Monday News, May 18
Bike Rodeo Scheduled For Monday
(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Cyclists want to see young bicycle riders use safety when riding their bikes. For that reason, they are sponsoring a bicycle rodeo scheduled for Monday evening beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Olson Cultural Events Center. Assisting with the bike rodeo are Floyd Valley Hospital, the Le Mars Rotary Organization, and the Le Mars Police Department. Mark Strub with the Plymouth Cyclists Club says the program is focused on children learning to ride bicycles.
Strub says May is recognized as National Bike Month. He says the bike safety rodeo will also feature several volunteer groups providing a safety inspection, and the Le Mars Police Department will be at the bike rodeo assisting bicyclists with registering their bicycles.
Strub says refreshments will be served to the participants, and he is hoping for a good attendance for the first annual bike rodeo.
Former Texas Governor Perry To Visit Le Mars
(Le Mars) -- Former Texas Governor Rick Perry is scheduled to appear in Le Mars on Monday. Perry will be at "The Living Center" located on Central Avenue, at 2:00 p.m. Perry, a republican, is considering entering the presidential race. He tried in 2012, but came in last place among the large field of Republican candidates.
County Officials To Speak At Lunch And Learn Session
(Le Mars) -- During today's Lunch and Learn session, attendees will learn more
about the county's operations, along with the constant need to repair our roads and bridges. Plymouth County Board of Supervisors chairman Jim Henrich, along with Plymouth County Engineer Tom Rohe are scheduled to speak during the noon luncheon to be held at the Blue Bunny ice cream parlor. The program is being sponsored by the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach of Plymouth County and the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Main Street organization.
"Woof-Stock" Rescheduled Until October
(Le Mars) -- “Woof-stock,” originally scheduled for June 6 at the Plymouth County Historical Museum, has been pushed back to Saturday, Oct. 3, in the Museum’s “Old Central” Gym. Recently, the “Woof-stock” Committee had announced a change in date to late September due to the threat of dog flu in the area, but the committee changed the date one more time because of a conflict with a major canine event in the area Museum administrator, Judy Bowman says, “We know that fall is a very busy time, but we hope that all ages will be able to take time out to celebrate dogs in October,”
Bowman says, “We had been thinking about moving the event from June to the fall because of our very hectic spring schedule at the Museum, so the report of dog flu in the area gave us a perfect reason to make the switch. We’ll try it and see how the schedule goes,”
She noted that the timing coincides with St. Francis of Assisi’s Feast Day on Sunday, Oct. 4. Since St. Francis is the patron saint of animals, it seems fitting to have “Woof-stock” on the same weekend.
Work Crews Prepare For Joy Hollow Log Cabin To Be Moved
(Le Mars) -- Speaking about the museum, crews have been working over the weekend getting things set to move the Joy Hollow log cabin from the Plymouth County Fairgrounds to its new site at the Plymouth County Historical Museum.
May Is Beef Month
(Le Mars) --May is recognized as Beef Month, and the Iowa Beef Industry Council says there are more than 27,000 Iowa farms that raise cattle, adding to the state's economy. Nancy Degner serves as the Executive Director for the Iowa Beef Industry Council and she says beef is a good value for consumers. Degner says a three-ounce serving portion of beef provides several vitamins and nutrients.
Strong Storms Pass Through Central Iowa On Sunday
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Strong storms damaged farm buildings across central Iowa, knocked down trees and toppled dozens of empty railcars.
The storms caused damage in Decatur, Clarke, Dallas, Boone and Madison counties as it moved across the state early Sunday morning. The National Weather Service planned to send out teams to survey the damage on Sunday.
No major injuries were reported.
Some of the most significant damage was reported west of Osceola where the empty coal cars were knocked over by wind.
Several farm outbuildings and grain bins were destroyed, farm roofs were damaged and some trees were uprooted.
The storms also dropped roughly 2 inches of rain in Ringgold and Humboldt counties.
Legislature Hopes To End Session Soon
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - With limited time left before the Iowa legislative session ends, lawmakers have one more opportunity to revive failed bills - with the legislative equivalent of a hail Mary pass, otherwise known as the standing appropriations bill.
Often dubbed a "Christmas tree" or "kitchen sink," the standing appropriations bill is a sweeping measure that includes billions in state spending for a variety of purposes across several state agencies.
The Democratic-led Senate approved their version of the bill last week. A number of policy plans were included, like a measure that would require breast density data in mammogram reports, a retirement incentive program and new policies for schools dealing with bullying.
The bill will now move to the House, where the Republicans in the majority may have their own modifications.
Iowa Has A Million Dollar Powerball Winner
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Someone purchased a Powerball ticket worth $1 million at a Des Moines supermarket before Saturday's drawing.
Iowa Lottery officials say the ticket purchased at Cash Saver matched five of the six numbers in the game.
No one won Saturday's jackpot of $110 million, so the prize will grow to $121 million for this Wednesday's drawing.
The ticket holder will have to contact Iowa Lottery officials to claim their prize.