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KLEM News for Saturday, November 19


An estimated 250-thousand lights, lighted sculptures, and inflatables…..just some of what you’ll see as Christmas Acres opens this evening (Saturday, November 19)  for the 26th year.   Located just west of Le Mars, Christmas Acres is the largest outdoor Christmas display in the area. Rob Scheitler says this all began when he was just a young boy….

Scheitler tells KLEM News that the display has grown considerably over the years….

This Christmas attraction has been benefited the Christian Needs Center through the many donations received…

And if you’re hungry, there are delicious things for your sweet tooth, too…

Christmas Acres will be open from 5 till 10 p.m. nightly through December 31st.  Check the Christmas Acres Facebook and Instagram page on evenings with weather concerns.   Christmas Acres is located seven miles west of Le Mars on Highway 3, and then turn south on Impala Avenue.




Wet-Nose Rescue is planning a December Open House.  President Angel Anderson says the event will take place Saturday, December 3rd from noon until 3 p.m. and that refreshments will be served.  She says a limited amount of rescues are being accepted at this time as the newly opened facility looks for volunteers they can train for daytime shifts.

Board member Lola Fitch told KLEM news about the history of Wet-Nose….

She says the organization is looking for both funding and volunteers…….(Fitch 2)

Wet-Nose Rescue is one of the non-profit groups that will benefit from the Le Mars Chamber “Shop for a Cause” promotion that is underway.  The building is located at 1331 Hawkeye Avenue Southwest, near the Le Mars Municipal Airport.



State Representative Tom Jeneary of Le Mars has been named chair of the House Natural Resources Committee for the upcoming Legislative session. Representative Jeneary says this is a committee with which he is quite familiar.


The Natural Resources Committee seeks a balance between property rights and public access to the outdoors.


Some of the committee’s work meshes with that of the Agriculture Committee.


Jeneary will be assigned to other committees, but they have not yet been announced.


House Republicans will soon meet to consider their agenda for the next legislative session.


Rep Jeneary has his own policy priorities for next year.


He says eminent domain should be used only for a public project, and the carbon capture pipelines do not meet that definition.





The first weekend in December marks the third annual “Rural Route Ramble.” This is a self-guided shop hop event that features more than 75 vendors across thirteen towns in the region.  This year’s list of businesses includes boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops, home decor and more.


Shoppers can visit any of the participating vendors on Friday, December 2nd from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 3rd from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m and find special deals, treats and activities.  Businesses on this year’s route are located in Anthon, Cherokee, Correctionville, Danbury, Holstein, Kingsley, Le Mars, Mapleton, Moville, Onawa, Orange City, Sloan and Washta.


Last year’s event brought  thousands of shoppers to small businesses in the area. More information can be found online at www.meetmeonmainstreet.co or by searching “Rural Route Ramble” on Facebook and Instagram.




Have you heard of smishing?  A new type of scam is on the rise.  The Iowa Credit Union League is warning residents that scammers are sending texts that look like they’re from a financial institution, trying to steal account numbers and other financial information. The league says financial institutions will never ask for your social security number, full account numbers, or other personal information over the phone or by text or email.