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Stories from Friday, October 19, 2007

County boasts highest wages in western Iowa (10/19/07)
Plymouth County employees, on average, are making about $34,000 a year, according to a quarterly study by the Iowa Department of Economic Development. That ranks average county wages, which hit $16.19 an hour at the end of last quarter, above any other Iowa county west of I-35...
Beitelspacher is ready for 100th birthday celebration (10/19/07)
A Red Hat Society member gets to wear a red hat at the age of 50. Louise Beitelspacher is donning that hat as she turns 100 years old on Oct. 20, 2007. The spry centenarian, who now makes her home at Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars, doesn’t miss a thing, whether its a family celebration, Sunday morning church or a game of cards...
Absentee ballots for Nov. 6 election now available (10/19/07)
Voters may request absentee ballots for the November 6 elections, says Plymouth County auditor Cheri Nitzschke. “Absentee ballots are now available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the auditor’s office at the county courthouse,” she reminds...
Council approves new five-year contract for airport manager (10/19/07)
The Le Mars City Council Tuesday agreed to a new five-year contact for Earl Draayer, Lite Planes Inc., independent contractor and operator for the Le Mars Municipal Airport. The agreement, retroactive to Sept. 7, 2007, calls for Draayer to receive an annual “compensation” of $55,800...
Manning wins state honor for work with Hospice of Siouxland (10/19/07)
Grief is a normal process when a loved one dies. It’s also a unique experience in that no two people grieve in the same way or on the same timetable. No one knows this emotional rollercoaster better than Janet Manning. A nurse for more than 40 years, she became a Hospice of Siouxland volunteer shortly after she retired from public health nursing at Floyd Valley Hospital...
Postseason on the line for A-W (10/19/07)
No one expected the Akron-Westfield football team to be in this position. The Westerners can take another step toward a playoff birth with a win over South O’Brien tonight in Akron. No one thought this game would have any postseason meaning for A-W when the 2007 football season started...
Le Mars’ Theisen earns state meet berth (10/19/07)
Le Mars Community sophomore Maddie Theisen overcame soggy conditions and some of the best competition state-wide to punch her ticked to Fort Dodge Thursday at a Class 3A district cross country meet in Estherville. Theisen clocked in 17:14 to place fourth overall, beating out a pair of state-ranked runners en route to qualifying for next weekend’s state meet...
Ramon "Ray" Jespersen (10/19/07)
Ray Jespersen, 97, of Akron, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2007 at the Akron Care Center. Services are pending with the Carlsen Funeral Home-Schroeder Chapel at Akron.
Daniel C. Hoffa (10/19/07)
Daniel C. Hoffa, 84, of Le Mars, died today (Friday), Oct. 19, 2007, at his home in Le Mars. Funeral arrangements are pending with the Carlsen Funeral Home of Le Mars. Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com...
Carla Ann Scales (10/19/07)
Carla Ann Scales, 62, of Hot Springs, Ark., died Monday, Oct. 15, 2007, at a local hospital in Hot Springs, Ark. She was born Jan. 13, 1945, in Sioux City, the daughter of Ervin and Betty (Nelson) Criswell. Carla graduated from Le Mars Central High School in 1963. Following high school, Carla attended U.S.D. in Vermillion, S.D., before transferring to National Business Training School in Sioux City...
Drivers are best defense in rail crossing safety (10/19/07)
Railroad crossings are, in the best case scenario, a place where two traffic forms intersect and both go on their respective way. Too many times, trains collide with traffic because drivers aren’t paying attention or disregard the safety warnings...
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