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Stories from Friday, February 17, 2012

Plymouth County 2012-13 tax levy rates hold steady (02/17/12)
Plymouth County taxpayers may be paying more in taxes next year, but it's not because the county tax levy increased. Based on current estimates, the countywide levy rate, including rural services, will decrease slightly from the current $8.04 to the proposed $8.03 per $1,000 of taxable valuation...
LCS Quiz Bowl team on TV Sunday (02/17/12)
The Le Mars Community High School Quiz Bowl team will begin its quest for a win in the KCAU Quiz Bowl Tournament this Sunday at 11 a.m. on Channel 9. Members of the Le Mars Community Quiz Bowl team are Liz Koele, Morgan Dodson, Becca Clay, and Zach Kooistra, will take on Sioux City West in a first round match...
Le Mars native honored for firefighting, service (02/17/12)
It was cooking with fire, not fighting it, that first brought Mitch Webb to Oregon. But today the Le Mars native is a full-time firefighter with the La Pine Rural Fire Protection District, in La Pine, Oregon, where he was recently named firefighter of the year...
Deadline for LCS football coach applicants is Feb. 24 (02/17/12)
A new head varsity football coach for the Le Mars Community School District may be hired March 12. Jim Boyd, head varsity coach since 1993, announced his plans to retire at the end of this school year. The coach's opening has been advertised in the Sunday editions of newspapers in Omaha and Des Moines the last two weekends, according to Dr. Todd Wendt, LCS superintendent...
Strengthening Families program is offered in Le Mars (02/17/12)
Families have a Sunday deadline to enroll in the Strengthening Families program being offered on Sundays at the Le Mars Convention Center. A Strengthening Families session Feb. 12 started the program sponsored locally by the Plymouth County Extension Office, the Le Mars Area YMCA and the Asylum Teen Center...
Class 1A District Basketball: Whitehead shoots Gehlen past Hinton (02/17/12)
LE MARS -- Michael Whitehead put the Gehlen Catholic basketball team on his back and carried the Jays to a 52-42 win over Hinton in Class 1A district quarterfinal action on Thursday night in Le Mars. "This was a good win," said Gehlen coach Mike Langel, whose Jays split the regular season series with the Blackhawks. ...
Class 1A District Basketball: Top performance pushes K-P past Woodbury Central (02/17/12)
KINGLSEY -- Every team wants to be playing its best when the postseason arrives. Kingsley-Pierson may be doing just that following an 83-53 thrashing of Woodbury Central on Thursday in both teams' first action in the Class 1A District 3 tournament. "That was our best game of the season, by far," said K-P coach Adam Rapp. ...
CLASS 1A DISTRICT BASKETBALL: A-W beats West Sioux again 46-30 (02/17/12)
AKRON -- The Westerners will head northeast next Tuesday to face No. 4 Boyden-Hull after Akron-Westfield advanced 46-30 over West Sioux Thursday in the Class 1A District 4 bracket. A-W (7-15) had a solid performance on both offense and defense against West Sioux (5-17), a week after the Westerners defeated the Falcons in Hawarden...
CLASS 1A DISTRICT BASKETBALL: R-U takes down MMC to advance (02/17/12)
MARCUS -- The Remsen-Union boys basketball team kept its season alive despite a second-half comeback attempt by Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn on Thursday. The Rockets pulled away from a third-quarter tie with the Eagles to secure a 74-65 win in Class 1A district quarterfinal action...
State Wrestling: A-W's Utesch, Willer advance in championship bracket (02/17/12)
DES MOINES -- Three Akron-Westfield wrestlers began competition at the state wrestling tournament on Thursday evening in Des Moines and all three will live to see another day on the mats at Wells Fargo Arena on Friday. Chet Utesch (126) and Chet Willer (195) each earned opening round victories while Daniel Dirks (138) bounced back from an opening loss to win his first match in the consolation bracket...
Bulldog bowlers earn runner-up finishes (02/17/12)
LE MARS -- The Le Mars Community boys and girls bowling teams rolled to a pair of runner-up finishes at the state-qualifying meet held Thursday afternoon at Sweet 16 Lanes in Le Mars. Denison-Schleswig won the girls competition while Sergeant Bluff-Luton was the boys team champion. Both teams will advance to state...
Denison, IA Feeder Cattle Auction: Feeder Cattle Weighted Average Report for 02/16/2012 (02/17/12)
Iowa Ethanol Corn and Co-Products Processing Values (02/17/12)
Iowa Ethanol Plant Report (02/17/12)
Iowa Soybean Processor report (02/17/12)
Sheldon, IA Slaughter Cattle Auction: Weighted Average Report for 02/16/2012 (02/17/12)
My Las Vegas experience (02/17/12)
Our former employer invited his office help to visit him at his retirement home in Las Vegas. My friend and I eagerly accepted his invitation, planning to see some shows and check out the casinos while visiting him. My first thought was that since playing slot machines requires no skill and I like to play cards, I would take my turn at the gambling tables playing Blackjack. ...
Get ready to pay more for electricity (02/17/12)
MidAmerican Energy has filed notice with the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) and its customers of a proposed increase in the cost of electricity. Iowa electric customers of MidAmerican, a privately held wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, will see an interim 3 to 5 percent increase in rates this year, followed by a 2 to 3 percent increase next year...
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