Wednesday, May 25, 2016
   
Text Size

News

Monday News, May 2

Le Mars To Hold Spring Clean Up Days

(Le Mars) - The City of Le Mars is declaring an amnesty from the Landfill Disposal cost for Spring Clean up Days. Spring clean up days begins today, May 2nd through Saturday May 7th from 8am to 4pm, and from 8am to noon on Saturday at the Plymouth County Landfill.  Only Le Mars residential properties can participate. Assistant City Administrator Jason Vacera tells us more.

Listen to

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Vacera then went on to talk about the Appliance/Tire drop off on May 11th

Listen to

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Vacera also talked about the PC Sweep scheduled for May 21st at the City Hall parking lot

Listen to

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

 

 

 

Le Mars Fire and Rescue Respond To 45 Calls In April

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department has issued its April monthly report.  During the month of April, the fire department responded to 12 fires, performed 6 rescues, conducted 7 investigations, 16 times were asked for request for services, and provided mutual aid to Merrill on two occasions, Oyens, and Orange City.  Fire Chief Dave Schipper says a total of 273 people were trained in the correct manner of using fire extinguishers, including the city council and city hall administration staff.  During April, the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department placed into service a pickup truck to serve as a grass wildfire rig.

 

 

 

 

Treasurer's Staff To Set Up Office In Communities To Assist People Eligible For Tax Credit

(Le Mars) -- Staff from the Plymouth County Treasurer's office will be visiting Plymouth County communities to help those who qualify for a state credit on their house taxes, mobile home taxes, or for rent reimbursements. To qualify, and receive a credit on your real estate taxes, Iowa residents who own their own homes must be at least 65 years of age or older as of December 31, 2015 or be totally disabled and 18 years or older, and have a total household income under $23,360 for 2015.  If you own and live in a mobile home, you are eligible to claim a reduced tax rate if your 2015 combined household income was less than $22,360 and were 23 years of age or older as of December 31, 2015.  The State of Iowa also offers a rent reimbursement program to assist elderly or disabled low income individuals.  Sign up must be done by June 1st.  Residents can bring their 2015 income tax returns, social security statement of earnings, and the amount of any other income that you received in 2015 to one of the following locations.  Plymouth County Treasurer's staff will be at the Hinton Community Building on Tuesday, May 3rd beginning at 9:00 a.m. and will be there until 10:00 a.m.  Then from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. they will set up office at the Merrill Senior Center.  The Plymouth County treasurer's staff will be in Remsen on Tuesday, May 3rd between 11:30 to 12:30.  The following day, Wednesday, May 4th the staff will be at the Kingsley City Hall from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. They will be in Akron at the Akron Library Community Room from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and at the Westfield City Hall from 1:30 to 2:30.  Eligible residents can stop at the Plymouth County Courthouse in Le Mars at the Treasurer's office anytime from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and must do so before June 1st.

 

 

 

 

Money Is Being Raised For Center For Abused Children

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A center for abused children in Sioux City is raising $2 million for an expansion project.
The project will roughly triple the size of the Mercy Child Advocacy Center to 9,000 square feet.
The project will create a stand-alone facility and add two more interview rooms and another examination room. 
Plus, it will make the facility more secure and give it a separate entrance. Currently families enter the center through the endoscopy unit at the hospital.

 

 

 

 

Holz Disappointed Water Quality Bill Did Not Get Through Legislative Session

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa lawmakers put aside philosophical differences to adjourn the legislative session Friday, because at one point their disagreements on the multi-billion dollar state budget came down to less than $15 million.
The Republican-controlled House wanted to stop giving state dollars to family planning facilities like Planned Parenthood that provide abortions. The state funding in question totaled less than $500,000, and the proposal was ultimately dropped.
Lawmakers were also at odds over $9.7 million for salaries to the Iowa Department of Transportation. House Republicans said the agency shouldn't get additional money for salaries amid a recent increase in the state fuel tax. The Democratic-majority Senate challenged that, and lawmakers agreed to provide half the requested money.
Differences on water quality and medical marijuana couldn't be resolved this session. Le Mars State Representative Chuck Holz completed his first year as a state legislator.  He says he was most disappointed over the fact the lawmakers couldn't resolve the issue of water quality.

Listen to

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

 

 

 

 

Women Who Were Breast Feeding Asked To Leave Capital

 

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Women who were breast-feeding at the Iowa Capitol as part of a campaign say they were asked to cover themselves despite a law that allows them to nurse in public.
The Des Moines Register reports  that the women were part of the Nationwide Nurse-In, an event designed to draw attention to each state's breast-feeding laws. The Iowa group included eight adults and 10 children who were invited inside because of chilly outdoor temperatures, but asked not to breast-feed their children. Iowa law allows women to breast-feed their own children in any public place where they are otherwise allowed.
Tami Wiencek of the Iowa Department of Administrative Services later issued a statement apologizing to the women.
---

 

 

 

Drunk Drivers Increase In Numbers

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The number of drunken driving deaths on Iowa roads has been increasing over the past few years, but the number of driver's license revocations is down.
There were 123 drunken driving deaths last year. That's up from 110 the year before and 114 in 2012.
Last year, 13,938 driver's licenses were revoked for drunken driving in the state. That number has been steadily declining. In 2014, 14,515 licenses were revoked and in 2012, 17,708 licenses were taken.
Officials with the state Transportation Department and law enforcement say the decline is a result of having fewer officers on the road because of budget cuts and fewer arrests. Also, more people may be getting rides home after drinking.
---



 






 

 



   

Saturday News April 30th

Spring Clean Up Day In Le Mars

(Le Mars) - The City is declaring an amnesty from the Landfill Disposal cost for Spring Clean up Days , May 2nd through May 7th from 8am to 4pm Monday through Friday or Saturday from 8am to noon at the Plymouth County Landfill.  Only Le Mars residential properties can participate. Assistant City Administrator Jason Vacera with more.

Listen to

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.


Vacera then went on to talk about the Appliance/Tire drop off on May 11th.

Listen to

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.


Vacera also talked about the PC Sweep going on May 21st at the City Hall Parking lot.

Listen to

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

 

 

 

 

Police Investigate Car Hitting House Accident

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars Police are investigating an early-morning accident involving a car that had hit a house.  The accident occurred Friday morning at about 1:45 a.m.at 600 3rd street southeast. The car driven by 22 year old Trevor Koontz of Remsen was heading southbound on 6th Avenue southeast when he lost control and veered to the southeast and left the roadway. Koontz had driven over the curb, across the lawn, between two trees and striking the house. The car had scraped some bark off a tree.  The car struck the corner of the house and caused some major damage that included replacing a gas line and gas meter, damaging the foundation wall, as well as the first story wall of the house. Also damaged was a toilet, and several water and plumbing pipes.  The Le Mars Police estimate the damage to the house at $10,000.  The house is owned by Marlene Stoos.  The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department, the Le Mars Ambulance, and the Le Mars Police all responded to the scene. No one inside the house was injured, and Koontz, the driver of the car, refused any medical treatment.  Koontz was arrested for operating while intoxicated, on a second offense, and failure to maintain control, and for not having insurance coverage.

 

 

 

Moving Day For Floyd Valley Healthcare Family Clinic

(Le Mars) -- It is moving day for the Floyd Valley Healthcare Family Clinic. Throughout the weekend, medical staff and others will be hauling records, supplies, and equipment just a few feet to the east to the new north addition of the Floyd Valley Family Clinic.  Floyd Valley Healthcare Chief Financial Officer Daryl Friedenbach.

Listen to

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

As Friedenbach says, the new clinic will be in operation beginning Monday, and he says patients and clients should use the West side entryway.

Listen to

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Friedenbach says once the move is completed and everyone is settled, then demolition will begin on the old Family Clinic, making way for additional parking and for the geo-thermal wells.

Listen to

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

On May 18th, during National Hospital Week, Floyd Valley Healthcare officials want to extend an invitation to the general public to visit the new north addition.

Listen to

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

The Floyd Valley Healthcare official says the medical staff is excited about using the new facilities.

Listen to

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Friedenbach says there will not be any Urgent Care scheduled for today

 

 

 

 

Plymouth County Health Planning Committee Shows Appreciation To Seniors

(Le Mars) -- At the April meeting of the Plymouth County Health Planning Committee, appreciation was extended to the Committee’s graduating seniors who participated in the Committee for the past two years.

Loretta Myers, Floyd Valley Healthcare’s Director of Patient Care & Committee Chair, stated, “These students were very active and took their responsibilities very seriously by representing fellow students and the youth of Plymouth County.

The students have provided leadership and exhibited their commitment to serving their communities.  A sincere thank you and much praise is extended to these young men and women. We have enjoyed working with and wish them continued success in their future academic endeavors.”

Students retiring from the Plymouth County Health Planning Committee, include: Charles “Charlie” Ellis (LCHS), Mackenzie Schnepf (Gehlen) and Amy Isebrand (LCHS).

 

 

 

Iowa Legislature 2016 Session Adjourned

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Legislature has adjourned its 2016 legislative session with agreement on a roughly $7.35 billion budget that rejected an attempt to remove state funding for Planned Parenthood.

The Democratic-controlled Senate and Republican-majority House voted Friday to finish their work for the year. Their budget bills require Gov. Terry Branstad's approval.


For weeks, lawmakers sorted through legislation for the state budget that goes into effect in July. Deals over agriculture and economic development were reached early, while decisions on health care and transportation came in the last hours of legislative activity.

GOP lawmakers attempted to remove Medicaid funding for family planning facilities that provide abortions, but the proposal created an impasse. It was eventually dropped.

Lawmakers were also unable to reach deals this session on water quality and medical marijuana.

 

 

 

15-Year-Old Boy Arrested In Connection To Fatal Shooting

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Des Moines police have arrested a 15-year-old boy in connection to the fatal shooting of another teenager. 

Police announced Friday that they have charged the Des Moines resident with first-degree murder in the Wednesday shooting death of 17-year-old Kendall Foster.

Authorities did not release the name of the suspect and the Associated Press doesn't typically name minors who have been charged with crimes.

Police say officers were dispatched around 4:50 p.m. Wednesday after receiving reports about gunshots. The first officer to arrive at the scene found Foster in an alley behind a house. Foster had a gunshot wound in his chest.

He died later at a hospital.

 

 

 

 

Water Utility Company Switched On Nitrate Removal System

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The water utility serving a half a million customers in central Iowa including the city of Des Moines says it has switched on its nitrate removal system.

Des Moines Water Works CEO Bill Stowe says nitrate concentration in untreated water from river sources is approaching 10 milligrams per liter. That's a level the Environmental Protection Agency says isn't safe for babies to drink. Stowe says processed water remains safe but it costs extra to run the denitrification equipment. It ran for a record 177 days last year at a cost of $1.5 million.

Stowe says Iowa's voluntarily farm program designed to help contain fertilizer runoff is not working.

Water Works has sued several upstream county agriculture drainage systems seeking federal regulation of the runoff through Clean Water Act permits.

 

 

 

   

Page 16 of 1575

Search KLEM

Banner

Stock Market

1 DOW 17,706.05
+213.12 (1.22%)    
2 S&P 2,076.06
+28.02 (1.37%)    
3 NASDAQ 4,861.06
+95.27 (2.00%)    

Copyright 2010, Powell Broadcasting, Website developed by iCast Interactive