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Wednesday Afternoon News, May 1st


Historical Preservation Commission Unveils Sesquicentennial Quilt

(Le Mars) — During Wednesday morning’s Chamber Coffee at Northwest Bank, the Le Mars Historical Preservation Commission unveiled the Sesquicentennial Quilt. Linda Mayrose, who serves as the historical preservation commission’s chair explains why a quilt was created to showcase the Le Mars

Mayrose says all the material used for the quilt was donated by Greg and Pam Wells, while Geri Dreckman devoted more than 300 hours to make the quilt.
She says the quilt will be sold as a fundraiser to off-set expenses
associated with the Sesquicentennial celebration.

Dreckman is known to have created several memorable quilts that have been on display at past Plymouth County Fairs. She talks about what was needed to create the Sesquicentennial Quilt.

The quilt also showcases several old photos of Le Mars from several years gone by that outline the border of the quilt. Dreckman says “Get Branded 360” was able to print the photos on to white fabric. She then sewed them to the quilt and explains which buildings are featured on the 150th anniversary quilt.

Dreckman says a black background was used on the quilt in order for it to stand out.

After spending over 300 hours creating the Sesquicentennial quilt, Dreckman was asked if she still plans to create another quilt for competition and display at the Plymouth County Fair?

During the chamber coffee the historical preservation commission presented an award to Curt and Priscella Strathman who are caretakers of Foster Park.

Mayrose says Foster Park holds a special meaning to the city of Le Mars. The park is more than 100 years old, and is presently, and has been home to the Municipal band concerts held in the summer.

Although a specific schedule has not yet been decided, the historical preservation commission hopes to feature the Sesquicentennial quilt at various locations throughout Le Mars.



Weather Officials Claim Mississippi River Should Not Rise Any Further For Flooding

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) – A meteorologist says there’s not much risk of rainfall heavy enough to further raise the Mississippi River flood threat in eastern Iowa.
A temporary flood barrier failed in Davenport on Tuesday, submerging downtown blocks and forcing some people to seek shelter on rooftops. They later were evacuated by boats.
Davenport City Administrator Corri Spiegel declined to comment early Wednesday about any overnight developments.
Scattered showers are in the forecast for Wednesday, but National Weather Service meteorologist Alex Gibbs said chances of a thunderstorm system that could bring heavy rain are “pretty low.” The service isn’t warning of severe weather upstream either.
The river is expected to crest Wednesday evening or overnight at 22.4 feet (6.83 meters) in Davenport, short of the record crest of 22.6 feet (6.9 meters) set in July 1993.



Midwest Economic Survey Shows Growth

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A new report says an April survey of business supply managers suggests there will be solid economic growth over the next three to six months in nine Midwest and Plains states.
The report issued Wednesday says the Mid-America Business Conditions Index dropped to 55.9 last month from 58.2 in March. The February figure was 57.9.
Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says finding and hiring qualified workers remained the chief threat to the manufacturing economy for the region.
The survey results are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth. A score below that suggests decline.
The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri,
Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.



Man Fails To Prevent Wind Farm From Being Constructed

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) – A man who sued a Black Hawk County board has lost his bid to block a planned wind energy project.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that a judge affirmed Monday the county Board of Adjustment’s power and decision to issue a permit to Washburn Wind Energy. The company plans to erect 35 wind turbines east of Hudson.
Farmer Harold Youngblut’s lawsuit says the board’s April 2018 action violated the county’s zoning ordinance and amounted to an illegal “taking” of property because of the wind project’s potential effect on neighbors.
The $120 million project drew objections from nearby property owners concerned about its potential impact on their health, quality of life and property values. Project supporters have said it would generate clean energy and give farmers where the turbines would be placed new revenue to keep their
farms viable.
Youngblut’s lawyer says he’ll probably appeal.



South Dakota Man Files Class Action Suit Against General Motors

PARKER, S.D. (AP) – General Motors is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a South Dakota man who claims the automaker has misled consumers about its electric car model.
Jason Haas says he bought a Chevy Bolt in November 2017 from a dealer in Iowa City, Iowa. The car’s literature said the electric Bolt has a range of 238 miles. Haas says the range is 100 miles less in cold weather. He filed his lawsuit in state court in Turner County. GM has filed a motion to move the case to federal court.
The Argus Leader reports the automaker says in its dismissal motion that Bolt literature discloses the vehicle’s actual range may vary based on several factors, including temperature.
Haas’ lawsuit is seeking class-action status to represent consumers who bought Bolts in the Dakotas, Iowa, Minnesota and Montana.