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...
Kellen continues her address of "You Know you're a Gehlen Jay..."
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.
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.
Madison Martin thanked everyone that helped her secure a quality education at Le Mars Community.
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.
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.
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.