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KLEM News for Monday, October 9

An accident Saturday morning in Plymouth County has taken the life of an eleven-year-old.  The Plymouth County Sherriff’s Communication Center received the report of a crash in the 22000 block of C38 involving a semi-tractor trailer and a dirt bike.  According to the report, the International truck, pulling a grain trailer, was traveling east on C38.  The dirt bike was traveling south on private property when it entered C38 and the collision occurred. As a result of the crash, the eleven-year-old sustained fatal injuries. No names are being released at this time.  The 45 year-old driver of the semi-tractor trailer was uninjured.  The crash investigation is ongoing at this time by the Iowa State Patrol with the assistance of the Plymouth County Sherriff’s Office.  Other emergency responders were the Akron Fire and Ambulance Department and MercyOne Air Med.



The  Le Mars Main Street program, which has partnered with the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce since 1995, will be discontinued effective October 31st.  Chamber board member Rich Ziettlow explains that the decision is the result of an 18 month transition in concert with the development of the city’s new comprehensive long-range plan and an expanded focus.

The transfer of economic development functions to the City’s new Community Development Director’s office allows the Chamber to work on a broader focus 

 Ziettlow told KLEM some of the Main Street grants previously taken advantage of can be replaced by other state grants.

The Le Mars Chamber news release offers appreciation for the past support from the Main Street Iowa team and it recognizes the excellent work done by the Main Street managers and volunteers through the years.


Presidential candidate Florida Governor Ron DeSantis will hold a meet and greet this morning in Le Mars.  The “Never Back Down” bus tour will make a stop at the Wells Visitor Center and Ice Cream Parlor.  Doors open 9:30 with the event starting at 10 a.m.  After this past weekend, Governor DeSantis has visited 74 out of Iowa’s 99 counties.


The Le Mars Community Schools Board of Education meets this evening (Monday, October 9.). Items on the agenda include an update from Superintendent Dr. Steven Webner on school bus stop violations, discussion on superintendent evaluation goals, and the first reading on the new state required policy concerning students who make threats of violence or cause incidents of violence. Tonight’s meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Education Service Center.




The Le Mars Kiwanis Club held their installation banquet last week.   Dick Kirchoff presented the “Kiwanian of the Year” award to Dan Rexwinkel.   Rexwinkel was the Club’s President for the past year.  Barb Hames, Region 3 Trustee for the Nebraska-Iowa District, installed new board members and officers for the Club including Jolynn Goodchild, Scott Pageler, and Larry Conger. Ken Freyermuth was installed as Secretary/Treasurer and Dick Kirchoff was installed as the new President.  The event was held at Four Brothers in Le Mars.