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KLEM News for Saturday, September 30


The American Red Cross continues to need more blood donations. Red Cross Divisional Chief Medical Officer, Baia Lasky, says there’s been a  nearly 25 percent drop in its national blood supply since August.  Doctor Lasky says the start of school and other fall activities have kept people busy and away from donating.

Lasky says natural disasters also impact donations.  She encourages everyone to consider donating.

You can find out more about donating blood at RedCross.org.



“The Veterinarians of Plymouth County” will be the 2 p.m. program today (Saturday) at the Plymouth County Historical Museum.  It’s also the new exhibit at the museum, featuring past and present veterinarians.

Iris Hemmingson told KLEM about the new exhibit.

Iris Hemmingson’s late husband, Dr. Leslie Hemmingson, was a veterinarian for many years in the community. Iris, along with Dr. Greg Severson will share memories during the program.  Greg’s father, Dr. Ron Severson, was also a long-time veterinarian in Le Mars.

Greg Severson will be on hand at 1 p.m. Saturday for a book signing before the program for his book “Halls of Stolen Dreams.” Iris Hemmingson explains this follows Greg’s first book, published in 2021, set in Le Mars.

The veterinarian exhibit will be on display in the rotating room, east of the museum’s study hall, for approximately one month.



For the ninth consecutive year, Northwest Financial Corporation has been recognized as a top workplace in Iowa.  The Des Moines Register each year honors these businesses, based on the results of a survey administered by an independent agency.  Northwest Financial leaders say they strive allow employees to have a voice in their operations, and to create a culture that encourages innovation.  Northwest Financial is based in Arnolds park, and operates a network of banks and affiliates in Iowa and Nebraska.  They include locations in Le Mars, Sioux Center, and Sioux City.



Waterloo is partnering with the Iowa D-N-R to replace about half of the trees that were lost to the emerald ash borer in the past decade. The city will be making one type of apple tree and three species of evergreens available for residential areas. Jacob Geller (YELL-er), Waterloo’s natural resources technician, says cultivating diverse species should help reduce potential tree losses in the future. In 1970, Geller says dozens of elms were removed because of Dutch elm disease. Many ash trees were planted to replace the elms and the ash borer wiped the ash trees out, so now they’ll be planting as many different species as possible. The trees will be available starting October 10th for 25 dollars each.