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Monday News, March 11th


School Board To Review FY20 Budget Timeline

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Community Board of Education is scheduled to convene this evening at the Education Service Center. The school board will hear reports from each of the district’s principals. The school board will act on the resignation of Elizabeth Berquist who is resigning from her food
service position effective at the conclusion of the school year. Other resignations include Terri Martin who is resigning from her Dance Team coaching position effective at the end of the school year, and Wilbur Peterson is resigning from his bus driver position effective March 15th.
Contracts will be extended to Elizabeth Anderson for a high school math teacher position, Molly Grell for the high school Family and Consumer Science position, Alex Struck will be hired to fill the Middle School language arts position, and Michael Prichard will assume the high school instrumental music teacher position. The school board will begin discussing the fiscal year 2020 budget development timeline. School superintendent Dr.
Steven Webner will present to the board a proposed development timeline for the board’s consideration and preliminary information concerning the development of the fiscal year 2020 budget. The school board will discuss a
request for two students for open enrollment. Both students are in the MMCRU school district. The school board will also set a date for a public hearing regarding the proposed school calandar for the 2019-2020 school year. The Le Mars Community school board will consider approving the tentative agreement with the Le Mars Community Education Association for the 2019-2020 Master Contract.



Jeneary and Carlin Hear From Constituents At Town Hall Meetings 

(Merrill) — State Representative Dr. Tom Jeneary and State Senator Jim Carlin held two town hall meetings on Saturday at Merrill and at Remsen.
Among other topics discussed, people were again asking the lawmakers about a proposal facing the legislature to change the way judges are selected to serve on the Appellate and Supreme Courts. One bill that was debated in the House chambers this past week was the use of traffic cameras.
Representative Tom Jeneary offers an update as to what was discussed and decided upon with regards to traffic cameras.

Last Friday was the first legislative funnel deadline. Representative Jeneary explains what bills failed to get through the funnel process and are now dropped from the legislature’s agenda.

Jeneary discusses some of the other bills that will no longer be considered by the Iowa legislature.



Property Taxes Now Due

(Le Mars) — Plymouth County Treasurer, Shelly Sitzmann, reminds property owners that the second-half real estate and mobile home taxes are now due and can be paid in the office, online, or through the mail. Taxes are delinquent April 2, 2019.
Since the last day of March falls on the weekend, you have Monday, April 1st to pay without penalty. Mail must be postmarked on or before April 1st to avoid delinquent interest.

Send your payment before the last day, as mailing your payment on April 1 does not guarantee an April 1st postmark.
Delinquent interest of 1.5% per month rounded to the nearest dollar attaches to all unpaid taxes on April 2, 2019 and an additional 1.5% penalty on the first of each succeeding month thereafter.



Loess Hills Delta Waterfowl Organizations Donates To Le Mars Little League

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Little League continues to be the benefactor of financial gifts since last fall’s flooding damaged the fields, facilities, uniforms and equipment. On Saturday morning, members of the local Loess Hills Delta Waterfowl Association presented Heath Husk of the Le Mars Little League with a check amounting to $1000. Charlie Mohning of Le Mars, the
organization’s president, says they decided to present the Little League the money because they want to help youngsters.

Standing left to right: Matt Saltsgiver, Nic Hampton, Charlie Mohning, Heath Husk with the Le Mars Little League Association, Kevin Penning, April Ruden, and Pat Ruden.



2019 Plymouth County Pork Royalty

(Le Mars) — Pork royalty abounds in the Greg and Erin Schroeder household of rural Remsen. During the Plymouth County Pork Producers annual banquet held Saturday evening at the Le Mars Convention Center, two of the Schroeder sisters were presented a tiara crown. The 2019 Plymouth County Pork Queen is Olivia Schroeder.

Moments later, little sister, Dylan Schroeder, was
given a crown as she is one of the selected “Little Miss Pigtails.” Joining Dylan, for sharing the duties and responsibilities of “Little Miss Pigtails” is Savanah Sheehan, the daughter of Dan and Lori Sheehan of Remsen.

All three girls will represent the Plymouth County Pork Producers at the Plymouth County Fair, various local parades, and other events involving the Plymouth County Pork Producers Association. The Plymouth County Pork Producers acknowledged Fred and Donna Zenk of rural Akron. The Zenks were
honored as “Master Pork Producers” in January during the Iowa Pork Congress held at Des Moines. A plaque was presented to Fred and Donna Zenk.

The evening was topped off with the comedy and magic illusions of Jerry Fraiser of Minneapolis, Minnesota.



Sioux County Sheriff To Host Educational Interactive Trailer “What You Don’t See”

(Orange City) — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office next week will host a mobile trailer featuring an interactive exhibit that is designed to inform parents about the dangers of drugs that may be found inside their children’s bedroom. Sioux County Deputy Wayland Pollema serves as the school resource officer and talks about the trailer entitled: “What You Don’t See.”

Pollema says when parents visit the mobile trailer they will have an “eye-opening” experience.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s deputy says there are even different types of clothing that have drug-related references.

Pollema says the exhibit is open to parents and teachers, but not the teens.

The “What You Don’t See” trailer will be at the Boyden-Hull elementary school at Boyden on Monday between 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. On Tuesday, the educational trailer will be parked at the M-OC Floyd Valley high school between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Then on Wednesday, March 13th, the mobile interactive trailer will be at the Boyden-Hull High School
at Hull between 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The trailer will remain at the Boyden-Hull high school overnight and will be open on Thursday between 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
In addition to viewing the trailer, on Wednesday evening, Pollema says a local nurse will present a program to parents and the community of the dangers of vaping.

That program is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. from the Boyden-Hull High School Auditorium.