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Thursday Afternoon News, Nov. 1

Le Mars Community High School To Feature "Sound of Music"

(LE MARS) -- Le Mars Community High School students will be performing one of the most popular musicals of all time this weekend.  Rogers and Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music" is being staged today (Thursday)-Saturday.  English teacher Erin Ohrland is directing the cast of 57.  She says the reason they decided to take on such a big production is because of the abounding talent this year.

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In addition to students you'll see on stage, there is a pit orchestra of 15 and a stage crew of 4.  When casting this production, Ohrland says that the students came in to audition without knowing what show they were doing.

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Junior Erin Conner earned the lead female role of Maria in "The Sound of Music."  She says her favorite part of the character is interacting with the Von Trapp children and the best part of working on the show has been seeing it all come together.

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Erin was previously a student director for a production, and had a singing role in a musical speech competition piece last year.  In addition to showcasing a group of talented students, Director Ohrland says that the sets will be plentiful.  A functional two story house will be used to feature the enormity of the Von Trapp family. 
Rogers and Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music" will be performed in the middle school gym by the Le Mars Community High School tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday at 7pm.  They encourage you to buy tickets ahead of time at the high school office. The cost is $7 for all who attend.

 

More Fiberglass Ice Cream Cones To Be Ordered

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce will be placing an additional order for fiberglass ice cream cones prior to Thanksgiving.  If anyone would like to purchase one of the cones, you will need to contact the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce office.  The Le Mars Public art project has been on-going for over two years.  The Le Mars Public Art project currently has 57 cones, a cow, and a dog placed throughout Le Mars.  A bulldog will be placed in front of the new Le Mars Community School auditorium in the next few weeks.


Tyson Foods Settles With Workers

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Tyson Foods, Inc. would pay $950,000 under the proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit covering 1,200 workers at a Council Bluffs meat processing plant who claimed
wage violations, but most of the money would go to lawyers.
Court documents filed Wednesday show Tyson Foods reached the tentative agreement with workers' attorneys, and both sides are seeking a judge's approval.
The deal would reimburse plaintiffs' lawyers $340,000 for out-of-pocket costs and award $309,000 in attorneys' fees.
Current and former workers dating back to 2006 could claim payments from a $271,000 pot, based on factors such as how much they worked and their specific jobs.
The lawsuit claimed Tyson should've paid employees for time spent putting on and cleaning clothes and equipment and sharpening knives before and after shifts. Tyson denies wrongdoing.


Appeals Court Dismisses Sierra Club's Fight Against Proposed Highway

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Appeals Court has dismissed an appeal from the Sierra Club in its fight against the Highway 100 extension in Cedar Rapids.
The court's decision issued Wednesday agreed with a lower court that said the Sierra Club didn't first seek administrative remedies with the Iowa Department of Transportation. The court also said the highway project remains a proposal that is not yet ripe for judicial review.
The club says the project would damage the ecosystem of two nature preserves.
Attorney Wallace Taylor represents the Sierra Club Iowa Chapter, and he says the ruling will be appealed to the Iowa Supreme Court. Taylor also says a federal lawsuit challenging the highway
project's environmental impact is pending.
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Ankeny Councilman Changes Mind Over Proposed Casino

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) - Public reaction against a proposed Ankeny casino has persuaded a City Council member to renounce his original support.
Mark Holm says that the feedback has made it clear to him that residents don't want a casino in their town. Holm says he's consequently reversed his opinion of the $150 million project that developers say would create about 600 jobs.
On Monday Holm voted for a contract committing the city to helping Wild Rose Entertainment's efforts to obtain a state gambling license.
Council member Bobbi Bentz and Mayor Steve Van Oort also oppose the project.
The casino would be built near a new interchange on Interstate 35 in the Des Moines suburb.
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