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KLEM News for Friday, November 3


Today we highlight a candidate for one of two at-large seats on the Le Mars Community School Board.  Scott Eilts of Le Mars has close ties to the city and the school system.


Having been employed in the school district gives Eilts a good understanding of how the district operates.


He says he’s running because of his familiarity with the school district.


Eilts says he’s suited to a place on the school board because he manages people, and has earned their respect.


The role of a school board member – to focus on teaching kids to be assets to their community

Wants to use his experience to help address future facilities needs.


The city’s growth plans will have a great impact on the school district.


Scott Eilts wants to focus on teaching kids to be assets to their community

He also wants to support staff and teachers


Eilts explains why voters should consider casting their vote for him.


There are two at-large seats up for vote in the Le Mars Community School DIstrict…Eilts, incumbent Kyle Plathe, Zach Lancaster, and Shawn Olson There’s also a race in ditsrtict 3, Where Joe Sitzmann and Zach Davis seek election.



The Plymouth County Zoning office reported over 2.6 million dollars in rural construction in the month of October.  Farm permits were issued for 2.5 million dollars of construction on 7 projects.  Most of that value covered four of the seven projects, including two solar array projects in Marion township, a house in Plymouth Township, and a house-shop in Marion Township.  A house addition, a cattle barn, and a machine shed were also permitted.  There were four non-farm projects permitted in Plymouth County last month, including a horse arena in Johnson Township.



The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is reminding rural residents to secure outbuildings and vehicles when not using them. There have been multiple reports of vehicle or outbuilding burglaries and thefts over the past few weeks.  The burglaries have occurred in the south, southwest, and rural Rock Valley areas of Sioux County.  Neighboring counties have had several similar burglaries where the suspects entered hog confinements.  The Sheriffs Office urges residents to check their security cameras for suspicious activity, and report such activity when you see it.



A Hospers teenager was arrested Wednesday for vehicle theft.  The Sioux County Sheriff’s office charged Ayden Joslin, age 18. The sheriffs office received a report of a stolen vehicle from a Hospers residence.  Later, Sioux Center Police located the vehicle there, and attempted to stop the driver.  A chase ensued.  The vehicle struck a curb and became disabled.  The driver, Joslin, was taken into custody without incident.  He was charged by Sioux Center Police with several traffic violations, including eluding.  The Sheriffs Office charged Joslin with stealing the vehicle.



A one vehicle rollover accident in Lyon County Wednesday injured three people.

The Iowa State Patrol says a vehicle was traveling westbound on 160th street, two miles west of Rock Rapids, when the driver lost control of the vehicle when the road surface transitioned from pavement to gravel.  The car went into the south ditch, rolled multiple times resting on its roof, and caught fire.

The occupants, all minor females, were injured.  One girl was taken to a Sioux Falls hospital by ambulance, and another to a Rock Rapids medical facility.

The third girl sustained minor injuries but was not hospitalized.



After suffering through months of drought in Iowa, there’s finally an encouraging sign, according to the state climatologist. Justin Glisan says the figures he’s compiled for October now show precipitation statewide was above normal for the month, the first time that’s happened in a long while.


Less than two-percent of the state is considered in normal conditions, while the U-S Drought Monitor shows more than 98-percent is in some form of drought, ranging from abnormally dry to extreme drought. Some parts of the state got a real drenching during October, but Glisan says other areas were missed almost completely.

While October was slightly wetter than normal, Glisan says the month wrapped up being a bit warmer than usual, too.


Thanks to the El Nino pattern, forecasters say Iowa could be in for above-normal temperatures in the winter ahead.