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Stories from Friday, November 27, 2009

Jury finds Robinson not guilty in traffic death (11/27/09)
A Merrill man charged with vehicular homicide was found not guilty by a jury Wednesday. Danny Clyde Robinson, 50, faced the felony charge after being in an August 2007 collision on Plymouth County roads just north of Merrill that claimed the life of 78-year-old Fern Nielson, of Lake Norden, S.D...
Rejoice! members and friends serve up Thanksgiving dinner (11/27/09)
Rejoice! Community Church's fifth annual Thanksgiving dinner was a success. Close to 500 people enjoyed a turkey and all the traditional trimmings meal from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Eagles Club in Le Mars. That was significantly more than 360 people served last year...
Local fitness business owners get building into shape (11/27/09)
Getting fit doesn't always have to mean jogging. That's the idea behind the two new fitness businesses opening up in a building on Business Highway 75. In The Rhythmz Health and Fitness and Raise the Bar Fitness began business this month in a building that was formerly home to Bomgaars and later Dollar General, just south of the Le Mars Truck Stop...
Area motorcyclists to help family in need (11/27/09)
"Something needs to be done," said Merrill native Randall "Snowman" Luschen at the monthly Independent Riders for Children and Charities (IRCC) meeting. "This family needs help. Think we should hold a fundraiser?" As president of the IRCC, when Snowman talks, people listen. Within 10 minutes the initial planning had been done, and the event was set in motion...
LCHS Madrigal Dinner set for Dec. 4, 5 (11/27/09)
Get the holiday spirit of merry Old England at the 2009 Le Mars Community High School's Madrigal Dinner Dec. 4-5. Tickets for the LCHS Madrigal Dinner, a Renaissance feast with live entertainment, are now on sale. The Madrigal Dinner is 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, and Saturday, Dec. 5, in the middle school's old gym...
Lady Jays return experienced core (11/27/09)
Gehlen Catholic seniors set some pretty high standards for Lady Jays athletics in 2008-09. The senior class of 2010 is trying to take everything a step or two further and they started with a trip to state volleyball earlier this month. Now the Lady Jays are setting goals and adjusting to a new season...
Blackhawks set goal to head back to state (11/27/09)
A year ago, the Hinton Blackhawks capped a perfect 20-0 regular season that included their first War Eagle Conference title since 2005 with a postseason run that ended in the state semifinal in Des Moines. Four seniors graduated from that team, but head coach Joel Small said the returning players are hungry for another trip to the state capital...
Kingsley-Pierson Lady Panthers (2-22, 0-11) (11/27/09)
Individual Statistics Total kills Kills per game Kill efficiency Total assists Assists per game Total digs Digs per game Total blocks Serving percentageTotal aces All-Western Valley Conference Second team...
Remsen St. Mary's Hawks (6-18, 4-7) (11/27/09)
Individual Statistics Total kills Kills per game Kill efficiency Total assists Assists per game Total digs Digs per game Total blocks Serving percentageTotal aces War Eagle Conference Final Standings Second Team All-Conference...
Lubben, Tilley, Timmins play in volleyball All-Star tourney (11/27/09)
Three Plymouth County volleyball players represented the state of Iowa at the 2009 Tri-State Volleyball All-Star Games, hosted by Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, on Sunday, Nov. 22. Le Mars Community setter Amy Lubben joined Gehlen Catholic's Jessie Timmins and Rachel Tilley as three of 12 girls on the All-Iowa team...
Le Mars bowling teams top SC schools (11/27/09)
The Le Mars boys and girls bowling teams each garnered victories in prep bowling action on Monday at Lewis Bowl in Sioux City. Kayla Crippen led the Le Mars girls to team score of 2,168 pins. Sioux City East was next with 2,006. North followed with 1,938 and West had 1,766...
Dorothy Hoppe (11/27/09)
Dorothy Hoppe, 86, of Le Mars, died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009 at home. Funeral arrangements are with the Carlsen Funeral Home of Le Mars. Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com
Helen Kellen (11/27/09)
Helen (Henrich) Kellen, 90, of Alton, died Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009, at Rose Blumkin Home in Omaha, Neb. Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary Catholic Church in Alton with the Rev. Paul Eisele and the Rev. James Tigges officiating. Burial will be in the St Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Alton. Friends may call anytime after 4 p.m. today (Friday). There...
Eunice Olson (11/27/09)
Eunice Olson, 83, of Council Bluffs and formerly of Seney, died Monday, Nov. 23, 2009, at the Midlands Living Center in Council Bluffs. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Seney United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jason Larson officiating. ...
Minnie C. Plueger (11/27/09)
Minnie C. Plueger, 103, of Le Mars, died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, at Good Samaritan Society-Le Mars in Le Mars. The Mauer - Johnson Funeral Home of Le Mars is assisting Minnie's family with funeral arrangements. Stories, memories and expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com...
Judy Ruchti (11/27/09)
Judy Ruchti, 64, of Le Mars, died Monday, Nov. 23, 2009, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars. Judy Karlene Ritchie was born Jan. 21, 1945, at Albaton, Iowa, the daughter of Omer and Lura (Hatton) Ritchie. She was raised on a farm south of Hornick. Judy attended grade school at the Hornick and Holly Springs School. She graduated from Westwood High School at Sloan, in 1963...
Kevin Traurig (11/27/09)
Kevin Traurig, 52, of Cape Coral, Fla., died Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009, in the Heritage Park Care Center at Fort Meyers, Fla. Funeral arrangements are pending with the Carlsen Funeral Home of Le Mars. Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com...
Richard Zimmerman (11/27/09)
Richard E. Zimmerman, 99, of Le Mars, died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars. Abiding by his wishes, Richard has donated his body to the University of South Dakota School of Medicine. A memorial service will be held at a future date...
Keep your humanity while shopping (11/27/09)
If you were among the millions that got up today in the dark, braved the crowds and were able to snare whatever bargain you were seeking, congratulations, you survived "Black Friday." No small feat, considering the discounts that retailers offer at outrageous hours of the early morning. We hope you get a chance to rest up over the weekend. It's hard work keeping the economy going...
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