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Stories from Friday, January 11, 2008

Ice Cream Days logo winner showcases 'German' chocolate (01/11/08)
"Das Leben is suess" is german for "Life is Sweet," according to Hannah Koschinski, a foreign exchange student from Germany and the 2008 winner of the Ice Cream Days logo contest. Her design has yet to be unveiled. Hannah is the daughter of Michael Meyer and Ingar Koschinski of Bochum, Germany; her host parents are Brian and Sherri Kraus of Le Mars...
Remsen clinic aims for October opening (01/11/08)
Planners are pushing the anticipated opening of a new medical clinic in Remsen back until mid-fall. Mike Donlin, the administrator of Floyd Valley Hospital, one of the organizations driving the project, told the hospital board Tuesday that October might be the target date now, rather than the spring of 2008...
Eating Well - Moving More program offers wellness help (01/11/08)
A wellness program which addresses the issue of high blood pressure will be offered in Le Mars starting in late January. Nearly one in three Americans age 25 or older has high blood pressure. One-third of the people with high blood pressure don't know they have it...
City's TIF revenue sees steady increase (01/11/08)
The tax dollars are speaking: Le Mars is seeing growth in areas pegged for development. That showed up in two areas designated as urban renewal areas by the city: one around the western quadrant of Le Mars, including industrial and commercial areas, and one around the former Westmar University...
Foster Park District application moves on to State Historical Society (01/11/08)
The Le Mars Historical Preservation Commission voted unanimously on Thursday morning to forward their nomination request of the Foster Park District to the National Register of Historic Places. The nomination will be considered by a panel at the State Historical Society on February 8 in Des Moines...
Westerners whip MMC, Cherokee (01/11/08)
After a pair of tight match-ups with Sergeant Bluff-Luton and Elk Point-Jefferson Tuesday night at home, the Class 1A No. 9-ranked Akron-Westfield wrestling team had a little more room to breath Thursday as it plowed through the lineups of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn and Cherokee for two duals wins at Cleghorn...
RSM clings to late lead to down WC by one (01/11/08)
The Remsen St- Mary's boys enjoyed an exciting game at home Thursday night, earning their fourth win of the season by defeating Woodbury Central 56-55. After leading 39-36 at the beginning of the fourth, scoring continued to be a back and forth battle, especially in the last few minutes of the game...
Panther grapplers sweep home duals (01/11/08)
Kingsley-Pierson's wrestling team got a big confidence boost on Thursday night as they swept their opponents, West Monona and Westwood, in a home dual. The Panthers showed off their strength in a number of weight classes beating West Monona 38-30 before taking down Westwood 39-29...
Blackhawks earn rare dual win over Heelan (01/11/08)
The Hinton wrestling team tackled tough competition Thursday in a triangular with Sioux City Heelan, Sergeant Bluff-Luton and Storm Lake at Heelan. The Blackhawks were 1-2 on the night in duals, but finished 16-5 overall in matches wrestled. That stat has been coach Kyle Lewis' motivating factor for the team with forfeits keeping dual wins at a minimum. Since winter break, it seems to be working well, Lewis said...
Larry Mathers (01/11/08)
Larry Gene Mathers, 63, passed from this life on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. Visitation will be held after 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at Iles Funeral Homes-Westover Chapel in Des Moines, where the family will greet friends from 3 to 5 p.m. and a Masonic service will follow...
Change is good for all (01/11/08)
For the past three legislative sessions, owners of can and bottle redemption centers have been seeking an increase in the one cent they receive for handling the cans and bottles that are redeemed for the five cent deposit. Their pleas have fallen on deaf ears in Des Moines, but perhaps a change in California may help their case. According to the California Department of Conservation's report after six months of higher redemption rates for containers, recycling rose six percent...
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