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Monday News, October 14th


County Road C-60 And Highway 75 Intersection Closed For Rail Repairs

(Le Mars) — The Plymouth County Secondary Roads Department is announcing that Union Pacific railroad will be making repairs to the railroad crossing just east of Highway 75 on county road C-60 on Monday, which means the intersection of county road C-60 and Highway 75 at Hinton will be closed
during the day on Monday. Officials believe the repairs will be concluded by the evening and the intersection will again be open.



Le Mars Community School Board Scheduled To Meet This Evening

(Le Mars) — Le Mars Community Board of Education is scheduled to convene this evening. The agenda includes reports from each of the building principals, a district professional development framework that will be discussed by Curriculum Director Rachel Leavitt, and School Superintendent, Dr. Steven Webner will discuss with the school board a preliminary audit
report from Williams and Company for the fiscal year 2018-2019. The school board is expected to act on a new policy regarding seat belt restraints in school buses as now required by legislative changes. The school board will act on the first reading of the policy, and public comment will be accepted prior to the second reading scheduled for October 28th. The school board
will act on two contracts…Tessa Langeland as a Middle School Teacher Associate, and Nicole Green as the head girls soccer coach. Also during tonight’s school board meeting, Dr. Webner will act on the changes to policy 204.5 reflecting election law changes. The Board will consider accepting the superintendent’s recommendation for exclusion from the high school with
educational programming provided off-campus for a student found in violation of board policy. The Le Mars Community School Board will consider an and act on the Superintendent’s recommendation for termination of a classified employee. The board will also consider approving membership on the District
Learning and Instructional Impact Team for 2019-2020.



Gehlen Catholic’s Marching Band Performs Well At State Competition

(Le Mars) — Gehlen Catholic’s Marching Band did not let the weather deter their quest for excellence at the Iowa High School Music Association’s (ISHMA) State Marching Band Contest at Sheldon and the Dutchmen Field Championships in Orange City on Saturday!

The Marching Jays received an “Excellent”  rating at the State, plus 1st place in Class 1A, Best Drum Major and Best Percussion, all at the Dutchmen Field Championships.

Instrumental Music Director, Mr. Nathan Klaumann, stated, “The judges at State gave us some great, positive, feedback and some ‘easy fix’ critiques for Dutchmen. At Dutchmen, the judges really enjoyed our performance as a whole.”



Floyd Valley Healthcare To Host “Well Aware Health Fair”

(Le Mars) — Floyd Valley Healthcare will again host its “Well Aware Health Fair” which is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at the upper level of the Le Mars Convention Center. The annual health fair will begin at 2:30 p.m. and will continue until 5:30 p.m.  According to Floyd Valley’s Education Director, Kari Daale, the health fair will again feature several vendors all
related to our health.

Daale says if there are no emergencies at the time, they hope to bring in the area’s airlift helicopter for public viewing.

The Floyd Valley Healthcare Education Director says if you have old, expired, prescription medication, you may want to bring that to the Well Aware Health Fair, as the Le Mars Police Department will again be collecting the old medications.


Daale says people can even get their flu vaccination during the health fair.



Trial For Man Accused Of Killing Mollie Tibbetts Is Delayed Again

MONTEZUMA, Iowa (AP) – The trial for a former farmhand charged with first-degree murder in the abduction and killing of 20-year-old University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts has again been delayed.
The Daily Iowan reports that 25-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera will now face trial beginning Feb. 4 in Woodbury County. His trial had been set for Nov. 12, but was pushed back to give expert witnesses more time to review new evidence.
Rivera is accused of killing Tibbetts, who disappeared while out for a run July 18, 2018, in Brooklyn, Iowa. Investigators recovered her body a month later in a cornfield. Officials say she was stabbed to death.
Rivera, a Mexican national, also is accused of being in the country illegally. He worked at a dairy farm a few miles from where Tibbetts disappeared.



Des Moines Police Investigate Latest Homicide

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Police have confirmed that human remains found at a homeless camp near downtown Des Moines was the result of a homicide.
Station KCCI reports that police confirmed the homicide
investigation Friday.
Police received a tip Tuesday that led investigators to a wooded
area behind an abandoned manufacturing plant, where the remains were found.
At the time, Sgt. Paul Parizek said the body had been “cleverly concealed.”
Police have not yet shared other details of how the person died or identified the remains.
Police says the body was likely in the area for a few months.



Fort Dodge Police Investigate Shooting Incident

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) – Fort Dodge police have identified a man shot to death in the north-central Iowa city.
The Messenger reports the shooting happened around 8 p.m. Friday, when police were called to the scene on the west side of the city for reports of a shooting.
Officers and paramedics found the man, later identified as 28-year- old Mohammed Yaqoub of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, at a home and were unable to revive him. Police Capt. Ryan Gruenberg says Yaqoub had been shot several times.
Police say they have arrested a 16-year-old boy and are looking for a 19-year-old man in connection to the shooting death



Mason City Man Wins $100,000 Through Lottery Scratch Game

CLIVE, Iowa (AP) – A Mason City man has won the first $100,000 top prize in a new Iowa Lottery game.
The Iowa Lottery says Wayne Oswood won the big prize in the Iowa Lottery’s “Holiday Dazzle” scratch game. He claimed his prize Friday at the lottery’s regional office in Mason City.
Holiday Dazzle is a $10 scratch game featuring seven top prizes of $100,000 and overall odds of 1 in 2.80.
Nonwinning holiday scratch tickets can be entered into the lottery’s Ho Ho Dough Play it Again promotion from now through Jan. 7. The promotion includes $200,000 in cash prizes. Tickets can be entered online or through the LotteryPlus mobile app.