Le Mars Fire And Rescue Issues November Monthly Report
(Le Mars) — Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department has issued its monthly report for November. During the past month, firefighters responded to 26 calls consisting of both fires and accidents. The EMS side responded to 104 calls of which 73 calls were 911 emergency calls, and 31 calls were transfers, nine of those transfers were to Sioux Falls. The full-time duty staff responded to eight calls consisting of investigations of odors, illegal burning, alarms, and etc. Twice the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department were called for special operation calls for confined space or hazardous materials. The local fire and rescue operations had 12 requests for services including programs, talks, filling SCBA air tanks, agency assists, classes, fire drills, evacuation drills, and storm siren testing. The total number of calls for November was at 152 calls.
City Extends The Dates For Grass, Leaf, Twig, and Branch Disposal Site
(Le Mars) — City officials have decided to extend the dates for the city’s grass, leaf, twig, and branch disposal site. It will remain open for this coming Saturday, December 4th, and next Wednesday, December 8th, and the following Saturday, December 11th. The hours remain the same. Wednesday is from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The disposal site is located on the west side of town near the Riverside ballparks.
Le Mars Community Schools Having To Focus On Grief Counseling Following Fatal Accident Involving Franklin Elementary Student
(Le Mars) — Tragedy struck the Le Mars Community when it was learned that a ten-year old student of Franklin Elementary School was the victim of a fatal traffic accident Tuesday afternoon. The shock of knowing a young child’s life has been cut short affects most all of us, but it especially is emotional for students, teachers, and school officials, particularly for those who knew the student and the family. As a result of the tragic deadly accident, Le Mars Community Schools had counselors available at the schools to help the students and staff deal with their grief. School superintendent, Dr. Steven Webner explains the program.
Webner acknowledges that after a serious event such as the fatal accident, the school day is anything but normal activity. However, he says guidance counselors and teachers try to visit with the students, and attempt to have students busy with activities.
Webner continues to discuss the emotional support system available for students and the entire school district.
In addition to the school’s guidance counselors, additional assistance is available and can be provided by Plains Area Mental Health and the Northwest Iowa Area Education Agency.
Webner says the special counseling will go on as long as it is needed. He adds that every child is different. Webner says the school administration and faculty and staff wants to express its sympathy and thoughts go to the grieving family.
Le Mars Christmas Lighted Parade Scheduled For Saturday
(Le Mars) — The annual Le Mars Christmas Lighted Parade is scheduled for this coming Saturday, and organizers say this year’s parade will feature additional floats and entries. Joel Johnson serves as the coordinator of the lighted parade.
Johnson says he can’t recall when exactly the lighted Christmas parade first started in Le Mars, but he says a group of gentlemen created the idea, and it has been an annual event for the last few decades. He says there will be some new entries as well as many of the traditional favorite floats associated with the parade.
Johnson says everyone is welcome to participate in the lighted Christmas parade, as there isn’t any entry fee. He says a few new rules have been implemented for parade participants.
Johnson wants to invite the entire community to come out Saturday evening to view the parade. He says since COVID prevented having the parade last year, he is expecting a good crowd for this year.
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