Saturday News, November 28
Le Mars Retailers Participate In Black Friday Sales
(Le Mars) -- Le Mars retailers got into the spirit of "Black Friday" by opening early and offering customers discounts and sales for merchandise. Both the "Bad Habit Boutique" and "Joba's" opened for business beginning at 6:00 a.m. Kelly De Rocher of Bad Habit Boutique says customers took advantage of the early morning sales. She explains what has been the popular items that sold this morning.
De Rocher says Black Friday has been a busy day for her store. Saturday is known as Small Business Saturday, a time when small businesses entice the shopper to visit small businesses following the large box stores from Black Friday. De Rocher believes business will also be brisk on Saturday.
Tammi Kibby manager of Joba's says they too had customers during the early morning hours.
Kibby says the customers are looking for Christmas gift items, but the interests have been varied.
Kibby believes sales receipts from today's Black Friday are comparable to those from a year ago sales.
Target Store Has Thanksgiving Fire
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A fire interrupted holiday shopping at a West Des Moines Target Thanksgiving night.
Greg Jones, deputy chief of the West Des Moines Fire Department, told the Register newspaper that the fire was near a fryer. He said the building was evacuated around 8:30 p.m. Thursday.
No injuries were reported and the damage to the store was minimal. Jones said that employees had mostly extinguished the fire by the time crews arrived.
Store executive team leader Tracy Page said the store was set to open at 4 a.m. Friday, but the perishables department would be closed.
South Dakota To Decide On Oil Pipeline
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota regulators are expected to decide Monday whether to grant a construction permit for a pipeline that will cross through the state as it carries North Dakota oil to Illinois.
The 1,130-mile Dakota Access Pipeline proposed by Dallas, Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners would move at least 450,000 barrels of crude daily from the Bakken oil patch in western North Dakota through South Dakota and Iowa to a hub in Patoka, Illinois.
It needs approval in all four states. The Argus Leader reports that South Dakota's Public Utilities Commission held a public hearing on the project in late September and early October.
Supporters of the project say it will create jobs, help with energy security and more safely transport oil. Opponents worry about possible harm to the environment and wildlife.
Fort Dodge Shooting
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a man has been injured following a shooting in Fort Dodge.
Police say the shooting was reported around 2 a.m. Friday near a business. Officers found 25-year-old Damal Clayton with multiple gunshot wounds.
The Messenger reports Clayton was eventually transported to a Des Moines hospital in stable but serious condition. Additional information was not released.
Authorities say they're seeking a 22-year-old male suspect in connection to the shooting.
Church Provides Health Ministry
MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Mason City church that began its health ministry nearly 20 years ago now offers many wellness programs, including yoga, centering prayer and healing touch.
Trinity Lutheran Church also operates a medical lending closet where people can freely borrow wheelchairs, walkers, canes and crutches. Its wellness programs offer a holistic approach, promoting wellness of the body, mind and spirit.
Healing touch integrates prayer, the laying-on of hands and anointing with oil to enhance the body's capacity for healing. It is considered complementary therapy to regular care.
Parish nurse Becky Elsbernd told the Mason City Globe Gazette that church members believe their church is called to be a "servant church" and have reached out to the community. Nearly 50 percent of the participants in some programs are not Trinity members.