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Wednesday Afternoon News, September 8th


Knights Of Columbus Conducting Annual Phone-a-thon

(Le Mars) — The 41st annual Knights of Columbus phone-a-thon is happening today with Knights from across Plymouth County making telephone calls requesting donations to help support Life Skills Training Center and Iowa Special Olympics.  Justin Freking is the chairman for the Le Mars phone-a-thon.  He says the phone-a-thon ties in well with the mission of the Knights of Columbus.

Freking says the phone-a-thon requires many volunteers.

Freking says the annual phone-a-thon will continue until 9:00 p.m. this evening.  He says he is appreciative of the generosity exhibited by Plymouth County residents for this fund raising campaign.

The local Knights of Columbus official says it helps with donations that the people of Plymouth County are familiar with the annual phone-a-thon.




City To Close Street For Repairs

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Street Dept. will be closing 7th Ave. S.E. just south of 6th Street S.E. starting Thursday morning Sept. 9th. There is going to be some street repair done  on 7th Ave. The project should take 7 days to complete.




Dordt University Reports Record Student Enrollment

(Sioux Center) — Dordt University of Sioux Center is reporting having a record enrollment.  Dordt University’s overall enrollment is 1,786 for the fall 2021 semester – the largest enrollment in the institution’s history, breaking the fall 2020 semester record of 1,666 students. This figure includes a record 1,401 full-time undergraduate students. In addition, Dordt has record full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment at 1,544; FTE is a measure of how many credits students are taking. There are 424 freshmen on campus this fall, which is the second largest freshmen class in Dordt’s history. The largest freshmen class was in 1998, which included 439 students.




Former President Trump To Visit Iowa

(Des Moines, IA)  —  Former President Donald Trump is scheduled to hold a rally in Des Moines in October.  Trump will speak at the Iowa State Fairgrounds on October 9th.  Organizers say the doors will open for the event at 2:00 p-m and Trump’s appearance is scheduled for 7:00 p-m.  His last visit to Iowa was last November for a rally in Dubuque.  The event was held two days before the 2020 presidential election.




Iowa Democrats Criticize Trump Rally at State Fairgrounds

(Des Moines, IA)  —  Democrats are criticizing former President Trump’s campaign rally next month at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.  Iowa Democratic Party chair Ross Wilburn called Trump “a sore loser” who can’t admit that he lost in 2020.  Wilburn said in a statement, “that’s why it’s no surprise Governor Kim Reynolds, Senator Chuck Grassley and Iowa Republicans are all too willing to distract us from their failed leadership, continued incompetence and corruption surrounding the COVID crisis and instead choose to tie themselves to a man who encourages hate, division and violence.”




Iowa State Patrol Identifies 2 Victims of Deadly Chain Reaction Crash on I-35

(Huxley, IA)  —  Authorities are identifying the two people killed in multi-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 35 near Huxley.  The Iowa State Patrol says a southbound semi crashed into another semi’s trailer and then hit a van and truck.  The pickup then rear-ended another semi.  State troopers say Gordon and Nora Martens of Van Meter were in the pickup and both died at the scene.  Another person was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.  The crash closed the southbound lanes of I-35 for more than four hours.




Eastern Iowa Man Sentenced For Placing Explosive Device on Property

(Cedar Rapids, IA)  —  An eastern Iowa man will serve more than three years in federal prison for placing an explosive device on someone else’s property.  Forty-six-year-old Aaron Hinke from Bellevue received the 37-month sentence after pleading guilty to possession of a national firearms act destructive device.  Court records show Hinke put an incendiary device on the property of a homeowner in La Motte on September 6th, 2020.  The device consisted of a firework, cigarette and a fuse that was taped to a small gas container.  Prosecutors say the device was later found by a five-year-old child.