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Tuesday News, September 26th


School Board Approves Plan To Raise Funds For $5 Million Renovation To The Football Field, Track, and Stadium

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Community School Board approved a plan to proceed with a nearly $5 million dollar fund raiser campaign to renovate the football field, track and stadium. Dennis Bixenman of the Le Mars Community School District
Foundation appeared before the school board, and presented a proposal to be considered.  Bixenman and School superintendent Dr. Steven Webner confirmed a donor has agreed to contribute $2 million dollars for the renovation of the stadium.
School board member Pat Murphy, spoke in favor of the proposal and encouraged his fellow school board members to go along and approve the plan.  Murphy says he has wanted such action for a long time.  Murphy says the project would help Le Mars, and it would not take anything away from academics, and it would not mean an increase of property taxes.
The school board unaminously approved the plan for the creation of a design committee to organize and for the school foundation to begin raising funds.


(Le Mars) — In other action taken by the Le Mars Community School Board, the board elected new officers.  Overseeing the school board as president will be Todd Lancaster with Scott Kommes elected to serve as vice president.  Dave Miller joins the school board as its newest member.  Lisa Boehm was again appointed as the school board secretary, with Kim Clary appointed as the district’s treasurer, and the law firm of Tratzig and Bauerly will serve as the school district’s legal counsel.  Rob Bixenman from Perspective Insurance also appeared before the school board to present a dividend check from E-M-C in the
amount of $25,149.91.  School district Curriculum Director Rachel Leavitt presented to the school board’s attention the district’s 2016-2017 annual report.

The 2017-2018 Le Mars Community School Board consists of (left to right) Dave Miller, Fred Zenk, Chris Collins, President Todd Lancaster, Angela Catton, Vice President Scott Kommes, and Pat Murphy.  Outgoing school board member Brenda Phelan was presented a plaque of appreciation by School Superintendent, Dr. Steven Webner, for her 11 years of service.



County Supervisors To Meet Today

(Le Mars) — The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will convene this morning at the County Courthouse Board Room for their weekly meeting. On today’s agenda, the supervisors are expected to appoint Jim McNaughton to replace Jeff
Gebauer on the county zoning board. The supervisors are also expected to approve contracts for library services for funding allocation in fiscal year 2017-2018. The supervisors will discuss a nuisance property issue in Seney.
David Wilberding will appear before the county board seeking approval of Brady’s Barn, a minor subdivision in Meadow Township. Wayne Schlotfeldt will also appear before the supervisors seeking approval of Freriks Addition, a minor subdivision in Remsen Township. County engineer Tom Rohe will also appear before the county governing board to get approval on permit tile crossings.



Details Concerning The Hiring Of University of Iowa President Now Unveiled

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – A majority of University of Iowa governing board members have described under oath how they recruited Bruce Harreld before hiring the businessman as president while circumventing the Iowa Open Meetings Law. Five of nine members of the Board of Regents met Harreld in back-to-
back-to-back meetings July 30, 2015 during a push by then-Board President Bruce Rastetter to convince Harreld to apply. In depositions made public Monday, regents acknowledged that they set up the meetings using private email accounts, held multiple gatherings to avoid having a board majority present at once, and never told members of the search committee that the meetings took place. Rastetter testified that the meetings at
his private business weren’t “an official Board of Regents’ matter.” Harreld applied the next day. The regents hired him weeks later.



Des Moines To See New Skyscraper Tower

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Plans call for a proposed tower in downtown Des Moines to be even taller, growing from an earlier 32 floors to a currently proposed 39 floors. The Des Moines Register reports plans recently submitted by developer
Mandelbaum Properties to the city’s Urban Design Review Board have increased the height of the tower to 452 feet. That would make it Iowa’s third-tallest building, behind two other buildings in downtown Des Moines. The cost of the project, which also includes a five-story office complex and an 11-story parking garage, is estimated at $170 million. The city will help
the financing with tax breaks and forgivable loans. The complex will include apartments, a hotel and movie theater. Another developer plans to begin work this winter on a 26-story
apartment building at Seventh and Walnut streets. —