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Monday News, November 11th


Gehlen Catholic To Hold Veteran’s Day Prayer Service Program

(Le Mars) — Today is Veteran’s Day and Gehlen Catholic will hold a special program honoring all Veterans. The program is scheduled to begin at 8:45 a.m. at the Deb Campbell Memorial Gymnasium. Chief Master Sgt., Iowa Air National Guard, and Gehlen Catholic 1969 graduate, Gary Rohmiller, and his
wife, Pearl (Boyle), (Senior Master Sgt. Retired) will be the featured speakers for today’s Gehlen Catholic’s annual Veteran’s Day Prayer in the Deb Campbell Gym.

The Rohmillers will explain how this year’s Gehlen Catholic Gospel Value, “We Belong to You,” is epitomized by our country’s service men and women.

Gary was one of 7 children of Gerald and Virginia Rohmiller. The Rohmiller children attended the parochial schools in Sioux City before moving to the Merrill area. Gary’s parents could not afford to send all 7 of their children to parochial schools on the family’s farm income. Gary attended the public schools.

Gary yearned to return to the parochial schools. Gary secured a job working on a farm his junior year. He used his wages to pay for his tuition his junior and senior years at Gehlen Catholic School in Le Mars.

Rev. Stanley Stone, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church-Neptune Priest from 1968- 1970, inspired Gary and his classmates to live their faith through a life of service as members of the Iowa Air National Guard.

Pearl joined the Iowa Air National Guard in 1975. Gary explained after the drafted ended in 1972, the number of men entering the service declined. In 1974 and 1975, the military allowed women to join. Spouses, like Pearl, were able to join the military as long as the couple did not have any children at the time.

After retiring from the Iowa Air Guard, the Rohmillers worked for a United States Defense Contractor serving in Europe. They were stationed and lived near Seville, Spain.

In 2009, the Rohmillers returned to Iowa. Gary served as an Occupational Safety Health and Environment Manager for an agricultural chemical company.
Pearl worked for the State of Iowa as an Accountant assigned to the Iowa Communications Network.

The Rohmillers are retired today. They devote their time to operating a small hobby farm, growing hay, row crops and cattle, as well as spending time with their 5 living children and grandchildren.

The Rohmillers returned a month ago from a trip to Seattle. They visited their eldest grandson who is following his grandparent’s servant leadership as a member of the United States Navy.



Le Mars Community Board Of Education To Meet This Evening

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Community Board of Education will hold its meeting this evening at the Education Service Center. The school board will begin with a public hearing regarding comment on the purchase of a 77-passenger school bus. The school board will hear from Graham Forbes from Williams and
Company as he will present the annual audit report to the Board of Education. Each of the principals are scheduled to deliver a report. The school board will act on one announced resignation of Mary Boehmer as she intends to retire from her 5th grade teaching position at the conclusion of the 2019-2020 school year. The school board will consider approving additional members to the Le Mars Community School District Foundation Board
of Trustees. The school board will appoint its representatives for the bargaining team for 2020-2021 contract negotiations. The school board will consider approval of the district’s application to the school budget review committee for modified supplemental amount for Excess English Language Learner costs for students being served beyond five years. The school board will also consider approval of Pat Murphy as the District 4 representative
to the AEA Board of Directors.



Snow And Cold Temperatures Expected For This Week

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Snow and bitter cold is expected across much of Nebraska and Iowa at the start of the work week.
The National Weather Service says much of eastern Nebraska and western Iowa is likely to see 1-to-2 inches of snow by early Monday. Some parts of eastern Iowa could receive 4-to-6 inches of snow.
Cold temperatures are expected to follow the snow on Monday.
Temperatures are expected to drop into the teens Monday morning and winds up to 30 mph are expected.
The wind may create blowing snow and wind chills around 0 degrees.



Propane Shortage Due To Logistics Problem

(Le Mars) — Middle America is experiencing a propane fuel shortage as farmers and grain elevators need propane to help reduce the moisture content and dry their crops, and homeowners and businesses are in need of the fuel
to help heat their buildings since temperatures have dropped. Officials are scrambling in order to deliver propane for those that need it most. Locally, suppliers have been able to keep up with the demand for propane fuel. Mark Hentges is the manager of Sapp Brothers Petroleum Company in Le Mars. He
says, so far, he has been able to get propane and deliver it to his
customers, however he admits the current situation has affected his business.

Hentges says he has not run out of propane, but the supplies have had to come from longer distances.

Doug Schuur manages the Farmers Cooperative Elevator at Craig. He says so far, his supplier has been able to meet his propane demands for drying this year’s corn harvest.

Schuur says the corn harvest within his trade area is nearing completion, and he feels confident he has enough propane fuel to adequately carry him through the harvest.

The Farmers Cooperative Elevator manager says the corn that has been delivered to his grain elevator ranges between 18 to 20 percent moisture level. Ideally, moisture level for corn should be at 15 percent for long-term storage.

Schuur refers to this year’s harvest as an average harvest.

Many officials believe the situation will be resolved within a few weeks, after the harvest is completed.



Iowa Man Sentenced To 100 Years In Prison

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A 19-year-old Iowa man has been sentenced to up to 100 years in prison for the death of his 8-month-old daughter after he pleaded guilty to several charges.
The Des Moines Register reports that Jayden Straight pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder and several related charges as part of an agreement with prosecutors. Straight’s daughter died in July 2018 after suffering serious internal injuries.
Prosecutors said that doctors determined the girl’s injuries were
the result of a deliberate assault.
Straight received the maximum sentence for each of the six charges he pleaded guilty to, and his sentences must be served consecutively up to 100 years total.



Des Moines Man Charged For Murder From Last Month

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Police say a man has been charged in the killing last month of a Des Moines man.
Des Moines police say in a news release that 39-year-old Nicky Joe Beery, of Des Moines, was charged in a warrant Saturday with first-degree murder in the death of 43-year-old James Moss Jr.
Moss found injured at a home early the morning of Oct. 5 and was pronounced dead later at a hospital. Police have not said what caused his death.
According to the news release, Beery was arrested Thursday in Las Vegas on a material witness warrant in the case. He was charged after being questioned Friday by Des Moines detectives who traveled to Las Vegas.