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Friday News, April 22

Le Mars Police Release Information Regarding Vehicle Accident

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Police have released information regarding an accident that occurred Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of 2nd Avenue Southeast and 4th Street Southeast.  The accident happened after 4:00 p.m. According to the traffic report, 43 year old Victor Ruedas Tinoco of Pharr, Texas, was driving eastbound on 4th Street southeast and 46 year old Stacy Hoffman of Le Mars was traveling northbound on 2nd Avenue southeast.  Hoffman says she did not see the Ruedas Tinoco vehicle when the two vehicles collided at the intersection.  Hoffman hit the Ruedas Tinoco vehicle on the passenger side.  There were no injuries associated with the accident.

 

 

 

 

Joy Hollow Log Cabin To Be Focus Of Museum's Annual Meeting

Le Mars) -- The Joy Hollow log cabin is getting a new roof.  Niehus Construction of Le Mars is now installing a new cedar shingle roof on Joy Hollow Log Cabin, the cabin acquired last summer from the Plymouth County Fair by the Plymouth County Historical Museum.
The cabin, now entering its final phase of renovation, will be the subject for the Museum’s 52nd annual meeting at 6 p.m., Thursday, May 12.
Reservations for the annual meeting and pioneer meal are due at the Museum by Thursday, May 5. Those wishing to attend the meeting may contact the Museum at 546-7002, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
The theme of “Cabin Fever” will recognize the acquisition of Joy Hollow Log Cabin to the Museum property. Catering the 6 p.m. event will be Timmy’s, who will offer a pioneer meal of homemade beef stew, cornbread, coleslaw, dessert, coffee, ice tea, and water, all for $10.
The Rev. Dr. Jean Ziettlow of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Le Mars will offer the table grace. Special piano music also is planned. Middle school students are planning History Day displays.
Headlining the program of “Cabin Fever” will be Dale and Sue Morrow of Morrow’s Housemoving, Jackson, Nebraska. The Morrows moved Joy Hollow Log Cabin to the Museum grounds on June 5, 2015, and will be explaining how the husband-wife team worked together on the project.
Tentative plans also call for Mark Johnson of Artisan Restoration to address the crowd about the restoration of the cabin that he completed last summer through the chinking of logs and other measures.
New members will be voted onto the board of directors for a three-year term. Nominees are being sought from throughout the county. If you are interested in joining the board, please contact the Museum: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or 546-7002.
Also during the annual meeting, Ruth Steunenberg, president of the board, will conduct a brief business meeting. Volunteer awards also will be presented.

 

 

 

 

Holz Believes Legislature Will Finish Session Next Week

(Le Mars) -- The Iowa Legislature was to have adjourn the session this past Tuesday, but the House and the Senate still are still a part on some budget items.  However, Le Mars Republican State Representative Chuck Holz believes the lawmakers will finish up their work sometime next week.

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Holz says lawmakers are working in conference committees to bring the two sides together on the remaining budget items.

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Holz says the Health and Human Services bill passed along party lines as the Democrats were wanting to add more money to the department, but he says Republicans were wanting to hold the line on the spending.
Water quality was an issue that was brought forward by Governor Branstad during his "State of the State" address back in January, in part due to the pending litigation by the Des Moines Water Works as they are attempting to sue Buena Vista, Sac, and Calhoun counties for higher than normal nitrate levels.  Holz says if lawmakers are not able to agree on where and how to fund water quality initiatives, then the Le Mars legislator says it will be first on the agenda for next legislative session.

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Regents Agree To Increase Room And Board Rates

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Room and board costs will increase at Iowa's three public universities.
The Iowa City Press-Citizen  reports the Iowa Board of Regents voted unanimously Thursday to approve the price hikes that will go into effect next school year.
Under the new plan, the most popular room and meal plans will now cost $9,301 at the University of Iowa, $8,356 at Iowa State University and $8,629 at the University of Northern Iowa.
The proposed costs reflect a 2.9 percent increase over last year at the UI and a 3.5 percent increase at ISU and UNI.
Some board members said they didn't want to see similar increases next year. Board president Bruce Rastetter urged the universities to make joint food purchases in order to decrease costs.
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Fundraising Continues For Jester Park Near Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Fundraising is continuing for the $10 million nature center at Jester Park that's intended to become Polk County's gateway to the outdoors.
$7.5 million already has been committed, leaving $2.5 million to be raised from private sources before the final design and construction.
The park sits northwest of Des Moines, along the northwest side of Saylorville Lake.
The center will include a 17,000-square-foot hub with classrooms, environmental displays and equipment rentals for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, fishing and collecting insects or marine life. There also will be an art gallery, exhibit hall and conference rooms.
The goal is to begin construction next year and open the nature center April 22, 2018 - Earth Day.
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Thursday Afternoon News, April 21

House Republicans Say No To D-O-T Salary Raises

(Des Moines) -- Republicans in the Iowa House say the Iowa D-O-T got a significant budget boost when the state gas tax went up a dime-a-gallon last year -- and the agency should reallocate money within its budget to pay for negotiated employee pay raises. Representative Daniel Huseman (HYOOZ-man), a Republican from Aurelia, says this is a "tough budget year" and other state agencies will have to do that.

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Iowa D-O-T officials say without the extra money, up to 400 employees will be laid off, plus some of the state's Driver's License stations and D-O-T maintenance garages will have to be closed. Lee Wilkinson, director of the D-O-T's operations and finance division, isn't saying which locations might be targeted.

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Wilkinson says the D-O-T cannot use any of the additional gas tax revenue to cover salaries, because of legislative action in 2015 that barred the practice.


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The House Appropriations Committee met last night (Wednesday) and voted to remove the money for D-O-T salary hikes that Senators had included in a transportation budget bill.

 

 

 

Clay County Fair To Construct New Exhibit Hall

(Spencer)-- Members of the Clay County Fair Executive Committee broke ground yesterday, on two capital improvement projects totaling nearly $750,000 that will dramatically transform the Clay County Fairgrounds for years to come.
The first project is the construction of a new 12,000 square foot exhibit building east of the Creative Living Center.  The new exhibit building will provide additional commercial and competitive exhibit space beginning with the 2017 Fair, as well as new restroom facilities for the east end of the fairgrounds.
Clay County Fair Manager and CEO Jeremy Parsons talks about the new commercial exhibit building.

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Parsons says he feels the new exhibit building will become an 'anchor' to the east end of the fairgrounds, providing quality exhibit space and restrooms. He says the  porch along the north side will also provide a great place for fairgoers to sit and rest.

The second project is a complete rebuild and expansion of the Fair's electrical grid in the "Food Row" area south of the Grandstand.  The project, which will be completed with assistance from Spencer Municipal Utilities, will allow the Fair to handle the increased electrical demands of the food concessionaires.

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Parsons says burying the electrical grid underground will also serve as a huge aesthetic improvement to the Fair. Both projects are part of the Fair's "Centennial Vision," the multi-year, multi-million dollar renovation of the Clay County Fairgrounds that was announced in 2014.  The goal of "Centennial Vision" is to make the Fairgrounds a shining jewel for not only the Fair's Centennial in 2017, but for its next 100 years of use. Several "Centennial Vision" projects have been completed since 2014 including new white vinyl fencing around the North Parking Lot and campgrounds; the renovation and restoration of Historic Main Gate A, as well as new landscaping and seating areas; new aluminum bleachers in the Grandstand Annex; and an overhaul of the Outdoor Arena new permanent fencing and gates, new lighting, and bleacher repair.

 

 

 

Roll-Over Accident Claims Life Of A 15 Year Old Girl

(Sioux City) -- One teenager was killed and two others injured Wednesday evening in a one vehicle rollover crash in Sioux City. Sioux City Police say the car driven by a 15 year old girl went out of control in the 4000 block of 28th Street, left the road, and struck a dirt embankment and rolled.  The three teens were taken to Mercy Medical Center, where a 15 year old female passenger was pronounced dead.  The driver, and a 15 year old male passenger were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.  The names of the victims have not been released and the accident remains under investigation.

 

 

 

American Red Cross To Distribute Fire Alarms To Homes

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Volunteers will fan out across some Sioux City neighborhoods later this month to install hundreds of smoke detectors.
The American Red Cross event on April 30 is the first of such scale in the city, involving more than 100 volunteers visiting about 1,600 homes. Fire officials say the neighborhoods were chosen because fire call data show the neighborhoods have a disproportionate number of fires. 
Teams will have three to five volunteers per group. They'll talk to residents about fire safety while one of the volunteers installs a detector.
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