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Creston Elementary School student, Emma Saylor, took part in celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday March 2, 2008, during "wacky hair and clothes" day.
Creston Elementary School student, Emma Saylor, took part in celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday March 2, 2008, during "wacky hair and clothes" day.

Today is March 8, the 67th day of the year. So, there are 298 days left in 2018. Below are news items from the Creston News Advertiser for this week (March 5-11) in history:

10 years ago

Creston High School performed “Anne Frank and Me” and the cast included sisters, Jessica and Emily Vandenheuvel, Amanda Nissen, Meghin Krambeck, Kristin Shaw, Chris Helm, Tyler Harris, BréAnne Hampton, Brandon Bunker, Sierra White and Maddie Mongar as Anne Frank.

Nodaway Valley’s Darrell Burmeister was named National Federation of State High School Associations girls cross country coach of the year. He led the girls program to 10 state appearances in the 11 previous years, finishing third in 2004, second in 2005 and third in 2006. He also led the boys team to a state championship in 2002.

Owners of Knotty Pine Family Steak House, Judi and Denny Loudon, had built a family business since opening April 1981. They planned to officially hand over ownership to four members of the O’Hare family, originally of Van Wert, in April.

The Rural Iowa Crisis Center was holding its “Cheers for non-violence” fundraiser. Pattie Rouh spearheaded the efforts to bring Kansas City Chiefs cheerleader Haylee Walters and some of her companions to Creston for a live performance. Walters was a Creston High School graduate and was excited to be showcased in her hometown.

20 years ago

Creston City Council heard a plea from Dave Jennett, owner of Green Valley Pest Control and Lawn Care, for a two-meter water system. The proposal was to allow residents to install a second water meter to bypass sewer fees for automatic water sprinklers, lawn watering and car washing. Jennett showed several scenarios of costs of normal use versus use of a watering system with one meter and two meters. The two meter system showed increased revenue for the water department, savings for the homeowner and no change for the sewer department.

Kimberly-Clark Corp., maker of Huggies, introduced Little Swimmers, disposable swim pants. Mothers thought the idea was appealing because diapers swelled up and got so heavy, but environmental activist didn’t like another plastic disposable item going to landfills. The trunks cost about 78 cents each compared to a quarter each for diapers.

Fourteen inches of snow fell over the Creston area with drifts closing east to west streets and roads. Highway 34 west of Creston was closed to traffic because of the drifting snow. Gov. Terry Branstad declared Union, Adair, Adams, Montgomery and Taylor counties state disaster areas, clearing the way for use of state resources to assist in snow removal. Help came in the form of Iowa Army National Guard equipment and soldiers, as well as loaner motor graders.

50 years ago

Rain making activities in August and September 1967 in southwest Iowa improved moisture conditions about 30 percent over the adjoining areas according to Paul Caubin, vice president of Krick Weather Modification of Palm Springs, California. Caubin was spending the week at the request of farmers in Adams and Taylor counties to explain cloud seeding and the weather modification program, and to plan a five year rainmaking program.

New members were inducted in Creston Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees). They included Jack Vicker, Wayne Arey, Dick Killman, Terry Plowman, Ed Fletcher, Ron Sammons, Gary Morris, Lyle Perkins, Larry Giles, Ronald White, Dennis Bailey, Gary Gaiser, Ronald Carson, Joe Wilson and Mick Wallace.

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