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Stories from Thursday, February 26, 2009

Students say FFA keeps modern edge (02/26/09)
The Le Mars FFA chapter was chartered in the 1940s. But today's members say the club is far from outdated. "We're still a growing organization, making updates as we go," said Shawn Oetken, a junior at Le Mars Community School and officer in the local FFA chapter...
Minus the engineering department: City heads into changes (02/26/09)
During this year's budget talks, Le Mars city officials decided to eliminate the city's 21-year-old engineering department. That was part of a larger shift of the city's structure -- but this move cut out one full-time employee and removed the city engineer role from City Administrator Scott Langel's plate...
College planning session set at LCS (02/26/09)
High school juniors, seniors and their parents can find help at a free presentation on college planning at the Le Mars Community High School Commons at 7 p.m. Monday, March 2. The event is hosted by the Le Mars Community Schools guidance office and will be presented by a representative of the Iowa College Access Network (ICAN)...
Jefferson Lines cuts out Le Mars service (02/26/09)
The daily bus service to Le Mars and Sioux Center run by Jefferson Lines will be eliminated as of Tuesday, March 3. "After providing daily bus service to Le Mars and Sioux Center for the past three years as an expirimental route project, this was a difficult decision for the company," stated George Keil, Jefferson Lines' regional sales manager in a press release...
Vander Plaats tops 1,000 career points (02/26/09)
LE MARS, Iowa - Hinton's Josh Vander Plaats was held to only three first-half points in the Class 2A district championship against Unity Christian Tuesday night in Le Mars. However, the senior guard for the Blackhawks displayed his relentless spirit by cashing in 23 second-half points in a losing cause to Unity Christian as Hinton fell 67-64 to end the season...
The Greenhand and the blue jackets (02/26/09)
In addition to being the final week of the shortest month of the year, this week is National FFA Week. Back when I was in high school, during the Carter administration, the organization was known as Future Farmers of America, but now goes by its acronym, FFA...
The new three 'R's (02/26/09)
We live in a throw-away society. We're wasteful. Not just on an individual level, but on a global scale as well. Our lifestyle is not sustainable in terms of the world's resources we consume. We must all change our lifestyles to reduce, reuse, and recycle. ...
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