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Stories from Thursday, January 14, 2010

Jazz and Blues Festival Music Clinic at CMS (01/14/10)
The Jim Oatts Quintet will host the final event of the 2010 Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival, as they lead the Music Clinic at Cherokee Middle School this Friday . Starting time is 9 a.m., and it is scheduled to last until 3:30 p.m. (Note These times are different from the earlier scheduled times of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)...
Aurelia Board approves football sharing (01/14/10)
AURELIA - The Aurelia School Board approved the football sharing agreement with the Alta School District for the fall of 2010 at the monthly meeting Monday, but finalization of the agreement will require Alta Board approval and a review of insurance coverage before it becomes finalized...
Chamber Coffee (01/14/10)
This Friday's Cherokee Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Friday at Aventure Staffing, 107 S. 2nd St., and will include a red-ribbon cutting.
MMC Foundation plans night to celebrate education (01/14/10)
MARCUS - The Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn Education Foundation, along with members of the 2010 Senior Class, is hosting an event to honor those people who have contributed scholarships for graduating seniors and those individuals who have served on the MMC Education Foundation board...
Iowa's Farmers Offer "Free Groceries for a Year!" (01/14/10)
DES MOINES (Jan. 11, 2010) -- Whoever said there's no such thing as a free lunch has never met Iowa's farmers! In fact, they will be offering all Iowa residents the chance to win free groceries for breakfast, lunch, and dinner -- for an entire year!...
2010 EQIP signup continues for Cherokee County (01/14/10)
Signup continues for Cherokee County agricultural producers to receive financial and technical assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), a voluntary program for farmers to protect soil, water and other natural resources on their land...
State budget reform tops list for Farm Bureau (01/14/10)
Farm Bureau members across Iowa believe that sound budgeting practices protect Iowa's resources, families, and taxpayers. "Iowa's success over the next few years depends on responsible budget reform this year," said Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) President Craig Lang, on the heels of Governor Culver's Condition of the State Address. "We look forward to sharing our plan for budget reform with the Governor and state lawmakers."

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Iowa grocers roll out plastic bag recycling initiative (01/14/10)
DES MOINES -- Iowans will see something new when they enter the grocery store that is intended to help change consumer habits and create awareness for plastic bag recycling. Starting January 11, customers entering Iowa grocery stores will get their first look at Build with Bags, a program led by Iowa grocers to encourage the recycling of plastic bags. ...
Iowa Soybean Association responds to USDA crop report (01/14/10)
ANKENY, Iowa-- According to a recent United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) crop report, soybean production is pegged at a record high 3.361 billion bushels, up from the last USDA projection of 3.319 billion bushels and up 8 percent from last year...
USDA projects record corn crop and yield (01/14/10)
WASHINGTON, D.C.,-- USDA projects U.S. corn production at a record 13.2 billion bushels. This is up from 12.9 billion bushels projected in USDA's December forecast and 1 percent above the previous record of 13.0 billion bushels set in 2007. Corn exports are projected at 2.1 billion bushels, unchanged from last month and up from the estimated 1.9 billion bushels exported in 2008/2009. ...
Storm Lake Gymnasts compete in three meets (01/14/10)
Dec 5 - WELCOME, MN. Several local athletes competed in the first gymnastic meet of the 2009-2010 season when the two travel teams from Springer's Gymnastics ventured to Welcome, MN for the "Christmas in Candy Land Invitational". There were 13 teams at the meet and 6 of them competed in the upper division during the meet, including both of the Springer's teams. Of the 19 gymnasts on the roster for the two Springer's teams, 8 of them are from Aurelia and Cherokee...
Cherokee girls beat Emmetsburg (01/14/10)
EMMETSBURG - The hustling Cherokee Washington High girls overcame an early 8-0 deficit on the way to a rewarding 44-39 Lakes Conference basketball victory over Emmetsburg here Tuesday night. The WHS gals placed three players in double figures to claim the win, with Megan Hummel and Katie Sambrano each scoring 14 points, and Shanon Shaefer tallying 11. Jackie Wilson added four points...
Braves take down E-Hawks (01/14/10)
EMMETSBURG - The 8-2 Cherokee Braves jumped out to a 17-8 lead in the first quarter and led at all the breaks to claim a 52-40 Lakes Conference victory over Emmetsburg here Tuesday night. The Braves led 28-17 at halftime, and 39-28 after three frames, before salting away the win...
RV boys nip R-U, 46-44 (01/14/10)
CORRECTIONVILLE - In a non-conference boys basketball game here on Tuesday, the River Valley Wolverines overcame a lot of missed free throws, and with tremendous hustle and defense were able to gain a huge victory over a good Remsen Union team, 46-44. ...
SL's 2nd quarter sinks Ridge View (01/14/10)
SCHALLER - The Ridge View boys played an excellent first quarter in a non-conference basketball game against Storm Lake here on Monday, taking a 12-6 lead into the second quarter. Ridge View ccoach Shannon Tesch said, "Our defense in the second quarter let us down. Eventually, Storm Lake's athleticism and depth were just too much for us."...
Wrestling Invite in Ida Grove Jan. 22 - 23 (01/14/10)
IDA GROVE -The Herb Irgens Wrestling Invitational, (formerly the BCIG Wrestling tourney) will host 24 teams from around Iowa on January 22nd and 23rd in Ida Grove. This year's event will make the 40th anniversary of this event. Of the 24 teams competing, Gilbertville-Don Bosco is the defending 1A State Champion and Dual Team Champion, and is currently the top ranked team in 1A this season. ...
Delores "Dee" Osborn (01/14/10)
Delores "Dee" Osborn, formerly Delores Pedersen, 76, of Spirit Lake, formerly of Cherokee, passed away Tuesday afternoon, January 12, 2010 at The Gardens in Cherokee. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 16, at 10:30 a.m. at the Memorial Presbyterian Church in Cherokee. ...
Carson L. Petersen (01/14/10)
Carson L. Petersen, 97, formerly of Pierson, passed away Tuesday morning, Jan. 12, 2010, at the Correctionville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Correctionville. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16, at the Johnson-Earnest Funeral Home in Kingsley, with Rev. William Cotten officiating. Interment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery, Pierson. Military respects will be accorded by the Harrison-Pedersen American Legion Post #291...
Carl F. Zehnder (01/14/10)
Carl F. Zehnder died Jan. 11, 2010 at the Bethany Lutheran Retirement Home in Lindsborg, Kan. Carl was born April 27, 1914, to Emil and Frieda Zehnder in Battle Creek, the second youngest of eight siblings. He moved to Terril when he was five years old and grew up on two farms near Terril. ...
Children's Library Corner (01/14/10)
I thought March was the month that would either come in like a lion or in like a lamb. Well January made its mark this year by coming in like a lion! I hope that means we can look forward to it going out like a lamb. It's been a little quiet at the library with all the snowfall. But this week is supposed to warm up and I know people are ready to get out of the house. So come join us at the library as we continue with our programs...
Basic Biittner : How to deal with history (01/14/10)
Mark McGwire "came out" on Monday - no, not that way. No, the former major league home run champ admitted publicly that he has used steroids off and on for 10 years or more - including during his the record-breaking season of 1998, when "Big Mac" sent 70 balls out of the park in a season-long duel with the Cubs' Sammy Sosa - probably the most exciting individual duel in baseball since the similar 1961 Mantle-Maris home run race...
Reduce indoor air pollutants (01/14/10)
Here's the inside scoop on indoor air quality, especially on these frigid winter days when most people are forced to stay inside: It's a hot topic these days because the levels of air pollutants indoors can be two to five times higher than outdoors...