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Thursday News, September 5, 2013

(Le Mars) -- A new record was set with the 34th annual Knights of Columbus Phone-a-thon held yesterday.  Donations from across the county were close to $54,000 which was nearly five thousand above the base goal, and three thousand higher than the challenge goal.  Dr. Jeremy Bollin served as the event's chairman and says next year the phone-a-thon will need grow in order to keep up with the rising costs of maintaining the Life Skills Training Center.  90 percent of the money raised stays in Plymouth County for the Life Skills Training Center and Becky Scheitler explains how Life Skills will utilize the money.

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KC chapters in Remsen, Kingsley, and Akron also participated in the annual fund raiser.  Scheitler says if you were missed, donations can still be accepted.

 

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(Le Mars) -- Local fire crews responded to a natural gas leak located on 220th Street east of County Road K-49 about two miles, or about 3 miles southeast of Le Mars.  The call was received at about 2:20 p.m. Wednesday.  No flames were visible when fire crews arrived on the scene, but a strong smell was emitting from underground.  Assistant Fire Chief Mike Wise says a pressure release valve was the cause of the leak.  Fire officials contacted both Plymouth County Energy of Merrill and Northern Natural Gas.  Work crews were able to repair the leak within an hour.

 

(Le Mars) -- Next Tuesday is election day for local public school board positions.  At the Le Mars Community School District four positions are up for election.  Mark Hemmingson is a five-year member of the Le Mars Community Board of Education.  Due to re-districting, Hemmingson will face Chris Collins, both incumbants, and now both serving District 3.  Hemmingson says Le Mars community is a good school district, and he wants to see the school always strive to get the best teachers.

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Hemmingson says school financing is many times a cumbersome, but a necessary chore for school board directors. He says it may take some time to fully understand how it works.

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The attorney says it is important to understand the programs that can be offered through the school system.  Hemmingson lives within District 3, which at times is referred to as the "Clark" district because of Clark Elementary falls within the district.

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Hemmingson says he is proud of the completion of Phase 2 which added a new gymnasium, music rooms, art room, a computer lab, and activities room to the exisiting facility, making the Le Mars Community having the latest state of the art facilities for its students.

 

(Le Mars) -- This coming Saturday, the Le Mars YMCA will host its seventh annual sprint triathon.  Angela Loutsch says it is similar to the Labor Day Iron Man Contest held in Des Moines, only shorter.  The event combines swimming, bicycling, and running.

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More than 160 competitors are expected to participate in the event. Loutsch says the competitors come from across the nation, as well as locally.

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The YMCA official says the transition area for the sprint tri-athon will open at 7:00 a.m. with the first swimmer entering the pool at 9:00 a.m.

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Loutsch says the YMCA is still in need of about 20 volunteers to assist with the coordination of the event.

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If you would like to either volunteer or register as a participant, contact Angela Loutsch at the Le Mars YMCA.  Their phone number is (712) 546-6655.

 

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Prosecutors say they have dismissed charges against two Sioux City residents accused of robbing and torturing a man because they want to build their case. The motion filed Tuesday dismisses first-degree robbery and willful injury charges against 33-year-old Melissa Lowe and 32-year-old Brandon Keleher. The Sioux City Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1fAbLSF ) Woodbury County Attorney Patrick Jennings said in the filing that prosecutors needed more time to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt. He said charges can be refiled at a later time. The victim says he met Lowe and Keleher through mutual friends. The couple is accused of attacking the man in late August with a knife and heated potato masher. The man suffered burns and a broken nose.

Online court records don't list the names of their attorneys.

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