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Monday News, November 15th


COVID Vaccinations Now Available For Children At Floyd Valley Healthcare

(Le Mars) — Within the past couple of weeks, Pfizer pharmaceutical company has introduced a COVID vaccine that can be administered to children.  Plymouth County Community Health Director, Tara Geddes, says area parents have begun bringing their children to Floyd Valley Healthcare to obtain the vaccination.

Geddes says Plymouth County has seen some improvement with the number of reported COVID cases.

Geddes says that so far, only Pfizer has been given approval for a COVID vaccine for children and adolescents.

Some vaccine companies have suggested that certain demographics of people may require a COVID vaccine booster shot.  Geddes explains as to who should consider getting a booster vaccination.

Geddes says Plymouth County is closing in on having half our population now completed with a COVID vaccine.

Geddes suggest people who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19 that they consider doing so in the near future.




Postal Playhouse Schedules Next Play Production “Till Beth Do Us Part”

(Le Mars) — Officials with the Le Mars Community Theater and Postal Playhouse have re-scheduled the upcoming comedy play production of “Til Beth Do Us Part”.  The curtain will rise for the new dates on Friday, December 3rd through Thursday, December 9th.  Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday matinee will begin at 2:00 p.m.  The performances will take place at the Le Mars Postal Playhouse.  Reservations will open to the public on November 19th.  The box office will be closed on November 25th (Thanksgiving) and November 26th (Black Friday).  For reservations, contact the Postal Playhouse at (712) 546-5788, Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Online reservations available at www.lemarslive.org

In this side-splitting comic romp about marriage, career-driven Suzannah Hayden needs a lot more help on the home front than she’s getting from her husband, Gibby.  Lately, nurturing his marriage of 27 years hasn’t been the highest priority for Gibby, but pretty soon he’ll wish it had been.  Enter Beth Bailey, Suzannah’s newly hired assistant, a gregarious, highly-motivated daughter of the South.  Gibby grows increasingly wary as Beth insinuates herself into more aspects of their lives.  When he realizes it’s Suzannah’s career Beth is really after, a newly-determined Gibby sets out to save his marriage aided by Suzannah’s best friend, Margo, a wise-cracking and self-deprecating divorcee and her ex-husband, Hank, who is in the midst of his own mid-life crisis.  Their effort to stop Beth at any cost sets up the wildly funny climax in which things go uproariously awry just as Suzannah’s boss arrives for that all-important dinner.  Whether you’re married, single, rethinking your divorce or currently being controlled by someone up to no good, you’re sure to enjoy this family-friendly, laugh-out-loud comedy.




Orange City Tulip Festival Schedules Crowning Of Queen Ceremonies

ORANGE CITY, IA. – The 2022 Tulip Queen Pageant will be held Monday, Nov. 22 at the Knight Center at Unity Christian High School. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the event will begin at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $5 for all attendees, regardless of age or whether they choose to vote. Candidates for the 2022 Tulip Queen include: Maren Beaty, daughter of Craig and Shannon Beaty, Chloe Bilby, daughter of Joe & Becky Bilby, Catharine J Hummel, daughter of Patrick & Julia Hummel, Naomi Mellema, daughter of Matt and Kristin Mellema, and Kate Van Der Werff, daughter of Jeff and Kara Van Der Werff. Tulip Queen candidates will give presentations on Orange City and will be interviewed by both the judges and emcees of the event. Attendees will have the opportunity to cast their vote for the 2022 Tulip Queen during the pageant. The 2022 Tulip Queen will be crowned as a conclusion to the event. During the event a review of the 2021 Tulip Court will be presented. Details about the 2022 production of MAMMA MIA! will also be shared. The 2022 queen and court will serve as ambassadors for the Orange City Tulip Festival as they travel in the spring, making several media and public appearances.




Weather Officials Not Certain As To How Much Snow Will Fall This Winter

(Des Moines) — Now that we have had our first snow fall of the season, the experts still aren’t able to nail down what type of winter may lie ahead for Iowa or the Midwest. National Weather Service meteorologist Brett Albright says the forecast of another La Nina weather pattern will drive the winter weather across the Northern Plains, but how much snow may fall is still anyone’s guess.

The forecast models also show essentially a 50-50 chance of below- versus above-normal temperatures. Still, Albright says there is a narrow possibility of more snow in Iowa later in the winter.

Despite recent heavy rains, the Climate Prediction Center is forecasting drought conditions to linger across much of the region into next spring.




John Deere Union Members To Vote On Modified Contract Offer Wednesday

(Moline, IL)  —  As the strike at a dozen John Deere plants in the Midwest enters its second month, union workers are scheduled to vote Wednesday on a modified contract offer from the company.  The U-A-W issued a statement late Friday saying the company had made some changes to its second offer.  The union described the tentative agreement as Deere’s last, best, and final offer.  Neither side has disclosed details of the changes.  The most recent deal was rejected on a 55-to-45 percent vote.  More than 10-thousand John Deere employees have been on strike since October 14th.




Train Derails After Colliding With Barge Along Mississippi River In SE Iowa

(Montrose, IA)  —  The Iowa Department of Natural Resources reports diesel fuel and coal have spilled into the Mississippi River after a collision with a barge that resulted in a train derailment last weekend.  The accident happened near Montrose at 11:50 p-m Saturday.  The B-N-S-F train hit the stationary barge, knocking two locomotives and several coal cars off the tracks.  Investigators say several hundred gallons of diesel were released and seeping into the river from a locomotive fuel tank.  No injuries have been reported.  The D-N-R is working with local emergency responders, the E-P-A, the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U-S Coast Guard.




Iowa’s Governor Offers Narrow Interpretation Of COVID Bill She Signed Last Month

(Des Moines, IA)  —  Iowa’s governor is offering a narrow interpretation of the bill she signed into law last month concerning COVID vaccination requirements for private-sector workers.  Governor Kim Reynolds says only workers who claim a religious or medical exemption – then have that claim rejected by their employer – are eligible for unemployment benefits.  Reynolds suggests that it won’t be a large group of unvaccinated Iowans qualifying for unemployment benefits.  She says she’s heard from employers, particularly in the health care industry, who are worried about staffing shortages if they are required to dismiss workers who don’t get a COVID shot.  Iowa has joined three multi-state lawsuits challenging federal vaccination requirements.




No Arrests Reported Connected To Fort Dodge Bar Shooting That Left 2 Wounded

(Fort Dodge, IA)  —  No arrests have been reported stemming from the Fort Dodge bar shooting early Sunday that left two people wounded.  Police say a 30-year-old man was shot in the shoulder and a 26-year-old woman was shot in the neck.  Both are listed in stable condition.  The incident happened at about 1:00 a-m at the Brass Monkey bar.  Witnesses say a fight took place inside the bar involving several people.  As the fight continued, one person pulled out a gun and started shooting.