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Friday News, November 9

Frontier Telephone Co. To Distribute Inserts For Missing Phone Numbers

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars city officials have been having discussions with the Frontier Phone Company regarding missing listings and phone numbers, especially that of the Le Mars City Hall and all of the city services. When Frontier issued and distributed the latest telephone directory, it was noted that the telephone number for city hall and all of the city's services were missing from the directory.  Frontier has agreed to publish a supplemental insert page containing the missing phone numbers, and mailing them to each household in the Le Mars area.  Customers can place the supplement insert inside their existing phone directory.  No specific timetable was given when Frontier customers can expect to see those inserts with the city hall and the city's services listings, other than Frontier officials have said they would do it as soon as possible.

City Council Sets Public Hearing Date For Waste Water Treatment Facility

(Le Mars) -- At the latest city council meeting, the Le Mars City Council heard from civil engineer Greg Sindt of Ames discuss the proposed new waste water treatment facility that is being planned.  The council has set a date of November 20th for a public hearing for the new waste water treatment facility.  Bids for the facility will be accepted on December 13th with the winning bids to be announced on December 18th.  The new waste water treatment plant is estimated to cost between $16 and $20 million.


Ehlers Selected as "Boss of the Quarter"

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Chamber of Commerce has named Julie Ehlers of Joba's as the Boss of the Quarter.  Barbara Kaalie, Julie's employer, says Julie loves her job as the manager of Joba's, therefore, she is a dedicated manager.  Her biggest attribute is her customer service.  She has the interest to and the ability of remembering people's names; they are her friends first, her customers second.  She will do anything for them.  Joba's would not be Joba's without Julie.  OUr congratulations to Julie Ehlers for being named the Boss of the Quarter.


Amy Anderson Honored As School District "Employee of the Month"

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community School District is honoring Middle School Art teacher, Amy Anderson, as its employee of the month.  The nomination states that Amy is the most positive person, having never seen her in a bad mood.  She is constantly getting asked to do posters or paint projects or drawings for the community, or the school, and does them non grata on her own time.  She is energetic, extremely creative and encouraging.  She is also very tech savi and has started a computer graphics class with the 8th grade.  She incorporates reading, math, history and creativity in her art classes.

Prescription Drug Abuse Is Growing In Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A new report says prescription drug abuse has grown into a major problem for Iowa.
The 2013 Iowa Drug Control Strategy report was issued by the Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy.
It cites progress last year in reducing meth labs, the use of synthetic drugs and in alcohol offenses. But the report also cites increases in crimes involving heroin and marijuana and the diversion and abuse of prescription drugs.
The report says 62 Iowans died last year of drug-related overdoses involving prescription painkillers. That's a nearly eightfold increase from a decade ago.


Three Year Old Girl Dies After TV Falls On Her

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A 3-year-old girl has died nearly three months after she pulled a large television down upon herself.
Family friend Lena McElvogue told The Des Moines Register that Aleena Coe died Thursday at a
hospice in Johnston.
She was injured Aug. 9 when the television fell onto her as she was watching a program with her sister in their Des Moines home.
Aleena's heart stopped, and although medics managed to get her heart started again she was without oxygen for 45 minutes.
She spent nearly a month at Mercy Medical Center.
A benefit is planned for 1 p.m. Sunday at the Main Gate Bar & Grill in Des Moines to raise money for medical and funeral expenses.
A fund for the family has been established at Community State Bank.

Police Chief Recovering After Shooting

SUMNER, Iowa (AP) - The Sumner police chief continues to improve after being wounded during a chase of two men suspected of robbing a bank.
Chief Dennis Cain suffered gunshot wounds to his neck, hand and finger during the October 30th chase after the Maynard robbery. He was treated at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Sumner Mayor Gary Walke tells KWWL that Cain is recovering well and soon will be moved to Allen Hospital in Waterloo.
Iowa State trooper Mark Domino also was shot in the arm during the chase. He was treated at a hospital and released.
Police say 24-year-old Jeremiah Mumford, of New Hampton, and 19-year-old William Clayton of Osage face multiple charges in Bremer County, where they were captured, and in Fayette County,
where the bank was robbed.


DNR Purposely Kills Fish At Black Hawk Lake

(Lake View) -- In an effort to improve the water quality at Black Hawk Lake, near Lake View, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources has purposely killed all the fish within the lake.  In a Sioux City Journal article, DNR officials were applying a fish toxicant rotenone to kill all remaining fish within the Sac County lake.  DNR officials say birds and mammals will not be affected.  D-N-R officials will restock the lake in the spring.

Fish Kill In Johnson County Attributed To Mistaken Release of Ag Chemical

OXFORD, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says a mistaken release from an agriculture chemical company has killed fish in a Johnson County creek.
The DNR says about 100 dead minnows were found Thursday afternoon along Rhine Creek in Oxford.
The fish died after about 200 gallons were released from rinse tanks at AgVantage of Oxford. The DNR says the liquid was mostly water but also contained unspecified residue of agriculture chemicals.
The liquid pooled on the ground and some then flowed into the creek.
Company workers were cleaning up the liquid Thursday.




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.


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