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Friday, Oct. 31, 2014
Le Mars Agri-Center 10.00 a.m
Corn $3.31

Beans $9.62

Oats $2.50

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125 years on the hill - Rural Akron church keeps vigil in farming community (10/31/14)
This Sunday is a special one for the congregation of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, rural Akron. The congregation will celebrate its 125th anniversary with a worship service and dinner/fundraiser. Worship will be at 10 a.m., with a joint service of the congregations of St. John, Akron, and St. John's Lutheran Church, Craig...
Good Samaritan returns uniform to owner (10/31/14)
LE MARS -- Phil Landis found his Army uniform -- which he didn't even know was lost -- 36 years later. Last Friday, Phil's family learned that a Le Mars resident had found the uniform Phil hasn't worn since 1977. Kari Ames was getting ready for a rummage sale with the help of her husband, Jeremy...
Man pleads not guilty to domestic assault (10/31/14)
PLYMOUTH CO. -- A Sioux City man pled not guilty Monday to charges of domestic abuse and unlawful possession of a firearm. Richard Ross, 45, was charged with one count of domestic abuse and three counts of unlawful possession of a firearm after allegedly assaulting his wife, Linda Ross, in their Plymouth County residence earlier this month...
Turn clocks back to end DST (10/31/14)
PLYMOUTH CO. -- Those needing an extra hour of sleep will enjoy the end of Daylight Saving Time this weekend. DST ends at 2 a.m. Sunday. Clocks should be set back one hour. Since 2007, most of the United States and Canada observe DST from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November...
Le Mars chamber opening award nominations (10/30/14)
LE MARS -- The Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations to "Business and Citizen of the Year." The Le Mars Business Initiative Corporation, or LBIC, is also looking for a new board member. Business of the Year All chamber members are eligible, regardless of size or type, for the Business of the Year award...
Bicyclists ride cross-country, raising dollars for education (10/30/14)
LE MARS -- Three bicyclists made a pit stop in the final leg of an about 10,000 mile journey across the United States Wednesday. Drawn to Le Mars by the allure of Blue Bunny ice cream, Chris Gould, Mike Amen and Brett Citrowske took a breather outside the parlor downtown...
Musicians earn All-State Music Festival spots (10/30/14)
LE MARS -- Musicians from Le Mars Community and Gehlen Catholic High Schools will participate in the 68th annual All-State Music Festival. The concert will be Saturday, Nov. 22, in Ames. Auditions for the choir, band and orchestra were held last Saturday at six locations in Iowa. Local students auditioned in Storm Lake...
City council approves property tax rebate (10/30/14)
LE MARS -- The Le Mars City Council authorized a five-year property tax rebate to local developer Ron Kneip last week. The value of the rebate is estimated at $5,300 each year, for a total of $26,500. That amount is subject to change based on adjustments, based on things such as the number of properties owned by Kneip in the subdivision, tax rollback, levies and more...
LCS audit shows small gain in ending balance (10/30/14)
LE MARS -- The Le Mars Community School District Board of Education received the annual auditor's report at its Monday meeting. The district started the 2014-15 fiscal year with a general fund balance of $3,054,421 and ended with $3,068,572, an increase of $14,151...
'Mail, Mail, read all about it' (10/29/14)
LE MARS -- We are changing the way we deliver the Le Mar's Daily Sentinel. Starting Monday, Nov. 3, look for your newspaper in your mailbox! Why the change? Unfortunately over the last several years it has become harder and harder to find carriers to deliver your newspaper...
A good harvest? - With high yields, low prices may impact farmers (10/29/14)
Farmers may see a lot of variability in harvest yields this year. Factors such as rainfall and temperature have influenced the growth of soybeans and corn during the growing season. High yields nation- and statewide have significantly increased the supply of corn, exposing farmers to market pressures that drove grain prices down over the past 18 months...
Lighting up a jack-o'-lantern (10/29/14)
(Sentinel photo by Bennet Goldstein) An electric pumpkin casts a warm glow onto a gravel yard in the 600 block of Greenwood Avenue in Le Mars. Decorations are visible throughout town as Halloween approaches. The haunted holiday is observed Friday.
Former Remsen employee drops lawsuit in settlement (10/29/14)
REMSEN -- A lawsuit filed by a former utility director for the Remsen Municipal Utility has been dismissed after the plaintiff reached a settlement. The former director, Steve Pick, received a payment of $140,000 from the city in exchange for dropping all claims...
Prescription drug abuse on the rise (10/29/14)
PLYMOUTH CO. -- Is prescription drug abuse growing in Plymouth County and northwest Iowa? It appears so, according to RoxAnn Smith, senior prevention and education specialist at Jackson Recovery Center. Smith travels among Jackson's coverage area, which includes the counties of Plymouth, Cherokee, Monona, Ida, Crawford, Harlan and Woodbury...
Former Remsen employee drops lawsuit in $140K settlement (10/28/14)
REMSEN -- A lawsuit filed by a former utility director for the Remsen Municipal Utility has been dismissed after the plaintiff reached a settlement. The former director, Steve Pick, received a payment of $140,000 from the city in exchange for dropping all claims...
County road crash - Injured drivers surrounded by mangled wreckage (10/28/14)
Two drivers were injured Monday morning when their vehicles collided at the intersection of county roads K-22 and C-38, northwest of Merrill. The man, identified as Mark Wells, 57, of Ireton, sustained life-threatening injuries and was airlifted by a Mercy Air Care helicopter to Mercy Medical Center, in Sioux City...
Pumpkin art at Primebank (10/28/14)
(Sentinel photo by Amy Erickson) Employees at Primebank, in Le Mars, show their artistic talents in the second annual pumpkin decorating contest. Who knew that a pumpkin could become an elephant or a baseball? Primebank customers have until noon Friday to vote for their favorite pumpkin. Brad Pick, marketing officer at Primebank, said the top three winners will get prizes. "The employees really enjoy doing it. The customers enjoy it, too," Pick said...
LCS student numbers up for 2014-15 (10/28/14)
LE MARS -- It's official. The certified enrollment at Le Mars Community Schools for 2014-15 is 2,126.19 students. That's a gain of 38.56 students from last year. Assistant Superintendent Steve Webner presented the final numbers to the board of education Monday...
Voters needed on Nov. 4 (10/28/14)
PLYMOUTH CO. -- The 2014 General Election is just a week away, giving the undecided a short time to decide who their favorite candidate is. Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. next Tuesday, Nov. 4 in all 13 Plymouth County precincts. Voters will cast ballots for offices ranging from governor to county and congressional offices...
Hillview bike trail complete (10/28/14)
HINTON -- Construction of a new mountain bike and hiking trail at the Hillview Recreation area is complete. The about 3-mile trail recently opened, and people are using it, said Jay Chesterman, a volunteer who helped spearhead the effort to complete the trail...
Two injured in vehicle collision (10/27/14)
MERRILL -- Two drivers were seriously injured this morning (Monday) when their vehicles collided at the intersection of county roads K-22 and C-38, northwest of Merrill. The man, identified as Mark Wells, 57, of Breton, sustained life-threatening injuries and was airlifted by a Mercy Air Care helicopter to Mercy Medical Center, in Sioux City...
Downtown trick-or-treat - Local businesses line the streets with sweets (10/27/14)
(Sentinel photo by Bennet Goldstein) The Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce organized trick-or-treating for several hundred children in downtown Le Mars Saturday. Children gathered at the Olson Cultural Event Center at First Avenue and First Street Northeast before heading to Central Avenue to gather sweets from local business owners...
Museum's haunted house (10/27/14)
(Sentinel photo by Beverly Van Buskirk) Visitors to the Plymouth County Historical Museum's haunted house were greeted by a number of spooky characters, including this clown who was in the heart surgery area of the display. The haunted house was held Friday and Saturday...
Council looks east to provide neighborhood access (10/27/14)
LE MARS -- The city council continues to discuss how to best provide secondary access to the North Greenview Estates subdivision in northeast Le Mars. Last week, council members debated whether flooding should be considered in the matter of creating a secondary access road for the subdivision, which would link to Mahogany Avenue...
Remsen man shot while hunting (10/27/14)
REMSEN -- Ross A. Arens remains hospitalized after an accident while pheasant hunting Saturday. The 18-year-old Remsen man was airlifted to Mercy Medical Center, in Sioux City, after receiving a gun shot to his abdomen. Ross remained a patient at the hospital this morning (Monday), but no information as to his condition was being released, according to a Mercy Medical Center spokeswoman...


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