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New feeding clinic may help children eat (09/19/08)
Some children don't like to eat or have difficulty eating. Floyd Valley Hospital's new children's therapy services will try to determine why and how to overcome those problems through its feeding clinic using sensory and motor equipment. Erin Schroeder, OTR/L, an occupational therapist, said those tools, like a trampoline, an obstacle course, a slide and a large ball, can help settle a child down in preparation for eating...
Grant request denial puts brakes on building ECO Center (09/19/08)
Plymouth County Conservation's plans to build a proposed Education Conservation Opportunities (ECO) Center hit a roadblock Tuesday A request for a $400,000 Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) grant to help construct the center was denied by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources...
Le Mars native to speak on behalf of National Education Association (09/19/08)
A Le Mars native who is now president of the National Education Association will be speaking in West Des Moines at the end of this month. Dennis Van Roekel, who was elected to the position in July, will be talking at an IowaPolitics.com forum about the November election and answering questions educational issues...
Burglars take cash register from downtown store (09/19/08)
Thieves broke out a front door window of the Rincon Tapatio grocery store on Le Mars' Central Avenue and stole the cash register Wednesday night. A Le Mars police officer discovered the broken window at about 8:20 a.m. Thursday. Investigation revealed that unknown parties stole the cash register with an undetermined amount of cash, along with some candy. The police also reported that no other vandalism was done to the store...
Iowa's first West Nile death recorded, Plymouth County still clear (09/19/08)
The first West Nile death of the year has been reported in Iowa. The death of an elderly man from western Iowa was linked to the virus in a press release from the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) this week. Plymouth County has no reported cases of the West Nile Virus, according to Community Health Nurse Manager Deb Steffen...
Akron scarecrows greet folks looking for good time (09/19/08)
Get ready to scare up a good time at the "Great Akron Scarecrow Festival" Saturday. The event is open to the public at 10 a.m. and will last until around 5 p.m. at Akron City Park. A display of at least 4-foot-tall stuffed scarecrows of all kinds -- fat, skinny, ghoulish, friendly -- are the main focus of the festival...
Reflecting on their sacrifice (09/19/08)
A single stone soldier stands at salute. Five black granite slabs, etched with veterans' names, mirror his reflection against the blue sky. After years of planning and work, the Remsen Veteran's Memorial was put up Tuesday in the cemetery on the west edge of Remsen. It will be dedicated in a 1 p.m. Sunday ceremony...
Veterans Memorial dedication September 21 (09/19/08)
The Veterans Memorial dedication will be held 1 p.m. Sunday at the Remsen Cemetery. The Veterans Memorial is dedicated to the men and women who served our country at home and abroad. Eighteen flags will be dedicated honoring the eighteen soldiers killed in action...
Group pushes forward to bring development to six counties (09/19/08)
Regional economic development leaders from six counties in northwest Iowa have teamed up to bring new businesses to the region by advertising and selling its assets in the business world. The six-counties included in the region are Plymouth, Sioux, Osceola, O'Brien, Lyon and Cherokee...
Industrial Park sewer line extension approved (09/19/08)
Le Mars City Council members gave their OK for the extension of a sanitary sewer line running parallel and adjacent to a future IML Containers' rail spur south of 24th Street in the industrial park. The 500-foot extension, at a cost of $35,000, will enhance sanitary sewer line capabilities in areas both east and west of this location and should be sufficient for future development needs, City Administrator Scott Langel said...
Group seeks people to 'Think outside the car' (09/19/08)
More than half the students at Le Mars schools drive or ride in a car to school every day, according to a recent survey. But a group of locals are looking into other options, and they want your help. Locals are invited to a Safe Routes to School meeting 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23 at the Le Mars Convention Center to talk about the possibility of starting a Safe Routes to School program in Le Mars...
K-P rolls over Whiting 3-0 (09/19/08)
Kingsley-Pierson bounced back from a heartbreaking fifth-game loss to Class 1A No. 15 Galva-Holstein Tuesday by swiftly knocking out Whiting in a Western Valley Conference match Thursday evening. The host Lady Panthers swept the visiting Warriors 3-0 as they improved to 4-1 in the league...
Lady Rockets drop pair of WVC matches (09/19/08)
Coming off a tough five-game loss to Odebolt-Arthur on Tuesday, the Remsen-Union volleyball team had a chance to go into the weekend on a positive note. However, River Valley and Woodbury Central had different ideas as the Lady Rockets hosted a triangular in Remsen but ended the night with an 0-2 record...
Lady 'Dogs drop Lakes match at Spencer (09/19/08)
The Class 3A No. 9 Le Mars Lady Bulldogs lost their first Lakes Conference match Thursday night on the road in Spencer. The Lady Bulldogs got off to a rocky start in game one as the Tigers dominated their way to a 25-3 win. But Le Mars bounced back in a huge way to win game two, 25-16...
Jerry L. Kelley (09/19/08)
Jerry L. Kelley, 66, of Hawarden, died Wednesday, Sept.17, 2008, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Carlsen Funeral Home - Schroeder Chapel in Akron. The Rev. Dawn Quame of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Akron, will officiate. ...
Dr. Fred Elwood Marienau (09/19/08)
Dr. Fred Elwood Marienau, 78, of Sandpoint, Idaho,and a former Iowa and Le Mars area resident, died Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008, at his home. Memorial services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1900 West Pine, Sandpoint, Idaho...
Waiting for perfection (09/19/08)
The House of Representatives late Tuesday night passed an energy bill that will more than likely end up as fodder for campaign ads instead of starting to give consumers relief at the pumps and finally get serious about ending our dependance on foreign oil...
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