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'Gone mad' at scientist camp
(Sentinel Photos by Beverly Van Buskirk) At the "Mad Scientist Day Camp," third through fifth graders learned how extract DNA from a banana, test bubble solutions, create polymers, and harness the power of the wind. Approximately 40 students attended either the June 21 or 22 camp. ...
Join the children's theatre show... the Wizard of Oz!
ORANGE CITY -- We're off to see the wizard, with Chicago-based Compass Creative Dramatics. When that little Kansas farm house lands in a magical land, you'll meet a singing & dancing yellow brick road, the Ozians, the monkeys/Monkees and many more fantastical characters. The classic story -- The Wizard of Oz -- comes to life with fun and funny new twists...
Municipal Band to present third concert
LE MARS -- The Le Mars Municipal Band will present its third concert of the summer at 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 29, at Foster Park. Admission is free. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and blankets. Jerry Bertrand will conduct the band, and Jill Brown will announce the concert...
Eekhoff goes 'Over the Edge' for charity
LE MARS -- Imagine it. Hanging off a 12-story building with only a couple of ropes and a harness supporting you. Would you go 'Over the Edge' for a good cause? That is exactly what Northwest Bank President and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Siouxland Mentor Kevin Eekhoff did last week...
Storm totals $650,000 in damages
PLYMOUTH CO. -- Loads of branches and cut up trees have been hauled from the streets and parking areas of Le Mars this week. The damage was the result of a storm which came through Le Mars about 9:15 p.m., Friday, June 17. City Street Supervisor Scott Kneip said by 3 p.m., Wednesday, the whole town had been gone through one time by street employees and private contractors...
Grass, twig site open
LE MARS -- The City of Le Mars has announced the grass and twig site will be open from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, June 25 and from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday, June 26 due to last week's storm. The site is located west on Highway 3, just north of the Riverview Baseball/Softball Complex...
City announces water main shut off
LE MARS -- The city water department and Vander Pol Construction will shut down the water main on Fifth Avenue Southwest, and Business 75 on Monday, June 27. The water will be shut down south of Casey's General Store to Third Street Southwest. The water will be turned off around 10 a.m. Depending on complications the water could be off for up to four hours...
Road closure announced
PLYMOUTH CO. -- The Plymouth County Secondary Roads Department has announced 280th Street from Shamrock Avenue to Sunset Avenue will be closed from 8:30 a.m., Friday, June 24 to 4 p.m., Friday, July 22. The road will be closed so workers can replace a bridge with a box culvert...
Grasz out on bond; no contact order issued
PLYMOUTH CO. -- A Craig man charged with multiple counts of sexual exploitation and invasion of privacy has posted bond. James L. Grasz, 66, of Craig, posted $5,000 cash bond on June 21. He was being held on $50,000 bond. Bond was reduced by District 3B of Iowa Associate Judge Robert Dull on June 15 during Grasz' initial appearance. The initial bond was set at $63,000...
Working behind the scenes
Editor's Note: Volunteers play such an integral part in every community. Whether it is in the schools, churches, hospital, chamber, fire and emergency response departments, or many service organizations, volunteers work countless hours behind the scenes. ...
Anthony must pay two-thirds
PLYMOUTH CO. -- Further discussion and subsequent direction came during Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting regarding a request by Neal Anthony to pave a portion of Lake Avenue in front of his property to C-38. As reported in last week's Daily Sentinel, Anthony, owner of Anthony Trucking, had contacted County Supervisor Craig Anderson about the possibility of paving a portion of Lake Avenue south of C-38...
City OKs lot sale
LE MARS -- Following a closed session Tuesday, the Le Mars City Council approved the sale of Lot 21 of the Westmar 2nd Addition to Dan and Lori Rexwinkel of Le Mars. The property was originally purchased from the city in November 2005 by Doug and Karen Carlsen, who improved the property as a parking lot for their adjoining business, Carlsen Funeral Home...
Kingsley sees housing boom in last 15 years
KINGSLEY -- Since 2001, the small community of Kingsley has become not so small. According to Kingsley Mayor Rick Bohle, during that time, his community has seen three new housing subdivisions and more than 150 homes built. The newest of those housing subdivisions is Southeast View, located on the south side of Kingsley near the Catholic cemetery...
Hinton resident to compete in Mrs. International 2016
HINTON -- Rosanne Plante, 44, of Hinton, was crowned Mrs. Iowa International earlier this year and will go on to compete for the title of Mrs. International 2016 during the final competition in Jacksonville, Florida, July 22-23. Plante is an attorney and Lead Instructor/Advisor of the paralegal studies program at Western Iowa Tech Community College and enjoys gardening, antiquing and crafting in her spare time. ...
Different mediums equals unique show
LE MARS -- Two Le Mars artists have their work on display at the Le Mars Arts Center. The exhibit features photography by Christopher Becker and carving by Wally Becker. They were honored at an artists' reception Saturday following the Ice Cream Days parade...
Mairose a proud STARS client
PLYMOUTH CO. -- On a sweltering Saturday morning, Natasha Mairose of rural Le Mars, could be seen laughing and smiling with her family after taking part in the sixth annual Roger Peters Memorial Horse Show. The show was sponsored by the Special Troopers Adapting Riding School (STARS)...
Man dies while cutting tree
IRETON -- An Ireton man has died following a tree-trimming accident. At 2:57 p.m. Saturday, June 18, the Sioux County Sheriff's Office investigated a report of an accident involving a person who was working outside at a residence on 510th Street, five and one-half miles southeast of Ireton...
Bibler charged for sister's murder
LE MARS -- A Le Mars man was charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his sister after appearing in court Monday. Thomas Bibler, 33, appeared before Judge Jeffrey Neary at the Plymouth County Courthouse for the fatal stabbing of Shannon Bogh...
Sharing her artistic gift with others
LE MARS -- Jean Weiner said God had one message for her after she survived a cancer scare 13 years ago. "I heard 'just paint' in my head, that was like an answered prayer," she said. "I wasn't doing anything with my art. I hit a mid-life restart button. I had always known that I had an artistic gift and I wasn't using it."...
Nicholson supports Trump as party nominee
LE MARS -- For Struble native R. James Nicholson, the opportunity to come home to Le Mars and family is always good. Last week, Nicholson, a member of the Class of 1956 at Le Mars High School, returned for his 60th class reunion. "There are two things I look forward to when I come here, having a big steak at Archie's and then having a thick chocolate milkshake," he said...
LCS hires new principal
LE MARS -- The Le Mars Community School District Board of Education approved a contract for a new elementary principal for the 2016-17 school year. She is Patti Achterhoff Kruger, who most recently was associate principal at Alamosa School District's Ortega Middle School in Alamosa, Colorado the last two years...
Storm leaves Le Mars uprooted
PLYMOUTH CO. -- Ice Cream Days in Le Mars had an added sound this year -- chainsaws. Even as the parade proceeded down Central Avenue, many Le Mars residents were busy sawing limbs and cleaning debris from a wind and rainstorm which started at about 8:45 p.m. Friday...