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Stories from Friday, August 5, 2011

State chooses Le Mars as marketing model (08/05/11)
The success of a City of Le Mars program to help citizens recycle will be showcased for other Iowa cities. Le Mars Mayor Dick Kirchoff announced the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is marketing the city as the No.1 model for recycling success...
EPA testing for soil contamination near downtown (08/05/11)
The Environmental Protection Agency will be back in Le Mars to study a potential contaminant in the soil and groundwater and find where it may be coming from. The EPA detected the presence of tetrachloroethene (PCE) near downtown Le Mars during study of the coal gas site contamination in northeast Le Mars, according to Todd Davis, the EPA's project manager for this study...
Here's the scoop - Cone artist mixes flavors of past and present (08/05/11)
More cones available The fiberglass cones can be purchased through Aug. 15 for a $1,530 tax-deductible donation. Eighteen of 36 cones and a cow are already up or will be going up around Le Mars within the next couple days, said Mary Reynolds, a project coordinator. The project is coordinated by the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce, Le Mars Arts Center, Le Mars Convention and Visitors Bureau, Le Mars young professionals organization HYPER (Helping Young Professionals Energize the Region). To purchase a cone or for more information, contact Reynolds at the Chamber 546-8821.
New courthouse lot design will include center parking (08/05/11)
A parking lot between the Plymouth County Courthouse and the annex building will soon have a new look. The county supervisors Tuesday approved the lot's design, which includes mostly angled parking spaces with six of those in the middle just south of the existing northern stalls...
Chamber Golf Invitational tees off Tuesday (08/05/11)
Grab the clubs and get ready to have some fun at the annual Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Invitational at Willow Creek Golf Course. Golf registration is at noon Tuesday, Aug. 9, for the 1 p.m. shotgun start for all participants. Mulligans and pick-a-putt will be available for $10 and must be paid at registration time...
Supervisors to stand up for job seekers (08/05/11)
Gov. Terry Branstad plans to close 36 Iowa Workforce Development field offices -- a decision Plymouth County officials don't support. At the request of Dennis Wolf, a county resident, the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday to draft a letter and send it to Branstad asking him to reconsider the closures...
IGCA All-State Softball (08/05/11)
All State Teams Class 1A 2011 First Team Name School Grade Position Sarah Parkinson Akron-Westfield Sr. C Erin Kliefoth Exira-EHK Sr. C...
2011 BASEBALL RECAP: Akron-Westfield Westerners (12-17, 8-10) (08/05/11)
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Shirley N. Vannorsdel (08/05/11)
hirley N. Vannorsdel, 81, of Kingsley, died Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City. Shirley Nell Jones was born May 16, 1930. in Rose Hill, Iowa, the daughter of Clarence and Doris (Nanke) Jones. She attended primary school in Rose Hill and later graduated from Cleghorn High School in 1947...
Clarence L. Kock (08/05/11)
Clarence L. Kock, 87, of Le Mars, died Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are pending with the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars. Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family throughwww.carlsenfuneralhome.com.
Hunter Heidesch (08/05/11)
Awesome Hunter Jack Heidesch took his first breath May 29, 1991, in Federal Way, Wash., and his last breath Aug. 2, 2011, in Nebraska. He was the first born son of John and Judy (Christiansen) Heidesch and just after the birth of his brother Sawyer the family moved to Iowa...
Norine Barinsky (08/05/11)
Norine Barinsky, 82, of Akron, died Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, at her daughter's home in Akron. Arrangements are pending with the Carlsen Funeral Home - Schroeder Chapel in Akron. Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com...
Iowa Soybean Processor report (08/05/11)
Sheldon, IA Slaughter Cattle Auction: Weighted Average Report for 08/04/2011 (08/05/11)
Grounded (08/05/11)
My birthday gift this year from our adult children and their spouses was quite a surprise. They wanted to make it possible for me to cross off one of the items on my bucket list - the list you make of things you want to do before you kick the bucket...
Poke us with a fork, we're done (08/05/11)
There's an old experiment that illustrates the simple nervous system of frogs. If you try to place a live frog in a pot of boiling water, it will sense the dangerous heat and jump out to safety. However, if you place a frog in a pot of tepid water and slowly turn up the heat, the frog will swim around. Its nervous system is not sophisticated enough to detect the slow change in temperatures, and by the time the water is boiling, the frog is powerless to save its own life...
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