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Friday News, August 11th


Main Street Organization To Hold Program For Senior Citizens

(Le Mars) — Le Mars Main Street organization is starting up a new program that will examine the history of Le Mars, and it is created specifically for senior citizens.  Referred to as “Seniors on Main Street,”  Rich Ziettlow along with Becky Klohs will serve as coordinators for the new program.

Ziettlow says the program will cover six weeks beginning in mid-September.

The Le Mars Main Street representative offers a preview of the topics to be discussed during the Seniors On Main Street program.

Registration is only $15 for a one-time fee. To register, or to obtain additional information, contact the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce offices at (712) 546-8821.



Le Mars Community Theater Calling For Auditions For “Veronica’s Room”

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Community Theater Association is calling for auditions for its next on stage production. “Veronica’s Room” is a chilling mystery thriller. The cast calls for four people: a grown man and grown woman, along with a younger man and younger woman. Auditions are scheduled to be held at the Postal Playhouse on Tuesday, August 22nd and Wednesday, August 23rd, beginning at 7:00 p.m. The director of the autumn production is Kimberly Ross. Performance dates are scheduled for October 13th through October 22nd.



Holz To Participate In Governor’s Celebrity Steer Show

(Le Mars) — This coming Saturday, 25 celebrities from across the state will  participate in the 35th annual Governor’s Steer Show to be held at the Iowa State Fair. Started by former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, and continued with Governor Tom Vilsack, Governor Chet Culver, and now Governor Kim Reynolds, the steer show has become a popular event at the Iowa State Fair.  The steer show has featured politicians, athletes, media personnel, university officials, business executives, and countless others.  This year, state representative Chuck Holz of Le Mars has been asked to participate in the annual market steer
judging contest.  Holz tells KLEM news it has been quite a number of years since he was on the end of a halter leading a market steer.

Holz, a retired veterinarian, will be representing the Iowa Veterinary Association, and says he was honored when he was asked to participate in the annual steer show.

Holz says he viewed the 4-H and FFA market beef show at the recent Plymouth County Fair and made some mental notes for himself.  The market steer that Holz will be showing weighs more than 1300 pounds and comes from Boone county.

Following the celebrity steer show, each of the market beef will enter the sale ring with proceeds to benefit the Ronald McDonald Houses.  Holz says the steer’s owner has a special connection with the Ronald McDonald charity.

The Iowa Cattlemen Association and Iowa Beef Industry Council are hosting the annual steer show.  With the proceeds from this year’s sale, the total amount of money directed to the Ronald McDonald charity will exceed 3 million dollars.



Jacobsen Announces Candidacy To Run For Congress

(Spencer) — A Spencer woman has announced she is running for Congress with the hopes of unseating long-time Republican 4th District Congressman Steve King.
Leann Jacobson, is running on the Democratic party ticket. She is a city council member and the owner of a coffee shop in Spencer. Jacobsen who is looking to get the Democratic nomination, says she is running on a variety of issues, including healthcare, improving education, saving natural resources, and
helping the middle class. Her video announcement from her website, says it won’t be easy to run for Congress and to unseat Steve King, but it is something that needs to be done.



People Can Vote On New License Plate Design

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – After nearly 20 years, Iowa’s standard license plate will get a new design, and residents can vote on which of three options they
like best.
Gov. Kim Reynolds unveiled three potential designs Thursday at the state fair. Department of Transportation graphic artists created the new designs, which are now up for a vote by fairgoers and others online .
All three options feature a bold color strip across the top, with “Iowa” written in capital letters. Two designs show rural scenes and one features a version of the eagle from the state flag.
When a new design is selected, it will be available sometime in 2018, replacing the blue and white design that has been in use since 1998.



Woman Accused Of Stealing From School Lunch Association To Go To Trial

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) – A Davenport woman accused of stealing more than $150,000 from the School Nutrition Association of Iowa has pleaded not guilty to first-degree theft. The Quad-City Times reports that 74-year-old Norma Jean Adams was also charged Wednesday with commission of a specified unlawful activity. Prosecutors say Adams was using the name Norma LaMantia while serving as the executive director of the association, an Iowa nonprofit that promotes
healthy, affordable school meals. Prosecutors intend to try Adams as a habitual offender. Court records show she has felony convictions in Scott County from July 1987 and Rock Island
County in Illinois from March 2003. Her trial is set for Sept. 5. Adams resigned last year, and a state audit found that she had misused at least $169,000 over a five-year period. —