Fire and Rescue Department Issues December Report
(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department responded to a total of 155 calls during the month of December, that according to the latest monthly issued report. Firefighters answered 21 calls involving the entire staff which were mostly fire calls. As far as EMT related calls and transfers, the local fire and rescue department were called 119 times, of which 87 were 9-1-1 calls and 37 transfers. Nine of those transfers were to Sioux Falls, and three were to Omaha area hospitals. There were 11 investigations conducted during the month of December, and four requests for services. Chief Dave Schipper reports during December, there were 22 building inspections, including all ten buildings of the schools, and all four motels were inspected. The fire and rescue department were on weather spotting duty the evening of December 15th for possible tornadoes. The auction items for a fund raiser have been completed.
Gehlen Hires New High School Principal
(Carroll) — Gehlen Catholic High School will soon be getting a new principal. Pete Haefs, who’s served as Kuemper Catholic High School principal since the 2016-17 year, is leaving that position in order to become principal at Gehlen Catholic High School in Le Mars beginning Jan. 17.
Kuemper Catholic School System announced Haefs’ resignation in a news release on Thursday.
“Haefs is a graduate of Hinton High School and is excited to return to northwest Iowa to be closer to family,” the news release said.
His wife, Mendy, who’s listed on the Kuemper website as middle school language arts/technology and K-12 English language learners teacher, will complete the school year here before joining her husband in Le Mars, according to the release.
Supervisors Send Letter To Iowa Utilities Board Asking To Turn Down Eminent Domain Request By CO2 Pipelines
(Le Mars) — The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors met on Monday for the re-organization meeting. Don Kass of rural Remsen was elected as the chairman of the County Supervisors. This mark’s Kass’ fifth year to serve as chairman of the county governing board. Craig Anderson was elected to serve as vice chairman. Like Kass, Anderson is beginning his fifth year as the vice chairman. The county board approved several positions to serve on various county committees and boards. One of the issues that was acted upon was a letter the supervisors drafted for the Iowa Utilities Board. Plymouth County board of supervisors are following the lead of both Dickinson County and Kossuth County in requesting the Iowa Board of Utilities not to allow for eminent domain to occur for the placement of two proposed carbon -dioxide pipelines that are planned to cross Plymouth County. Chairman Don Kass explains the supervisors position.
Kass says the letter addresses both proposed pipelines. Kass further explains why the supervisors are opposed to the use of eminent domain for the pipelines.
Supervisor Kass believes other counties may follow suit in the lead of Plymouth, Dickinson, and Kossuth Counties by requesting the Iowa Utilities Board not to grant permission for eminent domain for the proposed pipelines.
Kass says he thinks the Iowa Utilities Board may act on the pipelines request by the end of January.
Supervisors Sign Proclamation Declaring January As Human Trafficking Prevention Month
(Le Mars) — In other action taken by the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors, the board approved a proclamation request declaring January as “Human Trafficking Prevention Month.” Supervisor chairman, Don Kass says human trafficking is occurring all over the nation, including here in northwest Iowa.
Kass serves on the Northwest Iowa Youth Emergency Services Center, and tells human trafficking has been a concern with younger children, especially girls.
Kass says awareness efforts are being spread to motels, rest stops, truck stops, and other places where human trafficking victims may be seen.
Dr. Destiny Miller-Mancuso To Serve As Floyd Valley Medical Staff President
(Le Mars) — Destiny Miller-Mancuso, M.D. was elected president of the 2022 Floyd Valley Healthcare Medical Staff at their December 7, 2021 meeting.
Dr. Miller is a family practice physician and has been a member of the Floyd Valley Medical Staff since April 2020. Dr. Miller replaces Dr. Donald Odens who served as Medical Staff President from 2019-2021. Other officers elected include Dr. Nicholas Mouw as Vice-President and Dr. Andrew Geha as Secretary.
Dr. Donald Odens (left) is presented with a plaque for his appreciation as Floyd Valley Healthcare Medical Staff president. Dr. Destiny Miller-Mancuso, (right) will serve as the new medical staff president.
Dakota Farm Show Returns To Vermillion Dakota Dome
(Vermillion, SD) — The Dakota Farm Show returns to the Dakota Dome in Vermillion for three days of exhibits and seminars. Penny Swank serves as the show manager and says the show begins on Tuesday, January 4th and continues through Thursday, January 6th. Swank says the annual farm show is often referred to as the “farmer’s shopping center.”
Swank says South Dakota State University Extension are offering several seminars during the farm show.
The Dakota Farm Show manager says the farm show remains a free admission event, plus attendees can visit the interactive map featured on the Dakota Farm Show website to locate a specific vendor.
Swank says exhibitors are optimistic for the farm economy in the year ahead, especially since corn and soybean prices are at profitable levels.
The same company that hosts the Dakota Farm Show will also be featuring another large indoor farm show at Sioux Falls at the Denny Sanford Center. The dates for that farm show are January 26th, 27th, and 28th.
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