Union Pacific (UP) Railroad workers replaced concrete panels in the Central Avenue rail crossing Wednesday. UP workers also replaced the panels in the 12th Street Southwest crossing Tuesday and Wednesday. The 12th Street Southwest crossing reopened to traffic (this) Thursday afternoon. The Central Avenue crossing may also reopen today. To purchase this photo log on to www.lemarssentinel.com.
Help for Oklahoma - Locals pack trailers with aid for tornado victims
LE MARS -- A local family is coordinating an effort to bring needed clean-up supplies and more to those impacted by the tornado in Moore, Okla. Karlee Kunkel, of Le Mars, said her father Mike and brother Dillon, who each own local trucking companies, both offered the use of a semi-trailer to fill and bring down to the tornado-ravaged area...
Horse trailer to transport relief
LE MARS -- Cindy Berner-Schlichte, of Merrill, left her horse behind as she traveled to Oklahoma today (Thursday). Her horse trailer is filled with donations to victims in the 17-mile path of a tornado that devastated the Moore, Okla. area Monday. People who brought items to the parking lot near Bomgaars in Le Mars donated everything from children's books to water bottles to be packed into Berner-Schlichte's horse trailer...
Memorial Day changes schedules
LE MARS -- Monday's Memorial Day holiday will close several businesses, including the Daily Sentinel. The Daily Sentinel will not publish a newspaper on Memorial Day and the office will be closed, reopening at 8 a.m. Tuesday. All Plymouth County offices will be closed Monday...
Supervisors may eliminate admin. fee
PLYMOUTH CO. -- Property owners in the Hinton, Westfield and Akron drainage districts may not have to pay a fee in addition to more taxes. Recently, special assessments were set on the about 1,400 parcels in all three districts for bridge replacements and ditch maintenance...
Weather conditions delay bike safety clinic
A bike safety clinic presented by Rotary Club of Le Mars, Bike Central and Le Mars Police will be postponed from today (Wednesday) to Wed., May 29. The free clinic will be offered from 5-7 p.m. at O'Toole Park in Le Mars next Wednesday. Information about the clinic was published in the Daily Sentinel Monday, May 20...
Memorial Day deadline - Contractor aims to complete Fourth Avenue project
For 47 years, families and friends of deceased veterans have gathered at the Plymouth County Courthouse on Memorial Day. Le Mars Mayor Dick Kirchoff and city staff are working to re-open streets near the Courthouse for the 48th annual Avenue of Flags...
Le Mars Community employees to get 4 percent salary increase
LE MARS -- With a few exceptions, Le Mars Community School District employees other than teachers will receive a 4.02 percent salary increase for the 2013-14 school year. Superintendent Dr. Todd Wendt presented the salary increase recommendations to school board members, which approved the increases Tuesday at a special meeting...
Last days of school - School staff carry memories as they retire
Editor's note: This is the first in a series of stories about six Le Mars Community Schools' teachers and staff retiring after many years of service. LE MARS -- "Mrs. Evans! I lost a tooth yesterday!" A grinning elementary student greets Marvella Evans, Clark Elementary's secretary of more than 20 years...
Plymouth County's top seniors honored
PLYMOUTH CO. -- Graduation ceremonies at the seven Plymouth County high schools included recognition of the top students in each of the classes. Students earning valedictorian and salutatorian honors for the class of 2013 at the high schools include:...
Prepaid drug deals: Interstate drug probe leads to 11th arrest
PLYMOUTH CO. -- A Remsen man is the latest person to be charged after an investigation of illegal drug distribution between Colorado and the Le Mars area. Ten people were arrested in early March after a two-month investigation by the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office/Le Mars Police Department Drug Task Force...
Railroad crossing repairs are underway
The Union Pacific Railroad (UP) crossing on 12th Street Southwest was closed at 7:30 a.m. today (Tuesday). UP will replace the entire rail and tie section, sub base and crossing panels at this intersection, according to Steve Hansen, Le Mars Public Works superintendent...
Cuts equal hardship - Floyd Valley tightens budget strings
Federal cuts will mean a lean budget for Floyd Valley Hospital in 2013-14. Last month federal Medicare reimbursements dropped by 2 percent, or about $250,000, a year for the hospital, said Mike Donlin, administrator. "We're taking a big pay cut like all the hospitals did," he said. "It means we don't have a lot of money."...
Acting out history
Franklin Elementary School fifth graders (standing) Eric Spieler (left), Kameron Frerichs, Kevin Van Otterloo, Chloe Bridgford, Jordan Cooke and Brayden Galles; (seated) Kady Leusink and Luke Skov act out a scene in the play "Titanic Destination Disaster." Fifth graders presented the play to all grades in the school last week. Teacher Benji Kasel (not pictured) said the production is a way to build students' public speaking skills. To purchase this photo, log on to www.lemarssentinel.com...
LCS lunch fees increase for 2013-14
LE MARS -- Students and adults eating lunch and breakfast at Le Mars Community Schools will pay more next fall. Lunch fees and the price of student activity tickets are the only student fees which will increase for the 2013-14 school year. Lunch for students K-12 will cost $2.10 per day, up 30 cents from the 2012-13 school year...
Legion offers flag disposal
LE MARS -- With Memorial Day drawing near, the United States' star spangled banner is waving all around town. But the American Legion in Le Mars also offers a free a service for people who have tattered or old flags that can no longer be used. "People can drop them off at the American Legion club in Le Mars," said Bud Vander Well, a member and former commander of the local American Legion Wasmer Post 241...
Main Street Le Mars reaches milestone
DES MOINES -- Main Street Le Mars has been recognized with a new million dollar benchmark award. The honor was presented during the 2013 Main Street Iowa Awards celebration last Friday in Des Moines, according to a press release. Main Street Le Mars reached the $10 million level for private dollars invested in commercial district rehabilitation and property acquisition...
The Le Mars state champion boys 3A 4x200-meter relay teammates celebrate their accomplishment at midfield inside Drake Stadium. For the story, see page 9. To purchase this photo, log on to www.lemarssentinel.com
We did it! Gehlen, LCS Classes of 2013 celebrate graduation
Gehlen Catholic Class of 2013 Salutatorian Andrew Lipp (left) straightens the tassel for classmate Derek Probst before commencement for 44 seniors in Le Mars Sunday. To purchase this photo log on to www.lemarssentinel.com.
LCS board sets special Tuesday meeting
The Le Mars School Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday. The meeting will be in the board room at the Education Center, 940 Lincoln St. S.W. There is only one item on the agenda. The Board of Education will consider approving the recommendation from the Meet & Confer team regarding support staff and administrative contracts for 2013-14...
Fate of hospital loading dock in council's hands
LE MARS -- The loading dock relocation project at Floyd Valley Hospital received the green light from hospital trustees last week. The trustees directed Mike Donlin, hospital administrator, to seek approval from the Le Mars City Council for the loading dock addition...
Three raise money for mission trip
LE MARS -- Three Le Mars area college women will spend a month in Honduras on a self-designed mission trip. To help with expenses, Pizza Ranch in downtown Le Mars will hold a Community Impact Fundraising event for Sarah Mayer, Cassie DeLarm and Paige Ellensohn this Thursday from 5-8 p.m. The event is commonly called "tip night."...
Cash mob planned Thursday
LE MARS -- The second cash mob for 2013 is expected to arrive Thursday at a Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce retail business outside of downtown Le Mars. Cash mobs are similar to flash mobs, which are spontaneous public gatherings, according to Mary Reynolds, Chamber Main Street manager...
Gypsies & Drifters to highlight Fair Trade, U.S. made clothes
LE MARS -- What we wear does matter. That's at the core of Wendy Morrow's new clothing store Gypsies & Drifters, in Le Mars. Featuring fashion that ranges from earthy to funky to sophisticated, Morrow's store recently opened on western Plymouth Street...
Le Mars Bulldogs 4 X 200 relay takes state title
Daily Sentinel sports writers Andy Lenz and Matt Heinrichs will have full coverage of the state track meet in the Monday, May 20 issue of the Daily Sentinel. You'll read about it first online at www.lemarssentinel.com or follow the results on Sentinel Sports Facebook and twitter.