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Fire Leaves 11 People Homeless

(Le Mars) -- An overnight fire leaves eleven people homeless after the fire destroyed their home.  The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department was called to 301 Central Avenue for a house fire that started at about 11:45 p.m.  Fire fighters were on the scene and battled the blaze for nearly four hours.  The two-story home serves as two apartments. A total of eleven people with three adults and eight children were at the home when it started on fire.  When firefighters arrived, flames were seen coming from the windows. 

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Two people, a 40 year old male and an eleven year old male, suffered injuries and were transported to the Floyd Valley hospital   Both are thought to have suffered burns as well as smoke inhalation.  Fire Chief Dave Schipper says the fire was so hot, that he was concerned about the possibility of neighboring houses catching on fire.

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The fire spread from the main portion of the home to the garage, where it then caught a car on fire.  Schipper explains the tactics used to bring the fire under control.

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The Le Mars Fire Department received mutual aid assistance from the Orange City Fire Department. The American Red Cross also responded to the scene to offer assistance to the displaced families.   Fire Chief Schipper says he has not had the opportunity to visit with the family, or to determine the origin and cause of the fire.  He says fire investigators will examine the scene during the daylight hours in hopes to determine what may have started the fire.  Also assisting at the scene was the Le Mars Police, Le Mars Ambulance, and MidAmerican Energy Company. 

 

Le Mars Community Schools Has Enrollment Of 2,126 Students

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community School Board was informed the school district has a total of 2,126 students currently enrolled for the 2014-2015 academic school year.  Assistant Superintendent Steve Webner told the board of eduation that the certified number indicates an increase of 38 students from last year's numbers. 

 

Jimmie Johnson Racing Helmet Makes A Visit To Le Mars

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community School Foundation Board showed off the helmet of NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson to selected students Monday afternoon.  The helmet of the race car driver is on tour as part of the "Helmet of Hope" campaign.  It is appearing at the Le Mars Community Schools since Le Mars was one of the national winners of a $25,000 grant from the Jimmie Johnson Foundation.  The Le Mars Community Foundation Board visited each of the three high school English classrooms that received laptop computers as a result of the grant.  Blue Bunny ice cream is also a sponsor of the "Helmet of Hope"

 

Optimist Club Hosts "Just Say No" Assembly

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Optimist Club hosted a "Just Say No" assembly consisting of 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students from the Le Mars elementary schools.  The speaker at this year's annual program was the Director of Training for the Pizza Ranch franchise, Chad Klocke.  Klocke used a motivational speech asking the students "what is their story?"

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Klocke, a former 3rd grade teacher, kept the students' attention by relating personal experiences he encountered flying on Southwest Airlines.

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He also told the students about a waitress that made him feel special while ordering coffee at Carribou Coffee.

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The students were given free t-shirts, designed by a Kluckholn student, with a large moustache printed on the front with the saying "If you moustache, I don't do drugs, with a play on the words moustache to represent the words "must ask".

 

Chamber of Commerce Selects "Little Ambassadors"

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Chamber of Commerce has announced its selected group of "Little Ambassadors".  The Little Ambassadors will assist the Chamber in publicity efforts for the Ice Cream Days, as well as other Chamber-sponsored events like the upcoming Halloween party at the Olson Cultural Events Center.  The "Little Ambassadors" are all between the ages of four to six and they include: Amiah Means, daughter of Micheal and Gina Means; Britt Hessenius, daughter of Shane and Andrea Hessenius; Dalani Youngers, the daughter of Aaron and Katie Youngers; Delainey and Payton Kerns, daughters of Jake and Missy Kerns, and Kynlee Schmidt, the daughter of Adam and Amy Schmidt.  The boys include: Dylan Kramer, the son of Chad and Theresa Kramer; Colin Murphy, the son of Mike and Melanie Murphy, Jordan Pedroza, the son of Christal Pedroza; Damian Feller, the son of Brandy Feller; Drake Peters, the son of Nate and Krista Peters; and Gavin Clarey, the son of Casey and Krystle Clarey.

 

Supervisors To Meet This Morning

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors is expected to release a mortgage for a lot sale in the Le Mars Industrial Park, second addition when they convene for their weekly meeting this morning at the County courthouse.  The county supervisors are also expected to approve and sign the 2014 Homestead, Military, and Disabled veteran credit application.  Plymouth County Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo is scheduled to appear before the supervisors to offer his quarterly report. Attorney Craig Bauerly will be seeking approval of a minor subdivision located in Johnson township, and County engineer Tom Rohe will offer a construction update.  

 

Prosectutors Keep Secret Plea Agreement Involving Day Care Provider 

ORANGE CITY, Iowa (AP) - Prosecutors are keeping secret, for now, the details of a plea agreement with an Iowa daycare provider charged with fatally injuring a three-year-old girl in her care.
     The Iowa Attorney General's Office and the Sioux County attorney refused Monday to release the agreement reached with 34-year-old Rochelle Sapp of Orange City.
     Judge Edward Jacobson had signed an order requiring the agreement to be released Monday. The attorney general objected, saying both sides agreed the deal would be publicly filed "at or before" Thursday's plea and sentencing.
     Jacobson issued an amended order Monday, agreeing the deal could be filed then.
     Sapp's charged with first-degree murder in the October 2013 death of three-year-old Autumn Elgersma. Investigators say she slammed the toddler to the floor, causing head injuries that killed her days later.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Monday News, October 13

School Board To Certify Student Enrollment

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community Board of Education is scheduled to meet this evening, and although the school board has a light agenda, they will hear a report from Assistant Superintendent, Steve Webner regarding the certified student count for this year.  The school board will decide upon the contracts for two food service workers, Wanda Kneip and Patricia Lehner.  The school board is also expected to approve classification changes due to graduate work completed by teachers.

 

Jimmie Johnson Helmet On Display At Le Mars Community School

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community School Foundation Board will be showing off the helmet of NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson at a photo ceremony scheduled for this afternoon.  The helmet of the race car driver is on tour as part of the "Helmet of Hope" campaign.  It is appearing at the Le Mars Community School since Le Mars was one of the winners of a $25,000 grant from the Jimmie Johnson Foundation.  The Le Mars Community Foundation Board will visit each of the high school English classrooms that received laptop computers as a result of the grant.

 

Rupp And Niebuhr Honored At Bishop's Dinner 

(Sioux City) -- A Remsen St. Mary's fourth grade teacher and a Development Director from Gehlen Catholic School were among the six people honored at last evening's Bishop's Dinner held in Sioux City.  Cathy Rupp of Remsen received the Excellence in Education award, and Lisa Niebuhr of Le Mars was presented the Good Shepard award by Bishop R. Walker Nickless.  THe Bishop's Dinner is a major fundraiser event for catholic schools within the Sioux City Diocese.  Last year, the Bishop's Dinner raised more than $178,000 for catholic schools.  Former NFL coach, and now ESPN commentator, Herm Edwards served as the key-note speaker at last evening's event. 

 

Sioux City Schools Apply For English Language Grant

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Sioux City School board is scheduled to vote Monday on whether to apply for a state grant that helps non-English speaking students learn the language.
     The English Language Learner Literacy Grant would help develop programs to help English language learners develop their reading and writing skills. The district could receive $175,000 each for three years if it applies and the grant it is approved by the Iowa Department of Education
     The program would focus on students in Bryant, Leeds, Loess Hills and Hunt elementary schools.
     The district of more than 14,000 students has more than 2,600 students learning English. Nearly 30 different languages were spoken in Sioux City schools last year.

 

Democratic Congressional Candidate Jim Mowrer Talks Issues With KLEM

(Le Mars) -- 4th District Democratic Congressional candidate Jim Mowrer stopped by KLEM on Friday afternoon.  MOwrer is seeking the position being held by Republican Steve King.  Mowrer hails from Boone, Iowa, and is a veteran of the Iraqi War, as well as a former Pentagon staffer.  We spoke on various topics, but with regard to undocumented immigrants, Mowrer says Congressman Steve King has the wrong definition and wrong idea about amnesty.

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Mowrer says he favors raising the minimum wage level to $10.10 per hour as proposed by retiring Iowa Senator Tom Harkin.  Mowrer was asked if the minimum wage can be increased and not affect either the unemployment rate, or the growth in the national economy.

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As mentioned, Mowrer is a veteran of the Iraqi War and a former Pentagon staffer, so what's his opinion on the threat from terrorists groups like ISIS?

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The Democratic Congressional challenger says he does differ from both Congressman Steve King and President Obama about arming any militant groups.

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Mowrer believes if the U-S provides arms to the Syrian rebels, they in fact, in time would use those same arms against American troops, and American interests.  He points to Afghanistan as his example, when the U-S provided arms to the Afghani rebels so they could drive out the Soviet Union after the invasion, but now those same rebels are shooting at Americans.  

 

Romney Visits Iowa To Campaign For Ernst

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Republican Mitt Romney is visiting Iowa for U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst as her battle with Democrat Bruce Braley enters its final three weeks.
     The 2012 Republican presidential nominee planned to headline an event Sunday evening in West Des Moines with Ernst, a state senator running against the congressman for the seat held by retiring Democrat Tom Harkin.
     A Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa Poll published Saturday showed the race a dead heat, with Ernst holding a 48 to 47 percent lead over Braley, marking improvements by both candidates though more by Braley.
     Romney's visit, which also includes a stop in Cedar Rapids later today, comes on the heels of Braley and Ernst's second debate Saturday. Their final debate is set for Thursday in Sioux City.

 

Missing Inmate Returns  

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa authorities say an inmate on work release has returned less than 24 hours after he was reported missing. 
     An Iowa Department of Corrections spokesman says 41-year-old Bryan McDaniel failed to report to work in Sioux City on Saturday. The spokesman says McDaniel went to the facility on Sunday morning after authorities initiated a search for him.  
     Authorities didn't account for McDaniel's absence or say if he faces additional charges. 
     He is serving a 75-year sentence for second-degree murder and has been incarcerated since 1995. He was placed in the work release program in July.
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84 Year Old Man Dies From Tractor Accident

GRUNDY CENTER, Iowa (AP) - Grundy County authorities say an 84-year-old man has died after being pinned underneath his tractor. 
     The Grundy County Sheriff's Office says Russell Katzer of Conrad was killed on Sunday. Authorities say he was driving on a gravel street when he veered off the road and the tractor flipped. 
     Katzer was taken to the Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center where he later died. 
     It's unclear what caused the crash. The sheriff's office is investigating.

 

Woodward Woman Ran Over By Tractor

 WOODWARD, Iowa (AP) - Dallas County authorities say a 31-year-old woman suffered severe internal injuries when she was run over by a tractor.
     The accident occurred around 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Woodward. The Dallas County Sheriff's Office says the woman was helping other people move two tractors when she fell down between the machines and was run over by a rear tire of one. 
     She was taken to a Des Moines hospital. Her name hasn't been released.
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