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Monday Afternoon News, July 13th


Plymouth County Has A New Deputy

(Le Mars) — Plymouth County Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo welcomed the latest deputy to the ranks during a badge pinning ceremony held Monday at noon at the Plymouth County Law Enforcement Center.  Brandon Cabney was given the oath of office by Sheriff Van Otterloo.  Cabney joins the sheriff’s office after having been a police officer with the Akron Police Department, and more recently with the Le Mars Police Department.

Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo administers the oath of office with new deputy Brandon Cabney.  Below, Cabney’s fiance’ Hanna East pins the badge to his uniform.

(photos contributed.)



Le Mars Community School Officials Make Contingency Plans For School Depending On The COVID-19 Virus

(Le Mars) — Le Mars Community School Superintendent Dr. Steve Webner has been drawing up plans for how the 2020-2021 school year will proceed, depending upon the severity of the COVID-19 virus.  Webner will meet with school board directors Monday evening to begin discussions.  He says school officials are urging the school board to consider starting the school day ten minutes earlier at 8:20 a.m. instead of the usual start time of 8:30 a.m.

Webner says he will also discuss with board members different scenarios as to how the school district will function depending again, on the severity of the coronavirus.






Iowa Added To List Of States On Pennsylvania’s Travel Quarantine Plan

(Harrisburg, PA) — Iowa is among four states added to the travel quarantine recommended by Pennsylvania health officials. People from that state who have traveled to Iowa and 14 other states are being asked to self- quarantine for 14 days when they return. With the addition of another 17 deaths, Pennsylvania is approaching a total of 69 hundred COVID-19 victims.
The state says it created the list as part of its effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 during the pandemic.




Head Of Make-A-Wish Iowa Removed Due To Financial Irregularities

(Urbandale, IA) — The recent discovery of some financial irregularities has led to the removal of the president and C-E-O of the nonprofit Make-A-Wish Iowa. The announcement was made over the weekend. The decision to terminate Jennifer Woodley was made after an internal compliance review by
the Make-A-Wish office. Officials say the vice president of mission delivery, Rachel Reams, will serve as the organization’s interim president.




Schools In West Des Moines Decide On Return To Class

(West Des Moines, IA) — The West Des Moines School District is deciding today (Monday) how and when its students will return to class. District leaders say they want parents to help decide when and how often their kids are actually inside school buildings. They plan to give those parents the option of full-time, in-person classes – or online learning. The school year gets its official beginning August 26th.




Location, Date Changed For Back The Blue Rally

(Marion, IA) — A Back the Blue Rally is now scheduled to take place July 25th in Marion after the Cedar Rapids event was halted. It was originally scheduled for last weekend. Then, police told organizers they couldn’t use the road or parking lot where the event was planned – and they couldn’t have a police escort. Backers of the event confirm they do have a permit for it
to be held in Marion and a police escort will be provided.