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New detour route possible for future Highway 3 work (06/03/09)
A possible solution may be in the works for Le Mars residents concerned about a detour route, once work begins on the Highway 3 widening project in northeast Le Mars. Citizens like Justin Navrkal, of 820 2nd St. S.E., who attended Tuesday's Le Mars City Council, said an influx of heavy trucks and additional traffic would be a danger to children in the neighborhoods along the detour route...
Gus Pech: Still producing drill rigs after 130 years (06/03/09)
A Le Mars business, owned by the Collins family since 1900, turns 130 years old this year. Co-owners Cris Collins, president, and Gregg Collins, vice president, are third generation Collins family members to own and direct Gus Pech Mfg. Co. Inc. "A lot of people don't know what we do here. We make truck-mounted water well drilling equipment," said Gregg...
Oyens to celebrate centennial this weekend (06/03/09)
Oyens will kick off a weekend full of activities Friday to celebrate its 100th anniversary. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. with the Tri-State Car Cruisers Show. The Pork Producers will also be grilling pork burgers and brats that night, while Oyens Fire Department will be in charge of the beer garden...
High schools in Plymouth County honor academic excellence (06/03/09)
Plymouth County schools acknowledged academic excellence by naming valedictorians and salutatorians during graduation ceremonies in May. In a class of 139, Le Mars Community High School named one valedictorian and one salutatorian. Cara Clement, the daughter of Dan and Judy Clement, was named valedictorian for the class of 2009. The salutatorian named was Anna Powell, daughter of Barbara and James Powell...
Supervisors decline choice of mental health provider (06/03/09)
Those receiving county aid for mental health therapy services will not have the option of going to Moir Counseling for care. The Plymouth County Supervisors Tuesday did not approve a contract with Moir Counseling to allow Katy Moir to provide mental health therapy to people receiving county support for those services...
County says OK to TIF district extension (06/03/09)
The Plymouth County Supervisors Tuesday gave their stamp of approval to extend the duration of a Tax Increment Financing district near Akron another five years. The City of Akron's timeline to receive TIF revenue from the Akron Urban Renewal Area, which includes the Akron Portlandville Heights Subdivision, is set to expire June 2010...
Frericks places fifth at state (06/03/09)
Gina Mae Frericks has done something most people have not: qualified for the state golf tournament each of her four high school years. "That is certainly something to be proud of," R-U coach Steve Neuberger said. "Not many kids can say they've done that."...
Ringsdorf fans eight in Bulldogs' non-league victory (06/03/09)
Sometimes a pitcher just has to record the outs himself. That is exactly what Le Mars starter Brayton Ringsdorf did when faced with porous defense as the Bulldogs defeated Sergeant Bluff-Luton 12-6 in non-league action on Tuesday. Ringsdorf shook off an early bout with wildness and a pair of first-inning errors to strike out eight Warriors in five innings as the 'Dogs (4-3) bounced back from a tough Lakes Conference loss to Estherville-Lincoln Central on Monday...
Westerners defeat Falcons to remain unbeaten (06/03/09)
The Akron-Westfield baseball team remained unbeaten on Monday as it defeated West Sioux 9-7 in War Eagle Conference baseball action. That doesn't mean coach Gordy Johnson is completely satisfied, however. "The truth is, we haven't played very well," he said. "We've been walking a lot of guys. I guess I can't complain at 3-0 though."...
MMC bests RSM 4-2 (06/03/09)
Remsen St. Mary's put up a fight when the Hawks hosted Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn on Monday. "It was a heckuva game," RSM coach Brad Gralheer said. But it was the visiting squad that got the victory as the Eagles bested the Hawks 4-2 in War Eagle Conference softball action...
Westwood defeats R-U (06/03/09)
Westwood felt pretty confident after defeating Akron-Westfield 7-6 at Saturday's Kingsley-Pierson tournament. The Rebels even had a confidence-boosting 12-1 win in five innings of JV play at Remsen-Union on Tuesday. But none of that mattered to the Lady Rockets...
Rebels blast Rockets 20-4 in five innings (06/03/09)
Remsen-Union assistant coach Nick Fynaardt is more than ready to turn the reigns back over to head coach Steve Neuberger after the Rockets dropped their fifth straight game by more than 10 runs on Tuesday. Visiting Westwood defeated a depleted Rockets' squad 20-4 in five innings on Tuesday as R-U fell to 1-5 on the season...
A-W softball stays perfect in WEC (06/03/09)
Akron-Westfield improved to 3-0 in the War Eagle Conference with a 4-1 win over West Sioux Monday evening in Akron. In the third inning, Brandi Davis had a sacrifice RBI for the Lady Westerners' first run. Karly Groon singled in the next run and Alison Kusler's sacrifice RBI gave A-W a third run...
Hinton boys fall 5-3 to Unity (06/03/09)
Opportunities were ample for Hinton on Monday. But the Blackhawks could not come up with enough answers for the victory as they fell 5-3 to the host Unity Christian Knights in War Eagle Conference baseball. Unity got on the board early, scoring one in the first and four in the second...
RSM falls 11-0 at home to MMC in WEC play (06/03/09)
How quickly things can change in the game of baseball. Three days after the Remsen St. Mary's baseball team 10-runned defending War Eagle Conference champion Sergeant Bluff-Luton, the Hawks lost 11-0 in a five-inning game to visiting Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn in WEC action on Monday...
Lois and Robert Ernst (06/03/09)
Lois Ann Scheitler and Robert F. Ernst of Le Mars were united in marriage May 1, 2009, at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church in Merrill. The Rev. Dan Greving officiated the 5 p.m. double ring ceremony. Lois is the daughter of Corrine and the late Alvin Schwanke of Le Mars. Robert is the son of Bernetta and the late Frank Ernst of Le Mars...
Susemihl-Erdmann (06/03/09)
Maggie Susemihl of Omaha, Neb., and Adam Erdmann of Iowa City announce their engagement and approaching marriage. Maggie is the daughter of Tom and Joan Susemihl of Le Mars and Adam is the son of Dave and Angie Erdmann of Le Mars. The couple is planning a 2 p.m. ceremony July 25, 2009, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Le Mars. The reception will follow at the Le Mars Convention Center...
Loutsch-Perez (06/03/09)
Jacque Loutsch and Gustavo Perez of Boston, Mass., announce their engagement and approaching marriage. Jacque is the daughter of Kevin and Betty Loutsch of Le Mars. Gustavo is the son of Virginia and Gustavo Perez of New Jersey. The couple is planning a 2 p.m. ceremony Aug. 15, 2009, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars. The reception will follow at 5 p.m. at the Le Mars Convention Center...
Fields-Sitzmann (06/03/09)
Bob and Deb Fields of Lancaster, Ohio and Ted and Betty Sitzmann of Kingsley announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their children, Melissa Fields of Canal Wincester, Ohio and Troy Sitzmann of Columbus, Ohio. The couple is planning an Aug. 15, 2009, wedding in Lancaster, Ohio. The reception will be held at the Elks Club in Lancaster following the ceremony...
Donovan-DeRocher (06/03/09)
Nicolle Donovan of Sioux City and Corey DeRocher of Sioux City announce their engagement. Parents of the couple are Kevin and LeAnn Donovan of Worthington Minn., and and Kevin and Sandi DeRocher of Akron. They plan an Aug, 29, 2009, wedding at St. Bonafice Church in Sioux City with the reception at Sioux City Convention Center...
The constant campaign cycle (06/03/09)
This week, we had our first look at one of the people that would like to be president. Nevada Sen. Jon Ensign made stops in Sioux Center and Le Mars before delivering a speech in Sioux City Monday. In his stop at the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor, which has become a staple on the campaign trail, Ensign demurred on whether or not he would seek the Republican nomination in 2012. The second-term senator spoke about increasing his national visibility and increasing participation in GOP...
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