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Thursday, July 28, 2011

The town of Aurelia is certainly that - a town, definitely not a city. Yes, one might even call it a small town. Aurelia was named after the daughter of railroad builder John Blair more than 150 years ago, but there is a different female name that might be more appropriate in 2011.

Cindy Krause waits on a customer at First Trust & Savings Bank, where the Senior Operations Officer has been employed since 1967.
'Cindy' was a very popular name for girls born between the mid-1940s and mid-1960s, and one can certainly see that on Main Street Aurelia these days. If a stranger were to come to Aurelia and ask where "Cindy" works, that stranger could get six or more answers, because there are a half dozen Cindys who work on one of Aurelia's two blocks of Main Street, as well as a few more who also reside in Aurelia.

The six Cindys of downtown Aurelia, all Iowa natives, are very pleasant, helpful people, which is good because they are all in service - oriented jobs, dealing with the public.

Cindy Krause is the Senior Operations Officer at First Trust and Savings Bank, where the former Aurelia Citizen of the Year has been employed since 1967. She is a past graduate of Alta High School, and has two adult children and two grand-daughters.

Cindy Davis, Customer Service Rep at NU-Telecom in Aurelia.
Cindy Davis has been employed as a Customer Support Representative at People's Telephone/NU Telecom for nine years, and the lovely voice you hear when you call the telephone office belongs to this Charles City native. Cindy and her husband Doug have three children and three grandchildren.

Cindy (Baumann) Kai, an Aurelia High School alum, has worked as a Deputy City Clerk at the Aurelia City Hall since November of 2000, and she and her husband Jeff have one son, two daughters, and one grand-daughter.

Cindy Kai, Deputy City Clerk of Aurelia. [Click to enlarge]
Cindy Schwanz has worked at the Casey's General Store in Aurelia since 1991, serving as manager since 2009, and she has two sons and six grandchildren.

Cindy Schwanz is the manager of Casey's General Store in Aurelia.
Cindy Hanner lives in her hometown of Quimby. A graduate of the former Willow High School, Cindy also attended Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico, majoring in graphic design, and was employed at both of this newspaper's predecessors, working at the Cherokee Daily Times in 1989-90 and at the Cherokee Chronicle from 1993-96. She worked at the newspaper in Aurelia for a year before purchasing it in 2008, and today she is the owner and editor of the Aurelia Star, a weekly newspaper whose office is located in the same building as City Hall. Cindy and her husband Lyle have two daughters, one son, and a grand-daughter.

Cindy Fliss, Officer in Charge at the Aurelia Post Office.
Cindy Hanner, owner and editor of the Aurelia Star since 2008. Photo contributed.
Cindy Fliss is a graduate of Everly High School and still lives in rural Everly. She earned her Bachelor's Degree at Northwestern College in Orange City, a Master's Degree from South Dakota State University, and taught school for five years in Central City, Iowa before starting employment 15 years ago for the United States Postal Service. Cindy's regular job was a part-time one at Spirit Lake Post Office, but in January of 2010 she began filling in for Aurelia Postmaster Marlene Jenness, who was on medical leave, and began driving the 91-mile round trip to Aurelia every day. Marlene has since passed away after a long battle with cancer, but Cindy Fliss remains on the job at the Aurelia Post Office as the Officer in Charge, and says that she has enjoyed meeting and getting to know the friendly citizens of the Aurelia community.

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