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(REMSEN) -- Just because the weekend has passed, doesn't mean the holiday fun has to end.  It's time for an Old Fashioned Christmas in Remsen tonight (Monday 12/5) from 5:30 to 8:30pm.   Karen Harnack of the Remsen Chamber of Commerce says that traditional holiday activities will be plentiful including fires ready for marshmallow toasting, under the supervision of the Remsen Fire Department of course.

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At 6:15 Santa will be there to light the Remsen Christmas Tree in Town Square.

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Also this week is the Marcus Festival of Trees, Tuesday the 6th through Friday the 9th culminating in Friday's Hometown Christmas. The events are being held from 5-8pm at the Marcus Community Center.  Friday's activities include a visit from Santa, Fire Department Chili Feed, horse drawn sleigh rides and the Kid's Mall at the Community Center where kids can shop for their own gifts to give.

 

 (LE MARS) -- Holiday fun for the whole family starts off with a bang this weekend with events all over Northwest Iowa.  

  Pioneer Village will begin following the Children's Parade this Saturday.  The Children's Parade steps off at 6pm at 8th St SE and heads downtown on Central Avenue in Le Mars. The Arts Center will be open before and after the parade providing warmth and selling coffee and cocoa.  Pioneer Village opens at the fairgrounds immediately following.  Organizer Bonita Davidson tells us about what we can expect to experience at this 20 year Le Mars event.

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Hot chocolate, candy canes, popcorn balls, popcorn, cookies and coffee are all available at no charge in Century Hall and are provided by various community groups.  Free will donations will be accepted.  There's free pork sandwiches being served in the building next door on Saturday night, and groups will be serving hot dogs after Saturday. 
After you get some food in you, Bonita says to stroll through the village lit by over 10,000 lights and head to the round barn. 

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Pioneer Village is open from 5:30 to 8:30 this Saturday and Sunday, December 4th and 5th, as well as next weekend, the 10th and 11th.

 

(LE MARS) -- The Plymouth County Historical Museum is hosting its second annual

Manger Museum exhibit.  More than 100 nativity sets will be on display this

coming Sunday (12/4) afternoon at the museum.  Delores Burkhart along with her late

husband, Ron, started the nativity exhibit.  She explains how the exhibit first

got started.

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Also at the museum this Sunday will be three local pianists providing seasonal

music for everyone's enjoyment.  The exhibit opens at 1:00 p.m. and will be on

display through January 8th.   

 

(ORANGE CITY) -- Le Mars isn't the only place getting in the holiday spirit this weekend...It's time for Sinterklaas to come to town in Orange City. Festivities are this afternoon (Saturday, 12/3) beginning at 3pm downtown Orange City in Windmill Park.  Cheryl Buntsma helps organize the Sinterklaas day festivities.  She explains the history behind the Dutch tradition of Sinterklaas.

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Following the parade with Sinterklaas from Windmill Park to City Hall there will be a puppet show, games and treats.  And in the spirit of helping others the Orange City Growth Organization will have a Pizza Feed at City Hall after the festivities at City Hall from 4:30 to 6pm.  A free will donation will be taken up with proceeds benefiting The Bridge in Orange City.

In addition to today's Sinterklaas Day Celebration, Northwestern College has Vespers services at 7pm both today and tomorrow.  Northwestern's Chamber Ensembles Concert in Friday, December 9th at 7:30pm.  Dordt College also begins their season of holiday concerts this weekend with a Chorale of Lessons and Carols Sunday night at 8pm.  The Jazz Band Concert is Tuesday, December 6th at 7:30 and the Instrumental Ensemble Concert is Friday, the 9th at 7:30.  All Dordt concerts are in the BJ Haan Auditorium in Sioux Center.

 

(REMSEN) -- Just because the weekend has passed, doesn't mean the holiday fun has to end.  It's time for an Old Fashioned Christmas in Remsen tonight (Monday 12/5) from 5:30 to 8:30pm.   Karen Harnack of the Remsen Chamber of Commerce says that traditional holiday activities will be plentiful including fires ready for marshmallow toasting, under the supervision of the Remsen Fire Department of course.

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At 6:15 Santa will be there to light the Remsen Christmas Tree in Town Square.

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Also this week is the Marcus Festival of Trees, Tuesday the 6th through Friday the 9th culminating in Friday's Hometown Christmas. The events are being held from 5-8pm at the Marcus Community Center.  Friday's activities include a visit from Santa, Fire Department Chili Feed, horse drawn sleigh rides and the Kid's Mall at the Community Center where kids can shop for their own gifts to give.

 

   

King to Testify on Missouri River Flooding

(Washington) -- Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King is scheduled to testify today before the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure about this year's Missouri River flooding.  The subcommittee will receive testimony from Members of Congress, the U-S Army Corps of Engineers...and Missouri River basin stakeholders.  The hearing is entitled "The Missouri River Flood: An Assessment of the River Management in 2011 and Operational Plans for the Future."

 

(Des Moines) -- Plymouth County Attorney, Darin Raymond has recently been elected as the 1st Vice President for the Iowa State Association of Counties or ISAC.  The Iowa State Association of Counties is a private, nonprofit corporation whose members are county officials from the 99 counties in Iowa.  ISAC's mission is to promote effective and responsible county government for the people of Iowa.  The board consist of 22 county officials and their primary responsibility includes developing and monitoring the ISAC strategic plan, setting legislative priorities and recommending ISAC's budget.  Winneshiek County Treasurer, Wayne Walter was elected to serve as president for the ISAC organization.

(LeMars) -- The Plymouth County Secondary Roads Department is finishing its work involving a culvert replacement on  140th Street between Fir Avenue and Fawn Avenue.  The roads department has announced the work will be completed by tomorrow and the road will re-open.


(LeMars) -- The LeMars Diabetic Support Group will meet at Floyd Valley Hospital on Monday, December 5th.  The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. in the lower lever conference room.  "Being a Savvy Consumer with Diabetes" will be presented by Rosanne Osterbuhr, Floyd Valley Hospital's Diabetes Educator.  The Floyd Valley Hospital Diabetes Support Group provides support and education for adults with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and their families.  Everyone with diabetes experiences daily challenges, frustrations and triumphs in living with the disease.  Talking to others, sharing your personal journey and learning all you can to keep yourself healthy are all part of successful coping with diabetes.  The group can assist you, your family, and or friends in managing diabetes for a healthier life.  Spouses and friends are welcome to attend.

 

(Undated) -- The Good Samaritan Society-Home Care is seeking participants for research that is evaluating how technology can help seniors live longer and more independently in their homes.  Mary Brevik is the Home Care Director for the Good Samaritan Care Facilities.  She says the "Living Well at Home" research hopes to attract at least 1200 participants from the five midwestern states that have Good Samaritan Care Centers.  Brevik says there are three primary areas for criteria in order to participate.

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The purpose of the study, according to Brevik is to determine how well seniors can manage living by themselves, once they have been dismissed from a health care facility.  It also will look at their level of mobility while at home.  Brevik says the research is possible through an $8.1 million grant.

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Brevik says the monitors will also be able to determine if the patient has fallen and remains motionless.  The research study will go on for a year.

 

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff on Friday in honor of a U.S. Marine from Iowa who was killed in Afghanistan.
     Twenty-two-year-old Cpl. Zachary Reiff (rife), of Preston, was injured in a roadside bombing on Nov. 18. He died three days later at a hospital in Germany.
     Branstad issued the order Tuesday to fly flags in the state at half-staff from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, the day of Reiff's funeral in Preston.
     Reiff. a 2007 graduate of Preston High School, was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment in Twentynine Palms, Calif.
    


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A weather expert says some of the  conditions that brought drought to parts of Iowa may have been a factor in an early exit to the prime time for tornadoes in the
state.
 A report by the National Weather Service shows the last tornado in what started as a strong 2011 season was July 11.
     It's the earliest end of tornado activity in Iowa since reliable records started in 1980. There were 50 tornadoes in Iowa this year.
No one was killed, but 16 people were injured, including 14 when a tornado hit Mapleton on April 9.
     State climatologist Harry Hillaker says conditions in July that brought drought lessened the chances for frequent tornadoes, but he says it's hard to say why it quit.
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