Thursday Afternoon News, September 17
Duffy Hudson To Portray Harry Houdini At Postal Playhouse
(Le Mars) -- A one man play will be featured tonight at the Postal Playhouse. Duffy Hudson returns to Le Mars to portray Harry Houdini, the great magician and illusionists. Hudson says he was intrigued by studying the biography of Houdini. Hudson explains what spectators will see during this evening's performance.
Hudson says portraying Houdini is a bit more challenging than other characters he has portrayed during his one-man plays.
People may remember Hudson from some of his previous visits to Le Mars when he characterized George Burns, and performed all the characters of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" and he is perhaps best known for his portrayal of the poet, Edgar Allan Poe. Hudson says although the two people have differences, there are some similarities between Harry Houdini and Edgar Allan Poe.
Hudson says that both Houdini and Poe were very driven for their careers.
The actor from California says he enjoys coming to Le Mars to feature his interpretations of the people he portrays.
Tonight's performance at the Postal Playhouse will begin with a social hour being sponsored by Cork it at 6:30 with the performance to start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Le Mars Public Library for $10 or at the door for $12.
City Council Approves Feasibility Study For Marketing Methane Gas From Waste Water Plant
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council gave approval during Tuesday's meeting to fund a feasibility study costing $20,000 to look at how methane gas from the waste water treatment facility can be implemented to use for energy purposes. A delegation from Ecoengineers from Des Moines made a presentation to the city council. Shashi Menon is the Managing Partner with Ecoengineers and explains the proposal presented to the city council.
Menon explains how the proposed plan is different from what is currently taking place.
John Kellen serves as the Business Development Director with Ecoengineers, and he says there is a market for the captured methane gas.
Menon tells why the company is looking at Le Mars to establish the project.
Kellen describes what data and other information will be gathered for the six month feasibility study.
Kellen and Menon are optimistic of the prospects of capturing methane gas from the waste water treatment facility and marketing that gas. Another potential market is with transportation, especially trucks.
The city council approved the feasibility study on a 3-2 vote.
Appeals Court Orders Dordt College To Follow The Affordable Health Care Act
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - An Appeals court has upheld a lower court's order halting a federal mandate requiring two Christian colleges in Michigan and Iowa to provide insurance coverage for certain contraceptives.
The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis issued an order Thursday that the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate and accommodation process "substantially burdened" Dordt College's and Cornerstone University's "exercise of religion."
Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, and Cornerstone in Grand Rapids, Michigan, faced fines for noncompliance.
The schools sued in 2013. Alliance Defending Freedom represented both schools. The conservative Christian law group's senior counsel Kevin Theriot says "the government shouldn't punish people of faith for making decisions in accordance with their faith."
The Justice Department called the lawsuit meritless and an attempt to prevent female employees from obtaining coverage.
Midwest Bankers Say Economy Will Slow Down
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A new survey suggests that the economy will slow down in rural parts of 10 Western and Plains states in the months ahead.
Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says weak crop and energy prices are hurting profits across the region.
The Rural Mainstreet Index dipped into negative territory at 49 in September from August's 50. Any score below 50 suggests that factor will decline.
Farmers are delaying big purchases if they can because of the environment. The farm equipment sales index remained at 14.2 in September.
Bankers from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming were surveyed.
On-line Voter Registration Nearing Completion
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate says Iowa residents with a state driver's license or photo ID will be able to register online to vote by Jan. 1, ahead of the original November goal.
The Iowa Voter Registration Commission approved in January a rule allowing qualified voters to visit a website where they can input the numbers on their state-issued driver's license or photo ID to register.
Information from the Iowa Department of Transportation, including the voter's signature, will be imported into voter registration forms and automatically forwarded to the state's voter database.
Voters without a license or ID or those without internet service may still register by filling out paper applications.
Pate estimates 93 percent of eligible voters can use the online system for voter registration.