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Stories from Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Anti-smoking Demonstration (02/10/09)
Cherokee High School's JEL (Just Eliminate Lies) organization put on a "440 demonstration" on Feb. 2 at a home basketball game. The demonstration had a group of 110 people wearing a number lay down on the gym floor. Audience members were told to multiply that number by 4, symbolizing the number of deaths from second-hand smoke in the state of Iowa every year. Photo by Sarah Gengler...
Supervisors conduct county business (02/10/09)
The Cherokee Board of Supervisors met for its regular meeting on Feb. 2. Addressing the Board was Don Fiser, board member of the Cherokee County Emergency Medical Service. Fiser submitted a budget request for $10,000 for the 2009/2010 fiscal year. The funding request goes toward training explained Fiser to the Board of Supervisors. The funds also help in the reimbursement to paramedics who continue with additional training...
Senior Center Kick-off Pot Luck Feb. 11 (02/10/09)
Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Julie Hering-Kent and City Recreation Director Dave Ellis encourage all area "senior citizens" to bring a covered dish to the lower level of the Cherokee Community Center at noon on Wednesday, February 11, for a "kick-off" potluck lunch for the new Senior Center...
Times Gone By (02/10/09)
The real thing in the way of a blizzard while it lasted came Monday night and Tuesday. It lacked the three day period of which the pioneers of the seventies are wont to tell, but while it lasted it was fierce. Monday afternoon there were flurries of snow changing during the night to sleet with warmer temperature which is a characteristic of the blizzard. ...
Dress for a good cause (02/10/09)
A fundraising event will be held on Sunday, Feb. 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Cherokee Community Center (lower level) for Ava Simonsen. Ava was recently diagnosed with leukemia. Prom dresses have been donated from girls all over the state of Iowa. Organizers will be selling these "like new" dresses for a fraction of the original selling price...
Hats for Hannah! (02/10/09)
The students and staff at MMC Elementary recently displayed their support for fellow student Hannah Pigott and the JDRF by wearing hats to school and making donations to help find a cure for diabetes. Shari Lenhoff's Begindergarten class, in particular, proved that they were solidly behind their classmate Hannah (front row, center,) who has been diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes. Photo by Ron Flewelling...
Cherokee County farm couple receive 2008 Pork All American Award (02/10/09)
The Iowa Pork Producers Association recently named a Cherokee County couple as the winner of the Pork All-American Award for 2008. Dana and Nicky Sleezer own and operate Sleezer, Inc., and Sleezer Fertility Center near Aurelia. The couple received the award at the 2009 Iowa Pork Congress Banquet at the Des Moines Marriott Hotel on Wednesday January 28...
MMC students perform in NW Iowa Choral Festival (02/10/09)
These seven Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn High School students were selected to participate in the 49th annual Northwest Iowa Choral Director's Association Choral Festival, which was held on the Dordt College campus in Sioux Center, on Feb. 9. The 300 -plus voice choir, representing about 45 high schools from Northwest Iowa, presented a concert in ther B.J. Hann Chapel. This year's director was Dave DeHoogh-Kliewer from the University of Sioux Falls...
MMC boys tumble in second half (02/10/09)
MARCUS - Visiting West Sioux outscored the hard-luck Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn boys 18-7 in the third quarter, to abscond from a 27-23 halftime deficit on the way to a 61-52 victory here Tuesday night. Over all, the Falcons outscored MMC 38-25 in the second half to get the War Eagle Conference win...
Bulldog teams split with Wildcats (02/10/09)
SCHALLER - The Aurelia Bulldog basketball teams played a Northwest Conference double dip here on Feb. 3, and came away with one win. In the opener, the Bulldog girls trailed throughout the contest, and lost to the Rockets,47-25. No one scored in double figures for the Bulldogs, who were led by Meghan Glawe's eight points. Erin Laursen scored six, Audrey Winterhof five, and Amber Loucks four for Coach Tim Galvin's young team, which has but a single win on the season...
MMC wrestlers win double dual (02/10/09)
MARCUS - Blaine Dammann pinned both his opponents and Jerad Letsche pinned one and beat the other by decision to post double winner status for Marcus-Meriden-Cleghron at a Feb. 2nd wrestling double dual here, which also featured Sioux Central and Kingsley-Pierson...
Pirates top RV in tourney (02/10/09)
IDA GROVE - The Galva-Holstein Pirates broke open a tight contest in the second half, and went on to beat River Valley, 64-49, in Western Valley Conference Tournament action here on Feb. 3. Galva-Holstein boys basketball coach Bob Lee said his team "did a real nice job of spreading the ball around tonight. Our defense stepped up in the second half, and was really the difference in the game for us."...
Busy G-H girls win one of three (02/10/09)
The busy Galva-Holstein girls won one of three recent basketball games, defeating Westwood 45-36, losing 64-59 to Kingsley-Pierson in overtime, and falling 55-52 to Woodbury Central also in overtime. Victoria Andresen led the Pirates against Westwood with 18 points, and Heather Joslin added 15. ...
Cherokee clips Storm Lake (02/10/09)
Cherokee's talented Braves basketball team withstood an 18-14 Storm Lake scoring run in the third quarter and hung in there late with a stiff defense to defeat the Tornaodes for the second time this season 48-45 here on Feb. 2. Matt Koch led three Braves in double-figure scoring with 16 points, followed by Tyler Jones 12, and Brock Dagel 11. Taylor Anderson led Storm Lake with 13 points, and Michael McCabe and Courtney Goodchild added 10 apiece...
Storm Lake girls hit Cherokee (02/10/09)
Rated Storm Lake broke out to a 16-5 lead in the first quarter and sustained that margin into a 28-10 halftime lead on the way to a decisive 70-31 conquest of the youthful Cherokee Washington High girls basketball team here on Feb. 3. Freshman Jackie Wilson led Cherokee's scoring with eight points, while freshman Shanon Shaefer added five, and Julianne Miller four...
AGHSC Stonecutters 1-2 at ESC meet (02/10/09)
WALL LAKE - The Aurelia/Galva-Holstein/Schaller-Crestland Stonecutters traveled to Wall Lake on Feb. 3 to compete in a Quadrangular wrestling meet with Alta, Storm Lake, and host East Sac County. AGHSC went 1-2 in their dual matches. The dual with East Sac wrapped up the young Stonecutters' dual meet season, and the win gave them a 7-21 record for the dual season...
Stonecutters 1-4 at Sioux Center Duals (02/10/09)
SIOUX CENTER - Aurelia/Galva-Holstein/Schaller-Crestland competed in the tough Sioux Center Duals on Jan. 30, and went 1-4 in their dual matches. The Stonecutters lost their first dual to Central Lyon, by a 55-18 score, then fell to Rock Valley/Boyden-Hull, 49-21; Sergeant Bluff-Luton, 58-22; and host Sioux Center, 64-15, before finishing up with a 42-24 win over Kingsley-Pierson...
Spencer wins Lakes wrestling title (02/10/09)
SPENCER - Host Spencer captured the 2008-2009 Lakes Conference Wrestling Team Title here on Jan. 30, totaling 243 points to runner-up Sheldon-South O'Brien's 191. Emmetsburg-AR was third with 190.5, one-half point behind SSO, followed by Storm Lake 176, Spirit Lake Park 148, Le Mars 117, Cherokee 71, Hull Western Christian 44.5, and Estherville-LC 38...
River Valley girls fall to K-P Panthers (02/10/09)
CORRECTIONVILLE - Visiting Kingsley-Pierson sneaked past River Valley's girls 62-54 in a competitive basketball game here last week. Charlee Brewer led the host Wolverines with 16 points, while Emily Todd added 13, and Amber Bauer nine. Rodd paced RV on the glass with seven rebounds, followed by Bauer with five, and Sarah Byers with four. Kari Ludvigson led Rver Valley with four assists...
RV boys clip Westwood, 50-49 (02/10/09)
CORRECTIONVILLE - The River Valley boys advanced in the first round of the Western Valley Conference Tournament on Feb. 2, with a close one-point verdict over Westwood. Ethan Todd made a basket after an offensive rebound in the closing seconds, and RV was then able to defend a last-second jump shot at the buzzer to gain the 50-49 victory...
Pirates top R-U in OT, 60-57 (02/10/09)
HOLSTEIN - The Galva-Holstein boys basketball team "played a real good first half" against Remsen-Union here on Feb. 2, in Western Valley Conference tournament action. But, said Pirate coach Bob Lee, his team "got a little complacent in the second half." As a result, the Rockets outscored the Pirates 26-11 in the fourth quarter and R-U fought real hard to get back in the game, and then extend it to overtime...
Pirates overcome RV in OT, 68-62 (02/10/09)
HOLSTEIN - In their boys' basketball match-up with River Valley here on Jan. 30th, the Galva-Holstein Pirates "played pretty sloppy in the first half, with many turnovers," according to their coach, Bob Lee. But, he said, they "played a much cleaner second half with a lot less turnovers."...
SB-L Warriors sweep MMC teams (02/10/09)
MARCUS - Tough Sergeant Bluff-Luton blew by the youthful Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn basketball teams here on Jan. 30, with the SB-L girls claiming the opener 65-39, and the boys winning the nightcap 82-37. Kayla Foresman scored 12 points, and Rachel McDermott 11 to lead the host Eagles, while Jena Mittelstadt tallied nine points...
Doris V. Roseen (02/10/09)
Doris V. Roseen, 87, of Marcus, died Wednesday Feb. 4, 2009 in the Heartland Care Center in Marcus, following a lengthy illness. Funeral services were held on Saturday Feb. 7 at the Grace United Methodist Church in Marcus, Pastor Gary McDonough officiating. Burial was in the Marcus Amherst Cemetery in Marcus Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee was in charge of arrangements...
Winding roads: Time for a change (02/10/09)
Obama says he won his office because folks agreed with his one main phrase, "Time for a change." He may very well be right. Once again, too many Americans do not read, study and think about really is being said and just stay on on top of the surface of all issues. I for one became disenchanted with our former president but wow, what are we headed for now? The Democrats think they have an open checkbook...
Planning your gardening health (02/10/09)
Despite the frigid temperatures and icy, snowy weather that have plagued us this winter, rest assured it won't be long until the first robins return to brighten our days and make us think of beautiful, refreshing Spring! For many, Spring means it's time for the enjoyable rigors of annual gardening. ...
Travel abroad? You bet! (02/10/09)
We continue to be amazed at the ever-growing phenomenon of the vast array of overseas travel now afforded our college students through their schools, and sometimes even targeting our junior high and high school students. Such trips are shocking on several levels, especially for students from the 60s and 70s, whose "big trip" each school year was maybe a skip day at the local roller skating rink, or a short bus trip to the city museum...