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Thursday Afternoon News, September 16th


Gehlen Catholic To Hold Ground Breaking Ceremonies On Cafeteria Expansion

(Le Mars) — Gehlen Catholic schools will hold a ground breaking ceremony this afternoon at 3:00 p.m. (Thursday) for the expansion of their cafeteria facilities.  Amy Jungers serves as the Development Director for Gehlen Catholic.  She tells of what will take place at this afternoon’s ground breaking ceremony.

Jungers says the facility will involve an expansion of the present cafeteria, but it will also have other features needed for Gehlen Catholic as the school continues to grow.

The Gehlen Catholic official says the facility will also be equipped with air conditioning.

Jungers says the timetable for the expansion project is to be completed by the start of next year’s school year.

Jungers says Gehlen Catholic officials are excited to hold the ground breaking ceremony, and look forward to the use of the new facility upon completion of construction.




Lewis and Clark Regional Water System Pipeline Now Connects South Dakota to Iowa

(Sioux Center, IA)  —  A big milestone for the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System in northwest Iowa.  Engineers, contractors and officials from Sioux County celebrated the final section of pipeline being constructed between Beresford, South Dakota and Sioux Center Wednesday.  There is still more infrastructure that needs to be completed before Sioux Center and Hull will begin receiving water in 2023.  The system will eventually deliver water from a Missouri River aquifer to 20 communities and rural water systems in Iowa, South Dakota and Minnesota.




Congresswoman Axne Backs COVID Vaccine Requirement For Federal Workers

(West Des Moines, IA)  —  Congresswoman Cindy Axne is supporting the president’s vaccine requirements for federal employees and contractors.  Iowa’s lone Democrat in Congress says “it absolutely what we should do. You know, government should never shut down and government needs to be here to serve the people…same with the military.”  Axne says she will defer to OSHA and C-D-C when it comes to requiring workers at companies with more than 100 employees to get vaccinated or tested regularly.  A spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee says President Biden’s executive orders — like the ones on vaccinations — are “unconstitutional” and taking away “the rights of Hawkeye Staters.”  Iowa ranks 23rd in nation with 52-point-eight percent of eligible residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19.




Iowa’s Obesity Rate Rises to 36.5 % in 2020

(Des Moines, IA)  —  A new report and C-D-C numbers show Iowa’s adult obesity rate rose significantly from 2019 to 2020.  The study by the non-profit Trust for America’s Health found 36-and-a-half percent of adult Iowans were considered obese last year, putting Iowa among 16 states with a rate above 35-percent.  The adult obesity rate was 33-point-nine percent in 2019.  The Trust’s Dara Lieberman (DAR’-ah LEE’-bur-mun) says the shift in many people’s daily routines and a reported decrease in physical activity during the pandemic may have contributed to the increase.  Lieberman says obesity is linked to an increased risk for many conditions like diabetes, heart disease and even getting severely ill from COVID-19.  Iowa is tied with Delaware for the seventh highest obesity rate in the country.




Buchanan County Man Electrocuted While Trimming Tree in Hazelton

(Hazelton, IA)  —  Authorities in Buchanan County are investigating the electrocution death of a man in Hazelton.  The sheriff’s office received a report of man that had been electrocuted while trimming a tree late Wednesday morning.  Deputies say the victim was using a boom lift to cut down a tree when he made contact with a power line.  Investigators say the man died at the scene.  The victim’s name hasn’t been released.