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County native chosen as economic development director (04/01/09)
Andrea Westergard is Plymouth County's new economic development director. A Westfield native and graduate of Akron-Westfield High School, Westergard said she's ready to take on new challenges and thinks her Plymouth County background will be a benefit...
YMCA offers Under Water Easter Egg Hunt (04/01/09)
The second annual Under Water Easter Egg Hunt will be hosted by the City of Le Mars YMCA Saturday, April 4. Registration starts at 11:30 a.m. Pre-registration is recommended. The hunt begins at noon. Three age divisions of youth will search and in some cases dive for eggs, turn in the colored chips found inside the eggs and pick out their prizes...
Council approves drainage pipe route through fairgrounds (04/01/09)
Sewer work near Medical Associates must be done before Highway 3 can be widened there. That mean's digging a trench through the southern end of the Plymouth County Fairgrounds and through the extra parking lot for Archie's Waeside restaurant. During a special meeting Tuesday, the Le Mars City Council unanimously approved the project, which will cost $350,000 plus buying land easements...
Le Mars native begins final leg of Chinese ship's journey (04/01/09)
Now it's just a race against time. And typhoons. Hugh Morrow, the Le Mars man sailing from China to the United States and back in an ancient-style Chinese ship, said the crew is on the last leg of the journey. He checked in with the Daily Sentinel during a recent stop in Saipan, an island in the U.S. Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands in the western Pacific Ocean...
Rexwinkel is 2009 Iowa Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year (04/01/09)
A Le Mars Community Middle School teacher has been named the 2009 Iowa Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year. Lorene Rexwinkel received the honor at the 2009 Iowa Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (IAFSC) state meeting in Cedar Falls March 27...
Guns, history meet at annual gun show (04/01/09)
Guns carry more than bullets. They carry plenty of history, too. That's the idea behind the Le Mars Sportsman Club's annual Gun Show, Saturday and Sunday, April 4 and 5. The two-day show at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds will feature buffalo rifles and hand guns from the Old West,1800s ladies watches and accessories, guns and artifacts from the Civil War, and antique military guns from World War I and World War II...
Dunn nabs wrestling title to lead LMWC at state tourney (04/01/09)
Preston Dunn continues to accumulate a number of wrestling tournament first-place brackets for his bedroom wall at home. He added another last weekend as he won the third/fourth grade 70-pound weight class at the Iowa AAU state championships on Sunday at Veteran's Auditorium in Des Moines...
Dear Mr. President: We have a sports-related crisis (04/01/09)
Life isn't fair. It's an axiom we're taught just like we're taught to raise our hands, talk with a "six-inch voice" indoors and not to hit girls (I do great at the last one, but generally fail miserably at the first two). That being said, how Hinton's Josh Vander Plaats could garner only third team All-State honors from the Des Moines Register while being ignored by the Iowa Newspaper Association is beyond reproach...
James W. Karl (04/01/09)
James W. Karl, 56, died Monday, March 30, 2009, at his home in Le Mars. Funeral arrangements are with the Carlsen Funeral Home of Le Mars. Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.
Pick-Bollig (04/01/09)
Louis and Connie Pick of Remsen announce the engagement of their daughter, Liza Pick of Le Mars to Dustin Bollig of Fenton, the son of Dennis and Darlene Bollig of Fenton. The couple is planning a June 13, 2009, 2 p.m. wedding at St. John's Lutheran Church in Le Mars. The reception will be at 5:30 p.m. at the Avalon Ballroom in Remsen, with an open dance to follow...
Owen-Klohs (04/01/09)
Kevin and Debbie Owen of Raymore, Mo., and Bill and Connie Klohs of Le Mars announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their children, Kristi Owen and Christopher Klohs, of Mission, Kan. The couple is planning an Aug. 15, 2009, wedding in Kansas City, Mo...
Christoffel-Hoeppner (04/01/09)
Gary and Carol Christoffel of Granville and Gary and Kathy Hoeppner of Manson, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their children, Lindsay Arlene Christoffel and David Lee Hoeppner. The couple is planning a 2 p.m. ceremony May 30, 2009, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Granville. A reception will follow the ceremony at the Hospers Community Center in Hospers...
Allergies or criminal? (04/01/09)
Ahh, springtime. The opening of baseball season, the return of songbirds and warmer weather and allergies. Spring is a wonderful time if you don't have seasonal allergies. The budding of flowers and plants and working of the soil release many common allergens, causing many to get runny or stuffy noses and red, itchy eyes...
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