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KLEM News for Monday, January 29


This week is Catholic Schools Week around the area, and Gehlen Catholic Schools and Remsen St. Mary’s Schools have planned a full week of festivities.

During Catholic Schools Week, each day has an important theme that the schools celebrate. For Gehlen Catholic, Monday is for celebrating faith, parishes, and vocations, Tuesday is for celebrating faculty and staff, Wednesday is for celebrating communities and nation, Thursday is for celebrating families, Friday is for celebrating students, and Saturday is for celebrating the unification.

Amy Jungers, Gehlen Catholic Schools Development Director, says that Thursday is one of the most favorite days among students.  The day will feature a visit from Bishop R. Walker Nickless, who will tour classrooms at the school.

Remsen St. Mary’s Schools Catholic Schools Week theme is “Catholic School: United in Faith and Community.”



The Le Mars Community School Board will hold a special meeting today at 5 p.m. Two items are on the agenda.  One is an exclusion recommendation to the Board.  The other is a discussion on the recently-completed facility study by consultant ISG.  The firm recently concluded a prioritization study of the district’s school buildings.


Dordt University is starting an online MBA program beginning this fall. The program can be completed in two years. It’s aimed for those working in for-profit and non-profit businesses. Professor of Business Dr. Tim Klein says there’s a lack of faith-based MBA programs. This program will equip Christian leaders in business.


The leader of Democrats in the Iowa House says there’s troubling testimony in recently revealed court documents about the state investigation of sports gambling among Iowa and Iowa State athletes. House Minority Leader Jennifer Konfrst says it’s frustrating it appears the Division of Criminal Investigation went rogue and started monitoring athletes’ smart phones without a warrant. According to court documents, a long-time D-C-I agent who asked to be taken off the case alleges the agency had conducted an illegal search of the athletes’ online bets. Konfrst says that’s scary because Iowans expect the data on their smart phones to be kept private. Konfrst made her comments during a weekend appearance on Iowa Press on Iowa P-B-S.



A fire destroyed a home near Boyden, Sunday afternoon.  The fire was reported at 12:28 p.m. to Sioux County Communications.  A home on Kennedy Ave 2 miles south of Boyden had a garage.  Boyden Fire Department responded, and discovered a two-stall garage on fire.  The fire quickly spread into the attic of the attached home.  Sheldon and Hull Fire Departments rendered mutual aid.  The crews had to fight the fire from the outside at first. Eventually they were able to get inside and extinguish the blaze.  No injuries were reported, but the house was rendered a total loss.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.



Two drivers of semi trucks were injured in an accident Saturday morning on U.S. Highway 71 in  Buena Vista County.  The Iowa State Patrol says a semi driven southbound by 19 year old Joseph Thanyiel Dax of Storm Lake crossed the center line, into the path of a northbound semi driven by 27 year old Hunter Lee Coatney of Pierre City, Missouri.  Both drivers were injured.  Dax was transported to Spencer Hospital, Courtney to Buena Vista Regional Medical Center.  The Buena Vista and Clay County Sheriffs Offices, and Sioux Rapids Fire, responded to the scene.



A George man was arrested for failing to stop for a school bus that was dropping off students north of Boyden.  28-year old Tyler Wessels of George was arrested.  He was cited for unlawfully passing a school bus, and two counts of driving while his license was revoked.



Governor Kim Reynolds says she’s open to considering changes in how state officials review applications for building and maintaining pipelines in Iowa, but Reynolds says it would unfair to make retroactive changes that would apply to Iowa Utilities Board’s current review of a construction permit for Summit’s carbon capture pipeline.


Reynolds says the rules about rerouting the proposed path for a pipeline around an unwilling landowner’s property may need an update for the next time a developer seeks state approval of a permit to construct and operate a pipeline in Iowa.


The Iowa House has attempted to put limits on the use of eminent domain to seize property from unwilling landowners along the proposed carbon pipeline route, but the Iowa Senate did not bring the House plans up for a vote during 2022 or 2023.



A bill ready for debate in the Iowa House would get rid of the legal limits on the salaries of county attorneys. Republican Representative Brian Lohse of Bondurant says there’s currently no limit on pay for the county attorneys in Polk and Linn Counties, but the other 97 can’t be paid more than a judge.


Lohse says getting rid of those caps will help counties recruit and retain lawyers in the county attorneys offices, especially in rural areas.


Iowa judges are paid less than judge in every state that borders Iowa. Iowa judges make 16-thousand dollars less per year than South Dakota judges. The salaries for judges in Nebraska are 38-thousand dollars higher.