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Stories from Monday, December 15, 2008

Odd/even parking rule in effect (12/15/08)
With the recent helping of snow Mother Nature dished up for Le Mars, the city crew is reminding residents that odd/even parking is in effect. The parking ordinance states from Nov. 1 to April 1, people can park on the odd side of the street on odd-numbered calendar days and on the even side of the street on even-numbered days...
S.D., Iowa reach school border agreement (12/15/08)
The Secretaries of Education of Iowa and South Dakota have signed an agreement that will allow students from either state to cross state lines to attend school. The Iowa and South Dakota Tuition Agreement, which goes into effect January 1, 2009 for the 2009-10 school year, will allow students from the Greater Scott and Greater Hoyt school districts to continue attending school in Hawarden and Akron-Westfield. It will also allow Iowa students to attend school in South Dakota...
Advent gift bags bring students and elderly together (12/15/08)
Advent: a time of preparation for the birth of Jesus. For six years, students from Gehlen Catholic have been donating, preparing, and delivering Advent Gift Bags to shut-ins and Le Mars care center residents. Last week, students from transitional kindergarten to high school continued that tradition...
Students rally together to collect food for center (12/15/08)
Kluckhohn Elementary students collected more than 2,000 items during their annual food drive last month. Students in 18 classes in kindergarten through fifth grade donated the 2,333 items, everything from canned foods to formula to toothpaste and paper goods to the Christian Needs Center...
Two local attorneys apply for appeals judge position (12/15/08)
Two Plymouth County residents are among 27 Iowans who have applied with the State Judicial Nominating Committee to fill the vacancy on the Iowa Court of Appeals that will occur when Judge Terry Huitink of Ireton retires Dec. 31, 2008. They are: Jeffrey A. Neary, 50, of Merrill, currently serves as a District Judge for the Third Judicial District...
Caught the bug: Lifelong mechanic has a soft spot (12/15/08)
When Verle Allen met Kay Wensel in 1972, he didn't know he was being introduced to the two loves of his life. One was her. They were married about two years later. The second was her little red Volkswagen Beetle. Allen, a lifelong mechanic, was about to be wooed...
Gehlen nets 49-40 win over SOS (12/15/08)
Gehlen Catholic's Rachel Tilley netted 17 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to lift the Lady Jays past South O'Brien 49-40 in War Eagle Conference action on Friday night. The former Wolverine came out a little nervous in the first half, according to Gehlen coach Marty Kurth. "It was a big game for her," he said. "She shot only 2-for-10 in the first half, but had a great second half for us. She really controlled the boards."...
Jays fall to Wolverines in 60-58 heartbreaker (12/15/08)
An inspired comeback effort by the Gehlen boys basketball team ultimately came up short as the Jays dropped a 60-58 heartbreaker to South O'Brien in War Eagle Conference action on Friday in Le Mars. The Wolverines' tandem of Ryan Brasser and Jarod Syndergaard combined to score 49 points, despite being the focal point of the Jays' defensive effort...
Lady 'Dogs fall in pair of weekend contests (12/15/08)
Le Mars got a taste of a couple top-10 squads over the weekend as the Lady Bulldogs were handed losses by Class 2A No. 5 Spirit Lake and Class 1A No. 7 Akron-Westfield. The Lady Bulldogs were on the road Friday night at Spirit Lake, where the Indians lived up to their ranking with a 43-26 win over the visiting Lakes Conference opponent...
'Dogs down Spirit Lake on the road (12/15/08)
The Le Mars Bulldogs overcame their free-throw shooting woes to hold off Spirit Lake 63-56 in a Lakes Conference contest Friday at Storm Lake. "The game was controlled by us," Le Mars coach Dave Irwin said. "The only reason it was in doubt was because of our free throw shooting."...
No. 7 Lady Westerners shut down Hawks 43-22 (12/15/08)
Class 1A No. 7 Akron-Westfield stayed perfect Friday night in Remsen as the Lady Westerners defeated the Hawks of St. Mary's 43-22 to improve to 3-0 on the season. The host Hawks kept things close early with the Lady Westerners taking a 12-6 lead after eight minutes. But the A-W defense shut RSM down in the second quarter and the offense poured in nine points to extend the A-W lead to 21-8 at the half...
Freed's 30 points lift Hinton past MMC (12/15/08)
Britni Freed poured in a career-high 30 points as the Hinton Blackhawks handed Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn a 71-40 War Eagle Conference loss on Friday night in Marcus. "We got off to a good start and steadily improved on our lead each quarter," Hinton coach Joel Small said. "I was really pleased with the way the girls played, steadily building the lead [throughout the game]."...
K-P boys net first win under first-year head coach (12/15/08)
At least this much can be said for the Kingsley-Pierson boys basketball team: they're not a team that dwells on the past. One day after being thoroughly dominated in a 64-point loss to Westwood in Sloan, the Panthers gave first-year head coach Adam Rapp his first career win as the defeated West Monona 48-41 in Onawa...
Rockets hold off Wildcats 77-63 in Western Valley Conference play (12/15/08)
Tyler Van Dam knew it was his turn. Visiting Woodbury Central had used three third-quarter 3-pointers to cut an 11-point halftime deficit to six with 4:45 left in the third quarter. But then Van Dam calmly stroked a 3-pointer of his own to put the Rockets back up by nine. Two minutes later he added another as R-U held off Woodbury Central down the stretch to claim the 77-63 Western Valley Conference victory...
Hinton cruises by MMC 75-54 (12/15/08)
Hinton cruised to its third straight on Friday night as the Blackhawks handed the Eagles of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn a 75-54 War Eagle Conference loss. Hinton took a slight edge early, leading 14-11 after the first quarter. But the visiting Blackhawks busted open a huge lead over the next eight minutes to lead 41-19 at the half...
Bulldog grapplers seventh at E-burg (12/15/08)
The Le Mars Bulldogs faced some stiff competition Saturday at the Emmetsburg Tournament as they finished seventh of the nine teams that participated. "It was a real tough tournament," coach Tom Smalley said. "It was really good competition." Junior Anthony Schimek won the 130-pound weight class. Smalley said it was the first varsity tournament victory for the returning state qualifier...
Lady Rockets drop WVC contest to No. 12 Wildcats (12/15/08)
Midway through the fourth quarter of Friday's contest against Woodbury Central, Remsen-Union girls basketball coach Nick Fynaardt rested his chin on his hands in a sign of visible frustration. The visiting 12th-ranked Wildcats handled the ball better, rebounded better, shot better and defended better as they defeated the Lady Rockets 65-39 Friday at R-U High School...
Kathleen Bohnenkamp (12/15/08)
Kathleen Bohnenkamp, 73, of Remsen, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City. Kathleen Bohnenkamp was born Nov. 1, 1935, at Beresford, S.D., the daughter of Ralph and Margaret (Brown) Lyle. Kathy was raised in the Beresford area and attended grade school at North Spink Country Grade School for eight years, then attended Mount Marty High School at Yankton, S.D., graduating in 1953. ...
Vera Lucille Elliott (12/15/08)
Vera Lucille Elliott, 95, of Fremont, Neb., and formerly of Le Mars, died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, at Arbor Manor in Fremont, Neb. Funeral services will take place at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the St. John Evangelical Lutheran church in Craig. The Rev. Barb Hansen will officiate. ...
Troy Haakenson (12/15/08)
Troy Haakenson, 36, of rural Le Mars, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008 from an automobile accident in rural Cherokee County, Iowa. Troy Ellis Haakenson was born Sept. 21, 1972, at Montevideo, Minn., the son of Steve and Kathy (Sumner) Haakenson. Troy was raised near Dawson, Minn., and later moved with his family to Sergeant Bluff, Iowa. ...
Willard H. Herman (12/15/08)
Willard H. Herman, 80, of Le Mars, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008 at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars. Willard Harvey Herman was born Aug. 15, 1928, on the family farm southeast of Merrill, the son of Harvey and Mabel (Gabel) Herman. Willard attended country school near Merrill. Willard worked for area farmers for a number of years. He was united in marriage to Estella Andersen on Nov. 28, 1950 at Nebraska City, Neb...
Florence Schroeder (12/15/08)
Mrs. Clarence (Florence) Schroeder of Le Mars, died at the beautiful age of 100 Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars, Florence Schroeder was born May 17, 1908, to Anton and Theresa (Foerster) Warborg, on her parents farm southwest of Remsen...
Gladys E. Vlieger (12/15/08)
Gladys Vlieger, 82, of rural Maurice died Saturday Dec. 13, 2008, at Good Samaritan Village of Le Mars. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. John's Lutheran Church, rural Ireton. There will be a private burial before the funeral service in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Ireton...
Tough sledding ahead for government (12/15/08)
For the second year in a row, it appears that the midnight oil will be burning at budget sessions for all forms of government, from cities and schools to counties and the state. The economic downturn which has effected, to some extent, nearly everyone, either directly or indirectly. There are very few of us that haven't been forced to re-evaluate our spending priorities, and the same holds true for government...
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