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Monday Afternoon News, March 8th


Kwik Star To Open Le Mars Store On March 25th

(Le Mars) — Progress can be seen on a daily basis at the new Kwik Star convenience store located in Le Mars along Business Highway 75 at the former J and J Cafe and Le Mars Truck Stop location. John McHugh serves as the Director of Public Relations for Kwik Star and says the new store is scheduled to open in late March.

Kwik Star is headquartered in La Cross, Wisconsin, and McHugh says Kwik Star is different from other area convenient stores in the fact that many of the food items are produced by the company.

McHugh says Kwik Star focuses on “Fresh Foods”, and he tells of the convenience store’s specialty with bananas as his example.

The Kwik Star official further explains the company’s policy of always delivering fresh food.

McHugh says the new convenience store plans to employ at least 45 people, and he says they are always looking for good employees.

McHugh explains what attracted Kwik Star to start a business in Le Mars.

Again, Kwik Star’s projected opening for its Le Mars store is scheduled for March 25th.




Iowa Legislature Scheduled To Vote On COVID Relief Bill This Week

(Des Moines) — The Iowa legislature is planning this week to vote on Senate File 364, the COVID Relief Bill. The bill has emerged from the respective committees, and will be presented to both chambers for floor debate. State Representative, Dr. Tom Jeneary of Le Mars says the introduced bill is
designed to offer financial assistance to taxpayers and businesses.

The District 5 House Republican explains how the legislature plans to pay for the proposed COVID Relief bill.

Jeneary says even after financing the COVID Relief bill, Iowa’s bottom-line financial position will still be in good shape.

The Iowa Legislature set last Friday as the first funnel deadline.
Legislation must have already been passed in the committee level in order for it to be voted on by either legislative chamber.




16-Year-Old Victim Dies In Accidental Shooting

(Des Moines, IA) — Charges have been filed in a weekend accidental shooting that left a 16-year-old Des Moines boy dead. Police say Elijah Edwardlee Brown-Townsend was fatally wounded inside a vehicle Saturday morning. One teenager was apparently handing a weapon to the victim when it went off. Brown-Townsend was rushed to Broadlawns Medical Center, but
doctors weren’t able to save his life. Eighteen-year-old Thomas Londewa Ivy has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and misdemeanor carrying weapons.




Iowa’s Top Health Officials Thinks All Adults Can Be Vaccinated By End Of May

(Des Moines, IA) — The head of the Iowa Department of Public Health says all adults in the state can receive the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of May.
That’s the goal expressed by President Biden for the nation. I-D-P-H Interim Director Kelly Garcia says she believes there will be enough vaccines to get that done. Garcia says Iowa’s supply of COVID-19 shots has quadrupled over the last two months.




Prison Inmate Dies After Serving 30 Years In Prison

(Coralville, IA) — A prison inmate has died after serving 30 years in prison. The Iowa Department of Corrections reports Harry E. Pedersen was serving a 50-year sentence for multiple counts of sexual abuse in Woodbury County. He had been behind bars since February 1991 and he died Saturday in a hospice room at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville.
Corrections officials say he died of natural causes and COVID-19 was not a factor.




Service Dog Alerts Owner Of House Fire

(Davenport, IA) — Officials with the Davenport Fire Department say a service dog woke its owner Thursday at about 11:45 p-m when the house was burning. Fire crews say the structure was fully involved when they arrived
on the scene. The occupant managed to get out safely thanks to his service dog. No injuries were reported and the fire marshal’s office is investigating to determine the source of the fire. No names have been released.