Monday News, April 25
ATV Accident Causes Injuries To Male Victim
(Le Mars) -- Fire and Rescue personnel were called to an area near 4th Street northeast for an All Terrain Vehicle accident. The accident happened at about 11:40 a.m. this morning. According to officials on the scene, the accident involved a male subject who was riding his all terrain vehicle near the railroad tracks, when he lost control of the ATV, and apparently the ATV had flipped, causing injuries to the subject. When emergency rescue officials had arrived on the scene, the victim was able to free himself from the ATV. The Le Mars Ambulance was on the scene and transported the individual to Floyd Valley Healthcare. The name of the victim has not been released as of yet. The Le Mars Police is conducting an investigation to the accident.
Spring's First Thunderstorm Drops Hail, But No Damage Reported
(Le Mars) -- This weekend produced the spring's first thunder storm for the area. Although there were some reports of pea sized hail that had fallen on Le Mars, the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office did not receive any reports of any structural damage, downed power lines, or toppled trees. Here in Le Mars, we did receive 1.12 inches of rain.
School Board To Meet This Evening
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community Board of Education will convene this evening for a meeting. The school board will hear a report from Kluckholn elementary principal, Scott Parry along with some elementary teachers representing the Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Team as they will present information to the school board on the work being done at the elementary schools during professional development time. The school board will also hear a report from Matt Gilaspie with the Piper, Jaffrey and Company as he will present information to the school board regarding options for re-financing the sales tax revenue bonds issued in 2011 that financed the Phase 2 construction project. The school board is also expected to discuss the Le Mars Community School District Foundation Banquet, scheduled for this coming Wednesday evening at the lower level of the Le Mars Convention Center beginning at 6:30 p.m. The awards banquet will recognize those seniors that are within the top five-percent of their class, it will honor the Distinguished Alum, and it will formally recognize Tracy Wingert, who was selected as the "Teacher of the Year". The school board will also hear from High School principal, Dr. Mark Iverson as he presents to the board the list of seniors anticipated to graduate. The school board will also consider entering into cooperative agreements with Western Iowa Tech to continue with the concurrent enrollment opportunities and on-line learning opportunities at the high school during the 2016-2017 school year. The Board will also consider approving an agreement to participate in the Iowa Association of Area Education Agencies' purchasing for the 2016-2017 school year. The cooperative purchasing agreement provides cost savings to the school food service program.
Kingsley Church To Sell Parsonage For $1
KINGSLEY, Iowa (AP) - A Kingsley church is selling its old next-door parsonage for $1, but the buyer has to move it.
Parish leaders decided two years ago that a new parsonage would be bought, so the building that's housed pastors since 1923 will be sold. It cost $11,000 to build.
Parish leaders say they just want the house to go to people who will love it as parish members have.
The parish has received a couple of offers, but nothing is set yet.
North West REC Helps With Economic Development
(Orange City) -- When you think of economic development, you may not think about a power utility cooperative as a partner for business and industry growth, but North West Rural Electric Cooperative, based in Orange City, has helped many projects get started. North West R-E-C general manager Lyle Korver explains how the electrical cooperative helps with start-up and expanding businesses.
Korver says the power cooperative was recently recognized by receiving the Impact Award, for helping with two projects in northwest Iowa.
The Electric Utility Official talks about the second project in Northwest Iowa
The power cooperative with members in Sioux, O'Brien, Ida, and Plymouth Counties has assisted with many economic development projects in the past, including several ethanol facilities.
Korver says businesses are not given any special rate reductions when seeking economic development assistance.
House Considering Bill To Allow Psychologists To Prescribe Medication
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A bill pending in the Iowa House would allow specially trained psychologists to prescribe medication to mentally ill people in hopes of alleviating a shortage of treatment options, but the proposal has run into opposition from some of the state's psychiatrists. Supporters of the bill hope to ease treatment delays, especially among rural patients, that can stretch on for a month or longer and require long drives to larger cities. Some Iowa psychiatrists in the change could be risky.