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Posted September 15, 2016 at 5:00 am

The General Election is Nov. 8. The Plymouth County Auditor’s Office is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. for residents to register to vote.

Registration forms can be obtained in person from the Plymouth County Auditor’s office at 215 Fourth Ave. S.E. in Le Mars from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Voter registration form can be also downloaded at under Online Services and then County Forms and residents then need to mail the form to the Auditor’s Office.

If a resident wishes to have a voter registration form mailed to him or her, please contact the Auditor’s Office.

Anyone who has questions, please

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    The official sale closing date was Sept. 1.

    Premier Communications was formed in 1906 with the simple goal of providing the latest technology with great customer service,” according to a letter current customers received. “We are proud to say we have not wavered from that original goal.”


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    By Julie Ann Madden

    It’s as simple as not enough new vehicles sold at the Total Motors in Akron, owner Scott Taylor told The Akron Hometowner.

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    “ This year will be the 36th Annual KC Phonothon. In the past 11 years alone, the KC’s have raised over $500,000. This year’s challenge goal will be $55,000. Ninety percent of the funds raised will go to Life Skills All communities in Plymouth COunth are involved in the Phonothon.Training Center, a non-profit vocational training

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    The funding is made available through the Federal Emergency Solutions Grant program, which is administered by the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development and by IFA in

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