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Stories from Thursday, December 3, 2009

When life was simple: Fitzgerald recalls pony carts and hand-me-downs (12/03/09)
Editors Note: This story is the first in a weekly series looking back at life decades ago and remembering a time when people's lifestyle was very different than today. Was life simpler when $1 bought four gallons of gas or during the Great Depression when it cost less to use corn as fuel than sell it or when children played baseball instead of computer games?...
Your letters matter, soldier tells students (12/03/09)
After writing letters to a soldier in Afghanistan for months, elementary students at Gehlen Catholic School got to meet him face to face. Army Specialist Scott Tillman, of Le Mars, spent Wednesday afternoon speaking in classrooms a few days before returning for a second tour of duty in Afghanistan...
Main Street holds Silent Auction (12/03/09)
The Le Mars Main Street Silent Auction Event offers an opportunity to do some holiday shopping while helping to beautify downtown Le Mars. The silent auction began Nov. 25 and ends at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11. It offers 60 items ranging from gift certificates to Chamber Bucks, merchandise to specialty gift items...
New airport funding requests being made (12/03/09)
Le Mars City Council approved an application this week for $204,476 in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) money to house that snow removal equipment for the Le Mars Airport. This application, for Fiscal Year 2011, comes following a FY 10 application for $120,000 in similar federal dollars for snow removal equipment for the airport...
Pioneer Village Christmas opens Saturday (12/03/09)
Pioneer Village Christmas will open for two weekends of holiday fun Saturday at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds. Hours are 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5, 6, 12 and 13. For the first time in many years, the Round Barn will be open to visitors with displays and the live nativity...
Online Photos (12/03/09)
Clerk of courts closed Friday (12/03/09)
The Plymouth County Clerk of Courts office, along with all of the Iowa courts system, will be closed Friday. This is one of the 10 days the courts will be closed between December and the end of the fiscal year in June 2010, a move ordered by the state's chief justice to help meet budget cuts...
Strong athleticism powers Jays squad (12/03/09)
Last year was somewhat disappointing for the Gehlen boys basketball team. A season after advancing to the district final, the 2008-09 Jays struggled to a 10-11 overall record and fell in a district quarterfinal contest to War Eagle Conference rival Akron-Westfield...
Lady Panthers fall to Wildcats 67-35 (12/03/09)
Continuous improvement is the season motto for Nicole Goodwin's young squad. The Kingsley-Pierson girls did just what their coach asked in Tuesday's 67-35 loss to Woodbury Central - they made improvements. "If we see improvement every game, (that) is what we're looking for," said Goodwin, whose squad drastically reduced its turnovers from last Tuesday's contest. "We handled the ball a lot better. And the wins will come."...
Bulldog JV falls to Monarchs (12/03/09)
Chris Eckstaine poured in a team-high 12 points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead the Le Mars junior varsity squad in a 42-37 loss to Denison-Schleswig Tuesday. "Overall, for the first game of the season, I was pleased with our effort and competitiveness," coach Benji Kasel said. "We'll get back to work on the court (Wednesday) for practice and look to duplicate our effort against a good Storm Lake team on Tuesday."...
Lady 'Dogs drop Lakes opener (12/03/09)
A sour first quarter in which the Lady Bulldogs netted just two points proved costly as Le Mars dropped its second straight by a 62-50 decision at Estherville-Lincoln Central on Tuesday. "We played hard for three quarters," head coach Barry Borchers said, noting that his squad needs to come out of the gates stronger to be successful...
Hinton grapplers fall to SC West in opener (12/03/09)
On Tuesday, Hinton wrestling coach Jan George returned with his wrestlers to Sioux City West, a school whose wrestling tradition he helped build and where he is still a teacher. The Class 3A Wolverines defeated the Blackhawks 55-24, but Hinton did win two of the eight matches that were not decided by forfeit...
Kevin Traurig (12/03/09)
Kevin Traurig, 52, of Cape Coral, Fla., died Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009, at the Heritage Park Care Center at Fort Meyers, Fla., after a valiant fight with colon cancer. Kevin Patrick Traurig, the son of Adolph and Margaret (Waite) Traurig, was born Jan. 22, 1957, in Elkton, Md. Kevin moved to Le Mars in 1960 with his family. His earliest memories were of Le Mars where he attended Gehlen Elementary School...
Richard E. Zimmerman (12/03/09)
Richard E. Zimmerman, 99, of Le Mars, died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars. Richard Edward Zimmerman, also known as "Zim" or "Dick" was born Nov. 18, 1910, to Richard H. and Elsiena Zimmerman on the family farm in Elgin Township, rural Plymouth County...
Don't Forget (12/03/09)
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If they get up, deck 'em again... (12/03/09)
Well, we knew it had to end sometime. Reality has reared its ugly head, and cold weather has returned. After the dreadful weather we had in October, we caught a glorious break for nearly the entire month of November. Dry, sunny days allowed the harvest to be completed. They also provided a wonderful opportunity for many to decorate their homes for Christmas...
Safety should come first (12/03/09)
The Le Mars City Council held a discussion at their meeting on Tuesday about a topic that many have been concerned about for years. The council discussed the pedestrian crossing on 12th Street Southwest and Third Avenue Southwest, the corner where Middle and High school students cross on their way to school...
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