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KLEM News for Monday, November 27


The Le Mars Community School District’s certified enrollment dipped after three years of steady numbers.  In a report to the school board last week, the district’s enrollment is 2199, down 35 students from last year.  There were 970 students in TK to fifth grade, 477 in grades 6, 7, and 8, and 751 in the high school grades.  Le Mars Community Schools enrollment peaked at 2254 in 2018.  From 2020 to 2022, enrollment held steady, with 2235 students over the past two years.  The largest class enrollments in the district are in grades 9, 10 and 11.  A 90 to 100 students loss is anticipated in the next four to five years, if other enrollments remain steady.

Another report to the board gages the district’s financial health, when considering enrollment. The report says Supplemental State Aid to the Le Mars district has increased over the past four years, but remains low. School officials have been building higher fund balances into their budget in order to meet their financial obligations under current levels of supplemental state aid, and to respond to unexpected emergencies in the future.



Snow and colder temperatures didn’t hamper the success of Christmas in Hometown Le Mars on Saturday as thousands of people enjoyed the day packed with activities.    Committee member Margaret Catton described the event as a community effort….



Mike Wells told KLEM that planning for next year’s Christmas in Hometown Le Mars will begin almost immediately…


The lighting of the 26 foot Christmas tree and live nativity capped off the day’s activities.    This year, the person who lit the tree was chosen by a contest.  A 5-year-old from Lincoln Nebraska joined Mike & Cheryl Wells and the performers on the stage to press the button that illuminated the tree with light….



Plymouth County Road K-49, a key southern route out of Le Mars, has been reopened to traffic. The Plymouth County Road Department says construction work on a 1.5 miles section of the road, from C38 north into Le Mars, is now completed. While construction is finished, there remains some seeding and erosion control work to be done. A contractor has begun that work today, with the installation of a silt fence. This will be done off the traffic lanes. The K49 upgrade is a joint project between Plymouth County and the city of Le Mars.



Creighton University Economist Ernie Goss says stores shouldn’t have the trouble with stocking merchandise this year they’ve had with the supply chain in past years.


The supply of retail employees could be a problem.


Goss says the global economy is slowing down with China in a recession, and that could impact some holiday buying.


Goss says you can help your area merchants by shopping at their stores.


Goss says holiday sales are likely to be up this year — but he says most of that is in inflation — and retailers are not going to make much once inflation is taken out.


Police arrested an Orange City teen after a disturbance Wednesday night. Police received a report of vehicles causing a disturbance in a church parking lot off 5th St SE. Officers approached the vehicles and activated their emergency lights. One of the vehicles, driven by the suspect, 19-year-old Marsellus Clay Dean, eluded the officers and fled north on Juneau Ave. Officers pursued the suspect to the corner of 2nd St SE and St Paul, where he was stopped and arrested. Dean is charged with several offenses, including felony eluding at 25 miles per hour over the speed limit, operating without the owners’ consent, and several traffic violations. He was transported to and booked into the Sioux County Jail.


Search efforts continue for a missing Sac County truck driver nearly a was reported missing last week.  Law enforcement says family and friends last heard from 53-year-old David Schultz of Wall Lake early last Tuesday, November 21st. Schultz was driving from Eagle Grove to Sac City with a load of hogs.  He did not complete the delivery or pick up the next load. The semi Schultz was driving was found parked on Old Highway 71 near Sac City last Tuesday. There was no sign of Schultz and no indication of where he might be. Law enforcement as well as dozens of volunteers spent much of the holiday weekend searching for Schultz. Law enforcement agencies are asking residents in the Sac City area to search their outbuildings for any sign of the missing man. Lake View Police are asking the public to contact them with any tips about the missing man. Schultz’s wife told K-C-A-U T-V her husband’s cell phone and wallet were found in his semi.



There was an accident Sunday in Sioux County, between an SUV and a semi truck on Iowa Highway 60.  The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says the accident occurred around 11 am a mile south of Sheldon.   A northbound semi, driven by Ryan Butler, 33, of Glenwood, IA, went out of control while crossing bridge.  The semi-trailer entered the median, crossed into the southbound lanes, where the trailer struck a southbound SUV driven by 21 year old Hunter Jensen, of Ashton, IA, was driving a 2002 Ford Explorer southbound on Highway 60. The semi came to a stop in the northbound ditch.  No injuries were reported. Butler was cited for failure to maintain control of a motor vehicle.



Iowa Congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks says research is showing psychedelic drugs have the potential to be a mental health treatment option for veterans. Miller-Meeks, a Republican who represents Iowa’s first congressional district, is chair of the U-S House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health. She led a recent congressional hearing about psychedelics — drugs like magic mushrooms and ecstasy that cause hallucinations. Miller-Meeks says she and others in congress are NOT advocating for the legalization or casual use of psychedelics, but they are exploring if they psychedelics can be safely and effectively used to treat mental health conditions like P-T-S-D in veterans. Clinical trials are underway at some Veterans Administration facilities.