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Wednesday Afternoon News, March 25th


Supervisors Discuss Coronavirus During Meeting

(Le Mars) — During Tuesday’s Plymouth County Board of Supervisor meeting, the county governing board discussed the wide spread coronavirus, and it affects on county government and its employees. Craig Anderson serves as the vice chairman of the County Board of Supervisors. He says the board approved
a disaster declaration which was a follow-up from the previous week from a letter signed by chairman Don Kass.

Currently, the county courthouse is closed to the public, but Anderson says some of the employees are still staffing the offices, while others are conducting county business work from home. The Recorder’s Office, Treasurer’s Office and the Auditor’s Office are encouraging people to either conduct business on-line, or to use the drop box located at the courthouse.

Anderson says the county is making preparations in case additional employees will need to conduct business from their home.

Employees needing time off, either because they have been infected with the virus, or have been quarantined due to coming in close contact with someone that has the coronavirus was also a topic of discussion during the weekly county supervisor meeting.

Anderson says the action taken by the county governing board was actually a federal mandate, as well as a request by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds.

The County Supervisor shares what was decided by the county governing board with regards to county employees needing time off due to the virus.

Because of the virus, the county supervisors held their meeting at the basement of the Courthouse Annex building.



Northeast Iowa Man Killed From ATV Accident

NASHUA, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a 77-year-old man was fatally injured when an all-terrain vehicle rolled onto him in northeast Iowa. The accident happened Tuesday afternoon near Nashua. The Iowa State Patrol says Larry Moine was igniting some grass fires on his property when he tried to ascend a
steep embankment. The ATV didn’t make it and instead rolled atop him.
Authorities say he was pronounced dead later at Floyd County Medical Center in Charles City.



Iowa State University Student Government Advisor Is Released From Duties

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The staff adviser to Iowa State University’s student government has resigned and received a $47,000 severance payout, weeks after student activists demanded his firing over an old social media post showing
him in blackface. A separation agreement shows that Alex Krumm and university President Wendy Wintersteen agreed that his continued employment was no longer “in their best interests” and he resigned March 1. His departure came days after administrators met with a group called Students Against Racism to discuss its demand for Krumm’s termination and other changes. Krumm came under fire for a 2015 Instagram post that showed his face painted black when he played a mime in a student production at Wartburg College.



Paint Iowa Beautiful Awards Grants

(Des Moines) — Residents of more than 100 Iowa communities will get out the paint brushes and rollers once the weather warms up after being awarded grants in the “Paint Iowa Beautiful” program. Keep Iowa Beautiful associate director,
Bill Jackson, says they partner every year with Diamond Vogel Paints to give communities free paint for projects.

Jackson says the idea is to help spruce up communities and get people involved.

He says the cities will visit Diamond Vogel to get the paint, and projects will get started as soon as the weather

He says it’s a great partnership with a company that
makes the paint right here in Iowa.

The company website says Diamond Vogel was created in 1926 by Andrew Vogel in Orange City as he looked for a quality paint for northwest Iowa creameries. The business is still family owned. You can learn more about the grants on the Keep Iowa Beautiful website at: www.keepiowabeautiful.com