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Flu clinics postponed
LE MARS -- Two Floyd Valley Hospital Community Health influenza clinics have been postponed due to a delay in shipment of vaccine. Those affected include Friday's clinic at the Hinton Community Center. It has been rescheduled to Nov. 14 from 10-11 a.m...
Odd/even parking to begin
LE MARS -- Some Le Mars residents may be looking forward to the winter season. But for those hoping to park on city streets it may not be "the most wonderful time of the year." That is because odd/even street parking is slated to begin Nov. 1. That means police will start to issue tickets for cars improperly parked on city streets outside of the downtown...
Speedy negotiations - Bargaining ends with raises for city employees' unit
After only 2 1/2 weeks, members of the Le Mars City Employee Bargaining Unit have reached a final agreement with the city. The parties settled on a three-year contract that will extend from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2018. The Le Mars City Employee Bargaining Unit consists of about 37 full-time city employees and six or seven part-time employees, according to Kevin Vande Vegte, unit president...
Library totem pole receives a fresh touch
LE MARS -- Driving past the Le Mars Public Library, patrons who look up may see a painter in the sky. Le Mars Main Street commissioned artist Lisa Scheitler, of Le Mars, to repaint the totem pole standing outside the library. Scheitler said she isn't afraid of heights when it comes to painting a canvas -- even when that canvas is made from 44 feet of red cedar...
Project grows hospital's assets, debt
LE MARS -- Floyd Valley Hospital is financially sound, according to an annual audit. The most significant change from the 2013 to 2014 audit year was in the hospital's capital assets. They went from about $11.5 million to $15.7 million in a year's time...
Remsen prepares for Oktoberfest
REMSEN -- The 41st annual Remsen Oktoberfest will be filled with activities this Saturday in Remsen. The community observance celebrates Remsen's Luxembourg and German heritage. The local Oktoberfest celebration comes from the 16-day festival held in Munich, Germany each year in October...
Combine bee - Gathering in the harvest for a friend and neighbor
Friday evening, Gene Sitzmann was moving his combine to a field he planned to harvest next. An accident with the combine took Sitzmann's life on 220th Street, just east of Impala Avenue. Saturday, the field of soybeans was harvested, just as Sitzmann had planned...
Teachers, staff ready for school threats
LE MARS -- Lockdown during active shooter situations in schools is no longer the only defense option. Students, faculty and staff across the country are learning new skills when it comes to protecting themselves. It's called ALICE, which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate, training...
First flu of season spotted
LE MARS -- Influenza has been confirmed in Le Mars and Plymouth County. A definite number is not available because the disease does not have to be reported when diagnosed by doctors or laboratories, said Tara Geddes, Floyd Valley Community Health manager...
Fire chiefs will gather in Le Mars
LE MARS -- The annual Iowa Fire Chief's Association 63rd Annual Fall Conference will be in Le Mars this weekend. The Le Mars Fire-Rescue Department is hosting the event, which begins Friday and concludes Saturday. Le Mars Fire-Rescue Chief David Schipper said he expects more than 80 people for the event...
Piece by piece - Kobberman makes pictures fit for puzzles
Larry Kobberman puts his hobby together one piece at a time. Since 2007, he has fitted over 100,000 puzzle pieces together. Then the Remsen man adds glue. The result -- a beautifully crafted puzzle picture. Kobberman is not particular about what he puts together...
Combine accident kills Le Mars man
MERRILL -- A 55-year-old Le Mars man has died of injuries sustained in a combine accident Friday. The victim has been identified as Eugene Robert Sitzmann, of Le Mars, according to a press release from the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office The cause of the accident remains under investigation by the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office...
Teens charged in vehicle thefts
LE MARS -- Two individuals have been arrested in connection with burglaries in Le Mars. Brandon Sjaarda, 19, of Orange City, and Nicholes Madsen, 19, of Le Mars, were arrested Saturday, following a search at a Le Mars apartment. Le Mars Police officers, assisted by the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office served a search warrant at 576 12th St. S.E. Apt. 3, where Madsen resided, according to a press release...
Student's poppy poster blooms at nationals
LE MARS -- Sydney Livermore, seventh grader at Gehlen Catholic, was called into the school library last week. A surprise, contained inside two navy blue portfolio folders, was waiting for her. Livermore had done it -- she created the winning poppy poster for the central division in the American Legion Auxiliary's National Poppy Poster Contest...
Burning leaves in Le Mars a no-no
LE MARS -- Burning leaves and yard waste inside Le Mars city limits is not allowed. That reminder message comes from Le Mars Fire-Rescue Chief David Schipper. Sunday afternoon, Schipper responded to 808 First Ave. S.E. for an illegal burn. An individual was burning yard waste and was asked extinguish it, Schipper said...
Courthouse open for votes Saturday
LE MARS -- Voters can cast absentee ballots for the Nov. 4 General Election Saturday at the Plymouth County Courthouse. People can register to vote and vote absentee from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the auditor's office. Please enter through the north lower level entrance of the courthouse, 215 Fourth Ave. S.E., Le Mars...
Combine accident kills Le Mars man
MERRILL -- A 55-year-old Le Mars man has died of injuries sustained in a combine accident. The victim has been identified as Eugene Robert Sitzmann, 55, of Le Mars, according to a press release from the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office late Saturday afternoon...
Historic restoration - Grant money will aid facelift of beauty college building
Le Mars is one of 13 Iowa communities to receive a Main Street Iowa Challenge Grant. A $75,000 grant has been awarded for restoration work on The Le Mars Beauty College building at 128 Central Ave. S.E. The award was announced Thursday at the Des Moines Botanical Center by the Iowa Economic Development Authority...
As the leaves turn
(Sentinel photo by Bennet Goldstein)
Wednesday afternoon, a cluster of maple leaves showed their fall colors in the 600 block of Third Avenue Southwest. Blustery winds plucked much of Le Mars' autumn foliage from trees Thursday and Friday.
Remsen St. Mary's commits to driver safety
REMSEN -- There is more than one Plymouth County school participating in State Farm Insurance's campaign "Celebrate My Drive" this year. Remsen St. Mary's Schools entered the running for grant dollars Wednesday when voting opened nationwide. Celebrate My Drive is a campaign to raise awareness of driving safety, targeting teens, for whom motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause death...
Hit-and-run victim released
LE MARS -- The driver of a tractor that was struck in a hit-and-run accident has been released from the hospital. The driver, Mark Schroeder, 76, of rural Le Mars, was found lying on the roadway next to the tractor Wednesday morning. Schroeder was treated at the scene for a head injury and then taken to Floyd Valley hospital by Le Mars Ambulance...
Halloween fun planned in Le Mars
LE MARS -- Halloween activities will start a little early in Le Mars this year as ghosts, goblins, and monsters make their way to town. There will be princesses and super heros making an appearance, too. It's all part of Halloween fun offered by various groups in the community next weekend for all ages...
Gehlen, Spalding seek 'Celebrate My Drive' votes
LE MARS -- Gehlen and Spalding Catholic's "Celebrate My Drive" campaign was in 41st place as of 10 a.m. today (Friday). Friends and family of the schools and Floyd Valley Hospital are being asked to continue voting. Each vote Gehlen receives on the Celebrate My Drive website puts it one step closer to a $100,000 grant...
Little Ambassadors named
LE MARS -- New Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Little Ambassadors have been selected. They are: Amiah, daughter of Michael and Gina Means. Britt, daughter of Andrea and Shane Hessenius. Dalani, daughter of Aaron and Katir Youngers. Delainey and Payton, daughters of Missy and Jake Kerns...
Westfield drainage in a logjam
WESTFIELD -- The Plymouth County Drainage Board has authorized spending about $25,000 to repair a channel between the Big Sioux River and Westfield. When the river flooded in June, rising water flooded the channel, which opened a hole about 80 feet wide in the dike on the channel's south side, county engineer Tom Rohe told the board Tuesday...