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Monday PM News August 12th

Kingsley Boy Rescued From Safe

Some anxious moments for a young Kingsley boy Monday morning. The boy's sister called 9-1-1 around 11am to report he had locked himself in a safe in their family's home.

Kingsley fire personnel quickly responded to the residence at 115 Brookview Drive and freed the boy.

Plymouth County Dispatch says the boy was uninjured.

Le Mars Woman Arrested On OWI/Drug Charges

A Le Mars woman was taken into custody early Sunday morning after a Plymouth County deputy witnessed a car being driven erracticly at the junction of K-22 and C-38.

27 year old Morgan Bernard was arrested and charged with OWI 1st, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of prescription drugs. A passenger in the car, 21 year old Karlton Waterman of LeMars was cited and released for open container.

Morgan was taken to the Plymouth County Jail. Her bond was set at $1,000.

Sun and Fun Tuesday

 if you are a senior citizen ready for some fun in the sun,then head to the Plymouth County Fairgrounds Tuesday. Angela Drake explains:

They're "Puttin on the Ritz" for the 25th Annual Sun 'N Fun Getaway event this year at the Plymouth County Fair Grounds. Tomorrow's (Tuesday's) event is put on by the Connections Area Agency on Aging, formerly known as Siouxland Aging Services.  Event chair Kris Kuchta says that the day will include everything from ballroom dancing, to an antique car show and many engaging speakers.

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The Connections Area Agency on Aging is working to put on this Summer Event, but what do they do the rest of the year?  Kuchta explains.

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Over 300 people are expected for the 25th Annual Sun 'N Fun Event being held for seniors and their caregivers tomorrow from 9am to 1pm at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds.  Pre-registration is not required.  Admission is $5 per person which includes the day's activities and lunch.

Butter Cow Vandalized

 An animal welfare group poured red paint over the Iowa State Fair's butter cow, but the damage was quickly scraped away and the iconic sculpture is back on display.
Iowans for Animal Liberation, which promotes veganism, claimed responsibility in a Sunday news release, saying the paint represents the millions of animals killed annually for food. 
The Iowa State Patrol says the attack occurred overnight Saturday after someone broke into the locked refrigerated area of the Agriculture Building where the sculpted cow is displayed. The attackers poured red paint over the sculpture and scrawled, "Freedom for all," on a display window.
Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Scott Bright says the damage was cleaned up quickly Sunday morning and that the display opened as usual.
Bright called it a "mild case of vandalism."



Monday News August 12th

Le Mars School Board to Meet

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community Board of Education are scheduled to meet this evening , and although the local school board has a short agenda, they will discuss the students' performance of the Iowa Tests during the 2012-2013 year.

 It is expected Assistant Superintendent Steve Webner will offer a report to the school board, that shows  grades 3-5 were 84.71 percent proficient in the reading category goal.  That figure does  meet with the ten percent reduction goal as established with the "no child left behind" educational requirements. 

  Sixth through Eighth grade reading scored a 75.77 percent proficiency.  The goal was to reach 77.34 percent.  The high school reading score was at 81.40 percent proficiency.  The district's goal for that grade level was 84.31 percent.  In Mathematics, the school district was able to reach its proficientcy goal in the 6-8 grade level at 86.46 percent, and in the Science category, both the 3-5 and 6-8 grade levels achieved their proficientcy goals with scores of 78.82 and 78.57 percent.

Broken Kettle Preserve Receives Grant

A Sioux City-based foundation's grant will enable expansion of the Broken Kettle Grassland Preserve in northwest Iowa.
The Gilchrist Foundation awarded $103,410 to the Nature Conservancy to help buy and restore 22 acres in the northwest corner of the Plymouth County preserve. The land will aid the conservancy's bison herd, which in turn plays a key role in preserving the grassland.
The conservancy began buying property in the area in 1993 and now owns 3,217 acres at Broken Kettle.
The organization introduced 28 bison to Broken Kettle in 2008 to control invasive plants and create habitat for other animals. There now are more than 100 bison, and the conservancy hopes to acquire land to maintain 250 of the animals.

Le Mars Chamber Fundraiser

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Chamber of Commerce has announced its fall main street fundraiser campaign.  The Chamber will host a mystery dinner theater scheduled for Thursday, November 14th at the Le Mars Convention Center. 

 The production is being directed by Danna Schuster and will feature 14 of Le Mars' local personalities in a play entitled "All Aboard the S.S. Titanica." 

 Tickets sell for $35 per person and you can contact the Le Mars Chamber office for information and tickets.


Seven Traffic Fatals In Iowa

(Des Moines)-- Authorities say at least seven people died on one day in Iowa traffic accidents. In eastern Iowa on Saturday night, a 3-year-old and two adults were killed when a truck collided with their car. Other people died in accidents in Tiffin, Warren County and Taylor County.



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