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  • The Remsen Public Library, in honor of their 50th anniversary, held a Coloring Page Contest. All of the participant's coloring pages are displayed at the Library. Students Pre-K through first grade at RSM and MMCRU - Remsen Elementary could enter their coloring page in the contest. There were two winners from each grade. Winners were rewarded with a prize and include the following: Pre-K, Bennett Poeckes & Sawyer Hegstorm; TK, Amy Ahlers & Cooper Neuberger; Kindergarten, Juliann Mohning & Laiken Bork; First grade, Taya Delperdang & Lucas Sheehan. Congratulations to all the winners and everyone who participated. Students of the library's LEGO Club also made some fun projects in honor of the Library's 50th anniversary. They were on display at the Library during National Library Week. The following are pictures of the winning coloring pages designs and some LEGO creations. (Photos by Megan Sabin)
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    The Remsen Chamber did a wonderful job organizing the annual Easter Egg Hunt, which started at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 15, 2017. About 150 kids took part in the Easter festivities, which included searching for eggs, Easter face painting, and meeting the Easter bunny. Children all received a nice easter treat/goodie bag when they turned in their six eggs from the hunt. Children also entered their names in their age group drawing in hopes of winning one of the big prizes at the end. Winners were announced at around 10:30 a.m., with 12 winners in each of the four age groups. Remsen Chamber businesses that helped sponsor the Easter Egg Hunt this year included: Mouser's Digging & Pump Service, Golden Pheasant, Scheel's - Sioux City, Floyd Valley Healthcare, Homan Round Baling, Weiland Accounting, Leanne's Styles & More, VFW & American Legion, Maple Lanes Bowl, Fisch Funeral Home, Matgen Insurance, American Bank, Mrs. B's, Remsen Golf Course, Iowa State Bank, Knudson & Brady Law Firm, WesTel Systems, Arens Trucking, Burger Barn, Gengler Feed, Carl's Body Shop, Smith Insurance, Majeres Foodtown, Joiner & Zwart Dentistry, Perfect Petal, Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Catholic Order of Foresters, Town & Country Construction, and Wal*Mart - Le Mars. All of the children had a wonderful Easter experience.
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    The Remsen St. Mary's Sandy Augustine Memorial Gym was buzzing with activity on Tuesday, April 11 as well as the day before in preparation for the Then Feed Just One (TFJO) packaging date. Eighteen meal assembly lines were set up for the mass packaging of life-supporting meals. The meals consist of rice, soy protein, dried vegetables and a vitamin formula with the vitamins and minerals geared especially for those suffering from malnutrition. The food packets, which will make a meal for six, will be distributed to orphanages and feeding stations in Honduras. All St. Mary's School students and their teachers worked in packaging meals along with participants form MMCRU middle and high school students and adults from the Remsen and Marcus area. The sacrificial giving of all of these individuals who worked along with donations from the public paid for food product and shipping to Honduras. In a morning and afternoon shift totaling three hours, 92,664 lifesaving meals were packaged. The Christian Leadership Team (CLT) led by Mrs. Kris Schiltz took on a major role in the planning of the event. Senior leaders from MMCRU helped with the set up the night before and worked with CLT to keep product available, boxed meals packed on pallets, and being vigilant in detecting problems on the assembly line that might hinder progress. Dick Sievert, a director with TFJO with headquarters in Le Mars, was on hand for the day and sent this post-event message. "Wow! We had another great day of packing food at Remsen St. Mary's. Quite honestly the event is always held at St. Mary's but includes the entire community, including the Remsen Union and Marcus Meriden Cleghorn School, as well as members from the community. The student leadership (the guys and gals in blue) were awesome and worked very hard to make this a meaningful day. What a great bunch of young people!" Word was also received on 4/18/17 that the meals packaged in Remsen were on a truck on their way to a golf port in Mississippi. Thanks to all of you who helped through your work and contributions. A special thanks to all teachers and staff of both RSM and MMCRU for altering their schedules to enable their students to spend two hours of the day in packaging. A Corporal Work of Mercy - Feeding the Hungry - became a reality in a big way on this day, April 11, 2017, in Remsen, Iowa, through the cooperation of the Marcus & Remsen communities.
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    RSM put on three great performances of Oliver this past weekend, April 6, 8 & 9.
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    The Turnaround GK Blaze and GK Storm competitive gymnastics team continued their 2017 competition season by blazing into Des Moines, Iowa for the Field of Dreams Invite February 3-5. The Turnaround GK Team took 27 gymnasts that competed at four different levels, Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. BRONZE TEAM: Josilynn Pritchard - Vault 9.200, Beam 9.125, Bars 9.450, Floor 9.050, All-Around 36.825 (2nd Place). Kloie Wade-Lockwood - Vault 9.375, Beam 8.400, Bars 9.125, Floor 9.550, All-Around 36.450 (3rd place). Allison Kruse - Vault 9.000, Beam 8.950, Bars 9.300, Floor 8.150, All-Around 35.400. Ava McCarthy - Vault 8.100, Beam 9.125, Bars 8.575, Floor 9.300, All-Around 35.100. Kailey Sanow - Vault 7.950, Beam 8.975, Bars 9.075, Floor 8.550, All-Around 34.550. Madison Goings - Vault 7.150, Beam 8.250, Bars 9.475, Floor 9.000, All-Around 33.875. Hazel Simmelink - Vault 7.750, Beam 8.650, Bars 8.775, Floor 8.700, All-Around 33.875. Kenzie Niehus - Vault 7.700, Beam 8.650, Bars 9.000, Floor 8.500, All-Around 33.850. Caitlyn DeYoung - Vault 7.200, Beam 9.000, Bars 8.400, Floor 8.450, All-Around 33.050. PLATINUM TEAM: Cassidy Pravacek - Vault 9.400, Beam 8.825, Bars 9.150, Floor 9.350, All-Around 36.725 (3rd place). Kennedy Hinrich -Vault 9.375, Beam 8.000, Bars 7.950, Floor 9.250, All-Around 34.575. Ashley Reis - Vault 9.150, Beam 8.450, Bars 8.200, Floor 8.450, All-Around 34.250. Venus Gonzalez - Vault 9.000, Beam 7.750, Bars 7.650, Floor 8.575, All-Around 32.975. SILVER TEAM: Emma Deruyter - Vault 8.65, Beam 9.050, Bars 9.000, Floor 9.000, All-Around 35.7. Eden Kodoem - Vault 8.18, Beam 8.500, Bars 8.700, Floor 8.650, All-Around 34.025. Makenzie Derocher -- Vault 8.98, Beam 9.375, Bars 9.375, Floor 9.100, All-Around 36.825 (5th place). Peyton Small - Vault 8.25, Beam 9.050, Bars 8.350, Floor 8.525, All-Around 34.175. Isabelle Landgraf -- Vault 8.25, Beam 8.575, Bars 8.150, Floor 8.525, All-Around 33.5. Neely Bacon - Vault 7.65, Beam 8.750, Bars 8.550, Floor 8.500, All-Around 33.45. Brookelyn Britt - Vault 7.95, Beam 8.300, Bars 8.400, Floor 8.550, All-Around 33.2. Ashley Johnson - Vault 8.78, Beam 9.175, Bars 8.925, Floor 8.900, All-Around 35.775. GOLD TEAM: Abigail Bodholdt -- Vault 8.65, Beam 8.800, Bars 8.200, Floor 8.850, All-Around 34.5. Irelyn Ahlers - Vault 9.13, Beam 8.650, Bars 8.850, Floor 9.200, All-Around 35.825. Taylor Robertson - Vault 8.75, Beam 8.475, Bars 8.550, Floor 8.475, All-Around 34.25. Savannah Manley - Vault 8.98, Beam 8.950, Bars 9.225, Floor 9.050, All-Around 36.2. Alexis Barber - Vault 8.88, Beam 8.775, Bars 9.250, Floor 9.000, All-Around 35.9. Jenna Laughton - Vault 9.18, Beam 8.325, Bars 8.700, Floor 8.700, All-Around 34.9.
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    The Turnaround GK Blaze and GK Storm competitive gymnastics team blazed into their last regular meet of the 2017 competition season at the Golden Invitational in Omaha March 10-11. The Turnaround GK Team took 37 gymnasts that competed at four different levels, Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. BRONZE - 1st Place Team Brylee Bengston -- Vault 8.50 (3), Bars 8.3, Beam 9.05 (1), Floor 8.55 (3), All-Around 34.40 (1st). Kenzie Niehus -- Vault 8.550 (1), Bars 8.850 (2), Beam 8.8 (2), Floor 8.10, All-Around 34.30 (2nd). Maren Dreckman -- Vault 8.0, Bars 9.0 (1), Beam 8.7, Floor 8.5 (4), All-Around 34.20 (4th). Kendra Baartman -- Vault 8.45 (4), Bars 8.450 (5), Beam 8.8 (3), Floor 8.4 (5), All-Around 34.1 (5th). Ava McCarthy -- Vault 9.50 (1), Bars 9.2 (2), Beam 9.25 (2), Floor 9.4 (1), All-Around 37.40 (1st). Hazel Simmelink -- Vault 9.1 (3), Bars 8.5 (4), Beam 9.15 (3), Floor 8.6 (3), All-Around 35.35 (3rd). Taylor Rolfes -- Vault 9.4 (1), Bars 9.0 (2), Beam 9.55 (1), Floor 9.45 (1), All-Around 37.40 (1st). Aneissa Yahola -- Vault 8.95 (3), Bars 8.6, Beam 8.9, Floor 8.45, All-Around 34.90. Josilynn Pritchard -- Vault 9.35 (1), Bars 9.0 (2), Beam 9.6 (2), Floor 9.2 (2), All-Around 37.15 (2nd). Madison Goings -- Vault 8.35, Bars 7.9, Beam 9.6 (3), Floor 8.8, All-Around 34.65. Kloie Wade-Lockwood - Vault 9.65 (1), Beam 9.0 (4), Bars 9.4 (1), Floor 9.2 (2), All-Around 37.25 (1st). Jocelyn Roder -- Vault 9.15 (1), Bars 9.1 (1), Beam 9.15 (2), Floor 9.0 (3), All-Around 36.4 (2nd). Allison Ehlers -- Vault 9.6 (1), Bars 8.7 (4), Beam 9.65 (1), Floor 9.3 (2), All-Around 37.25 (1st). Erika Scheffelman -- Vault 9.4 (3), Bars 9.1 (1), Beam 9.65 (2), Floor 9.05 (4), All-Around 37.2 (2nd). GOLD - 2nd Place Team Irelyn Ahlers -- Vault 9.125 (2), Bars 9.3 (2), Beam 8.75, Floor 9.15 (4), All-Around 36.325 (1st). Parissa Frederiksen -- Vault 8.75, Bars 8.55, Beam 7.45, Floor 8.7, All-Around 35.00. Taylor Robertson -- Vault 8.8, Bars 8.55, Beam 7.45, Floor 8.125, All-Around 32.925. Savannah Manley -- Vault 9.2 (1), Bars 9.0 (5), Beam 9.125 (2), Floor 9.375, All-Around 36.70 (1st). Alexis Barber -- Vault 8.85 (3), Bars 8.6, Beam 8.55, Floor 9.125 (3), All-Around 35.125. Ciara Barron -- Vault 9.2 (1), Bars 9.5 (1), Beam 9.3 (1), Floor 9.275 (1), All-Around 37.275 (1st). Grace Heeren -- Vault 8.175, Bars 8.9 (5), Beam 8.575, Floor 8.450, All-Around 34.10. Hailey Reimers -- Vault 8.45, Bars 8.55, Beam 8.9 (5), Floor 9.05 (3), All-Around 34.95. Jenna Laughton -- Vault 9.0 (2), Bars 9.15 (1), Beam 8.25, Floor 8.475, All-Around 34.875. Cheyenne Jackson -- Vault 7.2, Bars 7.85, Beam 7.4, Floor 9.0 (4), All-Around 31.45. PLATINUM - 3rd Place Team Venus Gonzalez -- Vault 9.0 (4), Bars 7.8, Beam 8.4, Floor 9.1 (4), All-Around 34.30. Molly Roder -- Vault 9.175 (4), Bars 8.4, Beam 9.2 (1), Floor 9.15 (3), All-Around 35.925 (2nd). Kennedy Hinrich -- Vault 9.275 (1), Bars 8.625 (2), Beam 8.3 (4), Floor 9.4 (2), All-Around 35.60 (3rd). SILVER - 2nd Place Team Ashley Johnson -- Vault 9.0 (2), Bars 9.6 (2), Beam 8.6 (5), Floor 9.0 (4), All-Around 36.2 (4th). Lexi Konz -- Vault 9.2 (1), Bars 8.9 (2), Beam 9.4 (1), Floor 8.2 (3), All-Around 35.70 (2nd). Mackenna Frerichs -- Vault 8.8 (3), Bars 9.45 (3), Beam 9.4 (4), Floor 8.55 (5), All-Around 36.2 (3rd). Peyton Small -- Vault 8.4 (5), Bars 9.5 (1), Beam 8.15 (5), Floor 8.85 ( 3) , All-Around 34.90 (5th). Makenzie DeRocher -- Vault 8.7 (2), Bars 9.35 (1), Beam 9.8 (1), Floor 9.15 (1), All-Around 37.00 (2nd). Mia Stinton -- Vault 8.7 (3), Bars 9.1 (4), Beam 8.95 (5), Floor 8.75 (3), All-Around 35.50 (3rd). Neely Bacon -- Vault 7.8, Bars 9.1 (5), Beam 9.15 (3), Floor 8.65 (4), All-Around 34.70 (4th). Isabelle Landgraf -- Vault 8.35 (4), Bars 9.3 (2), Beam 9.0 (4), Floor 7.7, All-Around 34.35 (5th). Eden Koedam -- Vault 8.65 (4), Bars 9.35 (4), Beam 9.2 (5), Floor 8.6 (4), All-Around 35.8 (4th). Ellaina Pick -- Vault 7.4 (5), Bars 8.8 (5), Beam 9.45 (3), Floor 8.55 (5), All-Around 34.20 (5th). Shayla Dreckman -- Vault 7.6 (4), Bars 9.3 (3), Beam 9.35 (3), Floor 8.4 (4), All-Around 34.65 (4). Alaina Littlegeorge -- Vault 8.45 (4), Bars 9.5 (1), Beam 9.0 (5), Floor 8.5 (5), All-Around 35.450 (5th). Jordan Staab -- Vault 8.6, Bars 9.4 (3), Beam 8.85 (4), Floor 8.9 (4), All-Around 35.65 (4). Maddie Keunen -- Vault 8.6, Bars 9.4 (3), Beam 8.65, Floor 8.0, All-Around 34.65 (6).
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    By: Miranda Loutsch, RSM Journalism On March 4, the Remsen St. Mary's Dance Team hosted their annual Dance Night. During this event the team performed all of their routines from the year as well as a added coed routine and routines performed by the grade school kids who come to Dance Camp during the afternoon. The Gehlen Catholic and MMCRU dance teams also brought two routines as well. Junior Veda Pick said, "It is the best but most bittersweet day of the entire season because it's a great fun filled day but no one wants the season to end." The dance team had a busy day. In the afternoon the grade school girls come for an hour to learn their dances. The TK and Kindergarten girls did a dance to "Girls Just Want to Have Fun". The 1st Grade had a fun time dancing to "Head Over Boots". The last group of little girls, 4th, 5th, and 6th grades did a funky routine to "Does Your Mama Know". After the grade schoolers left the boys who were in the coed dance came in and practiced their routine. They danced to a mix up of popular songs. Those couples for coed were: Mallory Behrens and Michael Koenck; Kaylee Galles and Matthew Begnoche; Abby Tentinger and Tom Ahlers; Katlin Harvey and Robert Russell; Veda Pick and Kenny Bohnenkamp; Miranda Loutsch and David Grady; Sydney Lewis and Parker Bohnenkamp; and Bailey Penning and Wyatt Staab. "Coed was fun because it was interesting to practice with the girls and see how easy it was to them." Said David Grady. For Senior Mallory Behrens it was her last time performing at Remsen St. Mary's. She said, "I would say dance night went super well! We danced every dance to the best of our ability and coed was lit. It was a great way to end my dance career." RSM Dance Team had a very fun and successful season from dancing at home basketball games to placing third in the Jazz category at State Competition in December. The girls are excited to see what is in store for next year.
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    By: Sydney Lewis, RSM Journalism The Remsen St. Mary's Boys Basketball team had a very successful season, extending to the state tournament in Des Moines, Iowa. Throughout the whole season, the RSM fans and Blue Crew have been loud and supportive. They were loud from the first game of the season and continued to grow in strength each game. Coincidence? We don't think so. Senior Jacob Wesselmann said, "The Blue Crew has been amazing all season long. They are the best fans in the state." The students cheered nonstop from "Jump, Nick, Jump!" at the beginning of the game until "We are Proud of You!" at the end. Although the number of kids in the student section is small, they are mighty. As senior Michael Koenck said, "[We are] the few, the proud, the Blue Crew." "Being a part of the student section is always thrilling. Ever since I was in middle school I got to be in the student section and now that I'm a senior I get the joy of leading it," senior Tom Ahlers said. At halftime, Tim Osterman, the high school science teacher, led the entire fan section in the "Oster-Coaster," a roller coaster ride followed by everyone cheering "I Believe that We Will Win!" The Oster-Coaster is a fan favorite and the Blue Crew and the adult fans looked forward to it the entire first half of the game. Video of the Oster-Coaster from the sub-state game against Boyden-Hull has been viewed over eleven thousand times on Facebook. This year at the Iowa State Boys' Basketball Tournament, Remsen St. Mary's was awarded the Sportsmanship Award. "[Winning the Sportsmanship Award] was super special because we work really hard to keep our crowd positive and cheering loud. It was nice to know that someone else could recognize the amount of school spirit we have," said senior cheerleader Catherine Russell. The RSM fans will continue to cheer on the Hawks going into the spring and summer sports, hopefully bringing them the same success.
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    Hawks vs Grandview Christian & Hawks vs North Linn
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    Mardi Gras at St. Mary's took on a new face this year. The Christian Leadership Team (CLT) planned new games as well as keeping some of the more popular ones from past years. Pictured are just a few of the numerous fun activities that were provided for the preschool and elementary students on Tuesday, February 28. Additional activities included a milk can throw, hula hoops, basketball two-minute drill and free throws, etc. All students took part in the activities throughout the afternoon by purchasing a wrist band for a nominal fee.
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    There was a great following of RSM fans at State Basketball in the Des Moines Wells Fargo Arena on Monday, March 6. This first time to state for the RSM basketball team brought fans, the young and the mature from Remsen and many alumni and friends from Des Moines as well as across the state. Thank you to American Bank and Iowa State Bank for subsidizing a charter bus from Remsen that made for a pleasant and affordable trip to see the RSM boys' basketball team make history with a win in their first game at State Basketball.
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    Family and community members gathered in the Jason Puetz Memorial Gym at Gehlen Catholic School on Tuesday afternoon to see off the 36 members of Gehlen Catholicís Mission Honduras. The group will be working in an area near the Honduran capital from March 15-24. The send-off featured songs and blessings for every person going on the trip.
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    By: Hunter Johnson, MMCRU Journalism The Royal boys' basketball team on Tuesday, Feb. 7 faced the HMS Hawks. MMCRU was doing well after the first quarter trailing only by two points with a score of 9-7. They tried to come back, but HMS kept building the lead and at halftime the score was 23-14. At the end of the third quarter, the score was 27-20 and the final score was 47-31 with HMS winning. Point leader for the Royals was Chris Schmid, who had 13 points, followed by Hunter Tentinger, who had eight. Rebound leader was again Hunter Tentinger, who had seven rebounds, followed by Chris Schmid, who had five. The team had a total of 28 rebounds, 11 steals, and 21 turnovers. Point leader for the Hawks was Hunter Orthmann, who had 13 points, followed by Jake Van Dyke with 11. Rebound leader was Hunter Orthmann, who had six rebounds, followed by Cade Schiphoff with five rebounds. The team had a total of 27 rebounds, 11 steals, and 24 turnovers. MMCRU had a field goal percentage of 24%, a two-pointer percentage of 26%, and a three-pointer percentage of 20%. HMS had a field goal percentage of 44%, a two-pointer percentage of 55%, and a three-pointer percentage of 31%. For MMCRU, Will Hunter had the best field goal percentage with 50%. For HMS, Ivan Abonce had the best field goal percentage with 100%. Jerome Holmes. Jr, senior post for the Royals, had this to say, "I think we had a good potential of winning. We just need to fix a couple things and then we will succeed."
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    By: Allen Hamil, Sports Editor Le Mars Daily Sentinel REMSEN -- Jacob Wesselmann cracked 1,000 career points as Remsen St. Mary's completed a perfect 20-0 regular season with a 67-22 blowout of Trinity Christian on Friday, February 10. "We played really good basketball," RSM Head Coach Scott Ruden said. "A good way to end the year." Wesselmann needed just four points to reach the mark and finished with six points in the game. He also added five assists. Scoring was in the air as 10 RSM players found the net in the game. RJ Staab led the way with a career-high 13 points for the Hawks. Colin Schroeder and Carter Kuchel were right behind with 11 points each. Schroeder also added five steals. The Hawks next play on Thursday, February 16, at home against Sioux Central or MMCRU depending on who wins Monday's (Feb. 13) district opener.
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    Remsen St. Mary's fourth graders hosted the RSM Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, February 11. There were 12 teams that competed in three separate round robin pools. Teams that participated in each pool were Pool A: RSM Hawks, Gehlen Green, Akron Westfield, and South O'Brien; Pool B: Sioux City Saders Gold, MMCRU Blue, Sibley, and Gehlen Gold; Pool C: Sgt. Bluff Luton, Spirit Lake, MMCRU White, and Newell Fonda. Trophies were awarded to the three champions for the day, RSM Hawks, MMCRU Blue, and Newell Fonda.
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    By: Megan Sabin The Remsen Chamber of Commerce held their annual meeting and dinner on Sat., February 11, 2017 at the Avalon Ballroom in Remsen with 125 people in attendance, according to Chamber board member Karen Harnack. A social hour was held from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. A delicious meal followed, served by Timmy's Catering of Le Mars. After eating, Chamber President, Stephanie Loutsch (WesTel Systems) introduced the board members: Vice President, Shane Bork (Smith Insurance); Secretary, Karen Harnack (Thompson, Phipps, & Thompson, LLP); Treasurer, Katrina Homan (American Bank, N.A.); and Directors, Michael Matgen (Matgen Insurance), Pastor Dennis Martens (Christ Lutheran Church), Stacey Schroeder (Floyd Valley Clinic - Remsen), Tammy Portz (Furnishings On Second At Muller's), Alicia Hoffman (Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc.), and Kurtis Kroeger (Christ Lutheran Church). The terms of directors Loutsch, Martens, and Kroeger were up for this year on February 1, 2017. Loutsch and Kroeger agreed to serve another term, while one new board member for 2017 was announced as Nick Andresen (Iowa State Bank) to take over Marten's position. Bork then gave a brief presentation of the events the Remsen Chamber had sponsored over the past year. The Remsen Chamber of Commerce chose to honor the Remsen Public Library as the "Business of the Year", as this year marks the 50th year the library is in its current building. A Powerpoint presentation along with the following information was presented about the history of the Library. Janeene Klein read the following, "Dr. William Remsen Smith, for whom the town of Remsen was named, was a man of vision and one interested in the cultural aspects of this community. Dr. Smith bequeathed $300 to the town to be used for purchasing books for a library. In 1938, the Remsen Women's Club began their work of organizing the Remsen Public Library. In 1940, the library opened in the council chambers in the Municipal Building with approx. 700 books. The library soon outgrew these quarters and moved into a basement room in the same building where it was housed for the next twenty-five years. In 1956, a bequest of $500 was received from the Anna Kallsen estate and construction for a new library building began in September, 1966 with completion in the summer of 1967. The first books were circulated from the current library building on July 17, 1967 and most furnishings in the library are still the originals that were purchased fifty years ago! In 1999, the Board of Trustees adopted the following mission statement, "The Remsen Public Library (RPL) shall provide equal access to technology and print for the education, enjoyment and enlightenment of all people of the community". In honoring this mission statement, the RPL offers a large selection of materials, technology and services. We have three public computers with internet access, free Wi-Fi, audio books, e-books subscription, DVD's, fax/copy/scan services, proctoring college students, 54 magazine and three newspaper subscriptions, along with all seven Remsen newspapers from 1887 that have been digitized and are available on the library website (these newspapers, one in German are used worldwide), an extensive large print collection, Outreach services with book delivery to homebound residents, Bavarian Meadows and Happy Siesta, puzzles and board games. The library currently owns 13,000 material titles and has 1,100 registered patrons. Along with print materials, technology and services, the library currently provides many seasonal programs throughout the year. Other programs include Lego Club, Remsen Chamber coffee during National Library Week, Summer Reading Program, Children's Book Club and Adult Coloring and Painting. In May, 2015, the library and the Remsen VFW/American Legion sponsored a very special week-long exhibit called "Remembering Our Fallen". This emotional traveling memorial was well attended by the "Legion Riders" and over 400 visitors. The library employs three staff members, Peg Arens, Alicia Hoffman and Janeene Klein. The library has a nine member volunteer board of trustees, President Stacey Galles, Vice-President Jeremy Homan, Secretary Sandi Tritz, Jane Bork, Pat Wingert, Clint Leonard, Sharyn Ahmann, Mary Kane and Jim Miller. A special recognition to our Mayor Joel Fisch who devoted 38 years to the library board before accepting mayorship in 2016. On behalf of the RPL Board of Trustees and Staff, our heartfelt thank you to the Remsen Chamber of Commerce for honoring the Library as "2017 Business of the Year". We would also like to thank the Remsen city council and all city employees as well as the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors for their continued support. Most of all, we thank our loyal patrons and welcome ALL to stop by anytime and see what is going on at YOUR library! The library is a very special gem in our community and Remsen is extremely fortunate to have a public library. In conclusion, I will share a passage from a speech given at the 9/24/1967 RPL dedication program by Mr. Arie Verrips, Iowa State Traveling Library Board, "From this day forward, let it never be said that a Remsen, Iowa youngster or adult was deprived of a full life because of the lack of library facilities. With your enthusiasm however: I have no doubts about the future of the Remsen community."" The "Citizen/Employee of the Year" award was presented next. Alicia Hoffman and Stacey Galles both read their nomination letters for the Citizen/Employee of the Year, which was awarded to a very surprised Janeene Klein. Alicia Hoffman read her nomination letter for the Citizen of the Year, which is as follows, "How does one choose a Citizen of the Year? The one chosen must be an example of unselfishness- the willingness to put the needs or wishes of others before one's own. This individual must be concerned with the future of Remsen, and put forth the effort to help in any way possible. It should come to no surprise that the nominee is one who presents these skills and is determined to make our community a great place to live. The Remsen Public Library is a wonderful asset to the community of Remsen; however, we feel that this reason is because of the compassion and dedication displayed by a certain individual. Since 1989, she has been part of the Remsen Public Library. She served six years as a library board member and the past three years as the current library director. Her love to help others allows her to go above and beyond the duties as the Director. She holds an open heart to each and every person that has walked through the library doors. These gestures have brought many back to library again and again. She displays generosity in many ways and is able to connect with each patron, from her book suggestions, reading to children, assistance in looking for research, proctoring exam, or just simply by conversation. Her loyalty is not only demonstrated at the library, but also throughout Remsen by subbing in the library at the elementary school or delivering meals to the elderly. She presents an avid display of devotion to the community. It is obvious that she will go the extra mile and help in any way possible. As a daughter, wife, sister, mother, and an "adopted grandmother" to many children that come visit the library, she still finds time to take online classes to complete her personal goal of receiving her associate's degree. Education is important to her and it is clear that she is truly a great role model that shows everyone that setting a personal goal and achieving it is possible! She will able to fulfill this goal on July 28, which is also her birthday, as she walks across the stage at Iowa Lakes Community College. Her smile is contagious, as well as her love for the library, Remsen, and others-- for these reasons, Janeene Klein should be named 'Remsen's Citizen of the Year!'" Stacey Galles, library board president, also read her nomination letter for Janeene Klein, "Janeene Klein... I can't say enough good things about her. She has been a wonderful asset to the Remsen Public Library. I have known Janeene Klein for many years. I know that she has made it her own personal goal to complete her library science degree. She is and has been, always willing to go the extra mile to complete any task that is brought to her. Janeene has a passion for education and the Remsen community. This is seen on a daily basis at her job as the Library Director at the Remsen Public Library. She is always assisting wherever she is needed and has a great attitude while doing that. I have seen Janeene assist students in looking for various types of research and she proctors college exams for many age levels. Janeene is always willing to get new books that are recommended by the patrons. If she doesn't have the book in the library she always says "I can order it for you!". That to me shows that Janeene wants that patron to feel comfortable and eager to come back into the library. My family loves coming into the library to check out books but most importantly to see and visit with Janeene. Janeene has always stopped what she is doing to visit with my kids whenever we come into the library. She will sit down and read with them, play legos or listen to a puppet show with my kids. Janeene has shown anyone who walks into the library that they have her full attention. Janeene has the highest respect towards others and she has the same respect for herself. I would highly recommend Janeene Klein for the Remsen Employee of the Year!" After the awards portion of the evening, the tremendously talented ventriloquist, James Wedgewood provided entertainment for the crowd. Congratulations to Janeene Klein and the Remsen Public Library on receiving their respective prestigious honors.
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    By: Hailey Klein, RSM Journalism On February 1, Remsen St. Mary's High School students and faculty enjoyed time together on Student Appreciation Day. They went to Drop Zone and the Southern Hills Mall in Sioux City, and Sweet 16 Lanes in Le Mars. Drop Zone had a bunch of trampolines that the students and even some of the teachers enjoyed jumping on. There were also a lot of other things to do, such as dodgeball, laser tag, slam dunking a basketball, and an obstacle course. Megan Wurth said, "The obstacle course at Drop Zone challenged me, but I enjoyed it because it was still fun to go through it. My favorite part was the ending when I had to jump off a high surface." For lunch, everyone ate at the food court in the mall. When the students were done eating, they had some free time to shop or just walk around. After lunch, the group went to Sweet 16 Lanes in Le Mars. Teachers and students bowled two games. Everyone enjoyed their time while bowling with the disco lights on and singing to the music. The day was a great way for everyone to come together as a school and focus on the great relationships forged at RSM.
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    By: Miranda Loutsch, RSM Journalism On February 1, Remsen St. Mary's had their annual Family Fun Night in the Sandy Augustine Memorial Gym. Mrs. Mary Arens said "Family Fun Night was a tremendous success. It was good to get the entire school family together for a fun night." During the Family Fun Night, each class performed some sort of entertainment. The fan favorite was when Wyatt Staab, Mark Staab, and Shay Galles did the Blue's Brother Lip sync. "My favorite part of Family Fun Night was when Wyatt and his dad, Mark Staab, did the lip sync to the Blues Brothers." said freshman Madde Grover. The high school boys and basketball coaches competed against each other in shooting drills. "It was a good competition between the boys and the coaches. It was a close match but I'm glad the coaches came out on top." said Mr. Justin Fejfar. Sophomore Alexis Harpenau said, "The sixth graders lip sync was entertaining because Jaxon Bunkers and Kadden Groepper's acting skills were stellar." They performed "Hallelujah" by the Pentatonix. RSM had a very entertaining and successful night and allowed the entire RSM family to come together.
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    By: Allen Hamil, Sports Editor Le Mars Daily Sentinel REMSEN -- After an even first half, Remsen St. Mary's got the offense to click in the second half and came away with a 48-29 victory on Friday, January 27. MMCRU trailed 9-2 in the first quarter, but began to climb back into the game, beginning with a 3-pointer from Rae Tucker. The Royals closed the half on a 16-9 run, but couldn't keep the momentum going in the second half. RSM Head Coach Scott Willman said the team made some changes at halftime to their game plan. "We changed up our offense at break against their zone and it helped us free up some shooters and inside play," Willman said. "A press also proved effective." The Royals kept it within a couple possessions until late in the third quarter when the Hawks began to pull away, helped in part by a 3-pointer before the buzzer by Paige Willman, one of her three 3-pointers of the game as she finished with a team-best 15 points. She also added four assists and three steals. The Royals came up with 20 offensive rebounds but could not convert those into second-chance points as the team shot just 22 percent from the field and made just 4-of-25 3-point attempts. Willman said the Royals were able to control the boards more than he would have liked. "We did give up too many offensive rebounds to a scrappy MMCRU team and that's something we will work on," Willman said. Emily Moser was the biggest recipient of rebounds for the Royals, finishing the game with eight. Aliyah Jackson paced the Royals with nine points and four steals. Kayla Alesch added eight points and a trio of rebounds and assists. For the Hawks, Haley Delperdang just missed a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds. Erika Strassner and Hannah Loutsch finished with eight and seven points, respectively. RSM travels to South O'Brien on Tuesday, Jan. 31, while MMCRU faces West Sioux on Monday, Jan. 30.
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