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Iowa Economic Development Approves Bo-Deans Grant

(Des Moines) -- The Iowa Economic Development Authority approved awards to three projects in the state that are expected to create jobs.  One of those projects involves Bo-Deans Cone Company  in LeMars.  Bo-Deans is expanding its operations and intends to hire an additional nine people with its 15,000 square foot addition.  Tina Hoffman of the Iowa Economic Development Authority says Bo-Deans is a great story. 

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The board approved tax incentives to BoDeans Cone Company through the High Quality Jobs program.  The company established in 2001 by Bo and Dean Jacobson produces approximately 700 milllion cones a year for dairy clients, including Well's Enterprises.  They ship their cones across the United States and internationally.  The proposed expansion will be on the north end of  the cone plant to accomodate two ovens, several line extensions, baking chain, mix system and a flour silo. 

(LeMars) -- Van's Sanitation will be conducting a special "trash pick-up" the week following Thanksgiving on an "as needed and as requested basis."  The week after Thanksgiving is scheduled to be a recycle pick-up week, and Van's will pick-up recycled products.  As an added service, Van's will empty your trash tote that week if you call and request the service.  Residents will need to call Van's Sanitation at 548-4644 in advance to request the special trash pick-up.  There will be no additional charge to the residents for this service, but it will only be provided for those people who call and request it.

 

(Orange City) -- The 2012 Tulip Festival Queen will be crowned on Monday evening at the annual Tulip Queen Pageant.  The pageant will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Orange City Town Hall.  Vying for the crown are five Orange City residents, including: Samantha Droog, Jennifer Guthmiller, Jacquelyn Jacobsma, Lauren McDonald, and Caitlyn Van Es.  The candidates will spend the afternoon with three judges.  They will be interviewed on various topics and will give presentations on a particular question regarding growing up in Orange City.

(Alton) -- Residents of Alton will participate in a special run-off election scheduled for Tuesday, December 6th.  Voters will decide upon who should fill the position on the Alton City Council between Matthew Laverman and Mary Jenkins. 


(Washington) -- Congress introduced a Balanced Budget Resolution yesterday, but the vote failed to reach a 2/3 majority.  Iowa Congressman Steve King says he is disappointed, and blames Congressional Democrats for blocking the bill. 

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 King says it is now time to go the people and have them demand a balanced budget.
 

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The vote was nearly divided on party lines with each Republican voting in favor of the balanced budget and each Democrat voting against it.  However, there were 25 Democrats that did vote in favor of the balanced budget resolution, and four Republicans that voted against it.



 

   

Deer Causes Motorcycle Accident

(Sioux City) -- The Plymouth County Sheriff's Department is investigating a motorcylce accident that occured Thursday afternoon leaving the driver injured.  Tracy Ehlers, age 38, of Sioux City was riding his motorcycle on county road C-80 near Grouse Avenue when a deer entered the roadway. Ehlers struck the deer and was thrown from the motorcycle.  Ehlers was not wearing a helmet during the accident.  Ehlers was treated at the scene and transported to Mercy Medical Center by Siouxland Paramedics.  Ehlers had what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries.  A check with Mercy Medical Center indicated a condition report was not available for Ehlers.  The Plymouth County Sheriff's office was assisted at the scene by the Hinton Fire and Rescue Department, the Iowa Highway Patrol, and the Siouxland Paramedics.

 

(LeMars) -- Van's Sanitation will be conducting a special "trash pick-up" the week following Thanksgiving on an "as needed and as requested basis."  The week after Thanksgiving is scheduled to be a recycle pick-up week, and Van's will pick-up recycled products.  As an added service, Van's will empty your trash tote that week if you call and request the service.  Residents will need to call Van's Sanitation at 548-4644 in advance to request the special trash pick-up.  There will be no additional charge to the residents for this service, but it will only be provided for those people who call and request it.

(LeMars) -- LeMars City Hall has available free of charge, the 2012 recycling/garbage schedules.  The schedules are a handy pocket-sized magnet detailing which week is scheduled for recycling and which week is scheduled for trash pick up.  The recycling/trash magnets can be picked up at the city hall office.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A report shows that public school enrollment in Iowa is projected to rise 2.4 percent during the next five years.
     If that happens, it will break a trend of declining enrollment stretching back more than a decade.
     A  preview of the state's annual education report notes that Iowa has about 1,000 fewer public school students than 20 years ago.
     During the last school year, the biggest enrollment gains were in metro areas of Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City.
     The report shows students are increasingly concentrated in urban areas, with 9 percent of districts now educating 49 percent of Iowa students.
     Some of the biggest gains have been among minority students, who make up 19 percent of Iowa's student population.
    

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A judge says he was stunned by the incredible legal work done by attorneys who settled a class-action lawsuit alleging price-fixing conspiracies in the concrete
industry.
     U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett said that in his 36 years as a lawyer, he's never been prouder than when he saw lawyers for both sides "plying their chosen craft" and putting their clients'
interests ahead of their own.
     He compared watching them work to seeing famous pieces of art such as the Mona Lisa and said he was "overcome with a rare and gargantuan sense of awe that will likely last a lifefime."
     Bennett made the comments in an order last week awarding $6.7 million in legal fees to attorneys who represented customers who overpaid for concrete. They negotiated an $18.5 million settlement.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Federal prosecutors say the Northern District of Iowa collected nearly $6 million in criminal and civil actions during the most recent fiscal year.   U.S. Attorney Stephanie Rose said Thursday that of that amount, more than $4 million was collected in criminal actions and another $1.8 collected in civil actions. Additionally, the office collected nearly $2.4 million in criminal and civil forfeitures.  The U.S. attorneys' offices are responsible for enforcing and collecting civil and criminal debts owed to the U.S. and criminal debts owed to federal crime victims.  The Department of Justice says it collected over $6.5 billion in debts nationwide in fiscal 2011. It was the second consecutive year the amount surpassed $6 billion.

 

 

   

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