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Thursday Afternoon News, April 3

Le Mars Likely To Get 4 Inches of Snow

(Le Mars) -- Residents in northwest Iowa are preparing for another blast of winter-like weather - two weeks into spring.
     The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning starting Thursday afternoon into Friday morning for the northwestern corner of Iowa. The agency says rain and snow, possibly mixed with sleet, is expected Thursday afternoon. Todd Heitkamp, a meterologist with the National Weather Services in Sioux Falls says this area could see a range between three and eight inches.

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A year ago, a similar late season snow and ice storm hit northwest Iowa, southeast South Dakota and southwest Minnesota causing hundreds of downed trees, and massive power outages for thousands. Is it likely we could see a similar occurance with similar results?

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The weather meterologist doesn't believe the approaching snow will be around for long.

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Gehlen Students And Chaperones Return From Honduras Mission Trip

(Le Mars) -- This past Saturday, 27 students and parent chaperones from Gehlen Catholic returned home after a ten-day missionary trip to Honduras.  Jim Klein and his daughter Michelle were part of the delegation that traveled to the Central American nation. Both claimed the trip was an "eye opening" experience.  Michelle, a senior at Gehlen, explains why she participated in the mission program.

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This was Jim Klein's first experience at visiting a foreign nation for an extended period.  He says he was surprised to see the widespread

poor living conditions.

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Michelle echoes her father's sentiments.

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In past years, Gehlen helped establish water projects, but Jim says, this year, the Gehlen group focused on construction projects.

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Jim says the homes are not equipped with indoor plumbing, and water quality and availability remains  a major concern.

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Jim says one of the most rewarding moments for the Gehlen students was to witness the distribution of the "Then Feed Just One" meals that were packed by Gehlen students.

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Speaking about the "Then Feed Just One" food program, Remsen St. Mary's and Remsen-Union students along with others from the Remsen area are scheduled to pack meals tomorrow from the Waldschmitt Memorial gym at the Remsen St. Mary school.

 

 

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