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Stories from Friday, June 12, 2009

Back in the saddle: Akron woman overcomes challenges (06/12/09)
Nothing can keep Lea Jacobs from riding horses. Not even a vehicle accident paralyzing her from the waist down in November 2006. "When I couldn't ride after the accident, it felt like forever," Jacobs said. Only about a year after breaking her back, then going through four months of physical therapy, two surgeries and having steel rods put in her back, the Akron woman was back in the saddle...
Ice Cream Days - what a flavor of home (06/12/09)
"It's all about Ice Cream!" is the theme for the 2009 Ice Cream Days celebration next week in Le Mars. The Ice Cream Capital of the World is ready to roll out the ice cream carts, cones, scoops and sandwiches. You name it. "Cone Sculptures" at the Arts Center and root beer floats at the Plymouth County Historical Museum start the day off Thursday, June 18, with both open from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday...
Ethics board clears school in election concern (06/12/09)
Le Mars Community School District didn't cross a legal boundary by sending out a letter sharing the pros and cons of the Instructional Support Levy (ISL) last year. That's the verdict of the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board. The board recently released its decision regarding a complaint that the school district had illegally used taxpayer dollars for political purposes during the ISL election...
County Veteran Affairs office to offer more hours (06/12/09)
Changes are ahead for the county Veteran Affairs office. Jim Henrich, Plymouth County supervisor chairman, read a letter describing those new requirements to the board during its Tuesday meeting. Legislation passed this year requires Veteran Affairs offices to be open a certain number of days depending on the county's population...
Plymouth County Cyclists sponsor Tour de Plymouth 2009 (06/12/09)
Plymouth County Cyclists announce their second annual invitational bicycle ride, Tour de Plymouth 2009. The ride will be held June 20 during Le Mars Ice Cream Days. Registration for the ride is from 7 to 8 a.m. in the Hy-Vee parking area at 1201 12th Ave. S.W. in Le Mars...
Two-run sixth lifts Gehlen past SOS (06/12/09)
Gehlen Catholic is still on fire in the War Eagle Conference, matching Akron-Westfield with a 7-1 league record, which ties for second. The Lady Jays collected a 2-0 win over visiting South O'Brien on Thursday to notch their seventh WEC win. Gehlen scored both runs in the bottom of the sixth after solid defensive performances shut out the scoring in the early going...
Braves edge 'Dogs 1-0 (06/12/09)
Before the baseball season started, Le Mars seniors Jay Penning, Tyler Candor and Chris Bergquist each articulated a common goal for the season: beat Cherokee. The 'Dogs did not quite accomplish that feat against the defending Class 2A state runner-up and 2007 state champion Braves on Thursday, but they did come as close as possible as they fell 1-0 on the road behind a superb outing from Brayton Ringsdorf on the mound...
Lady 'Dogs tally 10-1 Lakes win over Braves (06/12/09)
The Lady Bulldogs stayed perfect on the week with a 10-1 win on the road at Cherokee on Thursday. Le Mars defeated Spencer (16-0) on Monday and Sioux Center (15-3) on Tuesday. Against the Braves, the Lady 'Dogs registered 14 hits, including four doubles...
Harris lifts A-W past Hinton 9-2 (06/12/09)
Jordan Harris did it all for the Akron-Westfield softball team on Thursday night in Hinton. The junior was 4-for-5 at the plate with three runs scored and also pitched a complete game as the Lady Westerners defeated Hinton 9-2 in War Eagle Conference softball action...
Hinton tallies 4-1 win over K-P (06/12/09)
The Hinton baseball team returned to the .500 mark Thursday by defeating Kingsley-Pierson 4-1 in non-conference action at Diediker Field in Hinton. "You play one game at a time," Hinton head coach Steve Diediker said. "Tomorrow night we'll try to get a step over."...
2009 Boys Golfer of the Year * Colin Sonnichsen, Remsen-Union (06/12/09)
Determining recent Remsen-Union graduate Colin Sonnichsen's best sport is about as easy as keeping your car clean during an Iowa winter. Sonnichsen, who earned Maple Valley Conference Honorable Mention in basketball and first team all-district honors in football in 2008 was primed for another successful basketball season when a broken wrist took away half of his senior campaign...
2009 Boys Golf All-Sentinel Team (06/12/09)
Andrew Allard, A-W The junior finished fourth overall at the War Eagle Conference Golf Tournament and scored 82.5 points during WEC dual meet play to earn All-WEC second team honors. Matt Young, K-P The junior was named to the Western Valley Conference first team after finishing third during WVC regular season play and third at the WVC Tournament. ...
2009 Girls Golfer of the Year * Gina Mae Frericks, Remsen-Union (06/12/09)
Gina Mae Frericks would probably never say it, but the recent Remsen-Union graduate might single-handedly be responsible for saving the Lady Rockets' girls golf program. As a freshman in 2006, Frericks was one of just two girls to initially turn out for the team. She and her teammate managed to recruit two more players, giving them a four-person squad that season - just enough to compete as a team at varsity meets...
2009 Girls Golf All-Sentinel Team (06/12/09)
Britni Freed, Hinton The senior led the War Eagle Conference with 110.5 points during regular season action to earn first team honors. She was the medalist at the WEC tournament, took third at the Hinton district, 10th at the Newell regional and 14th at the Class 1A state tournament...
Westerners drop third straight (06/12/09)
The Akron-Westfield baseball team lost its third straight game on Thursday as it fell 13-3 on the road at Lawton-Bronson. After playing excellent defense while reeling off five straight wins to open the season and break into the Class 1A rankings this week, the Westerners have run into difficulty fielding the ball...
BC-IG bests R-U 10-5 (06/12/09)
The Remsen-Union baseball team got a solid complete-game outing from Brad Hodgen but fell 10-5 to visiting Battle Creek-Ida Grove on Thursday. Hodgen allowed six earned runs while fanning and walking four and scattering nine hits. The five runs put up by the Rockets pleased Coach Steve Neuberger, whose team has struggled to hit this season...
Lady Rockets fall to Falcons (06/12/09)
It was a tough outing for Remsen-Union on Thursday as the Lady Rockets dropped a 9-0 decision to visiting Battle Creek-Ida Grove. "We just hit the ball right at their fielders and they made plays," R-U coach Heather Youde said after her squad failed to register a hit against the Falcons...
Jeanne Wolterman Mortenson (06/12/09)
Jeanne Ann Wolterman Mortenson, age 77, beloved wife of Royce Mortenson of Cherokee, died Tuesday, June 9, 2009, after a brief illness. The former Jeanne Heithoff, she was born Dec. 15, 1931, in Roselle, Iowa, the daughter of Peter and Mary Heithoff...
John Q. Dittberner (06/12/09)
ST. PAUL. Minn. -- John Quentin Dittberner, died May 28, 2009, at his home in Mendota Heights, inn. His family and beloved wife, Mary Jane Cronin Dittberner, were at his side. He was a loving, caring person and will be greatly missed. John retired as a captain for Northwest Airlines...
It's on (06/12/09)
Even though we are nearly a year away from deciding who will be the candidates for governor in next fall's general election, the race has (un)officially begun. If we had any doubts about the intentions of 2006 Republican Lt. Gov. candidate Bob Vander Plaats' intentions to once again seek the party's nomination for governor, they were put to rest this week...
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