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Stories from Friday, August 23, 2002

Grant Little Giants 4-H Club wins national award (08/23/02)
The Grant Little Giants 4-H Club of Plymouth County has been recognized with a national award in the Colgate-Palmolive's 29th annual search for the country's best community projects by young Americans. The club was honored for their work with the Le Mars Community Schools Paper Recycling Program. Their efforts of providing drop off locations for local town residents in Craig, Struble and Brunsville won the club a fourth place prize and $100...
County approved change orders on jail (08/23/02)
Four change orders in constructing the jail and law enforcement center were approved by the Plymouth County board of supervisors Wednesday, with plans to seek reimbursement from two of them. Chief Industries requested a change order to install security systems totaling $7,039, according to Don Law, chairman of the jail committee. However, the changes had been marked in the second draft of plans and should be withheld from the architect's final bill, he noted...
City starts new equipment on wastewater (08/23/02)
New aeration and diffuser equipment at the Le Mars Wastewater Treatment Plant has been installed and is in use in conjunction with old equipment. City staff plans to make the complete switch to new equipment this fall when conditions are better for the temporary total shutdown needed to make the change...
Policeman continues adventure in retirement (08/23/02)
With 34 years as a Le Mars policeman, Sgt. John Runcie will still be looking for adventure when he retires this month. Runcie was honored at a Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce coffee Wednesday at city hall and presented with the Employee of the Month award...
'I'll take yellow, please' (08/23/02)
Students in Pam Reeves' kindergarten class at Clark Elementary were getting an early start on coloring school bus cutouts Friday morning. The children worked quietly at their desks as the second day of school day began, concentrating intently on their coloring skills. Red and blue painted letters in the window proclaim to the outside that this is "The Kindergarten Place." The 2002-2003 school year marks the beginning of all-day kindergarten for the Le Mars Community School District...
Hospital staff support Mission Honduras (08/23/02)
While Floyd Valley Hospital could not donate directly to the Mission Honduras project of Gehlen Catholic School, many staff members on their own have been interested in fundraising. Mike Donlin, FVH administrator, told the board of directors Tuesday that a "Denim Day" is planned when employees contribute for the privilege to dress more casually than usual for one day. ...
Pride Night explodes Monday night (08/23/02)
The pep rally for Pride Night kicks off at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26 at Jim Lorenzen Stadium at 12th Street and Third Avenue Southwest. Sponsored by the business promotions committee of the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce, the annual event includes introductions of team coaches and captains for the fall season of local schools. The program will list members of each participating team and band...
Three make all-state 1A softball teams (08/23/02)
Three Plymouth County girls were named to the 2002 Iowa Girls High School All-State Softball teams in Class 1A. Eight received special or honorable mention. Akron-Westfield's Tarah Colt, a freshman pitcher, was named to the Class 1A sixth team. On the seventh team in 1A were Jill Lacey (.416), Hinton, a sophomore and shortstop; and an A-W outfielder, senior Heather Borchers...
Grady and Donlin earn special mention (08/23/02)
Katie Grady and Liz Donlin, seniors on the Le Mars Community Lady Bulldogs softball team were awarded special mention in the 2002 Iowa Girls High School all-state softball teams listing for Class 3A. Grady (.280) played first base and Donlin (.315) was at third...
Trust can easily be derailed (08/23/02)
What do trains and Little League have in common? Both captivate people by the activity they bring, both bring entertainment, and both can be big money makers. But, trains are so long and boring to wait for. It seems like they go on forever, as you waste your gas or they make you late for some appointment, usually coming at the worst times...
Florida program asks first, spends later (08/23/02)
From Florida comes news of a promising government program that seems to be working for poor people in poor neighborhoods. Pushed by Gov. Jeb Bush as a fulfillment of a 1998 campaign promise, the program is called Front Porch Florida. It is urban revitalization with a twist: It challenges residents of poor communities to decide on their own what they want to do to make things better rather than telling them what must be done...