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KLEM News for Saturday, December 16



A national observance today, Wreaths Across America, will honor and remember former and current military veterans.  For the 12th consecutive year, Le Mars will hold the observance. Local Coordinator Wayne Schipper says the American Legion Wasmer Post #241 will again hold the ceremony


Veterans and their families and supporters gather to Remember, Honor and Teach at the Wreaths Across America locations.


The ceremony at the Plymouth County Veterans Memorial Park in Le Mars is at 9 am.  The Park is located at 3rd Avenue and 10th Street. Wayne Schipper and David Copenhaver are the local coordinators for Wreaths Across America in Le Mars.



A two vehicle accident in Buena Vista County Friday morning resulted in the deaths of two Storm Lake women. The Acc occ at  the int of US 71 and C-43/550th St around 7 am Friday.  An SUV stopped at the int of 71/c43, when pulled into the path of a pickup travelling son on US 71.  The driver and passenger of the east-bound vehicle, died in the accident.  They are identified as 30 year old Mayra Lopez Savala of Storm Lake, and passenger Maria Savala Saldana 62 of Storm Lake.  The driver of the pickup, 47 year old Jeffrey Kies of Sioux Rapids, received minor injury in the crash.



U.S. Rep. Randy Feenstra (R-Hull) led the congressional delegations from both Iowa and South Dakota in urging the U.S. Air National Guard and the U.S. Department of Defense to support and fund military construction projects at the 185th Air Refueling Wing in Sioux City, Iowa.

In part, the Congressmen urged that the project requested by the 185th at Sioux City be included in the Future Years Defense Program.  Rep. Feenstra says the air base is vital to the area’s highly trained workforse, and the areas’ economy.

The base has nearly 1,000 Airmen, 300 of whom are full-time.  They live in Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota.  Last spring, a similar letter of support for the 185th was submitted by the governors of the three states.



Democrats in the Iowa Senate say there’s a nursing home crisis in Iowa and the Senate Oversight Committee should launch a bipartisan investigation. Senator Claire Celsi, a Democrat from West Des Moines, says some facilities are not being properly managed and it’s a life and death issue for some nursing home residents. There are over 400 nursing homes in Iowa and Celsi says the state should be employing far more than 49 nursing home inspectors. She points to Michigan, which has a similar number of nursing homes and 47 percent more inspectors. About 800 million dollars in state tax money will go to Iowa nursing homes this year and nursing home advocates say there must be more accountability. Senate President Amy Sinclair, a Republican from Allerton, says over the past 12 months state regulators have issued over 28-hundred citations for elder care infractions == and Sinclair says she will not be scheduling a Government Oversight meeting on this topic because it would distract staff from performing their important work.



A spokesman for the Iowa D-N-R says hunters are on pace for a good season harvest as the end of the second deer gun season approaches Sunday. Pete Hildreth talked about the numbers at the Natural Resources Commission meeting Thursday.


The D-N-R report shows hunters in Clayton County have taken the most deer thus far at three-thousand-390 (3,390), followed by Allamakee County at 25-hundred-89 (2,589). No other counties have topped two-thousand deer taken, but a few are very close, including Winnesheik (1,943), Jackson, (1,941) Warren (1,814), Madison (1,888) and Dubuque (1,881).


Hildreth says the only downside is three hunting accidents last weekend.


There were two separate deer hunting incidents that involved shooting at deer that were running between two hunters and one hunter was struck by a wayward shot from another in their party. The other incident involved a self-inflicted injury due to what the D-N-R calls “carelessly handling a firearm and lack of muzzle control.”



The governors of Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska and Kansas are assessing flood prevention efforts in the Missouri River corridor — and finding progress. Governor Kim Reynolds says levee maintenance and making structures as flood resilient as possible are key.


Reynolds and the governors of the other three states met Thursday in Omaha. Reynolds says the design and structural performance of 900 miles of Missouri River levees are being evaluated.


Reynolds says nearly all the levee districts lack the resources to make significant improvements and government funding is necessary. Reynolds and the other Missouri River governors began meeting in the midst of the devasting floods of 2019 and Reynolds says their main frustration at the time was the pace of the response from federal agencies.


In the spring of 2019, melting snow and rainfall combined to cause the Missouri River to jump its banks and quickly flood vast swaths of western Iowa.