Friday News, April 10
Log Cabin To Move To Museum
(Le Mars) -- Sometime within the next few months, the Joy Hollow log cabin will be moving from its present location at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds to its new home at the Plymouth County Historical Museum. Last evening during the Plymouth County Fair Board meeting, Grant Hanstein of Le Mars shared with the fair board, the plan as presented by the Plymouth County Historical Museum. Hanstein informed the fair board that the museum board did decide to take ownership of the 115 year old log cabin. Fair officials voted to allow the museum to be moved. Fair board president, Tony Schroeder expressed his opinion about the cabin with fair officials echoing his sentiments.
Hanstein informed the fair board that the museum has been able to raise $31,375 from 102 donors, enough to cover the costs of moving the cabin, and begin the restoration process. Eva Mouw of Le Mars appealed to the fair board to consider keeping the cabin at the Plymouth County fairgrounds.
She continued to say, the fair grounds is where the cabin belongs.
Mouw said it was the intention of the Girl Scouts organization when they gifted the cabin to the fair board, more than ten years ago, when the cabin was first moved to the fairgrounds that the cabin would remain at the fairgrounds.
Fair board director, Candice Nash responded to Mouw's plea by informing her, the fair board is not a preservationist. She pointed out that it is the job of the museum is to serve as preservationist. She continued to say the fair board recently invested $18,000 to repair the famous round barn. Nash also informed Mouw the space would not be used for commercial exhibits, but rather it is being planned to expand a children's stage.
Tornadoes Hit Eastern Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Severe weather making its way across eastern Iowa has produced at least one tornado.
The National Weather Service confirms that a tornado was located around 5:25 p.m. Thursday in rural Donahue, which is about 15 miles north of Davenport.
Meteorologist John Haase says there were no reports of structural damage. He says the tornado caused some blown-over semitrucks and uprooted or damaged trees. Hail as large as ping pong balls was predicted in the area.
The Weather Service says it received multiple reports of tornadoes later Thursday evening in Scott and Clinton counties. There were no injuries reported. Damage included downed trees and power lines and an overturned semi-trailer.
Meteorologist Rich Kinney says storm survey crews will be headed to the area Friday morning.
High Speed Broadband Internet Bill Passes
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Legislation aimed at expanding high-speed Internet in Iowa continues to move forward this session, though lawmakers agree there will be some changes to the bill.
The House Ways and Means Committee voted unanimously Thursday for a bill that would create a 10-year property tax relief program for service providers that add infrastructure for broadband, also known as high-speed Internet. It now heads to the full House.
The bill would create a grant program funded with federal and private money. It originally had $5 million in state dollars, but that was stripped away earlier in the session after some lawmakers expressed concern about its sustainability.
A similar bill is being considered in the Senate. Lawmakers overseeing both bills say they expect to align the legislation and make changes.
Republican Candidates Court Home School Families
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Eight years after Mike Huckabee tapped the support of evangelical home-schooling families as part of his winning coalition in the 2008 Iowa caucuses, a lineup of GOP hopefuls is seeking to duplicate that effort.
Five Republican prospects courted homeschool families in Des Moines on Thursday at an annual gathering sponsored by the Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators. While the number of homeschoolers in the state may be small, they are viewed as a well-organized subset of the evangelical population.
In attendance at an afternoon panel discussion were Huckabee as well as former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. Former Texas Governor Rick Perry came to a portion of the program at the state Capitol earlier in the day.