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Tuesday News, December 8th


Plymouth County Board of Supervisors To Hear Budget Proposal Requests

(Le Mars) — Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will begin discussions regarding the upcoming fiscal year budget as they hear proposals from officials representing Safe Place and the Plymouth County Historical Museum.
Kathy Van Mannen and Robin McGinty will appear before the county governing board to request funding. Safe Place is the new name of the organization previously known as the Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.
Museum Administrator, Judy Bowman will also be submitting the museum’s request for annual funding. County Engineer Tom Rohe will be presenting a construction permit for the supervisor’s approval regarding a request by the Southern Sioux Rural Water Association as they will be conducting work on Concord Avenue in Westfield Township. The board of supervisors will hear
from Dale McKinney with Stone Group Architects as he will discuss the courtroom renovation plans and billing proposal. The county board of supervisors will also go into closed session to discuss a pending litigation.




Wet-Nose Animal Rescue To Hold Volunteer Meetings

(Le Mars) — The Wet-Nose Rescue organization will hold a series of volunteer meetings set for tonight, Tuesday, Dec. 8, beginning at 6 p.m. Those meetings will be at the Eagles Club in Le Mars.  Due to COVID-19, Wet-Nose will be hosting three meetings in one evening to accommodate small groups. Wet-Nose will allow up to 12 volunteers to attend a one half hour meeting with 15 minutes in between for cleaning. Volunteer meetings are scheduled for 6 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8.
Participants should choose one meeting to attend. Anyone who is interested but is unable to attend should send an email request information.




Le Mars Police Department Offers Tips To Remain Safe During Holiday Shopping Season

(Le Mars) — Holiday shopping can lead to having a “Blue Christmas” if you don’t take the necessary precautions to remain safe. The Le Mars Police Department reminds people that this is not only the season of joy and happiness, but also the season for thefts and scams. Le Mars Police Chief Kevin Vande Vegte explains.

Vande Vegte says to also be aware of strangers that may approach you.

The Le Mars Police Chief also reminds people to not sit out empty boxes with your trash indicating what you received for Christmas. With an anticipated increase of online shopping, that means additional packages will be delivered to your home. Vande Vegte warns us of porch pirates.

Vande Vegte says to also be aware of possible scams that may take place at this time of year. He reminds people to never give out any personal information.

Vande Vegte says when you are shopping, place your items in the trunk of your vehicle, or place a blanket on top of top your items.




Grassley Says He Did Not Have Any Symptoms Of COVID-19 Virus, But Tested Positive, Despite Taking Necessary Precautions

(Washington) — U-S Senator Chuck Grassley says he is doing fine since he has returned to work after testing positive with the COVID-19 virus. Grassley was quarantined for a while, but he says he never had any of the symptoms associated with the coronavirus. Grassley told reporters during his weekly news conference that he is proof that you can still get the virus, even when you are doing all the right things to avoid it. He was asked if he has learned anything new about the virus, after testing positive.

Grassley says he still conducted his morning run of two miles while having tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

Grassley was asked about if a second relief package will be introduced in the near future? Grassley says he is not part of the negotiating team, however, he says there are several areas in which an agreement has been made between the House of Representatives and the Senate. Grassley says he wishes the
Democrats would agree to act on those agreements, instead of taking an all or nothing attitude.




Dan Gable Awarded Medal Of Freedom

(Washington, DC) — Iowa wrestling legend Dan Gable was at the White House Monday where President Donald Trump awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. “No one has done more to promote wrestling in America than Dan Gable,” Trump said. “He’s an athletic giant who conquered one of the most difficult and ancient sports in the world. He’s the greatest wrestler probably ever. We’ve never had anybody like him.” Gable, a Waterloo native, won an Olympic gold medal in 1972 not giving up a point, and lost just once in college in his final match for Iowa State. Gable went on to lead the University of Iowa to 15 national team wrestling titles as the Hawkeye coach.
Gable was also the head coach of three U.S. Olympic teams.




Collins Laying Off Workers In Decorah, Bellvue

(Decorah, IA) — Collins Aerospace is laying off more than five dozen workers at plants in Iowa. The company has notified state officials it will cut 29 positions from the job sites in Decorah and another 36 from Bellevue. The company says the significant decline in air travel has caused the company’s profits to fall 64 percent in the first three quarters of the year.




State Officials Change Method Of Reporting COVID-Related Deaths

(Des Moines, IA) — Iowa state officials say they will use the same system as the National Center for Health Statistics when they report COVID-related deaths. The change has added 177 deaths to the state count initially. Iowa Department of Human Services director Kelly Garcia says the state is now using a special code number on death certificates indicating COVID was the underlying cause – or a contributing factor to the death of an Iowan. Garcia says we will get a more accurate picture of exactly what happened surrounding each death. She says this will be helpful for national comparisons.




Amazon Fulfillment Center Ramping Up

(Bondurant, IA) — The massive new Amazon fulfillment center in central Iowa is ramping up to start handling packages. Site leader Brent Hagan says they welcomed employees to the Bondurant center Sunday with company swag and
pictures in a first-day company tradition. The center will eventually have one-thousand employees and can process around 950-thousand packages a day.
He says they will spend the first week bringing inventory into the building and next week they’ll start delivering packages. The company still has open jobs at the Bondurant fulfillment center and you can apply at: www.amzn.to/iowajobs. The jobs have a minimum starting wage of 15 dollars an hour with benefits.




Accused Shooter Charged With Attempted Murder

(Des Moines, IA) — A 25-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder for a shooting outside the Iowa Capitol Sunday. The Iowa Department of Public Safety says, there was a confrontation in a public parking lot east of the Capitol. Michael McKinney of St. Charles is accused in court documents of
intentionally firing a handgun at a 15-year-old girl. The teenager — who was not identified — was riding in a car traveling through the parking lot when she was shot in the leg. She was taken to a Des Moines hospital for treatment for what investigators say was a non-life-threatening wound.




Fort Dodge Police: Attempted Murder Investigation Started In Shooting Of Teen

(Fort Dodge, IA) — Fort Dodge police say they are conducting an attempted murder investigation in the shooting of a teen Sunday night. Authorities found an unresponsive 16-year-old girl inside a vehicle suffering a gunshot wound at about 7:00 p-m. She was taken to a local hospital, then transferred to Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. The victim’s name and medical
condition haven’t been released. Fort Dodge police haven’t reported any arrests, but they feel the shooting was an isolated incident.