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Stories from Friday, January 27, 2012

New Le Mars fire rating could trim costs (01/27/12)
An effort is underway in Le Mars to trim the cost of property and liability insurance and add another tool to recruit business. Le Mars Mayor Dick Kirchoff recently signed a letter asking for a new study by the Insurance Service Organization (ISO). ISO collects information on fire protection throughout the U.S. and assigns a public protection classification number to a community...
Daughter inspires mother to give to Locks of Love (01/27/12)
The treatment for Niki (Chaffin) Morgan's recent diagnosis means eventually going bald, but that didn't sway the Kingsley woman from her plan to donate her hair to help children. Since 2010, Niki has been growing her hair to give to Locks of Love, a nonprofit organization that makes hairpieces for financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss...
LCS, Gehlen Catholic students advance to State Large Group Speech contest (01/27/12)
Le Mars Community and Gehlen Catholic High School Large Group Speech students brought home a total of 28 "I" ratings from the district contest held at Woodbury-Central High School in Moville Saturday. Le Mars Community advanced 22 of 27 groups to the state competition, with Gehlen advancing six of its nine entries in the contest...
Gehlen Catholic celebrates Catholic Schools Week (01/27/12)
Gehlen Catholic will join the National Catholic Education Association and schools throughout the Diocese of Sioux City to celebrate Catholic Schools Week (CSW) Jan. 29-Feb. 4, under the theme, "Faith. Academics. Service." The week at Gehlen Catholic begins Sunday with the annual CSW Kick-Off Dinner Supper in the cafeteria...
Westfield ditch project moving forward (01/27/12)
Tree removal is set to begin next week in a ditch in the Westfield Drainage District. The Plymouth County Supervisors Tuesday approved a $68,444 contract with low bidder Graves Construction Co., of Spencer, to correct the flow of water drainage in the ditch, which is south of Highway 3 and northwest of Westfield...
LCS to host state show choir competition Monday (01/27/12)
Le Mars Community High School is one of the sites for the 2012 Iowa High School Music Association Show Choir Contest Monday, Jan. 30. Sixteen show choirs will perform starting at 2:25 p.m. in the middle school auditorium. Le Mars Community's Crimson and Black Show Choir will perform at 9:05 p.m...
Jays make quick work of Eagles (01/27/12)
SIOUX CITY -- The Gehlen Catholic Jays made quick work of a new opponent as they tallied a 66-24 win on the road at Siouxland Community Christian on Thursday evening in Sioux City. A quick start allowed Gehlen coach Mike Langel to look to the bench early in the contest, thus preserving his starters for Friday's War Eagle Conference game against Remsen-Union...
Langel's 22 lift Lady Jays past Eagles (01/27/12)
SIOUX CITY -- The Gehlen Catholic girls basketball team, which is ranked seventh in Class 1A, turned a quick lead into a 59-28 win on the road at Siouxland Community Christian on Thursday night in Sioux City. The Lady Jays led 18-4 by the end of the opening quarter and finished the second half on a 7-3 run to lead 27-13...
Western JV girls best Le Mars again (01/27/12)
HULL -- The Le Mars Community JV girls were bested by Western Christian again Tuesday by a score of 58-24. Le Mars was doubled up in the first quarter 20-10 by Western. The Wolfpack led 39-17 by halftime. Western made seven 3-pointers in the first half...
College Update (01/27/12)
Le Mars Community alum Bryan Borchers was Morningside's third-leading scorer and was tied for the team lead in rebounds in an 83-74 loss to Dordt College on Wednesday in Sioux City, Iowa. Borchers scored 13 points and pulled down eight rebounds. He was one of four Mustangs with four fouls in the game, while Dordt only had two players with three fouls...
Hoping for more prime rib (01/27/12)
In the last week, I have been so privileged as to write not one, but two stories that fall into the "why I became a sports writer" category. First, on Friday night, the Gehlen Catholic Jays defeated War Eagle Conference rival Unity Christian, a win that many Gehlen basketball players go through four years of high school without obtaining...
Floriene Kass (01/27/12)
Floriene Kass, 76, of Marcus, died Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City. The Earnest - Johnson Funeral Home in Marcus is assisting Floriene's family with funeral arrangements. Expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com...
Gloria Jean Woodard (01/27/12)
Gloria Jean Woodard, 66, of Oskaloosa, formerly of Le Mars, died suddenly Jan. 23, 2012, at the Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, Texas. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church in Oskaloosa, with the Rev. ...
Denison, IA Feeder Cattle Auction: Feeder Cattle Weighted Average Report for 01/26/2012 (01/27/12)
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A gift held me hostage (01/27/12)
We were enjoying the spring-like winter weather with which Iowa surprised its residents. The air was crisp and refreshing, the streets dry and clear when I took my 6 AM walk. It lulled us into expecting it would stay that way. It didn't. The day after we decided to make a trip north, all of it changed. We are staying home. I had hoped getting out of the house for a few days would break a spell I had been under...
Time for TIF reform? (01/27/12)
Tax Increment Financing, better known by its acronym, TIF, is a popular economic development tool. Since 1969, cities and counties have been able to use TIF to pay for infrastructure work in specified areas by dedicating future tax revenue to those projects...
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