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Friday Afternoon News, May 28th


Le Mars American Legion Post Prepares For Memorial Day Program

(Le Mars) — Monday is Memorial Day and the local American Legion, Wasmer Post #241 is preparing for the 56th annual Memorial Day program to be held at the north steps of the Plymouth County Courthouse. A major component of the
traditional memorial day services are the array of American flags on display at the courthouse grounds and surrounding area. Each flag has been dedicated to a past veteran with connections to Plymouth County, and a dog tag identifying the military veteran is attached to the flag staff. Dan Plueger serves as the Commander of the local American Legion and says because of the COVID virus last year which prevented having the traditional live program at the courthouse grounds, this year even more flags will be dedicated at the ceremony.

Plueger says with those 44 additional flags, the total number of flags to be displayed is now around 1400. The flags will be on display Monday, but Plueger says the Legion is seeking volunteers for Saturday and Monday.

Plueger says the Memorial Day program will follow tradition, and he is hoping for a good crowd to attend the services held at the county courthouse lawn.

The Wasmer Post 241 Commander says the program will feature music being performed by the Le Mars Municipal Band, along with the gun salute and the playing of taps. The Memorial Day program is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m.
This year, KLEM radio (1410-AM and 96.9 FM) will broadcast live the ceremonies, as well as we will feature the program live on the KLEM facebook page. In case of inclement weather, the program will be held at the Le Mars Community Middle School




Outdoor Swimming Pool Remains Closed Due To Repairs

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars outdoor swimming pool would normally open for the summer season on Memorial Day weekend. However, this year, according to Todd Lancaster, the YMCA executive director, the pool is closed temporarily due to
the continuation of repairs that are necessary.

Unfortunately, Lancaster says he doesn’t know the timeline or completion date for those repairs, and so he is uncertain as to the date the outdoor pool will be open to the public.

Lancaster says he has been asked if the indoor swimming pool will be open during the interim until the outdoor pool is ready for the public?

The YMCA official asks people to follow the progression of the construction on the YMCA social media and to watch for the latest updates.




Northwestern College To Have Scooter’s Coffeehouse On Campus

ORANGE CITY, Iowa—With the approval of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees, Northwestern College leadership has signed a letter of intent with a local Scooter’s franchise owner regarding a partial land lease. The franchisee
intends to build and operate a Scooter’s Coffee location/kiosk on the southeast part of the campus along Highway 10.

Over the coming months, Northwestern, Scooter’s and the franchise owner will be completing details of the arrangement and working with city, county and state officials to develop an implementation plan. The goal is to open the facility sometime in the fall of 2021.

“Northwestern is excited to be a part of this community growth opportunity with the franchisee,” says President Greg Christy. “This will be a great addition to the campus, benefiting both students and the community.”




Jury Continues Deliberations In Mollie Tibbetts Murder Trial

(Davenport, IA) — The jury in the Cristhian Bahena Rivera murder trial continues deliberating today (Friday). Rivera is accused of murdering 20-year-old college student Mollie Tibbetts in her hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa in 2018.
The jury got the case Thursday afternoon and returned to deliberations at 8:30 this morning.




Two Dead, Two Injured In Truck/Train Accident

(Murray, IA) — Two teenagers were killed when the pickup truck they were riding in was hit by a freight train Thursday in south-central Iowa’s Clarke County near Murray. The driver and another passenger in the truck survived but were flown to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The state patrol
has not released the names of those involved.




Delivery Robots Approved For Use In Iowa

(Des Moines, IA) — A new law will allow robots for deliveries in areas where foot traffic is allowed, like sidewalks and crosswalks beginning July 1st.
Representative Rob Bacon of Slater says under the new law, the maximum speed for a delivery robot is no more than six miles an hour on a sidewalk or pedestrian area. if there are no sidewalks, then the Personal Delivery Devices can operate on the left side of the road. The delivery robot would be allowed to go 20 miles-an-hour on a street — but may only operate on streets with posted speed limits of 40 miles-an-hour or less.




Test Iowa Site Closed For Holiday

(Undated) — The five state-operated Test Iowa drive-thru sites will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday on Monday. The sites in Black Hawk, Linn, Polk, Pottawattamie and Scott Counties, will resume testing for COVID-19 on Tuesday.
If you need to get tested at one of the sites, you need to first complete an online assessment at testiowa.com. The site hours for all test sites are also on the website.