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Royalty reigns - Stuerman, Schroeder crowned 2015 fair queen, king
A large crowd gathered Wednesday in Pioneer Village for the crowning of a new Plymouth County Fair queen and king. Sixteen queen candidates and 12 king candidates were introduced on the stage before the announcement. Christina Stuerman, 17, of Hinton, is the new queen...
Fair poultry show offers a creative twist
PLYMOUTH CO. -- There won't be any live birds at the Plymouth County Fair, but that won't eliminate a poultry show. Instead of bringing ducks, chickens and geese to the fair, 4-H'ers will use creativity to explain their projects. In May, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship banned all live bird shows and exhibitions...
Block parties to unite neighbors
LE MARS -- The Le Mars Police Association will be holding National Night Out from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Le Mars Police Department. Le Mars is one of many communities around the world that will take part in a crime and drug prevention event. To participate in NNO residents are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police...
Former CEO charged with theft -- UPDATED
LE MARS -- A former CEO of Pride Group Inc., of Le Mars, was arrested Tuesday after being accused of stealing a John Deere tiller owned by Pride Group. A warrant was issued for Michael Porter, 55, of Le Mars, for theft in the second degree, a Class D felony...
Love of agriculture - Farm roots run deep for chamber ag award recipient
The 2015 Outstanding Service to Agriculture recipient was honored Tuesday during a coffee at the Round Barn on the Plymouth County Fairgrounds. Brad Harvey, of Akron, was presented with the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce's honor by Paul Jacobson, vice president of the chamber's ag committee...
Air handlers going up on roof
(Photo contributed) A gigantic crane is placing six air handler units on the top of the new north addition at Floyd Valley Hospital, in Le Mars, Wednesday. The handlers will be used to regulate and circulate air as part of the heating, ventilating and air-conditioning system in the new building. Parking near the hospital's conference center is currently closed. The new north addition will include a surgical center on the top floor and a family medicine clinic on the lower level...
Plymouth County Fair Schedule
The Plymouth County Fair has kicked off its 5-day run with predictions of sunshine and temperatures through Sunday. Fair board president Tony Schroeder welcomes fairgoers to plenty of great entertainment in the grandstands and Pioneer Village. 4-H and FFA members have many livestock and static exhibits for fairgoers to view...
Fair fun includes Sunday worship service
PLYMOUTH CO. -- Thirty-nine years ago, a small, white chapel was built on the Plymouth County fairgrounds, at the north end of what is now Pioneer Village. At first only a small group of people gathered there for worship. Through the years, the number of people attending has grown...
Fair cooking school stars local woman
PLYMOUTH CO. -- The presenter at Friday's cooking school at the Plymouth County Fair will bring her love of cooking to the Century Hall Stage. Michaela Brown, of Merrill, and a member of The Browns music group, will present the 7 p.m. cooking demonstration...
County begins bargaining
PLYMOUTH CO. -- The county board of supervisors' initial contract proposal differs from the sheriff's office employees bargaining unit's. Supervisor Chairman Jim Henrich outlined the county's proposal during Tuesday's meeting. As a starting point, the supervisors responded to the bargaining unit's proposal, which was presented July 14...
Sugar silo comes down
(Photo contributed) The sugar silo at the North Ice Cream Plant was removed Tuesday. It has not been operational since 1995 when Wells Enterprises Inc. built a sugar plant to handle all of its production needs, according to Lesley Bartholomew, Wells corporate communications manager. ...
Piece by piece - Quilters' sewing talents raise dollars for clients
Quilts of many sizes, colors and fabrics will be sold to the highest bidder Saturday at the 19th annual Life Skills Foundation Quilt Auction. All money raised from the auction is used to provide vocational training to people with disabilities at Life Skills...
R-U board OKs sharing with MMC
REMSEN -- The Remsen-Union School Board gave its stamp of approval on a whole grade sharing agreement Monday. That is the next step needed for the R-U district to combine instruction with the Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn School District in the 2016-17 school year...
2015 fair queen to be crowned Wednesday
PLYMOUTH CO. -- Sixteen young ladies, representing 4-H clubs and FFA chapters, are vying for the honor of 2015 Plymouth County Fair Queen. Judging for the candidates was July 21. This year's candidates are: Taylor Anstine, 17, of Kingsley, daughter of Ray and Randi Anstine...
Growing sport finds home on Le Mars courts
LE MARS -- A sport invented in 1965 is finally making it's way to Le Mars. Pickleball is a combination of badminton, tennis and ping-pong, according to Le Mars pickleball enthusiast Greg Mitchell. The game is typically played in doubles, with four players, but it can also be played in singles matches...
EPA updates council on pollutant
LE MARS -- Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, officials attended last week's Le Mars City Council meeting to discuss pollutants found in downtown Le Mars last year. In 2014, the EPA identified Le Mars as having unsafe levels of the chemicals tetrachloroethylene, PCE, or trichloroethylene, TCE, in the air...
Driver ejected in rollover accident
LE MARS -- A man was thrown from his pickup truck in a single-vehicle accident Sunday on C-38, south of Le Mars. David Wurtz, 53, of Yankton, South Dakota, was injured when the 2006 GMC Sierra pickup he was driving rolled several times. Wurtz was transported to Floyd Valley Hospital by Le Mars Ambulance...
A chance to race: Raffle readies Tuff Truck for lucky driver
Many visitors to the Plymouth County Fair consider the Tuff Truck event among the most exiting shows at the fair. This year promises nothing less with 43 drivers entered, including at least four new trucks. Tuff Trucks is a race consisting of modified trucks on a dirt track that includes jumps and obstacles...
All Saints Parish welcomes new priest
LE MARS -- There's someone new conducting Mass at the churches of All Saints Parish. The Rev. Patrick Behm, started his work in the parish on June 16. Behm serves as parochial vicar at All Saints Parish in Le Mars, and St. Patrick Church, in Akron, and as chaplain at Gehlen Catholic Schools, in Le Mars...
Plymouth County Fair ready for visitors
Plymouth County Fair 2015 is ready to roll While Wednesday is officially the first day of the Plymouth County Fair, Monday and Tuesday feature a number of activities and preparations by 4-H and FFA exhibitors as well as commercial exhibitors and food vendors...
Collectible fair truck salutes agriculture, exhibitors
PLYMOUTH CO. -- The 2015 Plymouth County Fair Truck salutes a new purpose for a fairgrounds structure and a long-time 4-H class. On the driver's side of the trailer is a picture of the ribbon cutting at the Round Barn in 2014 for the exhibit "aROUND the farm in the BARN."...
No jury duty July 28
PLYMOUTH CO. -- Persons called for jury duty in July will not need to report for jury duty Tuesday, July 28, according to the Plymouth County Clerk of Court's office. This will conclude service for July jurors. August jurors will need to call the clerk of court's office after 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, to see if they need to report for duty Tuesday, Aug. 4...
Take steps to prevent heat issues
LE MARS -- The weather could be heating up for the Plymouth County Fair, and fairgoers need to take care. Weather forecasters are predicting temperatures near 90 degrees this week. That doesn't include humidity, which can heat up conditions even more...
Taekwondo pride - Hard work, discipline secure World Champion title
Five years ago, Jennifer Bockelmann practiced her first taekwondo form. The Le Mars woman has used the years since to perfect her skills and increase her level of experience. That dedication paid off this summer. Bockelmann earned World Champion in women's combat weapons sparring, at the American Taekwondo Association's 2015 World Expo, in Little Rock, Arkansas...
Fair king candidates represent 4-H, FFA groups
Twelve candidates are vying for the title of 2015 Plymouth County Fair King. The candidates are sponsored by 4-H club and FFA chapters in the county. This year's candidates are: Brody Auen, 18, of Pierson, son of Royden and Cindy Auen. He is representing the Kingsley-Pierson FFA and has been a member for four years. He has been a 4-H member for 11 years...