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Stories from Friday, November 4, 2011

C-60 opens to traffic following grading (11/04/11)
A section of C-60 in Plymouth County will re-open to traffic at 4 p.m. today (Friday). Road grading work has closed C-60 from K-49 to K-42 since August. That section of the roadway will be maintained as a granular surfaced roadway until pavement is replaced in 2012...
Northbound Highway 75 closed south of Hinton, two injured (11/04/11)
A driver of a semitrailer and a payloader equipment operator were injured in a fiery collision which slowed or detoured traffic on Highway 75, south of Hinton, Friday. Armin Bennet, 69, of Hinton, and Michael Fraser, 47, of Groom, Texas, had injuries which were not life threatening, according to written information from Plymouth County Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo...
Six candidates seek city offices in Le Mars Tuesday (11/04/11)
Voters in Le Mars will decide who will serve in six city offices during the city election Tuesday. Dick Kirchoff is unopposed in his re-election bid for a two-year term as the mayor of Le Mars. Also unopposed are Ward 2 Councilwoman Delana Ihrke and at-large Councilman John Rexwinkel...
State awards dollars to design water improvements (11/04/11)
An interest-free state loan of up to $600,000 will start a process which is expected to pay for construction plans for city of Le Mars water system improvements. The money awarded through the Iowa Finance Authority will be available after a state commission considers a plan to use the dollars, which city officials expect could be in December...
Le Mars man's homemade beer earns top prize (11/04/11)
Pete Vander Meer Jr. started brewing beer more than 50 years ago to see if he could do it. Last month the Le Mars man won a grand champion award for his English Barley Wine, a type of beer, at the 36th Annual Schleswig Bier Contest. The homebrew wine and beer contest included 18 wine classes and 28 beer classes plus subdivisions and was sponsored by the Schleswig Wine and Bier Club, in Crawford County...
Post office closing meetings set for next week (11/04/11)
People will have a chance to voice concerns about the proposed closing of the Brunsville, Oyens and Westfield post offices next week. There is one public meeting planned for each community where representatives from the United States Postal Service (USPS) will be present to answer questions and provide information to customers...
Daylight saving time ends Sunday (11/04/11)
What would you do with an extra hour of sleep? You may find out this weekend when daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday. Clocks should be turned back one hour to return to standard time. Clocks were adjusted ahead one hour to save daylight hours on March 13...
Eleven county towns to hold elections Tuesday (11/04/11)
City elections will be Tuesday, Nov. 8, in Le Mars, Remsen, Craig, Brunsville, Oyens, Merrill, Struble, Akron, Westfield, Kingsley and Hinton. Polls across the county will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Poll locations in the towns are: Voters with questions may call the Plymouth County Auditor's office at 546-6100...
Denison, IA Feeder Cattle Auction: Feeder Cattle Weighted Average Report for 11/03/2011 (11/04/11)
Iowa Ethanol Corn and Co-Products Processing Values (11/04/11)
Iowa Ethanol Plant Report (11/04/11)
Iowa Soybean Processor report (11/04/11)
Sheldon, IA Slaughter Cattle Auction: Weighted Average Report for 11/03/2011 (11/04/11)
Halloween is fun for all ages (11/04/11)
We rummaged through the costume box frantically. It was already late afternoon on Halloween and our 12-year-old had made the last minute decision that he was not too big to go trick or treating. He wanted to go with us but we were not finding anything he wanted to wear among those in the box...
A solid foundation or a band-aid? (11/04/11)
Le Mars used to be a housing juggernaut. If the economy was good, new homes were built. If the economy was not so good, new homes were built. Many wondered when and if the boom would ever end. The answer to that question, in case you are ever on a special Le Mars edition of "Jeopardy!" is 2009...
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