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KLEM News for Thursday, November 23


The 19th annual Rejoice Church Thanksgiving dinner takes place today in Le Mars.  Volunteers from the church and the Le Mars community will serve hundreds of people a complete Thanksgiving dinner at the church, located at 1320 Third Ave. SE, from 11 am to 1 pm today.  The meal is free, and donations are welcome.



Total Motors, based in Le Mars, Sheldon and Holstein, raised 26-thousand dollars last month to fight breast cancer.

This is the seventh consecutive year the auto dealerships have made donations to breast cancer survivors.  Total contributions in that time has now reached 90-thousand dollars.

Each October, the Total Motors auto family committed $100 of each vehicle sold to a local individual who has fought or is currently fighting breast cancer, or to a local medical
center that helps provide treatments, screenings, and support.

Recipients are nominated by a loved one and this year, each nominee received $2,500.

This year, owners Scott and Michelle Taylor decided to double their efforts if they met a goal of 130 vehicles sold.

Since that was achieved, each vehicle sold meant a $200 contribution.



The Le Mars city council accepted the canvass of votes in the November 7 municipal election.  The canvass was certified by the county Board of Supervisors last week.  In the Le Mars municipal election, Mayor Rob Bixenman was re-elected, as was councilman Steve Wick in Ward 2.  Brad Pick was elected to an at-large seat on the council.  For Hospital Board, Danna Schuster, Douglas Carlsen, and Patrick Rosacker were elected.



The 21st annual memorial march to honor lost children wound through Sioux City Wednesday. The march remembers Native American children all the way back to the 1880s, who have been removed from their homes and placed into foster care. Manape Lamere (Muh-nah-pay Luh-mair) led the march that he says is focused on healing and wellness among the Native American community.


He says progress is being made.


The theme for this year’s walk was “Healing our spirits, creating culturally competent systems of care.”



Sheldon Police are calling for help from the public to solve an alleged arson incident that occurred on November 15.  The fire was reported around 4-15 pm at a vacant home on South 5th Avenue in Sheldon.  There was no active electric connection to the home at the time of the fire.  The O’Brien County Crime Dusters program is offering a reward to information leading to arrest and conviction of a suspect or suspects in the case.



Two people were injured near Maurice, in Sioux County, yesterday, when a pickup truck struck the rear of a tractor-wagon combination.  The Sioux County Sheriffs Office says a pickup driven by Cody Berkenpas, 27, of Struble, was driving north on Grant Avenue, northwest of Maurice, when he struck the rear of a loaded manure wagon, pulled by a tractor driven by 77 year old Wayne Brink of Maurice.  The impact pushed the tractor-wagon into the west ditch and the pickup into the east ditch. Berkenpas, who was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, was transported to Sioux Center Health, and later flown to Avera Hospital in Sioux Falls for further medical treatment.  Brink reported minor injury and taken by private vehicle to Orange City Area Health for treatment.