Tuesday News, November 26
City Council To Hold Special Meeting
(Le Mars)-- The Le Mars City Council has scheduled a special meeting on Tuesday at the Council Chambers. The meeting is scheduled to start at 12:00 noon. The city council will again discuss and review the Highway 3 West trail that includes a proposed pedestrian bridge. Last week, the council had a tied vote, and therefore voted down the public hearing. The council will also address annual urban renewal reports.
Supervisors To Discuss Joint Urban Renewal Debts
(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will discuss the joint urban renewal debt certification for the city of Le Mars, as well as for Plymouth County during its weekly meeting scheduled for today at the County courthouse. The supervisors will also hear from David Wilberding as he will seek approval for a minor sub-division in Liberty township. County engineer Tom Rohe will also appear before the supervisors to update the board on a Burlington-Northern Railroad agreement for County Road C-38.
Senate Hopeful Braley Visits Le Mars
(Le Mars) -- Iowa First District Congressman Bruce Braley made a stop in Le Mars Monday. The Democrat Representative is seeking the Senate seat being vacated by U-S Senator Tom Harkin. Braley says the people of Iowa have been asking him about the Affordable Health Care Plan, sometimes referred to as Obamacare. Braley says the national health care program needs some attention, but he doesn't want to go back to a time when there wasn't a national health care plan.
Braley says if the Obama Administration is not able to fix the problems with the healthcare website then he wants to hold some individuals responsible.
The national debt is exceeding $16 trillion dollars, but Braley says if Congress would do its job, there would not be a need for a balanced budget amendment as proposed by House Republicans.
The Brooklyn, Iowa native believes Iowans want a Senator that listens and works hard and get things done. He says his Congressional record proves that he has done exactly those things. Braley says he is focusing attention on adoption issues.
Braley spoke to local people at the Lally's East Side Restaurant.
Use Caution When Deep Frying The Turkey For Thanksgiving
(Le Mars) -- A popular method of preparing the Thanksgiving turkey is to use a deep fryer, but as Le Mars Fire Chief Dave Schipper explains, people need to be thinking safety when preparing for the feast. Schipper says the fire department has had to respond to calls relating to deep fryers during the past few years. He says the turkey deep fryers need to be placed outdoors, not inside a garage, and they should be at least ten feet away from any structure. Most deep fryers are fueled with propane, and Schipper says to make certain the hose from the propane tank doesn't come in contact with the fire itself. Schipper says because the grease is so hot, often times people will sustain some burn injuries. The fire chief reminds people to make certain your turkey is completely thawed before submerging it into the hot oil. Schipper says if your turkey is not completely thawed, the extreme temperature change between the hot oil and the cold bird will result in the oil exploding. The Le Mars Fire Chief recommends people to have either an extinguisher, or a charged garden hose handy, just in case of a fire.
School Board Hears Report From Kluckhohn Faculty About New Teaching Method
(Le Mars) --The Le Mars Community School Board heard a report from Kluckhohn faculty and it's principal Scott Parry Monday evening regarding a new technique for teaching. Parry says its what known as Professional Learning Community. He says the program trys to answer several questions. "What do we want our students to learn? What should each student know and do as a result of the teaching of the unit at a grade level? How will we know if the students have learned the lesson? What will we do if the students don't learn the lessons? What do we do with those students who already know the information, and how can we enrich them and maintain their interest? Parry says the teaching method is being accepted by teachers. The program is focusing on first and second grade students this year, with emphasis on math.
Parry says the plan is to roll out the program for all grades K-12 within the next few years. He says Le Mars Community sent school representatives to seminars to learn how to incorporate the teaching method as part of their daily lessons. The Kluckhohn principal says the program has a proven research based strategy that shows students achieve more.
Traffic Fatalities Are Lower
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The number of fatalities has dropped to 280 in Iowa as the state heads into the holiday season.
Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Scott Bright says that the total was 42 under the 322 fatalities Iowa had suffered by this date in 2012.
Bright cited several reasons for the drop. They include increased enforcement and driver education and improvements in vehicle safety features and design.
Bright also said new safety features on Iowa's interstates are helping keep people alive. Among them are cable barriers that keep vehicles from crossing into oncoming traffic.
Iowa Has Record Liquor Sales
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The state of Iowa sold a record $256 million in liquor last fiscal year, led by a trend toward flavored liquors.
The state's wholesale liquor operation saw a 5.6 percent increase in sales during the year ending June 30.
Retailers and restaurateurs say the sales have been pushed by new flavors. Brian Duax, of Central City Liquors in Des Moines, says that "younger customers want something different."
The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division says that, on average, an Iowa adult age 21 or older consumed 2.27 gallons of spirits, 2.03 gallons of wine and 33.56 gallons of beer last fiscal year.