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Stories from Thursday, February 7, 2008

Meet the mayor (02/07/08)
Editor's note: This is the second in a series getting to know Plymouth County's mayors. Joe Vollmecke has been a lot of things. He's been a federal meat inspector, a pizza delivery driver, a non-traditional college student, and most recently, a bus driver...
Council updates code, looks into rec trail connection (02/07/08)
City Administrator Scott Langel got the green light Tuesday to proceed with an agreement to update city codes as required by state law. Council members approved $6,000 in funding for the project to be done by Iowa Codification, Inc. of Clear Lake. The re-codification will include incorporation of more recent ordinances adopted by the council since 2001 as well as inclusion of any state legislative changes not appearing in the city code along with text and model changes. ...
Council OKs $1.2m budget for renewal area (02/07/08)
Le Mars City Council members Tuesday approved the $1.2 million budget for the Joint Urban Renewal Area as recommend by the JUR Advisory Board including a $100,000 expenditure for manure/lagoon clean-up and salvage work at the former Winter Feed Lot site now known as Crescent Ridge...
Beetle helps control invasive weed on prairie (02/07/08)
A tiny beetle brought in from Europe to control a noxious weed seems to be doing its job. The culprit is leafy spurge, a stemmy plant with yellow flowers. It's an aggressive weed, explained Scott Moats of the Nature Conservancy in Akron, and it will out-compete native plants, taking over native prairie or pastureland...
Akron ethanol plant land to be leased for farming (02/07/08)
Land slated for a 100-million gallon ethanol plant near Akron will be leased for a year for farming, according to Steve Roe, general manager of Little Sioux Corn Processors. The 295 acres, located one mile south of Akron between 170th and 180th Streets west of Highway 12, were zoned from transitional agriculture to industrial for the plant in 2006, but in August 2007, the developers announced they were delaying their plans...
New compactor could save landfill years (02/07/08)
A new trash compactor could add 15 years to the Plymouth County Landfill's lifetime. County Supervisor John Schneider told the county supervisors Tuesday that the landfill is closely looking into replacements for their current compacting machine, which is around 20 years old...
Hinton slide reaches four games (02/07/08)
In a highly anticipated War Eagle Conference match-up between the Hinton and Unity Christian girls Tuesday night, the Knights came out victorious, defeating the Blackhawks 51-43 and sweeping the conference with a perfect 9-0 record. "It was another tough loss for us," Coach Joel Small said. "This marks four in a row moving in the wrong direction for us. We need to be moving in the other direction, especially as we are approaching playoffs."...
Blackhawks still can't solve Unity Christian (02/07/08)
It was a rough night for the Hinton Blackhawks on Tuesday when they were handed their first conference loss by Unity Christian in War Eagle Conference play. The 15-4 Blackhawks were looking to beat Unity for the first time since the Knights had joined the conference but despite the 82-75 home loss, Hinton clinches the War Eagle Conference title for the first time since 1989...
Westerners bow out at Regionals (02/07/08)
A runner-up finish at the Class 1A sectional tournament in Inwood last weekend had the Akron-Westfield wrestling team on the verge of qualifying for the State Dual Team Tournament in Cedar Rapids for the second straight season. All the Westerners had to do to get there was knock off eighth-ranked Manson-Northwest Webster and fifth-ranked Central Lyon in a Regional Dual Tournament Tuesday in Sioux Rapids...
Rockets fall to Pirates in MVC clash (02/07/08)
Just one day after hanging close with a tough Battle Creek - Ida Grove team, the Remsen-Union Rockets were hoping that momentum would carry over into Tuesday's make-up game with Galva-Holstein. Unfortunately, the Rockets fell a few points short as they were sent home with a 68-63 loss...
Bulldog sophs top E-Hawks, lose to North (02/07/08)
The Le Mars sophomore boys split its last two games as they beat Emmetsburg 52-32 at home on Friday but fell to Sioux City North on Tuesday as the Stars posted a 63-50 home victory. Le Mars started the game against the E-Hawks on a 19-4 run to start the game and were able to hold off a furious second quarter rally by Emmetsburg to hold a 24-18 advantage at half-time...
Marian L. Fitzpatrick (02/07/08)
Marian L. Fitzpatrick, 91, of Le Mars, died Wednesday, Feb, 6, 2008m at Trinity Regional Hospital in Fort Dodge after a brief illness. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars, with the Rev. James Tigges officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars...
James L. Grimm (02/07/08)
Robert M. Lesher (02/07/08)
Robert M. Lesher, 80, of Mesa, Ariz,, died Feb. 3, 2008, in Mesa, Ariz., after a lengthy illness. Robert Merle Lesher was born Feb. 3, 1928, in Sheldon. He served his country in the Air Force during the Korean War for two years. He formerly worked in Des Moines in photography and retail. He then moved to Sioux City and married Jenean Ludwigs. Together they owned and operated a shoe store until they retired and moved to Mesa...
Max E. Messerole (02/07/08)
PIERSON -- Max E. Messerole, 87, of Red Oak, formerly of Pierson, died on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008, at the Good Samaritan Center in Red Oak. The Johnson - Earnest Funeral Home of Kingsley is assisting Max's family with funeral arrangements.
Susan K. Smith (02/07/08)
CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. -- Susan K. Smith, 52, of Chamberlain, S.D., and a Hawarden native, died Friday, Feb. 1, 2008, at Sanford Mid Dakota Medical Center in Chamberlain. Susan K. Smith was born March 1, 1955 in Akron, the daughter of Don and Ruby (Ahrens) Gabel. ...
Becky and Levi Kinney (02/07/08)
Becky Kruse and Levi Kinney of Le Mars were united in marriage on July 7, 2007, at Christ Lutheran Church, rural Le Mars. The Rev. Dan Gerrietts officiated the 4 p.m. ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Ralph and Charlene Kruse of Le Mars. Levi is the son of Gene Kinney of Meriden and Sally Waack of Le Mars...
Earp-Veen (02/07/08)
Mr. and Mrs. Les Veen of Le Mars announce the engagement of their son, Nathan Cory, to Christina Earp, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Earp of Davenport. The wedding will take place May 24, 2008, in Bettendorf.
Murphy-Flewelling (02/07/08)
Barbara Murphy of Austin, Texas along with Mr. and Mrs Ronnie Murphy of Memphis, Tenn., announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Kristin to Matt Flewelling, son of Mike and Marsha Flewelling of Le Mars. Matt's grandparents are Bob and Mert Wittkop of Le Mars and the late Bill and Eva Flewelling of Kingsley...
Poeckes-Nacke (02/07/08)
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Poeckes of Remsen, announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Melissa Jean to Steve William Nacke, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerry Nacke of Remsen. An April 26, 2008, wedding is being planned at St. Mary's Church in Remsen...
Coping with cabin fever (02/07/08)
Ahh...the joys of winter in Iowa. Since Groundhog Day has come and gone, we are (hopefully) on the downward slope of winter. Already the days are growing longer, which gives us hope, even in the face of 50 mph winds and -30 windchills. This winter has been a more typical winter (some might even call it "old school" winter) and we have become spoiled in the past few winters...
Redemption at the brink of extinction (02/07/08)
When Iowa's "Bottle Bill" was passed three decades ago, it was a landmark piece of environmental legislation. The law, which required a five cent deposit on soda and other containers, was designed to cut down on the amount of cans and bottles littering our communities and roads...
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