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Thursday News, August 24th

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STUDENTS MUST BE VACCINATED BEFORE THEY GO BACK TO SCHOOL 

(Le Mars) — Parents are reminded to make certain your child has been properly vaccinated before they go back to school. New laws passed by the Iowa legislature require all students entering the 7th and 12th grade to be vaccinated for meningitus.

School superintendent Dr. Steven Webner explains.

 

Webner Comments On Expectations For New School Year

(Le Mars) — Today, (Thursday) is the first day of school for both the Le Mars Community and Gehlen Catholic schools. Le Mars Community has a new superintendent of schools, Dr. Steven Webner now takes over the position that was held by Dr. Todd Wendt for the last 17 years. Webner says it has been a smooth transition going from the Assistant Superintendent position to now Superintendent.

Students are returning to school to further their education, and Webner says the faculty, school board, and administration officials have done an excellent job of building up the Le Mars Community to be one of the best school districts in Iowa.

Webner’s expectations for Le Mars Community for the 2017-2018 school year is to continue with its upward trend and tradition of being a revered and respected school district.

Webner says he has a personal goal to meet and to work with all the supporting partner organizations that help with the Le Mars Community School District. He admits one of the challenges for the local school district is an on-going battle for state funding.

One area that Le Mars Community has directed its focus is creating a partnership with various businesses and industries in an effort to have students be better prepared for life after their formal education ends.

Students will notice nine new faces at Le Mars Community. Webner says he is excited about the new members of the administration, faculty, and staff.

The new school superintendent is hoping for an increase in student enrollment, but he says that number won’t be officially known until mid-October.

 

SIDS FUNDRAISER SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY IN LE MARS

(Le Mars) — This coming Saturday will be the annual SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome fundraiser walk to be held at the Willow Creek Golf Course and Le Mars Municipal Park.

Pam Jeneary of Le Mars serves as the local chair person for the event. This year’s walk will mark the third anniversary for the event held in Le Mars.

She talks about what researchers now know about SIDS, and the fact that she and her husband lost an infant child due to the mystery condition.

Jeneary says around 4500 babies are victims of SIDS each year. However, she says medical researchers have been able to find ways to reduce the possibility of SIDS striking infants, based upon a baby’s sleeping position within the crib.

Registration is scheduled to begin at 8:30 with the walk to start at 9:30 a.m. Jeneary talks about what people can expect during Saturday’s walk.

The local SIDS fundraising coordinator says there will be three special guests to appear during the Le Mars event.

Jeneary says the event will take place rain or shine, and besides participating on the nearly 5K walk, Jeneary tells other ways how people can help.

The SIDS walk will feature a silent auction and raffle including a Green Bay Packers football, and a toy pedal tractor, among other items. People can register online at www.iowasids.org.

 

I-29 DETOUR SET FOR HAMILTON BOULEVARD IN SIOUX CITY

WORK ON THE INTERSTATE 29 METRO CORRIDOR PROJECT WILL RESULT IN SOME TEMPORARY CLOSINGS NEAR HAMILTON BOULEVARD FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS.

CREWS WILL DO THE FIRST OF TWO DECK POURS ON THE I-29 BRIDGE AT HAMILTON BOULEVARD BEGINNING AT 9PM THURSDAY NIGHT WEATHER PERMITTING.

THAT WORK WILL CONTINUE THROUGH 6AM FRIDAY AND WILL CLOSE NORTHBOUND I-29 TO TRAFFIC.

VEHICLES WILL BE DETOURED TO THE EXIT 149 OFF RAMP AT HAMILTON AND THEN ONTO THE NORTHBOUND HAMILTON ON RAMP.

TRAFFIC ON HAMILTON BOULEVARD WILL BE REROUTED TO WESLEY PARKWAY.