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Stories from Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Pioneer Village Christmas offers 'wonderland' of sights and sounds (12/04/07)
The trees are decorated and hundreds of lights will be twinkling in the night when the Pioneer Village Christmas opens Saturday, Dec. 8, for its two weekend run. Volunteers have been busy since October, checking strand after strand of Christmas lights, organizing decorations for the many buildings in Pioneer Village and Century Hall and decorating them with their Christmas finery...
City's $34.5M in outstanding debt spread among projects (12/04/07)
A project to improve Le Mars' sewer system and to prepare for development near the new Wells' Dairy Corporate Center are the biggest chunks in the city's current $34.5 million of outstanding debt. That number is part of a report released by the Iowa Treasurer of State, showing public entities in Iowa as a whole to have $10.3 billion in outstanding debt. ...
Main Street Le Mars to host annual luminary stroll (12/04/07)
Wandering carolers, horse-drawn wagon rides, and a downtown decked out for the holidays. Main Street Le Mars, along with participating downtown merchants, will be decking the halls Wednesday night with its annual Le Mars Luminary Stroll. Luminaria will line Central Avenue and Plymouth Street from 6 to 8 p.m. and downtown businesses will be getting everyone in an appropriately festive mood with their lively seasonal window displays...
ARTrageous Holiday Festival at Arts Center (12/04/07)
The Arts Center will host is third annual ARTrageous Holiday Festival, featuring a "Holiday Hunt," soup supper, music, shopping, raffles and more Saturday, Dec. 8 from 1 to 7 p.m. The Arts Center is located at 200 Central Ave. S.E. A new feature this year is the "Holiday Hunt" for kids of middle school and high school age. ...
Iowa National Guard welcomes Merrill resident home from war (12/04/07)
Nearly 60 personnel of the 185th Air Refueling Wing (ARW), including Merrill resident Brett Robinson, were officially welcomed home by family, friends, and other unit members during a welcome home ceremony in the main fuel cell hangar at the 185th Air Base in Sioux City, Iowa...
Mulder to seek 'second and final' term in Iowa Senate (12/04/07)
State Senator Dave Mulder (R-District Two) announced Friday that he will be seeking re-election to a "second and final term" in the Iowa State Senate. The Sioux Center Republican is the ranking member on the education committee and serves on the agriculture, economic growth, human resources, and rules and administration committees...
Rockets end two-game slide (12/04/07)
Remsen-Union snapped a two-game slide by pounding Spalding Catholic 71-43 Monday in non-conference boys basketball action in Remsen. The Rockets were all over the Spartans early, taking a 23-6 lead after the first quarter. Turnovers played a key role in R-U's ability to build the big first-quarter advantage, coach Steve Neuberger said...
Hot shooting from Spalding downs Remsen-Union girls (12/04/07)
Despite another visit from the turnover bug, the Remsen-Union girls basketball team was in the hunt for its first win of the season against Spalding Catholic. That hunt fell just short, however, as Spalding was able to come away with a 46-40 win. R-U had a lead at halftime but couldn't hang on, letting Spalding take control late in the game...
'Dogs finish fourth at Humboldt (12/04/07)
The Le Mars Community wrestling team opened its season by placing fourth overall at the Wildcat Invitational Saturday in Humboldt. Facing three open weight classes. The Bulldogs managed to climb the ranks with top-three finishes from Quinton Vore, Anthony Schimek, Zach Reed, Justin Carpenter, Spencer Vore and Andrew Prichard...
Westerners take fourth at Sergeant Bluff Duals (12/04/07)
Akron-Westfield led three area teams with a fourth-place finish at the Sergeant Bluff-Luton Duals Saturday, posting a 2-2 overall record on the day. The Class 1A No. 4-ranked Westerners were 2-1 in their pool to finish behind host Sergeant Bluff, advancing to face Sioux Center in the third-place dual...
Carolyn Landis (12/04/07)
Carolyn Landis, 65, of Le Mars, died Monday, Dec. 3, 2007 at her home. 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.
Richard F. 'Dick' Langel (12/04/07)
Dick Langel, 78, of Le Mars, died unexpectedly at his home Monday Dec. 3, 2007, from an apparent heart attack. Richard Francis Langel was born Oct. 25, 1929, at Le Mars, the son of Leo and Pauline (Rolfes) Langel. He grew up in Le Mars and graduated from St. ...
Lois L. Powell (12/04/07)
Lois L. Powell, 89, of Kingsley, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007, at the Indian Hills Nursing and Rehab Center in Sioux City. Lois Lorraine Powell was born April 4, 1918, in Elkhorn Township, Plymouth County, the daughter of Harvey and Nellie (Bainbridge) Bowman. She attended Elkhorn #2 school through the 7th grade. Lois graduated from Union High School in 1935...
Powering innovation (12/04/07)
Economic development takes many shapes and forms. A factory that employs 100 people at a high hourly wage is nearly every community's wish, but reality is quite another thing for many. Having a family owned store pass on to a new generation or new owner is a great accomplishment for any community. Getting streets paved or a new water tower in some smaller communities in great progress...
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