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.
Kayser says people should not modify their sump pumps, adding it is against regulations to do so.
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".
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.
Daale says the Floyd Valley Tribute To Moms started ten years ago when she joined Floyd Valley.
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.
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.
The "Then Feed Just One" program is closing in on a milestone. Sievert says the program has produced nearly one million meals.
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.
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.
Bickford says more people from the community participate each year, but she says more are needed.
Sievert says the nearly one-pound packaged nutritious meal consist of rice, soy protein, freeze-dried vegetables, and powdered vitamins.
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.