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School in the cloud - Gehlen goes online with schoolwork
Marisa Lipp doesn't have to carry around a paper copy of her recent English class project. The Gehlen Catholic School junior doesn't even have to carry around a flash drive or other device holding the digital file of the project. In fact, Lipp truly doesn't know where in the world the document is stored...
Education dollar woes continue
LE MARS -- In what seems like a biannual tradition, Le Mars Community School board members and the superintendent shared their frustration with the Iowa Legislature's delay to set state aid for education. At Saturday's legislative forum, they told Rep. Chuck Soderberg, R-Le Mars, and Sen. Bill Anderson, R-Pierson, reductions in aid and the state's failure to honor existing financial commitments are harming schools' ability to pay their expenses...
Council adopts 2015 budget
LE MARS -- Concluding three months of budget preparation and discussion, the Le Mars City Council breezed through last week's public hearing of the 2014-2015 budget. Without public comment, the council adopted the budget in a unanimous vote. The budget includes a total revenue of $20,761,857 and expenditures of $20,836,966...
Four file election papers
PLYMOUTH CO. -- Last week four people in the county filed nomination papers for the June 3 Republican primary election. Those filing included candidates for the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors and the county treasurer. They were: Craig A. Anderson, supervisor District 4...
'Calling' for help - Social media: the push behind upgrading 911 technology
Plymouth County residents will soon have more options to seek emergency services. Since 1985 residents have been able to dial 911 on their landline telephone to reach the Plymouth County Communications Center. Later, cellphones were added to the emergency system...
Hatting scoops Ice Cream Days logo design
LE MARS -- A Le Mars Community High School senior is the winning designer of the 2014 Ice Cream Days logo. The logo is used on advertising and promotional items for Ice Cream Days celebration and for the 2014 T-shirt. The Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce seeks entries from Le Mars Community and Gehlen Catholic high school and middle school students through their art teachers...
Tiring mornings ahead
LE MARS -- Get ready to bite the bullet and get one less hour of sleep. It's nearly Daylight Saving Time (DST). Clocks should be turned one hour forward at 2 a.m. Sunday. DST is also a good time to change the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission...
Relay For Life team signup
LE MARS -- It's time to get a team together for the 2014 Plymouth County Relay For Life event in July. A Relay For Life Team Kickoff will be Sunday at 3 p.m. at Sweet 16 Lanes in Le Mars. Relay For Life is the signature event to raise money for the American Cancer Society...
There was plenty of snow to go around at Kluckhohn Elementary School Thursday as fifth grade students teamed up to roll up and decorate snow people as a class activity. Students gave snowmen sporting gear, scarves, stick arms and even color to make their design the most unique. Fifth grade teachers will have the students write about their snowman project as part of the learning activity, which also taught teamwork...
At birth: In small towns, family physicians help deliver
Dr. Ellen Aquino's first love is obstetrics. A native of Manila in the Philippines, Aquino said from the beginning of her career, obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN) is "what I really wanted to do." "I was an OB/GYN in the Philippines before I moved to the States," she added...
Fire-rescue honors locals for donations of time, toys
LE MARS -- From gifts of pedal pull tractors to leadership in acquiring the downtown fire station, four locals were recently honored for their contributions to the Le Mars Fire-Rescue Department. Albert Schulz, John Leonard, Shawn Olson and Randy Reardon received awards during the Fire-Rescue annual banquet...
Arts council requests dollars to refurbish gallery
LE MARS -- The Le Mars Arts Center is hosting an art exhibition by the National Watercolor Society (NWS) this fall. In preparation, its board of directors is requesting city dollars to partially pay for the art center's refurbishment. Jean Weiner, Le Mars Arts Council vice president, and Judy Marienau, the center's new administrator, presented plans to city council Tuesday...
Assessor's budget wage increases
PLYMOUTH CO. - The county assessor and staff will receive 2.75 percent salary increases in 2014-15. The staff include Bob Heyderhoff, county assessor; Jill Renken, chief deputy assessor; Erica Pepper, deputy appraiser; and Jamie Hauser, appraiser. The 2.75 percent salary increase is the same as the one approved for all other non-elected, non-bargaining county employees in 2014-15...
Brushes and colors - Watercolors on display in arts center exhibit
Butterflies appear to flutter near flowers. Irises bloom in subtle colors. Those are just some of the watercolor paintings on display in the "Artfully Yours" exhibit at the Le Mars Arts Center in March. Artists Randi Mackey, of Le Mars, and Connie Luhman, of Sergeant Bluff, are showing a variety of paintings and prints in the galleries at the arts center...
Trust fund dollars ready for home repairs
PLYMOUTH CO. -- Low-to-moderate income county residents can now apply for dollars to help with home repairs. That money will come from the Western Iowa Community Improvement Regional Housing Trust Fund. The housing trust fund serves the counties of Plymouth, Cherokee, Ida, Monona and Woodbury, excluding the city of Sioux City...
Plant treated more city wastewater
LE MARS -- The Le Mars wastewater facility slightly increased the number of gallons of raw wastewater it treated in 2013. The amount increased to about 657.5 million gallons according to Ron Kayser, superintendent of the Le Mars Wastewater Treatment Facility and collection system...
Wells to cut seven marketing jobs
LE MARS -- Wells Enterprises, Inc. announced it will eliminate seven positions in its marketing department. The maker of Blue Bunny ice cream, headquartered in Le Mars, announced those cuts last week. It said the decision is part of the company's finalization of a refinement of its corporate and leadership structure...
Wells to cut seven marketing jobs
LE MARS -- Wells Enterprises, Inc. announced it will eliminate seven positions in its marketing department. The maker of Blue Bunny ice cream, headquartered in Le Mars, announced that decision in a company statement. It said the decision is part of the company's finalization of a refinement of its corporate and leadership structure...
Education dollars - LCS accepted for state teacher leadership program
Le Mars Community School District is one of 39 schools in the first group of Iowa school districts selected to launch teacher leadership systems next school year. "That was very good news this morning," LCS Superintendent Dr. Todd Wendt said Monday...
Library board OKs two-card system, tables fee cards
LE MARS -- The Le Mars Public Library Board of Trustees has postponed a decision to start charging rural patrons for access to electronic media. The board will wait until the Le Mars City Council finishes discussing the matter with the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors and issues a recommendation...
Clearing the way
Snow removal continued in the parking lot at Fareway, 18 First Ave. N.E., Le Mars, this morning (Tuesday). Huge piles of snow and slick streets remain after 5 inches of snow fell in Le Mars from Friday night through Saturday. To purchase this photo, log on to www.lemarssentinel.com...
Search finds 30 marijuana plants
KINGSLEY -- Three people were arrested Sunday in connection with a marijuana growing operation at a Kingsley residence. Norma Bowman, 70, of Kingsley, Billy Fletcher Sr., 52, of Kingsley, and Billy Fletcher Jr., 25, of Kingsley, were arrested on several charges...
Property taxes due now
PLYMOUTH CO. -- Property owners are reminded that second-half real estate and mobile home taxes are due. People can pay their taxes in the treasurer's office, online or through the mail by March 31, according to Plymouth County Treasurer Shelly Sitzmann...
Too soon to tell - With dry soil, county's spring planting is uncertain
If there was ever a good time for the land to be dry, it would be winter. That's because there is still time for conditions to change. Plymouth County farmer John Ahlers, who grows corn and soybeans, can look at his fields and see evidence of the soil's low moisture content...
Jurors will not report Tuesday
Plymouth County residents who were notified of jury service in March will not need to report Tuesday, March 4. Jurors are asked to contact the clerk of court's office Monday, March 10, after 3 p.m. to find out whether to report on Tuesday, March 11, according to clerk of court Peggy Frericks...