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Stories from Friday, January 8, 2010

Hinton school digging out after partial roof collapse (01/08/10)
Hinton Community School officials are dealing with the aftermath following the collapse of a 45-foot by 30-foot section of roof due to heavy snow. "It collapsed over our computer technology center," said Sue Martens, the school's high school principal. "There were 5- to 6-foot drifts up there, and that was a tremendous weight."...
Le Mars couple's daughter claims fame as New Year's baby (01/08/10)
Madalyn Kerkmann became a local celebrity Wednesday. She was the first baby born in 2010 at Floyd Valley Hospital. Almost 24-hours old Thursday afternoon, Madalyn was content to lie quietly sucking her pacifier in mom Megan's arms while dad, Casey, sat close...
Highway 3 west widening, city signs on 2010 project list (01/08/10)
Adding a lane to Highway 3 west of Le Mars will likely be one of the City of Le Mars' top projects in the works in the new year. Le Mars City Administrator Scott Langel sketched out the 2010 priority projects with the Daily Sentinel this week, noting the finalized list is yet to come...
Margaret Spies looks back at 100 years of living (01/08/10)
Margaret Spies of Merrill, who turns 100 years old Thursday, has packed a lot in her century of living, and her sharp mind recalls many of those experiences in vivid detail. She was born Jan. 14, 1910, in Custer County, Neb., the first child of Herman and Anna Pierce...
Christmas tree pickup begins Monday (01/08/10)
The City of Le Mars is planning to start its annual Christmas tree pickup Monday, weather permitting. "Depending on what happens this weekend, we'll start at 7 a.m. Monday and continue until we've covered the whole town," said Le Mars Public Works Superintendent Steve Hansen...
Council approves 2010-11 committee assignments (01/08/10)
The year's list of committee assignments for Le Mars Mayor Dick Kirchoff, Le Mars City Council members and city staff was approved Tuesday by members of the city council. Councilman Rex Knapp has been reappointed mayor pro-tem with committee appointments including:...
Lady Panthers struggle in first game of 2010 (01/08/10)
The Kingsley-Pierson girls basketball team got off to a rough start in its first game of 2010. "Offensively, we could not buy a bucket," said head coach Nicole Goodwin, whose squad fell 71-19 on the road at Woodbury Central Tuesday. "(The girls) made good choices with their shot selection, but we had layups go in and out."...
Wildcats edge Panthers 47-43 in non-WVC play (01/08/10)
The Kingsley-Pierson basketball team played much closer during Tuesday's game with rival Woodbury Central, but still could not get over the hump as it fell 47-43 in Moville. The Panthers led the majority of the contest before going cold at the free throw line in the waning minutes...
Enough already: Instant replay reviews getting out of hand (01/08/10)
Every Sunday night after the 10 o'clock news, the NBC affiliate in Des Moines features a special called 'Sports Sound-off,' which is an hour-long sports commentary program hosted by the station's sportscasters. One of the most popular segments, especially among my classmates during my high school days, is called "What's Bugging Andy?"...
Scott Schoenrock (01/08/10)
Scott Schoenrock, 47, of Sheldon, and formerly of Le Mars, died suddenly Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars. Scott James Schoenrock was born July 18, 1962, at Sioux City, the son of James and Marilyn (Calkin) Schoenrock. Scott was baptized at Faith Lutheran Church in Sioux City, and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church, rural Hinton. ...
Ninon Netley (01/08/10)
Ninon Netley, 86, of Akron, Iowa passed away Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010, at the Bickford Cottages Assisted Living in Sioux City. Funeral arrangements are pending with Carlsen Funeral Home, Schroeder Chapel of Akron. Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com...
Junior D. 'J.R.' Vaughn (01/08/10)
Junior D. "J.R." Vaughn, 74, of Sioux City, and formerly of Le Mars, died Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010, at a Sioux City hospital following a brief illness. Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel in Sioux City, with Chaplain Stacey Gerhart officiating. Graveside service will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Memorial Cemetery in Le Mars. A luncheon will follow at Lally's Restaurant in Le Mars...
How many times do we move that snowflake? (01/08/10)
We surrender. Winter, you win. We have put up a valiant effort, but your constant barrage of snow, wind and sub-zero cold have done us all in. We have put up the white flag of surrender, but we doubt you can see it, due to the height of the snow piles and the reduced visibility...
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