The Christmas street decorations used in Cherokee have served for more than two decades now, and it was decided two years ago that it was time to replace them, particularly since Cherokee had recently undergone a major downtown renovation. The problem was that the city didn't have the funds for the $25,000 project. That is where businesses and individuals stepped in to take care of a need as they have so often in recent years. According to Joni DeVos, Cherokee Chamber of Commerce director, for this project, the major source of funding came from individuals although there was help from businesses. DeVos said that the major organizers of the fund raising effort were Sandy Siegel and Barb Clabaugh. As in past years, the decorations will be put up with the assistance of Champion Electric and Mid-American Energy, as well as city workers. The fund raising was divided into two years, with the first year focused on obtaining the garland and bows decoration for Main Street and the second year focused on the snowflakes for Highway 59.