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Thursday News, November 8

Gehlen and Spalding Catholic Schools Continue Merger Talks

(Le Mars) -- Nearly 350 people turned out last evening at the Randy Readon Family Gym at Gehlen Catholic School to hear more about the plans to consolidate the Spalding Catholic High School with the Gehlen Catholic high school.  Plans for the merger are not finalized and there still could be a possibility that the two northwest Iowa Catholic schools may remain separate, but according to Father Kevin Richter, president of Gehlen, the two communities are coming together.
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Richter says the Gehlen community is working with the Spalding community to incorporate some of Spalding's colors, and even the logo to help them feel welcome and to retain Spalding's identity.
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Dennis Schmid is a board member from the Spalding Catholic school.  He says a major reason for the two communities having a smooth transition is due to Father Kevin Richter.  Richter, is a Spalding Catholic School alum and a former teacher.  Schmid says the fact that Richter knows the people from both communities, and is well respected in both communities, has made a big difference.
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The Spalding official says there remains some specific details with the merger yet to be determined, including logistics concerning the number of students that will come to Gehlen and even transportation issues.  But he says the Spalding people are accepting the idea.  Here is the timeline for the Gehlen Catholic and Spalding Catholic schools coming together.  On November 14th there will be another working meeting.  December 6 will be a joint board meeting, and a draft summary is being planned to be presented to Bishop Walker Nickless by December 15th.

 

Oliver To Serve 90 Days For Shooting At Bicyclists

LE MARS, Iowa (AP) - A Sioux City man accused of shooting at two bicyclists has been placed on probation and must serve 90 days in jail.
Twenty-three-year-old Terry Oliver Junior pleaded guilty in Plymouth County District Court in Le Mars to two counts of misdemeanor assault with a firearm and OWI.
Oliver was accused of firing several rounds of two bicyclists as he drove past them on Iowa Highway 12 near Stone State Park in August. The cyclists weren't hurt.
Oliver was sentenced on Monday.

 

Le Mars Convention and Visitors Bureau Receives Grant

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Convention and Visitors Bureau was awarded nearly $1500 from the Western Iowa Tourism Region to help provide funding for television advertising promoting the Christmas events and festivities as well as banners to be displayed at the new Visitors Center to promote Le Mars event and attractions.  Liz Birkel-Leddy, President of the Western Iowa Tourism Region says "the region works with the Iowa Tourism Office, Iowa Economic Development Authority to offer a competitive grant program to assist local events, attractions and businesses with promotion, advertising and scholarships to increase their competitiveness in the tourism marketplace."  Volunteers from the industry evaluate and award grant dollars to deserving projects in the 35 county western Iowa tourism region.


Museum To Host Garage Sale

(Le Mars) -- Anyone wishing to clear the house of potential garage sale material may take the items to the Plymouth County Historical Museum in Le Mars for the 13th annual "Great Garage and Bake Sale" starting on Thursday, and continuing through Saturday, November 10th.  The Museum will receive garage sale items during open hours from 1 to 5 p.m. and by appointment.  First up during the three-day sale will be a "Sneak Preview" beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 8.  Admission to the special viewing will be $5; doors will remain open until 8:00 p.m.  The remaining days of the Great Garage Sale will have free admission.  Hours will be from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday, November 9th and 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, November 10th.  Proceeds from the sale go to help the Museum preserve the history of Plymouth County.








   

Wednesday Afternoon News, Nov. 7

Discovered Human Remains Could Be Former Home Owner

SAC CITY, Iowa (AP) - Sac City police say human remains discovered in the basement of a recently purchased house could be those of the previous homeowner who disappeared in 2009.
The Sioux City Journal (http://bit.ly/RIKFPt ) says Police Chief John Thomsen says "all signs point" to Mark Koster. He was last seen with a friend on July 4, 2009. He was 58.
The remains were found on Monday by the new homeowner, who was remodeling the basement.
Police searched the house in 2009. Thomsen says there was no indication of foul play, and it appeared Koster left. He was declared legally dead in October 2011.
No one lived in the house after Koster disappeared. Family members sold the house in May.

 

Des Moines Levee Is Completed

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A levee designed to protect an area north of downtown Des Moines from flooding has been completed.
A study by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the Des Moines River was finished after reconstruction designs were completed on the Birdland and Central Place levees. Engineers then decided to raise the height of the levees after a study suggested that major floods like those that hit the city in 1993 and in 2008 are more likely in the future than previously thought.
The Birdland levee was finished last year.
Officials dedicated the Central Place levee on Wednesday. The $5.5 million project included
removing the old levee and rebuilding the earthen embankment. In all, about 2.5 miles of new levees are now in place.

 

Le Mars Native Joseph Manning Speaks At Gehlen's Veterans Salute

(Le Mars) -- Sunday is Veteran's Day.  A day we honor those men and women who have served in
our military branch of service.  At Gehlen Catholic school, Le Mars native and a 1988 Gehlen Catholic graduate Joseph Manning spoke during the Gehlen Catholic Veteran's salute.  Manning is in the Navy Reserves and holds the rank of Master Chief.  He says money was a part of an incentive for him to join the Navy.
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Manning's message was to inform the students and the community that it is important to honor those men and women who have served in the military.

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Manning says since the nation has been at war for the past decade, it has brought more attention to the military service personnel, and people are expressing their gratitude.

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The Naval Reserve officer says its important that people take the time to say "thank you" to the military personnel.
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Manning says there was one moment during this morning's program at Gehlen that really touched him emotionally.
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The Le Mars native started his navy career while still in high school.  He says he has had an unique career filled with many experiences as a member of the Navy.
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