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Monday News, June 10th


School Board To Hear End-Of-The-Year Reports

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Community Board of Education will convene this evening for its bi-monthly meeting. The school board will open with a public hearing on the high school parking lot expansion project. The school board will review the received bids for the renovation and paving projects, and are expected to take action on the bids. Members of the Teacher Leadership and
Compensation committee will present the year end report for the 2018-2019 school year. The school board will hear from two faculty members as they offer a presentation on proposed American Government and Applied Chemistry text books. Each of the principals will submit their end of the year reports
for the school board’s review and approval. The school board will act on two resignation requests of Amy Krogman as Middle School study hall supervisor, and Angela Larson as the elementary instructional assistant. The school board will also review and approve the milk and bread contracts for the
upcoming school year. The school board will finalize the process of identifying legislative priorities for the 2019 legislative session.



Ambulance Service Releases Quarterly Report

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Ambulance Services recently released its quarterly report. During the months of March 1st to May 31st, the call volume for the Le Mars Ambulance Service was listed at 272 calls, which was an increase of 11 calls, or 4.7 percent from the same period a year ago. So far, in 2019 the local ambulance service has responded to 456 calls, which is an increase
of 26 calls or six percent increase from the previous year. During the three-month quarter, the Le Mars Ambulance responded to 188 9-1-1 calls, 48 emergency inter-facility transfers, 34 non-emergency inter-facility transfers, one call for paramedic intercept, and one call for public assistance. Of the calls, 131 calls required Basic Life Support and 141 calls required Advanced
Life Support.



“Share The Road” Educational Exhibit To Be At Total Motors

(Le Mars) — Total Motors of Le Mars will host an educational and interactive semi truck and trailer exhibit entitled: “Share the Road”. The exhibit will be on the Total Motors lot Tuesday evening, June 11th. Mitch Christoffel says the educational exhibit will showcase safe driving around a semi truck.

Christoffel says the program will only be for an hour long beginning at 6:30 p.m. He says many motorists fail to realize the “blind spots” of a truck, the distance needed to stop a fully-loaded semi truck and trailer, and the required space needed for a semi truck and trailer to turn a corner.

Christoffel says the event will help all motorists be more aware of the dangers on the road when sharing the road with semi trucks.



Secondary Roads Department To Close 180th Street

(Le Mars) — The Plymouth County Secondary Roads Department have announced they will close 180th Street from Quartz Avenue to county road L-12. The road will be closed beginning Tuesday, June 11th and continuing through June 25th. Work crews will be replacing an old wooden bridge with a culvert.



Weather Official Predicts Cooler Than Normal Temperatures In June

(Des Moines) — Forecasters say Iowa may have cooler-than-normal temperatures and much less rainfall throughout June. That may sound great, but not if you’re a farmer. Rains will diminish over the coming weeks and other signs of summer may be lacking. Meteorologist Dennis Todey, director of the
U-S-D-A’s Midwest Climate Hub in Ames, says the rainy spell we’ve been enduring for months is over.

Still, that doesn’t mean there won’t be rain on Iowans’ parades. Todey says there will be plenty of opportunities for showers, thunderstorms — and for more flooding.

According to forecast models, Todey says much of the month ahead will be cooler than usual and may not bring Iowa’s acres of corn and soybeans the warmth they need to mature.

Summer arrives two weeks from today. Todey says the effects of the ongoing El Nino pattern will be felt well into fall.



People Disappointed I-29 Is Closed

AUBURN, Neb. (AP) – Some residents are unhappy that Interstate 29 across the bloated Missouri River in Iowa is closed again due to flooding, sending more drivers through their small Nebraska town than ever before.
College student Maggie Kreifels says U.S. Highway 75, which passes straight through Auburn, Nebraska, is busier and its drivers more impatient.
The Lincoln Journal Star reports that other residents complain that drivers, including semis, eager to avoid 75 are clogging up residential streets.
Not everyone is unhappy. Business owners welcome the extra passing trade.
Evan Lindsey, the general manager of a Pizza Hut branch, says
business is flourishing and he’s encouraging his staff to enjoy meeting new people in the restaurant. He says his staff recognizes that more customers mean more tips.



FEMA Looking For Employees To Help With Disaster Claims

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – The Federal Emergency Management Agency is facing an unexpected challenge in meeting the needs of the many people affected by this spring’s widespread flooding and violent storms: a strong economy.
Tasked with responding to natural disasters that seem ever more
frequent and destructive, the agency finds itself further challenged by the robust job market and an inability to match what the private sector can offer, in many cases.
FEMA officials are turning for help to retirees, recent college
graduates and those who lost their jobs to the disasters, though they’re finding few available workers in many of the rural communities that are in some of the hardest-hit areas.
In no place is that clearer than Nebraska and Iowa, which were
ravaged by floods and have some of the nation’s lowest unemployment rates.



Chicken Processing Plant To Close In August

CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) – Officials at a chicken processing plant in northeastern Iowa announced the plant will close in August, taking 500 jobs with it.
The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that the Simply Essentials
chicken processing plant in Charles City closes on Aug. 5.
Employees were told Thursday in a letter that 479 plant workers, 22 administrators and 12 field operations workers would be laid off. The letter says the layoffs are expected to be permanent.
Simply Essentials has been in business since 2013, with a primary focus on health and wellness foods. It bought the Charles City plant in 2016.
The Iowa Economic Development Authority Board awarded the company $1 million in investment tax credits and $66,000 through a refund of sales and other taxes paid during construction.