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Wednesday News, March 9th


DeBoer Honored As Chamber’s “Boss Of The Quarter”

(Le Mars) — A retiring credit union official was recognized Tuesday as the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Boss of the Quarter.  Steve DeBoer was honored during his retirement party held at Willow Creek.  The employees of the Northwest Iowa Credit Union submitted the nomination for Steve DeBoer.  That nomination reads: “North West Iowa Credit Union would like to honor Steve DeBoer as the LeMars Area Chamber of Commerce 2022 1st Quarter Boss of the Quarter.

Steve DeBoer (left) accepts the “Boss of the Quarter” award from Chamber ambassador Kevin Eekhoff (right).

Steve came to us at a time when the Credit Union needed Leadership. His strength and knowledge set direction for us to be able to carry out our vision to insure the future of the Credit Union.

Steve manages the workplace with trust and respect that motivates us to get the work done, but he also knows how to let loose and enjoy the day or moment of time.

Each of us have benefited from Steve’s strong leadership. He has opened doors for all of us with his encouragement and support. Steve strives for perfection, not to benefit himself but to motivate us to be our best and reach our full potential. Our team has achieved many goals working under Steve as CEO during the past 7-years.

Steve has become an inspiration to many as he fought through his battle with COVID. He has had to face many challenges, but with his strong faith and determination he is here with us today.

While happy for Steve as he embarks on this new chapter in his life it is also with sadness that we say good-bye. We wish you the very best and enjoy your family.

For these reasons we choose to honor Steve DeBoer with the LeMars Area Chamber of Commerce 2022 1st Quarter Boss of the Quarter award.

During the award presentation, a donation in Steve’s honor was also presented to the Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization.

Our congratulations go to Steve DeBoer for being named as the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce “Boss Of The Quarter.”




Kemp’s Donate Milk Products To Food Banks Of Siouxland

(Sioux City) — Kemp’s Dairy has donated a truckload of milk to the Food Bank of Siouxland.  Kemp’s spokesperson Matthew Rohrich says his company has partnered with Fareway Food Stores to donate 35,900 containers of shelf stable “Giving Cow” chocolate milk to the food bank.

Jacob Wanderscheid, the director of the Food Bank of Siouxland, says the 12-month shelf life of the single serve 8-ounce packs of ultra-high temperature pasteurized milk solves major storage issues with dairy products.

The Food Bank will distribute the milk across 11 counties in northwest Iowa and eastern Nebraska.  It’s part of 800,000 “Giving Cow” milks to be distributed across Iowa, as well as Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin.  The “Giving Cow” milks are specifically designed for food shelves and children backpack programs to fight hunger and will not be sold in stores.




Bill to Provide State Funding for Private School Students Advancing

(Des Moines, IA) — An Iowa House subcommittee has endorsed the governor’s plan to provide state-funded accounts for parents of up to 10-thousand children to send their child to a private school. The panel held a subcommittee hearing as supporters of the bill held a rally in the Capitol rotunda. Samantha Fett of Carlisle told lawmakers greater competition from private schools will make public schools better. Dave Daughton of Rural School Advocates of Iowa, the retired superintendent of Wayne Community Schools, says you can’t be competitive if the rules aren’t the same for both teams. The bill includes several other regulations for public schools.




Iowa House Democrats Want Attorney Fired

(Des Moines, IA) — Democrats in the Iowa House want the contract cut for an attorney hired to represent a House committee as it investigates a district court judge. The attorney was hired by committee chairman, Republican Representative Steven Holt to investigate Judge Kurt Stoebe (STOH-bee) of Humboldt. The judge has been accused of improperly trying to influence a commission choosing nominees to be a district court judge. Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee say they were not consulted on the hiring. Holt says as the committee’s chairman he and the speaker of the House had the authority to hire the attorney.




Identity of Slain Teen Released

(Des Moines, IA) — Des Moines police have identified the teen shot to death outside Des Moines East High School Monday as 15-year-old Jose David Lopez, of Des Moines. Police say the shots came from multiple shooters in multiple cars and Lopez was targeted — but the two teen East High female students who were also shot were NOT targeted. Six people ranging in age from 14 to 17 are charged with one count of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder in the attack. A Des Moines Police spokesperson says the murder charges were directly filed with adult court.




Man Convicted of Attempted Carjacking and Trying to Kill Witness

(Cedar Rapids, IA) — A Cedar Rapids man has pleaded guilty in federal court to attempted carjacking, using a firearm while committing a violent crime, and attempted witness tampering after the fact. In a plea deal, 39-year-old Christopher Daniel Taylor of Cedar Rapids admitted to trying to steal a car from a driver on December 3rd, 2020. He also attempted to have a witness killed to prevent that person from talking to authorities or testifying in court. A sentencing hearing has yet to be scheduled. Taylor faces a mandatory minimum seven years in prison and could get up to life imprisonment and a 750-thousand-dollar fine.




Des Moines Man Charged With Murder For Stabbing At Johnston Sonic Drive-In

(Johnson, IA)  —  A 55-year-old Des Moines man has been charged with first-degree murder for a fatal stabbing at a Johnston Sonic drive-in.  K-C-C-I, T-V reports Johnson police were called to the restaurant Monday at about 5:15 p-m.  They found a man suffering from a serious stab wound.  He died at a hospital Monday night.  Spencer Antowyn Pierce is accused of killing the victim whose name hasn’t been released.  Pierce reportedly has a criminal history that includes a 2013 homicide conviction, but the verdict was thrown out by the Iowa Court of Appeals.




Iowa House Approves Bill Requiring Radon Testing In Iowa Schools

(Des Moines, IA)  —  The Iowa House has approved a bill requiring radon testing in schools.  Radon is an odorless gas that seeps into homes and buildings through foundation cracks.  Every county in Iowa is considered to have high levels of radon in the soil.  State Representative Ray Sorenson of Greenfield says an estimated 400 Iowans will die this year due to radon-induced lung cancer.  The bill has to pass the Iowa Senate before it will make it to the governor’s desk.  It is named in honor of retired teacher Gail Orcott who died from radon-induced lung cancer in 2020.




Creek Waters Turn Red After Detergent Spill In Grimes

(Grimes, IA)  —  The Iowa Department of Natural Resources was called in Monday after a detergent spill turned the waters of Walnut Creek red.  The D-N-R says it isn’t known how much of the chemical from a Grimes car wash ended up in the creek.   State scientists say they don’t expect a fish kill or a large environmental impact.  A cleanup is underway.




Dubuque Schools To Install 200+ Solar Panels On Elementary School’s Roof

(Dubuque, IA)  —  Leaders in the Dubuque Community School District say the installation of more than 200 solar panels on the roof of an elementary school will eventually pay for itself.  K-C-R-G Television reports the initial cost is pegged at about 350-thousand dollars and the district is expected to save about 30-thousand a year.  Installation of solar panels and L-E-D lights on another district building two years ago has led to a savings of about 900-dollars a month.  Officials say they will see how the solar program works at Sageville Elementary before installing the panels on other schools.