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Gehlen Ball Raises More Than $234,000

(Le Mars) -- The Gehlen Catholic Ball was able to raise $234,362 which is $2000 more than what was raised from last year's event.  More than 800 people attended the annual social event.  Father Kevin Richter who serves as the president of Gehlen Catholic schools, and pastor of the All Saints Parish says he is extremely appreciative to all the donors and to those that attended the gala.

 

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Richter says every class, as well as every extra curricular activity benefits from the donations from the Gehlen ball.

 

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Father Richter says the evening was special for the extended Gehlen family.

 

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The evening's festivities included honoring this year's Spirit of Peter J. Gehlen award.  Richter says this year's honoree is someone that devoted much of her time to Gehlen Catholic schools for several decades, but perhaps went quietly unnoticed.  Richter says many times people may think of the Peter Gehlen award going to people who contribute large donations, but he says the committee wanted to recognize a person who made a difference to the Gehlen schools, by performing simple tasks.

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Richter says catholic education was important to McCarty and her family, as her children and grandchildren have all attended private catholic schools.

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Joan McCarty says she was shocked to learn that she was the recipient of the Spirit of Gehlen award, and spoke humbly about the honor.

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McCarty recalls the 23 years working in the Gehlen school kitchen, and says the students were respectful.

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Floyd Valley Hospital Auxiliary Omelet Breakfast Serves 335 People

(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital Auxiliary hosted its annual omelet breakfast Sunday morning with various so-called celebrity cooks ranging from hospital officials, school administration officials, the town's fire chief, chamber officials, and banking executives cooking up the omelets.  The proceeds will go to help finance the new surgical units.  Kathy McCrary serves as the chairperson of the Hospital Auxiliary breakfast and she believes more than 335 people were served.

 

 

 

Secondary Road Department To Close 220th Street

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Secondary Road Department has announced that 220th Street between county road K-64 and Otter Avenue will be closed, beginning today through Wednesday.  County road crews are repairing a culvert.

 

 

 

Two Sioux City Girls Injured During Hit-And-Run Accident

(Sioux City) -- Sioux City Police are investigating a hit-and-run accident in which two juvenile girls were struck as they were crossing West 3rd Street. The accident happened Saturday morning, shortly before 12:00 noon.  Both girls, ages 10 and 11 were injured and transported to Mercy Medical Center by ambulance. The vehicle involved left the scene of the accident.  With the assistance of witness accounts, police have identified what they believe to be the vehicle involved in that hit-and-run accident.  It is a maroon colored 2007 four-door Kia.  Police are still investigating the accident.

 

 

 

Body Found At Lake

JEWELL, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have released the name of a man whose body was found in a central Iowa lake.

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office identified the man as 29-year-old Zong Xiong.

Sheriff Dennis Hagenson says a dive team had been searching for a missing man in Little Wall Lake near Jewell on Friday. The body was found around 12:30 p.m.

A man says he found keys, sunglasses and a vehicle Thursday evening while walking a dog. He reported his concerns to officials when he discovered the items still at the lake Friday morning.

 

 

 

Two People Found Dead In Urbandale

URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities are investigating after two bodies were discovered at an Urbandale apartment complex in what appeared to be a murder-suicide.

The identities of the bodies weren't released Sunday, but police spokesman Sgt. Gary Lang says that autopsies are scheduled for Monday. He said the department wasn't able to comment on the type of weapon used.

Police were called to conduct a welfare check at the apartment complex Sunday morning. Officers say they later found the bodies in a detached garage.

Further details weren't released.

 

 

 

Fallen Tree Destroys House

GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) - A southwest Iowa home may have to be abandoned after a large oak tree fell on it and caused significant damage.

The tree fell across the house's living room in Glenwood during a thunderstorm Saturday.

Fortunately, no one was home at the time.

Katie Davis said she was surprised when authorities called her about the incident while she was shopping in Council Bluffs with her mother.

Friend Travis Overhue says it looks like Davis' family will have to tear down the house and rebuild because the damage is so extensive.

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Saturday News, April 18

Sioux City Teenager Dies After Smoking Synthetic Drugs

(Sioux City) -- A  Sioux City teenager is dead and three others were hospitalized after police say they became ill while smoking a synthetic drug Thursday night near War Eagle Park on the city's westside.  Detective Jeremy McClure of the Sioux City Police Department says emergency responders were called to the park entrance after receiving a 9-1-1 call about a sick person.

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Police say McCloud and the three other victims, ages 16-18, were found in a car together shortly after 11:00 p.m.  Detective McClure says the circumstances of the incident are still being investigated.

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The names of the other three victims are not being released, but McClure says they are students from West High School.  He says tests are underway to determine exactly what substances were being used by the four teens.

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McClure says the investigation is ongoing and other people are being interviewed regarding the incident.  No charges have been filed and police say they extend their condolences to McCloud's family.

 

 

 

Branstad To Visit Plymouth County

(Des Moines) -- Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has announced he will be in Plymouth County next Wednesday, April 22nd to officially proclaim Soil and Water Conservation Week.  Branstad will make the proclaimation on the Bob Puetz Farm located at 16175 Marble Avenue, Le Mars.  Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds will make a northwest Iowa swing during the week of Tuesday, April 21st to Thursday, April 23rd.  In addition to visiting the Plymouth County farm, Branstad and Reynolds are scheduled to visit the Quad County Corn Processing Ethanol facility near Galva.  They will hold a Teacher Leadership Conference in Rock Valley, and tour several manufacturing facilities within northwest Iowa, as well as hold a Home Base Iowa announcement at the Orpheum Theater in Sioux City.

 

 

 

ICON Ag And Turf Helping With Local Backpack Programs

(Le Mars) -- A local farm equipment dealer is doing its part to combat child hunger in northwest Iowa. ICON Ag and Turf is donating money to the Le Mars BackPack program.  ICON Ag and Turf General Manager, Adam Timmerman says the employees of ICON were deeply and emotionally touched by a presentation by Brenda Nohava, the founder of the Le Mars BackPack program.

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Timmerman says ICON employees have the opportunity to donate to the program.  He says the company is doing a similar charitable contribution as they did a few years back when they initiated a donation program to fight breast cancer.

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Timmerman says The employee-driven monetary fundraiser will continue through April and May. He says several ICON employees are also volunteering their time to help pack the bags to be sent home with local children.  Has ICON Ag and Turf established a monetary goal for the backpack program?

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Each of the five ICON Ag and Turf locations are participating in the program with donations directed to local backpack programs close to each dealership.  Timmerman summarizes why the farm equipment company chose to help with a hunger program.

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Economic Development Board Approves Investment Incentives

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa board has approved nearly $16 million in investments in three companies across the state.

The Iowa Economic Development Authority announced the grants Friday for projects in Sioux City, West Des Moines and Knoxville. The board also approved an additional $19.8 million in tax refunds for Google Inc.'s Council Bluffs data center, bringing its total tax incentives to more than $36 million.

Curly's Foods, a Sioux City processed meats producer, has been awarded tax breaks for an expansion project expected to create 30 jobs.

Software developer FunnelWise is slated to receive $150,000 in direct financial assistance for a move to Des Moines, creating 14 jobs and retaining six others.

Knoxville's Weiler gets $600,000 and tax benefits to expand manufacturing at its heavy road equipment plant for 106 new jobs.

 

 

 

Officials Worry Bird Flu May Affect Layers In Iowa Egg Industry

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The discovery of bird flu on an Iowa turkey farm has raised serious concerns that the poultry-killing virus could find its way into chicken barns in the nation's top egg-producing state and decimate flocks.

Iowa is home to roughly 50 million chickens that lay nearly one in every five eggs consumed in the U.S.

The highly contagious H5N2 virus has not been detected in any Iowa chicken barns, but it was confirmed Tuesday on a northwest Iowa turkey farm.

Iowa Poultry Association executive Randy Olson says farmers are on heightened alert, focusing on biosecurity measures to keep the virus away from chickens.

Procedures previously implemented to guard against salmonella help keep bird flu out, such as bird-proofed chicken houses to keep wild birds out and strict clothing-sanitation protocols.

 

 

Ex Lawmaker Says He Did Not Sexually Abuse Wife

GARNER, Iowa (AP) - A former Iowa lawmaker says he didn't have sex with his wife on the night he's accused of sexually abusing her.

Henry Rayhons testified in his own defense Friday in his third-degree sexual abuse trial. Prosecutors allege Rayhons had sex with his wife in May at a Garner nursing home after being told she was no longer mentally capable of consenting due to dementia caused by Alzheimer's disease.

Donna Lou Rayhons died in August.

Rayhons testified that he and his wife held hands, prayed, hugged and kissed when he visited her May 23. He says any sounds Donna Lou Rayhons' former roommate heard were just him situating her in her bed.

Earlier testimony revealed her roommate couldn't be sure whether the noises she heard that day were sexual in nature.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 



 

 

 

   

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