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KLEM News for Thursday, August 24

Another day of heat extremes has brought a steady stream of people into Floyd Valley Healthcare. Nursing Supervisor/Trauma Coordinator Mary Jo Clark says they have been treating people over the past several days due to heat exhaustion.

Clark says of greater concern is the potential for heat stroke

Clark says heat stroke can lead to permanent disability.

Heat affects accumulate

Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke
Clark says if you come in to Floyd Valley Healthcare, you will be evaluated to see if you suffer from heat exhaustion or heat stroke.  Nursing staff will take steps to rehydrate you and help you feel better

Gehlen Catholic Schools are celebrating the start of another school year.
Amy Jungers Development Director, says they have also set their focus on their gospel value of the year – faith.

Scripture which connects this year’s gospel value is the story of Peter walking on water, taken from Matthew 14.

Faulty prepared to share that gospel value in the next year

Jungers says it’s important for the faculty to walk that gospel value of faith, to grow in faith themselves, and set and example for the students.



The 2020 census results mean a shift in boundaries for the Le Mars Community School Board’s Director Districts. The Board approved new director district boundaries this month. Superintendent Dr. Steven Webner says the new boundaries reflect growth and shifts in Le Mars’ population.

Dr Webner says the greatest shift was in southern Le Mars.

Lesser changes were noted in Director District 4

Dr. Webner says the Le Mars School District’s boundary does not change, but the director district boundaries do, based on the latest census.



South Carolina Senator and presidential candidate Tim Scott will visit Le Mars next week.  Scott will hold a town hall meeting at noon Wednesday, August 30, at the Uptown Event Center 15 1st Avenue in Le Mars.  Scott was involved in the first GOP Presidential debate for the 2024 campaign in Milwaukee last night.



It’s one more day of a statewide extreme heat warning for all of Iowa. High temperatures in the low hundreds are tough on people — and pets. At this stage, some people may be getting used to the steamy weather, but it can still be deadly, quickly, to enclosed animals. Joe Stafford, Director of Animal Services at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, says if you leave a pet in a parked car, cracking a window open does virtually no good, and neither does parking in the shade. Anytime it’s over 80-degrees, Stafford says to just leave your pets at home, where they’re comfortable. In his 20-plus years in the industry, Stafford says he hears about such cases every summer and he’s confounded as to why some pet owners don’t ever seem to get the message. He urges Iowans, if you see a pet (or a child) alone in a car, call 9-1-1, as your action could save a life.



Iowa’s Attorney General says the settlement of a dispute with the four largest tobacco companies will lead to more money for the state. Attorney General Brenna Bird says Iowa is one of nine states that were still involved in the long-running legal action over payments from the 1998 settlement agreement with the tobacco companies. Bird says the settlement will lead to extra payments of more than 171 million dollars over the next six years. Iowa law requires that 78 percent of the payments  be used to pay down the state’s debt to bondholders and the remaining goes to the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund.



Classes for the fall semester started this week at Iowa’s three public universities, and it’s hard to be an incoming first-year student and avoid hearing about the dreaded “Freshman 15.” Women’s health internist Dr. Denise Millstine (MILL-stine) says weight gain is often caused by a change in activity levels and a change in eating habits when teens transition from high school to college.

Millstine offers a few tips to stay in shape, starting with making sure you’re eating right and getting plenty of rest.

Millstine says college freshman typically gain around seven or eight pounds their first year, not the dreaded 15.



What may be the largest collection of Iowa insects ever assembled was at risk of being dumped in a dumpster, but it’s being rescued and preserved by the University of Iowa. Cindy Opitz, director of research collections at the U-I Pentacrest Museums, says the Iowa City institution has acquired an extensive natural history collection from the former Iowa Wesleyan University in Mount Pleasant, which closed earlier this year. There’s perhaps 60-thousand insects, Opitz says, a priceless collection that provides a valuable assortment of specimens that offer insights into Iowa’s rich ecological history. The bugs are housed in about 600 separate drawers and represent 22 orders and 462 families of insects, essentially, an entomologist’s dream. Collected over decades from all 99 Iowa counties, the earliest insects are from the 1920s. She says there’s a plan to create an insect exhibit that will offer Pentacrest museum visitors an immersive and educational experience.