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Monday Afternoon News, November 29th


American Legion Hosts Bingo/Shoe Party

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars American Legion Hall, Saturday evening, was completely filled with nearly 150 people as the local legion held its annual Bingo-Shoe party.  People participated in playing bingo with the proceeds going towards the purchase of shoes for under-privileged children and families.  Door prizes were distributed to those people fortunate to win and holler out “Bingo”.  The Wasmer Post #241 also held a silent auction with such items as a signed autographed Green Bay Packers football, and an Iowa Hawkeyes football, oil service discounts, an evening’s stay at local motels, a bird house, and an auto-themed wall clock.  Legion officials have not yet released the total amount of money that was raised from Saturday evening’s Bingo and Shoe party.




Le Mars Community Board Of Education Honored At State Convention

(Le Mars) — For the 21st consecutive year, Le Mars Community Board of Education has been honored by the Iowa Association of School Boards with its “Better Boardsmanship” Award.  Members of the local school board recently attended the state convention of the Iowa Association of School Boards held in Des Moines.   Angela Catton was recently elected to serve as president of the Le Mars Community Board of Education and comments about the recognition.

Catton says the criteria to earn the award is based upon both the individual board members performance and attendance for state meetings and conferences, as well as the collective board.  She says Le Mars Community Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Steven Webner was also given recognition at the state convention.

2021-2022 Le Mars Community Board of Education Pictured from left to right, back row, Makenzie Lang, Aaron Tolzin, Jane Arnold, Jill Feuerhelm, and Lorraine DeJong.  Front row, left to right, Elizabeth Brennan (IASB Board President-elect) and Angela Catton, president.

The Le Mars Community School Board president says very few school districts across the state are able to earn the distinction, and it speaks well of the commitment of Le Mars Community school district to earn the honor for 21 straight years.

2020-2021 Le Mars Community Board of Education. Pictured from left to right: Scott Kommes, Jill Feuerhelm, Todd Lancaster, Angela Catton, Jane Arnold, David Miller and Kyle Plathe.

Catton says while attending the state school board conference, many officials from various school districts would compare notes, and quickly learn they face similar problems and situations.




With $1B In The Bank, Iowa Lawmakers Say It Should Be Returned To Taxpayers

(Des Moines, IA)  —  With one-billion dollars now in the bank, Iowa’s Republican lawmakers say the money in the “Taxpayer Relief Fund” should be returned to taxpayers.  That fund held just 74 million dollars two years ago.  Republican House Speaker Pat Grassley says a state budget was passed that provided record funding for broadband, with more money to schools and public safety – all while setting aside that one-billion dollars.  Governor Kim Reynolds and Republican legislative leaders have said their long-term goal is to eliminate the state income tax.




Clinton Police Investigate Death Of 38-Year-Old Man

(Clinton, IA)  —  Clinton police are investigating the death of a 38-year-old man whose body was found Friday morning.  Officers were called at around 7:00 a-m about a man who was found unconscious in an open field.  When they arrived, police found the body of Dewayne Dismang.  Investigators say they want to know where Dismang could have been between 10:00 a-m Thursday and 7:00 a-m Friday.  Police are still conducting follow-up interviews.  They are hoping the public will come forward with some information.




Iowans On Both Sides Of Abortion Issue Watch US Supreme Court This Week

(Washington, DC)  —  Iowans on both sides of the abortion issue will be watching the U-S Supreme Court this week.  The justices are scheduled to hear arguments in a Mississippi abortion case Wednesday.  They are being asked to rule on a state law there that would bar most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.  Activists on both sides are predicting the court’s conservative majority could hand down a ruling that would overturn Roe-v-Wade.




Iowa Hospital:  More Than 100 Kids Were Given Wrong Dose Of COVID-19 Vaccine

(Urbandale, IA)  —  MercyOne Children’s Hospital says more than 100 kids were given the wrong dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at an event last week.  All of the children were under the age of 12.  They should have received the 10-microgram dose of the Pfizer vaccine, but they were given doses of 20 micrograms.  Doctors say the higher dosage could include strong side effects like a sore arm, mild fever, headache, and fatigue.  The hospital says it is reaching out to parents and will answer any and all questions they might have.