Wayne Schipper Takes Oath Of Office For City Council Position
(Le Mars) — A new city council member was given the oath of office and sworn into duty Wednesday morning.
Wayne Schipper, the city’s retired fire and rescue chief, will assume the duties of a city council member and will represent the people in Ward 3. Mayor Pro-tem and coucil member Rex Knapp conducted the oath of office ceremonies. Schipper was appointed to the position by the city council. He will take over the vacated position left by former council member, Ken Nelson. Nelson has recently moved to another home that is not located within the third ward, and therefore needed to resign from the city council. Schipper is a member of the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission. Schipper will serve the remaining four months on Nelson’s term.
Life Skills Training Center Names Honorary Chair For Phone-a-thon
(Le Mars) — A reminder that next Wednesday will be the annual Knights of Columbus phone-a-thon for Life Skills Training Center. The phone-a-thon will begin at around 9:00 a.m. and will continue until nearly 9:00 p.m. Shelly Thomson, the Development Director with Life Skills tells of the organization’s mission.
Thomson says two long-time supporters and volunteers of Life Skills Training Center have been selected to serve as the Honorary Chair.
Thomson says donations can be dropped off at the Knights of Columbus hall, or simply drop it off at your local bank. This year, Life Skills Training Center has a goal of raising $57,000.
Le Mars World War II Veteran Given Ride On “Dream Flight”
(Le Mars) — A World War II veteran from Le Mars was honored Wednesday morning by participating on a flight aboard a bi-plane from the World War II era. It was all part of what is known as “Dream Flight” and 96-year old Navy veteran William “Bill” Reuter was the honoree. Reuter resides at the Le Mars Accura nursing care center. Accura officials learned about the “Dream Flight” and contacted officials to offer the local veteran a ride of his life. Darryl Fisher is the founder and president of the “Dream Flight” organization. He says they want to honor the “greatest generation.”
Fisher says those first 25 flights were so successful that his wife suggested they continue to provide flights to World War 2 veterans.
Reuter was assisted in getting into the open cockpit airplane. Prior to departure, Reuter was showing the attending crowd “thumbs up”. Approximately 30 different people consisting of family and friends were at the Le Mars Municipal Airport waving American flags as Reuter was about to take flight. Fisher says the bi-plane used for the “Dream Flights” was used back in the era to help train pilots.
Fisher says the Dream Flight caters to World War II veterans of all military branches. He says this month is a special time for Dream Flight honorees.
The actual flight was about 20 minutes as the “Dream Flight” plane circled Le Mars. Upon landing at the Le Mars airport, Reuter was seen having a broad smile on his face. The U-S Navy electrician that was stationed on an aircraft carrier in the south Pacific says he enjoyed the flight.
Reuter was presented a cap signed by the pilot that expressed appreciation for Reuter’s service to our country. Reuter joined other Dream Flight honorees by signing his autograph on the tail of the plane. Mary Ellensohn of Le Mars is a daughter to Reuter. She says her family is appreciative of the opportunity awarded to her father, but she wasn’t aware of her father’s honor and Wednesday’s event until just last week.
Ellensohn says her father served in the U-S Navy from 1943 until 1946 and he didn’t speak much about his time in the Navy during World War 2 until the children were adults.
Ellensohn says her father entered the Navy between his junior and senior year of high school at St. Joseph’s, now the present day Gehlen Catholic school. She says a Catholic nun sent correspondence to Reuter so he had the opportunity to finish his high school education.
State Climatologist Says August Was Wetter And Warmer Than Normal
Des Moines, IA) — Iowa State climatologist Justin Glisan (Like listen) says August ended up wetter and warmer than normal. He says numerous storms pushed rainfall above average. “We were about four-point-six inches across the state, and that’s about a half an inch above average,” Gisan says. He says the rain distribution varied widely across the state — with some of the driest areas seeing the most. “If we look at the northern part of the state — anywhere from ten to 14 inches, with localized 15 to 20-inch rainfalls — especially over the last seven days,” Glisan says. “So we’ve really seen wetter conditions across the drought region.” August averaged out a little warmer than normal. “We were about 73 degrees — and that was one-and-a-half degrees above average,” Glisan says. He says the short-term outlook for September shows it could be a cooler and drier start to the month.
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