2020 Remsen Bell-Enterprise Year in Review: January - March

Thursday, January 7, 2021


This year, the MMCRU National Honor Society (NHS) students were able to purchase gifts for 15 individuals in the MMCRU community and through Mid-Sioux. They held a coin drive to raise $962 for the gifts! They stated, “We are blessed to have this opportunity to serve our community during the holiday season! Thank you to everyone who brought coins during this season of giving!”

MMCRU Middle School hosted a basket donation that was donated to the Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc. All the HEX teachers got a basket, and all the students got to bring in something to help fill up their basket in their class.

A Spaghetti Supper will take place on Thursday, January 9 from 5-7 p.m. at Remsen St. Mary's High School Cafeteria during the St. Mary's vs. Kingsley-Pierson high school basketball games.

Iowa State Bank (ISB) donated $1,800.00 to the Remsen EMTs. The money will be used to purchase new computers.

Iowa State Bank of Remsen recently donated $3,000.00 to Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc. for their Plymouth County Crisis and Back to School Programs.

The MMCRU Royals Scholarship Taverns/Chips Supper will take place on Friday, January 10 from 5-7 p.m. at the MMCRU High School Commons in Marcus during the MMCRU vs. Remsen St. Mary's high school basketball games.

Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc., is sponsoring a Trivia Night featuring Big Daddy from 99.5 Radio. This Trivia Night will take place on Saturday, January 18, 2020, starting at 7:30 p.m., at Beer City (128 S. Washington St., Remsen).

The Remsen Chamber of Commerce held their annual meeting and dinner on Mon., January 6, 2020, at the Golden Pheasant in Remsen with around 130 people in attendance, according to Chamber Board Member Stephanie Loutsch. The Employee/Citizen of the Year was awarded to Dick Sievers of Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc. Jeri A. Photography received the Up and Coming Business Award. Beer City received the Business of the Year. Chamber board members serving on the 2019 Remsen Chamber Board included: Dustin Pick, American Bank (President); Rachel Keffeler, City of Remsen (Vice President); Stacey Schroeder, Floyd Valley Healthcare (Secretary); Stephanie Loutsch, WesTel Systems (Treasurer); Shane Bork, Smith Insurance; Jennifer Galles, RGS Seeds; Alicia Hoffman, Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc.; Scott Jones, Iowa State Bank; Kurtis Kroeger, Christ Lutheran Church; and Mirna Miller, Iowa State Bank. Two board members that were retiring and would be off the board for 2020 were Stephanie Loutsch, who has served for the past seven years; and Kurtis Kroeger, who has served for the past twelve years. New board members joining for 2020 include Jamie Krienert, Feeck Crop / Krier Insurance; and Becky Brown, Bavarian Meadows.

After fifty years of working for the bank, Rose Majeres has decided that now it is finally time to retire. Rose worked in the Operations Department as an Assistant Cashier at American Bank in Remsen. Her last day serving customers was Monday, January 13, 2020. Coworkers, family and friends gathered at a Retirement Celebration on Wednesday, January 8 at the Golden Pheasant.

Remsen St. Mary’s senior Spencer Schorg needed 16 points to hit the 1,000 mark for his career entering Thursday’s (January 9) non-conference game against Kingsley-Pierson. Schorg hit the nail exactly on the head as he finished with 16 points in a 61-23 win over the Panthers.

Shane Bork from Smith Insurance Services presented Josh Gengler of the Remsen Fire Department a check for a $1,500 donation. Thanks to Farmers Mutual Association of Hull, Smith Insurance Services has been able to nominate the Remsen Fire Department for the donation. This is the second year in a row Remsen was awarded the donation.

Local businesses in five counties along with Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc. have raised nearly $1,850 collectively to provide assistance to needy families this winter. Funds were raised by patrons purchasing mittens for $1 at participating businesses. Those funds were then provided to Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc. to assist families in need. “Another successful year. Thanks to our participating businesses and those who donated. Mid-Sioux and the families we serve appreciate your support.” said Dick Sievers, Mid-Sioux Executive Director.

Matt Hansen, industrial technology teacher at MMCRU High School, received the 2020 I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award at a special surprise ceremony on Wednesday, January 15 at the school. The award is given to teachers who go above and beyond to inspire student interest in and awareness of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Remsen St. Mary’s will celebrate Catholic Schools Week 2020 from January 25-31. This year’s theme is “Learn, Serve, Lead, Succeed”.

The Annual Free Throw Contest, sponsored by the Remsen Knights of Columbus, was held at St. Mary’s High School Gymnasium, on Sunday, January 12, 2020. Twenty-five participants, ages 9-14, shot 15 free throws. Medals were awarded for the first, second, and third most shots in each age group for boys' and for girls' divisions. Results from the day were as follows: Nine-year-old girls: Chloe Homan (first place), Breeana Sheehan (second place), Allisyn Garvin (third place). Nine year-old boys: Jayze Bunkers (first place), Mick Schnepf (second place), Lucas Sheehan (third place). Ten-year-old girls: Halle Bunkers (first place), Brielle Schorg (second place). Ten-year-old boys: Dalton Klein (first place), Tyten Waldschmitt (second place), Cooper Loutsch (third place). Eleven-year-old girls: No one competed in this group. Eleven-year-old boys: Gavin Poeckes (first place). Twelve-year-old girls: Josie Schwickerath (first place), Grace Galles (second place), Madelyn Kelly (third place). Twelve-year-old boys: Parker Loutsch (first place), Collin Homan (second place), Brayson Mulder (third place). Thirteen-year-old girls: Whitney Jensen (first place). Thirteen-year-old boys: Landon Waldschmitt (first place). Fourteen-year-old girls: Mya Bunkers (first place). Fourteen-year-old boys: Mitchell Schnepf (first place).

The Remsen Fire Department held their Annual Fireman's Dance on Saturday, January 25 at the Avalon Ballroom. The Johnny Holm Band provided the entertainment for the event again this year. Remsen Fireman Chris Poeckes stated, “We want to thank everyone again for a great turn out. We had a little over 600 people this year, and the money raised is going towards buying a new pumper truck. We want to thank all the sponsors that make the dance happen."

Maple Lanes had a total of twelve teams that advanced on to the State level, which was held at May City Bowl in Cedar Rapids, January 11 and 12. All twelve teams received a plaque for their achievements, placing first at the District level. Those bowling were (child name listed first, followed by adult name): Ty and Joe Schuttpelz in the Father/Son Prep Division, bowling a 1502. Caleb and Chad Gravenish in the Father/Son Junior Division, bowling a 1434. Braxton and Ben Allen in the Father/Son Junior Division, bowling a 1322. Ethan and Kevin Riedemann in the Father/Son Sr. Division, bowling a 1309. Ethan and Melanie Klein in the Mother/Son Bantam Division, bowling a 1390. Kinnick and Kristine Mohning in the Mother/Son Prep Division, bowling a 1474. Austin and Melanie Klein in the Mother/Son Junior Division, bowling a 1469. Ethan and Bobbi Riedemann in the Mother/Son Sr. Division, bowling a 1341. Mia and Mike Matgen in the Father/Daughter Prep Division, bowling a 1356. Callie and Regi Arens in the Father/Daughter Junior Division, bowling a 1222. Lily Matgen and Ashley Schuttpelz in the Mother/Daughter Bantam Division, bowling a 1340. Hadley and Tim Klein in the Father/Daughter Bantam Division.


A girl, Juna Valinor Dole, born December 23, 2019, to Will and Andie Dole of Remsen.

A boy, James Paul Heronimus, born January 6, 2020, to Kyle and Anna Heronimus of Sioux Falls, S.D.


Betty Lou Freking Ryba, 75, died at Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Neb., on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2019, at 2:59 a.m. following complicated open heart surgery. She had a heart murmur since birth.

Michelle Lee Myers Trejo, 53, of Remsen, passed away on December 20, 2019, at her home.

Robert “Bob” Huewe, 77, formerly of Remsen, passed away on December 26, 2019, in Sanford Fargo Hospital, surrounded by his wife and children.

Clarice Helen Schmit, age 82, of Remsen, passed away Sunday, December 29, 2019, at Orange City Area Health System in Orange City.

Della Rae Ringel, 63, of Remsen, passed away Wednesday, January 1, 2020, at Floyd Valley Healthcare in Le Mars.

Frances Ann Ahlers, age 79, of Marcus, and formerly of Granville, passed away on Wed., January 1, 2020, at Happy Siesta Health Care in Remsen.

June Elizabeth Schiltz, age 93, of Remsen, died January 4, 2020, at Orange City Area Hospital.

Lanise Rae Nissen, age 49, of Remsen, passed away Monday, December 30, 2019, at Sanford Community Memorial Health Center in Hartley.

Cleon Loretta Augustine, age 82, of Le Mars, and formerly of Remsen, passed away on Tuesday, January 7, 2020.

Gary “Griz” Schiltz aka Wise One, 72, of Craig, died Wednesday, January 8, 2020, peacefully at his home surrounded by his wife and kids.


Thank you to the Remsen Knights of Columbus (KC) for the donation of $300 for technology at RSM Schools. Tony Loutsch, a member of the Knights of Columbus, presented the check to Mrs. Phillips and Fr. Bill at the Catholic Schools Week Picnic on Friday, January 31. Thanks again Knights of Columbus!

Al Loutsch was this year’s Volunteer of the Year for Remsen St. Mary’s Catholic Schools.

The Remsen Knights of Columbus will be hosting their Holiday Party and Insurance Meeting on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at the VFW Hall. Social hour starts at 5 p.m. with the meal being served at 6 p.m.

MMCRU – Remsen Elementary is hosting an Elementary STEM Festival on Thursday, February 13, 2020, from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. in Remsen. This event is for TK-fourth grade students in the MMCRU - Remsen and MMCRU - Marcus Elementary Schools. This is a free family event. Dinner will be provided by the Northwest Iowa Region Governor's STEM Advisory Council. Local businesses will be presenting hands-on STEM challenges. Students will rotate between centers to experience STEM challenges.

The Oyens Volunteer Fire Department Breakfast will be held Sun., Feb. 9, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at St. Catherine’s School in Oyens. They will be serving pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausages, juice and coffee. Also the Union Vikings 4-H Club will be having a bake sale. All are welcome!

RSM students in grades PK-8 held a Soc Hop during Catholic Schools Week to raise money for the EMT's. The event raised $972.50 and will be used towards the purchase of two new defibrillators.

Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc., sponsored a Trivia Night featuring Big Daddy from 99.5 Radio. The event was rescheduled from Saturday, January 18 to Saturday, February 1 due to weather. On February 1, starting at 7:30 p.m., the Trivia Night took place and eleven teams, with no more then eight people per team, congregated at Beer City to test their knowledge and enjoy a fun night out. Cash prizes were awarded to the top team and for the best team name. The best team name winner was Team Win or Lose, We Still Booze. Team Weasel was the trivia winner of Round 1 and Round 2. Mid-Sioux also held a hog raffle that night and the winners were Emily Garcia and Lindsey Wheatley. Melany Roling of Mid-Sioux stated, “It was a great night, with lots of laughs and fun. We appreciate all the help from the sponsors and Beer City staff.”

The MMCRU Music Boosters are excited to announce they will be hosting their 1st Annual one-day Mattress Fundraiser on Saturday, February 22nd, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. For one day only, the High School in Marcus will be transformed into a mattress showroom.

Voters in Plymouth County gathered at caucus sites Monday evening, February 3 to make a statement about who they support for President of the United States.

On January 22-25, thirty-three Remsen St. Mary’s students and eleven chaperones headed to Washington D.C. to participate in the March for Life and fight for the unborn.

In less than eight months, every United States citizen with plans for domestic air travel or admittance to federal facilities will need a REAL ID. According to Plymouth County Treasurer Shelly Sitzmann, the Department of Homeland Security has elected to implement the REAL ID Act implemented the REAL ID Act and will begin enforcing it Oct. 1.

The 29th Annual Friends of St. Mary’s Ball welcomes ladies and gentlemen to break out your 1920’s flapper dresses, pearls, suspenders and fedora hats! The Ball will be on April 18, 2020 and the theme this year is “Roaring 2020”. Doors will open at the Avalon at 5:15 p.m. Dinner will be served from 6-7 p.m. Co-Chairpersons for the event are Kara and Lee Harpenau along with Chad and Susan Tentinger.

St. Mary's Activity Club will be holding their annual Fish Supper on Friday, February 28, at St. Mary's High School Cafeteria in Remsen. The menu will include those wonderful homemade salads and desserts, as well as fried and baked fish, corn, and cheesy potatoes.

St. Mary's Little Hawks Preschool Parent Informational Meeting for the 2020-21 school year will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary's Elementary School (321 Fulton Street, Remsen).

MMCRU - Remsen will be holding their Preschool Open House on Thur., March 5, 2020 at the Early Childhood building on the north side of the school in Remsen. The parent meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. Any parents with children who will be four years old by September 15, 2020 are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Floyd Valley Clinics would like to announce the upcoming retirement of Cheryl Cronin, PA-C effective August 28, 2020. In conjunction with PA Cronin’s retirement, NP Geri Lynn Schroeder will be assuming more hours at the Remsen Clinic beginning August 31. Geri Lynn has been seeing patients at both the Le Mars and Remsen Clinics for 14 years. She will continue to see her all of her patients out of the Remsen Clinic (786-1114). If you do choose to select a new provider at the Le Mars Clinic, please note that all providers are accepting new patients.

Members of the MMCRU Readers Theater recently earned All-State status at the state large group speech contest. The team consists of Paige Gergen, Kaitlyn Goth, Eban Hicks, Ellie Hilbrands, Mya Holmes, Brynn Jones, Faith Olson, Audra Penning, Michael Rupp, Taylor Schlenger, Zac Schmid, Brett Staab, and Keaton Weiler.

The Plymouth County Pork Producers Association will hold its 2020 banquet on Saturday, Feb. 29, at the Willow Creek Golf Course in Le Mars. The general public is invited.

The lone freshman in the Class 2A-170 field was unable to advance past Day 1 of the state wrestling tournament, bowing out with a pair of losses on Thursday, February 20. Brenden Fisch faced 35-1 Spencer Mooberry of Osage in the first round and kept it competitive through the first period. The RSM student competing for Cherokee struck first with a takedown before an escape and takedown from Mooberry. Fisch chose bottom after the deferral from Mooberry in the second and was eventually pinned in a time of 2:53. The consolation match saw Fisch up against Red Oak senior Bruce Lukehart. Again Fisch was able to score first, but wasn’t able to maintain the advantage. He gave up a late escape which made it 2-1 entering the second. Lukehart tied the bout with an escape to start the second and took the lead with a takedown. The Red Oak wrestler added another two points with a takedown in the third to win 6-2. Fisch completes his freshman season with a 28-6 record.


A girl, Phoenix Rose Hajek, born December 25, 2019, to Ryan and Kendra Hajek of Remsen.

A girl, Olivia Lou Heeren, born December 31, 2019, to Cody and Stacy Heeren of Remsen.


John C. Steffen “JB”, age 61, of Remsen, passed away on February 14, 2020 at Floyd Valley Healthcare in Le Mars, after nearly a five-year battle with melanoma.


Two organizations in Remsen held Fish Fries on Friday, February 28, which was the first Friday of the season of Lent. The St. Mary's Activity Club held their annual Fish Supper from 4:30 to 6:45 p.m., at St. Mary's High School Cafeteria in Remsen. Besides all-you-can-eat baked and fried fish, the menu consisted of homemade salads and desserts, corn, and cheesy potatoes. Many patrons took part in the delicious meal. The Remsen VFW and American Legion held their first of seven Fish Fries from 5 to 7 p.m. Many volunteers helped to serve delicious all-you-can-eat pollock, cheesy potatoes, hashbrowns, homemade salads and desserts to hungry guests. Besides pollock, one could also try cod, shrimp, walleye, or orange roughy. Six Fridays remain for this annual fundraiser.

On Thursday, February 27, the MMCRU music department received their giant check from Custom Fundraising Solutions for their fundraising efforts during the recent Mattress Fundraiser. The high school music students gathered together to take a picture with the $5,585.00 check.

Remsen St. Mary’s boys basketball team unfurls their state qualifying banner in front of their fans following the team’s, 52-35 substate final win over Council Bluffs St. Albert on Saturday, February 29. The No. 5 ranked Hawks have now made the Class 1A state tournament four years straight. The team awaits the pairings to find out their first opponent at state. The team will take the court at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines for the quarterfinal round on Monday, March 9.

For the MMCRU High School Vocal Pops Concert, MMCRU high school choir and soloists will perform popular music for the community on Thursday, March 5, 2020, at 7 p.m. in the Middle School Auditorium in Remsen. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Band students in grades fifth through twelfth at MMCRU, will perform a MMCRU Band Pops Concert with popular music for the community on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at 7 p.m. in the High School Gymnasium in Marcus. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

MMCRU fifth through eighth grade singers will perform popular songs for the community at the Middle School Vocal Pops Concert on Thursday, March 12, 2020, at 7 p.m. in the Middle School Gymnasium in Remsen. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

Members of the MMCRU girls' basketball team celebrate their War Eagle Conference championship after defeating South O'Brien on Feb. 11. The Royals finished the season with a spotless 20-0 record.

On Monday, March 2, students, faculty, friends, and family gathered outside of Paul Pick’s house to pray for him and his family as he faces terminal cancer. The entire school was able to go out to the Pick’s farm with help from the MMCRU School which supplied buses.

Every Wednesday night during the Season of Lent, Christ Lutheran Church (CLC) in Remsen is hosting potlucks starting at 5:30 p.m., and Lenten Services starting at 6:30 p.m.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Monday, March 9, signed a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency, activating the disaster response and recovery aspects of the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management’s Iowa Emergency Response Plan. The proclamation authorizes state agencies to utilize resources including personnel, equipment and facilities to perform activities necessary to prevent, contain and mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 virus. Testing at Iowa’s State Hygienic Laboratory has indicated five additional presumptive positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iowa residents, bringing the total to eight presumptive positive cases, all related to travel. All are recovering at home in isolation. COVID-19 was first linked to an outbreak in Wuhan, China, in December 2019, but cases have subsequently been identified in several countries including the U.S. The first presumptive positive cases in Iowa were identified on March 8. Iowans can help prevent the spread of illness by following simple daily precautions including washing hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when ill. It is currently flu and respiratory disease season, and IDPH recommends getting the flu vaccine. Influenza activity is widespread in Iowa and as long as flu viruses are circulating, it’s not too late to receive the vaccine.

MMCRU - Remsen Schools celebrated Dr. Seuss week, which was the week of March 2-6. The dress-up day themes for each day were as follows: Monday: Wear Many Colors, in honor of the book "My Many Colored Days”; Tuesday: Wear a Hat, in honor of the book "The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins”; Wednesday: Wear Wacky Clothes, in honor of the book "Wacky Wednesday”; Thursday: Wear Red and Blue, in honor of the book "Cat in the Hat”; and Friday: Wear Silly Socks, in honor of the book "Fox in Socks”.

On Sunday night, March 15, schools across Iowa, including Plymouth County, were left scrambling to decide whether or not they would heed Iowa Governor Kim Reynold’s recommendation to close schools statewide for the next four weeks. By 9 p.m., each of the seven county schools had announced they would adhere to Gov. Reynolds advice which was released around 8 p.m. via a video statement. According to a news release issued by Reynolds office it stated, “based on new information today from the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), now is the time to move to the next level of response,” Gov. Reynolds stated. “I am now recommending that all Iowa schools close for a period of four weeks to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.” The release further stated Gov. Reynolds made the recommendation in consultation with IDPH and based on CDC guidelines. Earlier on Sunday, IDPH was notified of four additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19, for a total of 22 positive cases.

The Remsen Chamber of Commerce was planning on sponsoring a Trivia Night on Saturday, March 21, 2020. According to a post on the Remsen Chamber of Commerce Facebook page, made on March 16, they stated, "Due to the rising concerns of COVID-19, the Directors of the Remsen Chamber have decided to CANCEL Trivia Night that was scheduled for this Saturday. We will be issuing refunds to those who have paid. Thank you for your understanding.”

The NAIA announced Thursday, March 12, that effective immediately, it will be canceling all remaining winter championship events, including those that are currently underway. The health and safety of our student-athletes, as well as all involved in our championship events, is the NAIA’s highest priority. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 developments and NAIA leadership will work closely with our member institutions to determine the best path forward for future NAIA events, including all spring 2020 championships. The cancellation affects the DII Basketball National Championships which were already underway with the women’s tournament in Sioux City and the men’s tournament in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

The NCAA announced Thursday afternoon, March 12, that all 2020 winter and spring championships were canceled due to concern over the coronavirus with the following statement: Today (Thursday, March 12), NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors canceled the Division I men’s and women’s 2020 basketball tournaments, as well as all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships. This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities.

For the second consecutive year, Remsen St. Mary’s had their hopes of winning a state boys basketball championship dashed by a last-second shot. With the game tied at 53 with 4.4 seconds left, West Fork had a baselines out of bounds play set up with Brayden Vold stepping into the lane and scoring the game-winning shot in the final second to win a Class 1A quarterfinal game by a 55-53 final score at Wells Fargo Arena on Monday afternoon, March 9.

Rachel Keffeler, Remsen City Clerk, announced some changes at the Remsen City Office and Remsen Public Library due to COVID-19 Virus. A press release stated the following, “The City of Remsen will be making some changes to the way we operate out of caution for the public and the threat of the COVID-19 virus. Beginning March 17, 2020, the lobby at City Hall will be closed to the public and we ask that payments be made by using the drop box. City Hall employees will be in the office during normal operating hours and available to answer questions and conduct other business. The Remsen Public Library will also be closed until further notice.”

According to a post on the Remsen Chamber of Commerce Facebook page, made on March 20, they stated, “The Remsen Chamber of Directors have decided to cancel the 2020 Easter Egg Hunt. The Directors made the decision due to concerns about the COVID-19 and recommendations from the Iowa Department of Public Health. The Chamber is adopting the practices and procedures that are specifically trying to limit the exposure and transmission of the virus. We will see you all at the 2021 Remsen Chamber Easter Egg Hunt.”

Logan Sparr was sworn in as a new police officer in Remsen at the City Council Meeting on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Sparr will be replacing Mike Sparr when Mike retires. Logan Sparr will start at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in April.

Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency Tuesday morning, March 17, activating the public health response and recovery aspects of the State Disaster Emergency Plan effective at noon Tuesday, March 17. The plan takes significant steps to require social distancing and limit community spread of the virus by implementing temporary measures including moving restaurants to drive-through, carry-out, and delivery only, and closures of certain entities such as bars and recreational facilities. The declaration is in effect until 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, March 31. Closures include fitness centers; theaters (live performances or motion pictures); casinos and gaming facilities; and senior citizen centers and adult daycare facilities. In addressing mass gatherings, the declaration states: “Social, community, spiritual, religious, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events of more than 10 people are hereby prohibited at all locations and venues, including but not limited to parades, festivals, conventions, and fundraisers. Planned large gatherings and events must be canceled or postponed until after termination of this disaster.” The proclamation also allows state agencies additional flexibility in responding to the unprecedented COVID-19 situation, and supports the critical work of public health.

Churches across Plymouth County and beyond are dealing with the fact that no Sunday worship services will be held in the near future. The decision to resume services will be made based on the overall situation in the communities, including the re-opening of area schools. When services resume, the announcement will be made online and via local media outlets. Pastors, worship leaders and members are working on ways to bring Sunday worship services, Lenten messages and daily devotions to all via social media.


A boy, Kolbe Dean Echaniz, born November 9, 2019, to Maria and Matthew Echaniz of Chesapeake, Va.


Leona K. (Muller) Zolnierzak, 94, formerly of Remsen, Iowa, a longtime resident of Rankin and East Pittsburgh, Pa., and a recent resident of Woodhaven in Monroeville, Pa., died on Tuesday, February 25, 2020.

Robert “Bob” Manning, 63, of Cleghorn, died unexpectedly at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020.

LeRoy Robert Sherlock, 73, of Jefferson, Iowa, formerly of Remsen, Iowa, died February 23, 2020 at the Greene County Medical Center.

Paul L. Pick, age 84, of Remsen, passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at his home near Remsen.

Lisa Michelle Loring passed away on Sunday, March 15, 2020 at the age of 52, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.