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Stories from Monday, December 29, 2008

Happy Holiday$ Local shoppers help retailers buck national trend (12/29/08)
Crummy economy? Worse weather? Local store managers and owners didn't wince. Many are reporting Christmas season sales that matched or were close to last year's good numbers. That's not the story across the nation. Total retail sales, excluding gasoline, dropped about 4 percent in the United States, according to a Holiday report from SpendingPulse, an arm of MasterCard that tracks sales paid for by credit card. ...
Trail of blood connects multiple burglaries (12/29/08)
A Sioux City 19-year-old was arrested Sunday and charged with committing four burglaries in Le Mars after leaving a trail of blood behind. Marcus Allen Curiel was arrested at about 9:20 a.m. at 415 1st Ave. S.E. in relation to four burglaries, including one where he cut his arm, according to the Le Mars Police Department...
Local closings for New Year's (12/29/08)
With the last moments of 2008 ticking away on the clock, local offices and businesses are announcing special hours around the New Year's holiday. The Le Mars City Hall will be closing New Year's Eve (Wednesday) at 2 p.m. and will remain closed for New Year's Day. City hall will reopen normal hours Friday...
Huitink retires from Iowa appeals court (12/29/08)
Iowa Court of Appeals Judge Terry Huitink has announced that he will retire effective December 31, 2008. Huitink was appointed to the Iowa Court of Appeals in 1994. Prior to joining the court, Huitink served as a district court judge from 1988 to 1994. He also served as a part-time juvenile court referee from 1981 to 1987...
Don't get stuck in the cold: Plan for winter power outage (12/29/08)
By Charles Schwab Safety Specialist, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Iowa State University Extension Winter power outages are always challenging but occasionally they can be dangerous if not handled correctly. The key to managing any emergency such as a power outage is to have a specific disaster plan to handle decisions that must be made in the moment of the crisis...
Watch where you blow that snow! (12/29/08)
December's snowfall gave area residents and their snowblowers quite a workout. Whether you blow snow or shovel it, there are some ways to be a good neighbor and to avoid fines from the city during the snowy season. "Watch where you're blowing the snow," said Pat Heissel, manager of Sears in Le Mars. "Not onto the neighbor's yard or the sidewalks. That keeps you out of hot water with the neighbors."...
In Review: Gehlen baseball advances to state quarterfinals (12/29/08)
During the winter, Marty Kurth spends his afternoons and early evenings coaching the Gehlen girls basketball team. And while he enjoys that endeavor, it really just holds him over until May when he can return to coaching his true passion: the Jays baseball team...
In Review: A-W advances to sixth consecutive state tourney (12/29/08)
Softball is kind of a big deal at Akron-Westfield. Under head coach Todd Colt, the Lady Westerners have been a force at the state softball tournament in Fort Dodge since 2003 when the squad finished sixth in Class 1A. Since then, A-W has appeared in six consecutive state tournaments, finishing in the top three in four of the six years and winning two state titles...
R-U's Gina Frericks plays in third state golf tournament in three years (12/29/08)
Gina Frericks will get one more shot at Iowa high school girls golf immortality this May. The senior, who is currently averaging 12.7 points per game for the Remsen-Union basketball team, will attempt to qualify for the state golf tournament for the fourth consecutive time this spring...
In Review: Gehlen upsets No. 10 Lawton-Bronson in districts (12/29/08)
By Jesse Geleynse Sports Editor Playing a tough War Eagle Conference schedule and finishing the regular season with a .500 record can have its advantages. Look no further than the Gehlen boys basketball team which has endured consecutive seasons with 3-6 conference records. But once the 2A and 3A competition has been removed, the Jays have shown their true postseason mettle...
2008 Coed Rec Volleyball Tournament (12/29/08)
The 2008 Coed Rec Volleyball Tournament was played at the City of Le Mars YMCA on Thursday, Dec. 18. Following are the results of the single elimination tournament. In the first round, the fourth-seeded Sharon's Embroidery team defeated fifth-seeded Red Hanke 2-0 while third-seeded Hugo's lost to the sixth seed in Mooney's Gang, 2-1...
Cornelia 'Connie' Hillrichs (12/29/08)
Cornelia "Connie" Hillrichs, 76, of Le Mars, died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008, at St. Luke's Regional Medical Center in Sioux City. Cornelia Mae Hillrichs was born July 11, 1932 in Omaha, Neb., the daughter of Nelle (Anderson) Keehn. Connie was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith. She was raised in southeastern South Dakota and attended country school. Later in life, Connie completed her GED...
Erla M. Lamp (12/29/08)
Erla Lamp, 79, of Le Mars, died peacefully Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008 at the Good Samaritan Society Le Mars. The former Erla Mae Ellis was born Feb. 10, 1929, at Madison, S.D., the daughter of John and Clara (Mathison) Ellis. She grew up in Madison and graduated from Madison High School in 1947. Erla married Melvin "Bud" Lamp on May 3, 1949 in Colman, S.D. Following their marriage the couple lived near Flandreau, S.D., for a few years and then moved to Madison, S.D...
Lorelei Youtzy (12/29/08)
Lorelei I. Youtzy, 55, of Hinton, died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008, at a Sioux City hospital. Lorelei was born April 2, 1955, in Chamberlain, S.D., the daughter of Otto and Esthella (Bode) Swanson. She grew up in Pukwana, S.D., and graduated from Chamberlain High School. Lorelei then attended and graduated from South Dakota State University. She was a medical technician and later became a lay chaplain for Market Place ministries, serving at Bickford Cottages, which she loved dearly...
Arlene and Cliff Peters (12/29/08)
Cliff and Arlene Peters of Le Mars will observe their 60th wedding anniversary Dec. 29, 2008. They plan to celebrate with their immediate family. They are the parents of three children: Wanda and Mike Delperdang of Le Mars, Jane and Myron Plueger of Le Mars and Amy and Terry Maass of Remsen. The couple has nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren...
I think I can, I think I can... (12/29/08)
The National Retail Federation (NRF) has offered a suggestion to the incoming administration: 30 days without sales tax. The trade group last week called for three 10 day sales tax holidays in March, July and October 2009 as a way to stimulate consumer spending, which accounts for 70 percent of U.S. economic activity...
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