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Stories from Friday, December 26, 2008

Drug Court graduate shares success story (12/26/08)
Accountability. That's what got him where he is today. Matt Heath graduated from Plymouth County's Drug Court Dec. 10 as one of the first from the program that celebrated it's one year anniversary in October. "This is the best I've felt since I was 14 or 15," the 34-year-old said. "Drugs do bad things to your life."...
Think safety when snowplows are out (12/26/08)
Plowing snow, whether on city streets, highways or county roads, is no easy job, and drivers need to take safety precautions for both themselves and the snowplow drivers. "Keep back and give us some room," advised Steve Hansen, Le Mars public works director...
Slower economy equals busier library (12/26/08)
Grab a movie. Get a computer program that helps your daughter prepare for the ACT test. PIck up a new framed print for your living room. Where can you do all this for $1? The local library. Libraries have always been the old standby for checking out books and other resources, but with families facing tighter budgets, they're finding out the library has a lot to offer...
Museum plans New Year's Eve ball (12/26/08)
"New York! New York!" once again will be the theme for the Plymouth County Historical Museum's fourth annual New Year's Eve Ball from 7 to 11 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 31. Dancing and fellowship will be available in "Old Central" Gym where "Music Illusions" will star Tom and Patty Mullally and friends. Doors to the Gym lobby will open at 6 p.m...
Iowa high school wrestling more than a sport; a way of life (12/26/08)
I must begin with an appreciative nod to the Seattle Times' Craig Smith, who accepted a buyout earlier this week as the Times follows the nation-wide trend of downsizing its staff. I met 'Sideline Smitty,' a 30-plus year veteran of prep sports coverage, for the first and only time the same week I accepted this job...
Erla Lamp (12/26/08)
Erla Lamp, 79, of Le Mars, died peacefully Thursday Dec. 25, 2008, at Good Samaritan Society-Le Mars. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. Sunday at the Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars, where there will be a parish rosary at 4 p.m. and a vigil prayer service at 7 p.m...
Cornelia 'Connie' Hillrichs (12/26/08)
Cornelia "Connie" Hillrichs, 76, of Le Mars, died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008, at St. Luke's Regional Medical Center in Sioux City. Funeral arrangements are with the Carlsen Funeral Home of Le Mars. Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com...
Elizabeth Hauff (12/26/08)
Elizabeth Hauff, 93, of Merrill, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2008 at Good Samaritan Society in Le Mars. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Sioux City, with the Rev. Ronald Osborne and the Rev. Karen Wacome officiating. ...
Monte Easton (12/26/08)
Monte Easton, 71, of Le Mars was called to his heavenly home Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008, after a battle with cancer. Monte Ray Easton was born Nov. 2, 1937, in Le Mars, the son of James A. and Eva (Woods) Easton. He attended country school and graduated with the class of 1957 from Merrill High School. Following graduation, he moved to Chicago, Ill., and worked for Capitol Airlines. He later moved back to Iowa and took up farming...
Wayne Bates (12/26/08)
Wayne Bates, 68, of Merrill, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City. Wayne R. Bates was born March 19, 1940, at Sioux City, the son of Loran and Jessie (Macklem) Bates. Wayne graduated from Hinton High School in 1959. Wayne was united in marriage to Loanne Marbach Oct. 24, 1971, at Le Mars. To this union three children were born, Mike, Kevin, and Todd...
Getting back from grandma's house (12/26/08)
Christmas is one of the heaver travel times of the year and as we have seen so far this month the weather can be fickle and change quickly. Here are some travel tips to make sure that you arrive at family gatherings and return home safely. Planning and preparation will pay off. Don't wait until the last minute to pack, load the car or leave. Many things can cause delays, from road construction to bathroom breaks. The worst that can happen is that you will arrive early...
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