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Tuesday News, April 19

Supervisors To Decide On Sub-divisions During Weekly Meeting

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will decide on two separate minor subdivisions today when they convene at the County Courthouse Board Room.  The supervisors will also hold a public hearing regarding the loan indebtedness followed by expected action to approve the resolution.  County Engineer Tom Rohe will appear before the county board of supervisors with permits from Frontier Communications and Western Iowa Telephone Company.  Rohe will also ask the supervisors to approve a right-of-way purchase for a bridge repair project.

 

 

 

Primary Election Scheduled For June 7th

(Le Mars) -- The Primary Election is June 7, 2016. The final day to register to vote for the June 7, 2016 Primary Election is Friday, May 27th 2016 by 5 pm in the Plymouth County Courthouse in the Auditor’s office.   If you are not a registered voter before Friday, May 27th, 2016, then you will be required to complete the Election Day Registration (EDR) process by showing proof of identity
and proof of residence in order to vote for the Primary Election.
Registration forms can be obtained in person from the Plymouth County Auditor’s office at 215 4th Ave. SE, Le Mars from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday, or the Voter registration form can be downloaded at www.co.plymouth.ia.us under Online Services and then County Forms and mailed to the Auditor’s office. 
If you wish to have a voter registration form mailed to you, please contact the Auditor’s Office or if you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the Plymouth County Auditor’s Office at 712-546-6100.  Stacey Feldman is the Auditor and Commissioner of Election and Cheri Nitzschke is the Election Deputy.

 

 

 

 

City Council To Announce Another Donation To Community Betterment Project

 

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars City Council will announce another contribution to the Community Betterment Project during the start of today's city council meeting to be held at the council chambers.  The city council will also hold public hearings regarding the asphalt overlay project, the water main improvement project, airport hanger leases, and easements for the new police station site.  In action items, the city council is expected to approve the Dogwood second addition final plat and rezoning. The council will also discuss the final plat and rezoning of the G.A. addition.  The council will discuss a special assessment for Crescent Ridge.   The city council will also consider a request to rezone property owned by Nor-Am Cold Storage at 401 9th Avenue Southwest.  The request is to change the classification from Residential R-1 to General Business B-2.

 

 

 

Argosy Casino Wants To Take Case To Supreme Court

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Lawyers for the operator of the former Argosy Sioux City riverboat casino have asked the Iowa Supreme Court to consider their lawsuit against state regulators and other parties.
The Sioux City Journal reports  that the Belle of Sioux City last week filed its request for the high court to review the Iowa Appeals Court ruling that upheld lower court decisions that led to the casino's closure.
The Appeals Court concluded the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission acted properly in 2013 when it decided to grant a gambling license to the land-based Hard Rock casino and reject an application by the Argosy's owners. It was owned by the Belle of Sioux City, a subsidiary of Penn National Gaming Co.
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Legislators Want To Renovate State Buildings But Don't Have The Money

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The leaders of a legislative budget group say lawmakers are at odds over how to pay for some proposed renovation projects in Iowa, including upgrades to the state's flagship history museum and a deteriorating building that houses some state agencies.
Senate Democrats and House Republicans on the subcommittee that approves infrastructure and transportation funding said Monday they can't agree on whether to borrow money through bonding to pay for renovations to the state historical museum, another building near the Capitol and a facility maintained by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy.
Sen. Matt McCoy, a Des Moines Democrat and subcommittee co-chairman, says there's no money available to fund the infrastructure projects. A spokesman for Gov. Terry Branstad says the governor doesn't support the bonding proposal to renovate state facilities.

 

 

 

 

Iowa State Patrol Warns Motorists To Watch For Farm Equipment, Motorcycles, And Bicycles

(Le Mars) -- Now that spring is here, bringing with it warmer temperatures, the Iowa State Patrol wants to remind motorists to watch out for slower moving farm equipment, as well as motorcycles and bicycles.  Trooper Vince Kurtz says this time of year many farmers are using the county roads to transport their tillage and planting equipment from field to field.  He says motorist needs to be aware of the those tractors and other farm equipment when traveling on roadways.

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Kurtz says every year collisions occur between vehicles and farm equipment simply because many times drivers are not prepared to see slower moving farm equipment.

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Likewise, the Iowa State Patrol trooper reminds motorists that the warmer temperatures also means motorcycles and bicycles will be sharing the roads.  He says northwest Iowa has already encountered a motorcycle fatality accident within the past few days.

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Although Iowa does not have a helmet law, Kurtz reminds motorcycle riders to always wear a helmet and to wear bright colored clothing to make themselves as visible as possible.  As for bicyclists, he offers similar advice.

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Kinze Manufacturing To Lay Off Workers

WILLIAMSBURG, Iowa (AP) - Iowa farm equipment maker Kinze Manufacturing says it must lay off 121 workers as low grain prices have slowed farmer purchases.
The Williamsburg-based company announced Monday that office and factory worker cuts will be effective June 18.  The eastern Iowa company makes planters and grain carts.
The company released a statement Monday that says it implemented a 30-hour work week last year and started "aggressive marketing campaigns" to address market conditions, but the current demand for farming equipment doesn't support the company's staff size.
Kinze also cut 215 workers last June also citing slowed business and the farm downturn.








 


   

Monday Afternoon News, April 18

Primary Election Scheduled For June 7th

(Le Mars) -- The Primary Election is June 7, 2016. The final day to register to vote for the June 7, 2016 Primary Election is Friday, May 27th 2016 by 5 pm in the Plymouth County Courthouse in the Auditor’s office.   If you are not a registered voter before Friday, May 27th, 2016, then you will be required to complete the Election Day Registration (EDR) process by showing proof of identity
and proof of residence in order to vote for the Primary Election.
Registration forms can be obtained in person from the Plymouth County Auditor’s office at 215 4th Ave. SE, Le Mars from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday, or the Voter registration form can be downloaded at www.co.plymouth.ia.us under Online Services and then County Forms and mailed to the Auditor’s office. 
If you wish to have a voter registration form mailed to you, please contact the Auditor’s Office or if you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the Plymouth County Auditor’s Office at 712-546-6100.  Stacey Feldman is the Auditor and Commissioner of Election and Cheri Nitzschke is the Election Deputy.


 

 

Sioux City Council To Decide On Penalties For Failure To Shovel Snow

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Sioux City Council members on Monday are scheduled to consider a proposal to penalize property owners an extra 25 percent on unpaid city fees for removing snow from sidewalks.
The penalties would be levied on the unpaid fees added to the parcels' property taxes.
City code requires owners to clear sidewalks within 12 hours after snow or ice has stopped falling. Noncompliance can result in a civil citation. If a sidewalk isn't cleared after a 24-hour shovel notice is posted, a city contractor clears the sidewalk and the city bills the property owner for those costs.
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Rembrandt Foods To Have Cage-Free Chicken Farm

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - One of the nation's largest egg producers says it plans to build a new cage-free egg-laying farm in eastern South Dakota that will house 3 million hens.
Rembrandt Foods will build the facility in Lake Preston, South Dakota. Construction is expected to begin this year and it will be ready for hens next year.
Spirit Lake, Iowa-based Rembrandt Foods supplies egg products to food manufacturers, food service providers, restaurant chains and retail grocers. It announced plans to increase the number of its hens housed in cage-free barns last year.
Rembrandt president Dave Rettig says growing consumer demand for cage-free eggs has pushed more than 100 food companies including Walmart and McDonalds to switch to cage-free eggs in the next decade.
Rembrandt has facilities in Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota and Alabama.

 

 

 

 

Prestage Farms Seeking Environmental Permit For Pork Processing Facility

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - Prestage Foods is working to obtain the environmental permits it needs to build a $240 million pork processing plant in Mason City. 
The company will need to secure final approval from the city and environmental regulators before it can build the plant. 
The environmental review process will address how much water the plant will need, how its wastewater would be treated and what effect it might have on air quality.
Many of the roughly 200 people who attended a hearing on the project earlier this month urged city officials to reject it.
The City Council is planning hearings on April 21 and May 3 before deciding whether to approve the development agreement with Prestage.
The company hopes to have the plant operational by mid-2018.
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Denison Resident Wants To Know The Names Of Volunteers At Hospital

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Public Information Board is scheduled to decide whether to take action against a county hospital for not releasing the names of its volunteers.
Denison resident Richard Knowles has been seeking the volunteer driver records from Crawford County Memorial Hospital so he can learn whether any of the people have criminal histories. 
The hospital and its foundation say the information shouldn't be considered a public record because the volunteer workers are not paid. Iowa's open record law mandates the release of the name and compensation of government employees. 
The information board deputy director has recommended the board find "probable cause" in the case. If the board agrees in its vote Thursday, the next step could be a hearing before an administrative law judge.
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Nurse Accused Of Having Sexual Relations With Patient

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A 56-year-old nurse has been accused of having a sexual relationship with a woman he was caring for. Police started investigating the relationship last month after the administrator of a rehabilitation facility reported it.
The facility administrator told police that she didn't think the woman was mentally capable of consenting to sex because of her mental health issues.
Police say the sexual relationship began in December while the woman was staying at the care facility. The relationship continued after the woman was discharged.
The nurse has been arrested on suspicion of abusing a dependent adult. It wasn't immediately clear if he would face additional charges.
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