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Stories from Monday, February 28, 2011

Council awards bid for West Cherry Street Project (02/28/11)
Following a scheduled Public Hearing last week, the Cherokee City Council approved resolutions for the proposed West Cherry Street Improvement Project and awarded the general contractor bid to Godberson-Smith Construction of Ida Grove in the amount of $1,522,040...
Aurelia native an influential music educator (02/28/11)
With both the Aurelia and Cherokee Washington High School Jazz Bands again experiencing successful seasons, which will culminate for both with their return to the State Jazz Championships in Des Moines on April 12, it is timely to share the story of an area native who was instrumental (pardon the pun) in establishing the high school jazz band program in the state of Iowa...
Western Iowa Tech visits State Capitol (02/28/11)
Robert Dunker, President of Western Iowa Tech Community College visited the Capitol last week and met with Representative Dan Huseman, R-Aurelia, Representative Chuck Soderberg, R-Le Mars, Representative Jason Shultz, R-Schleswig, Representative Chris Hall, D-Sioux City, and Representative Jeremy Taylor, R-Sioux City. ...
Marcus residents help out food Pantry (02/28/11)
Several Marcus residents recently helped unload 1300 lbs. of food from the Siouxland Food Bank for the Community Ministry Food Pantry. Each month, the food pantry orders anywhere from 1000 lbs. to 1600 lbs. of food to keep the food pantry up and running. This food is purchased with financial donations which have been made to the organization...
Bald Eagle Days (02/28/11)
In the Feb. 21 issue, the Chronicle Times printed a press release that was issued from the Prairie Heritage Center that promoted an upcoming event on March 5 called the Little Sioux Eagle Watch. However, the press release stated that the Linn Grove Library would be hosting an eagle education and other activities throughout the day. ...
Funnel Week (02/28/11)
The first week of March is 'Funnel Week,' so there will be very little floor debate. Budget sub-committees will not meet in order to free up more time for standing committees to complete their work. Quite a few bills will advance, but most will die. ...
Ridge View Dance Squad members to perform at Girls State Tourney (02/28/11)
The All-Iowa Honor Dance Team is making its 29th appearance at the Girls State Basketball Tournament March 4th and 5th, 2011 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. One hundred teams are represented in this year's All-Iowa Honor Dance Team. Over 500 dancers auditioned at Ames High School in September for the 276 positions. All schools are members of the Iowa State Dance/Drill Team Association...
CYSBA summer ball sign-up Sunday (02/28/11)
The Cherokee Youth Summer Ball Association (CYSBA) is having sign-up for the summer ball program from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the Cherokee Middle School. The sign-up is for T-ball (co-ed) through 8th grade boys baseball and girls softball. CYSBA officers also are looking for head and assistant coaches for various teams, and for volunteers to help set up the batting cages when that time comes...
Shirley (Stokes) Prunchunas (02/28/11)
Shirley (Stokes) Prunchunas of Cherokee,age 77, passed away Feb. 24, 2011, at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center in Cherokee. Memorial services were held at 10:30 a.m. today at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Cherokee, with Rev. Magrey R. deVega officiating. Burial took place at the Holstein Cemetery in Holstein...
Henke / Willenbring engagement (02/28/11)
Steve and Lynda Best of Brayton, Ia. are happy to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Whitney Henke, to Rick Willenbring, the son of Dan and Bede Willenbring of Dyersville. Whitney is also the daughter of the late David Henke, and she formerly lived in Cherokee. Whitney is the granddaughter of Cletus Henke and Colette Sivinski of Cherokee...
Funnel Week (02/28/11)
The first week of March is Funnel Week, so there will be very little floor debate. Budget sub-committees will not meet in order to free up more time for standing committees to complete their work. Quite a few bills will advance, but most will die. The funnel helps winnow down the workload for the legislature, and basically establish priorities. ...
PBS Funding (02/28/11)
Preparing for flood safety (02/28/11)
The forecast for probable spring flooding in the Midwest is likely accurate, and as the melting ice floes begin to rush downstream with the current, dams on rivers and streams can create flood conditions in just a few hours for scenic river valley towns like Cherokee...