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Monday News, April 8th


Steve King Holds Town Hall Meeting In Le Mars

(Le Mars) — Congressman Steve King made a visit to Le Mars on Saturday, as he held his eighth town hall meeting. Outside the Plymouth County Historical Museum was a gathering of about 20 people carrying signs and posters that displayed messages against King’s beliefs and policies.

Inside, the 4th District Iowa
Republican representative was given a warm welcome by more than 50 people. King addressed health care, immigration, the controversial New York Times news interview and article, E-15, trade agreements, his relationship with other congressional members, electrode magnetic pulse, and wind energy turbines
coming to Plymouth County. One member of the audience asked why King is considered racist, when he helped three young black children of Tanzania from a tragic bus accident? Following the town hall meeting, King met with area reporters and was asked about his position regarding President Trump’s threats to close the southern border with Mexico.

King says he supports the president on his message to shut down the border.

During the town hall meeting, King was given an applause when he said he had heard a constituent recently say, “keep saying what we are thinking.”



Elementary Principal Patty Kruger To Resign 

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Community Board of Education will meet this evening, and among its agenda of items will be the resignation of Patty Kruger.
Krueger serves as the principal for Clark and Franklin elementary schools.

She has indicated she wishes to resign from that position at the conclusion of the 2018-2019 school year. The school board will discuss the recent national conference of school board association which was held in Philadelphia. The Le Mars Community school board will also discuss the upcoming school district foundation banquet which will recognize the “Teacher
of the Year” with the crystal bell, the school district’s employees of the month from this year, as well as the top five percent of the graduating seniors. That banquet is scheduled for April 24th beginning at 6:30 a.m. in the lower level of the Le Mars Convention Center. The school board will begin tonight’s meeting by holding a public hearing of the 2019-2020 budget.
Following the hearing, the school board will take action as to whether or not to accept the proposed budget.



“Fill The Pillars” Raises More Than $30,000 For New Stadium

(Le Mars) — This past Saturday, officials with the Le Mars Community School District held a fund raiser for the new stadium renovation project.
Entitled: “Fill the Pillars”, the program was held at Total Motors of Le Mars. Officials indicate the fund raising campaign was successful.
Donations are still coming in, but school superintendent Dr. Steve Webner says Saturday’s event proved to be beneficial for the stadium renovation project.

The school superintendent says once the stadium and field are completed, it will host several other activities in addition to football.

The stadium will be known as the Le Mars Community Stadium, with both schools able to utilize the facilities.



Oyens and Le Mars Fire Departments Respond To Truck Fire

(Le Mars) — The Oyens and the Le Mars Fire Departments responded to a call this morning shortly after 5:00 a.m. indicating a semi truck was on fire.
Firefighters responded to 140th Street and Nobel Avenue for that fire.
Within a few minutes, firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze. The truck was listed as a total loss. Fire officials believe the fire may have started due to some electrical problems.



Le Mars Fire Department Holds Annual Awards Banquet

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department held its annual banquet Saturday evening at the Willow Creek Golf Course Country Club. During the banquet, Fire Chief Dave Schipper acknowledged those retired members of the local fire department. Several members of the Le Mars Fire and Rescue
Department were awarded pins and certificates for having completed a Fire Training Instructor course, which means they can teach other firefighters about battling fires.

The “Firefighter of the Year” award was presented to Charlie Mohning.

Mohning joined the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department as a
reserve member in April of 2016. He has assisted with upkeep and maintenance of the fire apparatus over the last few years. Mohning is one of the firefighters who covers the overnight and weekend shifts. He is certified as a Firefighter 1, Hazardous Materials Operations, Confined Space Rescue Operations, and recently completed his emergency medical technician training
and became an EMT. He is currently working on becoming a national certified fire instructor. Mohning responded to over 60 percent of the rural and city fire calls this past year. Mohning also attended 81 percent of all the offered training sessions in 2018. Our congratulations go to Charlie Mohning for being named the 2018 “Firefighter of the Year.”
Special appreciation awards were presented to Nate Kass of Bob’s Drive Inn, Troy Clouse with the Iowa Department of Transportation, and to Scott Taylor and Total Motors.

The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department also acknowledged
the retirement of Firefighter Mark Garnatz. Garnatz serves with the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department for 24 years. Retired Fire Chief Wayne Schipper assisted with the presentation award to Garnatz.

The evening’s entertainment was provided by Kevin Horner, ventriloquist and comedian from the Kansas City area.

Firefighter Mark Hentges was selected from the crowd to participate in the show. Here he is equipped with a facial mask jaw piece that was controlled by Horner.

Firefighters Kevin Bolton, Michael Hargens, and Charlie Mohning participate in the “Dating Game” with the elderly lady puppet.

Firefighter of the Year, Charlie Mohning won the “Dating Game” and is shown kissing the elderly woman puppet.