City Council Approves Second Reading Of Proposed Parking Ordinance
(Le Mars) — On a 3-2 vote, the Le Mars city council approved the second reading of the proposed parking ordinances. The city council approved an alternate version that states no person shall park, place or store a trailer, camper or other non self-propelled vehicle or equipment on a street or in any municipal parking lot within the city except when the trailer, camper, or other non self-propelled vehicle is in the actual process of being loaded,
unloaded or actively being utilized. This section shall not apply to
construction trailers being used on an active construction site. A violation for this purpose shall carry with it a $25 dollar fine. The city council also adopted a measure that addresses items that are parked relating to business purposes. It reads: It is unlawful to park, store, or place, temporarily or permanently, any machinery, construction trailers, dump trailers, metal bulk
storage/trash containers, junk or any goods, wares, or merchandise of any kind upon any street or alley for the purpose of storage, exhibition, sale or offering same for sale, without permission of the city. This section shall not apply to construction trailers being used on an active construction site.
A violation of this section shall carry with it a $25 dollar fine. Donlin and Wick voted against the proposed measure, while Goodchild, Knapp, and Nelson all voted in favor of the measure. The city council will hold a third reading of the proposed parking ordinance during its next council meeting.
City Council Sets Date For Hearing On Plywood Trail
(Le Mars) — In other action, the city council approved to start the Plywood Trail Phase 1 project which would construct a recreational trail within Merrill going north of the West Branch of the Floyd River. Through agreements with the Plywood Trail Foundation and the city of Merrill, the city of Le Mars is contracting authority and will ensure construction of the project. The project has received Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Army Corps of Engineers permitting and is in the final stages with the Iowa Department of Transportation. The city council has set a date of June 15th for a public hearing, with bids to be opened on July 1st, and the awarding of the contract on July 6th. The city council has retained the services of Michael Murphy of
the Murphy, Collins, McGill law firm as the city’s attorney. After holding a closed session to evaluate the performance of city administrator Jason Vacura, the city council approved offering a raise to Vacura.
Museum Hit By Vandalism
(Le Mars) — Le Mars Police are investigating a report of vandalism that happened at the Plymouth County Historical Museum over the weekend. Several windows had been broken when rocks were thrown at the windows. Le Mars Assistant Police Chief Justin Daale says the windows were on the upper level of the museum.
Assistant Chief Daale explains how many of the museum’s windows were destroyed as a result of the weekend acts of vandalism.
Daale says the vandalism was limited to the broken windows and display cases, in the one room and no other areas of the museum had reported to have suffered any other additional vandalism. Daale says security cameras in the area were not operative at the time of the vandalism. He says if anyone has information about the vandalism incident to the museum, they are asked to forward the information to the Le Mars Police Department.
The Le Mars Assistant Police Chief estimates the damage to exceed $2,000. Museum officials contacted KLEM to offer a small correction to the police report. Museum officials say it was what is known as the “County Room” that was hit instead of the “Study Hall Room.”
Ice Cream Days Brings Back New Ice Cream Flavor Contest
(Le Mars) — An old favorite activity associated with Ice Cream Days is being brought back this year. 17 area families will compete against each other in the creation of a new ice cream flavor. Mary Reynolds with the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce explains where the contest will be held, as well as the rules for the new flavor ice cream contest.
Reynolds tells us those selected families that are scheduled to compete for creating the best new flavor of ice cream.
Reynolds says the contest had been suspended for a few years due to a lack of participants, but she says hopefully this year’s contest will stimulate renewed interest in the contest.
The chamber official says she doesn’t know whether or not Wells Enterprises have ever adopted the winning entry of a new flavor and created the product and decided to market the new created flavor. Reynolds says the reigning champion from a few years ago created what was referred to as “Bada Bing Ice Cream” containing pieces of Palmer Candy’s Bing Candy bar.
Whiting Man Charged in Deadly Woodbury County Shooting on Memorial Day
(Sioux City, IA) — A western Iowa man is jailed on a second-degree murder charge in connection with a Memorial Day shooting in rural Woodbury County. Twenty-year-old Marvin Hildreth, Junior of Whiting is also facing one count of going armed with intent for injuring another person. Sheriff’s officers say a man and woman were found in the front yard of a home suffering from gunshot wounds around 1:30 p-m Monday. Forty-year-old Russell Mohr of Mapleton died at the scene. The woman was shot in the leg and is being treated for non-life threatening injuries. A deputy spotted Hildreth’s vehicle less than 20 minutes after the shooting and took him into custody. Investigators say Hildreth and the victims knew each other – but the motive is unclear at this time. Anyone with tips is asked to call the Woodbury County Sheriff’s Department.
Marvin Hildreth Jr.
Iowa State Tax Receipts Soaring
(Des Moines, IA) — After the pandemic hit to the Iowa economy a year ago, state tax receipts now are soaring. The state’s fiscal year ends June 30th. Net tax revenue for the state of Iowa in the past 11 months is more than seven-point-three billion dollars. That’s about a billion dollars more than the same 11 month period in the previous fiscal year. Consumer spending is up. Sales and use tax payments to the State of Iowa jumped 10 percent from July through the end of last month. Corporate income tax payments to the state more than doubled and personal income tax payments were up nearly 16 percent.
Iowa’s Economic Recovery Accelerated In May
(Omaha, NE). — Economic recovery from the pandemic further accelerated in Iowa during May, but the numbers fell slightly for the Midwest region, according to a survey of business leaders and supply managers in the nine states. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says the April numbers showed record growth and while Iowa continued to display its momentum to dig out, the region’s progress slipped a bit. Almost one-third of supply managers identified soaring input prices as the greatest economic challenge of the year for their firms. Even with a surging manufacturing sector, Goss says Midwest manufacturers added jobs at only a modest pace. The survey points to very strong growth for the next three to six months and Goss projects the Midwest region’s economy will be back to pre-COVID levels in the first quarter of 2022.
JBS Shifts Canceled After Cyber-Attack
(Marshalltown, IA) — Some shifts were canceled at J-B-S meatpacking plants in Marshalltown and Ottumwa Tuesday after a cyberattack on the company. An updated post on the Facebook page for the J-B-S plant in Ottumwa said the company is continuing to work through its I-T issues and no pigs will be slaughtered today (Wednesday) in Ottumwa on the first or second shift. However, shifts for other tasks within the facility in Ottumwa are still on for today. J-B-S is based in Brazil and is the world’s largest meat producer. All of its beef plants were shut down Tuesday by the cyber breach. J-B-S plants that process pork — like the two in Iowa — had some level of disruption but weren’t completely idled.