Friday News, May 18th
Le Mars Seeks National Historic Registry for Downtown
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Historical Preservation Commission is one step closer to getting the downtown district designated as a National Historic Site and listed on the National Historic Registry. On Thursday morning, the local historic preservation commission held a public hearing to gather comments. No one spoke in opposition to the plan and Le Mars Mayor Dick Kirchoff gave his approval of the project.
City Council Sells Westmar College Buildings
(Le Mars) -- It's been a long time coming, but the city of Le Mars has finally found buyers for two of the former Westmar College Property buildings. City Administrator Scott Langel says the Kime Science Center is going to be purchased by Del Kellen Escavating. Langel says it is the intention of Kellen to demolish the building.
After demolition is completed, the new owner intends to sell the land as lots. The other former Westmar College building that was discussed and may perhaps have a buyer is the Centennial mens dormitory.
Unlike the Kime Science Hall that is slated for demolition, Langel says the interested party hopes to utilize the Centennial building for multiple purposes.
The Le Mars City Council has scheduled a public hearing for June 5th at noon at the city council chambers for comments relating to the sale of Centennial Hall.
School Board to Hold Special Meeting
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community School Board is calling for a special meeting scheduled for Monday, May 21st at 5:00 p.m. at the Education Center. The school board is expected to review and approve contracts for the support staff and administrators.
Gehlen Seniors Surveyed Regarding Future Plans
(Le Mars) -- Its graduation weekend for Gehlen Catholic and Le Mars Community. So you may be wondering what are the plans for the graduating seniors? KLEM radio conducted a survey with the seniors asking them five questions relating to their future plans. Today we look at the results from Gehlen. The first surprising statistic is of the 32 seniors, each one of them intends to pursue a college education. 27 Gehlen seniors will enroll in a four-year college or university, while the remaining five students will go to a two-year community college. Two-thirds of the Gehlen students will go to college somewhere within the state of Iowa, while the other one-third will pursue an education outside the Iowa borders. What type of career are the seniors hoping to find themselves? Of the 32 respondents, ten want to go into business...five will go to a health related career...two want to be teachers...two want a job in the media or public relations...two are interested in agriculture...and the remaining eleven marked other as their choice. The final question asked whether or not the seniors would like to live in or close to Plymouth County for their career? Ten said they would like to remain in Plymouth County, many of those indicating family was a major reason. Sixteen Gehlen seniors believe they will reside outside of Plymouth County, with many indicating their are no opportunities near Le Mars, and the final six have no idea, indicating they will live where ever they are able to find work. Tomorrow, we will look at how the Le Mars Community Seniors responded to the survey.
Sioux City Police the Victim of a Search Hoax
(Sioux City) -- The Sioux City Police are wondering if someone may have pulled a fast one on them. Thursday afternoon, the police received an emergency call from an individual who claimed he had been shot. Dispatchers were unable to get the subject to provide any more information prior to the phone being disconnected. Communications center operators were able to utilize GPS locating tools to determine that the call had been placed from a wooded area south of the Wastewater Treatment Plant near the 3100 block of South Lewis Blvd. Sioux City police coordinated a search of the entire area surrounding the GPS coordinates. The Sioux City Fire and Rescue, Urban Search and Rescue, Sergeant Bluff Police, Iowa State Patrol and the Siouxland Paramedics all assisted with the search. Search parties utilized trained dogs, foot patrol searches and all terrain vehicles to cover the wooded and open areas around the last known position of the 911 caller. Searchers were unable to locate any indication of injured subjects or a shooting. The search was suspended at about 6:00 p.m. The Sioux City Police Department would like to remind citizens that abuse of the 911 system and making false reports to law enforcement is a crime. Abuse of the system can lead to delayed response to actual incidents in need of first responders. Police are asking the public if anyone has any information on the perpetrator of the hoax to contact the Sioux City Police Department.