Hy Vee To Make Contribution To Gehlen Catholic
(Le Mars) — Hy-Vee of Le Mars is prepared to make a contribution to Gehlen Catholic tonight between the girls and boys varsity basketball games. Officials with the supermarket chain are expected to present a check for $2,500 to Mr. Rick Kneip, Gehlen Catholic’s Capital Campaign co-chair, and to Gehlen Catholic’s president, Reverend Bruce Lawler. The donation is part of the “We are Many. We Are One” campaign. For the past 4 years, the LeMars Hy-Vee has donated $500 to Gehlen Catholic’s J-Club (athletic boosters) & Fine Arts Boosters respectively. Prior to December 18th, the LeMars Hy-Vee has donated over $15,000 to Gehlen Catholic School over the past 10 years. Tonight’s donation brings Hy-Vee’s donation to over $17,500.
Le Mars Community School Board To Start Thinking About 10-Year Plan
(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Community School Superintendent wants the Board of Education to start thinking about future goals and needs for the local school district. Dr. Steven Webner presented to the Le Mars Community School Board
during Monday’s meeting the Ten-year Facility Plan. The last time the plan was revised was in 2012. Webner informed the school board that they will tour many of the district’s facilities to get a better idea of what is needed. In the past, the Le Mars Community School District was able to generate approximately
$1,660,000 per year through the one-cent sales tax plan and through the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy. Webner informed the school board that the amount from
the state has increased due to the increase of student enrollment.
The school board did not make any decisions, or identify the needs of the school district with the ten-year plan, but Dr. Webner wants the board to start thinking about what will be those needs of the school for the future.
The school board will give additional consideration later in the year when they begin to formulate a new ten-year plan.
Le Bloom Antiques and Floral Wins Holiday Window Contest
(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce held a contest among the downtown businesses for the best holiday window display. Le Bloom Antique and Floral took top honors with the theme of “Candy Canes.” The floral business won
$500 worth of advertising with the Le Mars Daily Sentinel, four large pizzas from Pizza Ranch, and $50 worth of coupons for ice cream at the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor. Coming in at second place was the Le Mars Arts Center.
Grinnell Man Dies From Grass Fire
GRINNELL, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a man has died near where a grass fire began in central Iowa.
Grinnell firefighters dispatched to a property west of Grinnell around 2:45 p.m. Saturday found the man’s body. He’s been identified as 86-year-old Bernard Willfang. Authorities say the fire and Willfang’s death appear to have been accidental.
The fire blackened about 40 acres (16 hectares) of land and burned 70 bales of hay.
Fort Dodge Man Ordered To Pay Back Stolen Lottery Tickets
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) – A Fort Dodge man has been ordered to pay back his former employer and the Iowa Lottery for stolen scratch tickets.
The Messenger reports that 31-year-old Christopher Breyfogle pleaded guilty Monday to theft and lottery theft. He’ll be on probation for three years and must pay back nearly $11,500 to the lottery and more than $12,400 to Yesway.
Another theft count was dismissed in exchange for Breyfogle’s pleas.
Authorities have said an Iowa Lottery employee saw Breyfogle scanning and redeeming scratch tickets at another retail location in Fort Dodge. The lottery contacted the convenience store where Breyfogle worked, and it was determined
that scratch tickets were missing from the store’s inventory.