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Monday, July 6, 2015
Le Mars Agri-Center Thursday's closing quotes
Corn $3.93

Beans $9.67

Oats $2.50

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Niebaum convicted on drug charges (07/05/15)
PLYMOUTH CO. -- A South Sioux City, Nebraska woman has pleaded guilty to a controlled substance violation in Plymouth County. Faith Niebaum, 21, entered a plea of guilty June 23 on the charge of possession of methamphetamine, first offense. As a result, her license was revoked and she was sentenced to 365 days in jail, with all but three days suspended, according to court documents...
Project focuses on senior safety (07/05/15)
LE MARS -- Senior citizens are being sought for a local service project. Good Samaritan Society-Le Mars, Le Mars Rotary and businesses are partnering for a Founder's Day Service Project. The project focuses on installing grab bars, raised toilet seats, improved lighting and more to help reduce the risk of seniors falling in their homes...
Graham talks with voters in Le Mars -- UPDATED (07/02/15)
LE MARS -- Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, stopped by the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor, in Le Mars, Thursday. During the stop, Graham spoke with customers of the ice cream shop about the upcoming Presidential election and the future of the nation...
Electronic court filing available (07/02/15)
DES MOINES -- The implementation of electronic filing in Iowa's courts is now complete. Iowans with a case on file in any of the state's 99 counties can now file documents using the Internet, a press release stated. They can view the court docket and documents for their cases online, from an office or home computer 24 hours a day, seven days a week...
Light up the sky - Fireworks require professional shooters, permits (07/02/15)
The Iowa Legislature recently decided to keep most fireworks illegal. However, that won't stop many Plymouth County residents and others across the state from lighting them Saturday -- the Fourth of July. The ban against fireworks goes back 77 years to 1938, when Iowa became the first state to make them illegal...
New Le Mars water tower ready for paint (07/02/15)
LE MARS -- Looking to the south of Le Mars, one can see a new water tower on the horizon. The tower stands just east of the intersection of Sixth Avenue and 24th Street Southwest. Le Mars water superintendent Gayle Sitzmann said he expects the tower to go in to service by late October or early November...
Manure spill at Plymouth Dairy (07/01/15)
MERRILL -- A manure spill at Plymouth Dairy, about four miles east of Merrill, was being investigated by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, or DNR, Wednesday, according to a press release. Shortly after 7 a.m., it was discovered that manure being pumped was flowing around a settling basin rather into it, the press release stated...
Crash leaves Merrill residents without power (07/01/15)
MERRILL -- A tractor-trailer struck a utility pole Wednesday, knocking out power to more than 1,000 residents. A MidAmerican Energy electricity pole, carrying a transmission line was hit by the truck, driven by Mark Nielsen, of Brooklyn Center, Minn...
Camp at the Y: Children find plenty activities to fill each day (07/01/15)
There's more to summer than sitting on the couch and playing video games. Just ask Allie Freking, program director at the Le Mars YMCA. Each week from June 1 through Aug. 14, the YMCA offers a day camp for children entering grades first through sixth...
Supervisors approve letter to Branstad (07/01/15)
PLYMOUTH CO. -- Tuesday the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors approved a request from county attorney Darin Raymond to send a letter to Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad. The letter asks Branstad to veto a portion of a spending bill that would change the way delinquent court debts are collected in the state...
Fourth of July in Le Mars (06/30/15)
LE MARS -- A parade, food music and fireworks will highlight the Fourth of July observance in Le Mars this weekend. Fourth of July activities begin at 11 a.m., Saturday with a parade through downtown Le Mars. The parade, led by the Le Mars American Legion Wasmer Post 241 through downtown Le Mars, will line up on Eighth Street Southwest, west of Central Avenue, and disband at Second Street Northwest, near Bike Central...
Avian Flu emergency extended (06/30/15)
DES MOINES -- Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad announced Monday that he is extending the State of Disaster Emergency through July 31 in response to the avian flu outbreak, according to a press release. This is the second extension Branstad has issued since the original declaration was set to expire May 31...
Road work closes Seventh Avenue Southeast (06/30/15)
LE MARS -- Due to storm sewer repairs and patch work, Seventh Avenue Southeast has been closed to through traffic. The street is closed at the intersection of Sixth Street Southeast and Seventh Avenue Southeast until further notice, according to Scott Kneip, Le Mars street supervisor...
City Life Teen Center: A new location offers more opportunities, activities (06/29/15)
What most recently served as a day care for young children is now a place for young people to gather. City Life Teen Center, operated by Youth for Christ, moved into its new facility in late February on the former Westmar University campus at 1055 Third Ave. S.E., in Le Mars...
Sittin' Pretty auction ready for bids (06/29/15)
LE MARS -- All of the Sittin' Pretty chairs at the Le Mars Arts Center are unique. However, one may be even more special because at least a dozen children added their artistic touches to it. The chair, painted green, orange, yellow, blue and more, is one of 11 pieces in the Le Mars Arts Council's Sittin' Pretty fundraiser...
Upcoming hearings for Butts (06/29/15)
PLYMOUTH CO. -- A pretrial conference for a man accused of sexual abuse and lascivious acts with children is scheduled to take place next week. The conference for Kenneth Butts, 53, is set for 10:30 a.m. July 6 at the Plymouth County Courthouse. Previous hearings for Butts have been postponed as the court awaited the results of different evaluations by psychiatric professionals...
Farmers Market opens Wednesday (06/29/15)
LE MARS -- Wednesday marks the opening of the 2015 Farmers' Market, in Le Mars. The market will be open from 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays and 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays. The market is at the Olson Cultural Event Center, at the corner of First Avenue and First Street Northeast, in downtown Le Mars...
Road work to close Fawn Avenue (06/29/15)
PLYMOUTH CO. -- Due to the replacement of a bridge with a culvert pipe, 10 blocks of Fawn Avenue, east of Akron, will be closed beginning 8 a.m. today (Monday). The road will be closed from 190th Street to 200th Street until July 7 at 4 p.m. Until that time local traffic only will be allowed on that section of Fawn Avenue...
LCHS, A-W, MMC/R-U play at Spencer (06/28/15)
SPENCER -- Softball teams from Le Mars Community High School, Akron-Westfield and Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn/Remsen-Union all competed Friday and Saturday at the Spencer Tourney. Teams from Class 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A were at the Spencer Tourney. LCHS goes 2-2 over two days...
Days of change: Small town fire departments fight to stay open (06/28/15)
At a time when populations are growing in larger cities and metropolitan areas of the country, the number of young families moving to rural locations seems to be dwindling. This decrease in growth for smaller towns has caused many professions to struggle in finding the necessary people to fill positions...
Dairy award recognizes local farmer (06/28/15)
REMSEN -- A Remsen dairyman has been honored with the 2015 Iowa State Dairy Association Ralph Keeling Leadership Award. The award recognizes Jim Tentinger for his leadership contributions to the dairy industry in Iowa and nationally. Jim, who took over his father's dairy herd in the 1970s, has 210 milking registered Ayrshires on his farm...
Sentinel to print Thursday (06/28/15)
LE MARS -- The Fourth of July holiday Saturday will alter schedules Friday. The Le Mars Daily Sentinel will not publish a newspaper Friday, however there will be one printed Thursday. The Sentinel office will be closed Friday through the weekend, reopening at 8 a.m. Monday...
Food safety avoids illness (06/28/15)
PLYMOUTH CO. -- Backyard barbecues are part of summer fun, but they can lead to health hazards. The most common problem is food-borne illnesses. Tara Geddes, Plymouth County Public Health manager, said there have been quite a few of those already this year...
Road work to close C-16 (06/26/15)
PLYMOUTH CO. -- Road resurfacing will close several miles of Plymouth County road C-16 at 8 a.m. Monday. Local traffic only will be allowed on C-16, from Highway 12 to K-22, while the area is resurfaced. A detour will be in place while the work is ongoing...
Hands-on education - Visitors learn while celebrating June as Dairy Month (06/26/15)
Greta Tilberg, 8, pets the cows as she walks through the freestall barns where the animals are housed at Dykstra Dairy, north of Le Mars. She was one of many visitors to learn about dairy production during the open house, celebrating June as Dairy Month...