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KLEM News for Saturday, December 9


There were three separate car accidents at two uncontrolled intersections this week in Le Mars. The first occurred Tuesday the 5th at the intersection of 7th Street SW and 4th Ave SW around noon. The second occurred on Thursday, a few blocks to the northeast at the intersection of 6th Street SW and 1st Ave SW around 3:30. And on Friday, there was a three-vehicle collision at the same intersection as the first crash, 7th Street SW and 4th Ave SW, which is just a block north of Le Mars Community High School.

Le Mars Fire Rescue Chief Dave Schipper says they plan to meet with city officials to discuss adding yield signs to one of the intersections.


Concerned community members in the area say that they have seen many accidents occur at these intersections over the years and want to see something done to help the issue.



Maurice Reformed Church will be hosting their traveling live nativity this weekend on Saturday and Sunday, from 5:30 until 8:30 pm each evening.

Fifty plus members of the congregation’s high school youth program dress in character to portray the nativity story, complete with live animals. Those who attend will ride horse drawn wagons with a narrator throughout the city of Maurice, stopping at various stations where the young people depict portions of the story.

When arriving at the church, Pastor Jon Eveland told KLEM attendants will be there to assist with parking.


The event, held every other year, historically attracts anywhere from 1000 to 2000 visitors throughout the two evenings.

Donations raised during the event are used for the high school youth program mission trip. The next mission trip will take place in June of 2024, when they will serve with Praying Pelican Missions in the Appalachian region.


The live nativity not only serves as a fund-raising opportunity for the high school youth program, Pastor Eveland says it is also a means for the youth to offer a unique form of ministry to the community.



Three Republican presidential candidates are heading to Sioux Center Saturday for an event at Dordt University hosted by Congressman Randy Feenstra.  Others at the event include Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Businessman Vivek Ramaswamy and former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley.  The event is from 9 to noon at the BJ Haan Auditorium at Dordt University.  This is a ticketed event, sponsored by the Feenstra for Congress campaign.



Goat milk production is the focus of a seminar by the Iowa State University Extension Department today at Dordt University in Sioux Center. Extension Dairy specialist Fred Hall says Iowa is third in the country in dairy goat production, but it’s hard to calculate how many pounds of milk are produced.


Hall says dairy goats produce between four to four-and-a-half pounds of milk each day, compared to the 80 to 95 pounds of milk or more produced by the average dairy cow. He says the dairy goat production is distributed in much the same way as the dairy cow industry.

Goat milk production is more localized in southern Iowa.


Hall says western Iowa does see a lot of products made and sold from the goat milk.


Hall says smaller producers will have around 25 goats, while the largest has 350. He says one of the draws of milking goats is the price for a pound of milk allows you to do well with a small herd.

Hall says the seminar will address some of the key issues facing goat producers and try to answer any questions they have. The event runs from 9:30 a-m to 3:15 p-m.