Thursday news, June 7th
Historical Preservationist Reviews Le Mars Nomination for National Historic Registry
(Le Mars) -- A Historical Preservationist offered her comments during an evening meeting regarding the nomination of the Le Mars Downtown District for the National Historical Registry. Kerry Davis told the small gathering that 96 buildings within the downtown area will be submitted for nomination. Davis says there are many benefits to having a community listed on the National Registry of Historical Places. She says it is an honor for any community to be listed on the National Historic Registry. She also says since Le Mars is a member of the Main Street Iowa organization, the designation helps accomplish the goals of both preservation and economic development.
Davis offers this explanation for last evening's meeting.
Lt. Governor Reynolds Tours I-M-L Containers
(Le Mars) -- Iowa's Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds took a private tour of the I-M-L Containers Iowa of Le Mars Wednesday afternoon. Reynolds, says she was impressed with I-M-L's committment to the area. I-M-L containers started with just seven employees, but only recently was able to expand operations to include 50 employees, while operating 24 hour shifts. I-M-L Containers works with 15 main clients, including Wells Blue Bunny. Their products are shipped to various locations within the midwest, Canada, and around the world Reynolds says the purpose to visit I-M-L and other businesses within northwest Iowa is to see how the state can partner with such businesses, and to ask if those businesses are facing any difficult issues with regulations or other obstacles. Reynolds says I-M-L offers many technological positions which coincides well with Governor Branstad's goal of STEM education which focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathmatics.
Supevisors Approve Summer Construction Projects
(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors approved the bids for five different construction projects slated to begin this summer. Plymouth County engineer Tom Rohe read the competing bids to the county board of supervisors during their Tuesday meeting. The county will have two metal pipe culverts , and three pre-cast concrete culverts installed. Kooiker, (Koy-ker) Incorporated of Le Mars was granted the bid for a project involving the installation of a metal pipe culvert. The submitted bid was for $27,917.90. Graves Construction of Spencer, Iowa was awarded the bid for a second metal pipe culvert installation project. They submitted a bid of $29,253. Graves Construction was also awarded a project involving the installation of a pre-cast concrete box culvert. That project's bid was $80,235. MidWest Contractors of Marshall, Minnesota was the winning contractor for two other projects. They submitted bids of $116,677 and $111,469 for two projects involving the installation of pre-cast concrete box culverts.
Moville Celebrates Quasquicentennial
(Moville) -- The town of Moville started its Quasquicentennial celebration on Wednesday, and will continue through the weekend. Moville's mayor, Jim Fisher says the town got its name from Moville, Ireland.
Fisher says Moville, Iowa and Moville, Ireland are the only two Moville's in the world. Among the many different events, the town will host a parade on Saturday featuring the different Shriner organizations.
That parade is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday. Other highlights include an alumni flag football game scheduled for today, the musical production of "Oklahoma" is scheduled for Friday, and a 5k run is set for Saturday. For a complete listing of all the events for Moville's Quasquicentennial celebration, you can pick up a KLEM Fairs and Festivals booklet.
Christ Lutheran Church of Remsen to Celebrate 125 years
(Remsen)-- 170 current members, 1,055 baptisms, 796 confirmations, 265 marriages and 17 ministers. These are the figures after 125 years of worship being celebrated at Christ Lutheran Church in Remsen this weekend. Vernon and Rita Letsche have been members as a couple for 30 years, and Vernon's family are lifelong members. Rita shares with us the story of the churches founding.
That is when the original wooden church building was built, in the late 20's the interior of that building was improved. In 1941, a brick church took its place, and is still the cornerstone for the current building. Rita says the dismantling of the 1941 church happened in 3 days with man and horse power...literally.
Man power hours totaled 1,647, horse power hours totaled 152. The organ and the naive were moved from the original church. In the end, this building with seating for 250 cost only $25,000 to build. Family and kids are big part of Christ Lutheran's mission. The Letche's raised 6 kids in the church, and led youth group for about 30 years. One of the children's groups in the church is Kids Quest. Rita says that they work hard to do the work of the church.
Five families who are still part of the congregation are five and six generation members. The Maass' and Ericksen's have six generations and the Sonnicksen's, Kroeger's and Eubank's have five.
Pastor Dennis Martens currently presides over the congregation and will be leading the celebratory service this weekend to commemorate 125 years at Christ Lutheran Church in Remsen. Services begin at 10:30 on Sunday, with a dinner following as well as a 1pm program featuring music, memories and photos. The public is more than welcome to attend.