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Monday Afternoon News, May 23

Students Speak At Commencement Ceremonies

(Le Mars) -- Sunday was graduation day for both Gehlen Catholic and Le Mars Community.  Gehlen Catholic had 39 seniors receive their diplomas.  Le Mars Community presented diplomas to 147 students.   Megan Kellen is this year's Valedictorian for Gehlen Catholic. She discussed with her fellow classmates the various experiences that they all enjoyed together, reminding them that they know they are a Gehlen Jay when...

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Kellen continues her address of "You Know you're a Gehlen Jay..."

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Caitlyn Niehus spoke at the Le Mars Community graduation ceremonies.  She explained how each of her classes will help her prepare for life after high school.

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Niehus says she attended calculus for her math class.  There, she learned how important it is to show each step to your conclusion.  Martin says like math, in life, you need to take it one step at a time.  Niehus says her sixth hour Spanish classes taught her to be tolerant of other cultures.

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Madison Martin thanked everyone that helped her secure a quality education at Le Mars Community.

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Each Student At Farmington Given Scholarships

FARMINGTON, Iowa (AP) - A Farmington high school that's closing its doors has given college scholarships to each of its students. 
Harmony High School's graduating class of 21 students each received a $2,900 scholarship in an envelope at the graduation ceremony Sunday. Students are allowed to use the scholarship at any school of their choice.
Additionally, juniors and sophomores who didn't graduate will receive more than $2,400 to attend Indian Hills Community College or Southeastern Community College when they complete high school.
Superintendent Kerry Phillips says the scholarships were made possible by two alumni who donated money to the Harmony School District after they died.
Next year, Harmony High School students will attend Van Buren High School in Keosauqua.
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Spirit Lake Woman Injured After Being Dragged By Passing Pick-up Truck

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa (AP) - A Spirit Lake pedestrian was seriously injured after she was struck by a pickup truck and dragged for over 600 feet.
39-year-old Kathryn Kline was walking across U.S. Highway 71 in Spirit Lake with a green light Thursday afternoon when she was struck by a pickup driven by 87-year-old Earl Millikan, of Lake Park.
A police report says Millikan didn't realize he struck the woman and continued driving north with Kline pinned underneath the pickup for about 635 feet. 
Kline was taken to a Spirit Lake hospital with serious injuries. Hospital officials did not immediately return a message seeking her condition Monday afternoon. 
Millikan was cited with failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk under a green arrow.
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Southeast Iowa Man Dies From Jumping From Moving Vehicle

DENMARK, Iowa (AP) - A southeast Iowa man has died after jumping from a moving car. 
The Fort Madison Daily Democrat (http://bit.ly/1RkVOSo ) reports 32-year-old Drake Knotts, of Wever, was a passenger in the car Saturday morning when he started arguing with the driver. 
Lee County Sheriff's officials say the car was traveling on Iowa Highway 16, near Denmark, when Knotts unfastened his seat belt and jumped from the moving vehicle. The driver, 32-year-old Matthew Farris, stopped the vehicle, turned around and began to perform CPR on Knotts.
Knotts was pronounced dead at a Fort Madison hospital.

 

 

 

 

Canadian Pacific Train De-rails

SABULA, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say 28 full coal cars have derailed in eastern Iowa.
Canadian Pacific says the accident occurred around 8 p.m. Sunday about five miles south of Sabula. The railroad says no injuries have been reported and says the coal train was not carrying any dangerous goods. Spokesman Andy Cummings said Monday that the train consisted of 116 cars and three locomotives.
Cummings says the cleanup and repairs are underway.

 

 

 

 

 



 

 



   

Monday News, May 23rd

Otter Avenue Closed For Bridge Repairs

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Secondary Roads Department will be closing Otter Avenue between county road C-30 to 180th Street.  The road will be closed beginning today and is expected to remain closed until July 19th due to the replacement of a wooden bridge with a steel I-beam.

 

 

 

Le Mars School Board To Convene -- Floyd Athey Resigns As Elementary Principal

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars Community Board of Education will convene this evening.  One item on the agenda will be to accept the resignation of a long-time Le Mars Community Elementary principal.  Floyd Athey has submitted his resignation to go into effect at the conclusion of the contract year.  Athey is the principal for both the Clark and Franklin elementary schools.  The school board will also be dealing with several other announced resignations.  The Board of Education will also hold a public hearing regarding the proposed amendment to the 2015-16 school budget and consider adoption of the budget amendment following the hearing.  The school board will be discussing insurance issues.  First, the Iowa Association of School Boards' Jester Insurance Services and EMC Insurance Companies will share the results of the safety group insurance meeting held earlier in the month.  Rob Bixenman will present renewal information for the 2016-2017 school year to the Le Mars Community Board of Education.  The school board will also consider lease agreements with Northwest AEA and with Buena Vista University.  The school board will also consider the bids that have been submitted by various financial institutions regarding the refinancing of the 2011 Sales tax revenue bond issued to fund the Phase 2 construction project and consider a resolution to accept the bid received from Primebank.

 

 

 

Gehlen Catholic And Le Mars Community Hold Senior Commencement

(Le Mars) -- Sunday was graduation day for both Gehlen Catholic and Le Mars Community.  Gehlen Catholic had 39 seniors receive their diplomas.  Le Mars Community presented diplomas to 147 students.  At Gehlen, longtime English teacher Mrs. Judy Stokesberry offered the commencement address.  She joked about her longevity years of teaching.

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The English teacher did have a serious message for the graduating seniors, saying they all came from different backgrounds with different memories, but will hold similar memories from their time spent at Gehlen Catholic school.  Mrs. Stokesberry says as the former students leave Gehlen, and possibly even leave Le Mars, they will encounter several surprises.

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Iowa Septuplets Graduate From High School

CARLISLE, Iowa (AP) - The world's first surviving septuplets have graduated from their Iowa high school.   Alexis, Brandon, Joel, Kelsey, Kenny, Natalie and Nathan McCaughey all crossed the stage Sunday as part of Carlisle High School's class of 2016.
The septuplets were born Nov. 19, 1997, ranging in weight from 2 pounds, 5 ounces to 3 pounds, 4 ounces. Their mother had taken a fertility drug.
The septuplets are going on separate paths following high school, including the military and college. The station says two of the seven plan to attend Hannibal-LaGrange University in Missouri, where their parents say they were promised a free education.

 

 

 

Landowners File Lawsuit Against Oil Pipeline Company

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Landowners have filed two lawsuits in northwest Iowa in an attempt to block construction of a $3.8 billion oil pipeline.
The landowners are trying to keep the pipeline company from being able to use eminent domain powers to secure access to their land for the project.
Houston-based Dakota Access LLC wants to build the pipeline from northwest North Dakota to a storage facility in south-central Illinois.
Construction has begun in North Dakota, South Dakota and Illinois, but the Iowa Utilities Board has not authorized work to begin. And the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hasn't yet issued permits for the project.
Dakota Access officials have said the company will work with regulators to move forward with construction of the pipeline in Iowa.
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Northwood Mayor Pleas Guilty To Fraud

NORTHWOOD, Iowa (AP) - A former mayor of Northwood charged with fraud has changed his plea to guilty.
Online court records say 52-year-old Randy Severson entered the written plea on Thursday, a week after pleading not guilty to a charge of ongoing criminal conduct and six counts of fraudulent practice. The court records don't say when he'll be sentenced or provide any details about a possible deal with prosecutors. 
His trial was scheduled to begin July 6. His attorney had notified the court of Severson's intention to assert diminished mental responsibility.
Severson's accused of using the names of family members, customers and acquaintances without their knowledge to make phony invoices that were submitted to Northwood State Bank to create lines of credit between 2011 and 2014. That's when he was president of Northwood Lumber.

 

 

 

Des Moines Plans To Construct Bicycle Hub

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - City leaders want to convert an empty auto shop in a Des Moines suburb into a hub for bicyclists.  
A study conducted for Windsor Heights recommended the hub be fashioned out of a former Sears Auto Center that sits near the Walnut Creek and Clive Greenbelt bike trails. The study recommends the hub include a cafe; restrooms with lockers; a changing room; a bike repair station; and a lawn or event space with a covered pavilion or stage.
Costs could range from $200,000 to $1.7 million, depending on whether the city leases the space or buys it. Costs also would depend on the businesses that choose to open in the hub.
Mayor Diana Willits says she hopes construction can begin next year.
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Woman Dies After Falling From Cliff

CLINTON, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a 27-year-old woman has died in an apparent fall at Eagle Point Park in Clinton.
Clinton firefighters were dispatched after a call around 11:40 a.m. Sunday. The woman had fallen about 50 feet and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Authorities identified her as Meghan Peters, who lived in Clinton.

 

 

 

Baby Black Rhinoceros To Live At Des Moines' Blank Park Zoo

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines is expecting a new and rare addition in the fall - an eastern black rhinoceros.
Ayana and Kiano, the south side park's eastern black rhinos, are expecting a baby in late October or early November.
Experts say Ayana's pregnancy is the first confirmed among the eastern black rhino zoo population in almost two years, marking a major turning point in the species' decades-long decline.
Listed as critically endangered by the World Wildlife Fund, Des Moines' rhinos are two of just 46 eastern black rhinos currently housed in North American zoos, according to leading zoological nonprofit organization Association of Zoos & Aquariums. Only six of those 46 rhinos are breeding females.



 

 

 

 

 

   

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