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Wednesday News, October 23

Main Street Organization To Celebrate Halloween On Saturday

(Le Mars) -- Halloween is just around the corner, but Le Mars children will have the
opportunity to do Trick or Treating on Saturday morning.  Local businesses will be at the
Olson Cultural Event Center to distribute candy and other items.  Mary Reynolds, coordinator
of the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce and Mainstreet Organization says the fun will start at the Le Mars Arts Center.

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Reynolds says many of the community business people will also dress in costume to help
celebrate the Halloween festivities.  She says there will be volunteers stationed at various
strategic locations to help guide the young ghosts, goblins, witches, superheros, and other
costumed children to find their way. The face painting begins at 9:45 a.m. and the distribution of candy at the Olson Cultural Event Center will start at 11:00 a.m.

 

Le Mars To Feature Two Haunted Houses

(Le Mars) -- If you're ready for a good scare, you have two opportunities in Le Mars this year to walk through a Haunted House.
After years at the Shelter House at the Le Mars Pit, HYPER's Haunted House has moved downtown to 24 Plymouth Street SW right next to Bad Habit Boutique. HYPER secretary Miranda Hall says that the new location was sought out so that more people will be able to attend.

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Hyper's Haunted House, The Little Shop of Horrors, has 50 people involved in it's set up and execution. Hall says that younger kids are welcome to this Haunted House, but she warns there will be graphic content that could be pretty scary.

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Also new this year for HYPER is the addition of the Haunted House being open Halloween Night 7-10pm as well as the Saturday night before Halloween, Saturday October 26th from 7-11pm. Admission is $3.
HYPER, which stands for: Helping Young Professionals Energize the Region, is a non-profit group that organizes events and fundraisers to give back to the community.

And then, just blocks away, there's a Haunted House at the Plymouth County Museum.  In it's second year, this scary night at the museum will be put on for one night only, Saturday, October 26th from 7-11pm.
Karen Paulson and Brian Nitzschke are co-chairing the Museum's Haunted House and Brian says working on something like this a labor of love for him.

 

Gehlen Catholic To Participate In "Celebrate My Drive" Competition

(Le Mars) -- To help increase awareness of student safe driving, Gehlen Catholic School is
partnering with State Farm and the Michael Crank agency to participate in the “Celebrate My Drive” competition.
According to State Farm Insurance’s website, “Car crashes are the leading killer of teens
and the first year on the road is the most dangerous. Research shows that sharing and
celebrating positive teen driver safety messages with today’s young drivers is more powerful
than scaring them with the possibility of negative outcomes.”
To help increase awareness of student safe driving, Gehlen Catholic School is partnering
with the Michael Crank agency to participate in the “Celebrate My Drive” competition.

Now through October 26th, students and adults ages 14 and older are asked to make a commitment for the school of their choice.  Gehlen Catholic 7-12 Principal, Mr. Jeff Alesch, said, “Go to celebratemydrive.com and click on the tab ‘Make My Commitment.’ Enter your email address and birth date. After that you will be asked for the state of Iowa, your affiliation with the school and the city.  We have to put the space in Le Mars.” Then you can select Gehlen Catholic School.  Answer two questions about driving safely and then click on the submit box. Your commitment is a vote for Gehlen Catholic.”

The winning large and small school will win $100,000 grant and a concert featuring Grammy Award winner, Kelly Clarkson.  The other top 49 schools in the large and small school competitions have a chance to win $100,000 or $25,000.

 

BPI Lawsuit Against ABC News Scheduled For December

ELK POINT, S.D. (AP) - Oral arguments are scheduled for December in a motion to dismiss a
defamation lawsuit over ABC News' coverage of a meat product produced by B-P-I.
The lawsuit filed by Beef Products Inc. was moved in June from federal court to circuit court. ABC is asking the circuit judge to dismiss the case.
Dakota Dunes-based BPI claims the TV network damaged the company by misleading
consumers into believing that its signature product - lean, finely textured beef - is unhealthy and unsafe. It is seeking $1.2 billion in damages.
BPI officials say the product is safe and the coverage led to the closure of three plants and roughly 700 layoffs.
The Union County Clerk of Courts office says the hearing is scheduled for Dec. 17 at 1 p.m.


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