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Stories from Thursday, January 24, 2008

Lightsavers claim top prize in Iowa (01/24/08)
Yes, the trophy is built out of Legos. Six local students, garbed in Star Wars jedi-like capes and presenting their study on how to save energy at the Plymouth County Historical Museum, won Grand Champion in the Iowa FIRST Lego League competition in Ames on Saturday...
County engineer: We can't continue down this road (01/24/08)
If trends continue the way they are, the county roads department won't have money in a few years to redo roads or build bridges, according to County Engineer Tom Rohe. Rohe shared his department's budget on Tuesday with the county board of supervisors and told them that based on current numbers, it won't be long before their expenses outweigh their income...
Kiwanis club puts dictionaries in the hands of students (01/24/08)
What does it mean to be "sagacious"? Ask any of the 155 third graders in Le Mars Community and Gehlen Catholic Schools, and they'll be able to tell you, thanks to a donation of dictionaries from the Le Mars Kiwanis Club. This week, Kiwanis members are giving the dictionaries to each third grader as part of their club's mission to serve the children of the world...
Head-on crash leaves semi in traffic for two hours (01/24/08)
With Wednesday's icy roads, a car crashed head-on with a semi, eventually detouring traffic on Highway 75 north of Merrill for two hours, but injuries were non-life threatening. According to the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office, at around 9 a.m., Clarice Erin Conaway, 23, of Sioux City was southbound on Highway 75 south of county road C-38 when she lost control of her car due to icy road conditions...
Caution can prevent snowblower accidents (01/24/08)
With polar temperatures and about seven inches of snow plopping down on the Le Mars area this week, snowblowers are out in full force. The sub-zero reading on the thermometer shouldn't cause problems for snowblowers, according to Ed Webb of Bomgaars in Le Mars, although starting them may prove more challenging...
K-P boys bounced in first round (01/24/08)
Kingsley-Pierson was denied its chance to win its third game of the season on Tuesday night when Westwood of Sloan came to town and walked away with a 52-41 win. The Panthers were looking to get revenge on the Rebels for a 51-45 setback on the road earlier this season but it wasn't to be...
Big scoring not enough for Lady Rocket victory (01/24/08)
West Monona rolled over the Remsen-Union girls 75-56 to win the first round of the Maple Valley Conference tournament Tuedsay night. The Lady Rockets kept it close in the beginning, trailing 15-10 after the first quarter. But after that the Spartans opened up their scoring spree. At half-time, West Monona led 36-22...
Blackhawks rebound after loss to EP-J (01/24/08)
The Hinton boys basketball team rebounded from a four-point loss to Elk Point-Jefferson at Saturday's Dakota Valley Classic by holding off Sergeant Bluff-Luton 72-66 Tuesday at home in non-conference action. The Warriors managed to slow Hinton's transition game, forcing the Blackhawks to play a halfcourt game. Not normally a Blackhawk strength, coach Phil Skamser's team remained patient and eventually beat Sergeant Bluff at its own game...
Le Mars soph boys run win streak to 12 (01/24/08)
It was a different venue but the same result as the Le Mars' sophomore boys' basketball team added another "W" to the win column beating Estherville 59-30 at the Le Mars YMCA. The Bulldogs shot the Midgets out of the gym, hitting 19-30 shots from the floor including three of nine from behind the three-point arc...
Gwendolyn Kass (01/24/08)
Gwen Kass, 75, of Le Mars, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008, at Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars. The former Gwendolyn Bixby was born Jan. 21, 1933, near Grand Meadows in Cherokee County, the daughter of Lucif and Joy (Blue) Bixby. She grew up near Grand Meadows and attended schools in both rural Cherokee County and Washta Public School...
Laura E. Wheeler (01/24/08)
Laura E. Wheeler, 96, of Kingsley, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008, at her home. A memorial service will take place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Kingsley United Methodist Church with the Rev. Roger Kurtenbach officiating. A private family burial will take place at the Kingsley Cemetery prior to the memorial service. ...
Deja Voodoo economics (01/24/08)
When he was seeking the Republican nomination for president in 1980, George H.W. Bush, the father of our current president, criticized the economic philosophy of his chief rival, Ronald Reagan. Specifically's Reagan's philosophy about cutting taxes as an economic stimulus...
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