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Stories from Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Farmland breaks county record (02/08/11)
A land sale in rural Le Mars broke the record for Plymouth County farmland prices. On Friday, 80 acres southeast of Le Mars sold for $10,000 an acre. Auctioneer Bruce Brock said he thought the land might go for a high price. "That's the way land has been going," he said. "It's a very nice piece of farmland."...
The reasons behind Phase II: LCS staff speak (02/08/11)
Construction is slated to begin this spring for a $9.4 million project at Le Mars Community Schools. And teachers and staff say the addition is well-needed. The Phase II LCS construction project would add a competition size gymnasium and lobby, a new band room, an expanded art room and studio, new locker rooms, and an addition to the kitchen facilities...
Council approves raises for city bargaining employees (02/08/11)
On a 3-2 vote, the Le Mars City Council approved a new three-year contract for city bargaining employees that includes raises each year, partially offset by higher employee contributions for health insurance. The contract will be effective July 1, 2011...
Merrill readies to sell Kissinger school surplus items (02/08/11)
Old desks, chairs, televisions, chalkboards and overhead projectors from the former Kissinger Elementary School in Merrill will be for sale. The Merrill City Council declared dozens of items from the former school as surplus as a way to prepare the building for city functions...
Panthers get past Jays 61-51 (02/08/11)
KINGSLEY -- It takes quite a defensive effort to slow down the offense of the Kingsley-Pierson boys basketball team. Yet for three quarters, the Gehlen Catholic team did just that, only to see the Panthers pull away from the free throw line for a 61-51 non-conference win on Monday in Kingsley...
Rockets fall to former WVC rival Wildcats (02/08/11)
REMSEN -- Remsen-Union likes to shoot from the perimeter. The Rockets made 97 3-point baskets on the season prior to Monday's game against Woodbury Central. But Monday was not R-U's night beyond the arc and that translated into a 67-52 loss to former Western Valley Conference rival Woodbury Central...
Lady Jays pull away from Lady Panthers for 52-34 win (02/08/11)
KINGSLEY -- The Gehlen Catholic girls basketball team pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 52-34 win over Kingsley-Pierson on Monday in Kingsley. The Lady Panthers were within seven points after three quarters, but a strong fourth quarter helped the Lady Jays improve to 14-5 on the season...
Gehlen JV boys split pair of weekend games (02/08/11)
LE MARS -- Colton Kneip gave the Gehlen Catholic JV team its only lead of the game with four seconds to play and that was the only lead that mattered as the Jays edged Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 28-27 on Friday. The Jays trailed 13-3 after the opening quarter and continued to trail at the intermission...
Lady Rockets drop WEC game to Wolverines (02/08/11)
REMSEN -- Remsen-Union dropped a War Eagle Conference contest by a 56-47 decision to South O'Brien on Friday. Rachel West scored 19 points, including four 3-pointers, to lead the Lady Rockets. Hailey Loutsch chipped in with 14. Brittany Sudtelgte pulled down 13 rebounds and blocked seven shots while Allison Schreiner grabbed 11 rebounds for R-U, which lost to Woodbury Central 68-52 in non-conference action Monday night in Remsen. Statistics were not available at press time...
Le Mars bowlers roll past Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn (02/08/11)
MARCUS -- The Le Mars boys and girls bowling teams defeated Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn on Monday afternoon in Marcus. The boys team totaled 2,488 pins to defeat the Eagles, who had 2,121 pins in the match. Nick Rolfes led all bowlers with a 362 series that included the high game of 219...
Blackhawks defeat Hawks 73-42 (02/08/11)
HINTON -- The Hinton Blackhawks collected their second War Eagle Conference win of the season by defeating Remsen St. Mary's 73-42 on Friday. Jason Vander Kooi scored 19 points to lead the Blackhawks while Seth Butler chipped in with 14 and Craig Brown scored 10...
Heyl's 20 lift A-W past HMS Friday (02/08/11)
AKRON -- Connor Heyl scored 20 points as the Akron-Westfield boys basketball team defeated visiting Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 69-52 on Friday in a War Eagle Conference basketball game in Akron. "It was a nice ball game," A-W coach Jon Harris said. "It was nice to get another conference win."...
Seventh grade Lady Bulldogs qualify for state (02/08/11)
The seventh grade Le Mars Lady Bulldogs AAU volleyball team will play in the State Gold Tournament in Ankeny on March 26. The girls played in the Gehlen tournament on Saturday, Feb. 5, where they finished first and qualified for state.
Wilma E. Groth (02/08/11)
Wilma E. Groth, 93, of Kingsley, died peacefully early Monday morning, Feb. 7, 2011, at the Kingsley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the First Lutheran Church in Kingsley,, with the Rev. Duane Miesner officiating. Interment will be in the Kingsley Cemetery...
Kevin Oltmanns (02/08/11)
Kevin Gene "Shade Tree" Oltmanns, 46, of Windom, Minn., and formerly of the Craig and Sioux City area, died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, at the Windom Area Hospital in Windom. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Craig. Burial will follow in the church cemetery...
Lillian June (02/08/11)
Lillian June, 92, of Merrill, died Monday Feb. 7, 2011 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, following a brief illness. The former Lillian A. Johnson was born Oct. 12, 1918, at Sisseton, S.D., the daughter of William and Jenny (Groeneweg) Johnson. She grew up in Corona, S.D., where she graduated from high school...
A stacked deck? (02/08/11)
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, seeking to keep a campaign promise to make the state more friendly for business, has unveiled a proposal that would do just that -- lowering the sliding-scale corporate income tax -- with the state's casinos footing much of the bill...
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