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Tuesday News, August 4

Le Mars Police Department To Hold Block Party Open House

(Le Mars) -- Tonight is "National Night Out" and the Le Mars Police Department will be acknowledging the event with a block party to be held at the Le Mars Police Department headquarters at 22 2nd Street N.E.  Police Chief Stuart Dekkenga explains what will be featured during this evening's festivities.

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Dekkenga says the public will be able to view police cars and other equipment used by the officers.  The police chief says all the activities will take place in the police department's garage area.

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Dekkenga says the purpose behind "national night out" is to strengthen relations between the police departments and the communities they serve.

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Missing Yard Ornaments Turn Up At Southside Residence As A Prank

(Le Mars) -- Speaking about the Le Mars Police Department, Chief Dekkenga says if you are missing some yard ornaments, lights, potted plants, or even yard signs, you may want to contact the Le Mars Police Department.  Chief Dekkenga says recently several of the mentioned items were found at a residence on the south side of town.   Someone apparently went around town collecting the yard items, and then placed them at the residence as a joke or prank.   The Le Mars Police Department hopes to return those items to the rightful owners, but don't have an idea as to which items belong to what house.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fire And Rescue Department Responds To 42 Calls In July

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department has submitted its monthly report for July.  The fire department responded to a total of 42 calls in July, eight of those calls were fire calls. Another eight were rescue calls, 11 calls were investigations.  Four times the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department responded to offer mutual aid, and there were 11 requests for services. Fire Chief Dave Schipper says 27 fire fighters donated 117 hours of time to assist with the Plymouth County Fair.

 

 

 

 

City Council To Meet Today

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council will hold a public hearing at noon today regarding the Highway 75 Bypass Urban Renewal Plan Amendment.  In action items to be discussed, the city council will examine the KNS second addition rezoning request.  The city council will continue to discuss the 12th Street southwest sidewalk improvement project.  The council is scheduled to visit about the urban renewal tax increment revenue bond.

 

 

 

 

Supervisors To Hear Update Regarding Mike's Saloon

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Board of Supervisors are scheduled to meet this morning at the County courthouse board room.  The county supervisors will hear an update from Brett Bagley regarding Mike's Saloon septic systems.  The supervisors will hear from County engineer Tom Rohe as he submits some permits for the supervisor approval, and offers an update on the status of the road construction projects.

 

 

 

 

Candidates File For School Board Elections

(Le Mars) -- The deadline to file for school board elections has now passed.  Le Mars Community School District has a three-way race for two positions for the at-large district.  Fred Zenk is seeking another term representing district five. He is unopposed for the position.  There are no candidates residing in District 3 that have announced their candidacy for the Le Mars School Board.  Those running for the school board include Patrick Murphy who is seeking re-election, After being off the school board for one term, Mark Hemmingson is pursuing another chance to serve on the school board.  Angela Catton is also seeking a position on the Le Mars Community school board.

Akron-Westfield Community School District

Debra L. Jordt - Director District 6

Jodi Thompson - Director District 5

Nick Mathistad - Director At Large

No candidate for Director District 4

Public Measure for General Obligation Bond

 

Hinton Communitiy School District

Director District At-Large - Vote For 3

Sarah Vaydich - Director At-Large

Ed Vondrak - Director At-Large

Brett C. Stanley - Director At-Large

Robert D. Held - Director At-Large

Tracey Badar - Director At-Large

Kyle Hoefling - Director At-Large

Public Measure for Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL)

 

Kingsley-Pierson Community School District

Director District At-Large Vote For 3

Matt Bubke - Director District At-Large

Angela Haggin - Director District At-Large

Phillip Herbold - Director District At-Large

Bobbi Hirschman - Director District At Large

Becky L. Wenzel - Director District At Large

Public Measure for State Secure an Advanced Vision For Education Fund (SAVE)

 

Remsen-Union

Director At-Large Vote For 2

Sara Krier- Director District At-Large

Jim Miller - Director District At-Large

Talon Penning - Director District At-Large

 

 

 

Branstad Defends Education Veto

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad is touting Iowa's progress with STEM education as he continues to defend his veto of some one-time education spending.
Branstad on Monday said he wants to provide resources to specific priorities, like programs focused on science, technology, engineering and math. He said providing increases to school districts and giving more discretion to superintendents is not producing the best results.
The Republican governor said he wants to provide education dollars in a "strategic and specific" way. He recently vetoed $55.7 million in one-time school funding. Educators have criticized the move, saying it will lead to larger class sizes and less money for supplies.
Branstad said he will not use one-time money for ongoing budget needs.

 

 

 

 

Mall Shooting Could Have A Change Of Venue

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) - An attorney for a man accused of fatally shooting a 20-year-old woman inside an Iowa mall says he wants his client's upcoming trial to be moved to a different county.
Peter Persaud said at a hearing Monday that he will file a motion for a change of venue for 22-year-old Alexander Kozak's trial. He says media attention of the June 12 shooting at Coral Ridge Mall will make it difficult to find an impartial jury in eastern Iowa.
Judge Christopher Bruns said he would likely grant the motion.
Kosak has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Andrea Farrington.  A trial is scheduled to begin in October, but attorneys for both sides say it may be pushed back.

 

 

 

 

Fire Officials Unable To Determine The Cause Of Yonkers Fire

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Federal officials say they cannot determine the cause of a fire that destroyed a historic downtown Des Moines building last year 
A 36-page report from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives states the origin of the fire at the former Younkers building in March 2014 is "undetermined." It says damage from the fire prevented a more extensive examination.
The report also says embers left behind from work done at the site before the fire cannot be ruled out.
The early morning fire destroyed most of the building, which was being renovated into apartments. A neighboring business affected by the fire later filed a lawsuit that claimed the construction company and building's owners failed to take precautions that could have prevented the fire.

 

 

 

 

Traffic Cameras Being Disputed

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The attorney for seven car owners who claimed in a federal lawsuit the city of Des Moines violated their constitutional rights by fining them for speeding with an automated camera on Interstate 235 plan to appeal a judge's dismissal of the case.
Des Moines attorney Jim Larew says his clients plan to take Friday's dismissal by a federal judge to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The judge said the cameras, which take pictures of speeding cars and mail a citation to the car owner with a civil fine attached, do not deprive drivers of any fundamental liberty.
Des Moines City Attorney Jeff Lester says the latest ruling joins the Iowa Supreme Court and a federal judge in eastern Iowa in upholding the city's authority to use automated cameras.




 




   

Monday Afternoon News, August 3

Candidates File For School Board Election

(Le Mars) -- The deadline to file for school board elections has now passed.  Le Mars Community School District has a three-way race for two positions for the at-large district.  Fred Zenk is seeking another term representing district five. He is unopposed for the position.  There are no candidates residing in District 3 that have announced their candidacy for the Le Mars School Board.  Those running for the school board include Patrick Murphy who is seeking re-election, After being off the school board for one term, Mark Hemmingson is pursuing another chance to serve on the school board.  Angela Catton is also seeking a position on the Le Mars Community school board.

 

 

 

 

Branstad Promotes STEM Education And Defends Education Veto

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad is touting Iowa's progress with STEM education as he continues to defend his veto of some one-time education spending.
Branstad on Monday said he wants to provide resources to specific priorities, like programs focused on science, technology, engineering and math. He said providing increases to school districts and giving more discretion to superintendents is not producing the best results.
The Republican governor said he wants to provide education dollars in a "strategic and specific" way. He recently vetoed $55.7 million in one-time school funding. Educators have criticized the move, saying it will lead to larger class sizes and less money for supplies.
Branstad said he will not use one-time money for ongoing budget needs.

 

 

 

 

National Park Service Buries Report On Effigy Mounds

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The National Park Service has shelved a blistering internal report that details a "decade of dysfunction" as the agency allowed dozens of illegal construction projects to cause significant damage to an ancient burial ground in Iowa that tribes consider sacred.
Titled "Serious Mismanagement Report," the document blasts the park service's stewardship of the Effigy Mounds National Monument and says the case should serve as a wakeup call for employees at all levels.
Last week, NPS deputy regional director Patricia Trap told someone who requested a copy of the report that it didn't exist.
She later told The Associated Press that the report exists but hadn't been "agency-approved." She says it will be replaced by another review that's looking at the root causes of problems as well as what went right during the scandal.

 

 

 

 

Iowa State University Cremation Garden

AMES, Iowa (AP) - University regents are scheduled to consider a proposal that could lead to adding a cremation garden at Iowa State University's small cemetery in Ames.
The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that Iowa State is asking to contract with a company to study construction and maintenance of the garden. The current plan includes a series of walls that would have nooks for urns.
The regents are expected to consider the idea during their Wednesday meeting.
Interment in the ISU cemetery is reserved for ISU presidents and faculty members with at least two decades of service at the university. Those restrictions wouldn't change for internment, but the proposal would let thousands of ISU alumni and supporters have their ashes stored in the area.

 

 

 

Disaster Assistance Approved For Iowa Counties

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A federal disaster declaration has been issued for 19 Iowa counties damaged by severe weather in June.
Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved a request for a presidential disaster declaration. The declaration covers Allamakee, Appanoose, Butler, Clayton, Dallas, Davis, Des Moines, Guthrie, Howard, Jefferson, Lee, Lucas, Marion, Mitchell, Monroe, Warren, Wayne, Winneshiek and Wright. 
Branstad requested the support after the counties were damaged by winds, tornadoes, rain, hail and thunderstorms from June 20 to June 25. 
The declaration means the counties will get federal funding to help with rebuilding efforts, such as repairing property, removing debris and other emergency work.

 

 

 



 

 

 

   

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