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KLEM News for Monday, January 8


The winter storm warning continues through tonight into Tuesday morning.  Most of Plymouth, Sioux, and Woodbury Counties are forecast between 6 and 10 inches of snow through Tuesday morning.  Tonight and tomorrow, winds will increase, causing blowing snow and poor visibilities, and colder temperatures will arrive with the winds.  Through the period, the National Weather Service says travel will be difficult to impossible.

Due to the inclement weather, Floyd Valley Clinics will be closing by 5 p.m. today with no evening urgent care.  All outpatient services at Floyd Valley Healthcare, including clinics and therapies, will open at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, January 9. They urge patients to call ahead if you have a concern.

Hinton Police say called a snow emergency from now until Wednesday  1-10-2023 at 6am. There will be no on street parking extra parking will be available at the Hinton Community Center parking lot



The Le Mars Community School Board’s meeting tonight has been postponed to Monday, January 15, at 6 p.m.  Their agenda includes information on a new program implemented in the district called Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduate, or iJAG.  Action items include approval of a resignation and new contracts.  The board will also consider their modified application for supplemental aid request from dropout prevention programming.  Again, that meeting is now rescheduled for Monday, January 15, at 6 p.m.



The Speaker of the Iowa House, Pat Grassley, delivered opening remarks to the Iowa House of Representatives today.  He described what he called a “bold agenda” for the 2024 Legislative Session.  They will be guided by four themes.  The first is safety, which involves being tough on crime and supporting police forces. It also  includes school safety, mental health services, and ridding schools of inappropriate content.  The second theme is ensuring Iowa’s economy, via tax cuts and business incentives. Government transparency, and education are the other themes.  One  focus is empowering teachers with better compensation and disciplinary tools. Another is a comprehensive review of Iowa’s higher education system, aimed at preparing the state’s workforce, particularly in high-demand fields.



Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy will include Le Mars in a campaign blitz across northwest Iowa today.  He will be in Sioux City during the noon hour today at the Hampton Inn and Suites on Sergeant Road.  He will make a stop at the Le Mars Pizza Ranch at 3 p.m., at the Orange City Pizza Ranch at 5 p.m., and the Primghar Pizza Ranch in O’Brien County at 7 p.m.



One issue that may bring discussion before lawmakers are changes to Area Education Agencies.  Governor Reynolds says she wants to revisit these education support agencies, as they have not been changes in over 50 years.  State Representative Tom Jeneary says he wants to maintain Special Education Services through AEA’s.


Jeneary says the state’s AEAs need more financial support to continue their mission.


Rep Jeneary says he’s not seen any plan from the governor.  Kim Reynolds Condition of the State address tomorrow night may shed more light on a possible proposal.

Area Education Agencies have consolidated over the years.  Currently, northwest Iowa is served by Northwest AEA, based in Sioux City.  The agency serves schools in ten counties, from Monona and Crawford to Lyon and Osceola.



A Gaza, Iowa native who is a former army ranger and C-I-A operations officer has announced he is running against Republican incumbent Fourth District Congressman Randy Feenstra.

Kevin Virgil says growing up in northwest Iowa’s O’Brien county, he has the conservative values needed to represent the district.


Virgil says he doesn’t think Feenstra’s actions reflect the record of a true conservative.


Virgil says he will be more open to listening to the people he represents.


Virgil was joined on stage by former congressman Steve King as he made his announcement.

Feenstra defeated King in a primary four years ago and went on to win the congressional seat.

Virgil is 50 years old and a graduate of South O’Brien High School and West Point.

He now lives in Sutherland where he started a tech company.