Monday Afternoon News, June 15
Plans For The St. Joseph/Gehlen Catholic All School Family Reunion Are Coming Together
(Le Mars) -- Plans are coming together for the St. Joseph and Gehlen Catholic All School Family Reunion scheduled for this Friday and Saturday. Mike Dreckman serves as the chair for the event. He says the reunion is to acknowledge and pay tribute to the catholic education that has been a part of Le Mars history.
Dreckman says more than 500 people have registered for Friday evening's festivities, which far exceeded his expectations.
The St. Joseph's-Gehlen High School Reunion continues through Saturday with several events, beginning with a golf tournament at the Willow Creek Golf Course.
The Gehlen Family Reunion chair says there are plans for Saturday evening that include a banquet by Timmy's Catering that will start at 6:00 p.m. along with a program that should prove to be fun for the attendees.
Dreckman says following the banquet and program, alumni of Gehlen and St. Joseph's can participate in a dance at the Le Mars Convention Center.
Dreckman says you can still register for the events by Thursday. He says the reunion is open to anyone, regardless whether you graduated from Gehlen or St. Joseph's schools. He says if you attended either school, or have a connection to either school, you are welcomed to attend the activities.
Chamber Committee To Again Feature Agriculture Exhibit In Round Barn
(Le Mars) – The Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Agricultural Committee is again working with the Plymouth County Fair Board to host an agricultural education exhibit at the famous Round Barn located on the Plymouth County Fairgrounds, during the dates of the fair, July 29th through August 2nd.
“This is the second year the Chamber Agriculture Committee will host “A Round the Farm in the Barn”, said Paul Jacobson, chairman of the Le Mars Chamber Agricultural Committee.
“Last year’s inaugural exhibit was well received, with thousands of visitors viewing the exhibit, and we anticipate even more interest with this year’s display.”
“The Chamber Agriculture Committee intends to feature even more “hands-on” interactive displays, from which attendees will learn even more about the importance of agriculture, and specifically about Plymouth County agriculture,” said Jacobson.
“In addition to showcasing the various commodities that are either grown or raised here in Plymouth County, this year’s exhibit will focus on conservation and farm safety,” said Jacobson. “The Chamber Agriculture Committee intends to offer attendees the opportunity to write a message on a large photo to “thank a farmer” and also suggest a farm safety “message.”
Attendees will again be able to tour both floors of the famous Round Barn to see exhibits. The Chamber Agriculture Committee will also feature several display boards that will show the production of ice cream, as well as, the lifecycle of beef cattle and hogs.
Volunteers Help Clean Up Missouri River
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - A nonprofit says around 140 volunteers have collected an estimated 10 tons of trash from the Missouri River in western Iowa.
Volunteers on Saturday morning picked up the trash at a number of sites along the river. The effort was part of an event by Missouri River Relief, a nonprofit based in Columbia, Missouri, that coordinates clean-ups from South Dakota to St. Louis.
Among the findings by volunteers were multiple propane tanks and an arrow.
Missouri River Relief has other clean-up events scheduled into the fall in other states.
Street Flooding Occurs In Des Moines
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Several streets in Ankeny and other Polk County communities have been covered with runoff from heavy overnight rain.
The National Weather Service says it's received reports that up to 3 inches of rain has fallen since midnight in southeast Ankeny and that up to 8 inches of water is covering some intersections and streets.
Flooded and blocked streets have been reported in Altoona, and Des Moines reports that at least two streets and several trails have been closed.
A flood warning has been issued for the Des Moines River, and the Raccoon River and North Raccoon River have already risen above flood stage.
The weather service says thunderstorms later Monday could bring 2 more inches of rain to the area.