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Three decades on the sideline
LE MARS -- When he's not working as a physical therapist at Floyd Valley Healthcare, Tony Peyton can be seen at most Le Mars Community High School sporting events. Peyton volunteers as a physical therapist providing sports medicine for the high school's athletic teams. This fall will mark the 30th year he has worked with the football team...
Pedal tractors honor fair's 75th year
PLYMOUTH CO. -- In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Plymouth County Fair, the Le Mars Toy Store is sponsoring two pedal tractors. The pedal tractors, a John Deere 4020 and an IH 1206, are new tractors. The logo for the 75th anniversary fair is affixed to each tractor and features the Plymouth County Fair Barn with the words, "Plymouth County Fair 1941-2016."...
Frerichs thankful for her community
AKRON -- After 28 years, Jeannie Frerichs is retiring from the Akron Public Library, where she serves as library director. Her last day will be August 25, a week after her 65th birthday. Frerichs said Akron holds a special place in her heart. "Both my husband and I are long-time Akron residents, we both graduated from Akron High School, Roger in 1964 and me in 1969," she said. ...
75 years brings plenty of fair memories
PLYMOUTH CO. -- The 75th anniversary of the Plymouth County Fair at its fairgrounds in Le Mars may have a few people reminiscing about their experiences at the fair. Former fair board member Bob Kenaley said his fair experiences started when his brothers were in 4-H showing beef cattle...
Eleven candidates seek Plymouth County Fair Queen title
PLYMOUTH CO. -- The 2016 Plymouth County Fair queen will be crowned Wednesday and reign over the fair in its 75th anniversary year. The 11 young ladies, nominated by their 4-H club or FFA chapter in the county, are vying for the honor. The Plymouth County Fair queen, two princesses and Miss Congeniality will be crowned at 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 27. The ceremony will take place on the Pioneer Village stage...
Eagle Scout projects enhance Plymouth County fairgrounds
PLYMOUTH CO. -- There will be more smooth walking at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds, thanks to the efforts of two Le Mars Boy Scouts. Jared Morris and Jacob Kellen, both members of Boy Scout Troop 188 in Le Mars, have worked on sidewalks as their Eagle Scout project. The walks will be used at the 75th Plymouth County Fair this week...
Relay For Life of Plymouth County
Participants gather around a pool of water balloons next to a concession tent during the 2016 Relay For Life of Plymouth County. The relay was Saturday, July 23 at Jim Lorenzen Field in Le Mars. Relay For Life events are held across the country and help to support the American Cancer Society in finding new ways to battle cancer...
Collectible fair truck salutes old tractors, 4-H photography
PLYMOUTH CO. -- The 2016 Plymouth County Fair Truck salutes antique tractors and photography. On the driver's side of the trailer is members of the Pioneer Machinery Club and tractors at the 2015 Plymouth County Fair. For years, club members have displayed their antique tractors and farm equipment at the fair...
Country school marks 55 years in village
here will be spelling bees and sack races at various times during the day. "Be sure to sign the guestbook when you visit," Criswell said. "It's very interesting to see where everybody comes from." Criswell said she appreciates all the helpers who tend the school building and activities during the fair...
Lundell Plastics donates model grain elevator for Round Barn exhibit
LE MARS -- Lundell Plastics of Odebolt, manufacturer of premium plastic auger flights, has donated a model grain elevator complete with augers and a grain elevator leg to the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee. The mini grain elevator will be a featured attraction and exhibit inside the famous round barn located at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds. The grain elevator and grain distribution system will be a part of the "aROUND the farm in the BARN" agriculture education exhibit...
Eight candidates vie for Plymouth County Fair King
PLYMOUTH CO. -- The 2016 Plymouth County Fair King will be crowned Wednesday to reign over the fair in its 75th anniversary year. Eight young men, nominated by their 4-H club or FFA chapter, are vying for the honor of being the 2016 fair king. The Plymouth County Fair king, two princes and Mr. Personality will be crowned at 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 27, the first day of the fair, on the Pioneer Village stage...
Council acts on sidewalk request
LE MARS -- At the July 5 Le Mars City Council meeting, Tom Wacker addressed the council about putting in a sidewalk on his property at the corner of Central Avenue and 12th Street Southeast. His concern was not the sidewalk itself, but the placement of it at curbside of 12th Street...
Railroad track maintenance planned
PLYMOUTH CO. -- The Plymouth County Secondary Roads Department has announced County Road C-16 from Key Avenue to Lake Avenue will be closed beginning at 8 a.m., Monday, July 25. Burlington Northern Railroad will perform track maintenance through the crossing. Work is expected to be complete by 4 p.m., Wednesday, July 27, unless otherwise notified...
Over 2,600 4-H, FFA entries for the fair
PLYMOUTH CO. -- 4-H and FFA members have been busy making entries for the upcoming Plymouth County Fair. Over 2,600 exhibits will be evaluated at the 75th annual event. According to Ann Schoenrock, County Program and Youth Coordinator, there are approximately 1,000 livestock entries and 1,600 exhibits in the static and communications department...
Honoring the fair
PLYMOUTH CO. -- The 75th anniversary of the Plymouth County Fair is featured on the 2016 collectible Plymouth County Fair belt buckle. The limited edition buckle features the "Plymouth County Fair" barn. The buckles are designed by the local Town & Country Toy Club, a group of individuals who collect toys and host related activities...
Westmar memories shared at reunion
(Photo Contributed) Westmar College alumni from the Decade of the '80s and members of the Madrigal Singers gathered for a reunion July 15-17, 2016 in Le Mars. About 30 alumni, faculty and friends returned to Le Mars for the reunion weekend. Activities included a tour of the former college campus as well as visits to the Plymouth County Historical Museum where Westmar memorabilia is on display in the Westmar Memory Room and the Sports Room...
Local artist's first solo exhibition
LE MARS -- Local watercolor artist, Pam Harp is excited to present her first solo exhibition, "The Earth Laughs in Flowers" A Collection of Floral Watercolors by Pam Harp. Her work will be on display at the Le Mars Arts Center for the month of August. The public is invited to meet the artist at a gallery reception on Thursday, Aug. 4 from 6-8 p.m...
Northwestern College ranked among nation's best
ORANGE CITY -- Northwestern College is again ranked among the nation's best colleges and universities by Forbes.com. Northwestern is ranked as the eighth-best Iowa college and 393rd overall in the 2016 "America's Top Colleges" ranking by Forbes. Forbes, in partnership with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP), includes only 660 institutions in its rankings. ...
Grasz pleads not guilty
PLYMOUTH CO. -- An attorney acting on behalf of James L. Grasz, 66, of Craig, submitted a written plea of not guilty to the Plymouth County Court for arraignment on July 19. Grasz has waved his right to a speedy trial. A pre-trial conference is set for 10:15 a.m., Aug. 29 at which point the prosecution and defense will advise the court whether a plea agreement has been reached...
Celebrating 75 years of fair magic
PLYMOUTH CO. -- The Plymouth County Fair opens July 27 for the 75th year at the fairgrounds in Le Mars. The five-day fair runs from Wednesday, July 27 to Sunday, July 31, and is packed full with activities, shows and entertainment. "We have some special things planned to celebrate the 75th anniversary," Rich Benson, fair board president said...
Arraignment date set
PLYMOUTH CO. -- An arraignment date is set for a case of a Le Mars man accused of stabbing his sister to death on June 11. Third Judicial District of Iowa District Court Judge Mary Jane Sokolovske, ordered the arraignment date be scheduled for 9 a.m., Monday, Aug. 1...
Three Le Mars minors cited for possession
LE MARS -- A routine traffic stop led police to charge three Le Mars minors with possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia. According to a news release, around 7:20 p.m., July 16, the Le Mars Police Department stopped a vehicle in the 500 block of Countryside Drive for speeding...
Budget cuts affect Akron DOT office
AKRON -- An Iowa Department of Transportation maintenance garage in Akron, open since 1952, will close after Aug. 31. Iowa DOT Strategic Communications Director Andrea Henry said the decision to close the garage was made after the DOT received $4.85 million in state funding after asking for $9.7 million for the budget year that began this month...
Chamber prepares for golf tournament
LE MARS -- The Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual golf invitational on Tuesday, Aug. 9 at Willow Creek Golf Course. "This is a big event for the chamber," said Peggy Sitzmann, vice president of events and marketing, Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce. "It's a good way to get out from behind the desk and see people outside of the workplace, build relationships within our community and help support local businesses."...