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Stories from Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Parents lobby against bullying in memory of son (12/20/11)
Ty Smalley, 11, was bullied by classmates for two years. May 13, 2010 -- Ty used a gun to take his own life on his parents' bedroom floor. For the past 17 months, Ty's parents, Kirk and Laura, of Perkins, Okla., have been traveling the country raising awareness about bullying in honor of their son...
Christmas Eve, Day worship services set at area churches (12/20/11)
Area churches will hold special Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services this weekend in celebration of the birth of Jesus. Services will include Christmas carols, the reading of the Christmas story, and for some, candlelight services and Holy Communion...
Christmas remembered - Halter's childhood Christmas feasts had a twist (12/20/11)
Editor's note: This is the third and final piece in a series of stories sharing the memories local residents have of Christmases gone by. Gingerbread men, candy canes, fudge, frosted sugar cookies -- Christmas brings to mind many sweets. But for Le Mars resident Rouletta "Hap" Halter, the special dessert she thinks of when she looks back on her Christmas memories is Jell-O...
Pheasants Forever adds biologist (12/20/11)
One of five new Pheasants Forever Farm Bill Wildlife Biologists will work in northwest Iowa. Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have named Randy Phelan as the wildlife biologist for Plymouth, Cherokee, Sioux and Woodbury counties, according to a press release...
Blackhawks smash Hawks 60-37 (12/20/11)
HINTON -- Hinton took a 26-0 lead and it took Remsen St. Mary's 12 minutes to get on the board in War Eagle Conference action Friday night in Hinton. The early lead helpd the Blackhawks (5-3, 2-2) secure a 60-37 league victory over the visiting Hawks (4-4, 0-3)...
Rockets win second straight, defeat Wolverines 56-42 (12/20/11)
REMSEN -- The Remsen-Union boys basketball team won its second game in as many tries on Monday evening in Remsen. The Rockets handed former Western Valley Conference rival River Valley a 56-42 loss in non-conference action Monday night. It took several minutes for both teams to get on track offensively and the way the Rockets played defense the entire night contributed to their win...
Lady Rockets fall to Wolverines in non-conference play Monday (12/20/11)
REMSEN -- The Remsen-Union girls basketball team dropped a 60-41 decision to former Western Valley Conference rival River Valley in non-league action on Monday in Remsen. The Lady Rockets trailed at each of the quarter breaks and faced a 38-24 halftime deficit...
Three A-W matmen finish second at EP-J Invite (12/20/11)
ELK POINT, S.D. -- Akron-Westfield fielded three runners-up as it took seventh place at the Elk Point-Jefferson wrestling tournament on Saturday. Chet Utesch (126), Daniel Dirks (138) and Chet Willer (195) all earned runner-up finishes while Taylor James placed third at 182 pounds...
Trierweiler leads Hinton grapplers at South Sioux Invite (12/20/11)
SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. -- Werner Trierweiler placed second as one of four placewinners for the Hinton wrestling team at Saturday's South Sioux City Invite in South Sioux City, Neb. The Blackhawks placed ninth in team standings; South Sioux City won the team championship...
Boys Basketball Roundup (12/20/11)
CORRECTIONVILLE -- Three Panthers scored in double figures as No. 8 (Class 1A) Kingsley-Pierson kept its record unblemished with a 57-39 Western Valley Conference win on the road at River Valley on Friday. Travis Neumann poured in 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead K-P (5-0, 3-0)...
Girls Basketball Roundup (12/20/11)
MARCUS -- Class 1A's 15th-rated team got the best of Akron-Westfield on Friday. The Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn girls basketball team posted a 57-33 War Eagle Conference win over the visiting Lady Westerners on Friday in Marcus. Monica Harvey led A-W with 10 points and Dana Hedlund came off the bench to score seven for A-W (1-7, 0-4)...
Viola M. 'Vi' Kasner (12/20/11)
Viola M. "Vi" Kasner, 87, of Kingsley, died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at the Countryside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Sioux City. Viola Mary Kasner was born Nov. 20, 1924, in Alton, the daughter of Joseph and Anna Mary (Plagge) Baune. Vi attended country school near her home until moving to Remsen, Iowa in 1932. She continued her education at St. Mary's Catholic School, graduating in 1942...
Meredith 'Minnie' Schroeder (12/20/11)
Meredith "Minnie" Schroeder, 66, of Remsen, died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D. Minnie was born Jan. 12, 1945, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Le Mars, the daughter of Lawrence and Bernetta (Boothby) Reinert. Minnie was raised in Marcus and educated at Holy Name Catholic School through her junior year then attended Marcus Public School, graduating in 1963. She worked in a Café in Marcus for a few years...
Larry Wink (12/20/11)
Larry Wink, 72, of Le Mars, formerly of Kingsley, died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at his home surrounded by family after a valiant seven year battle with colon cancer. Larry Reinking Wink was born June 10, 1939, in rural Woodbury County, the son of Johnnie and Elna (Reinking) Wink. ...
Iowa Weekly Weighted Average Feeder Cattle Report: For Week Ending: Saturday, Dec 17, 2011 (12/20/11)
Iowa Ethanol Plant Report (12/20/11)
Iowa Soybean Processor report (12/20/11)
Don't write off marriage (12/20/11)
Time magazine and the Pew Research Center in November did a survey on attitudes and trends on marriage, families and raising children. The results, released this month, paint a picture of a rapidly changing societal landscape. Pew researchers analyzed data from the U.S. Census Bureau from 1960, when the "nuclear" family was the norm, up until 2008, when "modern" families were on the rise...
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