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Le Mars Parent-Teacher Organization Receives Donation From LEEP

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars Community School Parent-Teacher Organization received a major donation of $5,000 from the Le Mars Educational Enhancement Project or LEEP towards “Project Playground”, a fundraising effort to contribute to the total costs of new playgrounds at the three elementary schools in Le Mars. Other PTO major fundraisers for the playgrounds include the Lawn Mower Raffle, with a John Deere D-110 Riding Lawn Mower donated by Icon Ag Solutions. Tickets for the mower raffle are just $10 each, and are available at Motor Inn, Primebank, and the LCSD Superintendent’s Office.  PTO Cookbooks are also for sale at various Le Mars businesses. Cost is $10 and they make great gifts! Physical education and safe playtime is an important part of a child’s education. All donations are appreciated.

Pictured from Left to Right: Julie Bietelspacher LEEP Treasurer, Angela Hurd PTO President, Jodi Brown PTO Treasurer, and Angie Penne Clark PTO representative.


Red White And Blue Mud Run Scheduled For Ice Cream Days

(Le Mars) -- Get ready for the second annual Red...White...and Blue Mud Run.  The race through mud, water, and other obstacles is set to happen on Saturday, June 21st during Ice Cream Days.  Le Mars Police Officer Justin Daale says the mud run should again prove to be fun and challenging, covering four miles along the West Floyd complex.

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The event is again being hosted by the Le Mars Police Association, the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Association, PLymouth County Peace Officers Association, and the Plymouth County EMT Association.  Daale says organizers will feature a smaller version of the mud run for younger children to participate.

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Daale says the mud run is a race for individuals with the purpose of the course is to have participants challenge themselves.

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To register for the second annual Red, White, and Blue Mud Run go online at


Create A New Flavor Of Ice Cream Contest Announced

(Le Mars) -- Northwest Bank and Blue Bunny® will be sponsoring an Ice Cream Flavor Creation Contest on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.  The contest will be held at the Olson Cultural Event Center, 33 1st St NE, in Le Mars.  This contest is in conjunction with Ice Cream Days and is open to people age 16 and older (individuals or teams).  There will be prizes given to include cash, gifts and a trophy.

During the contest, participants will be provided with one 56 oz. container of Blue Bunny® premium vanilla ice cream and given 20 minutes to complete the flavor creation and present to the judges for scoring.  Participants provide all ingredients required to complete their flavor creation, along with any bowls, utensils and preparation materials needed.  Judging will be completed at the contest and winners announced.  Interested parties may register, which includes a $15 entry fee, by contacting the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce at 712-546-8821 for full details and an entry form.  All paid entries will receive two Blue Bunny® coupons to purchase product for concepting.  Deadline to register is June 13, 2014.


Transportation Department Unveils Five Year Highway Plan

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's preliminary five-year highway spending plan includes more than $900 million for state-owned bridges and more than $1.2 billion for enhanced safety features and upgrades on state highways.
The Iowa Transportation Department unveiled the estimated $2.7 billion plan on Tuesday. It covers fiscal years 2015 through 2019.
The plan include reconstruction work on Interstate 29 in Sioux City, the interstate system in Council Bluffs, and the replacement of the Mississippi River bridge on Interstate 74 in Bettendorf that links Iowa and Illinois.
The draft program is posted and available for public comment on the Iowa DOT's website. The Iowa Transportation Commission is scheduled to consider final approval of the program on June 10 at a meeting in Perry.


Executive Branch Admits To Making Mistakes On Employee Do Not Hire List

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's executive branch is acknowledging that it erroneously disqualified dozens of former employees from jobs at its 42 agencies.
The Department of Administrative Services said Tuesday that a review identified roughly 90 people who should not have been on a list of workers facing employment bans due to previous firings or forced resignations.
The department launched the review after releasing a list of 975 workers who were disqualified from re-employment to The Associated Press last month. Union officials said the list was flawed and included some workers who had been reinstated.
Iowa's top human resources official told lawmakers last month the state was "fairly diligent" in deciding which workers cannot be rehired.
Attorneys representing former workers have filed a proposed class-action lawsuit contending the state kept an illegal blacklist.


Couple Finds Marijuana Inside Hamburgers

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) - Police are investigating an Iowa couple's report that they found marijuana among the layers on their double cheeseburgers.
The couple told police they bought the burgers at the McDonald's drive-thru on Richmond Street in Ottumwa on April 26. Ottumwa police Lt. Jason Bell says they reported that, after taking at least a bite each, they noticed plant material that smelled and looked like pot.
The two told the restaurant management about what they found and then contacted Ottumwa police. A sample of the substance has been sent to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation for testing. No arrests have been reported.
Restaurant managers have declined to comment.


Man Given Jail Time After Son Tests Positive For Marijuana

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - A northern Iowa man has been given jail time after his minor son tested positive to marijuana exposure.
25-year-old Nathaniel James Gabrielson, of St. Ansgar, was recently sentenced to a year in jail, with all but 50 days suspended. He was also given two years of probation.
Gabrielson pleaded guilty to an aggravated misdemeanor of child endangerment without injury. Another child endangerment charge was dismissed as part of a plea deal.
Court documents say Gabrielson's minor son was unsupervised sometime between Oct. 3 and Dec. 17 and ingested marijuana. It later showed up in his system. It's unclear how old Gabrielson's son was at the time.


Corrections Officers Require Medical Attention Following Inmate Attack

FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) - Officials say several staffers at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison required medical attention after an inmate allegedly attacked one of them.
The incident occurred Monday morning. The prison was placed on restricted movement as officials investigate the case.
Officials say an inmate attacked a correctional officer after the inmate failed to follow orders from the officer. Three other officers then responded and subdued the inmate.
Two officers were sent to a local hospital for evaluation. Two other officers were seen by medical staff at the prison. 
The newspaper reports another inmate has been credited with trying to stop the initial assault.





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