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Stories from Monday, August 31, 2009

Music festival ready to go back to the roots (08/31/09)
On a park bench, two men pluck strings and tune guitars. On stage, a Johnny Cash tribute artist belts out the man in black's hits. This was the scene at the Olson Cultural Event Center in Le Mars Sunday. Only the two men tuning up were from northwest England. And the Johnny Cash artist was from Slovakia...
Are phone books heading for extinction? (08/31/09)
Phone books have been dubbed a "barometer of societal change" according to online magazine "Slate." That adage is proving itself today, with more and more people disappearing from phone books as they switch to cell phones only. "As with most telephone companies, we have seen a decline in the number of listings in the telephone directories," said Stephanie Schifano of Frontier Communications...
King is honorary chair for 30th Annual KC Phonothon (08/31/09)
Steve King, the first executive director of Life Skills Training Center in Le Mars, has been chosen as the honorary chairman for the 30th Annual KC Phonothon for Persons with Disabilities. For more than 30 years, King has led nonprofit agencies serving people with disabilities...
Teen realizes dream of auditioning for television show (08/31/09)
Cole Barbee, a Hinton Community School sophomore, has wanted to audition for American Idol since he was 9 years old. His dream became reality this past summer when he participated in American Idol tryouts in Denver, Colo. July 11, 12 and 13. "It was my first chance to get in because I had to be 16," Barbee said. "I knew about them from the very first season (2002) and I've been waiting ever since."...
Jays rush past West Sioux 34-7 (08/31/09)
Tony Gunter had a game plan: run. It worked pretty well for the Jays on Friday night. Gehlen Catholic made its 2009 debut on the road at West Sioux with a 34-7 win that looked much different than last fall's 32-31 overtime victory. "I was excited about the way we ran the ball," said Gunter, whose team totaled 298 rushing yards on 30 carries. "Averaging 10 yards a carry, that's something we can hang our hat on...
Bulldogs' rally comes up short in opener (08/31/09)
Strong defensive units have been a staple of Jim Boyd's tenure as head coach at Le Mars Community High School. Friday's season-opener at Jim Lorenzen Field was no exception as the Bulldogs held Lewis Central scoreless for the first three quarters of action...
K-P drops volleyball season debut at Holstein (08/31/09)
Kingsley-Pierson rolled to an 11-4 lead in the first game of the first match of the 2009 season. "This game the K-P girls came out ready to compete," first year head coach Melissa Kraai said. "You could see the shock on the Galva-Holstein girls' faces because you could tell they thought this was going to be an easy win, but we were there to compete."...
R-U crushes R-A 33-0 in opener (08/31/09)
Remsen-Union took command of the turf early as the reigning district champion Rockets made their 2009 debut with a 33-0 non-district win on the road at Ruthven-Ayrshire Friday night. It took little time for quarterback Josh Bohnenkamp to find tailback Kraig Alesch for an 18-yard touchdown pass on the first drive of the game...
Blackhawks blast Knights 42-0 in opener (08/31/09)
With roughly three decades of coaching experience, Hinton defensive coordinator and co-head coach Steve Diediker has prepared for just about any offensive scheme a Blackhawk opponents can envision. Yet even he was surprised Friday morning when he read that Hinton's Week 1 opponent, Unity Christian, was unveiling a new wide-open spread offense under first-year head coach Shane Williams...
Balanced offense boosts Hawks in win (08/31/09)
Remsen St. Mary's presented a balanced offensive attack as it defeated visiting Harris-Lake Park 30-12 on Friday. "I thought it was a good team win," RSM coach Ken Hajek said. The Hawks totaled 229 yards of total offense in the win - 115 through the air and 114 on the ground...
Easton returns opening kickoff to spark 34-0 A-W victory (08/31/09)
As far as first plays of season-openers go, the Akron-Westfield football team will probably never top the beginning of its 2009 campaign. Senior Nathan Easton took the opening kickoff back 95 yards for a game-opening touchdown and the defending Class A District 1 champion Westerners never looked back as the rode the momentum to a 34-0 victory over Elk Point-Jefferson on Friday in Akron...
Mavericks drop Panthers 36-0 in '09 season debut (08/31/09)
Kingsley-Pierson started its 2009 campaign in similar fashion to the 2008 season - with a 36-0 loss to Clay Central-Everly, matching exactly the score of last fall's opening contest. Turnovers were the key to CCE's victory Friday as the Mavericks blocked two K-P punts, recovered a fumble inside the red zone and added an interception return for a touchdown...
Viola Berding (08/31/09)
Viola Berding, 95, of Le Mars and formerly of Remsen, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars Viola Berding was born June 14, 1914, at Quimby, the daughter of Adolph and Kate (Rochau) Groepper. At an early age, Viola moved with her family to the Remsen area where she received her education in the rural school system...
Lorena Gabel (08/31/09)
Lorena Gabel, 92, of Akron, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2009 at Good Samaritan Society-Le Mars in Le Mars. Lorena Frieda Gabel was born June 9, 1917, on the family farm near Akron, the daughter of John and Louisa (Milbrodt) Koch. She was baptized and confirmed at St. ...
Dolores B. Gerdes (08/31/09)
Dolores Gerdes, age 83, died Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, on the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, following an accident while she and Ken were on their way to Denver, Colo. Dolores was born Nov. 20, 1925, the daughter of Anthon and Cecilia (Fix) Bedel of Wall Lake, Iowa. She attended country school and graduated from Wall Lake High School. After graduation, she chose to stay on her parents' farm and care for them...
Ronald 'Ron' Klingbeil (08/31/09)
Ronald C. "Ron" Klingbeil, 72, of rural Marcus, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009, at his residence, surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Cleghorn Christian Church in Cleghorn with Robert Blair presiding. Interment will be in the Grand Meadows Cemetery...
Dorothy E. Meister (08/31/09)
Dorothy E. (Woodall) Meister, 88, of Kingsley, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009, at the Kingsley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Dorothy Eileen Meister, the daughter of Ida (Johnson) and Thomas J. Woodall, was born Dec. 30, 1920, on her family farm south of Fielding. She graduated from Grand Meadow Consolidated School, among the class of 1938...
Patrick T. Weber (08/31/09)
Patrick T. Weber, 45, of Le Mars, and formerly of Eau Claire, Wis., died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009, at The Abbey of Le Mars following a lengthy illness. Patrick Thomas Weber was born Aug. 30, 1963, in Sioux City, the son of Wayne and Beverly (Bainbridge) Weber. He was baptized and confirmed at First United Methodist Church in Le Mars. Patrick attended Le Mars Community Schools, graduating from high school in 1982...
Karl and Joan Schnepf (08/31/09)
Karl and Joan Schnepf of Le Mars celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family dinner at the Coeur d'Alene Resort in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Hosts for the golden event were Chris and Anna Schnepf, Leo, Maria and Sofi of Rathdrum, Idaho; George Schnepf and Nancy Tommeraasen, Carly and Alec, of Sartell, Minn.; Joe and Maggie Schnepf, Georgia and Jack of Snoqualmie Ridge, Wash., and Joe and Julie Hlas, Michael, Liz and William, of Sioux City...
E.J. and Bettyann Lund (08/31/09)
E.J. and Bettyann (Martin) Lund, of Woodbourne, N.Y., celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 23, 2009, at their residence with family and friends. E.J. is a former Le Mars resident and a 1956 graduate of Le Mars High School.
Gerald and Vernell Chapman (08/31/09)
Gerald and Vernell Chapman of Le Mas will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009. The open house will be from 2 to 4 p.m. at Willow Creek Golf Course Club House in Le Mars. The couple requests no gifts, please...
Welcome, we are glad you are here (08/31/09)
We would like to offer a warm welcome to the promoters, performers and attendees of the 34th Annual National Old Time Country, Bluegrass and Folk Music Festival. The event officially kicked off this morning and lasts through Sunday. Unofficially, performers began arriving last week and played benefit concerts over the weekend...
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