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Stories from Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Bill may threaten jobs for people with disabilities (12/14/11)
A proposal in Congress could end the way organizations like Life Skills Training Center offer vocational and employment training for people with disabilities. Today, the non-profit Le Mars training center is a bustle -- each day about 50 adults are on the job there, receiving both training and a paycheck for work with commercial laundry or janitorial services...
Local post office closings postponed six months (12/14/11)
Westfield's mayor said he is glad to hear plans to close post offices such as the one in his town will be delayed until May of next year. The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Tuesday agreed to delay the proposed closing or consolidation of any post offices or mail processing facilities until mid-May, the Associated Press reported...
Adler seeks continued support for development group (12/14/11)
Remaining a member of the Northwest Iowa Development group will mean greater economic development opportunities for Plymouth County. That is the message Neal Adler, Le Mars Business Initiative Corporation executive director, presented to the county board of supervisors Tuesday...
LCHS Holiday concert is Dec. 19 (12/14/11)
The music department at Le Mars Community High School will presents its Holiday Concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 19, in Carey Gymnasium. The Concert Choir will start the evening with "Shout the Glad Tidings," with trumpet accompaniment by Erin Connor, Catie Meis and Kim Ohrlund...
Avalanche safety course offered for snowmobilers (12/14/11)
Snowmobilers heading out west to ride might want to attend an avalanche safety class being offered in Remsen in January. "There are a lot of people from northwest Iowa that go out to the mountains snowmobiling, and they might not know that they are actually riding in avalanche areas," said Jim Skinner, of Paullina. "They don't realize it could happen to them."...
No. 8 'Dogs dominate No. 1 Wolfpack (12/14/11)
LE MARS -- Defense wins championships. If that adage holds true, good things are in store for the Le Mars Community boys basketball team. The eighth-rated (Class 3A) Bulldogs sewed up some early season confidence as they posted a 57-43 win over top-ranked (Class 2A) Western Christian in Lakes Conference action on Tuesday at Carey Gym in Le Mars...
Lady 'Dogs come up short against Wolfpack (12/14/11)
LE MARS -- Sooner or later, the effort put forth by the Le Mars Community girls basketball team is going to pay off. It just hasn't quite yet. "At the end of the day, we have to find a way to finish those games and to get it done," said Le Mars coach Judd Kopperud, whose Lady Bulldogs dropped their fourth straight since opening the season 2-1. "We're right on the edge where we're that close, but whatever it's going to take, we've got to find a way to finish it."...
Jays run War Eagle record to 3-0 with win over Wolverines (12/14/11)
PAULLINA -- The Gehlen Catholic boys basketball team has quite the arsenal of weaponry. That team balance paid off for the Jays as they kept their War Eagle Conference record unblemished at 3-0 with a 48-41 win over South O'Brien on Tuesday in Paullina...
Le Mars bowlers top MMC/R-U (12/14/11)
LE MARS -- The Le Mars Community boys and girls bowling teams posted wins over Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn/Remsen-Union at Sweet 16 Lanes in Le Mars on Monday. The Bulldog boys totaled 2569 to defeat MMC/R-U, which turned in a team score of 2412. Cody Wurth turned in the top game, a 238, and the top series, a 439, for Le Mars, while Dalton Hanson bowled a 231 game for MMC/R-U...
No. 6 Lady Jays take down Wolverines 68-42 (12/14/11)
PAULLINA -- The sixth-rated (Class 1A) Gehlen Catholic girls basketball team kept its record unblemished with a 68-42 win on the road at South O'Brien on Tuesday. The Lady Jays used an early 7-2 run to establish control and never looked back as they improved to 6-0 on the year and 3-0 in the War Eagle Conference...
Schroeder lifts A-W past R-U 45-43 (12/14/11)
AKRON -- Akron-Westfield's first win of the season came down to the final seconds. The Westerners trailed the visiting Rockets of Remsen-Union by 10 with five minutes remaining in the contest and went on a 14-2 run the rest of the way to earn the 45-43 win...
RSM girls top Siouxland Christian (12/14/11)
REMSEN -- The Remsen St. Mary's girls basketball team posted a 59-43 win over Siouxland Community Christian on Tuesday in Remsen. Alexis Bunkers poured in 22 points for the Hawks, including four beyond the 3-point arc, while Makenzie Ricke scored 13. Anyssa Trejo and Lyndsie Schorg each scored 10 for RSM (2-4)...
Small competes at Minnesota Vikings Team Championship (12/14/11)
MINNEAPOLIS -- Jay Small, a seventh grader at Hinton, competed at the Minnesota Vikings Punt, Pass and Kick (PPK) Team Championship held at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minn., on Sunday, Dec. 4. Small, the son of Joel and Sandy Small, of Hinton, was making his third trip to the Team Championships. He had competed in three of the last four Team Championships. Two years ago, Small advanced to the national PPK Finals in San Diego, where he placed second in the country...
Dustin and Stephanie Poeckes (12/14/11)
Stephanie Sitzmann and Dustin Poeckes, of Sheldon, were united in marriage Aug. 20, 2011, in a 2 p.m. ceremony at St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars. Stephanie is the daughter of Mitch and Annette Sitzmann, of Le Mars. Dustin is the son of Mark and Pam Poeckes, of Remsen...
Phillip and Nicole Pick (12/14/11)
Nicole Heideman and Phillip Pick were united in marriage Oct. 1, 2011 at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Lincoln, Neb. Nicole is the daughter of Roger and Terri Heideman of Lincoln, Nebr., and Phillip is the son of Steve and Christy Pick of Remsen. Maid of honor was Kelsey Heideman, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were: Elizabeth Berrick, friend of the couple; Jessica Collins, friend of the couple; Elisa Horinek, friend of the couple; and Lauren Wemhoff...
Russell and Heidi Engel (12/14/11)
Heidi Ann Geiger and Russell Engel, of Sioux City, were united in marriage Nov. 5, 2011, at Blessed Sacrament Church in Sioux City. The Rev. Merlin Schrad officiated the 2 p.m. ceremony. Heidi is the daughter Julie and Jason Madden, of Akron and Gene Geiger Jr., of Spencer. Russell is the son of Gary and Deidre Engel of Sioux City...
Hoksbergen-Pierson (12/14/11)
Susan Hoksbergen and Beau Pierson of Ankeny, announce their engagement and upcoming marriage. Susan is the daughter of Keith Hoksbergen and Brenda Shinn, both of Pella. Beau is the son of Barb Pierson of Le Mars. The couple will be married in Ankeny, on May 19, 2012 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church with a reception to follow at Courtyard by Marriott...
Hemmingson-Popeney (12/14/11)
Mark and Vickie Hemmingson, of Le Mars, announce the engagement of their daughter, Ellie, to Justin Popeney, son of Ed and JIll Popeney of Corona, Calif. The couple is planning a July 14, 2012, wedding in Le Mars. Ellie is a graduate of Le Mars Community High School and a junior at Concordia University in Irvine, Calif...
Iowa Ethanol Plant Report (12/14/11)
Iowa Soybean Processor report (12/14/11)
Get a flu shot for the holidays (12/14/11)
The great thing about the holidays is getting together with family and friends. The bad thing about the holidays is getting together with family and friends -- and passing around the flu. Some researchers say that's why influenza -- the "real" flu, not stomach flu -- is more prevalent in winter; more of us are indoors, in close contact with each other...
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