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Saturday News, September 22nd

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MISSION ACCOMPLISHED- HIGHWAY 20 ASSOCIATION VOTES TO DISSOLVE

FOR DECADES, THE HIGHWAY 20 ASSOCIATION HAS BEEN FIGHTING FOR THE COMPLETION OF FOUR-LANING THE EAST-WEST ROUTE ACROSS IOWA.

WITH THAT TASK NEARING COMPLETION IN AROUND A MONTH, THE GROUP HELD THEIR FINAL REGULAR MEETING FRIDAY IN HOLSTEIN TO PICK A DATE TO DISSOLVE THEIR ORGANIZATION.

ANN-TRIMBLE RAY HAS BEEN AN OFFICER OF THE ASSOCIATION FOR SEVERAL YEARS

TRIMBLE-RAY SAYS THE MOOD WAS BOTH CELEBRATORY AND MELANCHOLY, AS SEVERAL PAST KEY MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION DIDN’T LIVE TO SEE THE DECADES LONG EFFORT SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED:

THE OCTOBER 19TH EVENT IN HOLSTEIN HAS SOME HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE ATTACHED TO THE DATE ALSO:

MORE INFORMATION ON THE CELEBRATION WILL BE RELEASED IN THE COMING WEEKS.

(Le Mars) — The city of Le Mars is seeing flooding from both the Willow Creek, as well as from the Floyd River. Flood waters have penetrated the Willow Creek Golf Course, the Municipal Park, the Le Mars Recreational Trail, the Little League ballparks, and other parts of the north and west sides of town. The Le Mars Municipal Airport is closed due to the flooding as the runways are under water. City officials have been building a berm at the airport to protect the terminal and the hangers. Several areas and
roads are closed due to the rising flood waters. Fire Chief Dave Schipper says Le Mars has set a record for the flood waters.

Schipper believes the rivers may have reached their peak.

Schipper says city employees are busy working today to prevent any additional problems associated with the flooding.

Even though it appears Le Mars has set a new record in terms of the depth of the flood waters, Schipper says property damage may be kept to a minimum based on the foresight of city leaders actions from years ago.

Residents on PGA Drive have found themselves as a secluded island due to the flooding. City councilman Rex Knapp is one of those residents located at that part of town, and talks about the options available to the residents.

Many of Plymouth County gravel roads are closed and are  underwater.  Russ Hobson is the Maintenance Supervisor for the Plymouth County Secondary Roads Department.

IOWA UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DOWN TO 2-5 PERCENT- 2ND LOWEST IN US

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa’s unemployment rate dropped slightly to 2.5 percent in August, giving the state the second-lowest rate in the country.

Iowa Workforce Development reported Friday that the unemployment rate dropped from 2.6 percent in July and was down from 3 percent a year ago.

Iowa was only behind Hawaii, which has the nation’s lowest rate of 2.1 percent.

The number of unemployed people in Iowa dropped to 42,800 in August, with the total number of working Iowans climbing to 1.64 million.