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Stories from Thursday, December 18, 2008

Gehlen concert moved earlier (12/18/08)
The Gehlen Christmas Concert for tonight, Thursday, was moved earlier to 5:30 p.m. The concert was originally set for 7 p.m. tonight but was moved earlier due to weather concerns. Students in the concert should arrive at 5:10 p.m. to prepare for the concert...
YMCA 3-on-3 Holiday Tourney (12/18/08)
Behind the bells: Salvation Army ringers tell their story (12/18/08)
Ring-a-ding, ding-a-ding. Imagine hearing that for 10 hours. Mike Gunderson, of Sioux City, doesn't have to imagine it. As a Salvation Army bell ringer, he's rung his bell for a 10-hour shift before. "I like the bell. There's something about ringing the bell at this time of year people like," he said...
Golf course manager commended for staying in black (12/18/08)
The Le Mars City Council had praise and a raise for Willow Creek Golf Course Manager Doug Schultz during their Tuesday meeting. The city council approved a new two-year contract with Schultz, who has managed the course for some 20 years. The contract includes a 2 percent base raise for 2009, bringing the base compensation to $132,863, and another 2 percent base raise for 2010, brining the total to $135,520...
Libraries need more money to provide additional services (12/18/08)
Plymouth County Library Association asked for an additional $5,000 from the county to shore up its 2009-10 budget. The Plymouth County Supervisors Tuesday heard from Sue Kroesche, Le Mars Public Library director that with the additional $5,000 the county library association's annual budget would be about $70,000...
Museum officials seek county dollars to ride economic storm (12/18/08)
The Plymouth County Historical Museum officials requested the same amount as last year for its 2009-10 fiscal year. Museum officials asked for that $7,000 amount because they understand the economic challenges facing the county's budget for the next year...
Local athletes compete at Tri-State All Star Volleyball (12/18/08)
A-W alum Oetken named NAIA All-American (12/18/08)
Morningside College football player Ryan Oetken was named to the 2008 American Football Coaches Association NAIA Coaches' All-America Football Team, which was announced on Monday, Dec. 15. A senior defensive back and Akron-Westfield alum, Oetken intercepted nine passes for the Mustangs, who advanced to quarterfinal round of the 2008 NAIA football playoffs...
Hinton alum Hardersen earns NAIA Scholar Honors at Northwestern (12/18/08)
Hinton volleyball alum Delainye Hardersen - a junior at Northwestern College in Orange City - was one of several Red Raiders to earn postseason honors this past season. Hardersen was named NAIA Scholar Athlete along with teammate Kayla DeGeest, a senior from Spencer...
Auburn athletic department has own definition of integrity (12/18/08)
Head coach leaves D-I program before contract is up to pursue 'dream job.' Where have I heard this before? Oh, right. At most D-I universities. But Gene Chizik's abrupt resignation from Iowa State and subsequent hire at Auburn has me perplexed (and I know I'm not alone)...
Elnora T. Jenkins (12/18/08)
Elnora T. (Tucker) Jenkins, 80, of Sioux City, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008, at Mercy Medical Center, Sioux City. Elnora T. (Tucker) Jenkins was born Feb. 16, 1928, in Grant Township, near Le Mars, the daughter of Elmer and Hannah (Mammen) Tucker. In 1944, she started out as a paper "boy" for The Sioux City Journal. She was employed with Cudahy Meat Packing Plant, where she met Alfred...
Cheryl Sandbulte (12/18/08)
Cheryl Sandbulte, 46, of Minneapolis, Minn., a Sioux Center native and former Le Mars resident, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2008, at the University Good Samaritan Center in Minneapolis. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Carmel Reformed Church in rural Rock Valley, with the Rev. Mark Heijerman officiating. Burial will be in Carmel Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today (Thursday), with the family present 6 to 8 p.m., at Memorial Funeral Home in Sioux Center...
Let's go for a ride... (12/18/08)
It's go time. We're only a week away from Christmas Day. Do you have your shopping done? Started?! Plans all made for gatherings and holiday meals? If you have everything done, congratulations. You are a step ahead of many of us, and can enjoy watching the rest of us scurry around like rats in a maze, frantically trying to get everything done so our Christmases can be "perfect."...
The delicate dance of pay increases (12/18/08)
As we near the Christmas holiday, many businesses are looking at how their business performed in 2008 and are making plans for 2009. The same is true of government at all levels: school, city and county. At a time when "uncertain" is the adjective of choice when discussions are held about the economy and job prospects, it is prudent for private firms as well as government to look at all expenses and see where costs can be contained or reduced...
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