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Tuesday News, February 2

Le Mars Could See 12 Inches Of Snow

(Sioux Falls) -- Following last evening's Iowa Caucuses, the next news item is the snow storm that is hitting Iowa and other parts of the Midwest. According to Phillip Schumacher, a meteorologist, with the National Weather Services of Sioux Falls, Le Mars may again see a heavy snowfall.

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We now know that Le Mars will likely get the top end of that range of snowfall, which means nearly 12 inches of snow.
Schumacher says the storm is developing in the southwest, and he says the anticipated winds are what make this snow storm different than those earlier in the season.

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Schumacher offers a timetable as to when the snow will begin to fall, and at what time will be the heaviest snowfall.

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Schumacher says the snow will contain a lot of moisture, making it heavy, although he says it will also have the potential to blow around causing many drifts and reduced visibility.

 

 

 

Cruz Wins Iowa - Trump Takes Plymouth County

(Le Mars) -- As for the Iowa Caucuses, Texas Senator Ted Cruz won the state republican contest beating business tycoon Donald Trump.  Third place went to Florida Senator Marco Rubio.  Here in Plymouth County, it was Donald Trump winning with 32 percent of the votes compared to Ted Cruz's 28 percent, and Marco Rubio finished third in Plymouth County with 19 percent of the votes.  Dr. Ben Carson had slightly more than 10 percent of the votes in Plymouth County for fourth place, and former Florida governor Jeb Bush had two percent of the votes.  As for some of the neighboring counties; Ted Cruz won Sioux and O'Brien counties, while Donald Trump took Woodbury and Cherokee counties.
In the Democrat race, Plymouth County is much like the statewide contest with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bernie Sanders in a tight too close to call contest.  Throughout the entire state for both Republicans and Democrats, a larger than normal voter turnout was common.

 

 

 

Cruz Comments On His Political Victory

(Des Moines) -- Ted Cruz tells The Associated Press that his victory in Iowa's Republican presidential caucuses is a victory for the grassroots, and he says his triumph is part of a larger movement of conservatives against what he calls the "Washington cartel."
Cruz says his win "was a victory for courageous conservatives in Iowa and all around the country."
The first-term Texas senator says that from "Day One, we built our campaign as a movement for Americans to organize and rally to band together against the disaster of the Washington cartel."

 

 

 

Huckabee And O'Malley End Presidential Campaigns

(Des Moines) -- Last evening's Iowa caucus results had two political casualties.  Both Republican Mike Huckabee and Democrat Martin O'Malley have announced they are ending their presidential campaigns.

 

 

 

Kass Comments On Plymouth County Caucus Results

Plymouth County Republican chair, Don Kass says he was pleased at the voter turnout for the county caucuses.

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Fire and Rescue Department Averages Slightly More Than One Call Per Day In January

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department has issued its January monthly report.  The local fire department responded to a total of 32 calls, with 10 fire calls, seven rescues, eight investigations, twice the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department offered mutual aid to Merrill, and the fire and rescue department had five requests for services.

 

 

 

Bishop Walker Nicklaus Visits Gehlen During Catholic Schools Week

(Le Mars) -- Monday was the start of "Catholic Schools Week, and Gehlen Catholic School had a special guest to perform morning mass.  Bishop R. Walker Nicklaus of the Sioux City diocese was at the St. Joseph's church.  Following the early morning mass, Bishop Nicklaus visited classrooms and shared lunch with many of the Gehlen Catholic elementary students.  He talks about the importance of National Catholic School Week.

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Bishop Nicklaus says he takes the opportunity during Catholic schools week, to personally visit with many of the schools to "thank" the teachers, administration officials, and staff.

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The Sioux City Diocese Bishops also hopes to visit Remsen St. Mary's, Fort Dodge St. Edmond, and Sacred Heart of Sioux City.

 

 

 

Des Moines Airport Has Cancelled Flights Due To Weather Concerns

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Any candidates or staffers left in Des Moines after the Iowa caucuses may have to hurry if they want to get out of town.
After a dusting of snow Tuesday morning, the city soon will be hit by a heavier band of snow. Snowfall could total as much as 9 inches by the time the massive storm moves on. The city is under a winter storm warning, and travel is discouraged.
Kenny Podrazik (poh-DRAH'-zihk) with the National Weather Service says "it's going to be pretty havoc when the snow starts." 
Seven flights out of the Des Moines airport already are canceled, but 18 are still on the schedule.




 

 

Midwest Economy Shows Small Improvement

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - January results from a survey of supply managers in nine Midwest and Plains states suggest some improvement in the regional economy but not enough to generate optimism.
A report issued Monday says the Mid-American Business Conditions Index jumped to 48.3 in January from 39.5 in December - the first increase in six months.
Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says falling agriculture and energy commodity prices and global economic uncertainty continue "to restrain supply managers' expectations of future economic conditions."
The survey results are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests economic growth. A score below that suggests decline.
The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.


 






 

   

Monday News, February 1st

Denny Callahan Honored As Citizen Of The Year

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Chamber of Commerce held its annual banquet Saturday evening at the Le Mars Convention Center, and the person honored as the "Citizen of the Year" is a person who's voice is probably familiar to nearly everyone within the Le Mars community.  KLEM sports director Denny Callahan was presented the award by outgoing Chamber president Peggy Sitzmann.  Callahan received a standing ovation by the banquet attendees.  Callahan, who has been broadcasting the local play-by-play action of the Le Mars Community and Gehlen Catholic high school sports action for over 42 years, told the audience when he and his wife Geri first arrived in Le Mars, they thought he would be around for only three years before moving on to the next career location.  Callahan jokingly told the crowd, "I don't know when those three years will be up".  The long-time sports announcer informed the crowd that in about a week and a half he will turn the age of 65, but retirement is not on his radar as of yet, which generated additional applause from the banquet crowd.  Callahan says he has enjoyed his years broadcasting what has become three generations of athletes.

The honoree says he is still waiting on the opportunity when he can broadcast a Le Mars or Gehlen high school team winning a state championship, saying last year's Le Mars Community High School boys basketball team was ever so close, as he held up his thumb and finger indicating a small gap of space.  The KLEM sports director was surprised by the honor and was humbled in receiving the recognition.  He mentioned to Allie Freking, the Main Street Volunteer recipient, that he may need her speech writer.  Callahan told the chamber banquet crowd that he really loves this community, and he is proud to watch the development of our youth.  The Le Mars Chamber of Commerce provided an emotional and touching video of one of Callahan's daughters who now lives in Maryland and unable to attend the event.  Callahan's daughter said to her father via means of video, how proud she is of him, and she believes he is deserving the "Citizen of the Year" award.  Callahan was joined by his wife Jeri and a granddaughter at the banquet ceremonies, along with many co-workers from KLEM radio.

Timmy's Catering with owners Timmy and Bonnie Rasmussen were the recipients of the Le Mars "Business of the Year".  The husband and wife business has been providing catered meals to special events, banquets, weddings, graduations, and meetings for more than 32 years.  Tim Rasmussen says they have never needed to advertise their business, as they have been able to depend on referrals.  He says another secret to their business success is they have relied on only two vendors for all their food needs, saying they have high standards for food quality.

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During their announcement of the award, the Rasmussen's acknowledged and thanked their many employees, for which they say it is the employees who have made their business a success. Bonnie Rasmussen says they were surprised and honored to be thought of as the Le Mars business of the year.  She says having good food at an important event can mean either success or failure for the event.

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Bonnie says it was a surprise to have been recognized by the Chamber of Commerce, and it means so much and it shows that people do care about the work you do.

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Other honors were presented to Allie Freking as the Main Street Volunteer of the Year, and Jeff Stanley for being named as the United Way Paul Olsen Volunteer of the Year.  Todd Anderson of the Le Mars Beauty College and Terry Claussen of Claussen's Menswear were recognized as "Bosses of the Quarter".  Gene Friederich of Subway and Kent Pauling of Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative were unable to attend the banquet festivities.

The "Employees of the Month" from 2015 were recognized and presented a plaque.  They included Mary Klein of Gehlen Catholic School, Bob Gengler with Total Sales and Service, Wesley Walding with Emily's Home Furnishings, Sharon Yockey with American Bank, Bill Rosacker with the Le Mars Ambulance Service, Richard Wilkins with Rust's Western Shed, Shannon Chaffin with The Education Station, Steve Groetken with Nor-Am Cold Storage, Jennifer Ladenthin with Kimmes Le Mars Country Store, Britt Jervik with Verizon/Wireless World, and Karla Less of Northwest Bank.  Absent from the ceremonies were: Katie Casey with Cork-It!, Rod Eisma with ICON Ag and Turf, and April Leusink with the Le Mars Physical Therapy.

 

 

 

 

Caucus Weather

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa roads officials are preparing for a major winter storm, but forecasters say the snow is likely to miss Monday's caucuses.
The National Weather Service says the storm isn't expected to reach western Iowa until early Tuesday, so people participating in the presidential caucuses should be able to get home.
Meteorologist Allan Curtis with the weather service tells the Des Moines Register the storm could create a mess on Tuesday.
A blizzard watch has been issued for most of Iowa and eastern Nebraska because the storm could drop over 8 inches of snow in places.
Iowa Transportation Director Paul Trombino says roads officials will meet Monday morning to plan their response.
Trombino says crews will be prepared to go out Monday if the storm arrives earlier than predicted.

 

 

 

Caucus Turnout

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - For all the hype surrounding the February 1st caucuses, only a fraction of Iowa's registered voters participate.
So over the final weekend, campaigns on both sides of the aisle were focused on turning out voters.
But the one question the polls or the crowds or the pundits can't fully answer is just how many people will show up Monday? And what will the numbers mean?
Most Republicans expect a higher turnout in 2016 than the last two caucuses, when about 120,000 showed up. Democrats doubt they will match 2008, when nearly 240,000 came out.
The higher the turnout, the better the outcomes could be for businessman Donald Trump on the Republican side and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders on the Democratic side. Both are seeking to get nontraditional participants out.

 

 

 

 





 

 


   

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