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Thursday Morning News April 28th

 

Tracy Wingert Accepts "Teacher of the Year" Award

(Le Mars) -- Last evening the Le Mars Community School Foundation and the Le Mars Community School Alumni Association held its annual awards recognition banquet.  This year's "Teacher of the Year" Tracy Wingert, during his acceptance of the "Crystal Bell award, asked for the top five percent students to join him on the stage.  Wingert then asked for those teachers with 25 years of service that were honored earlier in the evening, to also join him on stage. The honored "Teacher of the Year" asked for fellow faculty member Doug Martin and student Gabe Jensen to join him on the stage.  Martin and Jensen had nominated Wingert for the honor of "teacher of the year".   Wingert asked the eight students, how many have been able to go to state competition in some type of activity?  Nearly everyone had raised their hands.  Wingert then asked the students, how many have come to school before 8:00 o'clock?... 7:00 o'clock....6:00 o'clock?... Again, most of the students had raised their hands.  Wingert took a few minutes to praise the teachers that were standing with him on the stage.  Wingert then addressed the audience by saying how honored and humbled he was to receive the recognition of the "teacher of the year".  He told the banquet attendees he believes he has the greatest job at Le Mars Community School, because as the technology coach, he has the opportunity to work alongside the students and the faculty.  Wingert then mentioned that when you surround yourself with great people, good things then will happen.

 

 

Le Mars Community School Distinguished Alumnus Awarded to 1962 Graduate

(Le Mars) - This year's Le Mars Community School Distinguished Alumnus was awarded to a 1962 graduate.  Mary Lou Schulz Fisher was unable to attend the award ceremonies due to health concerns.  However, she is a nurse practitioner who recently retired as International Health Advisor for Samaritan's Purse, a position she has held since 2006.  Prior to this position, Mary Lou Fisher spent most of her life in nursing at John Hopkins in Baltimore.  In her position with Samaritan's Purse, Fisher was on call 24/7 if a situation should arise for her to investigate anywhere in the world.  She has traveled to 25 countries including the Philippines, Sudan, Honduras, Bosnia, Gaza, and Afghanistan.  She journeyed to Afghanistan in one of the first non-military medical teams to enter the country after the war.  She assisted in setting up a hospital and she created a training program for nurses.  She was in Afghanistan for four and a half months and described it as "an incredible privilege."

 

Activities Director Honored as April's "Employee of the Month"

(Le Mars) -- Former Le Mars Community High School Principal and current Activities Director, Larry Johnson was honored Wednesday afternoon as the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce April "Employee of the Month."  Johnson was nominated by Dr. Mark Iverson, the current high school principal and by the staff of the Le Mars Community Schools.

As the Activities Director, Larry Johnson has had to oversee a wide variety of athletic and non-athletic groups and events, before, after and during school hours.Mr. Johnson was recently named the Activities Director of the Year by the Iowa Cheer Coaches Association.  He has worked hard to make sure LeMars Community Schools has quality programs and first rate venues.  The School has hosted numerous district and sub-state athletic events that he has had to organize, manage and supervise.The Activities Director’s job is not your typical 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. position.  Much of his time is spent in the evenings at various activities within the school district.  He can be found greeting the visiting teams, officials, solving problems and supervising the events.  He has served as an outstanding ambassador of LeMars Community High School and has represented us with great class.  Johnson is known to say on numerous occasions, "Its a great day to be a Bulldog!"Congratulations to Mr. Larry Johnson, LeMars Area Chamber of Commerce April 2016 Employee of the Month.

 

Absentee Ballots For June Primary Election Now Available

(Le Mars) -Absentee ballots for the June 7 Primary Election are available as of today (Thursday- April 28th) in the Auditor’s Office at the Plymouth County Courthouse during regular business hours of 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday to vote in person.

Absentee ballots may be cast in the Auditor’s office until Monday, June 6th until 5 pm.Absentee ballots to be mailed to voters must be requested in writing.  Forms are available at the Plymouth County Auditor’s Office or at www.co.plymouth.ia.us under Online Services and then County Forms.  Absentee ballot request forms can be mailed to the Auditor’s office at 215 4th Ave. SE, Le Mars, IA 51031.  Voters may contact the Auditor’s office and an absentee ballot request form can be mailed to a voter.

Voters requesting an absentee ballot to be mailed to them must have the request form to the Auditor’s office no later than 5 pm on Friday, June 3rd, as that is the last day absentee ballots can be mailed out to voters.   The Auditor’s office provides the postage for all absentee ballots returned by mail.  Ballots must be postmarked prior to midnight, June 6th, 2016 (The day prior to the election), or can be delivered to the Auditor’s office before the polls close at 9:00 pm on June 7, Election Day.

If you wish to absentee vote in the Auditor’s office Tuesday, May 31st through Monday, June 6th  and are not registered to vote, you will be required to complete the Election Day Registration process at the Auditor’s Office prior to casting your absentee ballot.  The EDR voter registration process requires valid photo identification, and one form of proof of Plymouth County residency.  Examples of proof of residency can be a valid Iowa drivers license with your current Plymouth County address, a utility bill, cell phone bill, residential lease, bank statement, paycheck, government check, vehicle registration, or a tax assessment.

If you have questions, contact the Plymouth County Auditor’s Office at 712-546-6100.

 

 

 

 

P's Pizza House Opening Second Location

(Orange City) – P’s Pizza House will be celebrating the opening of their second location in Orange City, IA with a Grand Opening scheduled for Monday, May 9, 2016 at 4:00 pm. The new restaurant is located on the east end of the Holland Plaza Theatre building on Highway 10.

Joe Sitzman, P’s Pizza House owner says, “We have been looking into a second location for quite some time and we are very excited to join the Orange City community.” Mike Hofman, Executive Director for the Orange City Chamber added, “The addition of P’s Pizza House to Orange City will provide our area another great option for dining. They will offer an experience and atmosphere that is rarely found in a small rural community.  The P’s staff has done an amazing job in creating this unique dining experience and we are excited for our citizens to finally get to see the finished product of the hours of hard work that has gone into making this a reality in Orange City.”
P’s is known for their signature pizza and wings, but their menu is ever evolving and includes amazing pasta dishes, premium burgers, quality steaks, desserts and more. The new restaurant features televisions throughout the dining areas, as well as a party room for guests to use for lunch meetings, birthday parties and other gatherings.
Over the past year, P’s Pizza House has worked with Krull Construction, the city of Orange City, D&L Plumbing & Heating, Noteboom Electric, Ryan Installation, Strategic Equipment and Visser Painting to make this dream a reality.

 

 

 

"Delilah" At Siouxland's Annual Women's Power Lunch

(So. Sioux City) -- OVER 1200 WOMEN ATTENDED THE UNITED WAY OF SIOUXLAND'S 16TH  ANNUAL WOMEN'S POWER LUNCH AT THE MARINA CENTER IN SOUTH SIOUX CITY WEDNESDAY.

THE EVENT WAS KEYNOTED BY A FAMILAR VOICE TO KLEM LISTENERS, NATIONAL RADIO PERSONALITY, DELILAH.

DELILAH IS A SINGLE MOTHER AND SAYS IT WAS AN HONOR FOR HER TO TALK AT THE LUNCHEON TO RAISE MONEY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SINGLE PARENTS:

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DELILAH SAYS SHE'S "OLD SCHOOL" WHEN IT COMES TO PARENTING AND SAYS CHILDREN THRIVE WITH STRUCTURE.

SHE HAS THREE CHILDREN, ADOPTED 10 MORE AND HAS HELPED ANOTHER 12 THROUGH FOSTER CARE:

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AS THE MOST LISTENED TO WOMAN ON THE RADIO, DELILAH PROVIDES ADVISE AND COUNSEL ON A NIGHTLY BASIS TO HER AUDIENCE.

SHE SAYS SHE'S HEARD IT ALL AND NOTHING SURPRISES HER, BUT SHE'S TOUCHED BY HOW HER LISTENERS OPEN UP TO HER;

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SHE PLAYS NIGHTLY SONG DEDICATIONS AND HAS HER OWN FAVORITE SINGERS LIKE MEGHAN TRAINOR.

DELILAH SAYS SHE WILL CONTINUE ON THE AIRWAVES AS LONG AS GOD GIVES HER THE VOICE TO DO IT.

 

 

17-Year-Old Boy Killed By Gunfire

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a 17-year-old boy has been killed by gunfire in Des Moines.

Police say officers were dispatched around 4:50 p.m. Wednesday after receiving reports about gunshots. The first officer to arrive at the scene found the wounded boy in an alley behind a house. He died later at a hospital. His name hasn't been released.
Police Sgt. Paul Parizek says several witnesses provided descriptions of a suspect. No arrest has been reported.

 

 

Iowa Legislature Approves Prison Bill

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Legislature has approved a bill that is expected to reduce prison sentences for inmates serving time for certain drug offenses.

The House and Senate both voted Wednesday in support of the legislation. It now heads to Gov. Terry Branstad for his approval.

The bill would cut mandatory minimum prison sentences for certain non-violent drug offenders. It would also give judges more discretion in sentencing for crimes like robbery. It would add a mandatory minimum sentence for intentional child endangerment that results in a child's death.

Criminal justice reform advocates say the legislation will reduce mandatory prison terms for low risk offenders. The non-partisan Legislative Services Agency says the bill is expected to reduce the disproportionately high percentage of minorities in Iowa's criminal justice system.

 

 

 

 

   

Wednesday Afternoon News, April 27

Nothing New On The Search For Accused Homicide Suspect

(Le Mars) --The Le Mars Police Department has indicated that there has not been any new developments regarding the whereabouts of Jared Stone, the suspect thought to have killed 28 year old Baptise White Eyes outside a Sioux Falls casino on Friday.  Stone was thought to be in Le Mars early Tuesday morning when 26 year old La Chara Bordeaux notified authorities that she had been assaulted by Stone at the Le Mars Truck Stop and was threatened with a hand gun.  Bordeaux was traveling with Stone, and was placed under arrest as an accessory to the Sioux Falls homicide.  She remains in custody at the Plymouth County jail, with bond set at $1 million dollars. Stone remains at large, and the vehicle in which he was operating has not been located. The vehicle is described as a dark blue 1998 Chevrolet Lumina, bearing South Dakota license plates 52DC99.  An arrest warrant for murder in the first degree has been issued for Stone.  He is considered armed and dangerous and the public is warned not to approach but to call law enforcement immediately.  Stone is described as 20 years old, 5 foot 7 inches and 150 pounds with black hair and was last seen wearing a black tank top t-shirt, dark colored sweat pants and tennis shoes.  Stone was wearing a "bennie" type stocking cap.  Any information concerning the whereabouts of this subject should be forwarded to the Plymouth County Sheriff, Le Mars Police Department, or the Sioux Falls Police.

Sioux Falls Homicide Suspect's Vehicle  South Dakota License Plates 52DC99.

 

 

Gehlen Catholic High School Ready To Perform Comedy Play

(Le Mars) -- Gehlen Catholic High School drama members are prepared to present their stage production of "The Dearly Undeparted" scheduled for Thursday and Saturday evening at the Ronald Fox Memorial Gym beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Mark Morehead serves as the director of the play that features 17 cast members.  He says the cast is ready to perform the comedy which contains several one-liners that are amusing.

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Morehead says Thursday evening will only be the performance, but on Saturday, attendees have the option to also enjoy a dinner prior to the start of the play.

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The dinner will be served beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the All Saints St. Joseph's parish social hall.  Morehead says rehearsals began in February and he says the cast is ready.

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Morehead is in his third year of helping Gehlen Catholic with its stage productions, and he tells who is featured in the three-act comedy.

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The play's director says the character of the son or uncle has a lawyer which makes for some enjoyable scenes within the play.  Morehead continues with some of the other cast members.

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Reservations for the Saturday evening dinner theater should be made with Gehlen High School by calling (712) 546-4181.

 

 

 

 

Interstate 35 Closed Due To Washout

AMES, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say southbound lanes of Interstate 35 have been closed near Ames because the roadbed has been compromised.
The roadbed has been undermined and washed away in a construction zone about two miles south of U.S. Highway 30. Iowa Transportation Department officials are on the scene to check on repair options.
Traffic is being detoured west on U.S. 30, then south on U.S. Highway 69 and then east on Iowa Highway 210 for a return to the interstate.
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Former Sioux City Band Leader Pleads Guilty To Sexual Case With Student

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A former Sioux City band teacher has pleaded guilty in a student sex case and likely will serve 30 days in jail under a plea agreement with prosecutors. 
34-year-old Lucas Sursely pleaded guilty Tuesday to an aggravated misdemeanor charge of sexual exploitation by a school employee. The charge was reduced from a felony.
The plea and sentencing needs a judge's approval. The agreement says Sursely must also serve two years of probation and register as a sex offender. 
He was arrested in December after authorities say he texted a 15-year-old student about having sex with her and sent the girl a picture of himself in his underwear.
Sursely has resigned from his position as Sioux City North High School band director.
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Drake Student Senate Refuses To Recognize Conservative Student Organization

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Drake University student senate has refused to recognize a conservative group's chapter as a student organization.
The senate voted 15-3 on April 21 to deny a request by Turning Point USA. The organization says it was founded in 2012 to educate and organize students to promote the principles of fiscal responsibility, free markets and limited government.
Amy Samuel has been helping organize the Des Moines campus chapter, and she says she and Turning Point's regional director will meet next week with university officials to learn why the application was rejected.
Associate dean of students Jerry Parker says the Turning Point USA members will need to go through the approval process again.
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Regent Board Director Resigns

URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) - A member of the Iowa Board of Regents has announced she is resigning. 
Regent Mary Andringa will leave the board that oversees Iowa's public universities at the end of April. Her term began less than a year ago, in May 2015.  
In a Wednesday news release Andringa says she underestimated the time needed to serve on the board given her other duties. She also serves as a board chair for Vermeer Corporation. The release says she holds several other board positions and national government relations roles.
The governor makes appointments to the Board of Regents, subject to Senate approval.

 

 

 

 

Branstad Simplifies Felon Form To Restore Voting Rights

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad has simplified the form convicted felons use to seek restoration of their voting rights. 
Branstad says the new one-page document reduces the number of questions from 29 to 13 making the process easier. 
Still, Iowa remains one of three states to disenfranchise convicted felons for life unless an official restores the voting right.
Branstad says offenders must prove fines and restitution are paid before they can vote. 
The Iowa Supreme Court is considering a case voting rights advocates hope narrows disenfranchisement to a few crimes like bribery of an official or corruption. State prosecutors want to keep rights revoked for all felons.
The issue has become important this presidential election year. 
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe restored voting for 200,000 convicted felons last week in an executive order.








   

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