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Stories from Thursday, June 25, 2009

Harkin aide: Health reform bill intended to save Americans money (06/25/09)
Helping keep Americans healthy is a major push behind current health reform legislation. Nathan Vanderplaats, aide to Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), presented Harkin's views on a health reform bill currently being discussed in the Senate. Vanderplaats answered questions from about a dozen Plymouth County health professionals and residents gathered Wednesday at Floyd Valley Hospital...
Farmers' market begins season (06/25/09)
As summer continues to heat up, a familiar seasonal tradition is at the Olson Cultural Event Center on 33 First St. N.E. -- the farmers' market. Starting a couple weeks earlier than usual, the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce officially opened the farmers' market Wednesday for the public to purchase home grown items...
Balmer to step down as Veteran Affairs director (06/25/09)
Martin Balmer will retire as director of Veteran Affairs in Plymouth County next month. Balmer submitted his retirement request to the county supervisors at their Tuesday meeting. "I have decided after 10 years up there I've had enough," he said. "With the increase of hours to 20 hours per week, it's more than I bargained for."...
Take the time to learn about your county history (06/25/09)
This is the third story in a series of places to have summer fun in Plymouth County. When we think of Le Mars and Plymouth County, we usually don't think of its history. But don't you ever wonder: What did Le Mars look like in 1882? Who first lived in Plymouth County? Are there any famous people that have come from where I live?...
Woofstock events Saturday at museum (06/25/09)
Saturday will mark the first annual Woofstock rally in Le Mars, the place where dogs and families can come together in peace and harmony. The event also doubles as a fundraiser for the Plymouth County Historical Museum, where Woofstock will be held...
Bulldogs exact revenge against Orabs (06/25/09)
Zach Lancaster knew how badly the Le Mars baseball team needed a one-run victory. And with two outs and Sheldon's tying run on third, the senior second baseman made diving stop in the hole and threw from his knees to nip the Orab runner by half a step and preserve the 6-5 Lakes Conference victory...
Five-run fourth lifts Hinton past SOS 6-4 (06/25/09)
A five-run fourth inning propelled the Hinton baseball team to its third straight victory as the Blackhawks defeated South O'Brien 6-4 on Wednesday in War Eagle Conference action in Hinton. "We've got three freshmen who start pretty regularly and a bunch of sophomores who play and they're getting experience," Diediker said. "We're still not knocking the cover off the ball, but we get a hit at the right time...the big thing is we're playing decent defense."...
Blackhawks tally 8-3 WEC win (06/25/09)
When July 8 rolls around, the Blackhawks will be ready. The Hinton softball squad avenged a 2-1 War Eagle Conference loss by defeating South O'Brien 8-3 Wednesday night in Hinton. But the WEC split does not spell the end for these two squads as they will face off in the first round of regionals on July 8 in Paullina...
Jays come up short against Spartans (06/25/09)
The Gehlen Jays are still looking to put that complete, seven-inning baseball game together. On Wednesday, the Jays' bats came alive as they pounded out 10 hits and led 6-4 after five innings. But the visiting Spalding Catholic Spartans plated four runs of their own in the top of the sixth inning and held on for the 8-6 War Eagle Conference victory...
Lady 'Dogs avenge loss to Orabs with 4-1 win (06/25/09)
It was their only home contest of the week and the Le Mars girls were craving a Lakes Conference win Wednesday. And that's just what the Lady Bulldogs got as they defeated the visiting Orabs of Sheldon 4-1. "This was really big," starting pitcher Jordan Heidebrink said. "We needed this one to keep our confidence up for this weekend at Spencer."...
Panthers edge Rockets 4-2 in Western Valley Conference action (06/25/09)
The Kingsley-Pierson baseball team defeated Remsen-Union 4-2 in Western Valley Conference action in Remsen on Tuesday. The Panthers took advantage of three second-inning errors by the Rockets to give starter Ben Goracke the victory on the mound. "I thought he did a pretty nice job," R-U coach Steve Neuberger said of Goracke. "He wasn't overpowering, but he mixes speeds pretty well and kept our guys off-balance."...
Dixie Morton (06/25/09)
Dixie Morton, 60, of Le Mars, died Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at the Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars. Dixie Kulvik was born Oct. 28, 1948 at Akron, the daughter of Hubert and Lorraine (Peck) Kulvik. She lived in Sioux City for many years. Dixie was united in marriage to Noel Morton on May 9, 1970 at Sioux City...
Marguerite J. Pearson (06/25/09)
Marguerite J. Pearson, 87, of Marcus, died Wednesday morning, June 24, 2009, at Happy Siesta Health Care Center in Marcus. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Faith Lutheran Church in Marcus with the Rev. Liz Pfeifle officiating. Interment will be in the Marcus-Amherst Cemetery in Marcus...
Lloyd Allen Teeter (06/25/09)
Lloyd Allen Teeter, age 75, formerly of Eldon, Iowa, died Monday, June 22, 2009, at his home in Blue Springs, Mo., surrounded by his family. Lloyd was born April 2, 1934 in Birmingham, Iowa, the son of Thurman and Mamie (Greene) Teeter. He attended school in Eldon until the 10th grade. He served in the Army from 1955 to 1957. Lloyd married Shirley T. Williamson May 19, 1957. Shirley died in 2001. Lloyd married Rita Jimerson May 29, 2003...
I can't get it out of my head... (06/25/09)
Well, we were tired of the cool weather, so the heat wave of this week should make up for some of the cool days and nights of May. The rains of last weekend were very welcome and the heat and humidity should be very beneficial for the crops. That is the pat phrase we use here in Iowa when the weather is stifling: "it's good for the corn." It becomes almost a mantra during July and August, but it is true, and does help, I think...
Leaving the lights on (or off) (06/25/09)
It's difficult to visualize the dark days of winter when we are currently enjoying the longest days of daylight. Sunday, the summer solstice, was the longest day of visible light and each day becomes a few seconds shorter as we march towards the winter solstice, the shortest day of visible light...
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