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Stories from Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Smith re-elected to LCS School Board, Hemmingson wins write-in campaign (09/10/08)
Incumbent Dan Smith soundly defeated his opponent in the Le Mars Community School Board election for the District 5 seat Tuesday. His victory was one of several school board races around Plymouth County. Smith garnered 2,218 votes while his opponent Joe Cain drew 1,068 votes in the unofficial results...
Voters turn down ISL for Le Mars schools (09/10/08)
Le Mars Community School District voters said "no" to starting an Instructional Support Levy by 49 votes in Tuesday's election. District residents cast 1,880 "yes" votes (49 percent) for the adoption of the funding source for the district's general fund budget, with 1,929 "no" votes (51 percent) cast. The decision needed a simple majority to pass...
O'Keefe gets maximum sentence for stabbing death (09/10/08)
The man who pleaded guilty to stabbing another man with a butcher knife in a Le Mars downtown apartment will spend up to 40 years in prison. Jody Brent O'Keefe, 35, was sentenced Tuesday in Plymouth County District court for the death of Samuel Ray Toliver, 32...
Identifying native plants may help protect prairies (09/10/08)
All of Iowa used to be covered in grasslands. Now only .1 percent of the state is prairie land, according to Bill Zales Zales is a Plymouth County resident, who is part of a group working to protect those acres, especially prairies in the Loess Hills...
Fire chief asks for flags at half-staff Sept. 11 (09/10/08)
The Le Mars Fire Chief is asking citizens to fly flags at half-staff Thursday, Sept. 11 in memory of those that died in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. "We're trying to honor those that gave their lives, respect those who died," Schipper said. "I think it's vital that we continue a remembrance."...
Voters narrowly turn down ISL (09/10/08)
With nearly half the Le Mars Community Schools district turning out to vote Tuesday, the Instructional Support Levy (ISL) was defeated by a narrow margin. Only 49 votes were between the "no" vote, which won, and the "yes" vote for the ISL, which would have brought in money for teachers, programs, textbooks and transportation fuel at LCS. The ISL program would have raised money through a combination of state aid, property tax and income tax...
Le Mars' Theisen wins Gary Meyer Invite (09/10/08)
It was beautiful weather on Tuesday for the Gary Meyer Invitational at Brunsville as the cross country season kicked off for most teams in the area. Le Mars junior Maddie Theisen must have thought so too as she sprinted past her competitors en route to a first place finish at the meet. The junior finished the race in 15:46, just ahead of Josee Jansen of Sioux City North who finished in 16:04...
Blackhawks roll over Hawks 3-0 (09/10/08)
Hinton cruised to its second conference win Tuesday night, defeating Remsen St. Mary's 3-0 in a War Eagle match-up. The Blackhawks were ready to play from the start as they defeated the Hawks 25-9 in game one and 25-10 in game two. "We definitely came out ready to go," Hinton coach Kate Ortegren said...
Panther fall 55-0 to OA/BC-IG (09/10/08)
It was another rough Friday night for Bart Boustead's Panthers as Kingsley-Pierson got shutout by Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove 55-0. OA/BC-IG is one just six teams in Iowa football that has yet to allow a point as they shutout Buffalo Ridge two weeks ago by a 40-0 margin. That spelled bad news for the Panthers who have yet to put a dent on the scoreboard as they were shutout for the second consecutive week...
LC freshman nearly double HWC's offensive yards in 8-6 loss (09/10/08)
It was an unusual night for Le Mars' freshman football team as they dominated on offense yet led a close 8-6 game to Hull Western Christian on Monday night. The Bulldogs nearly doubled the Wolfpacks' offensive yardage but couldn't make the stop when they needed it. Le Mars ran for 95 total yards and had 32 yards through the air in the game...
A-W football alum Oetken receives GPAC Defensive Player of the Week Honors (09/10/08)
SIOUX CITY, Iowa--Morningside College's Ryan Oetken, a 6-0, 180 lb. senior defensive back from Akron, Iowa, has been named the Hauff Mid-America Sports/Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Mustangs' 31-7 victory against Dakota Wesleyan on September 6...
Ronald D. Benshoff (09/10/08)
Ronald D. Benshoff, 77, of Marcus, died Monday, Sept. 8, 2008, at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will take place at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Church of the Nazarene in Le Mars. The Rev. Leonard Waller will officiate. A time of lunch and fellowship will follow at the Mauer - Johnson Funeral Home Fellowship Room in Le Mars following the funeral. ...
Lucille S. Husman (09/10/08)
Lucille S. Husman, 93, of Merrill, died Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars. Lucille Husman was born June 27, 1915. at the family home in Merrill, the daughter of Andrew C. and Amanda (Karli) Carstensen. Lucille was baptized, confirmed, and married at St. ...
Ashley and Tanner Swenson (09/10/08)
Ashley Diana Ferguson of Le Mars and Tanner John Swenson of Osage were united in marriage May 24, 2008, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Le Mars with The Rev. Gary Landsness officiating. Parents of the couple are Dell and June Ferguson of Le Mars and Ken and Mary Swenson of Osage...
Kristin and Christopher Mason (09/10/08)
Kristin Hamer and Christopher Mason, both of Arlington, Texas, were united in marriage June, 21, 2008 at Grace Lutheran Church in Le Mars. The Rev. Larry Fett officiated the 2:30 p.m. ceremony. Kristin is the daughter of Larry and Linda Hamer of Le Mars. Christopher is the son of William and Judy Mason of Arlington, Texas, and Ann Mason of Rochester, N.Y...
Perez-Flewellling (09/10/08)
Mr. and Mrs Jorge D. Perez of McAllen, Texas, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Felicia Rebecca to Mark Flewelling, son of Mike and Marsha Flewelling of Le Mars. Mark's grandparents are Bob and Mert Wittkop of Le Mars and the late Bill and Eva Flewelling of Kingsley...
Ohlendorf-Larson (09/10/08)
Kate Ohlendorf and Samuel Larson announce their engagement and upcoming wedding on Sept. 20, 2008, at Southern Heights Presbyterian Church in Lincoln, Neb. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Dave and Lois Ohlendorf of Le Mars. Kate is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Omaha and is currently finishing her master's degree in history from Nebraska Wesleyan University. She also just began her fourth year teaching sixth grade at Culler Middle School in Lincoln...
Langel-Thoms (09/10/08)
Nichole Marie Langel and Travis Lee Thoms, both of Le Mars, announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. The couple plans a 2 p.m. ceremony Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars. A reception and dance follows at the Le Mars Convention Center...
Throw the book at 'em (09/10/08)
The Iowa Attorney General's office has filed criminal charges against the owners of the Agriprocessors plant in Postville, Iowa. The meatpacking plant was raided in May by immigration officials and 400 workers were arrested for being in the country illegally...
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