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Stories from Thursday, April 2, 2009

Buying pseudoephedrine? The state knows (04/02/09)
Buying pseudoephedrine? An electronic record of your purchase will be sent to state officials. This is the effect of a new Iowa law, signed by Governor Chet Culver last week. The law calls for a state-wide electronic log system that will record and compile every purchase of pseudoephedrine -- a common decongestant that also happens to be a precursor in producing the illegal drug methamphetamine...
St. James' smorgasbord going strong after 50 years (04/02/09)
One woman started a church dinner 50 years ago as a way to bring families together. That Palm Sunday meal has become St. James Church's Annual Spring Smorgasbord fundraiser. "Erla Lamp started the smorgasbord," said Elaine Kennedy, a 36-year church member...
Highway 75 work cuts traffic to one lane (04/02/09)
Be prepared to slow down. Road work will limit parts of Highway 75 to one lane between Le Mars and Sioux City starting Monday. Crews will be doing crack filling and some patch work on the highway, according to Dakin Schultz of the Iowa Department of Transportation...
Public to be banned from courthouse east entrance (04/02/09)
There will soon be fewer entrances into the Plymouth County Courthouse. The Plymouth County Supervisors Tuesday decided to make the east door an exit-only to provide added security at the courthouse. Plymouth County Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo recommended that change because of easy access to the courthouse and the supervisors' boardroom, which is just inside the east door...
Special tax break available for new car purchases this year (04/02/09)
The Internal Revenue Service announced this week taxpayers who buy a new passenger vehicle this year may be entitled to deduct state and local sales and excise taxes paid on the purchase on their 2009 tax returns next year. "For those thinking about buying a new car this year, this deduction may give them a little more drive to make their purchase this year," IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman said. "This deduction enables taxpayers to buy now and get cash back later on their tax returns."...
Legislators plan Le Mars visit (04/02/09)
On Saturday, Representative Chuck Soderberg and Senator Randy Feenstra will be hosting legislative forums at 9 a.m. at the Le Mars Public Library, and 10:30 a.m. at the City Hall in Orange City. They will be discussing various issues concerning the Iowa Legislature...
Freking brings home gold in 3200 (04/02/09)
Jordan Freking has what it takes to outlast the competition. The senior ran another successful cross country season in the fall and is taking his ability to run long distances into the spring season for the Jays. Gehlen Catholic made its outdoor track debut on Wednesday afternoon at the CYO meet at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake...
Lady Jays take top team honors at CYO (04/02/09)
Every point counts. That's what Gehlen Catholic coach Betty Loutsch told her squad early this season. And when the Lady Jays made their outdoor debut at the CYO meet in Storm Lake Wednesday, they took it to heart. "[Today] was just a big team effort," Loutsch said. "Every race counted for us and it ended up paying off today."...
Kay Schramm (04/02/09)
Kay Schramm, 72, of Le Mars, died Tuesday, March 17, 2009, following a lengthy illness. Kay H. Rasmus was born Nov. 23, 1936, in Cherokee, the daughter of Edward "Dale" and Vera Mae (Barnes) Rasmus. She graduated from Cherokee High School in 1955. She later attended college at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion...
James 'Jim' Karl (04/02/09)
James "Jim" W. Karl, 56, died Monday, March 30, 2009, at his home in Le Mars. James William Karl was born March 4, 1953, in Le Mars, the son of Clemence and Betty (Collins) Karl. Jim attended Le Mars Community High School and later served his country in the United States Marine Corps. Following his medical discharge from the Marines, Jim returned to Le Mars...
To boldly go where we have gone before (04/02/09)
I heard a news item this past week that caught my attention. It seems that President Obama may appoint a new administrator for NASA. Current NASA head Mike Griffin hasn't been playing nice with the new administration, refusing to give them information they have requested on the agency's rocket program...
Deficit debate masks ideology (04/02/09)
There has been some quibbling over the future of the national debt. The Obama administration contends that proposed spending for the next 10 years will add $7 trillion (with a T) to our fiscal burden. The Congressional Budget Office estimates the Obama budget would tack on $9.3 trillion...
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