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Stories from Wednesday, December 1, 2010

When Christmas was Christmas: Looking back at holidays past (12/01/10)
(Editor's note: This is the first in a weekly series of stories asking locals to remember what Christmas was like decades ago in the Le Mars area.) Art Meis, who turns 92 today, grew up in the age of farming with horses. As a kid in rural Oyens, he lived on a farm his grandpa bought in 1902. He later bought the land himself...
Teen suicide in Iowa: Real reality, real ways to help (12/01/10)
It's the second leading cause of death among Iowa youth ages 15-19. It claims the lives of two young people in Iowa each month on average. Suicide. According to a recent Iowa youth survey, more than 20 percent of the teens surveyed had considered suicide in the past year. And about 23 percent had made a plan to kill themselves or attempted it in the year before that...
Lighted parade is Saturday in Le Mars (12/01/10)
Get in the holiday spirit Saturday night with the 14th Annual Earl Utesch Children's Lighted Christmas Parade in Le Mars. Thousands of lights are being readied for floats that will travel through downtown Le Mars starting at 6 p.m. The parade starts on Central Avenue at Eighth Street South and travels north on Central Avenue, ending at Third Street Northwest...
Merrill sells old fire station (12/01/10)
The former Merrill Fire Station has been sold to a local man. Marty Hoffman, of Merrill, was the high bidder for the building at a Merrill City Council public hearing Monday. Hoffman bid $55,155 for the former home of the fire department. He beat out another bidder, who offered $20,000 for the building in downtown Merrill, according to Merrill Mayor Rich Husman...
A-W, K-P grapplers open season (12/01/10)
KINGSLEY -- The Akron-Westfield and Kingsley-Pierson wrestling teams each opened their seasons on Tuesday with a quadrangular meet in Kingsley that included Woodbury Central and Sioux City East. The host Panthers were 0-3 on the night while the Westerners finished 1-2...
Hinton matmen drop pair of duals (12/01/10)
SIOUX CITY--The Hinton wrestling team dropped a pair of dual matches as it opened the season on Tuesday at Sioux City West. The Wolverines downed the Blackhawks 53-27. Cole Mills won by fall in 1:27 at 112 and Taylor Schroeder won by fall in 4:32 at 130. Isaac Wodtke won a 7-4 decision at 145...
Western Valley Conference Volleyball (12/01/10)
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Westerners edge Hawks 41-40 (12/01/10)
AKRON--The Akron-Westfield boys basketball team gave new head coach Jon Harris a win in his first try on Tuesday in Akron. But it certainly couldn't have been any closer as the Westerners edged Remsen St. Mary's 41-40 in A-W's season opener. "It's always nice to start with a win," said Harris, a longtime A-W assistant who is the Westerners' third coach in three years. ...
A-W girls move to 2-0 with win over RSM (12/01/10)
AKRON--As the top returning scorer for the Akron-Westfield girls basketball team, junior Monica Harvey is going to get opportunities to put points on the board. Harvey took that role upon herself on Tuesday as she poured in a game-high 23 points as the Lady Westerners defeated visiting Remsen St. Mary's 44-33 in Remsen...
Bulldogs post 78-59 win over Monarchs (12/01/10)
DENISON--An 18-0 run spanning the third and fourth quarters powered the Le Mars Community boys basketball team past Denison-Schleswig by a 78-59 margin in Tuesday's season debut. "We'll take a win, especially when we drive the distance that we did," Le Mars head coach Dave Irwin said. "We played a pretty good team tonight."...
Panthers wow rival Wildcats with 58-57 win (12/01/10)
MOVILLE--This has been a long time in coming for the Kingsley-Pierson boys basketball team. The Panthers have taken their lumps with a combined record of 8-32 the last two years under head coach Adam Rapp. But on Tuesday in Moville, the Panthers defeated arch-rival Woodbury Central 58-57, carrying over the success they experienced in the football season and proving to themselves that they can finish off an opponent...
Rockets pound Eagles for 76-51 win Tuesday (12/01/10)
MARCUS--Steve Neuberger's squad made a strong statement as it began its second season playing in the War Eagle Conference. Remsen-Union cruised to an early 17-3 lead as it defeated Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 76-51 on Tuesday evening. "We really wanted to put forth a good effort defensively," said Neuberger, whose squad returns four starters from last year's 13-9 effort. "We came out real aggressive on the defensive end and tried to force (MMC) into tough shots...
Skamser optimistic despite Blackhawks' 72-59 loss to OA-BCIG (12/01/10)
HINTON--His Hinton boys basketball team may have dropped its opener 72-59 to OA/BC-IG, but head coach Phil Skamser is still optimistic as the Blackhawks look to improve on last year's 7-16 record. "We had signs of hope," Skamser said. "We're deeper and we have a lot more guys that can play, but we're still inexperienced. That definitely showed at times tonight, but I felt we took positive steps."...
Lady Bulldogs JV squad starts season with three wins (12/01/10)
The Le Mars Community junior varsity girls basketball team started its season with a 3-0 record last week. The Lady Bulldogs started the season with a 38-31 win at Unity Christian last Tuesday. "Unity came back and tied it in the fourth quarter at 31," said coach Gabe Davis, whose squad led 25-18 at the start of the final quarter. "They made some nice shots and we didn't shoot real well in the second half."...
Akron-Westfield Westerners Wrestling Preview (12/01/10)
Head coach: Mark Van Oort Conference: War Eagle 2009-10 dual meet record: 13-15 Key losses: Josh Taylor (state qualifier), Tyler Schneider (100 match winner) Returning letter-winners: Chet Utesch (130), Ethan Hecht (171), Adam Kroksh (119), Daniel Dirks (125), Cole Oltmans (135), Nick McGlaughlin (152), Taylor James (160), Chet Willer (189), Daniel Beitelspacher (171)...
Kingsley-Pierson Panthers Wrestling Preview (12/01/10)
Head coach: Jeremy Ascherl Conference: Western Valley 2009-10 dual meet record: 4-18, 2-8 Key losses: Todd Bottorff, Ross McNaughton Returning letterwinners: Clint Donaldson (112/119), Corey Becker (119/125), Joe Turner (130/135), Matt Steffen (140), John McNaughton (145), Cole Simons (171)...
Turnovers haunt R-U girls in loss at MMC (12/01/10)
MARCUS--Too many turnovers and fouls in the first half proved costly to the Remsen-Union girls basketball team as it dropped a 68-35 season opening contest at Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn on Tuesday. "The girls played a very good Marcus team tonight," R-U coach Robin Niles said. "We have a lot to work on, but some key steps have been made in improving their overall game."...
Lady Jays receive volleyball awards (12/01/10)
The Gehlen Catholic volleyball team celebrated a successful season in which the Lady Jays went 28-7 and advanced to the Class 1A state semifinal with an awards banquet on Tuesday evening at the school. In addition to the numerous honors the team received in All-Conference, All-District and All-State team selections, the Lady Jays also presented team-voted awards. ...
Gordon D. Phipps (12/01/10)
Gordon D. Phipps, 63, of Le Mars, died suddenly Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010, in Oil City, Pa., while visiting family. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. James Catholic Church inLe Mars. Monsignor R. Mark Duchaine will celebrate Mass. ...
Frances C. Grabe (12/01/10)
Frances C. Grabe, 85, of Kingsley, died early today (Wednesday), Dec. 1, 2010, at the Kingsley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral arrangements are pending at the Johnson-Earnest Funeral Home in Kingsley. Thoughts, stories and condolences may be directed to the family on the www.mauerjohnsonfh.com website...
Luis and Stephanie Castera (12/01/10)
Stephanie Bacan of Remsen and Luis Castera of San Juan, Puerto Rico, were united in marriage March 10, 2010, in a 4 p.m. ceremony at Parroquia San Jose in San Juan. The bride is the daughter of Tom and Bev Bacan of Remsen. The bridegroom is the son of Rodolphe and Carmen Castera of San Juan, Puerto Rico...
Rohmiller-Parkin (12/01/10)
Selvik-Rohe (12/01/10)
Bruce and Debbie Selvik of Waseca, Minn., and Thomas and Donna Rohe of Le Mars announce the engagement of their children, Amy Marie Selvik and Jason Thomas Rohe, both of Ames. The couple is planning a summer 2011 wedding in Waseca, Minn. The reception will be held in Owatonna, Minn...
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