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Wednesday News, October 23

Main Street Organization To Celebrate Halloween On Saturday

(Le Mars) -- Halloween is just around the corner, but Le Mars children will have the
opportunity to do Trick or Treating on Saturday morning.  Local businesses will be at the
Olson Cultural Event Center to distribute candy and other items.  Mary Reynolds, coordinator
of the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce and Mainstreet Organization says the fun will start at the Le Mars Arts Center.

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Reynolds says many of the community business people will also dress in costume to help
celebrate the Halloween festivities.  She says there will be volunteers stationed at various
strategic locations to help guide the young ghosts, goblins, witches, superheros, and other
costumed children to find their way. The face painting begins at 9:45 a.m. and the distribution of candy at the Olson Cultural Event Center will start at 11:00 a.m.

 

Le Mars To Feature Two Haunted Houses

(Le Mars) -- If you're ready for a good scare, you have two opportunities in Le Mars this year to walk through a Haunted House.
After years at the Shelter House at the Le Mars Pit, HYPER's Haunted House has moved downtown to 24 Plymouth Street SW right next to Bad Habit Boutique. HYPER secretary Miranda Hall says that the new location was sought out so that more people will be able to attend.

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Hyper's Haunted House, The Little Shop of Horrors, has 50 people involved in it's set up and execution. Hall says that younger kids are welcome to this Haunted House, but she warns there will be graphic content that could be pretty scary.

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Also new this year for HYPER is the addition of the Haunted House being open Halloween Night 7-10pm as well as the Saturday night before Halloween, Saturday October 26th from 7-11pm. Admission is $3.
HYPER, which stands for: Helping Young Professionals Energize the Region, is a non-profit group that organizes events and fundraisers to give back to the community.

And then, just blocks away, there's a Haunted House at the Plymouth County Museum.  In it's second year, this scary night at the museum will be put on for one night only, Saturday, October 26th from 7-11pm.
Karen Paulson and Brian Nitzschke are co-chairing the Museum's Haunted House and Brian says working on something like this a labor of love for him.

 

Gehlen Catholic To Participate In "Celebrate My Drive" Competition

(Le Mars) -- To help increase awareness of student safe driving, Gehlen Catholic School is
partnering with State Farm and the Michael Crank agency to participate in the “Celebrate My Drive” competition.
According to State Farm Insurance’s website, “Car crashes are the leading killer of teens
and the first year on the road is the most dangerous. Research shows that sharing and
celebrating positive teen driver safety messages with today’s young drivers is more powerful
than scaring them with the possibility of negative outcomes.”
To help increase awareness of student safe driving, Gehlen Catholic School is partnering
with the Michael Crank agency to participate in the “Celebrate My Drive” competition.

Now through October 26th, students and adults ages 14 and older are asked to make a commitment for the school of their choice.  Gehlen Catholic 7-12 Principal, Mr. Jeff Alesch, said, “Go to celebratemydrive.com and click on the tab ‘Make My Commitment.’ Enter your email address and birth date. After that you will be asked for the state of Iowa, your affiliation with the school and the city.  We have to put the space in Le Mars.” Then you can select Gehlen Catholic School.  Answer two questions about driving safely and then click on the submit box. Your commitment is a vote for Gehlen Catholic.”

The winning large and small school will win $100,000 grant and a concert featuring Grammy Award winner, Kelly Clarkson.  The other top 49 schools in the large and small school competitions have a chance to win $100,000 or $25,000.

 

BPI Lawsuit Against ABC News Scheduled For December

ELK POINT, S.D. (AP) - Oral arguments are scheduled for December in a motion to dismiss a
defamation lawsuit over ABC News' coverage of a meat product produced by B-P-I.
The lawsuit filed by Beef Products Inc. was moved in June from federal court to circuit court. ABC is asking the circuit judge to dismiss the case.
Dakota Dunes-based BPI claims the TV network damaged the company by misleading
consumers into believing that its signature product - lean, finely textured beef - is unhealthy and unsafe. It is seeking $1.2 billion in damages.
BPI officials say the product is safe and the coverage led to the closure of three plants and roughly 700 layoffs.
The Union County Clerk of Courts office says the hearing is scheduled for Dec. 17 at 1 p.m.


   

Tuesday Afternoon News, October 22

County Hears Insurance Review

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County will see a small increase in premiums regarding its insurance
coverage, for the upcoming year, that according to Rob Bixenman of Bixenman Insurance.  The
insurance representative delivered a report Tuesday morning to the Plymouth County Board of
Supervisors.  Bixenman says the county will see less than a half percentage point increase
on premiums for property valued over $28 million dollars. He refers to the increase versus
coverage ratio as " pretty exceptional".   The county increased its insurance value more
than $800,000 for additional acquired property.  Plymouth County is a member of the Iowa
Community Assurance Pool that insures municipalities and counties.  There are 874 members
within the state.  Bixenman says Plymouth County had very few claims during this past year,
and he anticipates the county will qualify for a dividend refund, that probably will be paid
to the county sometime in December.

 

Le Mars City Crews Ready For Snow

(Le Mars) -- The weather forecast is calling for some snow flurries but without too much
accumulation.  However, Steve Hansen, superintendent for the Le Mars City Public Works and
Street Department says if it should snow, the city work crews are ready.

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As the temperatures drop, and as we get additional rain and snow that may freeze, Hansen has a word of caution for drivers.

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Dordt College Receives Grant For Research

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa (AP) - Dordt College in Sioux Center has been awarded about $250,000 in grant money for research purposes.
The College  will use the money from the National Science Foundation for undergraduate and high school summer research and learning.
It's half of a collaborative grant with Hope College in Michigan that's worth about $600,000.
Dordt College will host undergraduate students for eight to 10 weeks in the summer. The work will focus on the regulation of metabolic processes across a wide range of bacteria.
The grant money will also support opportunities for high school students to participate
in an academic camp.

 

Authorities Looking For Man Suspected Of Setting Woodbine Fire

WOODBINE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities are asking the public to help identify a person that may
be connected to a building fire in the western Iowa city of Woodbine.
The State Fire Marshal's Office says investigators have obtained surveillance video
from Sept. 26 that shows a man walking along the alley behind the building that housed the
Everything Ellen Flower shop.
The video shows the man behind the building minutes before the fire was reported.
Authorities say it's likely the fire was set to the west wall of the flower shop.
The fire destroyed the building and caused structural damage to an adjoining building.
Other buildings had water and smoke damage. Authorities believe the fire may have been
caused by arson.
Reward money is available for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

 

Arnold's Park Banker To Head American Banking Association

ARNOLDS PARK, Iowa (AP) - The president of a northwest Iowa bank has been elected chairman of the American Bankers Association, a trade group that represents most of the nation's banks.
Jeff Plagge, president and CEO of Northwest Financial Corp., in Arnolds Park, will serve as chairman of the ABA for the next year.
Plagge replaces outgoing Chairman Matt Williams, president and chairman of Gothenburg State Bank, in Gothenburg, Neb.
Another Iowa banker, Charles Funk, the president and CEO of MidWestOne Bank in Iowa City is a newly elected board member of the ABA.
The American Bankers Association represents banks of all sizes and charters and is the voice for the nation's $14 trillion banking industry and its two million employees.

 

Judge Declines To Dismiss Charges Against Doctor

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A judge has declined to dismiss charges against a Des Moines doctor accused of prescribing painkillers to patients who allegedly died of overdoses.
Polk County District Associate Judge Gregory Brandt said in a ruling Monday that there's enough evidence to move ahead with the case against Dr. Daniel Baldi, who faces 10 counts of involuntary manslaughter.
Prosecutors say Baldi prescribed large amounts of narcotic painkillers to patients including Paul Gray, founder of the band Slipknot, who died in 2010.
Baldi's attorneys argued some patients had no medication prescribed by Baldi in their systems when they died. They say others had amounts of the drugs at or below therapeutic levels, while others failed to use them as prescribed.
The trial is scheduled for Dec. 2.
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Quintuplets Return Home At Sioux City

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The last of the quintuplets born July 25 in Omaha has gone home to Sioux City.
Rosalyn Garcia left Methodist Women's Hospital on Monday. She's been there since she
and her siblings were delivered via cesarean section. Her sister Jimena went home Sunday,
joining their sisters Marah and Arleth and brother, Christobal.
Their mother and father, Bianca and Jose Garcia, also have two older sons: 9-year-old Jose and 7-year-old Abrahan.
Bianca Garcia was on bed rest for more than 10 weeks before the babies were born at 28
weeks, or about three months premature. A team of 35 doctors and nurses delivered the
babies, who weighed a little more than 10 pounds total at birth.


Lewis And Clark Water System To Vote Whether To Expand To LuVerne, Minnesota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The Lewis & Clark Regional Water System's board is voting Thursday on whether to borrow $16 million from members to extend the system to the Minnesota city of Luverne. But it might be a tough sell.
The Argus Leader reports that Sioux Falls' representative on the board will vote no, and the Madison Daily Leader reports that city's representative also will vote against the plan.
The water system was supposed to be distributing potable Missouri River water to 20 member communities in South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa by 2005, but reductions in federal funding have slowed the project.

Nine of the 20 members still are without service, even though all members and the three states have prepaid their share of the cost. Now they're being asked to pay more.

In Iowa, the membership includes: Hull, Sioux Center, Sheldon, Sibley, and Rock Rapids.

   

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