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In recognition: Grassley presents Victory Medals to two local WWII veterans
It has been 65 years since two Plymouth County men saw each other after attending boot camp in Idaho. Wednesday, the two World War II veterans were honored for service to their country. U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley presented Robert L. Taylor, of Westfield, and John Hart, of Le Mars, with a World War II Victory Medal during a brief ceremony...
Plymouth County farmers gather at Deep Creek
(Sentinel photo by Austin Harrington) LE MARS -- A Deep Creek Water Quality Initiative field day was held Thursday at Gary Langel's farm on Highway 3, in Le Mars. The event offered local farmers a chance to learn about conservation practices designed to keep nitrates from contaminating waterways and drinking supplies. Joel De Jong, crops field agronomist with Plymouth County Iowa State University Extension, gave the main address to the crowd of fifty county farmers...
Fiorina holds town hall in Le Mars
LE MARS -- More than 100 people gathered at the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor, in Le Mars, Thursday to hear Republican Presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina speak. Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett Packard, is currently rising in national polls among Republican voters and is often shown running fifth in Iowa polls...
Scheitler is face of KC Phonothon
PLYMOUTH CO. -- Knights of Columbus members are gearing up for the 36th annual KC Phonothon Wednesday. The countywide event, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., is the biggest fundraiser for Life Skills Training Center. The center is a vocational training facility serving people with disabilities, in Le Mars...
Grassley answers questions
LE MARS -- U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, held a town hall meeting at Floyd Valley Hospital, in Le Mars, Wednesday. During the meeting, Grassley urged Le Mars residents to stand and ask any question they wanted answered. He said he believes town hall meetings are important because they give people a chance to speak with their representatives face to face...
Medal presentation for WWII veterans
U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley made a special presentation Wednesday to Plymouth County World War II veterans Robert L. Taylor, (left) of rural Westfield, and John Hart, of rural Le Mars, The men received World War II Victory Medals, prior to Grassley's town hall meeting at Floyd Valley Hospital, in Le Mars. Grassley said both men played an essential role in the closing days of World War II. See Friday's Daily Sentinel for a full story...
Bridge work closes Key Avenue
PLYMOUTH CO. -- Bridge work has closed a section of Key Avenue in Plymouth County.
Local traffic only is allowed on the road, from C-16 to 130th Street, while a bridge is replaced with a box culvert.
Key Avenue is expected to reopen Sept. 23,
Conservation land purchase fails
HINTON -- The Plymouth County Conservation Board's bid for a new piece of conservation ground was not accepted. Nick Beeck, county conservation director, attended an auction Monday for purchase of the about 208 acres, along the Big Sioux River near Westfield...
New opportunity - Soderberg prepares to leave Iowa House for new job
Iowa Rep. Chuck Soderberg, of Le Mars, has accepted a position as the new executive vice president for the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives, or IAEC. As a result, Soderberg will no longer be representing the fifth district in the Iowa House...
Board appoints new county assessor
PLYMOUTH CO. -- Jill Renken will step into the role of Plymouth County assessor Jan. 1, 2016. She will replace Bob Heyderhoff, who is retiring Dec. 31, after 10 years with the county. The assessor's job is to estimate the value of real property within the county's boundaries for taxing purposes...
Robotics club gets green light
LE MARS -- Students at Le Mars Community High School will have a new club to participate in this fall. A proposal for the LCHS Robotics Club was approved by the district's board of education Monday. High school physics instructor Doug Martin, who will serve as the club's faculty sponsor, submitted the application...
Country music fest returns
LE MARS -- In just a few days, the Plymouth County Fairgrounds will be humming with music. The 40th Annual National Old-Time Country, Bluegrass & Folk Music Festival opens Monday for a seven-day run. Bob and Sheila Everhart, of Anita, founded the festival as a way to showcase what Bob calls "country music."...
Nature to art - Art Center exhibit offers a very 'gourd' experience
The final week of "Gourds & More" at the Le Mars Arts Center offers visitors a colorful array of pieces. Two area artists, Dennis Wolf, of Le Mars, and Ronald Jenkins, of Correctionville, are displaying their creativity for turning ordinary gourds into works of art, according to Judy Marienau, arts center administrator...
LCS, Gehlen welcome new classroom teachers
LE MARS -- There will be several new faces in the halls of Le Mars Community and Gehlen Catholic Schools this fall. LCS welcomes six new teachers to its certified staff. They are: Lauren Morehead a recent graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, with a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education...
Barto pleads guilty
PLYMOUTH CO. -- A Kingsley man will be given jail time and placed on probation after pleading guilty to the charge of forgery earlier this month. Jordell Barto, 20, was charged with forgery, a Class D felony, and theft in the fifth degree, a simple misdemeanor...
Council approves TIF bond
LE MARS -- The Le Mars City Council recently approved the issuance of a $2.5 million tax increment revenue bond. The bond will be used to secure a loan for the Le Mars Business Initiative Corporation, or LBIC. The LBIC was approved for an economic development loan by the city council in early August...
Repairs close part of 18th Street Southwest
LE MARS -- Street repairs have closed a portion of 18th Street Southwest, in Le Mars.
The street will remain closed between Sunset Drive and Sixth Avenue Southwest through Thursday.
A song in the air - The Browns plan for music theater in Le Mars
A former bank building will soon be home to music in Le Mars. The Browns, of Merrill, a family singing group, ahs purchased the building at 11 Central Ave. N.W., on the corner of Plymouth Street and Central Avenue. The Browns, mom Shelly, children Michaela, Adam and Andrew, who sing, and dad Keith who runs sound and is bus driver, closed on the purchase last week...
Walking to remember
(Photo contributed) More than 150 people participated in the Iowa SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) Foundation Walk for the Future Saturday, in Le Mars. Along with a 3.1-mile walk, the event included a silent auction and raffle items. More than $6,000 was raised for the SIDS Foundation. Organizers proclaimed the event a "huge success." It was held at Le Mars Municipal Park...
Study to improve housing
LE MARS -- The Le Mars City Council is looking for ways to improve housing in Le Mars. Tuesday, the council approved a contract with Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council, or SIMPCO, to prepare a housing assessment study. It will cost $6,500 and provide information concerning the housing market in the city...
Firefighters compete for fun
LE MARS -- Ten fire departments participated in the Le Mars Fire-Rescue Annual Water Application Drill Sunday. The event, also known as water fights, took place from noon to about 3:30 p.m. in the Fareway parking lot. More than 130 firefighters competed in the leader-line and water application contests, said Le Mars Fire-Rescue Chief David Schipper...
Wells to receive state tax benefits
LE MARS -- The Iowa Economic Development Authority awarded $644,400 in tax incentives to Wells Enterprises Inc. for a planned expansion. The Le Mars company, maker of Blue Bunny ice cream, is planning a 12,200-square-foot addition to the South Ice Cream Plant...
Driver identified in ATV accident - UPDATE
SIOUX CITY -- Carlton Pierce Smith Jr. has been identified as the driver who died in an all terrain vehicle accident Friday. Smith, 24, lived at 32594 Fox Ave., Sioux City. At 6:56 a.m., the Plymouth County Communications Center received a 911 call concerning an accident in rural Plymouth County...
Teens named in 160th Street accident
LE MARS -- The identities of the driver and passenger in a one-vehicle crash Thursday have been released. The driver, Tyler Kennett, 17, of Le Mars, was flown to Mercy Medical Center, in Sioux City, by Mercy Air Care. His injuries were believed to be serious, according to a press release from the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office...
Golf to launch campaign
LE MARS -- The 12th annual Le Mars United Way Golf Fundraiser will kick-off the 2015-16 campaign Sept. 3. The golf tournament marks the start of Le Mars United Way's fundraising efforts for the new year. Amy Schmidt, of the Le Mars Community School District and this year's Le Mars United Way Board chairwoman is excited to hit the 12-year milestone, according to a press release...