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Tuesday News, August 7

Chamber of Commerce Holds Annual Golf Tournament, Today

(Le Mars) -- Today is the annual Le Mars Chamber of Commerce golf tournament.  A noon luncheon will kick off the festivities at the Willow Creek Golf Club.  Brad Pick, vice president for the marketing and events committee says the golf tournament is a highlight for Chamber activities.

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Pick says several community businesses are helping sponsor the golf outing and contributing some prizes to make the Chamber tournament that much more enjoyable.

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The tournament starts off with a luncheon serving brats and burgers.  More than 40 four-somes will participate in the Chamber golf tournament.

Le Mars Historic Downtown Study Featured On Cable Channel 12

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Historic Preservation Commission will share their year long study on the Le Mars downtown this evening on Cable Channel 12.  The presentation will be made by Kerry Davis, Architectural Historian.  Davis will present details about the Le Mars downtown district that is being nominated for placement on the National Register of Historic Places.

City Council To Discuss Former DOT Property

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council is scheduled to meet today at noon.  The council will discuss a submitted offer to purchase city real estate that was once owned by the Iowa Department of Transportation.  The city has received three offers that will be considered.  The city council will also consider the Maser Plaza proposal.  The Masers are proposing to build the addition and when completed donate to the city for use as a visitor information Center and Historic displays with the theme of an old railroad train depot.  The area in question is the former First National Bank drive through facility.

School Registration Continues Today

(Le Mars) --  School will be starting again in a manner of weeks, and Dr. Todd Wendt, superintendent of schools for the Le Mars Community says he believes everyone is again ready for school to start.  Registration continues today between 7 a.m and 3 p.m. with all registrations to be conducted at the Middle School.  Wendt says with the exception of the school lunch program, fees remain about the same as last year.

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Winnebago Tribe Wants To Operate Sioux City Casino

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska wants to develop a casino and hotel in downtown Sioux City if it wins the rights to Woodbury County's gaming license.
Lance Morgan is CEO of the tribe's economic development firm, Ho-Chunk Inc., and he confirmed the tribe's interest.
Missouri River Historical Development has said it's considering a new partner to run a casino in Sioux City because it couldn't agree on the details of a land-based casino with Penn National Gaming, which runs the current river boat casino.
The Winnebago Tribe already operates the WinnaVegas Casino in Sloan located less than 20 miles away from Sioux City.
Several companies are expected to bid on the gaming license. Morgan says he believes the tribe would be best partner because it is based nearby in northeast Nebraska.

Midwestern Governors To Meet In Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Governors from Midwestern states will meet in Des Moines next month to talk about how to better market the positive attributes of the region.
The Midwest Governors Association announced Monday that Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will host the meeting on Sept. 26.
Branstad is chairing the association this year, and his agenda is focused on how to promote a positive Midwestern narrative that highlights attributes such as the region's work ethic, business
climate and high-quality schools.
A press release from the group says the meeting will address strategies for the region to better sell itself and its entrepreneurial spirit to other regions and countries.
The group is inviting current and former Midwestern governors, business and academic leaders and others to the meeting, which marks the 50th anniversary of the association.


ACLU Concerned About Students Attending School at Church Building

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa has concerns about plans for some West Des Moines school district students to attend classes that will be held in a church.
The Des Moines Register says ( windows are being replaced at Hillside Elementary School, so the district will use rooms at Lutheran Church of Hope for the first eight to 10
weeks of the school year.
Ben Stone is executive director of the ACLU chapter, and he says school and church officials must ensure students do not receive religious instruction or pressure.
School district spokeswoman Elaine Watkins-Miller says the need for separation of church and state has been clearly communicated to the church.
Students will the church's classrooms, gym, cafeteria area and art and music rooms but not the sanctuary.


Runaway Truck Kills One and Injures Others At Auction

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say one person is dead and five are injured after a truck at a popular Iowa livestock auction lost control and drove into a crowd of people.
Kalona City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh said the accident happened Monday morning at the Kalona Sales Barn during a monthly horse auction attended by several hundred people.
He says the driver of the auctioneer's truck had a medical issue that caused him to step on the accelerator of the Ford F-250 and lose control. He says the truck struck six or seven people on the
property before striking a tree, and then continued for another block before stopping.
Washington County authorities said that one person was pronounced dead at the scene, and five others were taken to area hospitals for treatment.


Iowa Crops Continue To Deteriorate

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's crops continue to decline as the drought tightens its grip on key farm states.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 49 percent of the corn crop is in poor to very poor condition. Last week, it was 46 percent. Just 16 percent is rated good or excellent.
The USDA says 37 percent of the soybean crop is in bad shape. That compares to 30 percent a week ago.
The dry summer is also taking a toll on Iowa's pastureland, with 86 percent rated poor or very poor.
Storms arrived late Friday and Saturday with over 2 inches of rain in eastern Iowa. The statewide average for the week was 0.62 inches, or two-thirds of the normal.

State Fair Officials On Alert For New Flu

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa State Fair officials are on alert but not overly worried about swine flu cases showing up at the fair as it begins Thursday.
Animals have been passing a new swine flu strain on to humans.  Officials say more than two dozen human cases of the new strain have been confirmed in the U.S. in the past year. Ten cases confirmed last week were linked to the Butler County Fair in southwest Ohio.
Iowa State Fair manager Gary Slater told The Gazette that the state veterinarian has been checking fairground preparations before up to 3,500 pigs start arriving Tuesday.
Each animal must have papers from its local veterinarian, attesting to the animal's health. Slater says any pig that appears to be sick will be sent home if necessary.

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