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Stories from Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Home sellers bury statue in yard (04/30/08)
Step one: Put up the for sale sign. Step two: Take a 3 inch statue of St. Joseph, known as the step-father of Jesus. Bury him, feet up, facing north, in your yard. Step three: Pray. Might seem like an unusual strategy for selling a home, but the tradition has maintained a following among home sellers today...
Redesigned user-friendly county website rolled out Tuesday (04/30/08)
Need driving directions to the Plymouth County Courthouse? Need contact numbers for elected officials? Or how about links to other cities? All those answers and more can be found on the county's newly revamped website at www.co.plymouth.ia.us/. The redesigned site came online Tuesday afternoon presenting county information with a clear, easy display in a more user-friendly environment...
LOST application form changes under discussion (04/30/08)
Revisions to Local Option Sales Tax applications remain uncertain for the second week in a row. The Plymouth County Supervisors on Tuesday tabled a discussion concerning possible changes to the LOST application forms used by community groups to request grants for community betterment projects...
May proclaimed 'National Preservation Month' (04/30/08)
The Le Mars Historic Preservation Commission will host their annual Tour of Historic Homes on Saturday, May 10. Four historic homes bordering the Foster Park Historic District will be open for tours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. In keeping with the spirit of preserving history, Le Mars Mayor Dick Kirchoff joined with members of the Le Mars Historic Preservation Commission Tuesday in signing a proclamation declaring May as National Preservation Month 2008 in Le Mars...
History to send students to Maryland (04/30/08)
Three Le Mars Community Middle School students and nine Akron-Westfield Middle School students are among the 25 Iowa students to earn a trip to the National History Day National Contest June 15-19 at the University of Maryland. They were among the 440 Iowa students in sixth through eighth grade competing in the National History Day Iowa Junior Division contest held Monday at the State Historical Building in Des Moines...
Trespassing cows, horses cause damage alienating neighbors (04/30/08)
Straying livestock are causing havoc in Marion Township. Larry Beckman, of 18448 Polk Ave., complained to the Plymouth County Supervisors April 22 that horses and cattle have been escaping through a fence along a pasture at 18507 Polk Ave. causing destruction of his property...
Lady Bulldogs top E-LC twice (04/30/08)
Same teams. Different setting. Same result. The Le Mars Community girls tennis team tangled with Lakes Conference opponent Estherville-Lincoln Central first at home Monday, then again on the road Tuesday in a make-up date, winning both duals by the same 6-3 final. With the wins, the Lady Bulldogs improved to 5-4 overall and 5-3 in league play...
Young leads Panthers to dual win over MVAO (04/30/08)
After getting disqualified in Monday's Maple Valley Conference tournament, Kingsley-Pierson's Matt Young was quick to bounce back. On his home course Tuesday afternoon, the sophomore led all golfers with a low score of 41. All golfers, that is, but Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto's Alex Klaussen. Klaussen also came in five over par with a 41 at Brookside Golf Club...
Hinton girls golf locks up third straight WEC title (04/30/08)
It was a classic War Eagle Conference battle between Akron-Westfield and Hinton on Tuesday afternoon as the two schools battled out on the links in Akron. By the end of the afternoon, the Hinton girls' team had claimed their third WEC conference title in a row with a 199-238 win and a perfect 8-0 conference record and the boys' squad won a squeaker over the Westerners and kept themselves in contention for the regular-season title. The Blackhawks won the boys' dual 164 to 180...
LCHS boys track third, girls fifth at Storm Lake (04/30/08)
In a field stocked full of strong Lakes Conference squads - with MOC-Floyd Valley and Carroll Kuemper thrown in for good measure - the going was tough for the Le Mars Community boys and girls track teams Tuesday night at the Tornado Relays in Storm Lake...
Bulldog tennis reaches .500 in Lakes Conference (04/30/08)
The Le Mars Community boys tennis team broke even in the Lakes Conference Tuesday by taking advantage of back-to-back dates with league basement dweller Estherville-Lincoln Central. The Bulldogs routed the Midges 9-0 at home on Monday, then hit the road for a make-up date with E-LC Tuesday in Estherville and the result was the same - a 9-0 Le Mars victory. The win hiked the Bulldogs' record in the Lakes to 4-4 with two duals remaining...
Rowe leads Bulldogs past Sheldon (04/30/08)
The Le Mars' boys golf team continued their winning ways as they posted a non-conference win against Sheldon on the road Tuesday afternoon. The Bulldogs beat Sheldon by 12 strokes in the 163 to 175 win. Keaton Rowe led Le Mars with his medalist-winning round of 40. ...
RSM gets swept to remain at bottom of conference (04/30/08)
It was another tough night for the Remsen St. Mary's golf teams as they each dropped a dual on Tuesday afternoon to West Sioux in Hawarden. The Falcons had the medalist in Marlee Erickson who scored a 50 and narrowly edged out teammate Karley Kruid who shot a 51...
Lady Bulldogs take sixth at Sibley Invite (04/30/08)
The Lady Bulldogs enjoyed a beautiful afternoon at the golf course Tuesday, placing sixth in the 11-team field at the Sibley-Ocheyedan Invitational. Scoring for Le Mars was very consistent as the top three golfers each carded a 55. Kayla TenNapel, Emily Plantz and Rachael Trammell had three of the scores counting towards the Lady Bulldogs total 221 on the afternoon...
Lady Jays win fifth straight dual (04/30/08)
Gehlen hosted Sergeant Bluff-Luton in a War Eagle Conference dual on Tuesday afternoon. The Lady Jays defeated the Warriors by a team score of 211 to SB-L's 237. With the dual win, Gehlen improves to 5-1 and maintains their second place position in the WEC. The Hinton girls are in first and won the conference by defeating A-W on Tuesday...
Nixon-Schroeder (04/30/08)
David and Lori Nixon of Woodward and Alan and Laurie Schroeder of Granville announce the engagement of their children, Emily Nixon of Remsen and Doug Schroeder of Granville. Grandparents of the bride-to-be are Bill and Dolores Geneser of Granger, and Wily and Gwen Nixon of Woodward. The bridegroom-elect's grandparents are Arlene Galles of Remsen and Lyle and Phyllis Schroeder of Granville. Florence Schroeder of Remsen is his great-grandmother...
Niichel-Caravan (04/30/08)
Patrick and Cam Niichel of Spirit Lake announce the engagement of their daughter, Carly Niichel, to T.J. Caravan, son of Bill and Bonnie Caravan of Le Mars. They plan a June 21, 2008, wedding at Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Alton. Carly is a 2007 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa. She is a caseworker at Lutheran Services of Iowa...
Hill-Mitchell (04/30/08)
Dave and Patty Hill and Mary Hermes, all of Le Mars, announce the engagement of their children, Brianne Hill and Eric Mitchell of Oyens The couple is planning a 2 p.m. wedding ceremony at St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars. The reception and dance will follow at the Le Mars Convention Center upper level...
Gavin-Schettler (04/30/08)
Kristi Gavin and Michael Schettler will marry June 14, 2008, in Cedar Rapids. Kristi's parents are Mark and Kathryn Gavin of Williamsburg. Michael's parents are Duane Schettler, Le Mars, and Cheryl Clark, Mason City. Kristi graduated from Cedar Rapids Washington High School in 2001 and Iowa State University in 2006, and is a computer engineer at IBM in Rochester, Minn...
Angela and Dennis Nemmers (04/30/08)
Angela and Dennis Nemmers of Le Mars will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary May 4, 2008. Their children will be honoring them with a special dinner on Saturday, May 3. The couple has three children, Theresa Nemmers of Sioux City, Kevin and Erika Nemmers of Le Mars and Cory Nemmers and his fiancée Heidi Huedepohl of Le Mars. They have three grandchildren, Kaden, Joshua and Maddie...
Sack it up, we'll take it (04/30/08)
Spring is here and all around town people are cleaning up their yards, sprucing up their homes and renewing friendships with fellow walkers after a long and cold winter. We recently celebrated Earth Day, and awareness of our actions and inactions and the way that they impact others has been increased. Saving the world is a big job, but if we all do our part and take personal responsibility and do a little bit, it will make a difference...
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