American Legion Prepares For Avenue of Flags 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 For 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.”
Christian Bahena Riviera Found Guilty Of Murdering Mollie Tibbitts
(Davenport, IA) — A jury has found Cristhian Bahena Rivera guilty of first-degree murder in the death of 20-year-old college student Mollie Tibbetts in her hometown of Brooklyn. The jury in Davenport started at 8:30 Friday morning, broke for lunch, and then came back for a total of just more than seven hours before reaching the verdict. The verdict was read in court at 2:45 p.m. Bahena stood and showed no emotion as the verdict was read. He now faces life in prison. Tibbetts was reported missing after she went for a run in July of 2018. A month later Bahena led authorities to her body in the middle of a cornfield. Bahena testified Wednesday in his own defense and for the first time told a story that two masked men forced him to follow Tibbetts as she ran and one of them killed her.
(Photo courtesy of FOX News)
Three Injured In Creston Apartment Explosion
(Creston, IA) — Three people were hurt in an explosion and fire late this morning in a two-story apartment building in the southwest Iowa town of Creston. Two of the injured had to be airlifted to the hospital. The explosion was reportedly caused by a person on oxygen who was smoking.
Search Underway For Missing Montezuma Boy
(Montezuma, IA) — The state D-C-I is asking Iowans for help finding a ten-year-old boy who’s listed as missing and endangered. Xavior Harrelson went missing Thursday from Montezuma in Poweshiek County. He’s white, four-foot-eight, a hundred pounds, brown hair and blue eyes — last seen in a red shirt and blue pajama pants.
Coke Items Up For Sale In Atlantic
(Atlantic, IA) — Rare collectibles from around the globe that were on display at the Coca-Cola Center and Museum in Atlantic are being sold today (Friday) and tomorrow in Atlantic. The museum closed in 2020, in part, due to concerns over COVID-19. Museum volunteer Christi Garrett says when museum owner Margaret Slepsky died in June of 2020, she and the other volunteers could no longer keep it running. All of the money from the sale of the Coke items goes to a scholarship in Margaret’s honor. The items are part of the city-wide garage sale that runs today through 6 P-M and Saturday from 8 A-M to 1 P-M.