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Thursday News, May 5

Le Mars Residents To Celebrate National Day Of Prayer

(Le Mars) Today, is National Day of Prayer, and at the Le Mars Convention Center, a prayer service will be held beginning at 11:30 a.m. and continuing until 1:00 p.m.

 

 

 

Waste Water Superintendent Tells Residents Don't Let Water From Sump Pump Go Down Drains

(Le Mars) -- The city of Le Mars is working with residents to reduce ground water from flowing through the sanitary sewer system.  Waste water Treatment Superintendent Ron Kayser says too many residents of Le Mars have their water from a sump pump going down a drain, as opposed to channeling that water to the outdoors.  Kayser says, especially during this time of year, that added water creates a large load for the waste water treatment facility.

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Kayser says people should not modify their sump pumps, adding it is against regulations to do so.

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Le Mars Fire And Rescue Department To Receive Special Gift From Dean's Foods

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department is scheduled to receive a special gift from Dean's Food this morning. Five years ago Le Mars Fire-Rescue became Dean Foods Haz-mat and confined space first response team.  Dean Foods dissolved their own response group but agreed to continue to fund the Le Mars Fire-Rescue Department to handle this for their company.
Le Mars Fire-Rescue and Dean Foods have had a great working partnership over the last several years.

 

Floyd Valley To Honor Moms With Luncheon

(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Healthcare will be honoring all Moms within the area with a luncheon scheduled for Friday beginning at 12:00 noon.  The event will be held at the Willow Creek Golf Club.  Floyd Valley Education Assistant Kari Daale says this year's program will feature Shelly Brown from the musical family group "The Browns".

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Daale says Shelly Brown will be accompanied by her own two daughters, and hopefully, the trio will be encouraged to perform a few songs for the luncheon event.

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Daale says the Floyd Valley Tribute To Moms started ten years ago when she joined Floyd Valley.

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Tickets are selling for $10 a piece and there are only a few reservations left.  People interested in attending the Floyd Valley Tribute To Moms should contact Kari Daale at 546-3401.

 

 

 

Gehlen To Hold "Then Feed Just One" Meal Packaging Event

(Le Mars) -- Gehlen Catholic will again be hosting another "Then Feed Just One" meal packaging event scheduled for Thursday evening and all-day Friday.  Richard Sievert, the coordinator of the Honduran meal program talks about the organization's beginnings 11 years ago.

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Following that incident, Sievert organized what was known at that time as "Kids Against Hunger".  He introduced the idea to Gehlen Catholic school, and it continued for a few years under that name.  Sievert then thought a name change was necessary to better reflect on the goal and mission of the meal packaging program.

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The "Then Feed Just One" program is closing in on a milestone.  Sievert says the program has produced nearly one million meals.

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Carolyn Bickford is a co-director and assists Sievert with the "Then Feed Just One" Honduras meal program.  Bickford was again in Honduras just about a month ago.  She says the Honduran people are grateful for the meals.

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Bickford encourages people from the entire community to participate in the packaging meal event.  She says the "Then Feed Just One" will feature shifts on Thursday evening and all day Friday.

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Bickford says more people from the community participate each year, but she says more are needed.

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Sievert says the nearly one-pound packaged nutritious meal consist of rice, soy protein, freeze-dried vegetables, and powdered vitamins.

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Anyone interested in assisting with the "Then Feed Just One" meal packaging event should contact Gehlen High School.

 

 

 

Spirit Lake Waste Water Reaches Iowa Great Lakes

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa (AP) - Officials say about 15,000 gallons of untreated wastewater has reached one of Iowa's Great Lakes. 
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the wastewater was discovered Wednesday morning in a lagoon on West Okoboji Lake, following an electrical failure at a Spirit Lake pumping station. 
The Great Lakes Sanitary Sewer District has stopped the discharge but some wastewater overflowed through two manhole lids. The wastewater reached Lazy Lagoon, on the northwest shore of the lake.  
The district is placing lime on the affected areas to neutralize the acidity of the water. The DNR recommends that anglers, children and pets avoid the limed, grassy areas for the next 24 hours.

 

 

 

 

Branstad Orders Capital Flags To Be At Half Staff To Honor Fallen Officers

 

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Some flags in Des Moines will soon be flown at half-staff to honor Iowa police officers killed in the line of duty.
Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered all flags on the Capitol complex to be flown at half-staff Friday in observance of the Iowa peace officer memorial ceremony. The annual event will be held Friday morning at a designated memorial monument near the building that houses the Iowa Department of Public Safety.
Flags on the complex will be flown at half-staff Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Flags at the monument will be flown at half-staff for several days later this month as part of a national peace officer week.
The directive applies to U.S. and state flags on the Capitol building and on flag displays on the complex.

 

 

 

Four Names To Be Included In Law Enforcement Memorial

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Four fallen Iowa officers, including two who were killed in a head-on crash in March, will be added to the Iowa Peace Officer Memorial. 
The Iowa Department of Public Safety announced a ceremony will be held 10 a.m. Friday at the Oran Pape State Office Building in Des Moines to honor the officers who dedicated their lives to protecting Iowa communities. 
The ceremony will recognize Des Moines Officers Susan Farrell and Carlos Puente-Morales, who were killed in a March 26 crash while transporting a prisoner from Council Bluffs to Des Moines. Ames Police Sgt. Howard Snider, who died in 2012, and Iowa Parole Board Field Agent Albert Paul, who died in 1938, will also be added to the memorial.  
Gov. Terry Branstad and other state leaders are expected to attend.

 

 

 

Branstad, Ernst, And Grassley Say They Will Support Donald Trump

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's governor and two U.S. senators say they will support Donald Trump if he's the Republican Party's nominee for president.
Gov. Terry Branstad and Sens. Charles Grassley and Joni Ernst said Wednesday they will support whoever is the GOP nominee. The comments came on a day when Trump became the last remaining Republican presidential candidate.
Grassley, chairman of Senate Judiciary Committee, spoke about his support at an event in Iowa. He is facing a tough re-election race this year amid his refusal to hold hearings for President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee. Grassley has defended the move, though four Democratic challengers will face off in a primary election in June.
Grassley says he wants to ensure Hillary Clinton doesn't become president if she secures the nomination for the Democratic Party.

 

 

 

 

Pastor Sentenced To Prison For Sexually Abusing Five Year Old Girl

 

SIDNEY, Iowa (AP) - A southwest Iowa pastor has been given 25 years in prison for sexually abusing a 5-year-old girl.
Roger Kissel was sentenced Wednesday in Sidney. In March a Fremont County jury convicted the 68-year-old of sex abuse and two counts of lascivious acts with a child. 
When he was arrested, Kissel was a pastor at the nondenominational Sidney Cowboy Church. Police have said the allegations weren't connected to the church. Prosecutors say the crimes occurred in 2013.


 





 


 



   

Wednesday News, May 4

Comprehensive Planning Meeting Looks At Le Mars Future

(Le Mars) -- More than 75 people attended last evening's Comprehensive Planning Kick-off meeting that was held in the lower level of the Le Mars Convention Center.  The meeting was organized by the joint city and county government agency, SIMPCO.  The purpose of the meeting was to gather various thoughts, comments, and opinions from attendees regarding the future of Le Mars.    Attendees were seated in small groups and were asked to discuss and write down their thoughts as to how best to describe the city of Le Mars.  What are the city's opportunities and strengths, as well as its weaknesses and threats?  What should the city look like in 20 years?  Among the various small groups, there were similar answers to each of the questions.  Many people had commented that they believe Le Mars to be a friendly town with growing industries, good schools, and provides its residents with a quality of life. SIMPCO officials will compile the comments and categorize them into separate divisions. A follow-up meeting is scheduled for June 7.

Kirk Lehmann of SIMPCO led the discussion for the Comprehensive Planning Meeting

 

 

 

City To Erect Signs To Assist Downtown Tourists

(Le Mars) -- In the near future, signs to assist visitors and tourists will be erected in the downtown area showing how to locate many of the town's attractions such as the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor and the Brown's Century Theater among other sites.  The Le Mars City Council approved the allocation of $4,544 to have the signs created and posted.  Rich Ziettlow serves as the vice president of the Le Mars Main Street organization.  He appeared before the city council informing them of the reasons the signs are needed.

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Ziettlow says the signs will look similar to signs already used to identify historical regions of the city.  He says they will measure two feet by three feet, and he explains where the signs will be posted.

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The main street official says the directional signs will be near eye level for easy viewing from a pedestrian's viewpoint.

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Following Ziettlow's presentation, Le Mars Mayor Dick Kirchoff informed the city council that the city wants to and needs to step up its efforts for tourism.  Ziettlow says he hopes the signs can be in place prior to the annual Ice Cream Days celebration.  In other action, the city council approved the zoning of the Dogwood Addition, and the G.A. Addition, as well as they approved the change of zoning for Nor-Am to go from a residential to general business zoning area.

 

 

 

Shrader Honored As Chamber "Employee Of The Month"

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Chamber of Commerce awarded its May "Employee of the Month" on Tuesday.  Longtime Kingsley State Bank employee, Esther Shrader was the honoree.  Esther Shrader serves as the Customer Service Representative at Kingsley State Bank. Shrader has worked with the Kingsley State Bank for over 13 years.  She started at the bank when it first opened its Le Mars branch office.  The staff of the Kingsley State Bank submitted the nomination.  They say of Esther Shrader that she is one of the first smiling faces you see when walking into the bank.  She been a wonderful asset to the Kingsley State Bank and will be greatly missed.  Esther has been in the banking industry for more than 28 years and is looking forward to her retirement on May 25th.  She plans to spend her time spoiling her grandchildren and spending time with her siblings.  Esther will be enjoying her retirement with her husband Tom and their three children.  Congratulations to Esther Schrader from all your friends and customers at Kingsley State Bank.

 

 

 

 

Bee Hive Discovered In Addaville Church

(Le Mars) -- A rural Merrill church has recently been buzzing with activity.  That's because a bee hive was discovered in the choir loft.  James Strickland says the congregation had known for a while about the possible hive, but they had no idea of its size.  He says he first was made aware of the bee hive when visiting the Plymouth County Fair.

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Strickland, who is the pastor for the Nazarene Church in Le Mars has recently become interested in bee keeping, and owns a couple of hives which he collects honey and other by-products for his family.  Strickland was asked by the Adaville Methodist Church if he would assist with the removal of the hive.

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Strickland says three different bee keepers, including himself, proceeded to remove the active hive from the church's choir loft. He says it took a better part of a day to completely remove the bees, the hive, and the comb and honey.  Strickland says the hive had a large quantity of honey.

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Strickland believes the hive may have been at the church for at least five to six years.  The part-time bee keeper, and full time pastor, explains the procedure to remove the large bee hive from the Adaville Methodist Church.

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The church official says there has been discussions about marketing the honey from the church hive as "Holy Honey".

 

 

 

 

Gehlen To Hold "Then Feed Just One" Meal Packaging Event

(Le Mars) -- Gehlen Catholic will again be hosting another "Then Feed Just One" meal packaging event scheduled for Thursday evening and all-day Friday.  Richard Sievert, the coordinator of the Honduran meal program talks about the organization's beginnings 11 years ago.

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Following that incident, Sievert organized what was known at that time as "Kids Against Hunger".  He introduced the idea to Gehlen Catholic school, and it continued for a few years under that name.  Sievert then thought a name change was necessary to better reflect on the goal and mission of the meal packaging program.

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The "Then Feed Just One" program is closing in on a milestone.  Sievert says the program has produced nearly one million meals.

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Carolyn Bickford is a co-director and assists Sievert with the "Then Feed Just One" Honduras meal program.  Bickford was again in Honduras just about a month ago.  She says the Honduran people are grateful for the meals.

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Bickford encourages people from the entire community to participate in the packaging meal event.  She says the "Then Feed Just One" will feature shifts on Thursday evening and all day Friday.

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Bickford says more people from the community participate each year, but she says more are needed.

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Sievert says the nearly one-pound packaged nutritious meal consist of rice, soy protein, freeze-dried vegetables, and powdered vitamins.

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Anyone interested in assisting with the "Then Feed Just One" meal packaging event should contact Gehlen High School.

 

 

 

 

Plymouth County Authorities Arrest Orange City Man For Stealing A Car

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Sheriff's Office arrested Geoffrey Dean Oolman, age 25, of Orange City, Iowa, on Saturday, for operating a motor vehicle without owners consent and driving while license barred.

At approximately 2 pm the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office was called to Merrill, , for a report of a vehicle theft.  The caller also stated that another vehicle was abandoned in their driveway.  Upon investigation, the vehicle abandoned in the driveway was found to be stolen out of Sioux City earlier that afternoon.  That vehicle was released to the owner from Sioux City.

The vehicle from Merrill was entered as stolen.  A short time later, the vehicle was located by the Orange City Police Department at 105 St. Paul Avenue in Orange City.  Deputies from the Plymouth and Sioux County Sheriff's Office and the Orange City Police Department went to the residence and arrested Geoffrey Dean Oolman.  Oolman was transported to the Plymouth County Jail and booked in on the charges of operating a motor vehicle without owners consent (aggravated misdemeanor) and driving while license barred (aggravated misdemeanor).  Bond is set at $2,000.

Sioux City Police Department will likely have charges to follow for the incident that occurred in Sioux City.

 

 

 

 

Okoboji Teacher Resigns After Being Intoxicated While As A Chaperone To Prom

(Milford) -- A school board in northwest Iowa has accepted the resignation of a teacher, who was found to be drunk while serving as a prom chaperone.

The Okoboji School Board met in special session Tuesday and voted to accept the resignation of Royce Van Roekel. The 33-year-old Milford man will be suspended until his resignation becomes effective June 1.

Van Roekel is also required to pay substitute teacher costs for the remainder of the school year. Milford Police officers were sent to the Boji Bay Fun House and Event Center, where the Okoboji High School prom was being held Saturday night. They say Van Roekel’s blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit to drive.

He pleaded guilty to a charge of public intoxication on Monday.

 

 

 

 

Des Moines Sewage Plant To Eliminate Phosphorus From Waste Water

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's largest sewage treatment plant is spending $19 million on equipment that will decrease the amount of a harmful contaminant often found in the state's waterways.
Within two years, the Des Moines Metropolitan Wastewater Reclamation Authority will be able to extract more than 2,000 pounds of phosphorus each day from the wastewater flowing through its facility on the southeast side of the city. That's nearly 80 percent of the phosphorous that travels through the pipes from 17 communities in three central Iowa counties, and a 30 percent increase in the amount of phosphorous it currently traps.
Phosphorus doesn't pose the same risk to drinking water as nitrates, but it can lead to algae blooms that take local lakes' oxygen and hurt aquatic life.
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