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GEHLEN CATHOLIC MISSION HONDURAS PARTICIPANTS TO RETURN ON FRIDAY

(Le Mars) — The 40 members of the Gehlen Catholic “Mission Honduras” returns home today after completing ten days in the Latin nation of Honduras. The group built homes, picnic tables, and other necessities. Bruce Kellen of Le Mars has participated on eight different Honduras missions. Kellen says he returns to Honduras year after year because he wants to make a difference.

Kellen says each trip to Honduras has been unique and different.

Kellen says the people of Honduras are deeply grateful for the Gehlen Catholic Mission. He says their faces light up when they see the missionaries from Iowa.

Honduras is obviously a poor nation. Kellen recalls from his second trip when he saw the people eating the meals prepared at Gehlen through the “Then Feed Just One” food packaging program.

Over the years, there have been more than 40 different mission trips to Honduras originating from Gehlen Catholic.

MAHONEY TRIAL ADJOURNS UNTIL TUESDAY

Testimony wrapped up early Friday in the trial of a Sioux City man accused of starting a fatal apartment fire in February of 2018.

52-year-old Robert Mahoney is charged with arson and involuntary manslaughter in the February 4th, 2018 fire at the Central Apartments.

Friday the doctor who performed the autopsy on the victim, 51-year-old Wanda Blake, testified during the jury trial.

Blake died from her injuries on February 27th, five days after she was released from a hospital and placed in a care facility.

The prosecution will continue presenting its case next Tuesday in Woodbury County District Court.

PRINCIPAL OF STORM LAKE HIGH SCHOOL ABRUPTLY RESIGNS FOR ‘POLICY VIOLATION’

A northwest Iowa school principal has resigned but it’s unclear why, as Joel Hermann reports:

The Storm Lake Community School District has accepted the resignation of Beau Ruleaux (BO rue-LOW) as principal of Storm Lake High School. District superintendent Stacey Cole says the resignation is effective immediately following an investigation that revealed a violation of the policies of the Storm Lake Community School District.

Because this is a confidential personnel issue, the district cannot release any further information at this time. However, Cole says they want to assure families and community members that at no time was student safety compromised as a result of the violation.

The district will soon begin the process of finding the next principal of Storm Lake High School. In the meantime, Cole will serve as acting principal.

The district will continue to take the necessary steps to avoid any disruption to the learning process as this transition takes place.
(By Joel Hermann, KAYL, Storm Lake)

IOWA JOBLESS RATE REMAINED 2.4 PERCENT IN FEBRUARY

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa’s unemployment rate of 2.4 percent last month leaves it tied with three other states for the lowest rate in the nation.

A report Friday from Iowa Workforce Development says the February rate was down three-tenths of a point from the year-ago rate of 2.7 percent.

New Hampshire, North Dakota and Vermont also reported rates of 2.4 percent – well below the new national figure of 3.8 percent, which is down from 4 percent in January.

Workforce Development Director Beth Townsend says the total number of working Iowans increased to 1.66 million, around 5,700 more than in January and 25,500 more than a year ago.