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Season's sparkle - Christmas delights light up town despite icy chill
The mercury dipped below zero around Le Mars, but Christmas spirit still was high this weekend. People packed the Plymouth County Fairgrounds for Pioneer Village Christmas, checking out sights such as a Santa tree in Century hall (top left) and Christmas decor in the Round Barn (bottom left). ...
Unusual plants crop up to protect soil
PLYMOUTH CO. -- Plymouth County producers are beginning to experiment with off-season crop growing -- plants like cereal rye, radishes and turnips. But these crops are not slated to be harvested. They have a different purpose. Saving the soil. Every year, erosion sweeps away tons of Iowa's rich topsoil from each acre of Iowa's farmland...
Library OKs job descriptions
LE MARS -- Last week, the Le Mars Public Library Board of Trustees approved two job descriptions for staff librarians. The first is for a general librarian who will assist in all daily library operations and general library duties. Michelle Hartman was recently promoted to this position...
Christmas for an evening
LE MARS -- Charity, mercy, forbearance and benevolence was the real business of mankind, cried the ghost of Jacob Marley in Charles Dickens' novella "A Christmas Carol." Although the tale is just 170 years old, the parable of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge's transformation has come to embody, for many, the essence of Christmas spirit and cheer...
A Dutch Christmas - Patty Ritzema recounts memories of St. Nicholas
Editor's Note: This is the first story in a series of stories sharing local residents' memories of Christmases gone by. Outside of an inconspicuous Le Mars apartment door sit two wooden clogs. Each toe swoops upwards like a galley's prow. About 60 years ago, similar shoes would have been resting around Patricia Ritzema's stove, golden carrots peeking out from the ankle...
Ruhland honored with Chamber employee award
LE MARS -- After handing out donation checks at Northwest Bank's Chamber coffee Wednesday, bank president Kevin Eekhoff had one more presentation. He announced Northwest Bank employee Alice Ruhland was being honored as the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Employee of the Month for December...
City council videos now online
LE MARS -- People will be able to watch videos of Le Mars City Council meetings at their convenience online. The city of Le Mars is beginning to publish the videos of the council meetings on the city website. To access the videos, people can go directly to www.lemarsiowa.com/citygov/councilmeetin... -- the city's Agendas and Meeting Minutes webpage...
Library board reviews budget
LE MARS -- The Le Mars Public Library Board of Trustees reviewed the upcoming year's budget Monday. Library Director Sue Kroesche said the library expects to receive the same financial support for the 2015 fiscal year that it received in the past. This year, the Le Mars Public Library budgeted $30,500 in revenue and $418,338 in expenditures...
2013 Cross Country Recap: Hinton Blackhawks
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State legislators talk budget - Infrastructure, health care on Capitol radar
At Wednesday's Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Legislative Luncheon, state legislators previewed the budgetary clockwork Iowa lawmakers will tinker with next year. Discussing topics as varied as the buffet on which the audience of about 40 dined, Iowa Sen. Bill Anderson, R-Pierson, and Rep. Chuck Soderberg, R-Le Mars, described how they thought the Legislature should allocate the surplus funds left over in last year's budget -- a positive balance of about $928 million...
Boss of the Quarter - Chamber recognizes Bixenman's leadership
LE MARS -- Rob Bixenman not only cares about his customers and his community, but also his employees. That is just one reason why Bixenman was selected as Boss of the Quarter by the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce. Bixenman has owned and operated Bixenman Insurance at the corner of Plymouth Street and First Avenue Northeast since 2009...
Holiday activities offered in area
LE MARS -- With the calendar turned to December, there are many activities and events planned for the holiday season. Check out these local events and activities for the next week: Friday, Dec. 6 Madrigal Dinner by Le Mars Community High School Vocal Music Department, 6:30 p.m. in the old middle school gym. Advance reservations required...
City extends golf course bar lease
LE MARS -- The Le Mars City Council agreed Tuesday to lower the rate and sign a two-year lease extension for the Willow Creek Bar & Grill. Doug and Julie Schultz have been leasing the facility at Le Mars' municipal golf course since November 2012. The council approved a two-year extension to that contract and a $20,000 lease rate, which is $4,000 lower than the previous rate...
Rollover accident injures driver, totals truck
PLYMOUTH CO. -- A 2007 Ford flatbed truck rolled on its top in the east ditch on Highway 60 at 120th Street, northeast of Le Mars, Wednesday. At approximately 1:45 p.m. the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office received a call of an injury accident in that location...
Hawks split pair of games with Akron-Westfield
REMSEN -- In a matchup of War Eagle Conference foes, the Remsen St. Mary's and Akron-Westfield boys and girls basketball teams split in doubleheader action on Tuesday evening. While the RSM boys earned a 61-54 comeback victory over the Westerners, the A-W girls remained unbeaten with a 68-55 win over the Hawks...
K-P Panthers drop two games to Lawton-Bronson
LAWTON -- Experience trumped youth Tuesday night when the Kingsley-Pierson girls and boys basketball teams took the floor at Lawton-Bronson. The Lady Panthers battled valiantly before falling to the Eagles 80-76 while the K-P boys took it on the chin to the tune of 72-33...
Hinton wrestlers earn pair of wins at Sioux City West double dual
SIOUX CITY -- Appearing for the first time this season, the Hinton wrestling team earned a pair of wins over Sioux City West and Lawton-Bronson at a double dual held in Sioux City on Tuesday. The Blackhawks bested the Wolverines by an overall team score of 40-24 and edged the Eagles, 42-39...
'To protect our airport' - Council moves forward with river bank stabilization
Work to stabilize part of the Floyd River bank near the Le Mars Municipal Airport runway may start next month. The Le Mars City Council voted 4-0 Tuesday to put the project out to bids, with construction starting in late January and work to be completed by April 1...
City council honors Britton
LE MARS -- For a moment, the Le Mars council chambers was filled with silence. It was a moment taken to remember the late John Britton, a long-time Le Mars man known for his impact on the community. Britton died unexpectedly on Thanksgiving. Mayor Dick Kirchoff asked for the moment of silence in Britton's memory prior to beginning the regular council meeting...
No injuries or leak in tanker rollover
PLYMOUTH CO. -- The driver of a tractor-trailer was not hurt when it veered off the road, rolling into a ditch on C-44 Tuesday. Dwayne Hansman, 39, of Boyden, was driving the tanker at the time of the about 8:48 a.m. accident. The tanker was hauling 7,300 gallons of No.1 and No. 2 diesel, according to a Plymouth County Sheriff's Office press release...
Christmas comes to Pioneer Village
LE MARS -- Pioneer Village Christmas Wonderland opens this Saturday for two free weekends of old-time Christmas activities and fun. All activities are at Pioneer Village and Century Hall on the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars. The wonderland will be open from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and next weekend, Dec. 14 and 15...
Board votes down road vacation
PLYMOUTH CO. -- The county board of supervisors voted down a motion to vacate 212th Street Tuesday. The 3-2 vote followed a public hearing, which included comments from adjacent property owners, on the possible road vacation. SmithCo Manufacturing Inc., south of Le Mars, requested vacation of 212th Street to expand its business...
Under the surface - EPA to host local meeting about PCE contamination
Tests found levels of a cancer-causing air contaminant are too high in two downtown Le Mars buildings. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is securing federal dollars to install a system to remove contamination in one occupied building. The other building is currently unoccupied...
Vanderloo honored for community volunteerism
MERRILL -- The community of Merrill has honored Marlene Vanderloo as its 2013 Volunteer of the Year. The award was presented at the Nov. 18 Merrill city council meeting by Councilman Bruce Norgaard. "I was very surprised," said Vanderloo. Nominations from community members explained why she deserved the honor...