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Stories from Friday, January 21, 2011

Local schools prepare for USDA school meal proposal (01/21/11)
It's out with the fries and in with the fruits under a new United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposal. The USDA last week suggested new regulations for school lunches subsidized by the federal government. Limiting calorie intake levels, reducing the amount of sodium and fat in foods, and increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables served are a few of the goals of the proposal...
La Leche League promotes breastfeeding, parenting in Le Mars (01/21/11)
Mary Albrecht still gets teary-eyed when she remembers the way a La Leche League (LLL) leader was there for her as a young mother -- and she's doing her best to bring that LLL support to Le Mars, too. Albrecht, now a Le Mars resident, mother of four and Le Mars LLL leader, recalls a Sunday afternoon when she lived in Ohio more than seven years ago. She was having difficulties breastfeeding her second child, so she called her LLL leader, who gave her the phone number of a more experienced leader...
Public invited to large group speech contest Saturday (01/21/11)
Acting, miming, broadcasting the news and creating a skit on the spot -- local speech students will be doing all of these in front of judges in Le Mars this weekend. Le Mars Community Schools is hosting one of the state's 16 district large group speech contests Saturday...
Health coaching seminar offered at hospital (01/21/11)
Need a little help to to lose weight, get fit and achieve optimal health? That will be the subject of a motivation health coaching seminar Monday, Jan. 31, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars. Guest speaker will be David Bush, health coach and former Iowa Barnstormer...
K-P claims rivalry game from R-U (01/21/11)
KINGSLEY -- Like most young teams, the Kingsley-Pierson boys basketball squad can be prone to mental lapses that allow opponents to remain close. It is all part of the maturation process for coach Adam Rapp's team, which has just one senior. And on Thursday, the Panthers took a step forward in that process by rushing out to a 13-point first quarter lead, and the lead never dipped below seven the rest of the way in a 67-48 non-conference win over visiting Remsen-Union in Kingsley...
Lady Rockets tally first win of season (01/21/11)
KINGSLEY -- The Remsen-Union girls basketball team collected its first win of the season by besting former Western Valley Conference rival Kingsley-Pierson 62-46. Allison Schreiner posted her fourth double-double of the season as she poured in 16 points and pulled down 14 rebounds for the Lady Rockets (1-12). The junior, who is averaging 9.4 points and 10.5 rebounds per game, also grabbed six steals in the win...
G-LR clips Le Mars girls 61-52 (01/21/11)
GEORGE -- The Le Mars Community girls basketball team never gave up, but the Lady Bulldogs could not overcome an impressive perimeter attack that saw host George-Little Rock score eight 3-point baskets in the first half. The Lady Bulldogs rebounded from their 36-24 halftime deficit, cutting their deficit to six at one point in the fourth quarter, before falling 61-52 in the non-conference contest Thursday night in George...
Pick's shot lifts Le Mars JV past G-LR (01/21/11)
GEORGE -- Emily Pick drained a 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds remaining and the Le Mars Community JV girls team improved to 14-0 on the season with a 38-35 win at George-Little Rock Thursday. "Tonight was a night in which we had open shots and just missed them -- that happens," coach Gabe Davis said. "But they never gave up and kept battling. This was a great win."...
Harvey's 25 lift A-W past A-H (01/21/11)
ALCESTER, S.D. -- Akron-Westfield got 25 points from Monica Harvey as it tallied a 55-39 win on the road at Alcester-Hudson on Thursday. "We don't see them much," A-W coach Kent Johnson said of the South Dakota opponent. "We didn't know much about them, but we played aggressive defense and we shot better tonight...
A-W tallies win at Alcester-Hudson (01/21/11)
ALCESTER, S.D. -- The Akron-Westfield boys basketball team got back into the winning column with a 55-38 non-conference win over Alcester-Hudson on Thursday in Alcester, S.D. "We played pretty decent, not great, but at stretches, we were," A-W coach Jon Harris said. "Everybody got to play, so that was also a positive."...
Le Mars' Strub inks with Mustangs (01/21/11)
On Thursday morning, Le Mars Community senior Paxton Strub signed a letter of intent to continue his basketball career at Morningside College in Sioux City next year. The 6-foot-7 senior center is averaging 16.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game for the Bulldogs, who are 10-2 on the season...
Marcella Beckmann (01/21/11)
Marcella Beckmann, 92, of Le Mars, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, at Happy Siesta Health Care Center in Remsen. Funeral arrangements are with the Carlsen Funeral Home of le Mars. Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com...
Marleen 'Bobbie' Mentzer (01/21/11)
Marleen "Bobbie" Mentzer, 90, of Le Mars, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, at Homeward Hospice, Israel Family House in Ames. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars with the Rev. Tim Geitz officiating. Interment will be at Memorial Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation with the family present will be Monday, at the Carlsen Funeral Home from 9:30 a.m. until service time...
Will we ever be 'free at last?' (01/21/11)
Monday we observed the holiday commemorating the birth of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the civil rights leader that was assassinated in 1968. King was an advocate of non-violent protests to achieve results in civil rights. His "I Have A Dream" speech, delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28, 1963, is perhaps one of the most eloquent speeches delivered on the issue of racial equality...
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