Fire and Rescue Department Respond To Natural Gas Leak
(Le Mars) — Le Mars fire and rescue were called to the 200 block of 4th Street southwest last evening at about 9:00 p.m. for a report of a natural gas leak. When they arrived at the scene, the strong smell of natural gas was present. They were told a car had struck the gas meter next to the home, breaking off the gas line, but the car had fled the scene, and was no longer within the immediate area. Neighbors say they heard a bang, but when they looked outside, they didn’t notice anything. It was only after the natural gas smell became more present that neighbors realized what had happened, and called for the fire and rescue department. Fire and rescue personnel were able to shut off the gas. MidAmerican Energy officials were notified and arrived at the scene to make the necessary repairs.
Pioneer Village Winter Wonderland Begins This Saturday Evening
(Le Mars) — A traditional holiday favorite event makes a return this year. The Pioneer Village Winter Wonderland is in its 29th year. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 virus, the event was cancelled last year. However, folks can come back to the Plymouth County Fairgrounds during the next two weekends, December 4th & 5th, and again December 11th and 12th to view all the activities, lights, and entertainment connected to the Pioneer Village Winter Wonderland. Bonita Davison is organizing the annual festival. She says this year the event will be similar to past years and following tradition. Inside Century Hall will be more than 70 decorated Christmas trees by various local organizations and businesses.
Davison says visitors will want to stop at the famous round barn and see the many Christmas decorations that fill the barn on both levels.
Davison says attendees to the Winter Wonderland event will be able to enjoy plenty of refreshments provided by different organizations.
This year’s Winter Wonderland will also feature entertainment all four days inside the Century Hall
Bill and Janice Renken tells us more about the featured entertainment for this weekend. Bill highlights the entertainment scheduled for this Saturday evening.
Janice Renken tells us of the entertainment lined up for Sunday evening.
Davison says there will be horse-drawn wagon rides, along with photo opportunities, and as she mentioned the resident of the North Pole will be available all four days to visit with children.
Davison says children can go to the toy club and select a stuffed animal that they may keep. The Pioneer Village Winter Wonderland will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will remain open until 8:30 p.m. Davison says the event is free of charge, however free will donations are always welcomed.
Kiwanis And Aktion Clubs Prepare Popcorn Balls For Pioneer Village Winter Wonderland
(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Kiwanis Club along with the Aktion Club spent last Tuesday evening inside the American Legion Hall making more than 1,500 popcorn balls to be distributed to the attendees visiting the upcoming Pioneer Village Winter Wonderland festivities, scheduled for Saturday, December 4th and Sunday December 5th, and the following weekend, December 11th and 12th. Officials indicate It took two hours to create the popcorn balls.
St. John’s Lutheran Church To Hold “Blue Christmas” Worship Service
(Le Mars) — Christmas is a time for renewed hope, but unfortunately, it is not always filled with joy for everyone. For many, the holidays for one reason or another can be a depressing time. To counter those feelings, St. John’s Lutheran Church of Le Mars will again be hosting their annual “Blue Christmas” Worship Services. The special service is scheduled for this coming Sunday, December 5th beginning at 3:00 p.m. Mike Rathke serves as the church’s musical director and explains the purpose of the “Blue Christmas” worship services.
Rathke says the Blue Christmas service has been around for a few years.
Rathke talks more about the special service aimed at those people feeling depressed.
The St. John’s Lutheran Church musical director explains how the “Blue Christmas” worship service is different from other holiday-themed worship services.
Rathke says everyone is welcome to attend the “Blue Christmas” service beginning at 3:00 p.m. at the St. John’s Lutheran Church.
New Extension Director Hired
Le Mars, IA – Plymouth County Extension and Outreach now has a new Extension Director. Darby Young began with ISU Extension and Outreach – Plymouth County on Monday, November 29 as the County Director. He will oversee programming needs of the county, specifically coordinating ag programs and community development programs from Iowa State University. Young comes to Extension with a background in higher education with experience as an educational coordinator and educational advisor working at institutions including Morningside College and WITCC. He holds three degrees from Iowa State University including a Masters and PhD in education.
Le Mars Christmas Lighted Parade Scheduled For Tonight
(Le Mars) — Tonight will be the Le Mars Christmas Lighted Parade which will begin from the 8th Street Blvd and head north on Central Avenue. Entries are asked to be in line by 5:00 p.m. with the parade scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m. Joel Johnson is assisting with the organization of the annual parade. He says the parade will feature some new entries, as well as many of the long-time traditional favorites. Johnson says there are some new rules that he hopes all parade entrants will follow.
The Sons of the American Legion asked that we announce that because of the parade scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m. their monthly pork loin dinner will begin at 5:00 p.m. Mark Hentges tells us more.
Hentges says the meal will consist of a cut of pork loin, baked potato, cole slaw, and a dinner roll. Hentges says the funds from the dinner are then distributed back to the community as the Sons of the Legion will identify various charity organizations and will make contributions.
Changes To Be Made With Plymouth County Historical Museum Holiday Open House
Inez Hoogeveen’s piano students will begin their recital at 2 p.m. in the Study Hall. The piano recital has been a tradition for many years at the open house.
Following the student piano recital, all are invited for holiday refreshments.
The Floyd Valley Model Railroad Room also will be open for viewing in the basement of the Museum, with John Schneider serving as the conductor.
Included in this year’s Christmas exhibit are approximately 80 nativities donated in 2016 by Rev. Paul Eisele of Le Mars. Each year, the local priest also presents a piano concert and sing-a-long for Epiphany. This year’s date is tentatively set for Thursday, Jan. 6, the day of Epiphany.
Also featured are many nativities donated to the Museum by the late Glada Koerselman, a long-time Museum volunteer who saved the Museum building, “Old Central” school, from the wrecking ball in 1995.
This year over 100 lighted villages donated by Jim and Kay Peters and family are on display in Room 413 adjacent to the Study Hall.
Through the years, memorials to many people have become an important part of the nativity display.
Admission to the Museum’s nativities is free and open during Museum hours: 1 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, or by special appointment. Anyone wishing to arrange a special tour may call (712)-539-0223.
The nativity display began in 2010 when Ron and Delores Burkard brought in their collection of nativities for the newly renovated Study Hall. Ron Burkard died the following year, but Delores helped the Museum keep the tradition alive until her death in 2019.
Serving as co-chairmen of the nativity display are Jim and Mary Rohlfs, assisted by Julie Leaverton and others.
The Museum consists of five floors, all handicapped accessible. No admission is charged at the Museum, but a free will donation is always welcome for the continuing operation of the Museum.
Located at 335 First Ave. SW in Le Mars, the Museum serves all parts of the county with its exhibits and programs.
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