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Wednesday PM News August 14th

School Board Election Affected By Census

 

(Le Mars)  The last U.S. census has added a big twist to this year's Le Mars School board election. The Plymouth County clerk's office says districts were redrawn after the 2010 census, and that placed two incumbents into one district.

That means current board members Cris Collins and Mark Hemmingson will have to face each other for the final two years of the district three term. Hemmingson currently serves in the third district.

The other seats on the board for a four year term are unopposed. District 4 incumbent Brendan Phelan is running for re-election.

District 1 Incumbent Scott Kommes is running for the district two seat currently held by Collins because of the redrawn boundary lines.

Newcomer Todd Lancaster filed nomination papers to run in District One. The school board election is set for Tuesday, September 10th.

 

Iowa bishops Want Humane Immigration Reform

The Catholic bishops of Iowa have released a statement on the immigration debate that's ongoing in Congress.

The statement is signed by all four Bishops, including R. Walker Nickless of the Diocese of Sioux City which serves Le Mars and northwest Iowa.

The Bishops say that many immigrants are forced to leave their homes and countries in order to provide basic needs of themselves and their families.

The Catholic leaders say that those already here, for the sake of family unity and being humane, should receive special consideration that would include eventual citizenship.

The Bishops support measures that help secure our border but respect human rights and life and Want a system that is humane for workers and fair to employers.

They acknowledge that Catholics may disagree on how to reform the immigration system, but say Catholics must agree as a people of faith to live out the scriptural commandment to "welcome the stranger" and defend the God-given dignity of every person.

The Bishops encourage members of the Catholic community to contact their members of Congress this month in support of immigration reform legislation consistent with the principles of justice.

 

Lewis & Clark Re-enactment

If you have an interest in the history of the Lewis and Clark Expedition's trip through northwest Iowa, a special event is planned for this weekend along the Missouri River in Sioux City.

The annual Sergeant Floyd Memorial Encampment will be held on the riverfront grounds of the Sergeant Floyd Riverboat Welcome Center on Saturday, August 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, August 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The 1804 living-history camp takes visitors back in time with its authentic tents, equipment, uniforms and firearms like those used by the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Long-time historical re-enactors with the Omaha-based Discovery Corps, Inc. and the local Sergeant Floyd Honor Guard interact with visitors to bring the history of the encampment to life.

A new feature on display this year will be a 42 foot mackinaw-style boat built by Butch Bouvier of Onawa, Iowa. The pirogues of the Lewis & Clark Expediton are believed to be of this style.

The Sergeant Floyd Burial Re-enactment Ceremony will be held on Saturday at 6 p.m. on the grounds of the  Floyd Monument.  All the events are free too the public.

 

 

   

Wednesday News August 14th

Road Closure

 

(Le Mars) Plymouth County's secondary roads department has informed us of a rural road closing which begins today. 310th street will be closed between Shamrock Avenue to Tamarack Avenue for a bridge replacement with a culvert.

The stretch of road will be closed from 8am Wednesday for two weeks through August 28th. The road will be open for local traffic.


Promissory Ruling

(Sioux City) A judge has ordered Sioux City to pay $1.2 million on a promissory note guarantee the city made for the developer of the downtown Promenade movie theater complex.

The judge also told the city on Tuesday that it must pay $300,000 a year from 2014 through 2018 if First National Bank has not received full payment of its loan to Civic Partners, the complex's developer, by Jan. 15 of each year.

Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott and the city's private attorney handling the case declined to comment.

In 2005 the developer refinanced a bank development loan under a promissory note and stopped making payments in 2009. The bank sued the city in August 2012 for breach of contract. Civic Partners has filed bankruptcy.

 

Vermillion Jobs

A Minnesota-based software services company has broken ground on an information technology support center that will bring 200 jobs to Vermillion, South Dakota.

Eagle Creek Software Services is building the center in Vermillion, and it's also partnering with the University of South Dakota to train eventual employees.

Company executives and area leaders broke ground on the new center on Tuesday.

Eagle Creek chief executive Ken Behrendt says there's a need for STEM jobs in the country, and the problem can be solved in the Midwest.

The firm worked with USD to help home-grow new tech talent through a customized four-course certificate.


Deere Earnings Up


Deere & Co.'s third-quarter net income rose 27 percent, driven by booming agricultural activity in North and South America.

The company easily beat most expectations and shares are rising before the opening bell. 

The farm and construction equipment manufacturer earned $997 million, or $2.56 per share, well ahead of the $2.17 per share that Wall Street was looking for.

Revenue climbed 4 percent to $10.01 billion, the company said Wednesday, also topping most expectations.

The company last year booked earnings of $788 million, or $1.98 per share.


No Texting Ap

 

The state of Iowa intends to supply a smartphone app for 14- through 17-year-olds that will keep them from texting while driving.


The state Transportation Department is choosing a high-tech firm to develop the app, which is expected to become available early next year. It will be called "TXTL8R," which in text language is "Text Later."

The department will pick up the cost of the app for the teen drivers. Older drivers will be able to acquire the app but will be charged by a third-party vendor.

Several text-blocking apps already are commercially available for smartphones. They use a phone's global positioning system capability to determine movement.


Iowa law forbids all drivers from texting while driving.

 

 

   

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