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Tuesday Afternoon News, Jan 15

Le Mars City Council Awards Contracts For Waste Water Treatment Facilities

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council held a special meeting today to award the contracts for the construction of the new Waste Water Treatment facility and improvements to the existing facility.  The council awarded a contract of $15 million 226 thousand dollars to Rice lake Construction of Deerwood, Minnesota and the council awarded a second contract for $3,664,000 to Vander Pol Excavating of Orange City.   That meeting will be held at the city hall council chambers.


Plymouth County Transfers Property to City of Le Mars

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors approved a three percent increase in salary for non-elected county employees during their regularly scheduled meeting held this morning at the county courthouse.  The supervisors also signed an agreement between Plymouth County and the city of Le Mars transferring Plymouth County's interest in the Cresent Ridge real estate to the city of Le Mars.  The county, in an effort to promote economic development previously contributed $525,000 to the Le Mars Business Initiative Corporation for the acquistion and development of Cresent Ridge real estate comprising of 59.5 acres.  The county is now transferring the land back to the city in the amount of $297,500.


Mid-Sioux Opportunity Inc. Raises $1000 for Low Income Families

(REMSEN), IA – Local businesses in five counties along with Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc. have raised nearly $1,000.00 collectively to provide assistance to needy families this winter.  Funds were raised by patrons purchasing mittens for $1 at participating businesses.  Those funds were then provided to Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc. to assist families in need.  “All of these funds will be used for direct assistance to families.  Mid-Sioux Executive Director, Dick Sievers says the agency is grateful to have the support from the business community and from those who donated.” Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc. is a Community Action Agency that fights poverty on the local level serving Cherokee, Ida, Lyon, Plymouth and Sioux counties in Northwest Iowa.  The mission of Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc. is to meet individual and community needs through educational, health, financial and outreach services.

Historic Preservation Commission To Throw A Community Party

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars Historic Preservation Commission wants to invite the public to a party, that will celebrate the listing of the Le Mars Downtown Commercial Historic District, on the National Register of Historic Places. That event is scheduled for Wednesday, January 16 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor - second floor. A power point of historic pictures will be shown.


Branstad Offers Legislature Three Goals In Condition of the State Address

(Des Moines) -- Calling his Condition of the State Address "Opportunity for Iowa", Governor Branstad laid out his goals before a joint session of the Iowa Legislature.  Kay Henderson gives us this report.
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Attorneys For Council Bluffs Ask For Judge To Allow Jury's Decision To Stand

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Attorneys for the city of Council Bluffs and two former police detectives are asking a judge to rule that a jury decided in their favor in a lawsuit filed by two men who claimed they were wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for murder.
A mistrial was declared Dec. 14 in the lawsuit filed by Terry Harrington and Curtis McGhee. The jury returned to the courtroom with a written verdict indicating they had ruled in favor of the
city and former police officers Daniel Larsen and Lyle Brown.
When jurors were asked if they agreed with the verdict, three women answered no. A unanimous verdict is required, so Judge Robert Pratt declared a mistrial.
Attorneys for the city and officers filed a motion Friday asking Pratt to reinstate the jury's written verdict.


Water To Be Released From Reservoir

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A public water utility in central Iowa is releasing water from a reservoir on the Des Moines River for the first time due to concerns about water supply.
Des Moines Water Works announced Tuesday it will release water from the Saylorville Reservoir due to concerns about available amounts and quality. The additional release of 30 cubic feet per second will take place Wednesday.
The utility says testing the release procedure in case it's needed was driven by last year's drought conditions.
Water Works invested $2.4 million 30 years ago for reservoir access. They also pay $100,000 annually for a pumping facility.

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