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Thursday News, September 27th


Scholten To Host Town Hall Meeting

(Sioux City) — A town hall meeting is scheduled for this evening to take place at the Le Mars Public Library. At that town hall will be J.D. Scholten, the Democratic candidate for U-S House of Iowa’s 4th Congressional District. Scholten is running against Republican Steve King. Scholten is on his third 39-county tour in the past year. The town hall meeting is open to all members of the community regardless of party affiliation (or lack
thereof). People in attendance are encouraged to ask questions and join in the conversation about the issues impacting Iowans. The townhall meeting at the Le Mars Public Library will begin this evening at 6:00 p.m.



Museum To Host Quilt Exhibit

(Le Mars) — Quilts representing nearly every decade from 1900 to the 1970s will be on display at the Plymouth County Historical Museum, beginning Tuesday, Oct. 2.
The Vintage Quilt Show will run through Oct. 14 from 1 to 5 p.m. each day, except Mondays when the Museum is closed.
Margaret Henrich of Le Mars, who is once again chairing the quilt show, says nearly 100 quilts will be exhibited in the Study Hall area on fourth floor.
One of the oldest quilts is from 1901, a crazy quilt that Henrich purchased in Merrill.
Approximately 50 people will display quilts at this year’s show. Many patterns will be represented, according to Henrich. One “yo-yo” quilt is a part of the collection, along with several Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilts, Dresden Plate, and Sun Bonnet patterns.
Several album quilts also will be on display. The latter are ones which contain signatures. For example, one donated to the Museum by the Adaville United Methodist Church is an album quilt dating from early 1900.
Most of the quilts have a story with them, which will be explained on signage with the quilt.
A new feature this year is a king-sized quilt showing the state flowers of the United States. The quilt, created by the late Mary Lane, a Museum volunteer, will be offered at silent auction during the quilt show, with all proceeds going to the Museum. Her family donated the quilt for the auction.
Anyone may offer a silent auction bid on the quilt.
The quilt show, which is free to the public, will be open during the Museum’s open hours, running from Tuesday through Sunday.

Margaret Henrich, chair of the Museum’s Quilt Show is shown beside a quilt by Mary Lane showing all the state flowers from each state.

MenuMasters Scheduled For Saturday

(Le Mars) — This Saturday will be the seventh annual MenuMasters event as hosted by the Le Mars Educational Enhancement Project, or LEEP. The annual food-related festival will take place at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds inside the Century Hall and the Hall of ’15. Janelle Bixenman serves as one
of the co-chairs for the event. She says 24 teams of two will participate and compete this year. Bixenman says the food will be available between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Bixenman says tickets are selling for $25 a piece. She tells of some of the businesses that will be represented during Saturday’s event.

Bixenman says the teams of chefs will again dress in costume, and design their booth space to go along with the food item they have prepared.

The purpose behind the evening of fun is to raise money which is used to help Le Mars Community educational efforts.

Bixenman says following the meal, awards will be presented to the teams with the best food, as well as with the best theme. After the awards presentation, a dance will be featured, along with a cash bar.




Good Samaritan Society To Assist Seniors For Founders Day

(Le Mars) — The Good Samaritan Society of Le Mars will acknowledge its Founder’s Day this coming Saturday. Darci Athens serves as the Resource Director with the nursing care facility. She says Founders Day is an outreach program as a way to assist senior citizens within the community
that are not residents of the Good Samaritan Society.

This year, Athens explains, volunteers will be installing a safety grab bar, and hallway night lights in the homes of seniors.

Athens says 50 senior’s homes have been identified as needing the safety grab bar equipment. She says the program wouldn’t be possible if not for the generosity of sponsors.

Athens says the project will begin at 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning.

Last year during the Good Samaritan Society Founders Day, volunteers distributed carbon monoxide detectors to seniors.

People interested in helping install the safety equipment need to contact Darci Athens at the Good Samaritan Society of Le Mars.




Reynolds Declares Butler County As A Disaster Area

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The governor has issued a disaster proclamation for Butler County in northern Iowa.
The proclamation from Gov. Kim Reynolds allows use of state resources to recover from severe storms that began Sept. 19.
Grants for people who qualify are available for home or vehicle
repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and temporary housing expenses.
Information on the Disaster Case Management Program is available online.



Cedar River Level Dropping Following Flooding 

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – The Cedar River water level is dropping in Cedar Rapids following its crest at nearly 6 feet (2 meters) over flood stage.
The National Weather Service says the river has dropped more than 18 inches (46 centimeters) since cresting Wednesday just under the level for which the city had prepared: 18 feet (5.5 meters).
The river is expected to be below flood stage on Saturday.
Floodwater closed several roads.



Reynolds Orders Flags At Half Staff To Honor Viet Nam Deceased Veteran

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has ordered flags on government property lowered to honor a U.S. Marine from Davenport killed in action in Vietnam more than 50 years ago.
Reynolds asks that all U.S. flags be lowered to half-staff Thursday, from sunrise to sunset, to honor the late Lance Cpl. John D. Killen III.
Killen was one of three U.S. Marines whose remains were identified in March 2017. Killen, Capt. John A. House II, of Pelham, New York, and Cpl. Glyn L. Runnels Jr., of Birmingham, Alabama, were killed when their helicopter was shot down during the Vietnam War on June 30, 1967. All three will be buried Thursday with full military honors at Arlington National



80 Year Old Grain Bin Accident Victim Identified

MANLY, Iowa (AP) – Authorities have released the name of an 80-year-old man who died in a northern Iowa grain bin accident.
The Worth County Sheriff’s Office identified him as Norman Backhouse, who lived in rural Manly.
First responders sent Monday to the site west of Manly found
Backhouse’s body in the bin.



Governor’s Staff Say “Appropriate Steps” Will Be Taken After Report Issued On Iowa’s Finance Director Investigation

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – A spokeswoman for Gov. Kim Reynolds says the state is taking “appropriate steps” after a report found that two high-ranking Iowa Finance Authority officials witnessed sexual misconduct by the director but failed to report it.
An independent investigation released last week concluded that
agency lobbyist Wes Peterson and Iowa Title Guaranty director Tara Lawrence knew of “egregious acts” of wrongdoing by former IFA Director Dave Jamison, including watching him grab a colleague’s breasts.
The report alleged that Peterson yelled at the victim after
Jamison’s firing in March, and that Lawrence refused to cooperate with the investigation.
Both Peterson and Lawrence appear to still be employed in six-figure jobs, but IFA officials haven’t returned messages seeking comment on their status for days. Governor’s office press secretary Brenna Smith said Wednesday that “appropriate steps are being taken” but declined comment on what those were.