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Friday News, May 3rd


Total Motors And Chevrolet To Assist Le Mars Little League

(Le Mars) — Total Motors of Le Mars is again teaming up with Chevrolet to help the Le Mars Little League organization, by offering money to the youth baseball and softball programs. Saturday marks the opening weekend for the Le Mars Little League, and Mitch Christoffel with Total Motors says the local
auto dealership will give money for each test drive.

Christoffel says the funding generated from the test drives will have an even greater significance following the devastating flooding from last September and this March.

Christoffel says Total Motors and Chevrolet will donate $20 for each time a motorist takes a test drive with a new Chevrolet vehicle on Saturday between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

The Total Motors representative says there is no obligation for the customer’s who choose to test drive a new vehicle.



Plymouth County Treasurer To Assist Elderly Homeowners With Tax Credit

(Le Mars) — Plymouth County Treasurer Shelly Sitzmann wants to remind elderly homeowners and homeowners with disabilities of a possible tax credit program. Individuals that qualify for the program will need to enroll before the June 1st deadline. Sitzmann, and members of the county treasurer’s office, will be in Remsen on Monday, May 6th from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the
Remsen Library to sign up those individuals who qualify for the state credit.

The treasurer’s staff will also be in Akron on Monday, May 13th from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the Akron Public Library. To qualify and receive credit on your real estate taxes, Iowa residents who own their own homes must be at least 65 years of age as of December 31st of 2018, or be totally disabled and 18 or
older, and have a total household income under $23,216 for 2018. Qualified individuals can sign up in Le Mars at the Plymouth County Courthouse anytime from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the County Treasurer’s office. If you have questions about the state tax credit, or need additional assistance, you can
contact the Treasurer’s office at 546-7056.



Merrill Ambulance To Hold Bingo Fundraiser Event

(Merrill) — The Merrill Ambulance Services will hold a fundraising activity Saturday evening at the Kissinger Community Center. Logan Held with the Merrill Ambulance Services says this year, they are trying something

The Merrill Ambulance Service official explains the fund raising Bingo games, and how it hopes to help benefit the Merrill Ambulance Services.

Held says they have a goal to raise at least one thousand dollars. The Bingo games will get started at 7:00 p.m. He says it is costly to maintain an ambulance service for a small community such as Merrill.

Held says it is also a challenge for local ambulance services to attract volunteers due to the the time commitment.

Held says there will be plenty of snacks and refreshments available during the time of Bingo.



Memorial Service Planned For Woman Driver Who Was Shot

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) – A former college softball player fatally shot while driving in eastern Iowa will be memorialized Friday at a funeral Mass in her Kansas hometown.
Micalla Alexis Rettinger was shot early Sunday morning as she drove over a wooded area along the Cedar River in Waterloo. The 25-year-old former University of Northern Iowa softball player pulled over along U.S. Highway 218 and died. The bullet also struck one of her passengers: her 32-year-old boyfriend, Adam Kimball. He was hospitalized and the bullet was recovered.
At least $58,000 has been offered as a reward for information leading to an arrest.
The Mass is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Lenexa, Kansas. She had been living in Waterloo since graduating in 2016 from the university.



Ponca Tribe Hoping To Keep Open Casino At Carter Lake

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska has secured another legal win to keep its new casino in western Iowa open, despite the best efforts of the states of Iowa and Nebraska.
The National Indian Gaming Commission ruled Wednesday in the tribe’s favor, saying it has the right to operate the Prairie Flower Casino on land it acquired in Carter Lake, Iowa.
While the casino is technically in Iowa, it lies west of the Missouri
River, essentially in the heart of Omaha. The neighboring city of Council Bluffs, Iowa – which already hosts three state-licensed casinos – and the states of Iowa and Nebraska sued to shut the Prairie Flower down.
The lawsuit says the tribe misrepresented its intentions by initially announcing plans for a health center on the Carter Lake lot.



Governor Reynolds Signs Into Law A Bill That Forbids Pets To Be Service Animals If Owner Doesn’t Have A Disability

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed into law a bill that makes it a crime to claim a pet is a service animal if the animal owner doesn’t have a disability and hasn’t demonstrated a need for a service animal.
The new law also requires landlords to allow individuals with a
disability to have service animals but it also requires the person to provide proof they are disabled and need the animal.
Denying a disabled person an animal is a simple misdemeanor but a person intentionally lying that their animal is a service animal when it isn’t also is a misdemeanor.
The bill also alleviates any liability for property owners for injury
or damage caused by a service animal. It was supported by the groups representing grocers, restaurants, retailers and landlords.
Disability Rights Iowa opposed it fearing store or restaurant
employees may call the police on individuals with service animals but no visible disabilities such as those with post-traumatic stress disorder or diabetes.



Oskaloosa Restaurant Voted To Have Iowa’s Best Burger

(Ames) — Iowans who love a juicy bacon cheeseburger will need to head for southeast Iowa and the Wood Iron Grille in Oskaloosa. The eatery is being named the winner of the 2019 Iowa’s Best Burger Contest. Kylie  Peterson, at the Iowa Beef Producers Association, says there were some 500 restaurants nominated statewide, a long list that was narrowed down to ten

Iowans submitted more than six-thousand votes in the contest and a panel of judges visited each of the ten finalists, with the Oskaloosa grill coming out in first place. She says the owners were thrilled.

The Wood Iron Original Burger features applewood smoked bacon, a sweet and tangy onion jalapeno jam and smoked cheddar cheese with a six-ounce, hand- pattied burger. Last year’s winner was Café Beaudelaire in Ames.  Two years ago, the Hereford Bar-b-que in Storm Lake held top honors.