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Stories from Thursday, June 4, 2009

Library program plans to tickle imaginations (06/04/09)
"Be Creative at Your Library" is this year's theme for the Le Mars Public Library's summer reading program. The fun begins June 15 and runs through July 14. "It's about exploring ways to be creative through dance, music, visual arts and drama," said Lisa Vander Sluis, children's librarian. "Each week's theme is somehow based on the large theme."...
Dean Foods ramping up for more volume (06/04/09)
A local dairy plant is adding employees to handle increased production volume. Plant manager Joe Leedom said during a Le Mars City Council meeting he anticipates 15-25 new employees will be hired. "Dean Foods has determined to transfer volume to our plant," Leedom said later. "It's a good-sized addition."...
Garage bands: Rockin' youth have dreams of big success (06/04/09)
Every band has something in common, they all start at the bottom. In garages, basements, and any space availible they practice with hopes to make it big. For Bloodshed Assurance and another newly formed band in Le Mars, their start is in a basement...
Republicans redrawn: New Iowa chairman rallies for a sharper, hipper party (06/04/09)
When Matt Strawn spoke about going on the offensive Wednesday in Le Mars, the 35-year-old wasn't talking about the arena league football team he co-owns. He was talking about the Republican party. Strawn, elected chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa in January, sat around a Le Mars Truck Stop table with half a dozen local supporters and discussed how the GOP should emerge from the rubble of its 2008 campaign efforts...
Dance Studio plans performance Saturday (06/04/09)
The Dance Studio of Le Mars and Sheldon will be presenting their annual performance at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 6 and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 7 in the Le Mars Community Middle School Auditorium. This year's performance "The Best of 25+ Rockin' Years" represents The Dance Studio's past 25 years of performances in Le Mars...
Relay For Life helps in cancer fight (06/04/09)
The 13th annual Plymouth County Relay For Life takes off at 6 p.m. Friday at Jim Lorenzen Field in Le Mars. Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society's signature activity, offering everyone in the community an opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer with activities, remembrances and fund raising...
Chamber hopes to reach all ages with celebration (06/04/09)
Are you ready for some wholesome family fun? Then the first annual Akron Summer Kickoff Saturday in Akron City Park is the place to be. The celebration, which begins at 9 a.m., will have activities for kids, adults, senior citizens and teenagers. "We kind of wanted to reach all ages and all areas," said Lori Rexwinkel, a member of the Akron Chamber of Commerce, which organized the celebration...
Lady Jays pound Spartans 10-0 (06/04/09)
Kayla Hatting and Amber Timmins each belted home runs for the Lady Jays as Gehlen Catholic defeated Spalding Catholic 10-0 on Wednesday in Granville. "We definitely did get the bats going," Gehlen coach Patty Hatting - whose team totaled 12 hits in the win - said. "We had one in the first and a couple in the second, and then in the third and fourth we couldn't get any hits and I was starting to get worried."...
Jays defeat Spartans in WEC action (06/04/09)
The Gehlen baseball team is going to be young all season. The absence of even a lone senior on the roster guarantees that. But perhaps coach Marty Kurth will be able to turn that to their advantage. Sophomore Mitch Christoffel pitched a complete game and freshman Zach Wurth scored the go-ahead run with some daring baserunning in the top of the sixth inning as the Jays defeated rival Spalding Catholic 6-4 for their first win of the season...
Register now for Tom Skram Memorial Fun Run (06/04/09)
Participants and volunteers are still being sought for the Second Annual Tom Skram Memorial Fun Run to be held on Saturday, June 20, during Ice Cream Days. The race begins at the Olson Cultural Event Center at 6 p.m. on June 20. Check-in begins at 3 p.m. on the day of the race...
R-U tallies first win of '09 season (06/04/09)
The Remsen-Union softball team can breathe a sigh of relief. The Lady Rockets registered their first win of the season Wednesday night as they defeated Lawton-Bronson 9-6. "Things have been falling into place and they finally worked our way," R-U coach Heather Youde said...
Sheldon blasts Le Mars 19-0 in four (06/04/09)
When the opposing team's leadoff hitter takes your pitcher's first delivery yard, things certainly do not bode well. That was the case Wednesday as the Le Mars Bulldogs lost 19-0 at Sheldon in Lakes Conference action in a game shortened to four innings due to the 15-run rule...
Westerners down Knights 3-0 to win fourth straight (06/04/09)
Baseball coaches are rarely satisfied. Even after his team opened the 2009 season 3-0, Akron-Westfield coach Gordy Johnson did not feel like the Westerners were playing up to their ability. That changed on Wednesday, as A-W defeated Unity Christian 3-0 at home in War Eagle Conference baseball action...
Orabs edge Lady Bulldogs in Lakes Conference play (06/04/09)
Errors both helped and hurt the Le Mars softball team as they faced Sheldon on the road in Lakes Conference action Wednesday. The Orabs got the better end of the deal with a 3-2 victory as Le Mars fell to 2-2 in league play. The Lady Bulldogs gave up their first run in the bottom of the first as the hosts took a 1-0 lead...
R-U continues to struggle with loss to L-B (06/04/09)
The struggles continued for the Remsen-Union baseball team as the Rockets lost 14-1 in five innings to visiting Lawton-Bronson on Wednesday at Marv Thelan Memorial Field. "We're a better team than we're playing right now," R-U coach Steve Neuberger said. "We're not hitting the ball well, but the big thing is we're not making the routine plays."...
RSM falls at 7-0 at West Sioux (06/04/09)
West Sioux no-hit Remsen St. Mary's in War Eagle Conference action Wednesday in Ireton. The Falcons won 7-0. "They're decent and athletic," RSM coach Brad Gralheer said of the competition. "They make plays." The Hawks got a few batters on base with walks and errors but were not able to move them around to score...
Lady Westerners tally four-run fifth inning to defeat Knights 10-0 (06/04/09)
Sometimes it takes the Akron-Westfield softball team a few innings to find itself and really get going offensively. Such appeared to be the case on Wednesday as the Lady Westerners defeated visiting Unity Christian 10-0 in five innings for the War Eagle Conference win...
Stuerman pitches Hinton past South O'Brien (06/04/09)
One day many years from now, Hinton's Tyler Stuerman will probably tell his grandkids about the time he struck out four batters in an inning. While not the rarest of baseball feats, it was an ample first inning start for the Blackhawks junior, who finished with 12 strikeouts in an 8-2 complete-game win over host South O'Brien on Wednesday...
Defense improves as K-P drops pair (06/04/09)
After lasting only 1 1/3 innings in Kingsley-Pierson's 16-15 win over Remsen-Union on Monday, Taylor Green redeemed herself with a couple solid performances on Tuesday and Wednesday. "She had a really good outing," K-P coach Pat Henrich said of the sophomore's seven innings against Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn on Tuesday...
Hinton falls to SOS in WEC softball action (06/04/09)
Shawnee Miller tossed seven K's in seven innings on Wednesday night at South O'Brien. Pair that with the return of senior Britni Freed and things should fall into place for the Blackhawks, who have struggled early this season. Unfortunately, Freed's teammates could not match her 3-for-4 plate performance and the Blackhawks dropped a 2-1 decision to the host Wolverines...
Lessons learned from summer jobs (06/04/09)
The season of summer won't officially arrive until June 21, but for all practical purposes, it began this week as the last schools in the county dismissed classes for the summer. As we settle into new sleeping and traffic patterns and routines, it is nice to enjoy the change. Although I believe boredom will soon be rearing its ugly head in many households...
Movie violence impacts youth (06/04/09)
Most children witness two murders a day. This is one of the stunning results of a survey conducted by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, which estimates most American children will witness as many as 16,000 murders via television and movies by the time they are 18...
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