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Tuesday News, October 15

Floyd Valley Trustees To Review Hospital Audit

(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital Trustees are scheduled to have their monthly meeting this morning at 7:30 a.m.  The trustees will review and are expected to approve the annual hospital audit as presented by Denman and Company.  The trustees will also be given construction updates with the new loading dock and the expansion project.

 

County Supervisors To Discuss Floyd Valley Hospital Funding

(Le Mars) -- Funding Floyd Valley Hospital's expansion project will be the topic for discussion by the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors as they meet this morning at the County Courthouse Board room.  The supervisors will also hear construction updates by county engineer Tom Rohe.

 

Le Mars City Council To Hold Public Hearing On Dogwood First Additions

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council is set to meet today, and they too will discuss Floyd Valley Hospital's funding request, as well as review the hospital audit.  The city council is expected to approve Van's Sanitation partial property tax exemption for their expansion project.  The city leaders will hold a public hearing for the final reading of the re-zoning and plat approval for Dogwood First Additions.  The city council will also be in closed session to discuss collective bargaining with city employees.


Le Mars Woman Arrested On 18 Charges

(Le Mars) -- Police says a Le Mars woman was arrested Saturday on Plymouth County warrants for 18 criminal charges.  Crystal Finchum, 22, was wanted by Plymouth County deputies for 11 felony charges, eight counts of third-degree burglary, one count of second-degree theft and two counts of on-going criminal conduct; and seven misdemeanor charges of fifth-degree theft.  Finchum is currently being held in the Plymouth County jail on a $25,000 bond.

 

Catholics To Observe Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration

LE MARS, Iowa -- The Le Mars Cluster Catholic Parishes of St. Joseph and St. James in Le Mars; St. Joseph, Struble; St. Joseph, Ellendale and Assumption will begin Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration in November.
Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration is a practice in the Catholic Church which consists of at
least one person present at the Eucharistic presence of Christ displayed in a special holder
called a monstrance which is displayed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year
without ceasing.

According to Tom Henrich of Le Mars, who serves with his wife Cecilia as coordinators for
this, volunteers are needed to fulfill the "perpetual" aspect.
"There are 168 hours in a week and we will be having people commit to coming and spending a
dedicated hour, or more, in prayer with our Lord," he said. "It is the goal to have at least
two people committed to each hour dedicated and where they would come once a week."
The Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration will primarily take place in the chapel at St. Joseph
Church, Le Mars. On the First Friday of the month, the adoration will transfer to St. James
Church from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and will also be going on simultaneously at Gehlen Catholic School.

The adoration will begin on the last day of the Year of Faith, Nov. 24; however, promotion will begin in October.

Henrich noted the initiation of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration came in response to Bishop Walker Nickless of the Diocese of Sioux City, who has encouraged parishes to begin this devotion as the Year of Faith comes to a close.

County 4-Hers Help Promote The Youth Organization

(Akron) -- This month, 4-Hers from across the state are informing the general public about
the youth organization, while attempting to recruit other youth between the ages of 10 and 18 to join the organization.  It's all part of the National 4-H Month recognition activities.  Cali Westergard, 16 years of age of Akron, has been a Plymouth County 4-H member for more than seven years.  She says her older sisters were involved with the 4-H program and that's how she was introduced to the organization. But even as a fourth grader, Westergard says she recognized the value of belonging to 4-H.

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Westergard says there is much more than just ribbons and trophies to be gained through the 4-H program.

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Westergard is a junior at the Akron-Westfield High School.  She serves on both the county and the state 4-H councils, and believes her experiences in 4-H will help her with both college and career goals.

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Westergard has been involved with state 4-H conferences, regional educational tours, 4-H camps, and numerous other opportunities.  She hopes to one day participate on the 4-H Citizenship program to Washington D.C.  And she is ready to answer the question if ever asked why an individual should join 4-H.

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Monday Afternoon News, October 14

Le Mars Community High School To Host College Fair

(Le Mars) -- Tonight, the Le Mars Community High School will be hosting its annual "College
Fair" and Guidance Counselor Barry Borchers explains who should attend.

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Borchers says the College Fair is for anyone within the immediate area, not just the Le Mars Community High School.

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The Guidance Counselor says representatives from more than 60 colleges, universities, community colleges, and military branches will be attending the college fair.

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Past college fairs have had excellent attendance by both the students and parents, according to Borchers.  The College Fair will be held at the old Carey Gym, and will begin at 6:00
p.m. and will continue until 7:30 p.m.

 

Branstad To Expand Bio-fuels In Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad is seeking to expand the availability of certain types of biofuels in Iowa.
Branstad on Monday announced a new program called "Fueling our Future."
The program will use $250,000 in existing federal dollars to provide funding to Iowa retailers that install more pumps that contain what is known as E30, a gasoline blended with 30 percent ethanol.
Many cars on the road can't use E30, which is only recommended for cars known as "flex fuel" vehicles. State officials say that about 10 percent of cars on the road nationally are "flex fuel" models.

 

Sioux City School Bus Involved In Accident

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Authorities are investigating a minor school bus crash in Sioux City that involved no children.
Sioux City Police say the crash happened around 12:15 p.m. Monday near a railroad crossing. It involved a vehicle that ended up smashed under the bus' back bumper.
A Sioux City Community School employee says the bus driver wasn't hurt. The Sioux City Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1703I3x ) it's unclear if there were any injuries.
Additional information about the crash was not available.
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Former Transportation Employee Linked To Additional Scams

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A former Iowa Department of Transportation employee who already faces charges in connection with a theft and money laundering operation has been linked to other inappropriate transactions by the state auditor.
Auditor Mary Mosiman says David Weigel, of Nevada, is connected to more than $195,000 in improper disbursements, improper disability benefits and uncollected lease payments.
The addendum released Monday is in connection to a report issued in April that links Weigel to more than $580,000 in inappropriate transactions. The addendum covers a period through June.
Weigel is a former employee in the property management section of the agency's right of way office. He's accused of selling state land and pocketing some of the proceeds. He faces numerous charges including theft, money laundering and criminal conduct.
Weigel had no comment Monday.

 

Vilsack To Be A "No-Show" For World Food Prize

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has canceled a scheduled event that was to be part of the World Food Prize activities in Des Moines this week because of the partial federal government shutdown.
Vilsack was to discuss a variety of issues with the Mexican agriculture minister on Thursday afternoon.
A Vilsack spokeswoman confirmed Monday he will not attend.
A World Food Prize spokeswoman says the Mexican agriculture official has indicated he also will cancel if Vilsack does.
The round-table discussion was part of a series of lectures and other events scheduled this week around the awarding Thursday evening of the annual World Food Prize to three biotechnology scientists.
More than 1,000 international scientists, public policy experts, business and government leaders, and farmers are attending the week's activities.

 

Environmental Protection Commission Rejects Petition For Water Standards

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Environmental Protection Commission has rejected a petition calling on the state to set measurable water standards to clean up Iowa lakes.
The commission voted unanimously during a meeting in Des Moines Monday.
The Iowa Environmental Council and the Environmental Law and Policy Center filed the petition in August saying Iowa's plan for reducing phosphorous and nitrogen that pollute lakes is inadequate and doesn't meet federal standards.
The petition calls on the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to set standards to protect 159 of Iowa's publicly owned lakes. The DNR urged the commission to deny the petition, arguing that the department needs time to see how other water quality efforts are working.
The nine-member commission is responsible for setting water quality standards and overseeing pollution control efforts.

 



 

 

   

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