Le Mars City Council Approves Contractor For Cleveland Park Restroom Project
(Le Mars) — The Le Mars city council, on Tuesday, approved the construction project of a new restroom facilities to be located at Cleveland Park. Three bids were submitted for review, all of them were higher than the architect’s cost estimate for the project. Bainbridge Construction of Kingsley secured the winning bid at $100,655. Construction is expected to begin during the
spring of 2021 with completion of the restroom project scheduled to be finished by June 30, 2021. The city council also discussed the condition of the Le Mars Municipal Airport runway. City administrator, Jason Vacura informed the city council that the FAA is suggesting an upgrade of the runway.
Vacura says a preliminary engineering study needs to be submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration by early December. Mayor Dick Kirchoff says the project would be funded with a 90 to 10 percent split, with the city having to finance the ten percent share.
Vacura says the city has several different options to consider that may reduce the overall cost and the time of construction.
Once the project is given the final approval, the airport could be closed for a time period of between three to seven months. The city council approved action for the city administration to further pursue the matter.
Terry Claussen Named Chamber’s “Boss Of The Quarter”
(Le Mars) — The latest Chamber of Commerce “Boss of the Quarter” honors was presented Wednesday to Terry Claussen of Claussens Mens Wear located on the corner of Plymouth Street and Central Avenue. Stacey Mahlke submitted the nomination for Terry Claussen. She writes: “Terry Claussen owns Claussen’s
Clothing Store and has been a dedicated businessperson for over 40 years in the retail business, with 30 of those years, here in Le Mars. Terry has been an outstanding boss and leader for many employees throughout the many years.
When you work with Terry, you are not just another employee. He has a special way of making you feel like you are a part of the family. They say when you love your job, it doesn’t feel like work, and for me and several others, that is exactly the case. I truly look forward to going to work every day. Terry is laid back, open minded, and always lends an ear when needed. He gives direction without being “bossy” and is always interested in
listening to other points of view. Terry deserves recognition for a job well done this year and every year. Thank you for being the best boss ever! Our congratulations go to Terry Claussen for being honored as the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce “Boss of the Quarter.”
New Quick Service Chicken-based Restaurant To Start Up In Le Mars
(Le Mars) — A quick service restaurant will be starting business in what is the Le Mars Country Store convenience facility located at the intersection of Business Highway 75 and Highway 3. Krispy Krunchy Chicken was first established in 1989. It is one of the fastest-growing premium quick-service restaurant (QSR) concepts in the country with approximately 2,500 retail
locations in 47 states. Krispy Krunchy® features Cajun-style chicken (bone-in and tenders), which is always fresh, never frozen, infused with Krispy Krunchy’s proprietary marination and fried in zero trans-fat oil. The menu also includes signature items of Chicken Sandwich, Original, Krispy and Cajun Sweet & Sour Wings, Krispy Shrimp and Fish, and delicious sides, including
Red Beans & Rice, Jambalaya, Mashed Potatoes & Cajun Gravy, Mac-N-Cheese, Boudin Bites (Cajun rice balls), and Honey Butter Biscuits. Krispy Krunchy Chicken is always… Freshly Prepared. Perfectly Cajun.
Iowa Voters Shatter Turnout Record in 2020
(Des Moines, IA) — Secretary of State Paul Pate says that Iowa has “shattered” the previous voter turn-out record — by nearly 100-thousand votes. The previous record was nearly one-million-599-thousand ballots cast by voters in 2012. Pate says he and his staff had seen “a huge uptick in people going to our website, as well as just as our social media tracking.”
Pate suspects the pandemic may have had a role in this year’s increased turn-out, as social activities have been limited. He said, “there weren’t as many distractions, because I have this activity to go to or that activity to go to, those were taken off the table somewhat, so voting became a higher issue.” He says there are outstanding absentee ballots that may be counted in the next few days and added to the voter turn-out tally.
Iowa Voters Reject Constitutional Convention Ballot Measure
(Des Moines, IA) — A clear decision by Iowa voters Tuesday on calling a constitutional convention. This year’s General Election ballot asked voters if there should be a convention to revise the state’s constitution. It’s a question that’s required to be submitted to Iowa voters once every decade.
By a rate of more than two-to-one, the voters said “no.” The final tallies show 407-thousand people said yes, while 971-thousand opposed the idea. A constitutional law professor at the University of Iowa says such a convention is only appropriate if voters think the system is fundamentally broken and
needs significant changes. Iowa’s constitution was ratified in 1857 and has since been amended 48 times.
Hinson Declares Victory in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District
(Cedar Rapids, IA) — Republican state Representative Ashley Hinson is declaring victory in Iowa’s First Congressional District. Hinson edged Democratic incumbent Abby Finkenauer 51-to-49 percent in Tuesday’s election.
Hinson pledged to represent everyone in the district and said, “This is the honor of my life and I look forward to serving you in Congress.” Finkenauer had not officially conceded the race this morning (Wednesday). Her campaign said overnight that it was going to continue to review election returns and data on outstanding ballots. The National Republican Congressional Committee congratulated Hinson on her victory.