Casper Niehuis, who murderously assaulted Anna Wengler on April 14 last while she was at work in a field with her father, was sentenced to thirty years in the penitentiary by Judge Mould in the district court here. He was represented by J. F. Kass, of Remsen, and F. M. Roseberry, of LeMars, and County Attorney Leenan appeared for the state. Niehuis pleaded guilty, throwing himself on the mercy of the court.
Niehuis drove to the Wengler farm on the afternoon of April 14 and went out in the field where the girl was driving a disc and fired five shots into her body, and then tried to turn the gun on her father, who came running from another part of the field to her assistance, but the gun jammed and the father knocked him down with his fist and with the hired man's assistance bound Niehius and held him until the sheriff came.
Miss Wengler, who is of splendid physique and only seventeen years, of age, has recovered from her wounds, although two of the bullets are still in her body. She refused to let Niehuis keep company with her, which he wanted to do after meeting her at neighborhood danced. Niehuis was a wayward boy, addicted to cigarettes and drink. He is about twenty-three years of age and has a widowed mother and two brothers, who feel deeply his crime and its effects. Niehuis will be confined in the penitentiary at Anamosa.
Thirty-seven cases of canned beef, provided by the FERA, have arrived at Cherokee for distribution to the unemployed and needy families of the county, according to VeNeita Southwick, county statistician in charge of FERA projects.
The meat will be distributed from Alton's grocery store at Cherokee but persons must obtain permits from Miss Southwick before they may receive it. Unemployed, or borderline families, and families on the county relief rolls are eligible to procure the food. Because of a recent federal ruling none of the beef will be taken to other towns for distribution as in the past but each family desiring it must send a representative to Miss Southwick's office.
As the statistician is to attend a conference for social workers at Sioux City Friday and Saturday, persons must obtain their permits at her office Thursday.
Rice, beef broth and fresh meat are to be received later in the season, Miss Southwick reports.
Of the first 53 pigs collected from Farmers found to have a surplus of hogs approximately 43 have already been distributed to needy families. These are to be fed until developed sufficiently for slaughtering. However, all must be butchered by March 1. Permission to slaughter is to be obtained through Miss Southwick.
About 75 more pigs are expected to be collected as surplus, Wm. Duven, is charge of this phase of the work, reports. Those obtained by this means are taken to the stockyards until assigned to needy families.
Miss Helen Mae Hall of Albuquerque, N. M., daughter of Mrs. Beulah Hall of Cherokee and a former resident here, sustained serious injuries last Thursday when the side wall of a truck in which she was riding with eleven other girls, gave way, hurtling Miss Hall and several others into a rocky arroyo bordering the canyon road. The girls, all nurses at the St. Joseph hospital in Albuquerque, were on their way to the annual picnic of the group.
The truck, traveling at normal speed, was rounding a curve on the narrow canyon road in Albuquerque when the wall gave way. The nurses were seated in the box of the truck on park benches and were swung to the outer side as the truck made the curve, None of them was killed, and Miss Hall and two others were the only ones receiving serious injuries. All will recover, physicians believe.
According to the latest, word received by Mrs. Hall, her daughter is improving and gradually recovering from the severe shock. Miss Hall, according to witnesses, was the first to land, with others falling on top of her. Her arm was broken, and a severe scalp wound required many stitches.
A rash of influenza besieged several Cherokee football squad personnel at mid-week, putting the Braves in low physical shape for their Lakes title quest tonight at Emmetsburg.
Among those ill at home both Wednesday and Thursday were regular halfback Doug Lundsgaard, defending specialist Ron Witcombe and lineman Ivan Johnson.
Coach Bruce Pickford said the physical condition of the Cherokee squad was "not good."
"And I guess this means we won't be able to do much tonight without an all-out effort from the boys we have left."
To make matters worse, Pickford reported that Neil (Stick) Schalekamp, 6-5 end is "definitely out" tonight. Schalekamp has shoulder and knee injuries.
Beyond that, Schalekamp's successor, Dan Steele came up with an injured knee in workouts.
With those injured accounted for, the Cherokee staff also was worried about quarterback Dick Orchard, full back Dale Allen and defensive captain Roger Larson. All three have an assortment of body bruises, but are expected to be ready when Cherokee seeks a third straight Lakes crown tonight at Emmetsburg.
Pickford did not know last night whether the maimed and the ill would be ready for any action. But it was a pretty sound guess that few, if any of them, would be up to par-even if they do play.
Other Lakes games send Sheldon to Estherville in a duel for second place, Sibley to Spencer and Spirit Lake to Storm Lake.
Aurelia is at Hartley in the features Sioux Valley fare--it's another second-place struggle. Unbeaten Alta is expected to take another step toward its second constructive Sioux crown at Milford.
Holstein and Kingsley meet at Kingsley to decide the Maple Valley king. Marcus journeys to Odebolt and Correctionville is at Moville.
According to the annual report of the Aurelia volunteer Fire Department, 20 calls were answered during the past year.
Of this total 17 were in the country and three in town. The 17 rural fires included seven buildings, six grass fires and one each of the following vehicle, straw pile, commercial oil storage tank and log pile.
The most damage resulting from rural fires was the complete destruction of two barns, average time consumed by rural calls was 1 hour and 9 minutes each.
Two of the town calls were for vehicle fires and one was for a commercial establishment.
April is listed as the busiest month with eight calls, five of which were for grass fires.
The department has 20 men who serve for a period of 10 years each. The members, who serve without pay, are on call 24 hours a day.
The major part of operating funds come from the annual fundraising drive. It is to be conducted this year from November 1-14 in the rural areas. Town solicitation will be Monday, November 9.
In connection with the annual fund campaign, the Fire Department will hold an open house on Saturday, November 17 and appreciation dance Saturday, November 14 at the Legion Hall.
The School Board has offered the Cherokee Education Association a 7.2 percent increase in base pay for teachers.
Monday's offer was part of the Cherokee School Boards' proposal to the association for the 1985-86 contract.
The Board's offer would increase the base pay from $12,500 to $13,400. The association had proposed an 8 percent increase, from $12,500 to $13,500.
"We want to raise the base to attract high quality people to the teaching field," School Superintendent Mick Starcevich said.
Starcevich said the board's proposals were aimed at bettering education in the district. He added that 90 percent of those proposals had to do with teachers--their pay and the time they spend in the classroom.
The Board's proposal package increased the district's personnel costs 2.4 percent, from this year's $2,422,950 to 1985-86's proposed $3,472,280. The contract would cover the district's 107 teachers.
Pam Hughes, chief negotiator for the CEA, said that with a 4 percent inflation rate, the 2.04 percent increase was not enough to give teachers equal buying power.
Teachers, Hughes said, have consistently fallen behind other professions in their buying power.
The Board's proposal, which would have teachers in the classroom longer, also met with disapproval from Hughes.
Hughes asked if the CEA was being punished for the proposals they made. Starcevich said no, and that the district just wanted "a day's work for a day's pay."
Among Board proposals that would increase the time teachers spend in the classroom is decreasing the number of days allowed for leave for representatives of the CEA to attend conferences, conventions and other activities. The Board has proposed this be cut in half, from the six days in the current contract to three days.
Also in this section, the Board proposed that the association pay the cost of substitute teachers who would have to be brought in on these leave days. Under the current contract, the Board pays for substitutes.
Another Board proposal would have employees' work days running from 8 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. This proposal eliminates some language from the current contract.
The current contract allows employees to work from 8 a.m. to five minutes after dismissal time on Fridays and days prior to holidays. On weekdays, employees work from 8 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. or 30-minutes after dismissal, whichever comes first.
In other contract business, the Board proposed that none of the supplementary salary schedules be changed.
The CEA had proposed that the head volleyball coach's salary increase form 14 percent of the base pay to 15 percent and that the director of the high school newspaper and the drill team sponsor's salaries increase to 5 percent of the base pay from 2 percent.
Starcevich said that with the increase in the base pay, all supplemental salaries would increase substantially.
The Board also proposed that cumulative sick leave decrease from 120 days to 90 days because disability insurance will cover any illness longer than 90 days.
Hughes said that this would put the Cherokee's cumulative sick days lower than any other district in the Lakes Conference. All others in the conference have 120 days or more, she said.
The association had recommended that the cumulative sick days be increased form 120 to 130.
The Board also proposed that the contract under negotiation be for three-years instead of one. If it became a three-year contract, only salaries and insurance would be negotiated annually.