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Council members say pedestrians' safety at stake
Le Mars City Council members are apprehensive about pedestrians walking on 12th Street Southwest. At Tuesday's council meeting, they drew attention to the section between Fourth and Sixth Avenues. An estimated 7,000 vehicles travel through that portion of 12th Street daily, according to Iowa Department of Transportation traffic counts...
Hinton plans to show pride with flags
HINTON -- As Kelly Nashleanas, of Hinton, traveled with her husband to visit their daughter in Ames, she had an idea that may change the scenery of her town. As they drove past the Holstein Avenue of Flags, near Ames, Nashleanas said she was inspired by its beauty...
LCS board hears NCLB status
LE MARS -- Data collected by the Iowa Department of Education for the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 shows The Le Mars Community School District and individual buildings are doing well. Assistant Superintendent Steve Webner made the report to the board at last week's meeting...
LCS sets Pride Night for Aug 25
LE MARS -- The Bulldog red and black will be out in force Monday evening as Le Mars Community Schools hosts Pride Night. The event will be held at Jim Lorenzen Field and begins with a tailgate at 6 p.m., served by the Le Mars Booster Club. A freewill donation will be accepted for the meal...
Military equipment in police hands
LE MARS -- As part of the 1033 Program started in the early 1990s, law enforcement agencies around the country began to acquire military equipment as it became available. Over 8,000 federal and state law enforcement agencies from all 50 states participate in the program, according to the Defense Logistics Agency, the agency that runs the 1033 Program...
ADM Alliance Nutrition to close
LE MARS -- ADM Alliance Nutrition, Inc., plans to close its animal feed manufacturing facility in Le Mars in September. ANI, a wholly owned subsidiary of Archer Daniels Midland Company, announced the facility closure last week, according to a company statement...
Ready for new school year
(Sentinel photo by Beverly Van Buskirk) Le Mars Community School District busses make a stop at Kluckhohn Elementary School to drop off students on the first day of classes today (Thursday). Children carried color backpacks with school supplies as they made their way to the school...
National watercolor show to make stop in Le Mars
LE MARS -- The National Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibition is only weeks away from Le Mars. The show will include about 29 watercolor paintings from artists across the world, said Jean Weiner, Le Mars Arts Council president. "This is a big, big show," she said. "It stops at five venues across the nation over the year."...
Board postpones Merrill roadwork
PLYMOUTH CO. -- Tuesday, the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors decided to hold off on three road projects in Merrill. Plymouth County Engineer Tom Rohe said he was hoping to start planning the Merrill projects during this fiscal year. Planning and engineering for the projects would add an estimated $50,000 to the county's budget,...
Library summer reading numbers go boom
LE MARS -- The Le Mars Public Library's 2014 summer reading program, "Fizz, Boom, Read!," has ended. If the increase in participants are any indication, the program ended with a boom of success. There were more participants compared to 2013, said Lisa Vander Sluis, children's librarian...
Neunaber's dad's cause of death released
AKRON -- The Plymouth County Sheriff's Office released a statement today (Wednesday) that Donald Neunaber died of natural causes. The bodies of Donald and his wife, Esther Neunaber, were found in their Akron home July 9. The Iowa Medical Examiner, in Ankeny, performed autopsies on both individuals July 11...
In the classroom - Three new teachers join ranks of Gehlen Catholic faculty
Gehlen Catholic is starting off the 2014-2015 school year with three new faces on the faculty. The new teachers are Amanda (Stoll) Christoffel, Nathan Sexe and Maggie Vander Stelt. Pre-kindergarten through sixth grade students and their parents are invited to an open house tonight (Wednesday) from 5-6:30 p.m...
Car strikes store
(Sentinel photo by Austin Harrington) Bystanders look at the side of the Goodwill Industries building, in Le Mars, where a car crashed into the building Tuesday. Elaine Biery, 79, of Paulina, was facing south in the Goodwill Industries parking lot when she mistakenly put her car into gear and smashed into the north side of the building, at 1:40 p.m., according to the a press release. ...
Fire truck testing begins today
LE MARS -- Fire pump tests are being performed on Le Mars and neighboring towns' fire trucks this week. The testing began today (Wednesday) and will continue through Friday behind Le Mars Fire Station No. 1. That rear parking lot will be blocked off while the testing is done, said Le Mars Fire-Rescue Chief David Schipper...
Downtown fašade project nears review
LE MARS -- The architect in charge of overseeing a Le Mars building restoration project has released a revised budget. At Tuesday's Le Mars City Council meeting, Pete Franks summarized the overall costs to restore 29 downtown properties to their historical appearance...
Fish invaders identified in county lake
PLYMOUTH CO. -- Plymouth County Conservation staff have gotten to the bottom of a fishy situation. To investigate the condition of a 21-acre lake south of Akron, conservation director Nick Beeck boarded a boat last week to find out what swam in its waters...
It's about education - LCS welcomes 13 new teachers to district classrooms
There will be some changes in classrooms at Le Mars Community Schools this fall. The district will have 13 new teachers. They will greet their students during an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday. Four of the 13 are LCHS graduates, returning to their alma mater...
Cannabis oil opens for public comment
DES MOINES -- The Iowa Department of Public Health issued a press release stating the public comment period for the medical cannabidiol act rules has begun. The law allows epilepsy patients to receive a drug extracted from the marijuana plant for treatment...
Raymond seeks district judge position
PLYMOUTH CO. -- Attorney Darin J. Raymond is one of seven applicants for the district judge position opening in October. It was announced today (Tuesday) that the 3B Judicial Nominating Commission had received the applications. Plymouth, Crawford, Ida, Monona, Sioux and Woodbury counties make up Judicial District 3B...
Triathlon volunteers needed
LE MARS -- Volunteers are needed to make the Le Mars Sprint Triathlon a success. The triathlon starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 at the Le Mars Outdoor Pool. It includes a 300-yard swim, followed by a 15-mile bicyle ride on county roads C-30 and K-64, ending with a 3.1-mile run through Le Mars residential neighborhoods...
Charging for service - Library board recommends grace period for fee changes
The Le Mars Public Library Board recommends the city council wait until January 2015 to alter the formula used to calculate annual service fees. The new formula would base annual fees on circulation numbers and the annual subsidy the Le Mars City Council paid during the 2013-2014 fiscal year -- $363,180...
Training for fires
(Photo contributed) Le Mars Fire-Rescue and area departments participated in Water Fights and Leader Line contests Sunday, in Le Mars. The activities were not only for firefighters to practice their skills, but have fun doing it. Nine towns and 128 firefighters participated. ...
A country ride
More than 60 drivers and tractors took part in the third annual Craig Tractor Ride Saturday. This year's ride traveled the rolling hills from Craig to Akron and back. All colors, sizes and conditions of tractors were part of the ride, which this year honored the memory of the late Eldon "Fritz" Gabel, an Akron area farmer with a love for John Deere tractors. ...
Old time country music to fill fairgrounds
LE MARS -- Bob and Sheila Everhart are busy with last minute details as they get ready to host the 39th annual National Old Time Country, Bluegrass, and Folk Music Festival and Contest in Le Mars Aug. 25-31. The festival includes the Pioneer Exhibition of Arts, Crafts, Flea Market and Agricultural Lifestyle and Rural Living Convention, too...
Butts charged with sexual abuse
PLYMOUTH CO. -- Kenneth Butts, 53, entered a written arraignment and plea of not guilty to charges of sexual abuse and lascivious acts with children, last Wednesday. He is charged with three counts of sexual abuse in the second degree, a Class B felony, and 33 counts of lascivious acts with a child, a Class C felony, all while being a habitual felon, according to court documents...