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Stories from Thursday, February 14, 2008

Clark parents express concern on 4th, 5th grade reduction (02/14/08)
A contingent of Clark Elementary School parents and staff attended the Monday night Le Mars Community Schools board of education meeting in response to the board's Jan. 28 decision to cut a section of 4th and 5th grade from the school. Their concern was about the lack of information provided to them on the potential cut at their school...
Real ID extension granted in Iowa a welcome relief (02/14/08)
Iowans won't have to reach for their Real IDs any time soon. The Real ID Act of 2005 originally required all states to establish standard state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards by May 11, 2008. The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) was granted an extension Jan. 30...
Bumps in the road don't slow Merrill mayor down (02/14/08)
Ten years ago Rich Husman was nearly buried alive under a collapsing wall of dirt. "I didn't know how bad I was until I saw the look on the face of the police officer who came to help get me out," the Merrill mayor remembers. "I was busted up pretty bad."...
Siouxland All-America Band concert benefits Le Mars Arts Council (02/14/08)
The Siouxland All-America Concert Band will be performing in Le Mars on Sunday, March 2, in a benefit concert for the Le Mars Arts Council. The 3 p.m. concert at the Le Mars Community School Auditorium is entitled "Marches, Classics and All That Jazz."...
This land is our land: Group pushes for county help in preserving Iowa hills (02/14/08)
Sixty-three percent of Iowa's land is row crops. Another 28 percent is in hay, pasture and the like. Three percent is roads, three percent is towns and cities. That leaves about two percent for public lands and a fraction of a percent for DNR lands...
Lady 'Dogs bounced by Heelan (02/14/08)
Third-ranked Sioux City Bishop Heelan knocked the Le Mars girls out of the playoffs Wednesday night, defeating the Lady Bulldogs 58-39 in the Class 3A regional quarterfinal. With the win, the Crusaders advance to face Denison-Schleswig, who defeated Sergeant Bluff-Luton 59-50 Wednesday night, in the regional semifinal in Denison on Saturday night...
All seven area qualifiers still alive (02/14/08)
First days have traditionally been a struggle for Plymouth County qualifiers at the state wrestling tournament. Last season, five of 10 area competitors were dealt first-round losses on the opening day of Class 1A action. That trend took a turn for the better this year, however, as six of seven survived first-round matches to stay alive for state title bids Wednesday at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines...
Bulldog sophs cap season by clipping Tigers 54-47 (02/14/08)
The Le Mars sophomore boys were firing on all cylinders early in their game at Spencer on Tuesday as they raced out to an early 19-point lead. However, the Bulldogs let off the gas pedal in the second half and had to hold off the rallying Tigers for the 54-47 win...
Class 2A District Boys Basketball Blackhawks advance to face Unity (02/14/08)
The Hinton boys basketball team hasn't lost many times this season. Fortunately for the Blackhawks they get to attempt to avenge a late-season loss to Unity Christian on Thursday night after they beat Sioux Central 69-48 in the first round of districts...
LuVerne Vanderham (02/14/08)
ORANGE CITY, Iowa --LuVerne Romain "Rusty) Vanderham, 84, of Albany, Ore., formerly of Orange City, died Jan. 30, 2008, at the Mennonite Home in Albany. The funeral service and interment were held on Feb. 7 in Lebanon, Ore.
The smell of tinfoil and glue...it must be Valentine's Day (02/14/08)
Happy Valentine's Day to you! I hope you were remembered by someone special today. This is one of the few days of the year when forgetting can be a very bad thing. Ask anyone who is married or in a committed relationship, and you will be given the rundown on what happens when you decide to forget today...
'Local' control has left the building (02/14/08)
Voters in Plymouth County on Tuesday approved an extension of the county wide School Infrastructure Local Option (SILO) one cent sales tax, extending the tax until state law sunsets it in 2022. This vote will ensure that the five public schools in the county get their share of sales tax revenues to use for school construction or repair, to acquire property, to buy school buses and to pay off debt, and to use for other infrastructure or equipment...
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