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Tuesday Afternoon News, February 9th


County Supervisors Reject Sole Bid For Residential Care Facility

(Le Mars) — Plymouth County Board of Supervisors tried selling the Residential Care Facility during an auction that was held Tuesday afternoon at the Courthouse Annex Building. Auctioneer Bruce Brock opened the bidding process asking for an initial bid of $500,000 of which nobody responded.
Brock then lowered the bid to $250,000 and again no response. Brock then dropped the asking price to $100,000. Rex Knapp, acting as a board member for Pride Group, then offered a bid of $110,000 for the 4.6 acre complex that includes the 43-bed care facility, grounds, and maintenance sheds. Several of Pride Group’s board of directors and officials were in attendance at the auction.  Brock kept asking for other bids, and still no one else placed another bid. Brock decided to take a few minutes break to allow sometime for those present at the live auction, as well as the 16 viewers watching the auction on-line, to consider their options. Following the few minutes of recess, the auction
started again, but still with no other bids submitted. Brock indicated if he wouldn’t get a second bid of at least $115,000 he would conclude the auction and allow the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors the opportunity as sellers to decide if they wanted to accept the only offer of $110,000 or reject the bid, and hope to receive additional interest in the property at a later date.
Supervisor Craig Anderson made the motion to reject the offer of $110,000 and John Meis seconded Anderson’s motion. The supervisors then held a vote with all five supervisors voting in favor of the motion, and rejecting the sole bid for the county-owned Residential Care Facility located at 1240 Lincoln Street N.E. on the east edge of Le Mars.



Grassley And Ernst Ask Why Iowa Is Slow To Get COVID Vaccines

(Washington) — U-S Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst of Iowa want to know why Iowa is receiving less COVID-19 vaccine than other states per population. They’re calling on the Centers for Disease Control to publicly release its weekly formula for allocating vaccines to states and other jurisdictions. The Senators have sent a letter to the C-D-C asking for answers that states no matter where you live, Iowans and all Americans should have fair access to a vaccine. The Senators are asking the C-D-C to publish the information in a simple format for every week they have allocated vaccines and each state’s weekly share of those vaccine allocations.




Senator Grassley Predicts Speedy Trump Impeachment Trial

(Washington, DC) — The second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump begins today (Tuesday) and Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley is optimistic the rules put in place will keep the proceedings moving quickly. Grassley expects the trial to be over by next Monday. The trial begins almost a month
after the House charged Trump with incitement of insurrection for his role in the violence at the U-S Capitol on January 6th. This is the first time a former president has faced impeachment and there will be arguments over constitutionality. The Iowa Republican says he has not made up his mind yet on how he’ll vote as juror in this trial.




Governor Reynolds Defends Lifting of COVID Restrictions

(Des Moines, IA) — Governor Kim Reynolds is defending her decision to lift Iowa’s partial mask mandate and COVID restrictions. Several Democratic lawmakers say Reynolds did not consult with the Iowa Department of Public Health before doing so. Reynolds said on the Fox News Monday night, “Covid hospitalization numbers are down 80 percent from where they were at their peak… Iowans know how to be safe and responsible.” The governor told host Sean Hannity that the State of Iowa “is coming out of Covid in a really strong position.” Representative Lindsey James of Dubuque says “It is mind
boggling to me that the governor didn’t consult her own public health experts when making such a major public health decision for our state.”




Eastern Iowa Woman Arrested in Boyfriend’s Shooting Death

(Manchester, IA) — An eastern Iowa woman is accused of fatally shooting her boyfriend early Monday in Ryan. The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office says 27-year-old Devon Hierrezuelo was found dead in an apartment. Deputies
say 33-year-old Danielle Weiner reported that someone broke into her apartment and shot her boyfriend. But investigators determined Hierrezuelo had been shot in a bedroom, moved to the kitchen/living room area and there were no signs of forced entry. A handgun and shell casings were recovered.
Weiner was arrested and charged with first-degree murder.




Le Mars Community FFA To Hold “Hunger Is A Factor – Fill The Tractor” Campaign

(Le Mars) — Food assistance has been at a record high during the era of the pandemic, and food banks and food pantries are constantly in need of additional food items to meet the demands of their clientele. The Le Mars Community FFA is doing its part to call attention of the need for food by holding its annual “Hunger is a Factor, Fill the Tractor” campaign. On Friday, February 12th a tractor will be placed at the door of the new competition gymnasium, near the bulldog statue. Mia Haage serves as the vice president of the Le Mars FFA chapter and tells us more about the “Hunger is a Factor – Fill The Tractor” campaign.

Haage says due to the pandemic and the limitation of spectators during the fall sports season, the FFA chapter decided to hold the event now during basketball season and a lead-in to the National FFA Week which is February 21st-27th. Haage says in addition to the donation of food, the local FFA chapter is also encouraging people to contribute toiletries. Haage says this marks the third year for the “Hunger is a factor – fill the tractor” campaign, with each being successful. She talks about the goal that has been set for this year’s campaign.