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Stories from Tuesday, June 15, 2010

ICON Ag breaks first ground along Key Avenue (06/15/10)
ICON Ag Solutions representatives shoveled the first dirt Monday at the site of its planned new corporate headquarters on Key Avenue at the southwest edge of Le Mars. Work is slated to start this month on the John Deere dealership's $2.5 million project, which will host the company's sales lot, service shop and administrative offices as soon as December...
Spring brings snakes: More sightings might not mean more reptiles (06/15/10)
Some local residents say more snakes are slithering through their yards than usual this year. But Victoria DeVos, Plymouth County naturalist, doesn't think there's an over abundance of snakes, nor has she heard that from other naturalists. "I can't tell you a specific factor that would cause more snakes to be out and about," DeVos said. "I haven't heard anything about a boom in the snake population across the state."...
Fishing Derby offers fun time for kids (06/15/10)
Hey kids! Grab your fishing pole and head out to the Le Mars Sportsman's Club Annual Fishing Derby Saturday at the Le Mars Municipal Park ponds. The fishing derby has become a regular event during Ice Cream Days in Le Mars and offers children 12 years of age or younger an opportunity to get some fishing fun...
Reuben to mix it up on stage at Friday concert (06/15/10)
Hip hop artist John Reuben will sing about life Friday at the Olson Cultural Event Center during Ice Cream Days activities. Reuben, who released his sixth album "Sex, Drugs and Self-Control" in December, said his artistic style is harder to describe than others...
Lady Jays rally to defeat Eagles (06/15/10)
By Bethany Kroeze Sports Editor The Lady Jays overcame a four-run first inning deficit to defeat Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 10-4 on the road in Cleghorn on Monday. The host Eagles plated four earned runs in the bottom of the first, but Gehlen got six innings of scoreless relief from sophomore Amber Timmins to collect the War Eagle Conference win...
Wiltgen in control as Jays top Eagles (06/15/10)
Gehlen eighth-grader Blake Wiltgen earned his third win of the season on Monday as the Jays defeated Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 6-1 in War Eagle Conference baseball action. "Blake Wiltgen was in control tonight," Gehlen coach Marty Kurth said. "He was around the plate all night long and worked ahead in the count tonight. That was the key to his strikeout count being a little higher than previous outings."...
Ruhland's HR helps Lady 'Dogs to 7-1 win (06/15/10)
Kirstie Ruhland belted a one-out solo home run to snap a tie in the fourth inning and the Le Mars softball team went on to defeat Spencer 7-1 in Lakes Conference softball action on Monday in Spencer. Ruhland also added a double and a single as she finished with three runs scored and three driven in...
'Dogs post 9-3 win at Spencer (06/15/10)
The Le Mars baseball team braved misty weather conditions to plate seven fifth-inning runs and go on to a 9-3 Lakes Conference win at Spencer on Monday. Judd Herzberg allowed a two-run home run in the first inning, but settled down over the final six innings as he struck out eight to pick up the complete-game win...
Top-ranked A-W tops SC West (06/15/10)
At the Le Mars Bulldog Classic tournament Friday, Akron-Westfield started the day with a 13-0 win over Sioux City West. The top-ranked (Class 1A) Lady Westerners used eight hits to plate the needed runs to shorten the game to just three innings. Monica Harvey was 2-for-3 to lead the hitting...
Keith E. Benton (06/15/10)
Keith E. Benton, 81, of Marcus, died Sunday morning, June 13, 2010, at the Heartland Care Center in Marcus, surrounded by his family. Keith Edward Benton was born on the family farm near Oto Dec. 15, 1928, the son of Edward H. and Bernice (Kimsey) Benton. ...
Anita R. Berkenpas (06/15/10)
Anita Rose Berkenpas, 92, of Le Mars, made her journey to God's heaven on Thursday, June 10, 2010, at the Good Samaritan Society-Le Mars, in Le Mars. Anita Rose Klave was born April 23, 1918, the daughter of Fred and Rose (Schmid) Klave in Union Township, Plymouth County. ...
Loretta C. O'Connell (06/15/10)
Loretta (Kettler) O'Connell, 92, of Le Mars, formerly of Sioux City, died Sunday, June 13, 2010, at Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars, following a brief illness. Arrangements are pending with the Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars.
Coming soon: higher health deductibles? (06/15/10)
Even though the economy is struggling to find its footing, there is one sector that continues to have healthy growth: health care costs. An Associated Press story yesterday cited a PricewaterhouseCoopers report on the cost of health care to businesses, and how much of that cost is passed along to employees in the form of higher costs -- either deductibles or co-payments...
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