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Stories from Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Novel flu virus not expected to cause widespread illness (11/30/11)
Iowa Department of Public Health officials are monitoring a new strain of the influenza virus found in Iowa and three other states. The influenza A/H3N2 recombinant virus was detected in three children in Webster and Hamilton counties, in eastern Iowa, earlier this month, according to a press release...
LCS Quiz Bowl student numbers higher than ever (11/30/11)
Identifying ancient cities, generals from wars and presidents are question-answering abilities Le Mars Community High School students practice three days a week before and after class. They're LCS Quiz Bowl competitors, coached by Jeanne Rust. "Identify these ancient cities," Rust said Monday as she introduced the Quiz Bowl category with questions such as the hometown of St. Paul, an apostle in the Bible...
Pioneer Village Christmas opens Saturday for holiday fun (11/30/11)
Pioneer Village Christmas Wonderland opens this Saturday for two free weekends of old-time Christmas activities and fun. All activities are at Pioneer Village and Century Hall on the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars. Dates are this Saturday and Sunday, with a second weekend Dec. 10 and 11, open each evening 5:30-8:30 p.m...
Citizen, Business of the Year nominations are due Friday (11/30/11)
Nominations for two awards to be presented at the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner next month need to be submitted by this Friday. All chamber business members, regardless of size, are eligible to be chosen as the Business of the Year, accoring to the chamber...
Jays take out Rockets in double OT (11/30/11)
REMSEN -- This was a win Gehlen Catholic needed. A night after falling to Woodbury Central, the Jays of coach Mike Langel were facing another traditionally tough basketball team in Remsen-Union. It took two overtimes but the Jays came out victorious, defeating the Rockets by a 61-58 margin on Tuesday in Remsen...
'Dogs debut with dominating 'W' (11/30/11)
LE MARS -- The Le Mars Community boys basketball team came out on fire in its 2011-12 season opener Tuesday evening in Carey Gym. The Bulldogs cruised to a 21-7 lead early on en route to a 73-52 win over Denison-Schleswig. "We really took control of the game over the last two minutes of the first quarter and the first four minutes of the second," Le Mars coach Dave Irwin said. ...
Panthers escape rival Wildcats in season debut (11/30/11)
KINGSLEY -- Kingsley-Pierson boys basketball coach was pleased with one thing on Tuesday night: the fact that his Panthers opened the 2011-12 season with a 63-56 win over rival Woodbury Central. "I'm satisfied with the fact that we won, and that's it," Rapp said. "I told the boys to be thankful for every one they can get because they are not free and they are tough to get. We need to respect the wins, be proud of them and continue after our schedule...
Hinton boys win second straight (11/30/11)
ODEBOLT -- The Hinton boys basketball team won its second game in as many tries with a 53-44 win on the road at OA-BCIG Tuesday. The Blackhawks rallied from deficits at each quarter break to secure the win in the fourth quarter. "Defensively we had a big second half," Hinton coach Phil Skamser said. "We only gave up 10 points. It was a good effort to toughen up like that defensively."...
Timmins lifts No. 7 Gehlen Catholic past R-U 47-44 (11/30/11)
REMSEN -- Seventh-rated (Class 1A) Gehlen Catholic was playing its second game in as many days while Remsen-Union was making its 2011-12 debut. The Lady Jays played like they won a hard-fought effort the night before but the Lady Rockets looked more polished than many teams do in their season openers...
K-P girls fall to Woodbury Central (11/30/11)
KINGSLEY -- The Kingsley-Pierson girls basketball team took a step back on Tuesday evening. The Lady Panthers dropped a 70-26 decision to rival Woodbury Central to fall to 0-2 on the year. "It was a frustrating game," K-P coach Nicole Goodwin said. "They transitioned quickly and shot well. Nothing clicked at all for us."...
Arlo A. Grubb (11/30/11)
Arlo A. Grubb, 80, of Kingsley, died Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, at the Kingsley Nursing and Rehab Center in Kingsley. Arlo Arthur Grubb was born March 9, 1931, on the family farm northeast of Kingsley in Henry Township, to Henry and Estella (Davis) Grubb. He attended country school near his home for eight years, then was needed to help his father on the farm...
Garth J. Johnson (11/30/11)
Garth J. Johnson, 73, of Le Mars, Tuesday, Nov. 29, , at the Good Samaritan Society-Le Mars. Arrangements are with the Carlsen Funeral Home of Le Mars. Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.
Jerome P. Junker (11/30/11)
Jerome P. Junker, 60, of Le Mars, died Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, at St. Luke's Regional Medical Center in Sioux City. Jerome Paul Junker was born Aug. 15, 1951 at Carroll, one of five children born to Paul Arthur and Marian (Haselton) Junker. He attended school at Glidden - Ralston, graduating in 1970. ...
George H. Merritt (11/30/11)
George H. Merritt, 83, of Russell, Pa., and a Le Mars native, died peacefully Friday, Nov. 25, 2011 at Desert Regional Medical Center, Palm Springs, Calif., as a result of an injury sustained in a fall. He was born Sept. 13, 1928, in Le Mars, the son of the late Percy R. Merritt and Blanche B. Harrison Merritt Haller...
Collins-Thomas (11/30/11)
Mr. and Mrs. Cris Collins, of Le Mars, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Nicole Christine Collins of Cedar Falls, and Jaime Christopher Thomas, of Cedar Falls. Jaime is the son of Maribeth Thomas of Graettinger. The couple will be married Dec. 17, 2011, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Cedar Falls. The reception will be held at the Park Place Event Center in Cedar Falls...
Mason-Letsche (11/30/11)
Dean and Joyce Mason of Boardman, Ore., and Jeff and Julie Letsche of Marcus, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their children, Kristi Mason of Cleghorn and Nick Letsche of Marcus. The couple is planning a Jan. 7, 2012, wedding ceremony at 2 p.m. at Holy Name Catholic Church in Marcus. The reception will follow with a 3:30 p.m. social hour and 4:30 p.m. supper at the Marcus Community Center, Marcus. An open wedding dance will follow at 7:30 p.m...
Iowa Ethanol Plant Report (11/30/11)
Midwest Hay and Straw Co. - Tuesday, Nov 29, 2011: Maurice, IA (11/30/11)
Iowa Soybean Processor report (11/30/11)
Family movie success should send a message (11/30/11)
The vampires took the lead in pulling in moviegoers over the long Thanksgiving weekend, but far more money was made by studios catering to families, according to box office receipts. The latest "Twilight" saga sold enough tickets to raise $42 million this weekend ($221 million for the last two weeks) to lead, but families filled seats for the next four slots, The Muppets with $29.5 million, Happy Feet Two with $13.4 million, Arthur Christmas with $12.7 million and Hugo, with $11.4 million. ...
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