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Stories from Friday, December 28, 2007

Voting for more than a Homecoming king (12/28/07)
In the 2004 Iowa Democratic caucus, participants in the 75 and older age group outnumbered participants ages 18-24 by nearly four to one. This year, several of the presidential candidates are pouring extra energy from their campaign into high school and college students...
Choosing the perfect champagne for New Year's Eve (12/28/07)
Is Kathy Schwader a "wine whisperer" -- capable of choosing just the right bottle of bubbly to make your New Year's Eve complete? Nah, Hy-Vee's resident "Wine Guru" is more of a "Demi-sec Detective," a "Champagne-shilling Sherlock" if you will. Schwader will answer all of your questions regarding Bruts and Bordeauxs before helping you choosing the bubbly you'll need to welcome in the new year...
Museum ready to drop ball at New Year's Eve Ball (12/28/07)
The third annual New Year's Eve Ball hosted by the Plymouth County Historical Museum again takes the theme, "New York, New York!" for its celebration Monday, Dec. 31. Doors to the "Old Central" Gym will open at 7 p.m., with the serving of free hors d'oeuvrves. Dance music will begin at 8 p.m...
Mayo finds young Illich afflicted with rare disease (12/28/07)
The tiny two-year-old boy that Le Mars Mission Honduras helped bring to Mayo Clinic faces some tall odds. Doctors at the Rochester hospital diagnosed the Honduran boy, Illich Rivera, with an extremely rare genetic disorder known as trichothyodystrophy(TTD)...
Chris Dodd to hold Le Mars event Sunday (12/28/07)
Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd will be bringing his "Caucus for Results" bus tour throughout the state of Iowa, including a Sunday visit to Le Mars. According to his campaign's website, the Democratic presidential hopeful will be offering his message "of proven leadership and a record of results for America's family" at Le Mars' 4 Brothers Bar & Grill at 11 a.m., Sunday...
Stories of the year: LM boys win state bowling title, girls take third (12/28/07)
Wes Swanberg, coach of the Le Mars boys bowling team, recalls that the team had never finished too high at the state bowling meets in the four years he bowled in high school. However, when he came back to coach last season, per the request of his brother Sam, he led the team all the way to the class 1A state title...
Stories of the Year: Koethe wins second straight state title (12/28/07)
It's always a special thing to win a state championship in any sport. But to win consecutive state titles in wrestling the way that Akron-Westfield's Marshall Koethe is borderline movie material. After winning the title in 2006 at 125 pounds as a sophomore in a dramatic overtime victory, Koethe won his second straight title by pinning fourth-ranked Mitch Johnson of 1-35 (Truro) in just 1:58 at the 130 weight class...
Lillian Haisch (12/28/07)
Lillian Haisch, 90, of Laurel, Neb., died Monday, Dec. 24, 2007, at Park View Haven Nursing Home in Coleridge, Neb. Lillian Lena Haisch was born Dec. 30, 1916, at Randolph, Neb., the daughter of Emil and Amelia (Stapelman) Johnson. She was baptized and confirmed at St. ...
James N. Wiltgen (12/28/07)
James N. Wiltgen, 76, of Sioux City, died Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2007, at his home surrounded by his family. James was born Nov. 16, 1931, in Le Mars, the son of Nicholas and Clara (Heissel) Wiltgen. He grew up in Le Mars and graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1950. ...
Lyle and Phyllis Schroeder (12/28/07)
Lyle and Phyllis (Kessenich) Schroeder of Granville, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a Mass of Thanksgiving on Jan. 5, 2008 at 5 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Granville, followed by a family dinner hosted by their children...
Iowa: room for growth? (12/28/07)
Yesterday, the U.S. Census Bureau released population estimates for the nation, including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Iowa's population, according to the estimate, grew to 2.99 million. The increase is a good news/bad news story. It's encouraging that the state's population increased and did not decrease, like Michigan and Rhode Island, but the rate of growth is far behind the rest of the nation...
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