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Stories from Friday, December 10, 2010

Income, poverty rates look brighter for Plymouth County (12/10/10)
While statewide and national poverty numbers were up and average household income numbers down in a recent U.S. Census report for 2009, Plymouth County bucked the trend. Average household income in the county rose by more than $4,000 from 2008 to 2009 according to the report...
Bethlehem Revisited comes to life Sunday (12/10/10)
Members of St. John Lutheran Church in Le Mars are busy preparing Bethlehem for visitors. The shops are filled with "merchandise" and places are ready for the animals take up residence for an afternoon. The church is hosting Bethlehem Revisited from noon to 6 p.m. this Sunday, Dec. 12...
Rural Kingsley fire claims house (12/10/10)
A blaze completely destroyed a rural Kingsley home Wednesday, but no one was injured. Owners Francis and Linda Hamman were both in the house at 39697 C-70 and noticed a little smoke and were able to escape, according to Rick Bohle, a member of the Kingsley Fire Department...
Shelter seeks homes for free farm cats (12/10/10)
Looking for a cat for the farm? A Sioux City shelter is offering free spayed or neutered cats with up-to-date vaccines to good farm homes. Siouxland Paw Prints Rescue is working to move an outdoor colony of about 20 cats in Sioux City to farms around the area...
Citizen, business of the year nominations due soon (12/10/10)
Nominations for Le Mars' Business of the Year and Citizen of the year are being accepted until 5 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 15. They can be turned in to the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce office. The award presentation will take place at the Chamber Annual Dinner on January 29, 2010, at the Le Mars Convention Center, upper level...
Holiday happenings this weekend (12/10/10)
The second weekend in December offers a number of Christmas holiday activities for young and old. Check out these events this weekend: Saturday, Dec. 11 Sunday, Dec. 12 40th annual Akron Community Christmas program, 4 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Akron. Features music by area churches, Reader's Theater "A Christmas Cup of Tea" by Akron Ministerial Assn., and singing of Christmas carols. Refreshments served...
Fire damages Le Mars home (12/10/10)
A blaze in a Le Mars home was put out Thursday but the house still sustained damages, according to Le Mars Fire-Rescue Chief Dave Schipper. A fire was noticed at the home of Ron and Mary Morris, at 309 Fifth St. N.W., at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday. The Le Mars Fire-Rescue squad was on the scene shortly after to battle the blaze and remained on-site for about 1 1/2 hours...
Russel D. Daniel (12/10/10)
Raymond N. Barthole (12/10/10)
Raymond N. Barthole, 93, of Deer Park, Wash., died Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010. Raymond was born Feb. 20, 1917, in Remsen, the son of James and Marianna Barthole. Raymond served in the U.S. Navy and was also a postal carrier and retired as a federal meat inspector...
Elizabeth 'Betty' Frank (12/10/10)
Elizabeth A. "Betty" Frank, 84, of Correctionville, and formerly of Kingsley and Remsen, died suddenly Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010, at the Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City. Elizabeth Ann Frank was born Oct. 28, 1926, in Hutchinson, Kan., one of three children born to Paul and Elizabeth Weiss. She attended school at Hutchinson High School...
Helen R. Jaros (12/10/10)
Helen R. (Schulz) Jaros, 82, of Sioux City, and a Merrill area native, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Chapel of the Resurrection, Holy Spirit Retirement Home in Sioux City. The Rev. Dennis Meinen will officiate. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Sioux City. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Friday), with a vigil service at 7 p.m., at Larkin Chapel, Christy-Smith Funeral Home in Sioux City...
Raymond Todd (12/10/10)
Raymond "Ray" Todd, 80, of Kingsley, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, at a Sioux City hospital. Arrangements are pending with Rohde Funeral Home in Kingsley.
Lobbying yes, rebates no (12/10/10)
"You roll the dice and you deal with it." That's how Sgt. JT Sanborn from the last year's best picture, "The Hurt Locker" described the missions he went on to defuse improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Iraq. Everything in life involves risk. Defusing bombs is a much riskier behavior than crossing the street, but doing either could get you killed. But if you play the odds, crossing the street is a much lower risk that defusing bombs...
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