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Stories from Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Pepsi announces Cherokee winner of the 'Pepsi refresh' project (03/24/10)
The Pepsi Refresh Project, a groundbreaking effort that funds ideas, big and small, that can refresh the world, announced recently that Nancy Nelson of Cherokee was the recipient of a $5,000 grant. In 2010, Pepsi is awarding more than $20 million to ideas that will move the world forward. Anyone can submit an idea at www.RefreshEverything.com and each month the public decides who wins...
Auction/dance to benefit Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (03/24/10)
With her son Steve a leukemia survivor, Cherokee native Rhonda (File) Vredenberg has long been actively involved in working for and raising funds and awareness for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The LLS is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer, its mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's Disease and myeloma, and improve the lives of patients and their families. ...
Outstanding Speech Performers (03/24/10)
The River Valley Speech department learned recently that three of their students who performed at the IHSSA Individual Events State Speech competition held on March 13 at Sibley-Ocheydan were named outstanding performers. They were: Emily Reinking in her Literary Program entitled "The World of Shopping", Casey Herron in his interpretation of Roy Blount Jr's "Food Poems", and Mary Foley for her poetry interpretation "Cinderella"...
Bethlehem Lutheran to host Holy Week Events (03/24/10)
Holy Week Events at Bethlehem Lutheran Church will include the Palm Sunday worship starting at 9:30 a.m. The Maundy Thursday worship will start at 7 p.m. with the drama "At Table With The Lord " to be presented. Preceding the worship will be a Baked Potato Supper at 5:30 p.m. with a free will donation...
5th grade reading project (03/24/10)
Cherokee Middle School fifth grade reading students, under the guidance of their teachers - Sue Nelson, Katie Leonard, and Dawn Jenness - recently completed a special project the week prior to spring break. Each student demonstrated comprehension of their book and their grasp of technology by writing and creating a book report in the form of a powerpoint. ...
Putnam 90th birthday (03/24/10)
There will be an Open House for the 90th birthday of Hazel Putnam on March 28 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at her home 1003 Ridgeview Drive in Cherokee. No gifts please.
CRMC's Shining Star (03/24/10)
Cherokee Regional Medical Center congratulates Linda Mattson as the March "Shining Star." Linda is an accountant for CRMC and, as stated in her nomination letter, "Linda has a quiet demeanor about her. Accounting is a behind-the-scene activity that goes unnoticed by patients and a lot of staff. ...
ECLC gets a special gift (03/24/10)
Students at the Early Childhood Learning Center are pictured with their new wooden teddy bear rocking chair and whale chair that were graciously donated to the school by Mark Stief, who enjoys woodworking as a hobby. Photo contributed
Waffles at Galva (03/24/10)
Dad's Belgian waffles are back at the Galva United Methodist Church. All you can eat waffles, sausages, syrups, and beverages for $6 and carry outs will be available. Children age five and under dine free at the church. Hours are from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 29. Sponsored by the Galva United Methodist Women. The public is invited...
Houskens celebrate 50 years together (03/24/10)
Keith and Annette (Sandstrom) Housken were united in marriage on April 9, 1960 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Burnside, Iowa. They will celebrate with their children Mark Housken of Las Vegas, Nev., Keith and Julie (Housken) Yarrow of Sioux Falls, S.D. and Paul and Brenda Housken of Hudson, S.D. along with their four grandchildren Jennie, Anna, Amanda, and Christopher. Anniversary wishes may be sent to PO Box 583 Marcus, Iowa 51035...
Gray Matters: Commentary on education (03/24/10)
With apologies to you readers who are not on-line, I want to thank Bob and Maxine Reed and their son, also Bob, for creating the Marcus Blog. I loved it from "day one" but I appreciate it even more now that I am no longer living in Cherokee County. The increased postings concerning the school situation are certain proof of the wide interest in those matters...
Bethlehem Lutheran to host Holy Week Events (03/24/10)
Holy Week Events at Bethlehem Lutheran Church will include the Palm Sunday worship starting at 9:30 a.m. The Maundy Thursday worship will start at 7 p.m. with the drama "At Table With The Lord " to be presented. Preceding the worship will be a Baked Potato Supper at 5:30 p.m. with a free will donation...
Alpha Delta Kappa Scholarship (03/24/10)
The Cherokee Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority is offering a $200 scholarship for any college senior who either has completed or will be completing his or her student teaching during the 2009-2010 school year. This scholarship is awarded yearly to a person who is an education major. Alpha Delta Kappa, Honorary Sorority of Women Educators, is seeking to encourage prospective teachers through this award...
WHS Girls salute award winners (03/24/10)
The Cherokee Washington High School girls' basketball team recently held their awards ceremony for the 2009-2010 season. Pictured are a few of the award winners. Photos by Paul Struck.
Rena G. Waul (03/24/10)
Rena G. Waul, age 96, of Cherokee and formerly of Pleasantville, passed away Monday, March 22, 2010, at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center in Cherokee. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 27, 2010, at Mason Funeral Home in Pleasantville. ...
Delola "Dodie" Pickett (03/24/10)
Delola "Dodie" Pickett, 76, of Cherokee, Iowa passed away Monday, March 22, 2010 at Cherokee Villa Nursing & Rehab Center. Funeral services will held Thursday, March 25th, at 10:30 a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Cherokee, Iowa. Rev. Richard Arndt will officiate. ...
Orville D. Wiersma (03/24/10)
Funeral services for Orville Dwaine Wiersma, 83, Spencer were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 23, at the Sanborn Funeral Home Chapel in Sanborn. Rev. Tom Van Tassel and Rev. Paul Hanson officiated. Inurnment will be held at Roseland Cemetery in Sanborn at a later date...
Zona G. Olson (03/24/10)
Dean Nelson (03/24/10)
Dean Nelson, 76, of Aurelia, passed away Friday, March 19, 2010, at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center in Cherokee, Iowa. Services were held on Tuesday at the First Church of Christ in Cherokee, with Pastor Tom Lewis officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia. Visitation will be 2 to 8 p.m. today, with the family present 6 to 8 p.m., at Redig Funeral Home in Aurealia...
Weber / son (03/24/10)
Scott and Danielle Weber of Cherokee are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jadyn Daniel Weber, born at 6:26 p.m. on March 19, 2010. Jadyn weighed 7 lbs. 10 oz. and measured 20 inches long, and his grandparents are Dan and Nita Martinez of Red Oak, Tom and Colleen Madsen of Audubon, and Dennis and Kathy Weber of Boone...
Ekholm / Wilcox Engagement (03/24/10)
Lisa Ekholm and Zachary Wilcox proudly announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. Lisa is 2003 graduate of Edina, Minn. High School and a 2007 graduate of Iowa State University, with a B.A. in music and minor in theater. She will receive a second degree, a B.S. in elementary education, this spring. She is the daughter of Jeanne Ekholm and Paul and Laura Ekholm, all of whom reside in the Twin Cities area...
Extension Line (03/24/10)
Last week we discussed the damage being done to the landscape plants in our yards by rabbits and deer. Below are excerpts from an article that crossed my desk from Paul Domoto, Iowa State University Extension Fruit Specialist, that discusses other damage to our fruit crops because of the severe winter...
Health Care Reform Passes (03/24/10)
Safe flood clean-up (03/24/10)
When the rain stops and water subsides, flood victims can follow a few simple steps to reduce property damage and limit health risks. The water can be contaminated with soil bacteria, decaying insects, animal droppings, oils and fluids from roadways, and fertilizers and pesticides from fields or gardens...