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Local races will challenge cyclists to push their limits (11/29/11)
Ever wondered what it means to be hardcore? You can find out this weekend at the Le Mars Municipal Park during Le Mars' first cyclocross races. Cyclocross racing involves bicycling several laps around an off-road course that can include everything from mud and sand to obstacles that force the rider to get off his or her bike and carry it over them...
Awareness necessary to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning (11/29/11)
arbon monoxide is an an odorless, tasteless gas known as the "silent killer." Winter weather is fast approaching and awareness and prevention practices are necessary to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning, said Gary Junge, Plymouth County Emergency Management coordinator...
Children's Lighted Christmas Parade is ready for Saturday (11/29/11)
The 15th annual Earl Utesch Memorial Children's Lighted Christmas Parade will make its way through downtown Le Mars Saturday evening. Central Avenue will be lined with young and old ready to "ohh" and "ahh" at floats decorated with thousands of twinkling lights...
Art fair coming to Le Mars Saturday (11/29/11)
Area artists will showcase their work during an art fair Saturday at the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor. Nine artists will feature work during the 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. fair on the second floor of the parlor, 115 Central Ave. N.W., Le Mars. There will be a variety of art for sale from watercolors to jewelry to photography, said Kay Luckett, art fair organizer...
Santorum will make stop in Le Mars (11/29/11)
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum will campaign in northwest Iowa next week. Santorum, a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, will host a town hall meeting for the public in Le Mars from 12:30-2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at 4 Brothers Bar and Grill, 1430 Two Rivers Boulevard...
LCS offers financial aid seminar Dec. 1 (11/29/11)
Information about financial aid for education will be presented at a seminar at 7 p.m. Thursday at Le Mars Community High School cafeteria, 921 Third Ave S.W. The seminar is for senior class members and their parents and/or guardians to attend the financial aid seminar...
Blackhawks dominate in debut (11/29/11)
HINTON -- The Hinton boys basketball team captured a 76-50 victory over River Valley in the season debut for both teams on Monday in Hinton. The Blackhawks wasted little time disposing of the visiting Wolverines as the hosts took a 28-4 lead by the end of the first quarter...
2011-12 Boys Basketball Preview: Homan, Eisma return as seniors to lead 'Dogs (11/29/11)
LE MARS -- The Le Mars Community boys basketball team might return its leading scorer from a year ago, but it also loses its second-leading scorer and the leading scorer's running mate beneath the basket. Two seniors return as starters for Dave Irwin's Bulldogs this season...
Lady Jays win season debut 53-39 (11/29/11)
MOVILLE -- The No. 7 (Class 1A) Gehlen Catholic girls basketball team opened the 2011-12 season with a 53-39 win on the road at Woodbury Central Monday. The Lady Jays used a balanced offensive attack with three players in double figures, a game plan that helped the school's volleyball team to a runner-up finish at the state volleyball tournament in Cedar Rapids earlier this month...
Bulldog bowlers sweep SB-L (11/29/11)
LE MARS -- The Le Mars bowling teams edged Sergeant Bluff-Luton in action at Sweet 16 Lanes Monday. Danielle Hystad turned in the top game score and the top series score for the girls team, which totaled 2,356 pins. SB-L had a team score of 1,888. Hystad scored a 184 in her first game and a 178 in her second to total 362 for the series...
Jays fall to sharp-shooting Wildcats (11/29/11)
MOVILLE -- Gehlen Catholic played a solid opening half but Woodbury Central got the best of the visiting squad in the second half of Monday's non-conference battle in Moville. The Jays saw a one-point halftime deficit turn into a 16-point loss as the Wildcats used sharp-shooting in the second half to claim a 60-44 win...
Hawks debut with win over Warriors (11/29/11)
WHITING -- The Remsen St. Mary's girls basketball team used a balanced scoring attack to win its season debut on the road at Whiting Monday. "We played pretty well," RSM coach Brad Gralheer said. "It was not too bad for the first game." Alexis Bunkers paced the team with nine points while Anyssa Trejo scored eight and Danielle Schroeder chimed in with seven...
Arlo A. Grubb (11/29/11)
Arlo A. Grubb, 80, of Kingsley, died Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, at the Kingsley Nursing and Rehab Center in Kingsley. Arrangements are with the Carlsen Funeral Home of Le Mars. Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com...
Thomas 'Tom' Mai (11/29/11)
Thomas "Tom" Mai, 63, of Aberdeen, S.D., died Friday evening, Nov. 25, 2011, at at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D., after a desired triumph over pain from his illness. Thomas L. Mai was born March 22, 1948, the son of Robert and Mary (Cronin) Mai at Le Mars. He was raised on a farm near Remsen, where he went to school, graduating from St. Mary's High School in 1966...
Jerome P. Junker (11/29/11)
Jerome P. Junker, 60, of Le Mars, died Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, at St. Luke's Regional Medical Center in Sioux City. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday at the Mauer - Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars. The Rev. Jan Christensen of the Presbyterian United Church of Christ in Le Mars will officiate. ...
Edna P. Van Gorkom (11/29/11)
Edna P. Van Gorkom, 92, of Le Mars, died Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, at The Abbey of Le Mars. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Mauer - Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars. Burial will follow at Christ Lutheran (Grant Township) Cemetery, rural Le Mars. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. today (Tuesday), at the Mauer - Johnson Funeral Home with the family present from 5-8 p.m. Visitation will resume at 9 a.m. Wednesday...
Stanley and Frances Heuertz (11/29/11)
Stanley and Frances Heuertz, of Le Mars, observed their 70th wedding anniversary Nov. 28, 2011. Stanley Heuertz and Frances DeForce were married Nov. 28, 1941, in Omaha, Neb. The couple celebrated with an open house Saturday afternoon at the Eagles Club, in Le Mars, and a Mass celebration at 4:30 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church, Le Mars. They returned to the Eagles Club for a dinner for family and friends...
Iowa Weekly Weighted Average Feeder Cattle Report: For Week Ending: Saturday, Nov 26, 2011 (11/29/11)
Iowa Ethanol Plant Report (11/29/11)
Iowa Soybean Processor report (11/29/11)
Sales numbers are encouraging (11/29/11)
With Thanksgiving dinner still digesting, shoppers came out on Thursday night and early Friday morning to purchase discounted Christmas gifts. Despite news accounts of shoppers behaving badly in California -- a woman reportedly used pepper spray on other shoppers waiting to purchase Xboxes -- it appears that consumers are spending money again...
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