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Monday Afternoon News, Oct. 22

City To Open Grass, Leaf, and Tree Disposal Site

(Le Mars) -- Clean up on the city leaf, grass, and tree site is near completion.  Assistant City Administrator Bill Cole says the site will be open and manned from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, and from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays.  In addition, the city will have the site open tomorrow, October 23rd as a way for people to catch up.  The grass, leaf and tree disposal site will be open on Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

 

Le Mars To Flush Water Mains

(Le Mars) -- The city of Le Mars Water Department will start flushing water mains in the southeastern part of town on Tuesday.  Water superintendent, Gayle Sitzmann says the city will do the booster area first which consists of south of 12th Street and east of 2nd Avenue.  On Wednesday, the city will continue north of 12th Street to Plymouth Street and east of 14th Avenue.  Sitzmann says the entire procedure may take up to three days to complete.  Sitzmann says businesses and residents may experience discolored water and should refrain from washing clothes during the flushing times in your area.

 

School Board To Review Past Year's Achievements

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community Board of Education will discuss the annual progress report during their regularly scheduled meeting tonight.  Assistant Superintendent Steve Webner will review the highlights with the school board.  Kindergarten teachers will appear before the board to inform the directors about how their students have been learning about phonetic awareness as a result of the teachers professional development.  The board is expected to act upon one resignation.


Crime Stoppers Investigate Theft of Truck Drive Shaft

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars Police are investigating the theft of a drive shaft from a 2002 pickup truck.  Early Saturday morning, Police received a call from the victim indicating he went to drive his pick up truck, but when he put the vehicle in gear, the vehicle would not move.  Upon inspection, it was determined that someone had removed the drive shaft from the truck.  The theft is under investigation and anyone with information about the incident are asked to contact the Le Mars Police Department or Plymouth County Crime Stoppers.

 

Two Missouri Men Face Fines For Illegal Fishing

WAPELLO, Iowa (AP) - Iowa authorities say two Missouri men face fines and civil damages connected with the netting of shovelnose sturgeon on the Iowa side of the Mississippi River.
The Iowa Natural Resources Department says 43-year-old Robert Housman, of Sikeston, Mo., was charged with violating Iowa regulations on netting and possessing shovelnose sturgeon. The
state seeks nearly $3,700 in fines and $18,000 in damages from Housman.
The department says 39-year-old Michael Dye, of Charleston, Mo., faces the same two charges and another for lacking a commercial fishing license. The state seeks nearly $3,800 in fines and $18,000
in damages from Dye.
A public phone listing for Dye could not be found. Housman didn't immediately return a message Monday from The Associated Press. Online court records don't list the names of their attorneys.

 

Iowa DNR Says "Watch Out For Deer"

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - Iowa drivers need be on the lookout for deer as the harvest thins the corn fields and the mating season begins.
Iowa ranks second among the states in the number of car-deer crashes. Only West Virginia has more.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier says this is the time of year for drivers to be most watchful. State Farm, which tracks statistics on deer-related accidents, says November, October and
December, in that order, are the most common months for deer accidents.
Tom Litchfield of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says corn crops make good cover for deer, and as the harvest progresses, the deer scatter. Deer are on the move mostly at dawn and dusk, but Litchfield says it could be anytime during the mating season.




 

 

   

Monday News, October 22

Le Mars Catholic Parishioners Dedicate New St. Joseph Church

(Le Mars) -- Song, scripture, liturgy and pageantry filled the sanctuary of the new St. Joseph Catholic Church Sunday afternoon as the 1000 plus parishioners dedicated the new building.  Bishop Walker Nickless was on hand to coordinate the dedication.  Bishop Nickless told the group of Catholic parishoners that the new church is more than a new building.
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He reminded the people that the church should serve as a place where their spirit is renewed.

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Following the dedication, Pastorial Lay Director, Dick Ahlers said the ceremony inspired him.

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Father Kevin Richter received a loud and continuous applause when Bishop Nickless singled him out and personally thanked him for his "blood, sweat, and tears" is overseeing the construction of the new church.  Later, the congregation expressed their appreciation to Father Richer by giving him a new Ford Escape car.  Richter talked about how the church community came together and what it means to him.

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Richter says this was his first building dedication and for him it was an emotional experience.
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Architect Incorporates Many Artifacts From Old Church Into New Church

(Le Mars) -- As we have learned from last week, One of the key factors in designing and constructing of the new church was to incorporate many of the artifacts from the old St. Joseph Church into the new church building. The altars came from the old St. Joseph church, and many of the statutes were from the old church, or from the Neptune Catholic Church.  Dick Ahlers is especially proud of the stained glass windows, and the care and preservation that was involved.

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Kevin Strehle was the architech of the new church building.  He says he welcomed the challenge of creating the church with modern features, but at the same time holding on to traditional pieces.

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Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Ryan Speaks in Sioux City

(Sioux City) -- Republican Vice Presidential candidate PAUL RYAN rallied the GOP faithful with a quick trip into Sioux City Sunday afternoon.  Ryan gave a 12 minute speech to an outdoor crowd of about 600 people at Bev's On The River.  The Wisconsin Congressman stressed the importance of the state in this election saying Iowa could decide who will be the next president.

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Ryan took President Barack Obama to task for distorting GOP Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney's record instead of laying out an agenda for an Obama Second term.

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Ryan says despite what the President would have you believe, a second Obama administration would increase taxes on small business and limit job creation.

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Ryan was introduced by Iowa Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds.  Some of those attending waited nearly three hours to hear Ryan, and were entertained with a free concert by country star Mark Wills.


Le Mars Community School Board To Meet

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community Board of Education will discuss the annual progress report during their regularly scheduled meeting tonight.  Assistant Superintendent Steve Webner will review the highlights with the school board.  Kindergarten teachers will appear before the board to inform the directors about how their students have been learning about phonetic awareness as a result of the teachers professional development.  The board is expected to act upon one resignation.

 

Ogden Man Charged With Killing His Wife

OGDEN, Iowa (AP) - A 28-year-old man has been charged with killing his wife in the central Iowa city of Ogden.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says Josh Powell was arrested Sunday after Ogden officers went to the home he shared with his wife, 25-year-old Jacalyn Powell.
Investigators say Josh Powell called 911 around 10 a.m. Sunday to report that his wife was dead. Court records say Josh Powell reported that he and his wife had fought the night before and that
he'd struck her.
Josh Powell is being held in Boone County Jail on $2 million bail. Online court records don't list the name of his attorney.


Hunters Are Being Asked To Help With Missing Cousins

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) - Friends of the two young Iowa girls who have been missing since July are asking hunters to watch for clues about the missing cousins.
FBI officials have said they believe Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins were abducted from Evanston this summer.
Chad Hartogh, who manages the Waterloo Hy-Vee store, says he hopes reminding hunters about the case will help bring the girls home.
Since they were reported missing, Lyric turned 11 and Elizabeth turned 9. Their bikes were found near Meyers Lake in Evansdale.
Chris Jones, with the state Department of Natural Resources, says he thinks this is a good idea because hunters will be in remote areas that don't get much traffic the rest of the year. Jones was part of the initial search for the missing girls.
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