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Stories from Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Coming Home (02/26/08)
February packs one more punch (02/26/08)
Slushy snow plopped down on northwest Iowa Monday, cancelling schools across the region and sending a few cars sliding around like toys. Blustery winds from the north cooled down the weekend's 30-degree-weather and created a wintery mix of rain that turned to sleet by mid-day. With roads getting covered in slush and ice, Orange City and Sioux Center schools cancelled entirely on Monday, and by noon Kingsley-Pierson and Remsen Union announced early dismissals...
2008-09 school calendar OK'd by board (02/26/08)
The 2008-09 school year calendar for Le Mars Community Schools was approved by the board of education at Monday night's meeting following a hearing on two options. Students will begin classes on Aug. 21, 2008, with the last day of classes scheduled for May 26, 2009, the day after Memorial Day...
Wells' employees vote today on contract (02/26/08)
About 1,500 Wells' Dairy workers cast their ballot Monday and Tuesday on whether to open their contract for negotiations that could involve cutting back pay and extra perks like Christmas bonuses. Earlier this month, Wells' Dairy officials asked members of the United Dairy Workers union if they would be willing to renegotiate their contract, which ends Dec. 31...
Students advance to state individual speech contest (02/26/08)
Most people avoid public speaking at all costs. But 35 local students jumped at the chance to speak solo on Saturday for the District Individual Speech Contest -- performing on topics that ranged from onions to soldiers-turned-English-teachers. Le Mars Community Schools sent 25 students and Gehlen Catholic School sent 10 to the competition held at Akron-Westfield Community School Feb. 23. More than half came back with top ratings...
Akron-Westfield Lady Westerners (16-7) (02/26/08)
Total Points Total Rebounds Total Steals Total Assists Points Per Game FG % (50 or more) FT % (20 or more) 3-point FGs made Blocked Shots WEC All-Conference First Team Second Team Honorable Mention...
Wayne E. Buum (02/26/08)
Wayne E. Buum, 76, of Akron, died this morning (Tuesday), Feb. 26, 2008, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City. Arrangements are pending with the Carlsen Funeral Home - Schroeder Chapel in Akron. Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com...
Spc. Chad Groepper (02/26/08)
Spc. Chad Groepper, 21, of Kingsley, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008, in Diyali Province, northeast of Baghdad, Iraq following combat injuries he suffered while serving with the United States Army. Funeral services will take place at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. ...
James B. Hoefler (02/26/08)
James B. Hoefler, 58, of Orange City, died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008, at Sioux Falls Veterans Administration Medical Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. Funeral services will be at 10;30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Granville with the Rev. Richard D. Ball and the Rev. Robert Hoefler concelebrating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery...
John Thomas 'Tom' Kenny (02/26/08)
John Thomas (Tom) Kenny of Whitefish, Mont., and formerly of Akron, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2008, while wintering in Mesa, Ariz. Tom was born in Early, Iowa, on Jan. 17, 1922, the son of Thomas and Ruth Kenny. Tom graduated from Akron High School and attended Morningside College...
Spc. Chad Groepper (02/26/08)
Spc. Chad Groepper, 21, of Kingsley, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008, in Diyali Province, northeast of Baghdad, Iraq following combat injuries he suffered while serving with the United States Army. Chad Groepper was born Oct. 24, 1986, to David and Darcy in Sioux City. He graduated from Kingsley-Pierson High school in December 2004. During his childhood years he enjoyed fishing, building, tinkering with anything mechanical, helping his Dad with the cattle and Mom with yard work...
Bringing the bucks back home (02/26/08)
Providing access to healthcare is a challenge that has been increasing for the past 20 years in rural Iowa. Finding doctors that want to practice in small communities when they could potentially make much more money in a city keeps local health care providers and community leaders busy. Having the proper facilities, well that takes some more doing...
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