Monday News, October 22
Le Mars Catholic Parishioners Dedicate New St. Joseph Church
(Le Mars) -- Song, scripture, liturgy and pageantry filled the sanctuary of the new St. Joseph Catholic Church Sunday afternoon as the 1000 plus parishioners dedicated the new building. Bishop Walker Nickless was on hand to coordinate the dedication. Bishop Nickless told the group of Catholic parishoners that the new church is more than a new building.
He reminded the people that the church should serve as a place where their spirit is renewed.
Following the dedication, Pastorial Lay Director, Dick Ahlers said the ceremony inspired him.
Father Kevin Richter received a loud and continuous applause when Bishop Nickless singled him out and personally thanked him for his "blood, sweat, and tears" is overseeing the construction of the new church. Later, the congregation expressed their appreciation to Father Richer by giving him a new Ford Escape car. Richter talked about how the church community came together and what it means to him.
Richter says this was his first building dedication and for him it was an emotional experience.
Architect Incorporates Many Artifacts From Old Church Into New Church
(Le Mars) -- As we have learned from last week, One of the key factors in designing and constructing of the new church was to incorporate many of the artifacts from the old St. Joseph Church into the new church building. The altars came from the old St. Joseph church, and many of the statutes were from the old church, or from the Neptune Catholic Church. Dick Ahlers is especially proud of the stained glass windows, and the care and preservation that was involved.
Kevin Strehle was the architech of the new church building. He says he welcomed the challenge of creating the church with modern features, but at the same time holding on to traditional pieces.
Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Ryan Speaks in Sioux City
(Sioux City) -- Republican Vice Presidential candidate PAUL RYAN rallied the GOP faithful with a quick trip into Sioux City Sunday afternoon. Ryan gave a 12 minute speech to an outdoor crowd of about 600 people at Bev's On The River. The Wisconsin Congressman stressed the importance of the state in this election saying Iowa could decide who will be the next president.
Ryan took President Barack Obama to task for distorting GOP Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney's record instead of laying out an agenda for an Obama Second term.
Ryan says despite what the President would have you believe, a second Obama administration would increase taxes on small business and limit job creation.
Ryan was introduced by Iowa Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds. Some of those attending waited nearly three hours to hear Ryan, and were entertained with a free concert by country star Mark Wills.
Le Mars Community School Board To Meet
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community Board of Education will discuss the annual progress report during their regularly scheduled meeting tonight. Assistant Superintendent Steve Webner will review the highlights with the school board. Kindergarten teachers will appear before the board to inform the directors about how their students have been learning about phonetic awareness as a result of the teachers professional development. The board is expected to act upon one resignation.
Ogden Man Charged With Killing His Wife
OGDEN, Iowa (AP) - A 28-year-old man has been charged with killing his wife in the central Iowa city of Ogden.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says Josh Powell was arrested Sunday after Ogden officers went to the home he shared with his wife, 25-year-old Jacalyn Powell.
Investigators say Josh Powell called 911 around 10 a.m. Sunday to report that his wife was dead. Court records say Josh Powell reported that he and his wife had fought the night before and that
he'd struck her.
Josh Powell is being held in Boone County Jail on $2 million bail. Online court records don't list the name of his attorney.
Hunters Are Being Asked To Help With Missing Cousins
EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) - Friends of the two young Iowa girls who have been missing since July are asking hunters to watch for clues about the missing cousins.
FBI officials have said they believe Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins were abducted from Evanston this summer.
Chad Hartogh, who manages the Waterloo Hy-Vee store, says he hopes reminding hunters about the case will help bring the girls home.
Since they were reported missing, Lyric turned 11 and Elizabeth turned 9. Their bikes were found near Meyers Lake in Evansdale.
Chris Jones, with the state Department of Natural Resources, says he thinks this is a good idea because hunters will be in remote areas that don't get much traffic the rest of the year. Jones was part of the initial search for the missing girls.