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Stories from Thursday, February 17, 2011

Fairgrounds walkway, disc golf course may receive grants (02/17/11)
A total of about $33,700 in grants has been proposed by Le Mars' Convention and Visitor Bureau Advisory Board to go toward projects ranging from a handicapped walkway at the fairgrounds to Ice Cream Days events and promotions. The advisory board handed over its 2011-12 recommendations for using local hotel/motel sales tax revenue to the Le Mars City Council Tuesday...
Performing arts school to open in Akron (02/17/11)
A music-loving couple from Akron hopes to spread the joy of the fine arts to people in their community and beyond starting this spring. Kevin and Amy Linder plan to do this by opening a performing arts school in Akron that will serve students of all ages and skill levels within a 50-mile radius...
Art Center to hold two-day Photography Seminar (02/17/11)
For those who want to advance their photography skills, a two-day Photography Seminar will be hosted by the Le Mars Arts Council Saturdays, Feb. 19 and March 12. The seminar will run from 1-4 p.m. both days at the Le Mars Art Center. Kathy Moore, executive director of the Le Mars Arts Council, said the seminar is for those who want to make more of their photography...
Auditors oppose current voter ID bill (02/17/11)
Iowa state auditors are opposed to a House bill that would require voters to show photo identification at the polls. Auditors are not against the idea of showing a photo ID to vote; they dislike the terms outlined specifically in House Bill 95, said Stacey Feldman, Plymouth County auditor...
Trejo sings 'Star Spangled Banner' at state Friday (02/17/11)
A Remsen St. Mary's senior will be returning to sing the national anthem at a state high school athletic tournament for her third time. Kelsey Trejo, 18, of Remsen, will be singing the anthem at 1 p.m. Friday at the 2011 Boys State Wrestling Tournament...
Jays outlast Falcons 48-32 (02/17/11)
LE MARS -- Opponents aren't in for a lot of surprises when they play the Gehlen Catholic boys basketball team. The Jays aren't going to put up loads of points - they've crossed the 60-point threshold just four times this season - but they are going to wear opponents down with their tenacious defense...
A-W's Utesch cruises to semifinals (02/17/11)
DES MOINES -- Chet Utesch is two wins away. The fourth-ranked junior from Akron-Westfield defeated Colton Stoddard of East Buchanan by a 10-2 major decision on Thursday in the Class 1A state wrestling quarterfinals. "It was a very dominating performance," A-W coach Mark Van Oort said. "(Stoddard) made it to state for a reason. He's a solid wrestler, but Chet really wrestled well."...
Wrestling standout refuses to face girl (02/17/11)
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- After a standout season in which he went 35-4, Joel Northrup had every reason to dream of winning an Iowa wrestling championship this year, but he gave it all up before his first state tournament match Thursday. Northrup, a home-schooled sophomore who competes for Linn-Mar High School, said his religious beliefs wouldn't allow him to wrestle Cassy Herkelman, a pony-tailed freshman from Cedar Falls who is one of the first two girls to qualify for the tournament in its 85-year history.. ...
Balanced scoring lifts A-W past River Valley (02/17/11)
AKRON -- The Akron-Westfield boys basketball team used a balanced scoring effort to win 67-43 over visiting River Valley on Thursday in a Class 1A district basketball quarterfinal contest. Michael Harris scored 16 points, Connor Heyl had 15 and David Berkes had 14 for the Westerners...
K-P tallies first postseason win since 2004 (02/17/11)
KINGSLEY -- For the Kingsley-Pierson boys basketball team, Thursday night's result was a long time in coming. The Panthers defeated visiting Remsen St. Mary's 63-29 for K-P's first postseason win since qualifying for the state tournament in 2004. The Panthers (17-4) will host former Western Valley Conference rival Remsen-Union on Tuesday in the district semifinals...
Alesch leads Rockets past Eagles 62-49 (02/17/11)
REMSEN -- Remsen-Union senior Kraig Alesch had game to remember on Thursday. The fact that it helped his Rockets basketball team win its Class 1A district opener was a nice bonus. Alesch scored 25 points - eclipsing the 1,000-point threshold for his career - and added 18 rebounds as the Rockets moved past Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 62-49 on Thursday in Remsen...
'Dogs open postseason at home against Monarchs Monday (02/17/11)
LE MARS -- There is little doubt the Le Mars boys basketball team will face a very different Denison-Schleswig team in its district opener on Monday than it did in its season opener in November. The Bulldogs (16-5) defeated the Monarchs (10-11) 78-59 in Denison during that game, but D-S was missing All-State and Briar Cliff University signee Ricky Torres during that game...
Mary Lee Holland (02/17/11)
Mary Lee Holland, 81, of Le Mars, died today (Thursday), Feb. 17, 2011, at Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars. Arrangements are pending with the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars. Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com...
John Kneip (02/17/11)
John Kneip, 57, of Oyens, died Thursday, February 17, 2011 at Good Samaritan Society-Le Mars. Arrangements are pending with the Carlsen-Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars. Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com...
Lillian Tonsfeldt (02/17/11)
Lillian Tonsfeldt, 95, of Granville, died Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, at Orange City Area Health System Hospital in Orange City. Lillian was born May 5, 1915, at rural Granville, the daughter of Conrad and Elizabeth (Gehrens) Beelner. Lillian was raised in the Remsen area and received her education at St. ...
Footlong? I said it, so sue me (02/17/11)
America is a wonderful land of opportunity. You can go from rags to riches with a good idea and a lot of hard work. With a good lawyer and some money, you can reduce someone from riches to rags. It happens all the time. Thomas Edison is remembered in history books as a tireless inventor and innovator, bringing electric light from concept to reality (and putting those gas light people out of business)...
A good start (02/17/11)
It seems that some of our elected officials are showing signs of understanding the frustration felt by many over the growing role and price tag of government. During the past two years of recession, many businesses and families have been forced to make some difficult decisions. Having less money to work with and being asked to do more with less has been the norm of the past two years...
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