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Stories from Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Going green: Tree huggers might want a real tree this Christmas (12/17/08)
It seems weird, but chopping down a real tree for Christmas could be the most earth-friendly way to celebrate. "The tree is renewable," said Sue Muth, co-owner of T & S Nursery in rural Plymouth County. "A plastic tree is non-biodegradable. But a real tree won't sit in the landfill forever."...
City will expand railroad tracks for industry (12/17/08)
The city is working on a need-to-have basis for a planned rail addition in Le Mars' industrial park. The railroad addition is a line of tracks that will extend to the new $5 million IML Containers Iowa which is in progress in the southern part of the industrial park. Earlier this year, the council committed to building this rail spur...
Board suggests increases to elected officials' salaries (12/17/08)
The Plymouth County Compensation Board recommended salary increases for elected county officials for the 2009-10 fiscal year Monday. The compensation board approved a 2 percent increase for county supervisors and a 3.5 percent raise for the county auditor, recorder, treasurer, sheriff and attorney...
Gehlen music students present Advent Concert (12/17/08)
Students in the Gehlen Catholic Schools 7-12 vocal and 5-12 music department will present their Advent Concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, in the school gymnasium. The 64-voice mixed junior high choir will sing four selections including "Give Me Wings," "Noel, Noel," "When Peace Shall Come" and "Down, Down The Chimney." The junior high girls will sing "Sleep, Little Baby, Sleep" and the junior high boys will sing "The Shepherd's Spiritual." The junior high is directed and accompanied by Beverly Evans.. ...
Let her sing, let her sing: Portz wins radio contest (12/17/08)
Danika Portz, a Remsen St. Mary's alum, won a radio contest's top prize for her holiday duet with a fellow Drake University student. By popular acclaim, she and Grant Cornish, of Cedar Rapids, were picked Des Moines' "Holiday Idols." Portz and Cornish, both members of the Drake University Choir, garnered the most votes from listeners for their rendition of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" in the contest sponsored by Lite 104.1 (KLTI-FM)...
Wrestling a family tradition at K-P (12/17/08)
There is no disagreement among the Weaver men. Whether Mike Jr. and Tanner Weaver wrestle for the Kingsley-Pierson wrestling squad is completely up to each of them. "They like it - I wouldn't force them," said their father Mike Sr. "I'm glad they do it, because what else is there to do in the winter time around here?"...
A-W's Hoffman, Utesch win at Westerner Invite (12/17/08)
Nick Hoffman went 3-0 and Chet Utesch went 2-0 and both wrestlers won their weight classes at the Westerner Invititational on Saturday for Akron-Westfield. Hoffman pinned Hinton's Cole Rohmiller 25 seconds into their first round match and pinned Kingsley-Pierson's Tanner Weaver at the 3:02 mark in their semifinal match. He won an 8-0 decision over Rock Valley/Boyden-Hull's RJ Berkenpas in the championship match at 152 pounds...
Le Mars JV drops pair of weekend contests (12/17/08)
The Le Mars girls junior varsity basketball team dropped a pair of games during the weekend. On Friday, the Lady Bulldogs scored just one point in the game's final 17 minutes as they lost 27-9 at Storm Lake. "(Friday) was not a good night," coach Gabe Davis said. "Our girls got outplayed in the second half and I think we quit...
Dorothy Mulvany (12/17/08)
Dorothy Mulvany, 95, of Marcus, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008, at Heartland Care Center in Marcus. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Holy Name Catholic Church of Marcus. The Rev. Eugene Murray will celebrate Mass. Burial will follow at the parish cemetery...
Thomas J. Trobaugh (12/17/08)
Thomas J. Trobaugh, 56, of Le Mars, died suddenly Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008, in Ogden, Utah. Funeral arrangements are pending with the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars. Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com...
Clara Watson (12/17/08)
Clara Watson, 83, of Knoxville, Tenn., formerly of Sioux City, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, in Knoxville. Clara was born Dec.10, 1925, in Stuart, Iowa the daughter of Homer and Christina (Anderssen) Little. Clara married Alvin Watson on June 1, 1946. Clara sold beauty supplies in Sioux City for Dickson Beauty Supply...
Jacqueline and Luke Novak (12/17/08)
Jacqueline Nichole Rhodes of Le Mars and Luke Allen Novak of Belle Plaine were united in marriage May 24, 2008, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars. The Rev. Kevin Richter officiated the 2 p.m. double ring ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Ken and Barb Rhodes of Le Mars and the bridegroom is the son of Keith Novak and Denise and Larry Weeda of Belle Plaine...
Cristy and Neal Rolling (12/17/08)
Cristy Mae Lindgren and Neal David Rolling exchanged marriage vows Aug. 23, 2008, at St. Michael's Church in Kingsley. A reception was held at the Kingsley Community Center. The bride is the daughter of Nancy Bainbridge of Kingsley and Alan and Lisa Lindgren of Sioux Falls, S.D. The groom is the son of Mark and Helen Rolling of Kingsley...
'Revenue enhancement' takes many forms (12/17/08)
During the first term of Ronald Reagan's administration, his director of the budget, David Stockman, coined a new phrase for taxes -- revenue enhancement. It sounded so much more professional and innocuous than tax increases. Now, user fees are the new roundabout way to increase government's coffers. Each and every state in the Union will be feeling the pinch for revenue, just as every household in the nation is finding a way to cope with the current economic realities...
Area Troop Holiday Greetings (12/17/08)
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