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    The Tri-State Cruiser Car Show took place in downtown Remsen on Wednesday, July 12, starting at 5 p.m. Many different makes, models, and types of vehicles were on display.
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    The Remsen St. Mary’s high school baseball and softball teams recently held their Senior Night, recognizing the senior players and their parents. The softball team held their Senior Night on Thursday, June 22, playing against Trinity Christian and winning the game 10-0 in five innings. The baseball team held their Senior Night on Wednesday, July 5, and played against Alta-Aurelia for a 7-1 victory.
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    The fourth program for the Summer Reading theme of “Build a Better World” was “Books, Bucks, and Bingo” which took place on Wednesday, June 28 at 10 a.m. at the Remsen Public Library. Employees from American Bank in Remsen came by to read a book to the children called, “Curious George Saves His Pennies” by H. A. Rey. The following is a synopsis of the book, “When George decides to save up for that special red train in the toy store, he doesn’t realize how long it will take—or how hard he’ll have to work for his money. But when the time finally arrives to take his very full piggy bank to the toy store—surprise!—George loses it. Can this day, and George’s hard-won earnings, be saved?”. Children were then asked questions about the different values of coins and how many coins it takes to make dollars. After the story-time, children all received a Bingo card. American Bank and Library employees walked around helping children read their cards, as well as some of the older children helping the younger ones. Many prizes were available for children to win. The Bingo cards and wheel were graciously lent to the library by WesTel Systems and the Catholic Order of Foresters.
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    On Saturday, June 24, bicycles, motorcycles and classic cars pulled out of Remsen for the Annual Tata’s Fun Ride, which helped raise money for local cancer patient, Kerri Stinton. The pedal bike portion of the ride, which was a 50-mile trek from Remsen through Granville, Marcus and then back to Remsen started between 8-9 a.m. Motorcycles and classic cars rode a full 100 miles around the county and left between 10-11 a.m. A dance began around 7:30 p.m., with Tony Jelken providing entertainment, at Beer City. The following are pictures from the event.
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    On Wed., June 14, 2017, Rachel Jones and Jake Dailey of the Hampstead Stage Company, based out of New Hampshire, performed a wonderful rendition of Pinocchio at the Remsen Public Library for the second Summer Reading Program.
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    On Wednesday, June 14, 2017, the MMCRU Varsity High School Royals Baseball Team started a new tradition at their home field in Marcus. Some of the future MMCRU Royals (Royals Youth Association Little League players) ran out with the Varsity players when the Varsity players were introduced at the beginning of the game. The team played against South O’Brien that night and brought home another Royals Varsity win! Below are several pictures of the Little League players with the Varsity players hanging out in the dugout, running out on the field, and reciting the national anthem together.
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    MMCRU - Remsen Kindergarten Graduation for the 2016-2017 school year took place on Thursday, May 25, 2017. Kindergarten students with their teacher, Mrs. Mindy Ruhland, are pictured above and include: Front row, from left: Israel Okougbo, Celia Shea, Trulee Gonzalez, Jayda Decker, Quinn Schweitzer, Hudson Schweitzer, Casaeda Nannen, and Faith Spenner. Back row, from left: Nohlyn Lara, Samantha Peterson, Amaya Gengler, Ava Frederick, Ethan Steffen, Laiken Bork, Rebekah Casson, Ashley Mouser, and Colt Meier.
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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