Stories from Tuesday, January 4, 2005
Winter storm bears down on area
Northwest Iowa, southeast South Dakota and southern Minnesota are under a winter storm warning from 6 p.m. Tuesday night through midnight Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service at Sioux Falls, S.D. Forecasters predict light snow possible Tuesday morning, with snow in the afternoon accumulating from one to three inches. ...
Sand on county roads mixed with chemical
Sand deposited on roads since last Saturday's ice storm is mixed with liquid calcium chloride, county supervisors were told Monday by Tom Rohe, county engineer. Pellets of additional calcium chloride are then mixed into the sand, mostly at the Le Mars roads department shop, then distributed to other locations in the county, Rohe indicated. The sand acts as an abrasive while the chemical helps the sand to keep from freezing and has some thawing effect, according to the engineer...
1966: Savage Snowstorm, laced with lightning and high winds, chokes roads in massive drifts
(Editor's note: Plymouth County could get as much as a foot of snow by Wednesday evening. Still the effect is not likely to be as devastating as the blizzard of 1966.) The spring-like weather Le Mars was having during March of 1966 disappeared on Tuesday, March 22. The bleak, cold day of rain transformed into a raging snowstorm...
County supervisors elected new officers
A new era for the Plymouth County board of supervisors began as Judge Robert Dull swore in new supervisors Jim Henrich of rural Akron and John Schneider, who lives near Oyens. Both replace supervisors who had held their jobs for 20 years. Henrich is from district #5, taking the seat held by Richard Philips. Schneider replaces David Vander Hamm in district #2. Both incumbents lost in the Republican primary last June...
Seek to limit Dow's animal ownership
The Plymouth County woman who had dozens of animals removed from her Akron area property may be limited to owning only one or two animals in the future. County Attorney Darin Raymond has asked the court to order that Bonita Dow not own or possess more than two animals and further that she may not own livestock...
Broken leg hampered elevator worker
A broken leg kept a worker from climbing out of a grain dryer in Hinton Monday, so that fire departments had to come and help. According to Roger Price, manager at the Farmer's Co-operative Co., the worker fell off the catwalk in the grain dryer where he was cleaning and couldn't get out because he couldn't climb down the ladder with a broken leg...
New legislators talk issues
Newly elected State Sen. Dave Mulder and Rep. Chuck Soderberg will be the speakers for the "Lunch with Legislators" at 12 noon Thursday, Jan. 6 in the meeting room of American Bank. The annual event, open to the public, is sponsored by the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce to offer discussion on upcoming legislative issues. After remarks by the legislators, audience members may ask questions...
Ice Cream Days focuses on family activities
With the change of dates for Ice Cream Days to the third weekend in June, some activities could change as well. The annual street dance could transform to some other type of family fun Friday, June 17 at the Olson Cultural Event Center, according to Rob Bixenman, chairman...
Odd/even parking in effect
Odd/even parking in Le Mars will go into effect tonight (Tuesday) and run through Thursday evening, according to Charlie Eufers, Public Works Supervisor for Le Mars.
Winter Road Conditions
Iowa: 511 or 1-800-288-1047
South Dakota : 1-605-367-5707
Nebraska : 1-402-471-4533
Minnesota : 1-800-542-0220
Illinois : 1-800-452-4368
Kansas : 1-800-585-7623
Missouri : 1-800-222-6400
Wisconsin : 1-800-762-3947
Frances E. Shrauger
IOWA CITY -- Frances E. Shrauger, 89, of Iowa City, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 2004, at Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, Ill. The former Frances E. Kephart was born Feb. 21, 1915, in Riverside, the daughter of Henry A. and Violet (nee Safourek) Kephart. She was a graduate of the University of Iowa. Frances married Harold F. Shrauger Jr. in 1943...
One of the things that makes disaster movies bearable is the notion that viewers go to the climate-controlled safety of a dark theater to witness horrors they believe will never actually occur. So while special effects make the volcanoes, avalanches, floods, earthquakes and towering infernos seem real, they are, in fact, not real at all...