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Meet the new family in town

Monday, January 15, 2007

Ryan and Erica Haack and their young family - Samuel, Bennett , and Elise. Photo by Dan Whitney.
Ryan Haack and his wife Erica are both natives of Northwest Iowa, and the couple recently decided, after 10 years in West Des Moines, that they would like to return to this part of the state to work and raise their young family.

With that in mind, they were very happy when positions in their areas of expertise became available in Cherokee. They were hired for these positions, found a great house, and moved to town on January 1.

Ryan Haack (pronounced '"hock") grew up in the town of Sanborn and notes that he was former schoolmates with current Cherokee residents Ryan Lux and Bruce Dagel. Lux is the superintendent of the Cherokee Golf & Country Club, and Dagel is sales manager at Brown Chevrolet & Buick in Cherokee.

Haack was a member of the first graduating class of the combined Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn school in 1992.

After graduation, Haack attended Northwestern College in Orange City. While in college, he met a young lady from Albert City, Iowa who became his wife in 1997, a year after they both graduated from Northwestern.

The Haacks moved to West Des Moines, where Ryan worked in commercial and residential real estate. Erica went to law school at Drake University, and graduated with a law degree in 1999.

Ryan began his employment in Cherokee this month, as a realtor and insurance agent at Miller-Mac The House of Insurance and Real Estate. Erica is employed as a Certified Public Accountant at Burkhardt and Dawson Certified Public Accountants.

The Haacks have three young children. Samuel is five years old, while his brother Bennett is three, and their sister Elise is two. The young family purchased "the Loughlin home" at 700 W. Cherry St., and are still in the process of "settling in" at the lovely old home.

Ryan and Erica are both very outgoing people, and they said they are looking forward to meeting a lot of people here and also getting involved in the Cherokee community. Ryan describes himself as an "avid golfer" and a big sports fan. He and Erica have been attending most of the Iowa Hawkeye home football games for several years, and plan to keep doing so, though their "road trip" will be a bit longer now.

Erica loves scrapbooking and playing the piano, but, of course, with three young children, much of the couples' time is devoted to their children.

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