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Stories from Thursday, February 5, 2009

Safety is key in preparing responders for pipeline accidents (02/05/09)
While 279 emergency responders have died in the line of duty, none have died in pipeline incidents, according to Dave Zimple of the Iowa Pipeline Association.
City eyes effects of new state electrical licensing law (02/05/09)
Proposed city budget remains on track to maintain present tax levy (02/05/09)
Le Mars City Finance Director Bill Cole says it appears the city's 2010 budget remains on track to hold to the current $13.75 tax levy as hoped for by members of the city council. "It's still a balanced budget, at $15.9 million dollars," Cole said Tuesday as he gave a brief overview of the budget package following last week's budget workshop. Cole said only "a few changes" had been made by city staff on the spending package evolving from the workshop session...
Council gives green light to initial safe bike route plans (02/05/09)
Le Mars City Council members agreed Tuesday to move ahead on plans for to add $7,000 of improvements making Le Mars safer for bicyclists and walkers during the coming year. The Safe Routes to School project, based on community surveys and studies conducted by Dr. Wayne Marty and Rick Collins, Plymouth County Cyclists members, Safe Routes committee members and city engineering staff, focuses on city intersections...
Relay For Life team kickoff set for Feb. 9 (02/05/09)
Get ready to walk for the 2009 Relay For Life. Plymouth County's Relay is set for June 5 in Le Mars. The county's Relay For Life Team Kickoff is set for 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9, at Grace Lutheran Church in Le Mars. Relay For Life is an American Cancer Society event where individuals are invited to honor cancer survivors and caregivers, or pay tribute to those who have lost their battle with cancer...
Plymouth Energy steams into production (02/05/09)
A cloud of steam has been steadily rolling out of the ethanol plant north of Merrill. But steam isn't the only thing the Plymouth Energy Ethanol Plant is producing. "We started grinding corn to make ethanol on Dec. 8," said Plymouth Energy President Dave Hoffman. "Right now we're producing 120,000 gallons a day."...
Lady Bulldogs form 'band of sisters' (02/05/09)
It is not hard to determine which two players are sisters when you attend a Le Mars Community girls basketball game. Junior Bailey Heidebrink and sophomore sister Jordan, who share the same skin tone and bleach blond hair, have sometimes been mistaken for twins...
FIscher inks with Northwestern (02/05/09)
Hinton grapplers drop final duals of season (02/05/09)
Eric Held recorded a pair of victories as Hinton faced Westwood and Sioux City West in wrestling action at home Tuesday as the Blackhawks wrapped up their regular season. Hinton dropped a 67-12 decision to West. Held pinned West's Alex Hill in 1:12 at 171 pounds...
Should Michael Phelps' mistake be front page news? (02/05/09)
Reading the news would be a lot less exciting for most people if all we ever reported were good things. Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren once said, "I always turn to the sports page first, which records people's accomplishments. The front page has nothing but man's failures."...
Larry Kenneth Hunter (02/05/09)
Larry Kenneth Hunter, 59, of New Braunfels, Texas, died unexpectedly Monday, Feb. 2, 2009, in New Braunfels. Larry Kenneth Hunter was born Aug. 15, 1949, in Cherokee, Iowa. For more than 30 years, Larry worked in construction, building feed mills and grain elevators in Iowa. While living in Austin and Kyle, Texas, he also worked in construction and drove a Big Red delivery truck for nine years. He spent the last nine years working at the Wal-Mart Distribution Center in New Braunfels...
A half century since 'The day the music died' (02/05/09)
Golden anniversaries are special things. Remembering what occurred 50 years ago is no small feat, something I appreciate more every day as I struggle to remember what I had for breakfast. Anniversaries are often happy things, marked by family gatherings and celebrations. Others are more somber and conjure images of what could have been...
So it's come to this (02/05/09)
There was a classic "good news/bad news" moment in Le Mars economic development this week. On Saturday at the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner, Nor-Am Cold Storage CEO Greg Brandt announced that his company was set to acquire the Harker's buildings in Le Mars. The space will be utilized to expand the company's growing product repackaging of food and food-related products to customers nationally and internationally...
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