Stories from Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Smells like money: Hog houses, budget balancing will challenge legislators
The aroma of manure might be wafting its way into the Iowa State Capitol during the upcoming legislative session. Questions on hog confinement spacing and numbers in the state are one of the topics Senator Dave Mulder of District 2 predicts will be heating up the statehouse this year. ...
Hillview Park is growing
There's going to be a new addition onto Hillview Park. County Conservation Director Dennis Sohl announced Tuesday that the conservation board is working out the details on purchasing 25 acres to add to the recreational area near Hinton. The land sits just to the west of the current park's boundaries and includes a ridgeline with timber on the north-facing slope and a view overlooking the Hillview elk herd on the south and southeast facing slope...
Babysitter comes face-to-face with cougar
Mountain lion tamer was not in the babysitting job description when fourteen year-old Sheriden Eastman agreed to watch Melanie and Travis Tentinger's children one evening in early December. "It was probably ten o'clock at night," said Eastman, a freshmen at Akron-Westfield High School. ...
Bundle up, there's fun to be had outdoors
At times it might be blustery and bone chilling outside and some extra effort might be required to bundle up just to stay warm, but the learning and entertainment garnered from participating in one of the Plymouth County Conservation Board's winter and spring programs might just be worth it...
Museum open house to focus on energy
This Sunday, Jan. 13, a group of children will present a program in the Museum's Music Room focusing on energy at the Plymouth County Historical Museum. This past fall, a team of six children ages 9 to 14 who live in Plymouth County has researched ways to conserve non-renewable energy and save money on utility bills the Plymouth County Historical Museum pays each month. The team calls themselves the Lightsavers, and they are ready to present their findings to the community at 2 p.m. this Sunday...
Hinton girls clip West Sioux
Britni Freed hit three clutch baskets and pulled down a crucial rebound in the final minutes Tuesday to help the Hinton girls basketball team rally past West Sioux 51-50 in non-conference play at Hinton. Freed scored a team-high 20 points, with six coming in the final two minutes as Hinton overcame a seven-point deficit to clip the Falcons...
West Sioux boys deal Blackhawks second loss
Jonny Strong hit a 3-pointer with two minutes remaining to break a 44-44 tie and West Sioux held on down the stretch to hand the Hinton boys basketball team a 59-56 setback Tuesday in non-conference action at Hinton. The game featured several lead changes and seesawed back and forth until the waning minutes, when Strong's 3 allowed West Sioux to take a 47-44 lead. The Falcons stretched the lead to 49-44 at one point and Hinton trailed 49-46 heading into the final minute...
Lady 'Dogs dealt lopsided Lakes loss by Storm Lake
The Le Mars girls are opening 2008 with some hard times on the basketball court. On the road at Storm Lake Tuesday night, the Lady Bulldogs fell 78-43 in the Lakes Conference match-up. "We played poorly," said Coach Barry Borchers. The Lady Bulldogs struggled from the beginning. Trailing 16-10 after the first quarter, they were outscored 21-13 in the second to increase their deficit to 37-23 at halftime...
Bulldogs survive in Storm Lake
If Dave Irwin's Bulldogs keep having finishes like they did against Storm Lake on Tuesday, he's going to need to take a long vacation after the end of this season. Le Mars led by as many as eight in the first half before the Tornadoes crawled back and took the game down to the wire in the Bulldog's 60-57 win...
Remsen-Union boys dominate Marcus
After some slow scoring early on, the Remsen-Union boys scored nearly 50 second half points to roll over Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn Tuesday night, 71-39. "It was a strange game really," said Coach Steve Neuberger. "It was hard to get in much of a flow. Defensively, they took us out of sync in the first half. We had some open shots around the basket, but they just weren't falling for us."...
MMC rallies late in fourth to defeat R-U girls
Enthusiastic cheers sounded throughout the crowd as the Lady Rockets battled against MMC Tuesday night. After a very close first half, R-U struggled to sink their shots in the second half and ended up falling to the Eagles 44-34. The Lady Rockets held their own through the first half, trailing 6-8 after the first quarter and 21-19 at the half...
Lady Panthers score first road win of season in Sloan
Coach Nicole Goodwin's Kingsley-Pierson squad got its first road win of the reason as they beat Westwood 54-46 in Sloan. The storyline was much different from the Panther's loss to Akron-Westfield on Monday when the team was beaten by 20 in a 76-56 loss...
Edna Karr, 87, of Le Mars, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008, at Park Place Estates in Le Mars.
Arrangements are with the Carlsen Funeral Home of Le Mars.
Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.
Joshua and Jacki Kooistra
Jacki Lynn Weiler and Joshua Samuel Kooistra, of Sioux Falls, S.D., were united in marriage on Sept. 1, 2007, at the Foster Park Carousel in Le Mars. Pastor Don Dekok officiated the 3:30 p.m. outdoor ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Doris and Loran Weiler of Le Mars. The bridegroom is the son of Marie and Michael Kooistra of Le Mars.
Samantha Hill was the maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Shanda Weiler, Dawn Weiler, and Heidi Weiler, all sisters of the couple, along with Jacci Borchers, and Jessica Harringa.
Dru Vollmecke and Tessa DeKam, cousins of the couple, were flower girls.
Jeffrey Nobel was the best man. Groomsmen were Zachary Kooistra, Loran Weiler, and Jeremy Weiler, all brothers of the couple, along with Shane McCarty and Jordan Peskey.
Kyler Weiler, nephew of the couple, was the ring bearer.
A dinner and reception was held at the Le Mars Convention Center.
Jacki is a 2004 graduate of Le Mars Community High School and received her B.A. degree in elementary education in May 2007 from the University of Sioux Falls. She is currently substituting in the Sioux Falls School District and outlying areas.
Josh is a 2004 graduate of Le Mars Community High School and received a degree in network engineering in May 2006 from Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls. He is currently employed at the Department of Veteran Affairs Hospital in Sioux Falls as a network engineer.
Following a wedding trip to Riviera Maya, Mexico, the couple is at home in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Lots of things crunch in January. Deeply frozen snow and ice, folks eating high fiber cereal to make good on New Years resolutions and the crunching that impacts folks the most: number crunching for the state, county, schools and cities as they prepare their budgets for the new year...