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Stories from Friday, January 15, 2010

Iowa students must give CPR to graduate (01/15/10)
Freshmen at Le Mars Community High School are learning how to save lives -- skills students across the state are now required to master to graduate. That mandate was handed down last year by the Iowa Legislature as part of the Healthy Kids Act. The requirement is effective for the graduating class of 2012...
Grade school students discover culture through music (01/15/10)
Thursday, Le Mars Community Schools elementary students listened to Lauren Pelon, of Red Wing, Minn., as she played a variety of musical sounds from many countries and cultures. Pelon's collection ranges from the ancient bone flute, gemshorn and lyre to a modern electric wind instrument and vocal processor...
Internet outage hangs on, some hope for Friday solution (01/15/10)
A Le Mars Communications Internet outage affecting all the company's wireless Internet customers started Tuesday and has continued through Friday. Tony Mau, of Le Mars Communications, said the cause for the outage has not yet been discovered as of Friday morning...
Le Mars receives $5,000 advertising boost (01/15/10)
The City of Le Mars was awarded $5,000 for advertising the recreation trail, banquet facilities and the new nine holes of the Willow Creek Golf Course. The announcement came Thursday from the Vision Iowa Board, which awards $100,000 each year in Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) dollars for marketing...
L.E.E.P. fundraiser nets $4,100 for LCS (01/15/10)
Calling its first fundraiser a success, Gayle Vonk, president of Le Mars Education Enhancement Project (L.E.E.P.) presented Le Mars Community Schools with a check for $4,166. The school board accepted the check at its Monday meeting. The academic booster club was organized in 2009 with a mission "To enhance the value and meaning of education for our students, families and communities."...
Supervisors consider fair, museum requests (01/15/10)
Plymouth County Historical Museum and county fair board officials presented their budget requests for 2010-11 to the board of supervisors Tuesday. Both officials kept their asking amounts the same as those requested for the current 2009-10 fiscal year...
Panthers break into win column (01/15/10)
The monkey is finally off the collective back of the Kingsley-Pierson boys basketball team. The Panthers got off to a quick start and managed to hold off visiting Ridgeview 67-61 on Thursday for their first win of the season. "Tonight was fun - we came out and started hitting our shots and played our game," second-year head coach Adam Rapp said. "It's a step in the right direction for us and we're starting to get over that hill."...
Lady Panthers drop WVC matchup to Ridgeview (01/15/10)
The Kingsley-Pierson girls basketball team may have dropped their 10th straight game on Thursday, but Nicole Goodwin continues to see improvements from her young squad. "Our scoring was better," said Goodwin, whose squad dropped a 55-27 Western Valley Conference decision to Ridgeview. "We had eight girls that scored - that's an improvement. We have people looking to score more than they have been."...
Lady 'Dogs fall to No. 10 Tornadoes (01/15/10)
The Lady Bulldogs struggled to find an answer for the 10th-rated (Class 3A) Tornadoes in a 62-41 Lakes Conference loss at Storm Lake Thursday. Le Mars kept pace with its hosts early before Morgan VanDerSloot scored three straight baskets, including a pair of treys, in the middle of the second quarter as Storm Lake opened up a 21-13 lead...
Free throws lift 'Dogs past Tornadoes (01/15/10)
The Bulldogs connected on 9-of-11 free throw attempts, including a 4-for-4 mark in the final 23 seconds, as they defeated the Tornadoes 61-57 in Lakes Conference action on the road in Storm Lake Thursday. Mike Ahlers and Sam Van Wettering hit the final four foul shots to lift the 'Dogs to their second straight win...
Westerners drop duals to ranked teams (01/15/10)
The Akron-Westfield wrestling team wrapped up a tough week with a pair of double-dual meet losses to Class 1A No. 6 Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn and Class 2A No. 10 Sergeant Bluff-Luton on Tuesday. "I felt like we were ill-prepared and didn't fight like we needed to," A-W coach Mark Van Oort said. "The three weeks off from Mother Nature didn't help, but we came out and battled."...
Cora Jans (01/15/10)
Cora (Ross) Jans, 87, of Hawarden, and formerly of Akron, died Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010, at Hillcrest Health Care in Hawarden. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Westfield Congregational United Church of Christ in Westfield. Pastor Barb Ross will officiate. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery in Akron. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. today (Friday) with the family present from 5-7 p.m., all at Carlsen Funeral Home -- Schroeder Chapel in Akron...
Citizen input vital to budget process (01/15/10)
With new City Council members and County Supervisors assuming their posts across the country this month, it is timely to encourage citizens to become an active participant in the local government process. For cities and counties across America, effectively dealing with the #1 problem area - long-term financial issues - is never easy...
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