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Saturday News, October 26th


City To Work On 15th Street S.E.

(Le Mars) — The City will be closing part of 15th St. S.E. just East of 5th Ave. S.E. for some street/manhole repair. They will begin those repairs on Monday Oct. 28th and hope to complete the work on Wed. This will be weather permitting.


Pumpkin Races To Happen At Total Motors

(Le Mars) — Today will be a busy day for area children. To begin, Total Motors is hosting its third annual pumpkin races. Mitch Christoffel says the event is growing larger each year.

The pumpkin races will begin at 9:00 a.m. and all children between pre-school up through fifth grade are eligible race their pumpkins. The races will continue for two hours. Christoffel says each year the entrants to the annual pumpkin race have shown a great deal of creativity.

Christoffel says some of the contestants have decorated their pumpkin to match their costumes for when they participate in the city’s “trick or treat” activity. Christoffel says the pumpkin races will conclude in time for children to participate in the annual Chamber “trick or treat” program.
Mary Reynolds of the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce says the chamber is teaming up with both the Le Mars Arts Center and the Le Mars Public Library, as well as with other businesses and organizations to offer additional fun as well as an expanded list of activities.

Reynolds continues with today’s schedule of events.

The Chamber representative says following gathering of candy, children will want to return to the Le Mars Arts Center for pumpkin painting.

The downtown trick and treat for candy event will begin at 11:00 a.m.

(photos are from 2018 Trick or Treat event)



Drive 4 Ur School

(Le Mars) — Gehlen Catholic and Jensen Ford is again offering the program “Drive 4 Ur School.” It is a fundraiser program that the Ford Motor Company uses to help various schools and organizations. Maggie Erdman with Gehlen Catholic Development office explains all people need to do is take a test drive in a new Ford vehicle, and Gehlen benefits.

Erdman says last year’s program proved to be sucessful, and she is hoping for similar results for this year.

Erdman says Ford Motor Company and Jensen Motors provides a variety of different vehicles at Gehlen for people to test drive.

Erdman says there will not be any sales people at the “Drive 4 Ur School” event, so people won’t need to feel pressured.

The “Drive For Your School” will go from 9:00 a.m. this morning until 2:30 p.m. this afternoon at the Gehlen Catholic-St. Joseph’s parking lot.



Gehlen Fine Arts Booster Club To Hold Turkey Dinner On Sunday

(Le Mars) — This coming Sunday, October 27th, Gehlen Catholic’s Fine Arts Booster Club will hold its annual Turkey Dinner. Lisa Niebuhr tells us the time for the turkey dinner.

Niebuhr explains the proceeds of the turkey dinner will go to help finance various projects, contests, and other items within Gehlen Catholic’s Fine Arts Programs.

According to Niebuhr, this year’s annual turkey dinner is the 65th time for the Fine Arts fundraiser, and she explains the dinner will have all the food and side dishes, plus a variety of salads and desserts.

Niebuhr says tickets can be purchased from Gehlen Fine Arts students, or they can be purchased at the door, Sunday evening, at the Deb Campbell Memorial Gymnasium.

The Gehlen Catholic Turkey Dinner begins at 3:00 p.m. and will continue through 7:00 p.m. Gehlen Catholic band and choir will also perform during the evening.



Supreme Court Revokes Attorney’s License¬†

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Supreme Court has revoked an attorney’s law license, concluding she improperly kept a client’s money she wasn’t entitled to.
The court says in an order released Friday that Tina Muhammad cannot apply to restore her Iowa license for at least five years.
Shortly after being admitted to the Iowa bar, Muhammad was asked in 2016 to represent a woman who lives in Washington state. The woman, who had found references on the internet to Muhammad’s work on police brutality while a law student, was seeking a lawyer for a civil rights lawsuit against a Seattle hospital.
The woman paid Muhammad $7,500 in advance but after she ended the attorney-client relationship Muhammad declined to return any money or account for how it was spent.
Muhammad claims she earned the money.
The court concluded she wasn’t entitled to it and says when a lawyer takes such funds, revocation of license is the appropriate sanction.
Muhammad did not respond to a request for comment.



Des Moines Bowling Alley Owner Says He Will Not Re-build After Fire

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The owner of a popular Des Moines bowling alley that burned to the ground nearly two years ago says he will not rebuild the venue.
Randy Thompson, the owner of Plaza Lanes, tells television station KCCI that the land is now up for sale. He says he made that decision after an insurance settlement from the fire failed to cover the cost to rebuild.
The building burned down in December 2017. Investigators determined that kitchen rags self-ignited to start the fire.
Spontaneous combustion can occur when heat generated through rapid oxidation causes various materials to catch fire.  The Plaza Lanes bowling alley had hosted the Iowa High School State Bowling Tournament.



Judge To Decide If Roadside Zoo Will Continue

MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) – A judge who presided over a nonjury trial regarding a troubled roadside zoo in eastern Iowa now must determine whether it should be closed.
Testimony ended this week regarding Cricket Hollow Animal Park. Four plaintiffs have sued to have the animals removed and the zoo owned by Pam and Tom Sellner closed. The zoo sits just west of Manchester.
The trial opened Oct. 16, and testimony ended Tuesday. The Telegraph Herald reports that Judge Monica Wittig has 60 days to render a verdict.
In April last year a federal appeals court upheld a district court
ruling that the zoo violated the Endangered Species Act with its treatment of some animals.