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Monday Afternoon News, October 19th


Le Mars Historical Preservation Commission Restores Old Street Lamps

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Historical Preservation Commission recently took on the challenge to restore two old street lights that served the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Le Mars. Stuart Dekkenga serves on the Historical Preservation Commission and was responsible for the restoration of the street lamps.

The light poles are now standing near the parking lot between the Murphy-Collins law firm office and the former Frontier Communications building.
Dekkenga says the Historical Preservation Commission had to modify the light poles. The lights now resemble the Old English look when street lights were using gas or candles to illuminate an area.

Dekkenga says the original light poles were shorten, and he talks about other modifications that occurred with the street lights.

The historical preservation commissioner talks about the condition of the street lights when they first started, and credits city workers for their assistance with the restoration project.

Dekkenga says the entire restoration of the street lamps took over a year to complete.




Wells Visitor’s Center And Ice Cream Parlor To Hold Fund Raiser For Employee’s Battle With Cancer

(Le Mars) — Wells Visitor’s Center and Ice Cream Parlor is inviting people to join them as they bring awareness to and support an employee’s battle with cancer. The event is scheduled for this coming Saturday, October 24th. This past August, 16-year old Lilly Brent, a crew member at the ice cream parlor,
had been diagnosed with a rare cancer called Ewing’s Sarcoma. Saturday will be dedicated to Lilly’s courageous battle. A one-day-only Lilly Sundae – including her favorite ice cream and toppings – will be featured and all ice cream proceeds, including those from the Lilly Sundae, will be donated to the Brent family.

Shannon Rodenburg, Senior Manager says, “Lilly is an incredible young woman and employee.” . “She and two of her brothers currently work at the visitor center. The Brent family is part of the Wells family and we want to do everything we can to support them.”

In addition to dessert proceeds, a basket will be available for free-will donations. To learn more about Lilly’s journey, visit her Caring Bridge website.



Grassley Comes To Defend Ernst Against Democrat’s Attacks

(Washington) — Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley is defending his Iowa colleague, Joni Ernst, as democrats continue to throw up what Grassley calls are lies about Ernst. Speaking Monday afternoon, during his weekly news conference, Grassley says the people are being led to believe false accusations in reference to Joni Ernst.

Grassley says Ernst has visited each and every one of the Iowa 99 counties every year while serving as Iowa’s senator. He says the Democratic challenger, Theresa Greenfield, hasn’t visited all of Iowa’s counties, and is relying upon large contributions from Democratic-based organizations to finance her campaign.

Grassley warns that if Greenfield is elected to the United States Senate, she will only listen to instructions from New York Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer, and will care less about Iowans and their concerns.




Grassley Predicts Barrett Will Be Approved For Supreme Court On Political Party Lines

(Washington) — Senator Grassley also addressed the issue of confirming Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett during his weekly news conference. He says the vote in the committee, and in the Senate chamber will be divided right down party lines. Grassley was asked about how the Senate Democrats treated Barrett, as compared to how they treated Judge Kavanaugh, the last supreme court nominee?

Grassley was asked if he thought there may be any Democrats that would break ranks, and actually vote for Amy Coney Barrett?

Grassley says California Senator Diane Feinstein, the Judicial Committee’s ranking minority member, was verbally attacked by her fellow Democrats when she made an off-hand compliment to the committee chairman, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, as how well he conducted the committee hearings.

The Senate Judicial Committee is scheduled to vote for Barrett’s confirmation on Thursday, October 22nd.




Authorities Investigate Weekend Death Of Kossuth County Jail Inmate

(Algona, IA) — Authorities are investigating the weekend death of an inmate in the Kossuth County Jail. The victim’s name hasn’t been released.
Jailers reportedly found the man unresponsive in a cell shortly after 7:00 a-m Saturday. Life-saving measures were attempted by staff members and Algona Emergency Medical Services, but the victim died before he could be transported to a hospital. The Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation has been called in to help with the case.




Kamala Harris Calls On Democrats To Volunteer, Get Out The Vote

(Undated) — Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris called
on Iowa Democrats to volunteer and work to get out the vote during a virtual appearance Sunday night. Harris spoke to the Liberty and Justice Celebration, an annual fundraiser for the Iowa Democratic Party. This year’s celebration was held online due to the coronavirus pandemic. Polls show Joe Biden and President Trump locked in a tight race in this state. Biden hasn’t
visited Iowa since coming in fourth in the Iowa Caucuses last February.
Trump held a rally at the Des Moines airport last week.




Federal Officials Say August Derecho One Of 5 Worst Storms Since 1980

(Cedar Rapids, IA) — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is reporting the August derecho that devastated Iowa crops is one of the five worst storms in the U-S since 1980. The latest estimates place the cost at seven-and-a-half billion dollars. That puts it in fourth place among the 126 severe thunderstorms and tornado-related disasters in the country over those 40 years. The most damaging storm in that time period was Hurricane Laura, which made landfall in southwest Louisiana two-and-a-half weeks later – on August 27th. That storm caused 14 billion dollars in damages.




Davenport Man Arrested For Attacking Couple With Machete

(Davenport, IA) — Davenport Police say a man was arrested after a couple told officers he attacked them in their home with a machete. Martin Georgi is charged with several counts, including first-degree burglary. The victims say he broke into their home Saturday night and started slashing them. The man and woman are expected to recover from their injuries. Their names
haven’t been released.