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Friday Afternoon News, February 9th


Primebank Donates To Gehlen Catholic Schools

(Le Mars, IA) – This past Tuesday evening between Gehlen Catholic girls’ and boys’ basketball games, Primebank presented the 2017 funds raised through the Primebank, Gehlen Catholic Visa® credit card program.
Primebank Customer Service Representative, Kelli Langel and Assistant Vice President Jordan Sitzmann presented a check for $3,105.03 to Gehlen Catholic.
Gehlen Catholic Board of Education President, Mark Kallsen, grade 7 – 12 Principal Jeff Alesch, Gehlen Catholic President Rev. Bruce Lawler and PK – 6 Principal Lorie Nussbaum were on hand to accept the gift on behalf of Gehlen Catholic.
For eighteen years, Primebank has donated a percentage of total purchases made using the Gehlen Catholic Visa credit card to the school. With this year’s gift, Primebank has donated $53,353.14 through the program.

Pictured left to right: Gehlen High School Principal, Jeff Alesch; Jordon Sitzmann with Primebank; Kelli Langel of Primebank; Gehlen President, Father Bruce Lawler; Gehlen Elementary Principal Lorie Nussbaum, and Gehlen Board of Education Director, Mark Kallsen.



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Wind Turbine Farm Proposed For Northern Iowa

ALBERT LEA, Minn. (AP) – A proposed wind energy project could add 100 turbines in southern Minnesota’s Freeborn County and northern Iowa’s Worth County.
The Freeborn Wind Farm is planned for 40,000 acres near Glenville. Consultants spoke to the Albert Lea City Council Thursday night to provide an overview of the project, which needs permit approval from the Minnesota Public Utility Commission. The wind farm has been approved at the county level in Iowa.
KTTC-TV reports consultant Mariah Lynne says the wind farm is expected to generate $3.5 million to $4 million annually for the local economy. About 200 construction workers would be needed for the project over an 18-month period.



Fire Destroys Vinton Businesses

VINTON, Iowa (AP) – A fire has gutted four downtown buildings in the small eastern Iowa city of Vinton.
The Des Moines Register reports that the fire started Thursday night in the Michael and Dowd furniture store and spread to Clingman Pharmacy, Fischer Law Firm and the Benton County Title Company. The fire burned through much of the night, with firefighters battling the blaze while temperatures hovered in the teens and heavy snow fell.
No injuries had been reported by Friday morning.
Vinton’s volunteer fire department received help from the fire departments of several surrounding communities.
Vinton is a city of about 5,300 located about 100 miles (160.93 kilometers) northeast of Des Moines.