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Monday News – July 18


Merrill Daze

The community of Merrill celebrates its 150th birthday this weekend.  Merrill Daze activities on Friday and Saturday (July 22 & 23) range from a car show to a parade, a vendor fair, a barbeque competition, and street dance.    Committee member Vicky Hemmelman outlines the weekend activities-

Happy Birthday Merrill!  We’ll have more on this celebration later this week.


Northwest Bank Downtown Location Re-Opens

Northwest Bank re-opens their downtown Le Mars location today (July 18) following an major interior remodeling. Bank President, Kevin Eekhoff says the project was finished ahead of schedule-


Although opening today, Eekhoff says there are plans for two events in August to showcase the project.


The People’s Choice

What a better way to celebrate an award, than to fill it with delicious Blue Bunny Ice Cream?

The “People’s Choice” tourism award will travel to its new home at The Wells Visitor Center & Ice Cream Parlor in Le Mars this week.

Amy Ziegler, State Tourism Manager, and Katie Kenne, Outreach and Engagement Coordinator with the Iowa Tourism Office, part of the Iowa Economic Development Authority, will present the award Tuesday morning (July 19) at 9 o’clock.

Announced during the Iowa Tourism Conference in April, the People’s Choice award was determined by conference attendee votes. In addition to the People’s Choice award, The Wells Visitor Center was awarded “Outstanding Dining Business” in the metro category during the conference.

To celebrate the occasion and National Ice Cream Month, The Wells Visitor Center staff and attendees will fill the trophy with Blue Bunny® Bunny Tracks ® ice cream.


Tax Relief

State Representative Tom Jeneary feels the state tax reform legislation signed into law was the biggest accomplishment of the last session of the Iowa legislature.  In an interview with KLEM News, the Le Mars Republican says the flat tax legislation will not only reduce state taxes for Iowans, but it also provides exemptions for retirement income and provides positive changes with certain farm deductions.

Jeneary has been a long-time supporter of the flat tax.

We’ll have more of our interview with State Representative Jeneary in newscast later this week.




Are You a Hot Shot?

The Sioux City Musketeers, in partnership with Floyd Valley Healthcare have announced that nominations for the 2022-23 Hot Shots are now open.  Parents or guardians may nominate their child if they currently are or have received care at Floyd Valley.  Nominees must be between the ages of 6 – 17 years old.  The application can be found on FloydValley.org and must be submitted by August 15th of this year.

Throughout the season, there will be six Hot Shots honored.  The Hots Shots will travel in a limo to their honor game as special guests of the Musketeers and will receive game tickets, a commemorative Musketeer jersey, Musketeer memorabilia, an opportunity to meet the team and coaches, be a part of the ceremonial puck drop as well as receive special mentions at their game.

This program was created with the goal of honoring FVH pediatric patients with chronic health issues.

Musketeers CEO,Travis Morgan says “The Hot Shots program has quickly become a Musketeers tradition!  We are so proud to partner with Floyd Valley Healthcare on such a wonderful and heartwarming program.”  He also thanked Ann Cole-Nelson and everyone involved at Floyd Valley Healthcare.

The Musketeers and FVH are excited to be able to give children a chance to have a fun time with their family, cheer on the team and enjoy just being a kid for a night again.  For more information, you can contact the Sioux City Musketeers  or  Ann Cole-Nelson at Floyd Valley Healthcare.