Updated May 23,  2013
44 to graduate Friday
There will be 44 students graduating this Friday, May 24, at Prairie High School with half of them earning a 3.5 or high grade point average for their years in high school. . . .
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School Board meets
The school board held their regular May meeting Monday, May 20 and discussed the possibility of starting school earlier in the day. . . .
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Memorial Day services set for Greencreek, Cottonwood
Monday, May 27, is the official celebration of Memorial Day, honoring our fallen military heroes. . . .
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Sonnen receives Idaho Credit Union League award
The Idaho Credit Union League has named the winner of this year’s Outstanding Professional of Year the Award. Greg Sonnen, CEO of Cottonwood Community Federal Credit Union in Cottonwood, ID, was presented the prestigious award at the League’s 77th Annual Meeting held in Coeur d’Alene. . . .
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Kody Duclos is artist of the month
The talent in this community is absolutely amazing. This week I had the privilege of meeting 18 year-old Kody Duclos, who agreed to display some of his artwork in the library. . . .
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Local student awarded scholarship
Harman Agency, LLC is pleased to announce that a local student has once again been awarded a scholarship through Grange Insurance Association. . . .
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Giving back to the community
Jay Hinterlong, Cottonwood site manager for Idaho County Recycling, presented Jerry Richardson and his Industrial Technology class. . . .
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More 52-Pickup winners
The monthly drawing for 2012-2013 KC 52 Pickup participants was held at the May 14 meeting of KC #1389.  The winners are as follows: . . .
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Ag Safety Day set
The annual Progressive Agriculture Safety Day has been scheduled for Saturday, June 1 at the Lewis County Fairgrounds in Nezperce. . . .
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Local eateries to benefit afterschool programs
Mark Thursday, May 30, on your calendars and plan to eat out that night. . . .
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Heitman, 4x400 relay bring home second place medals
For the first time in several years the Prairie team did not have a state champion but still brought home 5 state medals from the State Track Meet at Middleton Friday and Saturday, May 17-18. . . .
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Lady Pirates take second at State
The Prairie Lady Pirates stumbled in their opener but still made it to their ninth straight 1-A softball championship game where they lost to Genesee at the State Softball Tournament Friday and Saturday, May 17-18 at Lewiston. . . .
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The Prairie Lady Pirates were able to come up with a few smiles despite losing to Genesee in the state championship game as they are shown posing with the 2nd place trophy. Kneeling from left are Cheryl Gehring, Ashley Cannon, Jessica Kaschmitter, Hailey Danly, Kelsey Tidwell, Sky Wilson, Abbie Uhlenkott and Krista Hess. Back from left are coach Steve Wilson, Leah Holthaus, Tanna Schlader, Kellie Heitman, Holli Uhlorn, Taylor Nuxoll, Andrea Kaschmitter, Mackenzie Rieman, Amanda Dinning, Natasha Gimmeson, Sarah Seubert, Marina Evans, Brooke Schumacher, Kendall Schumacher, manager Faith Uhlenkott and head coach Jeff Martin. Game write-ups are below left.Click on the photo for a larger view.

The 4x400 relay team and Taylor Heitman in the discus were Prairie’s top medalists at the State Track Meet as each earned a second place finish. From top left down Shelby VonBargen, Claire Whitley, Keely Schmidt and Krystin Uhlenkott made up the relay team. Photos by Kaylee Uhlenkott.  More trackat left.

Students of the month for May at Prairie Jr./Sr. High School are from left: Claire Whitley and Katherine Nida at the high school and AJ Everson at the junior high. Claire is a highly involved student athlete.  She participates in art, drama, band, TSA, athletics and is a class Valedictorian.  Claire is a well rounded young adult who will be successful in life.  Katherine has a great sense of humor and is always smiling. She completes her work on time and puts a lot of thought into every assignment. AJ is the junior high student of the month.  His vocabulary is amazing and he is an excellent story writer.  He has a gift of communication.  Photo provided by Ryan Hasselstrom. Click on the photo for a larger view.

A picture of the youth and adults who attended the Idaho Catholic youth convention in Boise on March 1st through the 3rd.  Mckenzie Rieman, Amanda Dinning, Katarina Tillinghast, Beth Dinning, Laura Spencer, Maria Munger, Marisa Lustig, Talyss Lustig, Emily McHugh, Heidi Holubetz, Katherine Nida, Holli Uhlorn, Jessica Riener, Jessica Kaschmitter, Beka Bruner, Hannah Ross, Keely Schmidt, Kayla Duclos, Kirstin Latimer, Savannah Walsh, Rosie Trautman, Megan Seubert, Sarah Chmelik, Rachel Waters, Sarah Seubert, Nikki Gilmore, Clark Bruno, Andy Gehring, Nathan Beckman, Matthew Schwartz, Thomas Schwartz, Josh Lustig, Michael Waters, Kody Duclos, Kyle Tillinghast, Austin Sonnen, David Waters, Austin Chemlik, Stephanie Duclos, Kevin Karel, Max Nuxoll, Sam Lustig, Tara Klapprich, not pictured Debbie Chicane. Click on the photo for a larger view.

The students in Mrs. Schumacher's first grade class at Prairie Elementary School would like to thank St. Mary's Hospital for allowing us to visit them on our annual field trip to the hospital.  The children were able to visit several different areas in the hospital, including the ambulance, X-Ray, the Lab, emergency room, operating room and last, the cafeteria.  We learned what blood looks like once it is collected and how they take pictures (x-rays) of bones.  We got to go on the ambulance and see the things they use when they get a call to help someone.  In the ER we got to see what some of the tools that would be used  if we had to go to the ER.  We also received our very own mini-casts on our fingers.  In the end we were treated to some delicious homemade cookies  and some juice from the cooks.  We would especially like to thank Mrs. Cheri Holthaus for  arranging our tour each year.  It takes a lot of work to coordinate all of the areas for a group of students to see.  We would like to thank Mrs. Brenda Kaschmitter for being a great guide as we visited each department.  Most of all we would like to thank all of the employees who take time out of their busy schedules to tell us how things work and to answer the many questions that first graders have.  We learned a lot about St. Mary's Hospital!  Click on the photo for a larger view.

St. Mary’s employees and family members getting ready to clean up the section of highway between Cottonwood and Grangeville that they have adopted. Front row:  Fr. Meinrad, Brandi Polumsky, Trina Geis and Brenda Kaschmitter. Back row:  Matt and Raelyn Polumsky, Julie Church, Rhonda Temes, Melody Temes and Mikki Bruegeman. Not shown:  Mike Murphy, Angie Murphy and Cheri Holthaus. Click on the photo for a larger view.

The Boys Scouts along with Joe Riener of the VFW replaced the flags on the flag pole in downtown Cottonwood on Tuesday May 14th.  There were 3 tattered flags to replace, the American flag, State flag and POW flag.  The Scouts were honored to be asked to participate in this ceremony and would like to thank the VFW for allowing them to help out.  The 3 old flags will be retired in a ceremony by the Scouts on Veterans Day, which will take place a the city park.  We are collecting flags to retire, so if you have any to add, we would be happy to have them. Back row: Jared Coppernoll, Anthony Karel, Seth Chaffee, Hunter Chaffee, Joe Riener, Carson Schmidt, Blaze Berdoy. Front row:  Kevin Tillinghast, Tate Berdoy.In the upper photo the Scouts raise the new flags. Click on the photos for larger views.

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