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'A Time to Remember' - Alzheimer's, dementia are lifechanging diseases
The 2015 Le Mars Wine and Chocolate Festival "A Time to Remember" event for the Alzheimer's Association will be Thursday, April 9. This year, the Virginia Gotto family has been named honorary chairmen for the local event. The evening will feature eight winemakers, dinner with accompanying wines and silent and live auctions...
LCS students advance to state NHD competition
LE MARS -- With a record number of 336 students registered for the recent northwest Iowa National History Day contest, competition was fierce. Thirty-four Le Mars Community Middle School students and one high school student had projects entered in the competition...
Vargas given deferred sentence
PLYMOUTH CO. -- A deferred judgement was issued in the case of a woman found guilty of endangering her child's life in 2011. Alicia Vargas, 24, of Council Bluffs, was charged in March 2014 with willful injury and child endangerment, stemming from a 2011 incident...
City waste site now open
LE MARS -- With the arrival of spring, residents may be starting to clean up their lawns for the season. Twigs, branches and grass can now be taken to the city of Le Mars' drop-off site. It is open Wednesdays, from 2-6 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m...
Hearing set for debt issuance
PLYMOUTH CO. -- The county board of supervisors is proposing borrowing dollars to purchase vehicles. Tuesday, the board set 10 a.m. March 31 as a public hearing date for the proposed issuance of $100,000 of indebtedness. That means the county treasurer would seek a loan in that amount from a local bank, said County Auditor Stacey Feldman...
Open burning can resume Thursday
PLYMOUTH CO. -- The ban on open burning in Plymouth County will end Thursday. The ban will be lifted at 8 a.m., according to Le Mars Fire-Rescue Chief David Schipper. In a press release, he stated the one-half inch of rain received in the area Tuesday has improved conditions...
Woman trapped in vehicle after crash
LE MARS -- An accident on Highway 75 left two people injured Tuesday. Lynne Uhl, 35, of Le Mars, and Donald Oranian, 38, of Omaha, Neb., were both treated at Floyd Valley Hospital, in Le Mars, following Tuesday's accident. Oranian was treated and released, while Uhl was transferred in stable condition to another facility, according to a hospital spokeswoman...
Rocket science: Le Mars students design NASA space settlement
It's the year 2060 and a space settlement orbits between Earth and Mars. The settlement houses 2,500 permanent residents, plus several thousand temporary residents. Your job is to create a structural design that will transport these people in a cycler orbit between the two planets, as well as create a habitable environment...
FEMA helps pay for dike repair
WESTFIELD -- The Plymouth County Drainage Board is accepting bids from contractors to repair a dike damaged by floods. When the Big Sioux River flooded a channel between the river and Westfield last June, it opened a hole about 80 feet wide in the dike on the channel's south side...
Signs to mark historic districts
LE MARS -- Signs marking historic districts in Le Mars may be in place later this summer. Members of the Le Mars Historic Preservation Commission have decided on a sign design after several months work. Commission member Rich Ziettlow said the group decided on signs that will identify the historical district, and include an historic photo of it...
Neunaber questions interrogation
PLYMOUTH CO. -- A suppression hearing has been ordered in the case of the Akron man accused of murdering his mother. Defense attorney Billy Oyadare has filed a motion to suppress statements made by Jonathan Neunaber, 45, of Akron, and all evidence associated with those statements...
Running against the wind - Plymouth County Democrats struggle to find viable candidates
Editor's note: This is the first in a series of stories about political parties in Plymouth County. Last November, the midterm elections brought the campaign season to an end. It also signaled the beginning of the campaign season for the 2016 elections...
Serving a hot meal
(Sentinel photo by Beverly Van Buskirk) During March for Meals Week, March 16-20, area mayors and city representatives visited congregate meal sites to help serve meals or deliver meals to homebound seniors in the communities. At the Le Mars Senior Center meal site, city of Le Mars administrative assistant Christy Collins (right) pitched in for Mayor Dick Kirchoff in serving meals Thursday, assisting local site manager Brenda Kray. ...
Guitarist to bring Brazil to arts center
LE MARS -- Guitarist David Burgess will fill the Le Mars Arts Center with Brazilian music Sunday. The free concert begins at 2 p.m. with doors opening at 1:30 p.m., at the center, 200 Central Ave. S.E. Burgess has won top honors in international music competitions in Mexico City, Toronto, Canada, and Munich, Germany, according to latinguitar.com/biography.htm...
Easter egg hunt set for April 4
LE MARS -- The Easter Bunny will will visit the Le Mars Area Community Annual Easter Egg Hunt this year. From 10:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 4, children can have their photos taken with the iconic bunny. The Easter egg hunt will start at 11 a.m. for 2 year olds up to first graders at Cleveland Castle Park...
'You've been blessed' -- Wooden crosses travel, raise money for youth trip
Fifteen youth from St. John's Lutheran Church, in Le Mars, are blessing residents throughout the community. Three wooden crosses with the words "You've Been Blessed" are appearing in people's yards, in Le Mars. That means someone has chosen to bless the resident, who can in turn pass it along to another...
Preparations for severe weather begin
PLYMOUTH CO. -- Students at Gehlen Catholic School know where to go in case of severe weather. Friday, they participated in a drill. In their safe area, students sat on the floor, most of whom had their backs against the wall, to protect themselves from a potential threat...
(Sentinel photo by Beverly Van Buskirk) The duck pond was just one of many games at the Le Mars Community Middle School Carnival Friday. Haley Gross, 5, picks a duck from the water to claim a prize at the booth. Both the old and new middle school gymnasiums were filled with children, parents and grandparents, all taking in the fun of more than 35 carnival games such as ring toss, throwing darts to pop balloons, as well as face painting and a cake walk. ...
Report shows less cash on hand
LE MARS -- Fiscal year 2013-14 ended with a decrease in the unassigned general fund balance for the city of Le Mars. Graham Forbes, of Williams & Co., in Le Mars, presented the comprehensive annual financial report to Le Mars City Council last week...
County's reserves built up
PLYMOUTH CO. -- General fund balance reserves for Plymouth County were up at the end of fiscal year 2013-14. Last week, the county board of supervisors reviewed the county's financial report with Jeff Peters, of Williams & Co., in Le Mars. In the general fund, the balance carried from 2013-14 to the current 2015-16 fiscal year totaled $2,308,469...
Training for a fire - Le Mars firefighters learn moves inside smoke-trailer
As smoke billowed out the door, a firefighter got down on all fours and encountered it head-on. Members of the Le Mars Fire-Rescue Department crawled through a maze, climbed ladders and steps and searched Wednesday. Firefighters trained using the department's smoke semitrailer...
Future uncertain for log cabin at fairgrounds
LE MARS -- The fate of the log cabin at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds may be decided soon. Earlier this year, the fair board decided to demolish the 1800s cabin. Now, the Plymouth County Historical Museum board is looking into the possibility of providing a new home for the cabin...
Huckabee visits Le Mars
LE MARS - Former Arkansas Governor and Fox News Channel host Mike Huckabee made a stop in Le Mars Thursday. Huckabee spoke with people at the Family Table Restaurant. Topics of discussion ranged from education and electricity to unemployment and the minimum wage...
Kruse discusses economic issues
LE MARS -- David Kruse, president of CommStock Investments and AgriVantage, traveled to Le Mars Wednesday to speak about economic issues concerning the agricultural industry in America. Kruse was the keynote speaker at the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Ag Luncheon Wednesday...
Townsley chase results in accidents - UPDATE
LE MARS -- Jordan Townsley was arrested Monday for allegedly stealing a sports utility vehicle from a Merrill residence. Townsley, of Sioux City, is accused of stealing a 2002 Chevrolet Suburban, which was located a short time later by a Plymouth County deputy...