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Wednesday News, October 1st


(Le Mars) The Gehlen Catholic Competition Marching Band (CMB) earned top honors again at the Starfest marching band competition that took place in Sioux City last Saturday. 

The Marching Jays earned 1st place in Class 1A in the prelims for the 9th year in a row; 7th overall in the finals, and received the Critic’s Choice Spirit of Starfest Award, as determined by Sioux City Journal reporter, Mr. Bruce Miller.  Drum Major, Michaela Bretey, and Color Guard Captain, Katrina Vaske, both seniors from LeMars, were each selected to receive $5,000 scholarship from Morningside College. 

5-12 Instrumental Music Director, Mr. Paul Niebuhr, stated this is the highest placing the Gehlen Catholic CMB has earned at Starfest. 

Starfest is hosted each year by the Sioux City North Star Marching Band. 
 

 

Progress on Public Works Building

(Le Mars) -- Progress is being made on the new City Public Works Building

located on the southern edge of town.  Just last week, asphalt was placed in

the cold storage building, and City Administrator, Scott Langel offers an

update on the construction project.

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Langel says it may still be awhile before the Public Works crews are able to

completely move into the new building, but he hopes the new building can be

utilized before winter sets in.

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Winter is Coming, Consider a Flu Shot

(Le Mars) -- It's now October and that means local health officials are

advising people to consider getting their annual flu vaccination. Tara Geddes

serves as the Community Health Director for Plymouth County.  She says nearly

everyone above the age of six months should get a flu shot.

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Geddes says the fee for flu shots will be $25, unless you are a Medicare

patient.  The Community Health Director says rarely do people ever get sick

from the flu vaccination.

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Geddes says a vaccine will carry through the entire flu season.  She says there

are only a few people who should not receive an influenza vaccination.

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The Community Health Director says local flu vaccine clinics will begin on

Thursday at the Le Mars Senior Center.

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Other flu vaccination clinics are scheduled for Friday, October 17th at the

Merrill Senior Center, Wednesday, October 22nd at the Remsen Senior Center,

Friday, October 24th the flu clinic will be set up at the Hinton Community

Center, and they will end up back in Le Mars on Tuesday, October 28th.

 

Business Highway 75 Speed Limit Change Well Received 


(Le Mars) -- It's been three weeks since city officials have changed the speed

limits on Business Highway 75, and according to Scott Langel, motorists have

adapted well to the new lower speed limits.

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City Employee Compensation to Be Discussed

(Le Mars) -- City officials will meet with city employees on Thursday for a

Bargaining Unit meeting to hear the initial proposal for salary and benefits

for the coming fiscal year.  That meeting will take place at city hall and is

scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.

 

Senate Candidate to Visit Le Mars Friday

(Le Mars) -- Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst has scheduled a stop in Le

Mars as part of her 99-county bus tour prior to the election.  Ernst, who hails

from Red Oak, Iowa will meet with Plymouth County residents at the Pizza Ranch

restaurant scheduled for Friday, October 3rd at 11:30 a.m.  This will mark

Ernst second visit to the "Ice Cream Capital of the World".  The last time she

was in Le Mars was nearly a year ago prior to the Iowa Republican primary.  At

that time, Ernst attended the luncheon sponsored by Iowa Congressman Steve King

as he hosted Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz for his annual pheasant hunt.

 


    

   

Tuesday Afternoon News, September 30

Two People Charged With Drug Possession Following Traffic Stop

(Le Mars) -- A traffic stop made by a Plymouth County Reserve deputy resulted in a drug arrest of two people.  At about 1:00 a.m. Monday morning, a vehicle on East Loop Road in rural Plymouth County was stopped.  During the investigation, the driver of the vehicle, 22 year old Joseph Kisner of Sioux City admitted to having illegal drugs in his pants pocket, as well as in the vehicle.  A passenger in the vehicle, 19 year old Cassandra Rowland of Sioux City also admitted to having illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.  Upon a search, a bag of marijuana was found on Kisner, and a search of the vehicle resulted in finding additional marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Kisner was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, a serious misdemeanor.  Rowland was arrested and charged with possession with the intent to deliver, a Class D felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor.  Both were transported to the Plymouth County Jail.

 

Le Mars Woman Sentenced To Five Years Following Hit-And-Run Accident

(Sioux City) -- It's five years in prison for a Le Mars Woman charged ina fatal hit and run accident is Sioux City dating back to September of 2012.  44 year old Victoria Ernst-Moreno received her sentence on Monday for leaving the scene of an accident resulting in a death.  In a plea agreement, a charge of vehicular homicide while operating under the influence of alcohol was dropped.   Ernst-Moreno was charged in March of this year for the 2012 accident that claimed the life of 22 year old Lance Knudsen.  Knudsen's body was found lying on Floyd Boulevard near 12th Street around 1:15 a.m. on September 22 of 2012 after being struck by Ernst-Moreno's S-U-V.     He later died from his injuries. 

 

Authorities Have Now Identified Teens That Died From Deadly Accident

(Storm Lake) -- A fatal traffic accident occurred in Buena Vista County, Monday morning claiming the lives of two teen agers.  Buena Vista County authorities responded to the accident that happened a half mile east of County Road M-50 on 570th Street, northeast of Storm Lake.  The accident involved two vehicles, a pick-up truck driven by 43 year old Kent Erickson of Albert City, and a passenger car driven by a 17 year old male from Sioux Rapids. The 17 year old male was pronounced dead at the scene.  He has been identified as Caleb Smith.   Also killed in that accident was 16 year old  Lexi Rysdstrom of Marathon.  Also injured in the passenger car was a 15 year old female from rural Storm Lake who suffered serious injuries and was airlifted by helicopter from the scene to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.  Rose Joens, age 19, of Schaller was also a passenger in the car and suffered serious injuries and was transported to the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake by ambulance.  Erickson suffered minor injuries in the mishap.  49 year old Trent Jackson of rural Alta was trapped in the vehicle and had to be ex-tri-cated by rescue personnel from Newell and Storm Lake Fire Departments having suffered incapacitating injuries.  Assisting at the scene were the Iowa State Patrol, the Newell Fire Department, the Storm Lake Fire Department, Newell Ambulance, Buena Vista Regional Medical Center Paramedics, and the Buena Vista County Medical Examiner's office.  The investigation is continuing by the Buena Vista County Sheriff's office and Iowa State Patrol.

 

City Water Officials Say Water Flow May Be Reduced On Wednesday

(Le Mars) -- City water officials want to remind Le Mars residents that I-M-L Containers located at 1620 24th Street Southwest will be conducting its annual fire system flow test on Wednesday morning at 8:00 a.m.  This fire flow will release up to 3500 gallons per minute.  In turn, this will lower the flows in most of the immediate area and will reverse flow in many areas of town because of the large flow.  City Water Superintendent, Gayle Sitzmann says water officials will be monitoring and compensate to limit the changes as they occur.

 

Soux City Officials Hope For "Home Base Iowa" Designation By Hiring Veterans

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Leaders in Sioux City are encouraging businesses to hire veterans so it can become the first city to gain a Home Base Iowa designation. 
     Home Base Iowa is a new private-public partnership seeking to make Iowa a job destination for veterans who'll be relieved from active duty over the next several years. According to the federal defense department, it's the largest drawdown of active duty forces since World War II. 
     Local officials asked employers to sign up for the initiative, making an appeal Monday at the Chamber's annual dinner. 
      At least 10 percent of businesses in a city, county or region must sign up to get the Home Base Iowa designation. Sioux City's economic development director says the minimum number is about 175 for Sioux City.
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Crop Report Shows Crops Behind In Normal Maturity

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Corn and soybean crops are in good condition but the challenge for farmers is getting the crops harvested before the weather turns cold. 
     Late planting caused the crops to mature later than normal. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly update Monday that 60 percent of the corn crop is mature, well behind the five-year average of 70 percent. Soybeans are two percentage points behind the average.
     Just 2 percent of the Iowa corn crop is harvested far less than the 15 percent average. About 3 percent of soybeans are out of the fields, behind the 17 percent average.
     Nationally, 12 percent of corn is out of the fields half the average at this point in time. Ten percent of soybeans are harvested, seven points behind the average.

 

North Carolina Man Pleads Not Guilty To Stabbing Incident

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A 24-year-old North Carolina man has pleaded not guilty to stabbing four other men outside a downtown Sioux City strip club.
     Carnie Brayboy, of Rowland, North Carolina, entered his written plea Monday in Woodbury County District Court to four counts of willful injury.
      A trial date has not yet been set.
     Brayboy is accused of stabbing the four men during a fight around 1:20 a.m. Sept. 13 outside Teasers' Gentlemen Club.

 

Hatch Pulls Out Of All Television Advertising

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch isn't running any television ads in Iowa, but an aide insists that isn't a sign the campaign is out of money.
     After Gov. Terry Branstad's campaign issued a news release Tuesday about ads, Hatch campaign manager Grant Woodard acknowledged the campaign wasn't running any TV ads and hadn't reserved any future airtime. The campaign ran television ads from Sept. 9 through Sept. 29.
     Woodard said the campaign will air ads before Election Day, adding the campaign is just trying to be "judicious" with its resources.
     Branstad is airing ads statewide.
     A Des Moines Register poll released Monday shows 48 percent of likely voters supporting Branstad and 34 percent backing Hatch. The poll of 546 likely voters had a margin of error of 4.2 percentage points.

 

Attorney General Says Templeton Rye Lawsuit May Proceed

  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa attorney general's office says a lawsuit alleging whiskey maker Templeton Rye misled consumers can proceed.
     A state law requires the Iowa attorney general's office to evaluate the lawsuit and determine if the claims have validity to move forward in court.
     The proposed class-action lawsuit was filed in Illinois by a Chicago law firm on behalf of consumers in the country who have purchased a bottle of Templeton Rye.
     It claims the company broke consumer protection laws and misled drinkers about the whiskey's Iowa origins. Templeton Rye is distilled in Indiana, which wasn't mentioned on bottles. The company announced in August that it will change its labels.
     Templeton Rye co-owner Keith Kerkhoff says the company's lawyers will respond in court.
 

 

 


 

 

 

   

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