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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.
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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.

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Korver says the power cooperative was recently recognized by receiving the Impact Award, for helping with two projects in northwest Iowa.

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The Electric Utility Official talks about the second project in Northwest Iowa

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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.

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Korver says businesses are not given any special rate reductions when seeking economic development assistance.

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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.

 

 







   

Saturday News - April 23rd

Sioux County Installs Surveillance Cameras

(Orange City, IA)- Sioux County recently completed the installation of surveillance cameras in both the Treasurer’s Building and the County Courthouse, which are both located in Orange City.
There are 17 cameras placed in the Courthouse and two in the Treasurer’s Office. The total cost of the project was $35,000. Signs have been posted at both County buildings to increase awareness of the presence of the monitoring system. The cameras are monitored 24/7 by the Sioux County Communications Center. The cameras are part of a continuing initiative by the Sioux County Safety Committee to increase security in County facilities.

 

 

 

 

Iowa Legislators Still Apart On Issues

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Lawmakers in the split Iowa Legislature haven't reached agreement on several issues needed for adjournment this session, and it means they'll be back next week.
The Republican-majority House and Democratic-controlled Senate have made advancements on several bills that will make up the nearly $7.35 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins in July. But many bills remain unfinished as each side adds funding and projects to the pieces of legislation.
At least some bills are expected to be sorted out in special legislative committees that only form when there's no consensus. Legislative leaders say they'll return Monday and Tuesday for more negotiations.

 

 

 

Senate Votes To Keep Planned Parenthood Funded

(Des Moines, IA) - All but one Democrat in the Iowa Senate have voted to block a bid by Republican legislators to "defund" Planned Parenthood. Under current law,  Medicaid patients in Iowa can go to Planned Parenthood for contraceptives or reproductive health exams. Earlier this week House Republicans voted to ban all state tax dollars from being spent at Planned Parenthood, proposing instead that Medicaid patients go to more than 200 "federally-qualified health care providers for family planning services.

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That's Republican Senator Amy Sinclair of Allerton, an advocate of the House G-O-P's plan. No state tax dollars are being spent on abortion services at Planned Parenthood, but Republican Senator Ken Rozenboom (ROH-zen-boom) of Oskaloosa says many Iowans "strenuously object" to sending ANY tax dollars to the organization.

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Rozenboom says. Senator Amanda Ragan (RAY-gun), a Democrat from Mason City, spoke out against the G-O-P effort to "defund" Planned Parenthood.

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Ragan says. Ragan acknowledged the "passion" this debate has generated.

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At the conclusion of debate, 25 Democratic senators voted to stick with the status quo and allow state funding of NON-abortion services at Planned Parenthood.  All 24 Republicans, plus Democratic Senator Joe Seng (sing) of Davenport voted to bar all tax dollars from going to Planned Parenthood. That means the House G-O-P plan failed on a tie vote today (Friday) in the Senate. Planned Parenthood officials say about 30-thousand Iowa Medicaid patients get NON-abortion services at Planned Parenthood each year. The State of Iowa pays 10 percent of those bills. The federal government covers the rest.

 

 

 

 

Iowa and Minnesota Working Together On Medical Marijuana Issues

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Officials in Iowa and Minnesota are exploring a system to allow Iowa residents to buy medical marijuana from their northern neighbor, lawmakers from both states have told The Associated Press. 
Iowa's Legislature has struggled this year to expand a 2014 law that legalized marijuana oils for patients suffering seizures but left them nowhere to buy it. Iowa House Speaker Linda Upmeyer said Friday an agreement with Minnesota is one option they're now considering.
Minnesota's program launched last summer. The novel setup could bring more patients to the two companies in Minnesota that are struggling with low enrollment.
But it would also raise some federal concerns. And it could pit Iowa residents with long drives to the closest dispensary in Rochester, Minnesota - three hours northeast of Des Moines.

 

 

 

Mall Shooters Trial Nearing Completion

NEVADA, Iowa (AP) - Prosecution and defense lawyers have finished presenting witness testimony in the trial of a man charged with killing a woman at a Coralville mall.
State and defense lawyers concluded testimony Friday in the first-degree murder trial of Alexander Kozak, who is charged in the shooting death of Andrea Farrington at the Coral Ridge Mall on June 12.
Lawyers will make their closing arguments Monday, and the jury will begin deliberations.
Prosecutors say Farrington was shot three times while working in the mall. Police say Kozak told officers he "snapped" after getting a text from Farrington saying she was breaking off their relationship.
The trial was moved to Story County because of media attention. If convicted, Kozak faces a mandatory life in prison sentence.

 

Supreme Court Gives Victory To Iowa Department of Human Services

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court has handed a victory to the Iowa Department of Human Services in a dispute over cuts in payments made to a group of Medicaid service providers in 2011.
The dispute occurred after then-Gov. Chet Culver ordered 10 percent budget cuts for state agencies in 2009 and the Legislature passed a bill in 2010 continuing those cuts into the 2011 state fiscal year. The DHS, however, neglected to carry over a portion of those cuts - a 2.5 percent inflation adjustment - into its administrative rules which set service provider payments.
Service providers sued, claiming the administrative rules govern rates, and the Iowa Court of Appeals agreed.
The Supreme Court on Friday, however, said statutes enacted by the Legislature prevail over administrative rules when there are conflicts.

 

 

University of Northern Iowa president Bill Ruud says the effort to push up enrollment on the Cedar Falls campus continues to see positive results.


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Ruud says enrollment has increased for the freshman class by 16 percent in four years.


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He says to see such success in growth is phenomenal.


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Ruud made his comments at the Board of Regents meeting Thursday.



 

 

 

 


 

 

   

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