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Stories from Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Council wants the numbers on water meter option (12/21/11)
A new suggestion for water billing in Le Mars will be put to a financial test by city staff and possibly the city water consultant. Le Mars City Council members asked for the financial information during a meeting Tuesday after hearing a suggestion from Pat Kenaley, of Le Mars...
Blackmore's carpentry helps transform community center (12/21/11)
Orville Blackmore, of Merrill, learned a lot about building during his 45-year career at lumber yards in Sioux City. Now that he's retired, Blackmore is using his carpentry skills to help transform the former Kissinger Elementary School into the Kissinger Community Center...
Fair board doubles request for county dollars (12/21/11)
The Plymouth County Supervisors heard budget requests from county organizations Tuesday. The supervisors made no decisions as to funding levels for the Plymouth County Fair Board and the Plymouth County Historical Museum. Those dollar requests will be considered during 2012-13 budget discussion early next year...
Holiday closings will include the Daily Sentinel (12/21/11)
The Le Mars Daily Sentinel will not be published Dec. 26 and the office will be closed. City of Le Mars offices are closed Friday and Dec. 26. The Le Mars Public Library will be closed for the Christmas holiday Friday through Dec. 26. The Le Mars Arts Center will close Friday at 4 p.m. and re-open at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5...
No. 5 Lady Jays remain unbeaten (12/21/11)
REMSEN -- The Gehlen Catholic girls basketball team will take a perfect 8-0 record into the Christmas break. The fifth-rated (Class 1A) Lady Jays knocked off War Eagle Conference rival Remsen St. Mary's by a 47-29 decision on the road in Remsen on Tuesday to take an unblemished season and league record into the holiday break...
No. 5 Crusaders eclipse No. 7 'Dogs in OT (12/21/11)
LE MARS -- The Bulldogs had chances. But in the end, No. 5-rated (Class 3A) Bishop Heelan came out on top of Tuesday's non-conference battle with No. 7 Le Mars. The Crusaders needed an extra period to escape the 'Dogs by a 59-56 margin. "We had our opportunities, we just didn't execute very well," Le Mars coach Dave Irwin said...
A-W tops West Sioux (12/21/11)
AKRON -- The Akron-Westfield boys basketball team will enter Christmas break on a positive note after posting a 56-36 win over West Sioux on Tuesday. "It was a good way to go out before the Christmas break," A-W coach Jon Harris said. "We played more of a complete game tonight with better ball movement and we shot the ball better as well."...
No. 7 Falcons survive at A-W (12/21/11)
AKRON -- The Akron-Westfield girls basketball team had the chance to knock off No. 7 (Class 1A) West Sioux on Tuesday. But when the opportunity arose, the Lady Westerners gave the ball away and in the end it was the seventh-rated Falcons who collected the 47-43 win on Tuesday night in Akron...
Jays keep War Eagle record unblemished with win over Hawks (12/21/11)
REMSEN -- The one thing that hurt the Hawks was the thing the Jays did best in Tuesday's War Eagle Conference battle. "We just can't shoot," Remsen St. Mary's coach Scott Ruden said following Tuesday's 68-37 loss to Gehlen Catholic. "We had a lot of good looks, but nothing fell. And Gehlen shot lights out...
No. 6 Crusaders take down Lady Bulldogs 77-50 (12/21/11)
LE MARS -- Bishop Heelan's depth and size caught up to Le Mars in the second half of Tuesday's non-conference contest. The two factors proved too much for the Lady Bulldogs, who dropped a 77-50 decision to the sixth-ranked (Class 3A) Crusaders at Carey Gym on Tuesday...
Hinton matmen drop pair of duals (12/21/11)
HINTON -- The Hinton Blackhawks dropped a pair of non-conference wrestling duals on Monday in Hinton. The Blackhawks fell by a 65-12 margin to Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto and were edged 31-30 by West Monona. Cole Mills (113) and Werner Trierweiler (182) went 2-0 on the night to lead the Blackhawks...
Gehlen JV falls to SB-L 53-35 (12/21/11)
LE MARS -- The Gehlen Catholic junior varsity boys basketball team dropped its third contest of the year by a 53-35 decision to visiting Sergeant Bluff-Luton on Monday. "We tried to match quickness and physical play the first quarter," said Gehlen coach Bob Livermore, whose Jays trailed 19-13 at the first quarter break. "SB-L pulled away in the second quarter and we could never catch up on the scoreboard."...
Marianne E. Litterick (12/21/11)
Marianne E. Litterick, 84, of Hinton, died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at a Sioux City hospital. Marianne was born May 10, 1927, in Sioux City, the daughter of Alvin and Clara (Vogt) Ellison. She grew up in the Hinton area and graduated from Hinton High School...
Mathilda Johnson (12/21/11)
Mathilda Johnson, 95, of Le Mars, died Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars. Arrangements are with the Carlsen Funeral Home of Le Mars. Expression of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.
Iowa Ethanol Plant Report (12/21/11)
**This report will be discontinued as of December 30, 2011. Other: hay information can be found at http://www.ams.usda.gov. Please direct: any questions, comments or concerns to 202-720-6231 or e-mail: WASHINGTONDCLSMN@ams.usda.gov. ** (12/21/11)
Iowa Soybean Processor report (12/21/11)
How high will they go? (12/21/11)
Last week, Iowa State University (ISU) released their annual report on farmland values in the state. Buoyed by high commodity prices and a strong export market, farmland values rebounded from last year, increasing an average of 32.5 percent to $6,708 an acre...
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