started serving as Alta boys head basketball coach in August, 2005...
Nelson 2nd in GPAC (05/13/08)
SIOUX CITY - Kara Nelson, Morningside College freshman from Cherokee, finished second in the women's 1500 meter run at Saturday's GPAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sioux City. Nelson, the daughter of Jim and Susan Nelson, ran the event in a time of 4:43.03. Both the Morningside men's and women's teams finished fifth in this year's conference championships, up one spot from last year...
Janette (Sjostrom) Prince (05/13/08)
Jan Prince, 85, who died on Dec. 15, 2007 in Sioux City, was laid to rest at Oak Hill Cemetery in Cherokee on May 9, 2008. Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee was in charge of arrangements. Jan was born in Remsen, to Ernst and Sena Sjostrom, grew up in Cherokee and lived there until 1949, when she moved to Sioux City with her husband, Jack, and their two sons. ...
Louise Ockerman (05/13/08)
Louise Ockerman, 83, of Cherokee, formerly of Adel, passed away Thursday evening, May 1, 2008 at Careage Hills in Cherokee. Memorial services were held Saturday, May 10, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Christian Church at Adel. Pastor Tony Thurston officiated. Burial was in the Corydon Cemetery at Corydon. The Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee assisted the family with the arrangements...
Donald L. Groff (05/13/08)
Donald L. Groff, 84, of Cherokee, passed away Sunday, May 4, 2008 at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center following a one year battle with cancer. Funeral services were held on Thursday, May 8, at 2 p.m. at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee, with Pastor Jim Steen and Pastor Delmar Carlson officiating. Burial was at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery at Aurelia...
Ross/son (05/13/08)
Brian and Natalie (Jentz) Ross became parents of their first child, a son, born on April 18, 2008. Justin William Ross was born at 6:52 p.m. He weighed 6 lbs. and 15 oz. and measured 20 inches long. Grandparents are Bill and Judy Jentz of Cherokee and Tom and Shirley Ross of Vancouver, Wash...
Mullins and Smith/son (05/13/08)
Jeremiah Mullins and Kelly Smith of Larrabee are pleased to announce the birth of their son. Jack Edward Mullins was born on April 11, 2008 at 9:26 p.m. He weighed 7 lbs. and 3 oz. and measured 21 inches long. Grandparents are Roger and Rennae Smith of Meriden and Bonnie Mullins of Cherokee and Ray Mullins of Peterson...
Mattson/daughter (05/13/08)
Brian and Monica Mattson of Alta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter. Kaylee Britt Mattson was born on April 19, 2008 at 4:12 a.m. She weighed 6 lbs. and 15 oz. and measured 19 inches long. Welcoming Kaylee home was her brother Kyler...
Gronberg and Mohn/daughter (05/13/08)
Erik Gronberg and Kendra Mohn of Delafield, Wis. Are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter. Annika Christine Marie Gronberg was born on April 15, 2008. She weighed 9 lbs and measured 19.5 inches long. Grandparents are Jim and Connie Mohn of Cherokee and Karl and Sharon Gronberg of Austin, Texas...
Ferrin/son (05/13/08)
Mark and Christina Ferrin of Conway, Ark. are pleased to announce the birth of their son David James Cole Ferrin. He was born on January 19, 2008 at 9:42 p.m. He weighed 7 lbs. and 2 oz. and measured 18 inches long. Welcoming David home was his brother Scott and his two sisters Cheyenne and Savannah...
Crespo and Tutt/son (05/13/08)
Daniel Crespo and Anastasia Tutt of Cherokee are pleased to announce the birth of their son. Bruce Christopher Jaik Tutt was born on April 19, 2008 at 9:38 a.m. He weighed 6 lbs. and 12 oz. and measured 18.5 inches long. Grandparents are Wilfredo and Dianne Crespo of Chicago, Ill. and Dawn and Bernie Tutt of Marcus...
Smith/Buckendahl wedding (05/13/08)
Molly Smith and Doug Buckendahl exchanged marriage vows on Dec. 29, 2007 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee. Rev. Kendra Mohn officiated the ceremony. A reception and dance followed at the Western Iowa Tech Center in Cherokee. The bride is the daughter of John and Marcia Smith of Aurelia. The groom is the son of Jerry and Vernie Buckendahl of Alta...
Phipps/Sosnowski engagement (05/13/08)
Jamie Phipps, daughter of Neil and Jodi Phipps of Cherokee and Chris Sosnowski, son of Chester and Julia Sosnowski of Roscoe, Ill. will be married June 12, 2008. The couple will have a beach ceremony at North Topsail Beach, North Carolina. Families of the couple will host a reception to celebrate in Des Moines on July 12, 2008...
Basic Biittner - Thoughts on Motherhood (05/13/08)
We ran this column previously, but feel it's very appropriate as we just celebrated the one day a year, Mother's Day, that we set aside to honor the ladies who have meant so much to us throughout our lives. We especially dedicate this to new mothers, like Kendi Mohn.
From the Midway: If you can't talk to me right then I'll just leave (05/13/08)
One thing I've noticed while living in this day and age is how people act while on their cell phone. I'm not talking about the dangers of talking on your cell phone while you're driving but how rude people have become while talking on their phone Don't people know how annoying it is for other people to have to listen to a one-sided conversation that has absolutely nothing to do with anything that concerns the people that are not part of said conversation?...
The spirit of a hotel (05/13/08)
I haven't traveled that widely, or stayed in enough good hotels to be much of a judge. So when my daughter remarked that all such places seem to share a certain style that sets them apart, it started me thinking. She went on to observe that many fine hotels are near tourist attractions, so they have certain elements of gaiety and celebration about them. ...
Hoping for more than a breeze (05/13/08)
We will soon switch our thermostats from "heat" to "cool" and concerns about a constant and clean source of electricity will begin to become news. With all of the talk about high oil and gasoline costs, as well as high natural gas costs, many consumers are looking into electric heat pumps to heat and cool their homes...
Homeowners beware (05/13/08)
With the arrival of spring, numerous contractors become busy with home repairs and improvements. Most such businesses are legitimate. Unfortunately, there are some that are not. Scam artists move from home to home and from town to town to take advantage of homeowners by promising much and delivering little or nothing. They might offer a free inspection of a foundation, furnace, roof or other structure, then report urgent problems that are likely non-existent...
Check adapters for energy waste (05/13/08)
They're called lots of names, such as external power supplies, power blocks, power bricks, and chargers, and they're an integral part of a wide variety of electronic products. Power adapters convert AC voltage from a wall outlet to the DC voltage that charges the batteries in - or directly powers - cell phones, cordless phones, laptop computers, calculators, tools, digital cameras, camcorders, answering machines, and many other devices...