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Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014
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Strength in solidarity - Advocates refuse to let victims stand alone (12/25/14)
It takes a strong person to be there for someone in his or her time of need. At the Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, or CSADV, volunteer advocates provide that strength. The CSADV is an organization that provides support, advocacy and a safe environment to empower adults and children, who have experienced domestic violence and/or sexual assault...
Shining brightly (12/25/14)
Hundreds of lighted Christmas figures surround the barn and house at the Mark and Shari Frerichs residence on the west edge of Le Mars. A lighted pathway with arches winds through the entire layout. While many houses and yards are decorated, this is one of the larger displays in Le Mars...
CSADV makes budget request (12/25/14)
PLYMOUTH CO. -- The county board of supervisors received a 2015-16 budget request from the Council on Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Tuesday. Cathy Van Maanen, CSADV outreach coordinator for Plymouth County, submitted a written request asking for $10,000...
Brunsville will tap rural water system (12/25/14)
BRUNSVILLE -- By the end of January, the city of Brunsville will be getting its water from a new source. Mayor Steve Dickman said the community will be receiving water from Southern Sioux County Rural Water System. Problems with the town's shallow well developed last fall...
Holiday season not always happy (12/25/14)
LE MARS -- The holiday season and grief don't always mix well. The Rev. Dr. Jean Ziettlow, paster at St. John's Lutheran Church, in Le Mars, said the holidays can be especially stressful for those who are grieving. She suggests, especially during the Christmas season, people should take time for themselves and others who are missing people or suffering loss...
Luke 2: 1-20 - A Child born in a stable delivers hope on Christmas (12/23/14)
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria. And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; because he was of the house and lineage of David...
Sitzmann's leadership fosters respect (12/23/14)
LE MARS -- Even though Joe Sitzmann has actively participated in the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce, being named a 2014 Boss of the Quarter was unexpected. "The award was very much a surprise," said Sitzmann, owner of Mr. P's Pizza & Sports Grill. "It's always nice to be recognized."...
Stop leads to drug arrest (12/23/14)
PLYMOUTH CO. -- A Sanborn man was arrested Sunday in Plymouth County after he was found to be in possession of methamphetamine. Michael Rydstrom, 48, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, with the intent to deliver after a traffic stop led to his arrest...
Elf sighting (12/23/14)
(Photo contributed) Buddy the Elf (Dr. Andrew Geha) posed for a photo before visiting patients at Floyd Valley Hospital Family Medicine Clinic - Le Mars Tuesday. Pictured from left are: Suzanne Heeren, unit secretary, and nurses Laura Evink, Joyce Draayer, Kristi Hargens and Kathy Rollins...
County gravel contract amended (12/23/14)
PLYMOUTH CO. -- A South Dakota company will soon supply Plymouth County with gravel owed to it by Higman Sand & Gravel. L.G. Everist, headquartered in Sioux Falls, is in the process of acquiring assets of Higman Sand & Gravel, in Akron. Steve Mousel, L.G. Everist's chief financial officer, met with the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors Tuesday...
Le Mars to receive loan to improve water (12/23/14)
LE MARS -- Le Mars is one of 22 Iowa cities chosen to receive a portion of a $27.2 million low-interest loan to improve water quality infrastructure. Le Mars will be given $1.01 million for a drinking water construction project, according to a press release stated...
Decades of Christmas memories - Le Mars mom keeps family and Christ at center of Christmas season (12/23/14)
Editor's note: This is the final story in a series about Christmas memories of area residents. Angie Flammang is looking forward to Christmas this year. She and her family will be celebrating the holiday in a house, rather than an apartment. She and her husband, Jason, and four children moved into the house earlier this year...
Dispatchers share in protecting the community (12/23/14)
PLYMOUTH CO. -- During an emergency, the number dialed is always the same, 911. The voice on the other end of the line is not typically that of a uniformed officer or a medical technician, but a dispatcher. In Plymouth County, law enforcement, ambulances, fire-rescue and several other services are dispatched from the same centralized location at the comm center, in Le Mars...
Kansas couple goes to court (12/23/14)
STRUBLE -- A wanted man from Kansas entered a plea of not guilty, Monday, at the Plymouth County Courthouse. Floyd Coates Jr., 37, of St. Francis, Kan., faces charges of theft in the first degree, a Class C felony, and operating a vehicle without consent, an aggravated misdemeanor, according to court documents...
Lady Panthers win by 63 points (12/23/14)
WHITING -- The Kingsley-Pierson Lady Panthers came home with a win over Whiting Friday to improve to 7-0 on the season. K-P beat the Warriors, 95-32. The Lady Panthers took charge early and led 38-3 over Whiting at the end of the first quarter. At halftime, K-P extended its lead and led 58-11 over the Warriors...
Family safely out after chimney fire (12/21/14)
MERRILL -- No one was injured in a chimney fire at a home, 24977 Jade Ave., early this morning (Friday). Merrill Fire-Rescue responded to a 1:27 a.m. call of house fire at that address. "Le Mars and Hinton were called to help because we were told there was fire showing through the roof," said Jake Conley, Merrill Fire-Rescue chief...
A boyhood wish - Model trains make tracks in basement of Le Mars man's home (12/21/14)
Years ago, as a young boy, Merle Schipper wished for a model train set. He also realized, growing up in a small house with six children, that wasn't going to happen. But he never gave up on his wish. "I always promised myself, when I became 'a big boy,' I would have a train set," Schipper said...
Christmas display may light up TV show (12/21/14)
LE MARS -- Christmas Acres' 70,000 light bulbs create a glow on the horizon. Some are red, some are blue, some are white and some are green. The colors light up the country display on Impala Avenue, west of Le Mars. Along with lights, there are 367 plastic blow molds, 217 lighted sculptures and 25 inflatables...
Holiday closures (12/21/14)
LE MARS -- Christmas is coming and its changing business hours for some. The Le Mars Daily Sentinel office will close at noon Wednesday, Christmas Eve, and remain closed through 8 a.m. Friday. Local governmental offices will also face altered schedules this week...
Westerners snap losing skids (12/21/14)
REMSEN -- The Akron-Westfield girls and boys' teams headed into Christmas break with a win over Remsen-Union Friday. In the girls' game, the Westerners edged the Lady Rockets, 46-40. Both teams exchanged leads right before halftime. At the break, A-W and R-U were tied at 23...
'Museum Mangers' - Nativity display brings tranquility to hectic holiday season (12/18/14)
It started in 2010 with a Plymouth County Historical Museum volunteer's collection and love of nativity sets. Now, the "Museum Manger" display includes hundreds of nativity sets of all sizes and colors. The idea for a display of nativities started with volunteers Ron and Delores Burkard...
Update: Man arrested for Wal-Mart theft (12/18/14)
LE MARS -- Andrew Macklem is accused of stealing more than $1,000 worth of items from the Le Mars Wal-Mart. Macklem, 23, of Le Mars, was arrested Dec. 8 and charged with theft in the second degree, a Class D felony. Wal-Mart employees spotted a male subject stealing boxes of items from the store on Dec. 7...
Update: Le Mars woman crashes into hospital (12/18/14)
LE MARS -- A local woman became trapped in her vehicle Wednesday after the vehicle struck the Floyd Valley Hospital. Patricia Ann Hawkins, 84, of Le Mars, was treated and released following the accident, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Hawkins was traveling west through the parking lot at 3 p.m. Wednesday...
Making wishes come true (12/18/14)
LE MARS -- BoDeans Baking Company recently joined with Make-A-Wish Iowa to help grant a wish for a 9-year-old girl battling a heart condition. Autumn Huss, of Ashton, got her wish to Disney World, in Orlando, Fla. BoDeans sponsored the seven-day trip to Florida for Autumn and her family, in November...
78 Christmas dinners (12/18/14)
(Sentinel photo by Austin Harrington) Carly Bunkers (left) and Jolee Linden were two of many Gehlen Catholic students who volunteered to deliver 78 boxes filled with Christmas dinners to local schools Thursday. The meals are a part of the Hy-Vee 78 Gifts program. ...