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Monday News, October 28th


Le Mars Community Board Of Education To Meet This Evening

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Community Board of Education will convene tonight for its bi-monthly meeting. The local school board will hear a report from members of the Le Mars Educational Enhancement Project (L.E.E.P.) as they
will present a report regarding the recent successful MenuMasters fundraising event. The school board will review the IASB Employee Relations Conference which was held October 17th. Danielle James, the high school agriculture instructor will present an update regarding the Le Mars Community High School agricultural programs and FFA. Members of the school
board will discuss the upcoming state annual convention, scheduled for November 20th-21st at Des Moines. Curriculum Director, Racheal Leavitt will present to the school board’s attention the certified enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year. The school board is expected to approve the contract for Al Engebretson as the High School Boys Track Coach. The school board will set a date for the annual retreat and discuss the process for determining the agenda. The board of education will appoint a board member to serve as a representative on the Plymouth County Conference Board. The school board will hear comments from the public during a hearing session
regarding a new school policy involving the use of seat belt restraints for school buses, as required by legislative changes. The school board will consider approving the specifications and bidding procedures for securing a 77-passenger school bus. The school board will also consider accepting Superintendent Dr. Webner’s recommendation for exclusion from the high
school with education programming provided off-campus for three different students who violated school policy.  Tonight, will be the final school board meeting for directors Fred Zenk and Pat Murphy.



“Rock and Rescue” Raises Funds For Local Animal Rescues

(Le Mars) — This past Saturday, October 26th, a fundraiser event was held at the Willow Creek Golf Club in Le Mars to raise funds for local animal rescue organizations. The event was entitled “Rock and Rescue.” Many of the participants came dressed as their favorite rock band performer, or other
costume. The event was organized by Eddie and Pam Webb.

Webb explains what specifically the funds will go toward benefiting animals at the rescue centers.

Eddie Webb says his wife Pam has coordinated several such events for the last seven years, but this was the second fund raiser while the couple have lived in Le Mars. Webb says the event at the Willow Creek Golf Club proved to be successful.

The “Rock and Rescue” was hoping to raise at least $3,000.



What Are Your Bones Telling You? — Seminar Scheduled For Floyd Valley Healthcare

(Le Mars) — Floyd Valley Healthcare along with Tri-State Specialist are hosting a seminar this evening called “What Your Bones Are Telling You?”
The seminar will be held at the Floyd Valley Conference Center. Orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Rusian Saforov is one of the three presenters for this evening’s program. He says we are seeing the need for more and more hip replacements, knee replacements, along with additional shoulder and elbow surgeries.

Saforov says this evening’s seminar will be a general overview of orthopedics and bone surgeries, and it will address people’s questions they may have regarding orthopedic surgery.

The seminar is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m.



Cherokee To Get A New Business To Take Over Former Tyson Building

CHEROKEE, Iowa (AP) – An idle Iowa meat-processing plant that closed earlier this year after only a few months of operation has been sold.
The Sioux City Journal reports that Lopez Foods paid $5.8 million
for the plant in Cherokee, Iowa, and the company plans to restart operations there by early next year.
Previously, the plant was operated by Tyson Foods, but it sat idle
from 2014 until 2019. The Iowa Food Group ran short of money several months after reopening the plant near the start of this year.
Bill Anderson with Cherokee Area Economic Development says the plant sale is welcome news. Initially, Lopez Foods plans to hire between 35 and 50 people at the plant.



Woman Dies At Gender Revealing Party

KNOXVILLE, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa woman has died after an explosion at a gender reveal party created debris that hit her.
The Marion County Sheriff’s office says the explosion happened at a home in central Iowa around 4 p.m. Saturday during a party to announce the gender of a baby a couple is expecting.
Deputies arrived at the home in Knoxville to find a 56-year-old
woman dead. Knoxville is about 40 miles (64.37 kilometers) southeast of Des Moines.
Investigators determined that an explosion during the gender reveal announcement caused the woman’s death.
No other details about the explosion were available. The victim’s
name wasn’t immediately released.



Nine Year Old Dies From Auto Accident

RUDD, Iowa (AP) – A 9-year-old boy died and four other people were hurt after a two-vehicle crash in northern Iowa over the weekend.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports the crash happened in Rudd, Iowa, on Saturday morning. Royce Fisher died. Rudd is about 65 miles (104.6 kilometers) northwest of Waterloo, Iowa.
The Iowa State Patrol says a Ford Taurus driven by 29-year-old Jesse Blades went through a stop sign and struck the passenger side of a Ford Windstar minivan driven by 57-year-old Ronald Fisher.
Blades and Ronald Fisher were injured along with 50-year-old Sarah Fisher and 11-year-old Aidyn Kline. Their conditions weren’t immediately available.



Des Moines Police Make Arrest From Skywalk Assault

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Police have made arrests in an attack earlier this month on a man and his girlfriend inside the skywalk in downtown Des Moines.
Police say 18-year-old Jeffrey Lionel Smith Jr., of Des Moines, was charged Friday with assault in connection with the investigation. A 13-year-old boy also was arrested and referred to juvenile courts for an assault charge.
The Associated Press doesn’t typically name juveniles charged with crimes.
Police say a 21-year-old man and his girlfriend were attacked Oct. 12 by 20 to 30 teens or young men in the skywalk near the Wellmark YMCA. The man was later hospitalized for treatment after being kicked and punched. The woman also was punched.
The incident led Des Moines police to announce a plan to beef up
security in the skywalk system.



Daycare Provider Given Suspended Sentence

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) – A former Davenport in-home daycare provider have been given a suspended 25-year prison sentence and placed on four years’ probation for a 2017 incident that left an infant in her care seriously injured.
The Quad-City Times reports that 46-year-old Amy Ellen Smith
received the sentence Friday after a judge rejected her requests for a deferred judgment, which could have seen the felony expunged from her record.
Smith will not have to serve the prison sentence if she successfully completes her probation.
Smith pleaded guilty in August to neglect of a dependent person and child endangerment with injury.
Police were called April 27, 2017, for a report of child abuse
involving a baby boy who had suffered broken bones while in Smith’s care.
Police later learned a baby girl had been injured in Smith’s care in November 2015.