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Cancellations (12/23/09)
Click here for area cancellations due to weather. If organizations would like to report cancellations, email Editor Magdalene Landegent at dseditor@frontiernet.net. Cancellations: The Le Mars Area Dialysis Services board members are moving the drawing for the 2009 Yamaha Zuma Moped from the Dialysis Center to Floyd Valley Hospital. The drawing will take place tomorrow morning at 10 am in the hospital's front lobby. The winner will be called...
When life was simple: For Weber, Christmas was always about family (12/23/09)
Editor's Note: This story is the fourth in a weekly series looking back at life decades ago and remembering a time when people's lifestyle was very different than today. In today's world, Christmas has become largely about consumerism. Just turn on your television and count the holiday commercials trying to sell you something that you "absolutely, without a doubt, need" to put under your tree. ...
Six-month pay freeze for city employees, then a raise (12/23/09)
The wages for the 41 Le Mars city employees in the bargaining unit will be frozen for six months next year, then see a 3 percent raise. The Le Mars City Council made the motion Tuesday afternoon to freeze bargaining unit members wages starting July 1, 2010 for six months -- with the exception of three positions...
Churches hold Christmas Eve, Day services (12/23/09)
Churches in Le Mars and the area have set Christmas Eve services and Christmas Day services to celebrate the birth of Jesus. The following list includes those churches which have shared their service information. Christmas Eve Family Worship with Communion, 4 and 6 p.m...
Museum ball tickets now on sale (12/23/09)
Tickets are now on sale at Lally's East Side Restaurant in Le Mars for "New York! New York!," a New Year's Eve Ball sponsored annually in "Old Central" gym by the Plymouth County Historical Museum in Le Mars. Tickets also can be purchased at the museum during open hours, every day from 1-5 p.m. except Mondays. Tickets are available at the door on the night of the dance...
Man catches Remsen house fire before too late (12/23/09)
By the time fire crews arrived, Will Peirson of Remsen already had the fire in his house mostly out. Remsen Fire Chief Doug Owens said the fire in Peirson's residence at 201 W. Fourth St. started before 6 p.m. Monday in a bedroom. Owens said the cause was a heater or an electrical short that started a fire...
Odd/even parking in effect (12/23/09)
With heavy snow predicted, odd/even parking is in effect in Le Mars, according to Public Works Superintendent Steve Hansen. The city's odd/even parking ordinance states from Nov. 1 to April 1, vehicles should be parked on the odd side of the street on odd-numbered calendar days and on the even side of the street on even-numbered days...
Hinton falls at SB-L (12/23/09)
The Hinton boys basketball team continued to struggle on the offensive end as it dropped a 57-47 War Eagle Conference decision at Sergeant Bluff-Luton on Tuesday. Tyler Stuerman was the lone Blackhawk in double figures as he recorded a double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds. He also added five blocks...
No. 5 Crusaders edge 'Dogs 59-55 (12/23/09)
Le Mars boys basketball coach Dave Irwin was anxious to see how his team would react to last Friday's blowout loss to Class 2A No. 1 Western Christian. And Tuesday's game with the Class 3A defending state champions was as good a barometer as any. The Bulldogs responded by leading No. 5 Bishop Heelan by two points at halftime and battling back from seven-point fourth-quarter deficit before eventually falling 59-55 to the Crusaders in a back-and-forth thriller at Carey Gymnasium...
Rockets top Westerners 65-57 in OT (12/23/09)
The Akron-Westfield boys basketball team just can't seem to get enough game action. The Westerners played their fourth overtime game of the season and second in as many days as they fell to visiting Remsen-Union 65-57 on Tuesday. Coming on the heels of the news that leading scorer Derek Appley will miss the remainder of the season after surgery on his broken finger, senior Tyler Johnson came off the bench to connect on 5-of-6 3-point attempts to score a team-high 15 points...
Clutch free throws lift Jays past Falcon (12/23/09)
Gehlen Catholic bounced back from a two-game skid with a 45-36 win on the road at West Sioux Tuesday. "It was a good game," Gehlen coach Mike Langel said. "We started out a little slow. We had a few turnovers in the first half." The Jays trailed 12-7 after the opening quarter before outscoring the host Falcons 14-8 in the second quarter to take a 21-20 halftime advantage...
Lady Jays collect win over Falcons (12/23/09)
Gehlen Catholic girls basketball coach Marty Kurth finally saw his squad play a complete game on Tuesday. "We talked about, going into the game, playing a good four quarters and we were able to do that," Kurth said after the Lady Jays defeated West Sioux 48-42 Tuesday evening in Hawarden. "It was a big win for us."...
Lady Westerners shoot past Lady Rockets 63-20 (12/23/09)
Akron-Westfield garnered a much-needed win in its final contest before Christmas break as the No. 13 (Class 1A) Lady Westerners defeated Remsen-Union 63-20 Tuesday evening in Akron. "We had a couple tough losses (over) the last week, so it's nice to get on the winning track right before Christmas," A-W coach Kent Johnson said...
K-P drops 54-34 WVC decision at River Valley (12/23/09)
Kingsley-Pierson dropped a Western Valley Conference counter on the road at River Valley Friday. The Lady Panthers netted only three first quarter points en route to the 54-34 loss. Hanna Miesner led the offensive attack with 13 points. Rachel Leekley scored nine and Jill Mogensen added five points...
DeRocher reaches 100 career wins (12/23/09)
Devin DeRocher won his 100th career match on Monday as Hinton faced West Monona and Maple Valley/Anthon-Oto in a double dual. DeRocher pinned MV/A-O's Steven Schaffer in 5:04 at 135 pounds and pinned West Monona's Cody Bone at 140 pounds. Hinton fell 48-36 to West Monona and 71-12 to MV/A-O...
Verna C. Groepper (12/23/09)
Verna Clara Groepper, 83, of rural Kingsley, died Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009, at her residence. Arrangements are pending with Rohde Funeral Home in Kingsley.
Catherine M. Jones (12/23/09)
Catherine Martha (Collins) Jones, 72, of Kingsley, died Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, at her home. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Rohde Funeral Home in Kingsley.
Nancy Johnson (12/23/09)
Nancy Lee Johnson, 68, of Le Mars, died Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009, at Good Samaritan Society-Le Mars. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Le Mars. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars...
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