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Wells to close Utah plant
LE MARS -- Wells Enterprises, Inc., announced today it will close its ice cream plant in St. George, Utah. That decision will enable the maker of Blue Bunny ice cream to "optimize its existing capacity in Le Mars," to more efficiently serve customers and support Wells' long-term growth strategy, according to a company statement...
Hold off on discolored hot water
LE MARS -- Residents and businesses in the northwest part of Le Mars are advised to refrain from using hot water tomorrow (Wednesday) if discolored water is noticed. The wastewater department will be using a fire hydrant in that area. Anytime a fire hydrant is open there is a chance of discolored water, according to Le Mars Water Superintendent Gayle Sitzmann...
Sixth Avenue Southwest closed
LE MARS -- A section of Sixth Avenue Southwest (Lynx) will be closed today (Tuesday) and Wednesday during the day. The road, from 18th Street Southwest to 24th Street Southwest, will be closed for a water main installation. Sixth Avenue Southwest will be open at night for travel, according to Steve Hansen, Le Mars Street superintendent...
4-H Hall of Fame - Schneider honored for work with county 4-H members
A Plymouth County resident who was employed with Iowa Sate University Extension and Outreach for 30 years is the county's 2014 4-H Iowa Hall of Fame inductee. Carol Schneider, was inducted in a ceremony Aug. 17 at the Iowa State Fair. She was one of 110 inductees from 82 counties to be recognized for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H...
Inmates enjoy new food at county jail
PLYMOUTH CO. -- Time spent in county jail does not typically cause a person to boast about delightful jailhouse cuisine. The Plymouth County jail may be changing the way inmates view their meals with recent modifications to their menu. In July, the county decided to stop using CBM Managed Services, a food service provider from Sioux Falls, S.D., to feed the inmates at the county jail, according to Chief Deputy Craig Bartolozzi of the sheriff's office...
West Nile found in county
PLYMOUTH CO. -- One confirmed case of West Nile Virus has been reported in Plymouth County. Seven cases have been confirmed in Iowa. "This is the first one we've had all year," said Tara Geddes, Plymouth County's community health manager. Last year, only one case of West Nile Virus was reported in Plymouth County, something Geddes is hoping for again this year...
Calling all chefs, stomachs
LE MARS -- The Third Annual MENuMasters is going to make the Plymouth County Fairgrounds smell. Smell delicious, that is. Thirty chefs and their assistants will turn Century Hall into a kitchen filled with sweet and savory samples Saturday, Sept. 20...
Council to vote on speed ordinance
LE MARS -- Tuesday, the Le Mars City Council will vote to approve the final reading of an amendment to modify the city code's speed ordinance on Business Highway 75. The council will also hold a public hearing on a proposal for the city to vacate a portion of a Second Avenue Southwest right of way and convey to the adjoining property owners of 134 Second Ave. S.W...
Shows and jams - Festival offers country, bluegrass and gospel music
People strumming guitars, drawing a tune from a fiddle, accompanying a singer on harmonica or bass. That's the scene on 10 stages until Sunday at the 39th Annual National Old Time Country, Bluegrass and Folk Music Festival at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds...
Experts predict high corn yields
PLYMOUTH CO. -- Corn yields are expected to hit near record-highs this fall. The USDA is predicting 187 bushels per acre of corn in the Northwest Crop Reporting District, which includes Plymouth County. Comparatively, in 2013 the district's crop yield was 179 bushels per acre, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service...
A date for two coffees
LE MARS -- Put on a political hat and grab a cup of joe. After attending two legislative coffees next week, attendees may be full to the brim with political passion and coffee jitters. Wednesday Sept. 3 from 9:30-10:30 a.m., the Life Skills Training Center is hosting a coffee at Habitué Coffeehouse & Bakery, 108 Central Ave. N.W., Le Mars...
No paper, offices closed Monday
LE MARS -- Monday's Labor Day holiday will alter business' schedules. The Daily Sentinel will not publish a newspaper Monday and the business office will be closed. It will re-open at 8 a.m. Tuesday. The Daily Sentinel will publish a print edition of the newspaper next Thursday, Sept. 4...
Le Mars Walmart robbery suspect still at-large
LE MARS -- Police have released three digital photos of a man suspected in this morning's (Thursday) robbery at Walmart. Photos show a white male wearing a black and green hat, a long sleeve black T-shirt with red printing on the front. A photo of what is believed to be the suspect's vehicle has also been released by the Le Mars Police Department...
Le Mars totem pole stacks facets of community life
LE MARS -- In 1986, the Le Mars Area Woodcarvers etched an impression of the city landscape that many locals would recognize. Their totem pole still looms over the streets and train tracks adjacent to the Le Mars Public Library. On it are a Round Barn, church, corn ear, farmer with foxtail weed, Westmar College eagle, Le Mars Bulldog and Gehlen Jay...
Care center staff accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
LE MARS -- It got a little chilly Tuesday for 13 Plymouth Manor Care Center staff members as they participated in the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Ice Bucket Challenge. The challenge involves dumping a bucket of ice water on one's head or donating to the ALS Association in the United States...
Remsen man drives truck off bridge
MERRILL -- A Remsen Farmers Coop vehicle was involved in an accident Tuesday resulting in the vehicle being declared as totaled. As Michael Drake, 41, of Remsen, exited a driveway near 24821 Impala Ave., in Merrill, an insect landed on his arm and distracted him from the road, according to a press release...
Candidates file for open county seats
PLYMOUTH CO. -- Two more candidates filed papers for the Nov. 4 General Election prior to Wednesday's deadline. Mike Detloff submitted candidacy papers Wednesday to become a Fredonia Township trustee. Previously, Mike Schnepf filed papers for the Fredonia Township trustee position...
Neighborhood access - Amid flooding concerns, second entryway proposed
In the future, it could cut the time an ambulance takes to arrive for a person in cardiac arrest. Or it could give Le Mars residents a way home after a thunderstorm knocks a tree across a road. Those are some of the functions a secondary access road into a neighborhood can serve...
Republican candidates visit Le Mars
LE MARS -- Several Republican candidates seeking state offices stopped at the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor in Le Mars Tuesday. The candidates included Sam Clovis running for Iowa State Treasurer, Adam Gregg running for State Attorney General, Paul Pate running for Secretary of State and Mary Mosiman running for reelection as State Auditor...
Sheriff refuses immigration detainers
PLYMOUTH CO. -- The Plymouth County Sheriff's Office will no longer accept requests from U.S. Immigration officials to hold people in jail without a court order, according to Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo. That decision coincides with an announcement the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa made last week...
New teachers get mentors
LE MARS -- Six first-year teachers in the Le Mars Community School District will be paired up with six experienced mentor teachers as they begin their teaching career. The mentor/mentee partnership is part of the district's Teacher Leadership and Compensation Plan...
Fiddling to fame -- Country-western musician to be honored at Le Mars festival
Avis Groseclose was raised in a cabin that also served as Cow Creek, Montana's former mailbox drop. Before her parents purchased the building, locals would ride to the cabin to drop letters into the mail slot built into the front door. "The guy that lived there before my family bought it would take it in saddlebags to the regular post office," Avis said...
KC's prepare for Life Skills phonothon Sept. 3
PLYMOUTH CO. -- On Sept. 3, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., some 125 Knights of Columbus members from throughout Plymouth County will dial the phone and conduct the 35th annual KC Phonothon. Calls will be made from calling stations in Le Mars, Remsen, Kingsley, Akron and Hinton...
Son charged with assault
LE MARS -- Last Thursday, a son was arrested in Le Mars after allegedly assaulting his mother and stealing her prescription medications. Austin Sitzmann, 29, of Le Mars, was arrested after an altercation with a person listed as a victim in the police incident report...
Le Mars Fire-Rescue wins award
LE MARS -- Le Mars Fire-Rescue will receive the 2013 Life Safety Achievement Award this fall. The award will be given to the department Sept. 6 at the annual Iowa Firefighters Convention, in Grinnell, according to a press release. The award is presented by the National Association of State Fire Marshals and the Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company...