2023-10-13

Police & Courts: Alta man charged with burglary of Aurelia Casey’s

Esquivel cited for stealing vape supplies An Alta man was arrested for burglarizing the Aurelia Casey’s last month. Anthony Esquivel, 18, was booked into Cherokee County Jail on Sunday on charges of third-degree burglary, third-degree theft, third-degree criminal mischief and possession of burglar’s tools, according to a statement issued on Monday morning by Aurelia Police Chief Brian Flikeid. At around […]

Fallout lingers from council failure to fill vacancy

Auditor questions city ‘misinformation’

A divided Cherokee city council’s decision not to fill a council vacancy for the past two months continues raising more questions than answers. Cherokee County Auditor Kris Glienke now seeks clarification regarding alleged misinformation shared at last week’s city council meeting referencing the special city elections process. According to Glienke, City Attorney Alyssa Herbold was mistaken when she reported to […]

Overall positive audit for city


The City of Cherokee financial audit reported the bonds for city projects have increased the overall cash on hand by $2 million. The total cash net position was $5.35 million. When the city debt obligations are removed the city has $3 million cash on hand. This is slightly lower than the average of the last two years, which was $3.7 […]

Drought holds area yields to ‘average’

Variable results, depending on spotty rains

Grain yields in Buena Vista, Pocahontas and Cherokee counties are expected to register “at or below average” due to a nagging drought and rain that came through in fits and starts. Corn yields are expected to average around 200 bushels per acre; soybeans 60 bushels per acre, according to informal surveys Iowa State University Extension agronomists have conducted across the […]

$32K Timber Ridge lawsuit dismissed


A lawsuit by a cleaning contractor who alleged the owner of Timber Ridge Apartments failed to pay a $32,000 cleaning bill was dismissed from Cherokee County District Court last week. Brooke Jacobs, a Des Moines attorney representing the plaintiff AJ’s of Des Moines, on Sept. 27 dismissed her client’s lawsuit against Otterness Investments, the holding company of Timber Ridge. The […]

Absentee voting begins in Cherokee Co.

Cherokee County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections, Kris Glienke, has announced that absentee ballots for the Nov. 7, 2023, City-School Election will be available to be voted in the Cherokee County Auditor’s Office on Wednesday, Oct. 18. Absentee ballots may be cast in the Cherokee County Auditor’s Office at 520 W. Main St., Cherokee, during regular office hours from 8 […]

Alta library split; high school books in classrooms


The Alta-Aurelia School District relocated all books for ninth through twelfth grade into classrooms to comply with the Iowa Legislature’s restrictions on reading materials in schools. No high school students go into the shared library with the City of Alta.The district and the Alta library have separated the two entities’ collection, preventing elementary students from accessing banned content. Pre-K through […]

Western Iowa Tech debuts rebrand

Celebrating newly renovated Cherokee campus

To match the newly renovated campus in Cherokee, Western Iowa Tech Community College rebranded its logo to match. It was unveiled to the public last Friday morning.   Over 40 people gathered at the campus to celebrate the new logo that features a white and green “W.” Western Iowa Tech spent two years rebranding the logo and its mission statement. WIT […]

Locals check out DeSantis as alternative to Trump

Presidential hopeful stops in Cherokee

Sue Dentlinger from Marcus plans to vote for Gov. Ron DeSantis in the Republican caucus, even though she voted for former President Donald Trump in 2020. Dentlinger, a retired teacher, drove nearly an hour to see the Florida governor stop in Cherokee at the Foundation Analytics Lab Monday. She believes DeSantis is the most qualified Republican candidate after watching him […]

Vintage country school relocates to fairgrounds

Funds sought for ‘Lily’s’ move

Early last Spring, I received a phone call from my good friend and across-the-street neighbor, Bonnie Ducommun. She was excited to tell me the news that the area education agency had sold their property north of town. I asked what that meant for the future of the old country school that was sitting on that property. The Lily of the […]