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Monday News, May 21

Saturday Storms Leave Correctionville Residents in the Dark

(Correctionville) -- Strong severe storms that swept through the region on Saturday evening left hundreds of people at the eastern Woodbury towns of Correctionville and Cushing and the surrounding area without power .  Several trees had been damaged due to the storms.  Power was off for a period of two and a half hours.  Plymouth County Sheriff's Department reports that power lines were down near Akron and near Kingsley.  A roof blew off from a hog barn at 48788 county road C-60.  The hog barn is owned by Blue Stream Farms.  Near Anthon, several beef barn hoop buildings were damaged.  Mid-American energy crews were out late Saturday trying to restore power.

 

Floyd Valley Celebrates National EMS Week


(Le Mars) -- This week is recognized as National Emergency Services Week and the Floyd Valley Hospital is honoring those volunteers who respond to emergencies and transport patients to the hospital.  Area ambulance personnel are invited to an appreciation dinner tonight.  This year's theme for National Emergency Services week is "EMS: More than a job...its a calling."  The theme focuses on the commitment and dedication of the many EMS professionals who provide an essential community service every day.  It also emphasizes that no matter what the emergency or when it occurs, EMS personnel is there to provide immediate lifesaving care and transportation.  Emergency Services Week honors EMS providers, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, first responders, fire fighters, and the police.

 

Le Mars To Host Main Street Iowa

(Le Mars) -- Several officials from Iowa communities will be in Le Mars today and Tuesday for the Main Street Iowa and Downtown Professionals Network seminar site visit.  The site visit is part of a market analysis and business recruitment training that Main Street Iowa is performing in Le Mars.  Several meetings will take place over the course of the next two days. 

 

Graduation Sunday

(Le Mars) -- Sunday was graduation day for both the Le Mars Community High School and for Gehlen Catholic High School.  Le Mars Community had 131 seniors in line to receive their diplomas and Gehlen Catholic had 38 senior given diplomas. Long time school counselor and teacher, Dick Sievert has announced his retirement, and he was formally recognized during the graduation ceremonies.

 
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 Gehlen Catholic's Steph Rohe, the salutatorian of the 2012 class, and Molly Wankum, the valedictorian offered a history of the accomplishments of the class 2012.  Gehlen Catholic teacher Teresa Taylor served as the commencement speaker.  Taylor spoke about everything we need to know in life, we learn in Kindergarten.

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Taylor says the point is that life can be simple.  She says many times it may seem as though the process is to learn and then re-learn again. 

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At Le Mars Community, Class President and Valedictorian Rebecca Clay was one of the featured speakers.  She defended the chosen class motto of "Once a Bulldog...Always a Bulldog." Clay talked about the Carey gym along with the Carey Crazies.

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Catherine Meis talked about a quotation from author Ralph Waldo Emerson and how it related to the class of 2012.

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The third and final speaker was Rachel Parry who challenged her classmates to find their passion and do it everyday.

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