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Stories from Monday, January 17, 2011

Council to weigh Wells' requests in exchange for land (01/17/11)
The Le Mars City Council will consider at the noon Tuesday meeting whether a list of about a dozen requests from Wells' Dairy is worth an exchange for a donation of 10 acres to build the city's new public works building. The City of Le Mars would like Wells' Dairy to donate 10 acres in the southwest quadrant of 18th Street South and Sixth Avenue West...
Dull still a Hawkeye at 100 (01/17/11)
A University of Iowa basketball schedule is posted on the cupboard. The bed's comforter is made of Hawkeye material, as is the blanket tucked around the woman's legs. Is it a college student's dorm room? No. It's Agnes Dull's apartment at Park Place Estates assisted living complex, and today (Monday) marks the 100th birthday of the avid Hawkeye fan...
Legislative cuts could trim back tobacco cessation efforts (01/17/11)
Legislators may decide as soon as Wednesday whether to cut several million dollars from programs that help people quit using tobacco. Programs including Quitline Iowa and JEL (Just Eliminate Lies) could see a total of $2.4 million cut from their budgets this fiscal year and $6.7 million the next two years...
Quilt honors Betty Sitzmann memory with scholarship (01/17/11)
A family's love and a quilt will help a Gehlen Catholic family with tuition. For the seventh year in a row, the family of the late Betty Sitzmann is raffling off a quilt with proceeds to assist a deserving Gehlen Catholic family with their expenses...
Free meal Wednesday at Rejoice! church (01/17/11)
Rejoice! Community Church is hosting The Banquet -- its first free meal open to the whole community -- from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Food is served from 6-7 p.m. All who come will go home with a free bag of grocery items. No deliveries will be made but people can call 548-4430 if they want a ride...
Nor-Am employers recognized for support of Guard, Reserve (01/17/11)
Retired military colonel Jack Guenthner presented the Patriotic Employer Award to Greg Brandt and Dan Casey on Friday at Nor-Am Cold Storage. Andrew Schultze, 23, is a Nor-Am employee currently serving as an Air Force Staff Sergeant in Afghanistan, and he nominated the two for the award...
Comedy Night raises money for Mid-Sioux Opportunity (01/17/11)
Who says raising money can't be fun? People attending the Mid-Sioux Opportunity Comedy Night fundraiser can be prepared to laugh their heads off. Comedian Sam Fedele will regale the crowd after a social hour and dinner Saturday, March 12, at the Avalon Ballroom in Remsen...
'Dogs top West for fifth straight win (01/17/11)
LE MARS -- It took more than a month, but the Le Mars boys basketball team finally got its win over Sioux City West. The 'Dogs earned an 86-42 win over the visiting Wolverines on Monday at Carey Gym in a contest originally scheduled for December 11...
Lady 'Dogs rally to defeat Wolverines 57-52 (01/17/11)
LE MARS -- Eventually, Judd Kopperud would like his Le Mars girls basketball team not to have to come from behind to win a game it once led by double digits. That will have to wait for another day. On Monday, the Lady Bulldogs squandered an 11-point lead, found themselves down by four points with three minutes to play, then battled back to earn a 57-52 win over Sioux City West in a non-conference contest at Carey Gym...
Le Mars JV hammers West 70-40 (01/17/11)
LE MARS -- The Le Mars Community JV boys basketball team cruised to a 35-17 halftime advantage en route to a 70-40 win over Sioux City West on Monday. "Tonight we played really hard on offense, defense and in transition," coach Benji Kasel said. "We had balanced scoring and everyone contributed. It was a nice performance by all these young men."...
Gehlen JV edges R-U (01/17/11)
LE MARS -- The Gehlen Catholic JV team picked up a 27-26 win over Remsen-Union on Friday in Le Mars. "It was the third game in a row that came down to the last possession for the girls and they finally finished the right way and collected the win," coach Joe Loutsch said...
Bulldog bowlers win at West Sioux (01/17/11)
HAWARDEN -- The Le Mars bowling teams picked up a pair of wins on Monday afternoon at West Sioux. Cody Wurth rolled a high series of 382 to lead the boys team, which defeated West Sioux 2,518 pins to 2,095. Mason Prieksat had games of 179 and 188 to total 367, Ryan Kuiken totaled 341 pins (175-166) and Andy Heffner turned in games of 174 and 146 for a 320 series. Zachary Perrin had a 287 (134-153) and Nick Rolfes bowled a 239 series...
Westerners claim 67-53 War Eagle win over Blackhawks Friday (01/17/11)
AKRON -- The Akron-Westfield boys basketball team rolled to a 67-53 win over visiting Hinton on Friday in War Eagle Conference basketball action in Akron. Connor Heyl drained four first-half 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 21 points while Michael Harris added a pair of 3-pointers and finished with eight points in the win, the second in a row for the Westerners...
OA-BCIG rallies to defeat K-P 65-58 (01/17/11)
KINGSLEY -- The Kingsley-Pierson boys basketball team dropped its second Western Valley Conference decision in as many nights on Friday as the Panthers fell 65-58 to visiting Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove in Kingsley. K-P (8-3, 5-2) dropped a 67-64 decision in overtime at Lawton-Bronson on Thursday...
RSM boys drop pair (01/17/11)
HARTLEY -- The Remsen St. Mary's boys basketball team dropped its third straight contest on Friday night as Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn collected a 57-39 War Eagle Conference win over the visiting Hawks. Beau Pick led RSM with 14 points and Tyler Delperdang chipped in with nine...
Florence Heidesch (01/17/11)
Florence Margaret Heidesch, 96, of Remsen, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars. Florence was born Nov. 1, 1914, at rural Howard, S.D., the daughter of Philip and Katie (Tessman ) Calmus. She was raised in the Howard area. She graduated from Howard High School in 1934...
Arthur Meis (01/17/11)
Arthur Meis, 92, of Le Mars, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars. Art was born Dec. 1, 1918, at rural Le Mars, the son of Henry and Anna (Wagner) Meis. He was raised and educated in the Le Mars area and received his education in the rural school system. He then assisted his father in farming...
Blame it on gas (01/17/11)
At the end of last week, the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan preliminary index of consumer sentiment (more commonly referred to as the Consumer Confidence Index or CCI) slipped to 72.7, when economists had predicted it would rise. The index averaged 89 in the five years leading up to the recession that began in December 2007...
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