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Monday Afternoon News, June 15

Plans For The St. Joseph/Gehlen Catholic All School Family Reunion Are Coming Together

(Le Mars) -- Plans are coming together for the St. Joseph and Gehlen Catholic All School Family Reunion scheduled for this Friday and Saturday.  Mike Dreckman serves as the chair for the event.  He says the reunion is to acknowledge and pay tribute to the catholic education that has been a part of Le Mars history.

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Dreckman says more than 500 people have registered for Friday evening's festivities, which far exceeded his expectations.

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The St. Joseph's-Gehlen High School Reunion continues through Saturday with several events, beginning with a golf tournament at the Willow Creek Golf Course.

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The Gehlen Family Reunion chair says there are plans for Saturday evening that include a  banquet by Timmy's Catering that will start at 6:00 p.m. along with a program that should prove to be fun for the attendees.

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Dreckman says following the banquet and program, alumni of Gehlen and St. Joseph's can participate in a dance at the Le Mars Convention Center.

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Dreckman says you can still register for the events by Thursday. He says the reunion is open to anyone, regardless whether you graduated from Gehlen or St. Joseph's schools.  He says if you attended either school, or have a connection to either school, you are welcomed to attend the activities.

 

 

 

Chamber Committee To Again Feature Agriculture Exhibit In Round Barn

(Le Mars) – The Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Agricultural Committee is again working with the Plymouth County Fair Board to host an agricultural education exhibit at the famous Round Barn located on the Plymouth County Fairgrounds, during the dates of the fair, July 29th through August 2nd.

“This is the second year the Chamber Agriculture Committee will host “A Round the Farm in the Barn”, said Paul Jacobson, chairman of the Le Mars Chamber Agricultural Committee.

“Last year’s inaugural exhibit was well received, with thousands of visitors viewing the exhibit, and we anticipate even more interest with this year’s display.”


“The Chamber Agriculture Committee intends to feature even more “hands-on” interactive displays, from which attendees will learn even more about the importance of agriculture, and specifically about Plymouth County agriculture,” said Jacobson.

“In addition to showcasing the various commodities that are either grown or raised here in Plymouth County, this year’s exhibit will focus on conservation and farm safety,” said Jacobson.  “The Chamber Agriculture Committee intends to offer attendees the opportunity to write a message on a large photo to “thank a farmer” and also suggest a farm safety “message.”

Attendees will again be able to tour both floors of the famous Round Barn to see exhibits.  The Chamber Agriculture Committee will also feature several display boards that will show the production of ice cream, as well as, the lifecycle of beef cattle and hogs.

 

 

 

 

Volunteers Help Clean Up Missouri River

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - A nonprofit says around 140 volunteers have collected an estimated 10 tons of trash from the Missouri River in western Iowa.
Volunteers on Saturday morning picked up the trash at a number of sites along the river. The effort was part of an event by Missouri River Relief, a nonprofit based in Columbia, Missouri, that coordinates clean-ups from South Dakota to St. Louis. 
Among the findings by volunteers were multiple propane tanks and an arrow. 
Missouri River Relief has other clean-up events scheduled into the fall in other states.
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Street Flooding Occurs In Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Several streets in Ankeny and other Polk County communities have been covered with runoff from heavy overnight rain.
The National Weather Service says it's received reports that up to 3 inches of rain has fallen since midnight in southeast Ankeny and that up to 8 inches of water is covering some intersections and streets. 
Flooded and blocked streets have been reported in Altoona, and Des Moines reports that at least two streets and several trails have been closed.
A flood warning has been issued for the Des Moines River, and the Raccoon River and North Raccoon River have already risen above flood stage. 
The weather service says thunderstorms later Monday could bring 2 more inches of rain to the area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


   

Monday News, June 15

Le Mars Fire Department Rescue Boy From Jumping Into River

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department responded to two calls on Sunday.  The first call happened shortly after 4:00 p.m. where fire officials responded to the bridge located on the recreational trail near the 600 block of 5th Avenue N.W.   Apparently, a teenage male juvenile and two of his friends, were leaping from the bridge into the Floyd River below.  The male victim suffered a broken leg from the mishap, after jumping into the shallow waters.  Fire and rescue personnel used the aerial truck with a stoker basket to rescue and lift the victim from the river, and up on to the embankment.  The Le Mars Ambulance also responded to the call and transported the victim to the Floyd Valley Hospital. There is a sign posted at the bridge warning people not to jump off the bridge.

 

 

 

Fire Department Responds To House Electrical Fire

(Le Mars) -- The second call occurred at about 10:00 p.m. at 412 Plymouth Street Southeast.  Fire officials were called to the residence when an electrical box had arched causing a small fire within the home.   Fire Chief Dave Schipper explains what was happening when fire officials arrived on the scene.

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Power was disconnected to the house.  Schipper says he doesn't have an idea as to why the electrical box started to arch.

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The Le Mars Fire Chief says the episode could have been a lot worse.

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Cushing Family Trying To Rebuild Their Lives After Fire

 

CUSHING, Iowa (AP) - Since the Droegmiller family lost their home and belongings to a fire in March, they have been overwhelmed by help from others.
When Elaine Droegmiller explained why she was buying eight pairs of shoes, another customer volunteered to pay for them.
After the fire in Cushing that likely started with an electrical problem friends and classmates helped replace the autographed team balls and the River Valley letter jacket that high school senior Jordan Droegmiller lost in the fire.
Donations from people in the community helped the family replace Jordan's senior pictures.
The Droegmillers are planning to buy a modular home for their farm that they will move into later this year. Until then, the family is renting a home in Cushing.

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Friends Remember Mall Shooting Victim

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Friends and family are remembering the positive attitude exuded by the 20-year-old woman who was shot and killed in an eastern Iowa shopping mall.
More  than 100 people gathered Sunday outside the children's museum where Andrea Farrington worked to remember her.
The Cedar Rapids woman was fatally shot Friday in the Coral Ridge Mall. Officials have charged 22-year-old Alexander Matthew Kozak of North Liberty with first-degree murder.
Museum director Deb Dunkhase says Farrington was an amazing, energetic person who cared about her co-workers and the kids.
Her cousin, Savanna Dayton, says Farrington loved her job but had complained several times in the past six weeks about Kozak.
Dayton says Farrington had told her about Kozak staring at her and leaving notes on her car.

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Iowa Adds More Names To "Do Not Hire" List

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa continued to add people to its do-not-rehire list over the past year despite the concerns raised by some representatives of public employees and at least one lawmaker.
Public documents show 67 people have been added to the list that now includes 943 people ineligible to work in state government.
Critics like state Senator Janet Petersen say the no-hire list might set the state up for another lawsuit.
But state officials defend the list as a way to keep problematic employees off of Iowa's payroll. And the state says anyone on the list can request their status be reviewed.
Since the state first released the list in April 2014, there have been government oversight hearings and a lawsuit on behalf of three former workers.

 

 

 

 

Hillary Rodham Clinton Visits Sioux City Following Presidential Announcement

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton is trying to build an organizational edge in Iowa as some of her lesser-known Democratic rivals clamor for attention in the state that tripped up her first presidential campaign.
Clinton flew to Iowa after her high-profile campaign kickoff Saturday in New York. She appeared at a Sioux City house party Saturday night, telling supporters that "everybody has a role to play."
Despite her dominant position in the race, Clinton's allies are trying to erase the memories of her third-place finish in Iowa's 2008 caucuses.
Clinton is set to address supporters at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines on Sunday and then travel to the Mississippi River city of Burlington.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb are holding events in Iowa on Sunday.

 

 

 

 

New Miss Iowa Is Crowned

 

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - A new Miss Iowa has been chosen to represent the state.
Twenty-one-year-old Taylor Wiebers of Clinton won the title Saturday night at the pageant in Davenport.
Wiebers was Miss Clinton County going into the state competition. She will now represent Iowa in the Miss America pageant in September.
Wiebers called winning the Miss Iowa title unbelievable. She is looking forward to raising awareness about childhood cancers.
The first runner-up is Miss Muscatine County Kristen One. The 23-year-old is from Vernon Hills, Ill.


 


 

 

 

 

 


   

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