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Tuesday News, October 30

County Conservation Board To Deliver Annual Report To Supervisors

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Conservation Board Executive Director, Dennis Sohl, is scheduled to deliver the annual report of the County Conservation Board to the Plymouth County Supervisors during their regular weekly meeting today.  Sohl is expected to review the financial condition of the County Conservation Board, as well as discuss the activities from this past fiscal year.  County engineer, Tom Rohe will also appear before the county governing board and will ask for a resolution to petition a road vacation and set a public hearing date.

 

Road Closed For Bridge Repair

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Secondary Road Department has announced a road closure.  The road department will close 280th Street for a period of two days from Highway 140 to Roosevelt Avenue.  Road crews will be working on an abutment repair to a bridge.

 

Applications Can Be Submitted For Hotel-Motel Sales Tax Grants

(Le Mars) -- Beginning Thursday, applications for grants from the Hotel-Motel Sales Tax will be accepted.  Non-profit organizations can apply for the money.  Jessica Lingren, the Le Mars Convention and Visitors Bureau manager, says the amount can be between $250 up to a maximum of $15,000 as long as it somehow promotes tourism to the area.
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The deadline for the applications are due back to the city hall no later than December 28th. Lingren says there are a few rules to follow for consideration.

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Some of the organizations that have received grants in the past include Ice Cream Days celebration, and the Plymouth County Fair.  But Lingren says smaller organizations are also encouraged to submit an application.  The annual revenue generated from the local hotel-motel sales tax often exceeds $100,000.  However, according to Lingren $40,000 will be available for the grants.

 

Chamber Looking For "Business" and "Citizen" Of The Year Nominations

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting nominations for "Business of the the Year", and "Citizen of the Year".  All Chamber Member businesses are eligible regardless of size of type.  Recognition will be awarded based on one or more of the following criteria.  community involvement...job creation...innovative practices...employee benefits...major expansion...or overcoming an adversity.  Both the Business of the Year and the Citizen of the Year nominations must be returned to the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce offices no later than December 5th.  In addition, the Le Mars Business Initiative Corporation is looking to fill an at-large seat vacated by a retiring Board member.  The LBIC is comprised of four representatives of the city of Le Mars, four representatives of the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce, and six at-large positions.  All at-large positions are three year terms.


First Lady Michelle Obama Campaigns In Sioux City


(Sioux City) -- First Lady Michelle Obama made a campaign swing through Iowa yesterday, stopping at both Iowa City and Sioux City. She told the crowd to vote early, saying Iowa is fortunate to be a state that allows for early voting. First Lady Michelle Obama spoke to a cheering crowd of about a thousand supporters Monday afternoon at a rally for her husband, President Barack Obama.  The First Lady talked about the President's vision of America and their values.

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Mrs. Obama touted the President's health care plan and its strengths, as well as education funding and women's rights.  She says the President has concrete plans for the next four years, despite what opponents say, and a website explaining them.

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The First Lady began her speech in Sioux City with thoughts on those in the path of Hurricane Sandy, saying the country is prepared to help storm victims.


DNR Investigates Fish Kill on Floyd River

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Natural Resources Department is investigating a fish kill in northwest Iowa.
The agency is checking the West Branch of the Floyd River, about 2 1/2 miles south of Sioux Center.
Department workers found elevated ammonia levels in the water and several dead fish north of the U.S. Highway 75 bridge crossing.
The department says high ammonia content usually means the source is a nutrient, often fertilizer, manure or wastewater.

 

8 Year Old Shot At Shooting Range

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - An 8-year-old boy has been accidentally shot at a shooting range in northeast Iowa.
The Black Hawk County Sheriff's office says David Young wandered in front of the firing line while a relative was shooting at targets around 5:15 p.m. Monday. The incident occurred at the Black
Hawk Park range in Cedar Falls.
The sheriff's office says David was shot in the head with a .22-caliber rifle.
He was taken to Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo and then flown to a brain trauma unit in Iowa City.


Nursing Home Fined $500

NORWALK, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa nursing home has been fined $500 for not reporting possible sexual exploitation of a resident by a home employee.
The case involves a staffer at the Regency Care Center in the Des Moines suburb of Norwalk.
The worker was accused of kissing the resident and having other sexual contact with him.
Home administrator Inde Miller fired the worker. She told inspectors that she didn't report the matter to the state because the relationship was consensual.
Iowa law says any consensual or nonconsensual sexual conduct between a patient and caregiver must be reported to the state as abuse.
Miller declined to comment about the state findings.
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Monday Afternoon News, October 29

Investigators Look At Possible Voter Fraud

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - State criminal investigators are looking into reports of possible problems with absentee ballots in Muscatine and Floyd counties.
Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation spokeswoman Chari Paulson says complaints involve absentee ballots.
The investigations, first reported Monday in The Des Moines Register, appear to center on voters receiving ballots without having signed a request form.
A man in Muscatine County says a Democratic campaign worker allowed his mother to sign a ballot request form for him when he wasn't home. It is a felony in Iowa to falsify a signature on a
ballot request form.
In Floyd County, the DCI is investigating three reports of someone filling out ballot requests without the voter's knowledge.
More than 624,000 absentee ballots have been mailed to Iowa voters and more than 470,000 returned.

 

Clinton To Campaign For Obama In Midwest

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Former President Bill Clinton is headed for the Midwest this week to campaign for Democratic President Barack Obama in a swing that will take him to Minnesota, Iowa and
Wisconsin.
The Clinton campaign events will partially fill a void for Obama, who has taken himself off the road temporarily to deal with Hurricane Sandy.
Clinton's travel itinerary will also take him to Colorado, Ohio, Virginia and New Hampshire.
Minnesota has been getting increasing attention as both Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney launch late TV commercials.  But Obama is still favored to collect the 10 electoral college
votes. Clinton was expected to hold two rallies in the state Tuesday.
All of the other states have been hotly contested throughout the presidential campaign.

 

Des Moines House Explodes

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Fire officials say no one was injured when a lit cigarette and an oxygen tank caused an explosion that blew out windows and caused a fire at a house in Des Moines.
The Des Moines Register (http://dmreg.co/Ph3gUv ) says the blast happened Monday morning.
Fire Inspector Brian O'Keefe says the homeowner sleeps with oxygen and left the tank on when she got up. She lit a cigarette, and the oxygen in the room caught fire and burned back toward the
tank, causing an explosion.
The woman, her grandson and a family dog escaped before the explosion.   Damage to the home is estimated between $50,000 and $70,000.

Businessman Admits To Fraud

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An Indiana businessman has pleaded guilty to ripping off an Iowa company and duping investors in separate fraud schemes totaling $2.3 million.
Lowell Hancher of Sheridan, Ind., pleaded guilty Friday to one count of wire fraud and one count of securities fraud. He's been released from custody pending sentencing, where he'll face a
maximum prison term of 45 years.
In a plea agreement, Hancher acknowledged he defrauded investors in a Colorado construction company of $1.8 million between 2005 and 2010. Some investors lived in northern Iowa and were told their money would be used for a public stock offering.
Separately, Hancher said that he abused his position on the board of Spencer-based manufacturing company Cycle Country to misappropriate more than $500,000 for himself under a phony stock
buyback program.


Blind Trumpet Player Marches In Band

SOLON, Iowa (AP) - A trumpet player from Solon in eastern Iowa is marching with the high school band, thanks to some help from his bandmates.
The Gazette in Cedar Rapids says 14-year-old freshman Jalen Howsare (HOWS'-uhr) has been blind since he was toddler. His eyes were removed because of tumors, an illness called bilateral retinoblastoma. He has prosthetic eyes and is cancer free.
Howsare marched with the band for the first time during competitions in September.
During performances, his bandmates figure out where he's supposed to go and guide him during each song. Whoever is closest puts a hand on his shoulder and leads him to the next spot.
Band director Desmond Cervantez says Howsare is "fearless," and having him in the band builds upon its mission of giving back.


 

 

 



 

   

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