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This one's for you, dad (06/14/10)
57JR. That's the number Jeremy Rhodes' demolition car will boast in the Remsen Derby Saturday. The letters "JR" don't stand for Jeremy Rhodes, the 2008 Gehlen Catholic Schools graduate says. It stands for "junior." And the number 57 is his dad's number...
GM arbitration extended for Total Sales and Service (06/14/10)
The deadline is getting pushed back for automaker GM to wrap up arbitration with hundreds of dealerships seeking to regain their GM franchise -- including Total Sales and Service in Le Mars. Scott Taylor, co-owner of the Le Mars dealership -- formerly Nuebel Chevrolet, said a lawyer told him arbitration will be extended one extra month...
Fire crews stop blaze near rural church (06/14/10)
A caller on Saturday reporting smoke coming out of vents brought the Merrill and Hinton Fire Departments to fight a fire at the parsonage near the church in Adaville, which is west of Merrill on C-38. No one was living in the parsonage and no one was injured in the blaze, according to Christopher Fischer, Merrill's assistant fire chief...
A look at the 2010 Ice Cream Days schedule (06/14/10)
Here's a look at the sweet events planned this week for Ice Cream Days in Le Mars. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16 1-5 p.m. The Arts Center 200 Central Avenue SE - "Artistic Flavors of a Textile Kind" Area textile student's and professional's exhibit; children's Ice Cream Days logo entries for 2010; past winning logos; top photos from "Why I Love Le Mars" photo entries...
St. Joseph Church tour is Ice Cream Days activity (06/14/10)
A tour of St Joseph Catholic Church brings a historic aspect to the 2010 Ice Cream Days celebration in Le Mars. The tour at 3 p.m. Friday will offer visitors a look at the historic landmark at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Plymouth Street Northeast, built in 1885...
Big bats lift Lady 'Dogs past No. 9 SB-L (06/14/10)
Kirstie Ruhland ripped a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning as Le Mars defeated ninth-rated (Class 3A) Sergeant Bluff-Luton 7-4 at the Bulldog Classic on Friday afternoon in Le Mars. The win marks the second-straight for the Lady Bulldogs over the Warriors in the tournament. Last summer, Le Mars rallied with a three-run sixth inning to defeat SB-L, ranked sixth at the time, 6-4 in the tournament...
Bainbridge pitches K-P past Hinton 5-1 (06/14/10)
The Kingsley-Pierson baseball team defeated Hinton 5-1 on Friday in non-conference baseball action at home. Brandon Bainbridge tossed a complete-game four-hitter to earn the win. He struck out four and did not allow an earned run. Todd Bottorff had two hits, including a double, and drove in two runs. Joe Mason also had a double among his two hits while driving in one and scoring one...
SOS's Brasser shuts down Jays 8-3 (06/14/10)
This time, the Gehlen baseball team did not have enough to come back. The Jays, who have made a habit of late-game rallies, lost an 8-3 decision to South O'Brien in War Eagle Conference action in Paullina on Friday. The contest was originally slated to be played at Riverview Complex, but was moved to SOS because of field conditions. The teams' second WEC meeting on Monday, July 5, will be played in Le Mars...
Bulldogs surrender early lead Lakes loss (06/14/10)
The good news for Le Mars baseball coach Trent Eckstaine is that the Bulldogs' bats came alive on Friday. The problem was the 'Dogs spotted visiting Spirit Lake a 12-run first inning and fell short by a 17-12 margin in Lakes Conference action. "It was a terrible first inning, but there were some positives that came out of it, believe it or not," Eckstaine said. ...
Westerners dish Hawks first WEC loss (06/14/10)
The Akron-Westfield boys baseball team handed War Eagle Conference leader Remsen St. Mary's its first WEC loss of the season as the Westerners claimed an 11-7 win on Friday in Remsen. "It was very big," A-W coach Gordy Johnson said. "We got out of there with a win. They're a very good team."...
Lady Dogs win Flagfest Tourney (06/14/10)
The travelling seventh grade Le Mars Lady Dogs Softball team took first place at the Flagfest tournament in Spencer this weekend. Front row (left to right): Jayme Kelly, Emily Ahlers, Ellie Meade, Janessa Milbrodt and Jill Kessenich. Back row: Coach Steve VanOtterloo, Jessica VanOtterloo, Cynthia Galles, Kassidy Renken, Kayla Klein, Kenzie Thiesen, Coach Jon Milbrodt. ...
Lady Rockets fall 4-3 in bottom of ninth (06/14/10)
If a loss can boost a team's confidence, Friday's 4-3, nine-inning loss at Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn certainly gave Remsen-Union a needed lift. "I hope this is a turning point for my girls," R-U coach Heather Youde said. "They played really well together."...
R-U snaps four-game skid with 3-1 win at MMC (06/14/10)
The Remsen-Union baseball team snapped its four-game losing streak with a 3-1 win at Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn on Friday in War Eagle Conference baseball action. The Rockets had just three hits, but took advantage of 10 Eagles walks to claim the win. Jake Scheitler pitched a complete game two-hitter as he struck out seven and allowed one earned run. He also had a hit and scored a run for R-U...
Optimist Club of Le Mars Junior Golf Tournament (06/14/10)
(Photo contributed) The Optimist Club of Le Mars hosted a Junior Golf Tournament on Thursday, June 10, at Willow Creek Golf Course in Le Mars. The participants are pictured above (left to right): Shawn Vanderweide, Michael Brandenberg, Mollie Nemmers...
Fred J. Ludwigs (06/14/10)
Fred J. Ludwigs, of Stanton, died Saturday, June 12, 2010, at Hillcrest Country Estates in Papillion, Nebraska at the age of 89 years, 7 months and 26 days. Fred Janssen Ludwigs, the son of William and Clara (Brabander) Ludwigs was born October 17, 1920 in Chatsworth. Fred was raised in Chatsworth where he attended school...
Anita Berkenpas (06/14/10)
Anita Rose Berkenpas, 92, of Le Mars, made her journey to God's heaven on Thursday, June 10, 2010, at the Good Samaritan Village in Le Mars. The Mauer - Johnson Funeral Home of Le Mars is assisting Anita's family with funeral arrangements. Stories, memoires and expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com...
Keith E. Benton (06/14/10)
Keith E. Benton, 81, of Marcus, died Sunday morning, June 13, 2010, at the Heartland Care Center in Marcus. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Grace United Methodist Church in Marcus, with the Rev. Gary McDonough officiating. Interment will be in Oto...
Marv and Shiryl Reuter (06/14/10)
Marv and Shiryl Reuter of Hospers will celebrate 50 years of marriage Saturday, June 19, 2010, at Hospers St. Anthony's Catholic Church with a 5 p.m. Mass. Mass will be followed by an open house at 6 p.m. at the Hospers Community Center. Please let your presence be your gift...
Climbing back out (06/14/10)
When the financial meltdown occurred in October of 2008, many didn't know what to think. Were we headed for a recession? A depression? A global recession or depression? As we have learned in the nearly two years since, we have been through the wringer. While economists debate whether a recovery is underway (which we hope is the case) or if the recent slow and sporadic growth is leading up to a double dip recession, the rest of us have simply been making our way, the best that we can...
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