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KLEM News for Friday, November 18



Northwest Iowa Credit Union members will vote Saturday on merging with CENT, a credit union based in Mason City. Matt Chizek is President and CEO of CENT, and he’s also helping NW Iowa Credit Union after their President retired.  Chizek says the vote is taking place all day Saturday.

He says it’s important that the vote be as transparent as possible, and that all who are eligible to vote, can do so.

Chizek says this proposed merger, if approved, will be a good fit for both credit unions.  Both share the same values of community and hard work. If voters approve the merger, they will be combined under the name CENT Credit Union.





The Plymouth County Cyclists will be holding their First Annual Cranksgiving this weekend on Saturday (November 19) at 10:00 a.m. Kati Bak is helping to organize the event…


Riders will visit local businesses, collecting items on a list.

You don’t have to be a member of the cycling club to participate.

Riders will meet at Bike Central, 200 Central Avenue NW, for some food and fellowship.  The ride will start once the gathering is complete.

After the ride, cyclists will return to Bike Central.  There will be door prizes to give away, and munchies and drink.


This is an event centered around collecting donations for the Christian Needs Center.  Riders will meet at Bike Central on Central Avenue in Le Mars for some food and fellowship,  and then  ride out into the community, visiting local businesses, collecting items on a list, including non-perishable food items and toiletry/household goods.



Le Mars Business Initiative Corporation and Child Care Resource & Referral will hold a free workshop Saturday for anyone interested in starting a child care business in their home.  The event will be Saturday from 1 to 2:30 at the Le Mars Public Library. Debra Tonner is a member of a Le Mars task force on Child Care.


This workshop is part of a 5-year strategic plan to expand child care opportunities in Le Mars.


The workshop will aquaint potential providers with what it takes to host a child care business in their home.


One of the best-known types of child care available in the community is home daycare..

Child Care providers must meet licensing requirements.

There is some compensation when meeting certain guidelines.

She says finding good child care is a key part of attracting residents to Le Mars.

Child Care Resource and Referral will explain the state licensing process, including applications, training, home inspections, and more.  There will also be information concerning grants and funding for new child care business owners available at the workshop. Tonner says this is the first of several events intended to interest people in providing quality child care in Le Mars.