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Stories from Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Common ground: Praise Fest to bring churches, people together (02/16/11)
It's kind of like a potluck, but instead of food, people bring music. Saturday's annual Praise Fest will once again bring churches together at Calvin Christian Reform Church in Le Mars. And everyone is invited. "Music can touch so many people's lives in so many different ways," said Rochelle Chapman, who will be singing at the fest. "One song can touch your heart, give you goosebumps because you know the Lord is with you."...
City clears the way for Wells' north plant expansion (02/16/11)
The City of Le Mars will give two blocks of roadway to Wells' Dairy to allow the local manufacturer to expand its North Ice Cream Plant. The expansion would add dry storage space and offices to the plant, which is near downtown Le Mars, according to Wells' Dairy spokesman Dave Smetter...
Hoffman is new member of Iowa State Fair Board (02/16/11)
Dave Hoffman of Le Mars is the newest member of the Iowa State Fair Board of Directors. He was elected to the board during the State Agricultural Convention held Dec. 10-12 in Des Moines and is the only new board member. "I guess fairs have been a passion of mine since I was a junior board member with the Plymouth County Fair," Hoffman said...
Museum to celebrate Craig's history Sunday (02/16/11)
"Celebrate Our Heritage" is the theme of the new year at the Plymouth County Historical Museum, and the city of Craig's 100th birthday will be first in the line-up. At 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 20, Sue Moller, author of the recently published Craig history, will speak and share stories of her research into Craig's past. She also will show images from Craig. Books will be for sale...
Westfield ditch repair cost could triple (02/16/11)
It could cost more than three times as much as originally thought to correct water drainage flow in a ditch near Westfield. If the repairs are made, the expense would be paid for via a special assessment on property within water drainage District 3, which encompasses the ditch...
Lady 'Dogs fall short of No. 3 Dutch (02/16/11)
ORANGE CITY -- The Dutch didn't know what hit them. Six minutes into Wednesday's Class 3A regional quarterfinal, No. 3 MOC-Floyd Valley found itself in a 16-point hole. Le Mars Community, on the other hand, was on fire. "Our kids came out really well," first-year head coach Judd Kopperud said. "We couldn't ask for a much better start."...
A-W's Utesch, K-P's Steffen advance (02/16/11)
DES MOINES -- Chet Utesch took his first step toward a long-desired state title on Wednesday as the fourth-ranked junior from Akron-Westfield outlasted No. 7 Kevin Wessel of Nodaway Valley 8-2 in his opening round match at the 2011 Class 1A state wrestling tournament at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines...
Norman Varenhorst (02/16/11)
Norman Varenhorst, 85, of Le Mars, died Monday, Feb.14, 2011, at the Good Samaritan Society-Le Mars. Norman August Varenhorst was born April 25, 1925, near Craig, the son of Henry and Elsie (Becker) Varenhorst. He was baptized and confirmed into the Christian faith. He was raised in Plymouth County and attended country school...
Rozeboom-Wurth (02/16/11)
Tiffany Rozeboom and Neal Wurth, together with their familes, announce their engagement. Tiffany is the daughter of Bill Rozeboom, of Sheldon, and Becky Rozeboom, of Sioux Center. Neal is the son of Chester and Mary Alice Wurth, of Remsen. Tiffany is employed at Kingsley-Pierson Community School District where she directs the 5-12 band, jazz band, STOMP and is the head volleyball coach...
Can freedom bloom in the desert? (02/16/11)
February 6 marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States. Reagan is remembered by many as the man whose policies brought about the eventual dismantling of the Soviet Union and its communist satellite nations...
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