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Stories from Thursday, April 30, 2009

RJ Thomas Mfg. Company celebrates 50 years in Cherokee (04/30/09)
Business thrives based on quality products, family values R.J. Thomas Mfg. Company was officially incorporated on May 1 in 1959 by R.J. and Doris Thomas, the result of a lifelong vision held by R.J. As a child, he was fascinated by anything mechanical and dismantled old Maytag washing machines. He worked with his peers in high school to build a glider. As a student at Iowa State College, R.J. discovered the discipline of engineering and knew that's where he belonged...
Exploring the prairie (04/30/09)
SUTHERLAND - With over a decade of planning, the Prairie Heritage Center (PHC) opened near Sutherland on Nov. 30, 2006. The Little Sioux Valley Conservation Association and the O'Brien County Conservation Board oversee the Center. Since then, the PHC has provided many educational and historic events. ...
Parade of People (04/30/09)
On April 23, student from Roosevelt Elementary School took part in Parade of People program. The students from Meribeth Adams Fourth grade class recently read biographies of famous people and gave a short performance on what they learned about that person that they selected. The student not only dressed as their subjects they gave their performances as if they were that famous person...
Sutherland welcomes you (04/30/09)
Hard times eased by hometown customers (04/30/09)
Sometimes being a small town business owner isn't easy, but on most occasions it provides a satisfaction for helping people that can't be beat. Sharon Litka, owner of Main Market and Hometown Variety, can relate to both, especially with the struggling economy and higher expenses...
Business is good because of community (04/30/09)
Sutherland Lumber Company has been part of the Sutherland community for quite some time but many people don't realize how important it is to the family who now owns it. Doug and Char Sweeney have had ownership in Sutherland Lumber Co. since 1999 and took over as the full time owners in 2003. But even before that Doug Sweeney was an employee at the lumber yard...
New firehouse provided through donations (04/30/09)
Sutherland and the surrounding area will soon be served by a new fire station facility built in the industrial center in Sutherland. The new building came into discussion already in 2006, but didn't get underway until April 2008. The new fire house was estimated to cost approximately $300,000, which is being raised solely by donations to the department. Now with on $60,000 left to raise, the building is up and almost completed for the volunteer department to start using...
Coffee and music brews at Amped Up (04/30/09)
Amped Up Café and Hales Guitars just celebrated their one year anniversary in February and is hoping their success continues. The business developed out of a home based business bursting at the seams for Dan and Melissa Hale. When Dan broke his back and couldn't return to work, his wife encouraged him to find a hobby that could help him through his difficult time. ...
Main thoroughfare (04/30/09)
Downtown Sutherland (04/30/09)
Spring fever opens up camp grounds (04/30/09)
Cherokee and surrounding towns tote some of the best parks and camp grounds in northwest Iowa but so many of them are not known about. Dog Creek, located just southeast of Sutherland, consists of 110 acres of park land and 28 acres of water surface for camp enthusiasts. The park area is made up of hills filled with trees and open grass land for camping and dining. Hiking trails can be found all along the lake and through the land that can host 29 campers and also has two cabins...
Sign of the times (04/30/09)
Welcome to Calumet (04/30/09)
Ag Partners booming this spring (04/30/09)
Tractors pulling plows, sprayers and planters cover the fields and roads these days as the weather holds warm enough for farmers to plant crops keeping Ag Partners of Sutherland and Calumet hopping. "Now is a really busy time," said Mike Conover, location leader for Calumet and Sutherland. "We are out spreading fertilizer and delivering seed corn right now."...
Perfect tennis Braves sweep E-LC Cherokee boys now 6-0 this season (04/30/09)
ESTHERVILLE - The undefeated Cherokee Braves tennis team stayed the course again here Monday night, sweeping Estherville-LC 9-0 in Lakes Conference action. The Braves top four players - Cole Egger at #1, Cole Renken at #2, Gregor Pritzlaff at #3, and Nick Parker at #4 kept their unbeaten streaks intact in both singles and doubles action so far this season...
WHS tennis girls drop two matches (04/30/09)
The Cherokee Washington High girls tennis squad stayed busy this week, playing back-to-back Lakes Conference meets Monday and Tuesday nights. Cherokee lost 9-0 Monday night against Estherville-LC in Cherokee, and Tuesday night dropped another 9-0 decision at Spencer...
Aurelia will host youth softball tourney (04/30/09)
AURELIA - Information is available for coaches planning on registering a team for the Aurelia Majors (grades 6-8) Youth Softball Tourney on May 16. For more information and registration forms, visit www.leaguelineup.com/ayl or e-mail us at aureliayouthleague@hotmail.com...
WHS teams run in Cherokee Co-ed (04/30/09)
The injury-riddled Cherokee track and field squads did their best against a quality field at Tuesday's Cherokee Co-ed Relays. In the boys competition, the Braves notched four fourth-place finishes to highlight the meet, with Kyle Schuck fourth in the 110 hurdles in 15.66, Dan Bieber fourth in the 400 meters in 53.20, Cody Stowater fourth in the shot put with a 45-08 1/2 effort, and Keaton Tuttle fourth in the discus with a 129-06 throw...
7th grade boys track runs at Sheldon (04/30/09)
SHELDON - The Cherokee Middle School 7th grade boys' track team participated at the Sheldon Relays, and the young Braves tallied 50 points to place 4th among the five teams competing. Cherokee won four events, including the 4 x 800 relay (Carlos Aguilar, Jose Freed, Luke Zieman, and Blake Booth), in a time of 10:33; the sprint medley relay (Andy Pitts, Freed, Zieman, and Booth), in 2:05; Carlos Aguilar in the 1600 meter run (5:59), and Blake Booth in the 800 meter run (2:05)...
Aurelia track girls place 7th at S-C (04/30/09)
SCHALLER - The Aurelia Bulldog girls competed at the Schaller-Crestland Invitational Track Meet on Tuesday, and scored 20 points to place seventh out of 11 teams. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Shaina Thevenin, who scored in three individual events. The sophomore placed 2nd in the long jump (14-11 3/4), 3rd in the 200 meter dash (29.68), and 5th in the 100 meter dash (13.83)...
Brock Campbell named to Honor Society (04/30/09)
BROOKINGS, So. Dak. - Four members of the 2008 South Dakota State University football senior class recently earned membership in the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame's Hampshire Honor Society. Nationally, a total of 564 players from 266 schools qualified for membership. Jackrabbits honored were:...
Sheryl Kay Messerole (04/30/09)
Sheryl Kay Messerole, 66, of Sergeant Bluff and formerly of Cherokee died Monday April 27, 2009 at the St. Lukes Regional Medical Center, Sioux City, following a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday May 1, 2009 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Cherokee, Iowa. ...
Huitt/ daughter (04/30/09)
Andrew and Heidi Huitt of Maxwell, Iowa, are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Sabrina Kaylynn Huitt, on March 29, 2009. Sabrina weighed 8 lb. 11 oz. and measured 20 inches long at her birth. Grandparents are Sandy Gustafson of Cherokee and Rick and Judy Huitt of Perry...
At the library (04/30/09)
I think its time to write about some new books that have arrived at the Cherokee Public Library. It seems like they come in spurts and spring has produced a bonanza of enticing authors and titles. I am currently reading Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas. It takes place during the depression high in the Rocky Mountains where an old woman is sharing her story with a new arrival in the mining community. Quilting plays a large part and the descriptions of the landscape are wonderful...
Sharing R.J. Thomas success story (04/30/09)
All things considered, few businesses can compare to the outstanding success story that is R.J. Thomas Manufacturing Company of Cherokee. We join in saluting the 50th Anniversary of the long-time Cherokee business, with its humble beginnings and remarkable, continuous growth fueled by market and technological adaptations bordering on genius...