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Lally's room dedication will honor Claude Gray
LE MARS -- Tom Mullally likes music, from old-time country to gospel and more. Now his friendship with old-time country music legend Claude Gray will bring a touch of that music to Le Mars. Mullally is redoing the west room of Lally's Eastside Restaurant in Le Mars into the Claude Gray Room...
Life Skills reveals new holiday ornaments
Life Skills Training Center clients, volunteers and staff have been working diligently preparing for their ninth annual Christmas ornaments fundraiser. "We have been selling Christmas ornaments since 2006," said Shelly Thomson, Life Skills marketing development coordinator. "The ornaments have followed several themes. We used stars, snowflakes and Christmas trees."...
Railroad improvements bolster speed and safety
LE MARS -- Seven intersections have received new concrete panels from the Union Pacific Railroad, or UPRR. UPRR has been modifying the surface crossings at intersections in Le Mars over the past couple of months. Scott Langel, city administrator/engineer, described the work done by UPRR as a milestone during the last city council meeting, and explained that the railroad has paid for the cost of the improvements...
Giving to help others
(Sentinel photo by Beverly Van Buskirk) Gehlen Catholic School's Christian Leadership Team sponsored a school-wide food drive to donate canned goods to the Christian Needs Center. Juniors Steph Heuertz (left) and Colin Wise, members of the CLT, are pictured with some of the donations collected. ...
Model train club plans open house
LE MARS -- Whether it's remembering a model train set one had as a child, or a fascination with all things railroad, there's a place to reminisce about everything railroad in Le Mars. The Floyd Valley Model Railroad Club (FVMRRC) will host its annual Christmas open house Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 28 and 29...
Healthy Meals in a Hurry for the Holidays and Everyday
LE MARS -- The holidays are approaching, are you too busy to cook, let alone cook healthy? Do you think you have to spend hours in the kitchen to cook fresh healthy foods? Are you looking for easy ways to save time with the busy holiday season approaching?...
Parents bring bullying concerns to LCS board
LE MARS -- Concerns about the Le Mars Community High School football program and bullying by coaches was brought to the LCS board of education at its meeting Monday. More than 15 parents and students attended the meeting, with five parents addressing the board...
Le Mars Water tower still not completed
LE MARS -- The new water tower, east of the intersection of Sixth Avenue and 24th Street Southwest, is still not complete. The tower, a project the city has been planning for several years, will be Le Mars' second 1-million gallon water tower. "I would say that one of the primary reasons for the project being behind schedule is, unfortunately, the contractor, Caldwell Tanks out of Kentucky, probably got a little overreached, spread to thin," said Michael Washburn, project manager at McClure Engineering Company.. ...
Hyer family crazy for Black Friday
If Black Friday shopping were an extreme sport, Teresa Hyer of Akron would excel at it. For the past 18 years, she has dedicated countless hours preparing for the day that kicks off the holiday shopping season. For Teresa it goes beyond the typical list making and marking ads...
Last chance to get auxiliary candies
The 29th annual Floyd Valley Hospital Auxiliary candy sale is now accepting orders. A return of the auxiliary's favorites -- caramels, chocolate fudge, white chocolate fudge and peanut clusters -- are all available to order individually or as an assortment tray...
Chamber seeks nominations
The Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting nominations for the 2015 Business of the Year and Citizen of the Year recongitions. The awards will be presented during the chamber's annual dinner on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at the Le Mars Convention Center, upper commons...
Former Sentinel reporter pens first novel
A love for writing has recently turned one journalist into a published novelist. Former Daily Sentinel reporter, Bill Zahren has authored "Officer Involved," a story set in Sioux City starring a reporter for the fictional Sentinel-Leader. "I've always considered myself more of a writer than a journalist or marketing guy," Zahren said. ...
Student enrollment affects state dollars
PLYMOUTH CO. -- Enrollment numbers at Plymouth County schools shows gains and losses for the 2015-16 school year. All schools do a count of all students enrolled in the school on Oct. 1. That is called the certified enrollment count. For public schools, the certified enrollment count is used in determining state aid dollars for each district for the 2016-17 school year...
A winter wonderland
The first snow of the season came to Plymouth County last week, dropping 11 inches of snow on Le Mars. Le Mars Municipal Park was still covered in it by the end of this weekend.
'Tis the season
City of Le Mars crews took advantage of the decent weather on Monday afternoon to hang Christmas lights and banners from street lights lining Central Avenue.
Those decorations were being hung in the 100th block of Central Avenue North.
Middle schoolers tour history of American service
LE MARS -- Eighth graders from Le Mars Community Middle School took a trip to Plymouth County Veteran's Memorial Park on Thursday. Le Mars Community Middle School teacher Mark Vonnahme takes his civics classes to the park every year around Veteran's Day to see the history literally written in stone...
Le Mars church offers Bethlehem Revisited
LE MARS -- The lower level of St. John's Lutheran Church in Le Mars is being transformed into the village of Bethlehem. This week the buzz had been the sound of drills constructing walls. The congregation will present Bethlehem Revisited from noon to 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6 and expect many visitors to pass through the streets of the village...
Locals encouraged to shop small
More than a dozen Le Mars small businesses are busy preparing for Small Business Saturday on Nov. 28. Started in 2010, Small Business Saturday was established to encourage people across the country to support small, local businesses. "Focusing on the small business in our community is extremely important because we want to see these business owners thrive and continue to run their businesses," said Mary Reynolds, Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Mainstreet Manager. ...
Frosty Cross cycling event set Nov. 27-29
(Editor's Note: This story contains the correct dates for the 2015 Frost Cross event) LE MARS -- Cyclists from across the midwest will come to Le Mars to pedal a grueling course during the fifth Frosty Cross event This Friday through Sunday, Nov. 27-29...
Odd/even parking is in effect
LE MARS -- With snow in the forecast, Le Mars residents will need to make parking a priority. The city's odd/even parking ordinance went in to effect Nov. 1 and continues through April 1. The ordinance calls for vehicles to be parked on the even numbered east or south side of the street on even days of the month, and then parked on the odd numbered side west or east of the street on odd days...
Merrill proposes tax exemption
MERRILL -- The City of Merrill wants to grow and that is the reason behind a proposal to offer new home construction a tax exemption. Mayor Richard Husman presented the idea at the Nov. 16 city council meeting. If approved, the proposal would give new home construction within city limits an exemption from city taxes for 10 years. Husman said it would go into effect Jan. 1, 2016...
Local businesses say 'no' to Black Thursday
LE MARS -- For the majority of businesses in Le Mars, there will not be a Black Thursday. That is because they are choosing to keep Thanksgiving a family holiday. "Our decision to stay closed for our Le Mars location is so our employees can spend family time on a day to be thankful for your blessings," said Sara Morrow-Pippett, owner of Bad Habit Boutique. ...
The Turkey's Done
The turkey's done (Sentinel photo by Daniel Mollenkamp) Le Mars Fire-Rescue responded to a call at 11:17 a.m., Wednesday at 230 11th Street S.W. for a structure fire. Upon arrival, firefighters found smoke in the kitchen, said Le Mars Fire-Rescue Chief David Schipper...
Community comes to together to provide Thanksgiving meal
LE MARS -- Just as families are making preparations for Thanksgiving dinner, so are volunteers with the Community Thanksgiving Banquet. In its 11th year, the meal is served at Rejoice! Community Church, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. "We cook for 600 people," said Adri Ruisch, a Rejoice! member and coordinator for the meal...