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Stories from Thursday, August 18, 2011

Le Mars industry helps local emergency groups train (08/18/11)
Dean Foods workers left their jobs in Le Mars Wednesday to help local emergency groups keep the community safe. The brief evacuation at the Dean Foods plant on Lincoln Street Southwest was part of a hazardous materials (HAZMAT) training. Dean Foods management and employees joined 40 emergency responders for a test of plans to respond to an ammonia leak...
Scoop the Loop (08/18/11)
More than 200 cars were parked in and around Olson Cultural Event Center Wednesday evening for Scoop the Loop, the annual Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored event. Sunny skies, food and music added to the atmosphere as people took a look at classic cars and shared memories of their first cars...
Ice Cream may be sold in neighborhoods (08/18/11)
A summertime treat may be sold in Le Mars neighborhoods next year. The idea for an ice cream truck in Le Mars was brought to the Le Mars City Council Tuesday by Chris Pippett, of Le Mars. "I've always thought that Le Mars is the Ice Cream Capital of the World -- why doesn't it have an ice cream truck," Pippett told the council...
ALS walk organizers recruiting help (08/18/11)
Volunteers are needed to help with the Walk to Defeat ALS of Siouxland this year -- and into the future. ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement...
K-P student council secures dress code change (08/18/11)
Kingsley-Pierson Community School starts classes this week, and with the new school year comes a new change in dress code -- thanks to the work of the school's student council. Students will get to don hats at indoor after-school events, something that was prohibited until now...
Supervisors give reprecincting ordinance first look (08/18/11)
The Plymouth County Supervisors gave an ordinance proposing changes to voting precinct lines a first look Tuesday. The supervisors previously approved the new voting precinct lines, but by Iowa law are required to have up to three reviews of the ordinance before it is official...
2011 FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Westerners motivated to best 2010's 3-6 mark (08/18/11)
AKRON -- Three-and-six. That's the phrase motivating the Akron-Westfield football team this fall. It's also the Westerners' overall record from 2010, a dramatic drop from their 8-3 mark in 2009. "We don't want to be (3-6) again," A-W junior Taylor James said...
FOOTBALL: Class A District 1 Preview (08/18/11)
^ (at Olsen Stadium) Returning all-district players: David Berkes (JR, Honorable Mention) Returning all-district players: Brent Trierweiler (JR LB, First Team) Postseason path: Lost to Northwood-Kensett 12-10 ^ (at Olsen Stadium) Returning all-district players: Trevor Bouma (SR RB, First Team); Micah Neary (SR C/DE, First Team); Conor Kneip (JR, Honorable Mention)...
Mark Dobmeier wins all-star racing event (08/18/11)
On a beautiful Sunday evening, the O'Reilly All-Star Circuit of Champions racing series rolled into Huset's Speedway to do battle with the weekly sprint car racers. This is a super fast race track at Brandon, S.D., located just outside of Sioux Falls...
Tindalls honored with Century Farm award (08/18/11)
By Jolene Stevens Contributing writer Clark Tindall's family's agricultural heritage and history he says are things "very important" to him and his family. The land is the source of all sustenance for everyone," he said. "This is I feel especially true when you farm and when you consider what everyone went through in the '80s when we had a period of time not nearly as good as now. That was a time I thought I'd never live to see us with a Century Farm."...
Akron's DeRocher family 'stars' in Monsanto commercials (08/18/11)
The Kevin DeRocher family, of Akron, is one of four farm families being feature in a series of newly released national Monsanto Company television commercials. The family, along with three other families, can also be seen in a behind-the-scenes monthly series of online webisodes available at www.AmericasFarmers.com...
Farmers say rain would be welcome (08/18/11)
Iowa's farmers, Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey says, are wanting some additional rain -- and cooler temperatures, for their growing crops. "Now that the heat has broken, farmers are looking for some precipitation. Much of the state is dry, and crop and pastures could use some rain," he said. "August is a critical time for soybean development, and timely rains would be very beneficial. It's evident the desire for rain gets stronger for each passing dry day."...
Kenneth L. Klemme (08/18/11)
Kenneth L. Klemme, 91, of Captain Cook, Hawaii, went to be with his heavenly Father on Aug. 7, 2011. Kenneth Lloyd Klemme was born Aug. 31, 1919, in Akron, the son of Emery and Freda (Schmidt) Klemme. He served our country in the Army Air Corps during World War II, serving as a flight engineer, crew chief, and Staff Sergeant E-6, flying missions in a C-46 aircraft between China and India, over the "Hump" during a period of two years. He was honorably discharged on Dec. 8, 1945...
Iowa Ethanol Plant Report (08/18/11)
Iowa Soybean Processor report (08/18/11)
Summer's last hurrah (08/18/11)
A week from today, every school district in the county will be in session. Teachers will be learning names, finding out who can be called on without embarrassment, as well as who needs to be given extra attention. In the coming weeks, the teachers will also learn who they need to keep their eyes on while they are writing on the board...
Study reveals challenges of new energy (08/18/11)
We have to question some of the figures put forth in a new study by the Center for Rural Affairs, but the study does make some important points. To wit, alternative energy like wind is of no value if it can't be delivered where it is most needed. T Boone Pickens found that out when he was unable to bring together the resources for a giant wind farm in Texas, partly because the distribution system wasn't in place...
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