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Monday, Apr. 20, 2015
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Standing alone - County Republicans use teamwork, compromise to stay on top (04/20/15)
Editor's note: This is the second in a series of stories about political parties in Plymouth County. Plymouth County is often referred to as a political stronghold for the Republican Party. Don Kass, chairman of the Plymouth County Republican Party, said he believes that is because his party best represents the beliefs of county voters...
Boss of Quarter: Anderson leads with legacy (04/20/15)
LE MARS -- Under the guise of celebrating his mother's birthday, Todd Anderson was surprised when he realized the turnout was actually for him. Anderson learned he was named 2015 first quarter Boss of the Quarter by the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce at last Tuesday's chamber coffee...
Omelets and more (04/20/15)
(Photo contributed) Spotlight chefs Anietra Janssen (left), Ann Cole-Nelson, Paul Jacobson, Daryl Friedenbach and Bruce Dutcher prepare omelets Sunday at the Floyd Valley Hospital Auxiliary's annual omelet brunch. Through the morning, 335 people were served with all proceeds going to the surgery department at the hospital...
Wold arrested in stolen vehicle (04/20/15)
HINTON -- A Hinton woman was arrested Friday on Plymouth County warrants after allegedly being found driving a stolen car. At approximately 10:52 p.m., the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office was called to assist the Sioux City Police Department at 29469 320th St., south of Hinton, with the recovery of a stolen vehicle...
Bird flu precautions necessary (04/20/15)
NORTHWEST IOWA -- Wild waterfowl are to blame for the spread of avian influenza, or bird flu. The first case of H5N2 influenza in Iowa was found in a commercial turkey flock in Buena Vista County. All 27,000 turkeys were euthanized, said Dustin Vande Hoef, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, or IDALS, communications director...
A classroom treasure: Energetic students keep LCS teacher of the year busy (04/19/15)
Last Wednesday's teacher in-service at Kluckhohn Elementary School held a surprise for transitional kindergarten teacher Kim Rohrs. With teachers, administrators, and family gathered in the school library, Denise Anthony, of the Le Mars Community School Foundation, announced Rohrs as the 2015 Teacher of the Year/Crystal Bell Award recipient...
Hoffman takes plea deal for meth, guns (04/19/15)
PLYMOUTH CO. -- A Sioux City man arrested in Plymouth County for possession of methamphetamine and guns has taken a plea deal to avoid jail time. Matthew Hoffman, 38, of Sioux City, was scheduled to begin a jury trial last week at the Plymouth County Courthouse...
Banquet to honor many from LCS (04/19/15)
LE MARS -- The Le Mars Community School District Foundation annual banquet will be Wednesday, April 29. The 6:30 p.m. banquet honors the district's teacher of the year, employee of the month recipients, district employees of 25 years, the top 5 percent of the graduating class and the "Distinguished Alumnus" award recipient...
Investigation changes facts in fatal accident (04/17/15)
BRUNSVILLE -- After further investigation, it was determined someone else was driving a vehicle involved in an April 5 fatal accident. Initially, Iowa State Patrol reported that Shanna Boggs, 37, of Sioux City, was driving the 2005 Chevrolet Colorado...
No jury duty April 21 (04/17/15)
PLYMOUTH CO. -- Persons called for jury duty in April will not need to report for jury duty Tuesday, April 21, according to the Plymouth County Clerk of Court's office. April Jurors will need to call the clerk of court's office after 3 p.m. Monday, April 27, to see if they need to report for duty Tuesday, April 28...
Several runners from Lady 'Dogs set personal bests (04/16/15)
SIOUX CENTER -- The Le Mars Community High girls track and field team, along with the Akron-Westfield boys' and girls' track and field teams competed Thursday at the Sioux Center Co-Ed Invitational...
Eyepopping art - Grants, fundraisers to help color downtown Le Mars alleys (04/16/15)
A 2015 Paint Iowa Beautiful grant will aid future alley art and historical murals in downtown Le Mars. Mary Reynolds, Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Main Street director, said the city of Le Mars received a grant that will supply 10 gallons of paint for the project...
'Dogs remain unbeaten in tennis (04/16/15)
LE MARS -- The Le Mars Community High School boys' tennis team extended its perfect record Thursday with a 8-1 victory over Spirit Lake. The Bulldogs are 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the Lakes Conference. LCHS boys coach Bill Dalton said the 'Dogs came ready to play against the Indians, who are always good competition...
Progress made on hospital addition (04/16/15)
LE MARS -- Floyd Valley Hospital officials hope to be moving into the north addition this winter. Mike Donlin, hospital administrator, said that December or January timeframe is six months later than planned. Originally, the project had a scheduled move-in of late summer...
Madsen pleads guilty to burglary (04/16/15)
PLYMOUTH CO. -- A Le Mars man was sentenced this week at the Plymouth County Courthouse after pleading guilty to multiple counts of burglary. Nicholas Madsen, 19, of Le Mars, pleaded guilty to four counts of burglary in the third degree, all aggravated misdemeanors...
County bridge projects increase (04/16/15)
PLYMOUTH CO. -- In the 2015 construction season, 26 bridges will be replaced in Plymouth County. The number planned has grown due to the county board of supervisors setting aside an additional $300,000 in Local Option Sales Tax, or LOST, dollars. Earlier this year, the board allocated $850,000 to the secondary road department for bridge replacements...
Hospital officials studying ER remodel (04/16/15)
LE MARS -- Next year there may be a new construction project at Floyd Valley Hospital. Tuesday, the hospital board of trustees heard preliminary details for remodeling in the Emergency Department, or ED. Mike Donlin, hospital administrator, received the board's verbal consensus to look into it farther...
Moodie joins Plymouth County veterans commission (04/16/15)
PLYMOUTH CO. -- A new member was appointed to the Plymouth County Veteran Affairs Commission Tuesday. The county board of supervisors appointed Curt Moodie, of Kingsley, to finish an unexpired term. Moodie replaces Don Beitelspacher who died April 3...
2015 LCS Teacher of the Year (04/15/15)
Kim Rohrs, (right) Le Mars Community Schools transitional kindergarten teacher, is the 2015 Teacher of the Year/Crystal Bell Award recipient. The award was presented by The Le Mars Community Schools Foundation Board and the Le Mars Community Alumni Association. ...
Car strikes tree, driver injured (04/15/15)
LE MARS -- Speed may have been a factor in a one-vehicle accident Tuesday, in Le Mars. Jonathon Van Der Weide, 24, of Le Mars, was injured when the 2014 Ford Mustang he was driving collided with a tree. Van Der Weide was transported to Floyd Valley Hospital, where he was treated and released...
LCS set Aug. 27 school start date (04/14/15)
LE MARS -- Le Mars Community School District students will start classes Thursday, Aug. 27, for the 2015-16 school year. That start day complies with legislation signed into law Friday that mandates schools must start no earlier than Aug. 23. The board of education gave its approval to the calendar at its Monday meeting...
Grass fires - Le Mars firefighters control two burning ditches UPDATE (04/14/15)
Le Mars Fire-Rescue had a busy day Tuesday fighting two ditch fires in Plymouth County. The first call of the day was at 11:05 a.m. for a grass fire in a ditch at the intersection of Highway 60 and 130th Street, near Hinton. When firefighters arrived on the scene, a Union Pacific Railroad employee had stopped his truck while passing by...
LCS students present fairy tales with a twist (04/14/15)
LE MARS -- Remember those childhood fairy tales of fairy godmothers, witches, talking frogs and more? Le Mars Community High School students will bring those characters to life in the production "The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon!" Thursday, Friday and Saturday...
Arens takes plea deal (04/14/15)
PLYMOUTH CO. -- A Le Mars man arrested in February by the Le Mars Police/Plymouth County Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force accepted a plea deal Monday to avoid prison time. Brendan Arens, 20, of Le Mars, agreed to a plea deal that offered him a 10 year suspended prison sentence and three years on probation...
Gehlen honored for BIRDS program (04/14/15)
LE MARS -- Gehlen Catholic Elementary was honored for encouraging positive student behaviors. Gehlen was named a Banner Plus School for implementing a Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, or PBIS, program, by the Iowa Department of Education...