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Wednesday Afternoon News, August 30th


Kim Wick To Be Honored At Bishop’s Dinner

(Le Mars) — A Gehlen Catholic second grade teacher was informed she is the latest Gehlen Catholic faculty member to be the recipient of the “Education in Excellence” award as part of the Bishop’s Dinner.   Kim Wick was told of the honor following the Mass service by Interim Superintendent of Catholic Schools
for the Diocese of Sioux City, Patty Lansink.  Wick has been teaching for 39 years with the last 29 at Gehlen Catholic. In the nomination, Gehlen Catholic principal Lorie Nussbaum stated, “Mrs. Wick’s skill and expertise as a Catholic Educator permeate all academic areas.  She strives for each child’s success,
spiritually, academically and behaviorally, setting high, yet realistic, expectations for them in each of these areas.  Her classroom is one where learning is bell-to-bell, effective, collaborative, engaging, and purposeful.”
Wick’s teaching philosophy is to have her students “to want to learn and to love to learn.”  Wick talks about the importance of a Catholic-based education.

Wick shares her thoughts about being named to receive the “Excellence in Education” award.

The Bishop’s Dinner is scheduled for Sunday, October 1st at the Sioux City Convention Center.



Hy-Vee and Fareway To Donate To Texas Hurricane and Flood Victims

(Le Mars) — Both Hy-Vee and Fareway Supermarket chains have stepped up to offer aid and assistance to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Hy-Vee, Inc. announced
they will be accepting customers’ donations for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Hy-Vee will match all donations received from August 30 to September 30, up to $100,000. Funds will be provided to the American Red Cross to help with
relief efforts, including supporting volunteer efforts, opening shelters and providing meals and other supplies.

Hy-Vee customers will have the ability to donate $1 or $5 amounts at the cash register of any Hy-Vee store. Customers will be able to add the amount to their purchase, or donate separately if they are not purchasing groceries. Hy-Vee will
match customer and partner donations up to $100,000. In addition, the company will partner with the American Red Cross to distribute the funds.

The American Red Cross provides volunteers, shelters and supplies for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. As of Sunday, August 27, the American Red Cross has mobilized material resources to shelter up to 52,000 individuals and expects to
have 4,000 to 5,000 workers on the ground by the end of the week as the weather improves. More than 40 volunteers from the Iowa Region of the American Red Cross have been assigned to Texas. Additionally, they have sent six Emergency Response
Vehicles from Des Moines.



Hog Facility Near Kingsley Reports Manure Spill

KINGSLEY –After a report of a manure spill from a sow facility in Plymouth County Tuesday afternoon, DNR found manure had reached a small creek about four miles northwest of Kingsley.

The spill, which occurred over the weekend, came from the Kingsley Sow Facility,
managed by Dave Wittry.

It’s unknown how much manure spilled. The unnamed stream has low flows, is very small and there were no fish in it. DNR staff found low dissolved oxygen levels in the stream, but no evidence that the manure had reached Johns Creek about one
mile downstream.

Wittry reported that most of the manure was captured by a berm near the facility. He will pump manure from the tributary and land apply it.

DNR will continue to monitor the cleanup progress and consider appropriate enforcement action.



Woodbury County Supervisors Approve Renovations To Courthouse

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – The Woodbury County Board of Supervisors has taken quick action to repair crumbling columns at the county courthouse.
The Sioux City Journal reports that the board approved an emergency resolution Tuesday that lets the county skip the process of formal bids. The estimated repair cost: $50,000.
It’s at least the third time in 18 months that emergency repairs have been ordered for the aging structure. Next year will be the building’s 100th year of public service.



Reynolds To Decide Whether To Call Back State Legislature To Deal With Budget Shortfalls

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says she will announce in September whether she’ll need to call a special legislative session to address a budget shortfall. The Republican governor told reporters Tuesday she is still reviewing
financial information for the budget year that ended in June. The books on that budget year won’t officially close until next month. The nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency said this summer that Iowa’s roughly $7.2 billion budget, which lawmakers already cut last session, was facing a revenue shortfall of about $100 million. The agency warned the figure could
fluctuate. Reynolds has authority to transfer up to $50 million from an emergency fund. A larger shortfall would require lawmakers to return to Des Moines to approve either a higher transfer or cuts.