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Stories from Friday, April 8, 2011

Shaken up - Kingsley native shares Japanese earthquake experience (04/08/11)
For Jim Galles, a Kingsley native, Friday, March 11, 2011, is a day he will remember for the rest of his life. He was in Tokyo, working at St. Mary's International School where he teaches. Just a few minutes before 3 p.m., the "Big One" -- a 9.0 magnitude earthquake -- hit just off the eastern coast of Japan...
Wee weather watchers (04/08/11)
Riley O'Connor, a meteorologist for KTIV News Channel 4 out of Sioux City, has first graders from Leigha Scheitler's class act out the combining of dust particles and water molecules to form cloud droplets. O'Connor visited the two first grade classes at Franklin Elementary Thursday, explaining to the students what makes the weather and answering any questions they had about the weather and meteorology...
County readers turning the page to eBooks (04/08/11)
The popularity of electronic books (eBooks) is booming and Plymouth County libraries are in on the action. At the Le Mars Public Library, more than 250 downloadable eBooks have been checked out since the library began offering them last December, said Sue Kroesche, library director...
Plymouth County home sales reflect steady local economy (04/08/11)
Despite record-low new home sales in the nation, real estate trends in Plymouth County have been stable this year. That's according to Linda Mayrose, president of the Plymouth County Board of REALTORS. "We've stayed consistent -- quite consistent," Mayrose said of the county's home sales. "A little bit less than the other years, but not like they have in other parts of the country."...
Le Mars library to celebrate next week (04/08/11)
Stuffed animals are sleeping over and an author is visiting the Le Mars Public Library next week in celebration of National Library Week. Children in kindergarten through second grade are invited to come to the stuffed animal story time and sleepover in their pajamas at 6:45 p.m. next Thursday, April 14...
Gehlen Prom 2011 is Saturday (04/08/11)
Prom 2011 will be held this Saturday at Gehlen Catholic High School. This year's theme is "Alien Invasion." The evening's activities begin with Mass at 5:15 p.m. at the school. All students and their dates must attend Mass unless arriving late from another school sponsored event...
Juanita Jelken (04/08/11)
Juanita Jelken, 88, of Brunsville, died Wednesday, April 6, 2011, at her daughter's home in Kansas City, Mo. Juanita was born Dec. 13, 1922, in Melder, La., the fifth of seven children to Edgar and Carrie (Ashmore) Kirkpatrick. She was united in marriage to Alvin Jelken March 17, 1946...
JoAnn E. Perera (04/08/11)
JoAnn E. (Morehead) Perera, 75, of Sioux City, and an Akron area native, died Wednesday, April 6, 2011, at a Sioux City hospital surrounded by her loving family. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Meyer Brothers Morningside Chapel in Sioux City with the Rev. ...
Pay me now, or maybe...never? (04/08/11)
Many property owners have just paid their second installment of their annual property tax bill. The taxes, paid a year in arrears, seem to always go up, whether it is the levy or more likely the valuation that increases. People that own property realize that will pay taxes. It goes with the territory. Commercial property owners pay a hefty rate, one that Gov. Branstad is trying to reduce...
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