Tuesday News, November 24
Parents And Students Share Concerns To School Board Regarding Football Program
(Le Mars) -- Several parents and students attended last evening's Le Mars Community Board of Education meeting to share their concerns with the school board regarding the Le Mars Community High School football program. 16 people were at the meeting, consisting of parents, students and other community people, with five people specifically addressing the local board of education. Accusations of bullying by the football coaching staff were common comments from the group. Shawn Chesteen spoke first and said the students deserve a "positive" experience with the football program.
Doug Schurr asked the school board if they were happy with the direction of the Le Mars Community football program?
Bobby Schurr informed the school board that the school is teaching the students not to behave as a bully. She said the same rule should also apply to the football coaching staff.
Ron Kliever also spoke about the bullying issue.
Dr. Jolene Meis informed the board there is a "pattern of abuse", with regards to the football coaching staff.
Meis also shared concern about the early morning workout sessions, saying she believes the youth may suffer from sleep deprevation.
Another parent spoke about the fact his son suffered a concussion during practice, and said the coaching staff made his son feel embarrassed by the injury, and did not act on it in an appropriate manner. Dr. Steven Meis also addressed the school board on the topic. He indicated, a few years ago, a member of the football coaching staff asked the football team to point out the worst member on the football team. Dr. Meis said the students lost the enthusiasm for the sport they love.
Following the parents discussion, school board president, Pat Murphy instructed Superintendent of schools, Dr. Todd Wendt to investigate the matter and to report back to the school board.
(During the early morning, KLEM news had written an error relating to the above story. Since that time the error was corrected. We sincerely apologize for the error.)
Branstad Declares Emergency Disaster For Sioux County
(Des Moines) -- Governor Terry Branstad has issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for Sioux County in response to recent events that occurred over the weekend. The governor's proclamation allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of a winter storm that affected Sioux County beginning on Saturday, November 21st. You will recall Sioux County received over an inch of snow on Friday, then on Saturday morning, Sioux Center had an electrical distribution transformer substation explosion that resulted in the loss of power to more than half the town. In addition, a water main had also burst, causing hundreds of homes and businesses to be without power and water. Those events resulted in the damage to public property.
County Supervisors Will Not Meet This Week
(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will take the week off and do not have a meeting scheduled for today, The supervisors are scheduled to convene again next Tuesday.
Supervisors Negotiate With South Dakota Regarding Wetlands Near Big Sioux River
(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors have held negotiations recently with the South Dakota Department of Transportation regarding land near the Big Sioux River. The objective is to replenish some of the flooded ground as wetlands. Nick Beeck, Plymouth County Conservation Director explains what has occurred up to this point in time.
In addition to the Supervisors, and Conservation Board, Plymouth County engineer's office and the county attorney have all been consulted on the project.
Fire Reported At Westfield City Hall Building
(Westfield) -- Fire broke out last evening at the Westfield city hall at about 10:00 p.m. The Akron Fire Department, Akron Ambulance, the Akron Police Department, and the Plymouth County Sheriff's office all responded to the scene. Fire Chief Mike Sturgeon believes the cause of the fire was related to an electrical problem.
Sturgeon says there was minimal damage done to the city hall building, and he believes the office building will be restored in minimal amount of time. Akron city workers were also at the scene of the Westfield city hall fire to cut the power to the building. Fire fighters were on the scene for approximately 45 minutes.
Fire Chief Dave Schipper Offers Information About Fire Department During Lunch And Learn
(Le Mars) -- 420 calls. That's the number Le Mars Fire Chief Dave Schipper shared with the gathering at Monday's Lunch and Learn program held during the lunch hour at the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor. The 420 calls are as of Monday at noon, represent the number of calls the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department has had to respond to so far for this year. Schipper says the number is an increase over last year's total, with still a whole month yet to go. Schipper says the trend has generally seen a steady increase over the past five years. Schipper offered a bit of history about the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department, saying in its early days, there were four separate fire departments that served the city of Le Mars. Today, the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department consists of 29 members, (27 men and two women) that combined hold more than 370 years of fire protection service. Schipper explained to the gathering the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department does more than just extinguish fires. He talked about all the other different services, including the various rescues performed by how the fire and rescue department. Those rescues include all types of rescue calls, whether they involve automobile accidents, or close confinement rescues, hazard materials, or even the detection of gas leaks. The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department covers an area of 200 square miles, either all or a portion of seven townships. He also mentioned that Le Mars is automatically called for mutual aid with Merrill and Oyens, saying the two communities do not have anyone available during the daytime hours. The fire chief also talked in brief detail about the fire prevention education efforts led by the fire and rescue department. Schipper says this past year the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department have distributed educational materials during 26 classes to more than 500 students. Schipper talked about the equipment used by the local fire and rescue department, including the latest acquisition, a new Quint fire truck equipped with a ladder, pump, water tank, extinguishing foam and rescue equipment.
Highway Patrol Officer And Nurse To Be Recognized During Football Game
(Des Moines) -- An Iowa State Patrol trooper and a nurse will be honored on Friday during halftime of the Iowa Hawkeye and Nebraska Cornhuskers football game to be held in Lincoln, Nebraska. The rival game has become known as the "Heroes Game", with the American Red Cross recognizing people from both states that have performed life-saving acts during this past year. Iowa's representatives include Trooper Tracy Bohlen of Waukee and Jane McCurdy of Ankeny when they helped Patrick Roark last April. Roark, suffered a seizure while driving through Iowa on Interstate 35. His 15 year old son was somehow able to put the car in park. Trooper Bohlen, not knowing what to expect, rushed to the scene and pulled Roark out of the vehicle to give him C-P-R in the middle of the busy interstate highway. Nurse Jane McCurdy happened to be driving by when she saw the incident and quickly ran over to offer assistance. McCurdy not only helped at the scene, but she comforted the driver's son when his father was taken to the hospital. McCurdy remained with the boy until his mother arrived from Oklahoma. Roark has since recovered, thanks to the actions of Iowa State Patrol Trooper Tracy Bohlen and Nurse Jane McCurdy.
Survey Shows Thanksgiving Meal For 10 People To Cost About $50
(Des Moines) -- The cost of this year's Thanksgiving meal should see only a slight increase over last year. That's according to a recent study conducted by the American Farm Bureau Federation. Each year, for the past 30 years, the Farm Bureau conducts a nationwide survey to determine the cost of the traditional holiday meal for ten people. Dave Miller serves as the research director for the Iowa Farm Bureau. He says although the price of turkey has risen, due primarily to the avian bird flu, milk prices have fallen which has kept the overall cost fairly consistent to last year.
Miller says the turkey and the milk were the major price changes from a year ago. He says the other food items associated with a Thanksgiving meal saw only minor changes.
This year's holiday feast is on average about 70 cents higher than last year. Miller says despite the small increase, it is still quite affordable to feed ten people the traditional Thanksgiving meal.
The survey shopping list includes the turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a relish tray of celery and carrots, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and beverages of coffee and milk in quantities sufficient to feed ten people.