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Stories from Thursday, February 3, 2005

Council looks for ways to cut budget expenses (02/03/05)
Trimming nearly $400,000 from proposed general fund expenditures in the first draft of the fiscal year 2005-2006 budget is the task of Le Mars city council members. The council met for a budget workshop session Tuesday before and after their regular meeting. The session was a thorough review of the budget proposal prepared by city staff, including Bill Cole, finance director, Scott Langel, city administrator/engineer, and Bev Langel, city clerk...
K-P Jazz Choir will compete in national tournament (02/03/05)
The Kingsley-Pierson High School Jazz Choir, under the direction of Donna Washburn, has been selected to participate in the National Championship of High School A Cappella. The National Championship of High School A Cappella is the first national contemporary a cappella tournament created specifically for high school ensembles. ...
Raccoons scurry on Keystone Avenue (02/03/05)
The Punxsutawney Phil groundhog may have seen his shadow Wednesday, Feb. 2 forecasting six more weeks of winter, but county crews were seeing raccoons last week on Keystone Avenue. As crews cut trees and cleared brush west of Le Mars in preparation for road improvements, 11 raccoons were found, County Engineer Tom Rohe told supervisors. ...
Juvenile charged with sexual abuse (02/03/05)
A 16-year-old male from rural Le Mars has been charged with sexual abuse in the second degree and released to his parents, according to Plymouth County Sheriff's Office records. Sexual abuse in the second degree is a Class B felony. It can be charged if the victim was under the age of 12...
State lets contracts for north Le Mars (02/03/05)
Highway 60 projects from the Le Mars bypass to Sibley had bids for paving let in January totaling $40 million. Another $4 million paving contract was awarded in December by the Iowa Department of Transportation. The four paving projects are: * the north end of the Le Mars bypass;...
Veteran Affairs added to Cabinet in 1989 (02/03/05)
(Fifth in a series) Thirteen Iowans have taken turns as Iowans, now that Jim Nicholson, a Struble native, has taken his post Feb. 2 as Secretary of Veteran Affairs. The position was added to the Cabinet by order of President Ronald Reagan -- who also lived in Iowa during the 1930s. The Veteran Affairs position became part of the Cabinet in 1989, followed by the Secretary of Homeland Security in 2003...
DeBoer will retire in five months (02/03/05)
Judy DeBoer announced her retirement as Plymouth County assessor, effective June 30, the end of the fiscal year. DeBoer described her 20 years as assessor as satisfying, fulfilling and challenging to the conference board of county supervisors, city mayors and school board members who met Wednesday evening. She thanked the conference board for their support, especially in the use of new technology such as GIS (geographic information systems) computer mapping...
Disposal methods examined for aquatic center salvage (02/03/05)
The Le Mars city council this week set a public hearing for 12 noon Tuesday, Feb. 15 to declare certain Community Wellness Center property surplus and to establish methods of disposal. City staff told council members that numerous salvageable building components will be removed from the wellness center to prepare for the indoor aquatic center project. Staff recommended that the components be declared surplus property and be disposed of by either establishing bid dates or direct sales...
A-W wrestlers handle Rock Valley (02/03/05)
The Akron-Westfield wrestling team improved its dual record to 14-8 on the season with a 62-18 win over Rock Valley Tuesday in Rock Valley. David Hecht began a string of five consecutive victories for the Westerners in the first match of the dual at 189 pounds, pinning Darin Vande Vegte in 1:53...
Bulldogs route Spirit Lake, 84-53 (02/03/05)
Everything was clicking for the Le Mars Community Bulldogs Tuesday night in Le Mars as they coasted to an 84-53 Lakes Conference victory over Spirit Lake. The Bulldogs charged to a 27-12 lead by the end of the first quarter and held a 42-21 advantage by halftime behind 17 points-including five 3-pointers-from senior T.J. Phillips...
Steichen inks with UNI (02/03/05)
Remsen St. Mary's senior Austin Steichen, the son of Dan and Sue Steichen of Remsen, signed a letter of intent Wednesday to continue his football career at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. Steichen was named Captain of the Iowa Newspaper Association Eight-Man All-State football team after leading the Hawks to the school's first-ever state championship, defeating Adair-Casey in the title game 56-8 Nov. 20...
A-W holds off RSM in fight to the finish (02/03/05)
Akron-Westfield's 10th win of the boys' basketball season was its hardest earned as the Westerners relinquished a 20-point first-half lead and fought off a furious Remsen St. Mary's charge in the fourth quarter to come away with a 58-55 victory Tuesday in Akron...
Bulldog sophs improve to 11-3 (02/03/05)
The Le Mars Community sophomore boys' basketball team improved to 11-3 on the season Tuesday night in Le Mars by doubling up Sprit Lake 52-26. The Bulldogs led 19-9 after the first quarter and 31-16 at halftime, but put Spirit Lake away by holding the Indians to one third-quarter point to take a 41-17 advantage into the fourth...
Lady Panthers stay winless (02/03/05)
The Kingsley-Pierson girls' basketball team dropped to 0-14 Tuesday night in Holstein after a 57-31 Maple Valley Conference setback to Galva-Holstein. The Lady Panthers got off to a slow start and trailed 12-5 after the opening quarter. The Pirates extended their lead to 27-14 by halftime. K-P head coach Nicole Goodwin attributed her teams slow start to an eight-day layoff between games...
Sweet Temptations (02/03/05)
Five Deliciously Simple Ways to Say 'Be Mine, Valentine' This Valentine's Day, say "Be Mine" with deliciously simple homemade treats that will please any palate. Celebrate Cupid's favorite colors -- pale pinks to deep reds -- by using rosy fruits like cherries or raspberries in tarts, cheesecakes or ice cream to tickle the taste buds and tug at the heartstrings...
Kaleb D. Hargens (02/03/05)
Kaleb D. Hargens, 4-month-old infant son of Jason and Kristi Hargens of Le Mars, died suddenly Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2005, at McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Faith Valdes-Luna (02/03/05)
Faith Miranda Lynn Valdes-Luna, 4-month-old daughter of Carolyn and Israel Valdes-Luna, died suddenly Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2005, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City. Faith Miranda Lynn Valdes-Luna was born Oct. 4, 2004, in Sioux City, the daughter of Carolyn (Brown) and Israel Valdes-Luna. Baby Faith will be deeply missed by her foster family, Mike and Sue Popken and their children, Jen, Jake, and Joe. ...
And those wheels keep on turning! (02/03/05)
If one had to do a definition of fun for the family, good exercise and a way to travel seeing what makes Iowa special, they could do it with one word…RAGBRAI. An event born out of a challenge among friends in 1973, John Karras, a feature writer/copy editor and Donald Kaul, a columnist, both of the Des Moines Register, rode their bikes across Iowa, writing columns about what they saw and learned...