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Saturday News, December 14th


Two People Arrested At Apartment Complex For Possession Of Marijuana

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Police Department have arrested two people living in an apartment on possession of marijuana charges. The incident happened Friday afternoon at about 4:45 p.m. when officers received a complaint from the owner of the apartment complex at 646 11th Street Southwest of an odor
of marijuana coming from one of the apartment complexes. Officers investigated the complaint and a search warrant was obtained for the apartment B-9. As a result, a small amount of marijuana was seized and 26-year old Deveante Dixon and 23- year old Alicia Cobbs were arrested and transported to the Plymouth County Jail.



American Legion To Participate In “Wreaths Across America” Today

(Le Mars) — The Wasmer Post #241 American Legion of Le Mars will join hundreds of other American Legion posts on Saturday with the placement of “Wreaths Across America.” A short ceremony is scheduled to occur at the Plymouth County Veterans Memorial Park, located on the former Westmar
College campus at 1001 3rd Avenue southeast, just north of the YMCA, beginning at 11:00 a.m. The wreaths originate from Maine and have been sent to more than 1400 locations nationwide, with the idea the wreaths will be placed at veterans graves, and national military cemeteries, including Arlington National Cemetery. The Le Mars American Legion will place seven wreaths at the local veterans memorial park. One wreath will represent the various different military branches including: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, and the other two are in honor of those who lost their lives serving the Merchant Marines, and a wreath for the POW’s and MIA’s.
Past Post Commander Wayne Schipper says the wreaths are placed during ceremonies in the military tradition. This reverent gesture marks sacred ground. A suspended wreath eternally embodies this ritual of remembrance.
Schipper explains the purpose of the program, “Wreaths Across America.”

What follows are the comments by Past Post Commander Schipper from last year’s program.

Schipper says the “Wreaths Across America” are dedicated to remember the sacrifices of veterans from wars dating back to the American Revolution.



Knights of Columbus To Host “Breakfast With Santa Claus”

(Le Mars) — The local Knights of Columbus chapter will host their annual “Breakfast with Santa” scheduled for Sunday between 8:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Le Mars Knights of Columbus Hall located across the street from the Olson Cultural Event Center, and behind the Le
Mars Community Postal Playhouse. The breakfast menu includes: eggs, ham, hash brown potatoes, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, along with various fruit, and beverages. Santa Claus will be on hand to visit with the children. The Knights of Columbus will present a check from last September’s Phone-a-thon to officials of the Life Skills Training Center at approximately 10:20 a.m.
The breakfast is a free will offering.

(Photos are from last year’s event.)



Museum Features Nativity Scene Displays 

(Le Mars) — If you are looking for something to do this weekend that is relaxing, and away from the hectic hassle and stressful holiday shopping, and serves as a reminder of the Christmas season, then you may want to visit the Plymouth County Historical Museum to see the hundreds of nativities in
the historic Study Hall. This is the tenth year for the museum to showcase the various nativity collection. Featured are different nativity scenes from Father Paul Eisele, Ron and Delores Burkard, and Glada Koerselman among others. The museum is open from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through



Insurance Employees May Be Affected By “Medicare For All” Plans

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – In Iowa, where nearly 17,000 residents work in the health insurance industry, candidates are facing questions about how their health care plans could affect jobs in the state. Des Moines is home to Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield’s health insurance headquarters. Some candidates have already faced questions about the issue on the campaign
trail. This week, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg went on the offensive.
Referencing Sen. Bernie Sanders’ and Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s “Medicare for All” plans, he argued that some candidates’ health care plans would “eliminate the job of every single American working at every single insurance company in the country.”



Wells Fargo Bank To Benefit From University Of Iowa’s Utility Leasing Program

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – One of the world’s largest banks will reap a windfall from the University of Iowa’s multi-billion-dollar plan to outsource its utility operations before students or faculty see any benefit from the deal. Wells Fargo is expected to get nearly 1% of the nearly $1.2 billion payment that the university has negotiated for leasing its utility system to a private operator. A university spokeswoman estimates Wells Fargo will receive about $10.45 million. The university hired the bank as its
strategic advisor on the transaction. The Iowa Board of Regents on Tuesday awarded a 50-year contract to a private company to operate its steam, cooling, water, and electricity infrastructure.



Governor Reynolds Asks For Iowa D-O-T Director To Resign

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The director of the Iowa Department of Transportation is leaving his job next month after Gov. Kim Reynolds asked him to resign. Mark Lowe is a lawyer who was appointed to the post by Reynolds in May 2017. The governor’s spokesman says she has decided to seek a change in leadership. Lowe became general counsel for the Iowa DOT in 2008
before becoming director of the motor vehicle division and then interim director. His resignation letter released Friday makes no mention of why he was asked to leave. His resignation is effective Jan. 10.



Atheists Leader Protests Having Nativity Scene At Courthouse

CENTERVILLE, Iowa (AP) – An atheist leader says his organization will fight to add displays of its own if a Nativity scene is returned to a courthouse lawn in southern Iowa. The Daily Iowegian reports that the Nativity scene was moved Monday from the Appanoose County Courthouse lawn in Centerville.
Some residents had complained that a religious display should not be placed on government property. Justin Scott is state director for the American Atheists organization. He says the group will demand equal access if officials return the scene to the courthouse. The Centerville City Council is scheduled to discuss the issue Monday.



Virginia Man Convicted Of Swindling Money From Women

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – A federal grand jury has convicted a 34-year-old Virginia man of helping to swindle women across the country out of nearly $3 million in a fraud scheme. Prosecutors say Henry Asomani, of Dumfries, Virginia, used proceeds collected from unknown co-conspirators, who contacted people who had posted ads on online dating sites, or through their
Facebook pages. They persuaded the victims to invest in non-existent businesses. Asomani was convicted Friday in federal court in Missouri.
Besides Missouri, other victims live in New Jersey, Alaska, Oklahoma, Florida, Texas, Kansas, and Iowa.