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Thursday News, November 9th


Total Motors To Donate Funds For Breast Cancer Awareness and Research

(Le Mars) — October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and Total Motors wanted to do something different this year. Marketing Manager Mitch Christoffel explains what the automobile dealership did to raise funds for breast cancer awareness.

Christoffel says Total Motors “had a great month with selling vehicles,and are excited about all the money that was raised for the cause.”

Total Motors received the final votes and selected 3 local
individuals with breast cancer who each received $2,000. These individuals were Shelly Schlesser, Cherri Damian Hernandez and Sandra Hacker  Later this afternoon at 4:00 p.m. Total Motors will present Floyd Valley Healthcare and the Siouxland Susan G. Komen Foundation with $2,000

Christoffel says Total Motors also learned of Floyd Valley Healthcare’s innovative cancer program.

Christoffel stated, “Total Motors is happy to support breast cancer awareness and to help these nominated individuals, it all becomes worth it when you see how we can each impact the lives others.”



Sioux Center Christian Teacher Faces New Sexual Abuse Charges 

(Sioux Center) — A former Sioux Center teacher is now facing 140 charges for allegedly having sexual contact with children.

Sioux Center police arrested and charged 35-year-old Curtis Van Dam for those actions dating from August of 2013 through October of this year while Van Dam was a teacher at the Sioux Center Christian School.

Sioux Center Police Chief Paul Adkins says a complaint was filed with police on October 18th of alleged inappropriate conduct between Van Dam and a student attending the school.

Included in the charges are 72 felony counts of second degree sexual abuse, 14 felony counts of sexual exploitation by a teacher, five counts of indecent exposure, 34 serious misdemeanor counts of lascivious Conduct with a minor, and
other charges.

Josh Bowar, the Head of School at Sioux Center Christian, released a statement that school officials removed Van Dam from the school on October 18th and terminated his employment the next day.

Bowar says the school is grieved at the extent of the charges.

He says we need to remember that though the charges are many, it also means that many students are no longer carrying secrets and they have played an important role in keeping others safe.



Plymouth County 4-H And Agricultural Society To Hold Annual Meeting

(Le Mars) — The annual meeting of the Plymouth County 4-H and Agricultural Society, or perhaps better known as the Plymouth County Fair, is scheduled for tonight at the Plymouth County Extension offices located in the lower level of
the Le Mars Convention Center. Rich Benson serves as the president and says the annual meeting is open to the public. People interested in becoming a life-time member of the Plymouth County 4-H and Agricultural Society can join by simply
paying a one-time fee of $5 to the Plymouth County Extension Services before 4:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon.  The annual meeting will cover the previous year’s annual meeting minutes and treasurer’s report, election of Fair Board Members, a
re-cap of the 2017 Plymouth County Fair, and comments and suggestions for the upcoming 2018 Plymouth County Fair. Nine board members terms expire at the annual meeting. They include: Rich Benson, Keith Koerselman, Terry Reuter, Dan
Sheehan, Chance Klemme, Brett McNaughton, Tom Bainbridge, Tom Lehner and Michael Beitelspacher.



Grace Lutheran Church To Celebrate 75 Years

(Le Mars) — The Grace Lutheran Church of Le Mars will be celebrating a milestone anniversary during Sunday services.  The Missouri Synod Lutheran church will turn 75 years old.  Pastor Timothy Geitz says the church got its start because of a pastor from Hinton who conducted worship services for retired people living in Le Mars.

Geitz says there have seven pastors that have served the Grace Lutheran Church during its 75 years.  He says the church moved around a few times, before settling in its present building in 1980 located on 7th Avenue Southeast.

Geitz says the Le Mars Lutheran church has had many milestones, including setting the platform to teaching future pastors.

Today, Grace Lutheran Church has around 700 members in its congregation.  Pastor Geitz says while the church is celebrating its 75th anniversary, the Lutheran denomination is acknowledging Martin Luther, the founder of the Lutheran faith,
for 500 years of existence.  Geitz says several artifacts from the previous buildings were included for the present church structure.

Known perhaps around the community for its annual Broasted Pork Chop dinner, Geitz says the people of Grace Lutheran participate in many outreach mission programs.

In addition to its regular Sunday morning service, this coming Sunday Grace Lutheran will hold a special celebratory service beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Grace Lutheran Church holds its regular Sunday service at 9:00 a.m., and Pastor Geitz says as the church looks back on his 75 years, it is also looking ahead to the next 75 years and beyond.