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Santorum To Visit LeMars

(LeMars) -- The Plymouth County Sheriff's Office arrested an Akron man for assaulting his step-father with a baseball bat.  On Wednesday, the Plymouth County Communications Center received a 911 call regarding a subject who was out of control and was walking around with a baseball bat.  Four minutes later, a second 911 call was received by the same caller advising that her son had assaulted her husband and that an ambulance was needed.  When officers arrived, it was learned that Jeremy Martinac had indeed assaulted his step-father, Gene Kappler, with the baseball bat and that medical attention was needed for Kapp ler.  Arrested was Jeremy Martinac, age 33, of Akron, Iowa.  Martinac was placed into custody at the Plymouth County Jail and he is being held on a charge of willful injury, a Class C Felony.  Martinac is being held on a $10,000 cash only bond.  The Plymouth County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Akron Police Department and the Iowa Highway Patrol.  The investigation is continuing.


(LeMars) -- Former Pennslyvania Senator, and now Republican candidate for President, Rick Santorum has scheduled a campaign stop for LeMars.  Santorum will appear at the Four Brothers Restaurant on Monday, December 5th from 12:30 until 2:00 p.m.  The public is invited to attend this event.  Later that evening, Santorum will speak at the Dordt College Campus Center in Sioux Center. The Dordt College Political Action Club, a non-partisian student group that hosts political candidates on campus as an educational service to students and the community, is sponsoring Santorum's appearance at Dordt College.  Santorum is scheduled to speak at Dordt College at 7:30 p.m. at the lower level of the Dordt College Campus Center.

(Pierson) -- State Senator, Bill Anderson of Pierson has announced that he will hold a legislative briefing to discuss the important issues for the upcoming 2012 legislative session.  The informal meeting will be held on Friday, December 9th at the Cherokee City Hall in the City chambers.  The meeting is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.  This is an opportunity for area residents to meet Senator Anderson to hear about issues that will be discussed in 2012 at the Capitol.  People can voice their concerns, opinions and ideas.  The public is welcome.


(LeMars) -- The city of LeMars, through the City Water Committee, will hold a Public Forum on Thursday, December 1, 2011 at the City Hall Council Chambers from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to hear public comment on eliminating all private water meters, which provides for a sewer credit on irrigation water.  This will affect those residents and businesses that require either one or two pubic water meters with or without sewer credit.


(LeMars) -- The LeMars Community School Board heard from Assistant Superintendent Steve Webner during last evening's meeting that the district is on pace with meeting the curriculm standards as set by the Iowa Department of Education.  The High School has until July 1 of 2012 to meet all the criteria for the curriculm, and the Elementary and Middle Schools have until the 2014-2015 school year to be fully implemented. 

(LeMars) -- Reading comprehension has been the one area where LeMars Community School District students have on average scored lower than their counterparts through out the state and nation.  However, several teachers within the LeMars Community District are doing their part to remedy the problem.  During last evening's LeMars School Board meeting.  Three teachers from the High School Language Arts Department spoke before the board, sharing with them, the strategies that have been implemented at the high school to assist students with their reading comprehension skills, and to help all teachers understand how each of them can better teach their students.  The teachers informed the board that the strategies involve helping the students better understand the information that they read in text books, and how to predict and interpret the information they read.

(LeMars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors are gathering this morning at the courthouse for their weekly meeting.  The supervisors will decide the replacement for the Local Sales Tax Advisory Board, and they will approve the amendments to the county handbook for employees. 

   

Cyclocross Competition in Le Mars this Weekend

(Le Mars)-- An extreme biking event will be taking place in Le Mars this

Saturday and Sunday at the Le Mars Municipal Park.  Up hill, downhill, through

sand, off the bike jumping barriers, on the bike jumping barriers... this is not

your typical bike ride.  It's called cyclocross and it has been introduced to

the community by the guys at Bike Central in downtown Le Mars.  This fall Kevin

Richards, Monte Brent and Mark Strub wanted to make sure people knew biking

wasn't just a warm weather sport. They began hosting cyclocross training events

at the park in October and now plan on hosting a competitive race...The Bike

Central Christmas Cross. Mark Strub says the easiest way to describe cyclocross

is cross country running, but on a bike, oh- and throw in an obstacle course.

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There will be two different divisions in the competition this weekend, and

beginners are welcome, but Strub recommends maybe heading out the park and

giving it a try, or watching on Saturday and before deciding if it's for you.  B

Divison, the less experienced division, starts at 12 noon both days and A

Division begins at 2pm. Strub says having this event over 2 days not only gives

riders more opportunity to participate, but it also encourages people to spend

time in Le Mars.

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Bike Central has plans to grow the Christmas Cross each year, and riders have

already expressed interest from Sioux Falls and Sioux City for this weekends

event.

Pre-registration is not required, but if you would to participate in this

weekends cyclocross event give Bike Central a heads-up by calling the shop at

546-4076. And the public is more than welcome to come and cheer on the riders

this Saturday and Sunday at the Le Mars Municipal Park.

   

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