Tuesday News, October 15
Floyd Valley Trustees To Review Hospital Audit
(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital Trustees are scheduled to have their monthly meeting this morning at 7:30 a.m. The trustees will review and are expected to approve the annual hospital audit as presented by Denman and Company. The trustees will also be given construction updates with the new loading dock and the expansion project.
County Supervisors To Discuss Floyd Valley Hospital Funding
(Le Mars) -- Funding Floyd Valley Hospital's expansion project will be the topic for discussion by the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors as they meet this morning at the County Courthouse Board room. The supervisors will also hear construction updates by county engineer Tom Rohe.
Le Mars City Council To Hold Public Hearing On Dogwood First Additions
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council is set to meet today, and they too will discuss Floyd Valley Hospital's funding request, as well as review the hospital audit. The city council is expected to approve Van's Sanitation partial property tax exemption for their expansion project. The city leaders will hold a public hearing for the final reading of the re-zoning and plat approval for Dogwood First Additions. The city council will also be in closed session to discuss collective bargaining with city employees.
Le Mars Woman Arrested On 18 Charges
(Le Mars) -- Police says a Le Mars woman was arrested Saturday on Plymouth County warrants for 18 criminal charges. Crystal Finchum, 22, was wanted by Plymouth County deputies for 11 felony charges, eight counts of third-degree burglary, one count of second-degree theft and two counts of on-going criminal conduct; and seven misdemeanor charges of fifth-degree theft. Finchum is currently being held in the Plymouth County jail on a $25,000 bond.
Catholics To Observe Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration
LE MARS, Iowa -- The Le Mars Cluster Catholic Parishes of St. Joseph and St. James in Le Mars; St. Joseph, Struble; St. Joseph, Ellendale and Assumption will begin Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration in November.
Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration is a practice in the Catholic Church which consists of at
least one person present at the Eucharistic presence of Christ displayed in a special holder
called a monstrance which is displayed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year
According to Tom Henrich of Le Mars, who serves with his wife Cecilia as coordinators for
this, volunteers are needed to fulfill the "perpetual" aspect.
"There are 168 hours in a week and we will be having people commit to coming and spending a
dedicated hour, or more, in prayer with our Lord," he said. "It is the goal to have at least
two people committed to each hour dedicated and where they would come once a week."
The Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration will primarily take place in the chapel at St. Joseph
Church, Le Mars. On the First Friday of the month, the adoration will transfer to St. James
Church from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and will also be going on simultaneously at Gehlen Catholic School.
The adoration will begin on the last day of the Year of Faith, Nov. 24; however, promotion will begin in October.
Henrich noted the initiation of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration came in response to Bishop Walker Nickless of the Diocese of Sioux City, who has encouraged parishes to begin this devotion as the Year of Faith comes to a close.
County 4-Hers Help Promote The Youth Organization
(Akron) -- This month, 4-Hers from across the state are informing the general public about
the youth organization, while attempting to recruit other youth between the ages of 10 and 18 to join the organization. It's all part of the National 4-H Month recognition activities. Cali Westergard, 16 years of age of Akron, has been a Plymouth County 4-H member for more than seven years. She says her older sisters were involved with the 4-H program and that's how she was introduced to the organization. But even as a fourth grader, Westergard says she recognized the value of belonging to 4-H.
Westergard says there is much more than just ribbons and trophies to be gained through the 4-H program.
Westergard is a junior at the Akron-Westfield High School. She serves on both the county and the state 4-H councils, and believes her experiences in 4-H will help her with both college and career goals.
Westergard has been involved with state 4-H conferences, regional educational tours, 4-H camps, and numerous other opportunities. She hopes to one day participate on the 4-H Citizenship program to Washington D.C. And she is ready to answer the question if ever asked why an individual should join 4-H.