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Stories from Thursday, June 17, 2010

LCS board, superintendent ink new 3-year contract (06/17/10)
A new three-year contract was approved for Le Mars Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Todd Wendt by the school board at its Monday meeting. The contract calls for a salary of $123,517 for July 10, 2010, through June 30, 2011. That amount, according to Board President Patrick Murphy, is the same salary Wendt has received the last three years, starting in July 2007, the last time a new three-year contract was signed...
Tri-State Cruisers wheel into town for Ice Cream Days (06/17/10)
Growling motors broke through the din of voices. Shining chrome drew the eyes of the curious. Steaming taverns and Bob's dogs filled empty stomachs. That was the atmosphere at the Tri-State Cruisers event that drew an estimated 300 vehicles to Bob's Drive Inn Wednesday...
Mountain lion visit possible, unlikely in Merrill (06/17/10)
A reported sighting of a mountain lion is likely a case of mistaken animal identity. That's according to Chad Morrow, an Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) conservation officer. A caller reported a possible mountain sighting in Merrill to the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office Wednesday...
Stormwater rate hike passes first approval (06/17/10)
A hike in stormwater drainage fees, receiving first approval this week by the Le Mars City Council, will go toward improving the drainage system, according to city staff. The council preliminary approved a $2 increase in stormwater fees for residents and a $5 increase for non-residential users...
Arts Center, Museum host Ice Cream Days events (06/17/10)
Visitors to Ice Cream Days Thursday-Saturday may add visual and historical perspectives with trips to the Le Mars Arts Center and Plymouth County Historical Museum. The Arts Center is hosting an exhibit "Artistic Flavors of a Textile Kind" in June. Local college students Melissa Brandenburg and Jon Weiland are displaying several outfits the two made for classes at the University of Northern Iowa and which were modeled at the end of the year show...
Cyclist says you might have the Tour de Plymouth in you (06/17/10)
"Don't sell yourself short." Those are words from Bob Culler, a cyclist from Kingsley who plans to ride in the Tour de Plymouth Bike Ride Saturday morning. People might shy away from the 20-mile and 50-mile rides around Plymouth County because the distance sounds intimidating, he noted...
Dan Wardell makes stop in Le Mars next week (06/17/10)
Iowa Public Television Kids Clubhouse Host Dan Wardell will visit Le Mars Public Library Monday. Le Mars is one of 63 Iowa libraries Wardell will visit for storytime throughout the summer as part of the IPTV network's fourth annual summer Reading Road Trip...
Updating of city's 2005 comprehension plan to begin (06/17/10)
Le Mars city officials were authorized Tuesday to proceed with a proposal request for selection of a planning consultant for the city's update of its 2005 Comprehensive Plan. A community focus group currently has a community survey online for collection of "feelings and beliefs" of local residents with a June 30 deadline for completion of the survey...
Banks belts two HRs as A-W downs Gehlen 13-1 (06/17/10)
Wednesday night at the River View Complex turned into the Cale Banks show as the Akron-Westfield junior belted two home runs and the Westerners routed Gehlen Catholic 13-1 in War Eagle Conference baseball action. "He had a good night defensively, too," A-W coach Gordy Johnson said. "He turned a double play by himself and made a couple of other nice plays."...
Lady Bulldogs pelt Braves 9-2 (06/17/10)
Le Mars used 11 hits and six Cherokee errors to collect a 9-2 Lakes Conference win on Wednesday evening. Jordan Heidebrink tossed a three-hitter with six strikeouts as the Lady Bulldogs surrendered two unearned runs in the top of the seventh to erase the shutout...
Hawks rip Knights 14-1 in five for second time this season (06/17/10)
There was no letdown. Remsen St. Mary's baseball coach Jim Klein was concerned how his team would fare against Unity Christian as the Hawks embarked on the second half of their War Eagle Conference season. He was probably concerned for nothing as the second meeting ended up a lot like the first as the Hawks downed the Knights by the same 14-1 score in five innings...
Cherokee's Ege tosses no-hitter in 14-1 win over Le Mars (06/17/10)
The Le Mars baseball team could not solve University of Louisville-bound Cody Ege as the Cherokee southpaw no-hit the Bulldogs in a 14-1, five-inning contest on Wednesday in Le Mars. "He had plenty of run support so he could just pin his ears back and go after it," Le Mars coach Trent Eckstaine said. "We hit the ball, we just couldn't find any holes...
Blackhawks snap five-game skid (06/17/10)
The Hinton baseball team snapped its five-game losing streak with a 13-3, five-inning win at West Sioux on Wednesday in War Eagle Conference baseball action. Morgan Wenzel picked up the win with three innings of relief. He allowed an unearned run on two hits while fanning five...
No. 9 SB-L shuts out R-U 15-0 (06/17/10)
A night after registering its first win of the season, Remsen-Union fell victim to Class 3A No. 9 Sergeant Bluff-Luton. The Lady Rockets dropped a 15-0, five-inning loss to the visiting Warriors in War Eagle Conference play Wednesday evening in Remsen...
Hinton's Miller fans 16 in loss to West Sioux (06/17/10)
Shawnee Miller struck out a career-high and single-game school record 16 batters, but it wasn't enough as the Hinton softball team lost 2-1 at West Sioux on Wednesday in War Eagle Conference softball action. "Shawnee pitched a great game," Hinton coach Phil Skamser said. "We just didn't put the ball in play and make them have to make the hard outs. It's very disappointing."...
Panthers fall to Rebels (06/17/10)
The Kingsley-Pierson baseball team fell 14-6 to Westwood in Western Valley Conference baseball action on Wednesday in Kingsley. Ryan Mercer allowed just four earned runs, but he gave up 12 hits while fanning three to pick up the loss. Tate Rohde was 2-for-2 with a double and two runs scored to lead the Panthers. Tyler Sudbeck added a double among his three hits while scoring twice and driving in two. Travis Neumann doubled and drove in a run while Colin Henrich singled and drove home a run...
Top-ranked Lady Westerners claim 8-1 WEC win over Lady Jays (06/17/10)
Top-ranked Akron-Westfield kept its record unblemished with an 8-1 War Eagle Conference win over Gehlen Catholic Wednesday evening in Le Mars. "I definitely didn't feel like it was a bad game," said Gehlen head coach Patty Hatting, whose squad dropped a 5-1 decision to the Lady Westerners in the season opener in May. "We just didn't quite have enough when we came up to bat."...
Loretta C. O'Connell (06/17/10)
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. Loretta Catherine Kettler was born July 17, 1917, in Lismore, Minn., the daughter of Leo J. and Ann (Hastert) Kettler. As a young girl, she moved with her family to Alton and then to Le Mars, where she graduated from Le Mars Central High School...
Life lessons from the 'Chief' (06/17/10)
Sunday is Father's Day, a time to thank the primary male role model in your life, your father. Earlier this year, I wrote a column about the importance of mothers in our society. Mothers are important, but fathers are essential as well. Your parents need to be effective role models so you can learn a healthy appreciation for the importance of both genders...
Money talking in conference changes (06/17/10)
College athletics are a big business. Anyone who would argue otherwise needs simply to pick up a newspaper and read about the possible (some would say probable) disintegration of the Big 12 Conference. Two members of the conference, Colorado and Nebraska, have already accepted offers to join other conferences. Colorado will join the Pac-10 in 2012, Nebraska will join the Big 10 in 2011. Nebraska had been a member of the 14-year-old Big 12 and its predecessor, the Big 8 for a total of 100 years...
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