Friday News, September 18
Today Is Le Mars Community Homecoming
(Le Mars) -- Today is Homecoming for the Le Mars Community School. Coronation and the community pep rally are scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. from the new gym. The Homecoming Parade which will begin from the 8th Street Blvd and travel north on Central Avenue is set to begin at 2:15 p.m. KLEM will broadcast live the Le Mars Community Homecoming parade.
Candidates Announced For City Government Positions
(Le Mars) -- The names of candidates seeking a city government position have been released by the Plymouth County Auditor's and Election office. In Akron, Sharon Freichs is the only person that has filed for the mayor's position. Akron voters will choose three city council members. Denise Loutsch-Beitelspacher, Jenell Lanning, and Kasey Mitchell are all running. Gerry Stowers is listed for the council to fill vacancy position. Voters in Akron will decide upon three people seeking two positions for the Care Center trustees. They include: Pamela VonHagel, Connie Black, and Bradley Britton.
The people of Craig will have the opportunity to elect five people for city council positions. Seven people have filed for nomination. They include: Candy Eades, Joyce Ludwigs, Glenn Moller, Zach Northway, Kelly Plueger, Gary Schiltz, and Mona Schiltz. Barry Cornish is the only candidate seeking the Craig's mayor position.
Struble voters will vote for five city council members, and the people that have filed nomination papers include: Robert Hughes, Troy Hughes, Barry Jurgenson, Kenneth Urban, Michael VanderMolen. Joseph Vollmecke is the only candidate for the Struble mayor position.
Brunsville voters will need to fill three city council positions, but only two candidates will have their name on the ballot leaving one city council position open for a write-in candidate. The two people seeking city council positions include: Nick Dickman and Jim Goodmanson.
Remsen has two people seeking city council positions, but three people who want to be the mayor. City council candidates include: Dick Sievers and Mindy Klein. Those seeking to be the mayor of Remsen include: Joel Fisch, Steve Pick, and Casey Penning.
Merrill voters will vote for three city council members out of five candidates. Bruce Norgaard, Vicky Hemmelman, Kathy Kraft, Nicole Seible, and Daniel Pierson are all seeking city council positions in Merrill. As for the mayor's position, voters will decide between Richard Husman and Kyle Kolker.
Westfield residents will need to fill two city council positions. Marcia Dewey is the only person that filed nomination papers. The other city council position will be left to the voters on a write-in candidate.
There are three candidates seeking the three city council positions in Hinton. They include: Jeffrey Johnson, Kelly Kreber, and Michael Koopman. Gary Fisher is the only candidate seeking the Hinton mayor position.
Kingsley voters will need to decide among three candidates for two positions on the city council. The candidates include: Doug Kraft, Keith Bohle, and Dan Peters. Rick Bohle is the only candidate for the Kingsley mayor position.
In Le Mars, John Rexwinkle is the only candidate for the city council At-large position, and no one filed papers for the Ward 2 city council position leaving voters to cast a write-in candidate. Dick Kirchoff is seeking re-election as the mayor of Le Mars. Kirchoff will run unopposed as he is the only candidate. Le Mars voters will also have the opportunity to vote for three hospital trustees. The candidates include: Danna Schuster, Janelle Bixenman, and Ralph Klemme.
Oyens voters have two city council positions to fill. Two people, Donna Poulsen and Scott Kneip have filed papers for the city council. Eric Mitchell is listed for the city council to fill vacancy position. Randy Kellen is the only candidate seeking to be mayor of Oyens.
City government elections are scheduled for November 3, 2015.
Metals Company To Start Operations In Beresford, South Dakota
(Beresford,SD ) -- A metals company is going to make its home in Beresford, South Dakota.
John Grosenheider is president of PEG Project 1, LLC,also known as Dakota Metals, a nonferrous and precious metals sorting company who broke ground on a new facility Wednesday:
Grosenheider says the company will bring several new jobs to Beresford:
PEG uses a proprietary sorting system, which was purchased from a company in the Netherlands called "Liquisort" and is able to sort various types of precious and fine nonferrous metals.
The technology has only recently made it to the United States after being introduced in Europe and Canada.
Two Lawmakers Want To Stop The Privatization Of Medicaid
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Two Democratic lawmakers are seeking to halt or amend Gov. Terry Branstad's plan to privatize Iowa's Medicaid program.
Sen. Amanda Ragan and Sen. Liz Mathis on Thursday sent a letter to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. They say they have "grave concerns" about the privatization plans and ask that federal officials deny Iowa's application to set up the private system.
If a denial is not an option, the lawmakers ask that the state be subject to additional terms, including a longer time period to phase-in the new program. They argue that the plan to implement the new system in January is moving too quickly.
In a statement, Branstad spokesman Jimmy Centers says the shift will help the state find savings, while improving care.