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Friday Afternoon News, June 11th


Bling ‘N Fashions Selected As “Cash Mob” Business

(Le Mars) — Over the lunch hour on Friday, the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce conducted its “Cash Mob” event. Ten downtown businesses, all chamber members, were eligible to be selected. Le Mars Mayor Dick Kirchoff was asked to draw the winning business name.

After announcing that Bling ‘N Fashions was the winner for the cash mob, approximately 15 people then converged on the lady fashion store, ready to make a purchase. Attendees were asked to spend at least $20 during the cash mob event.




Despite Setting A Record For Daily Use Of Water, Le Mars Officials Say No Need To Restrict Water Usage

(Le Mars) — While other Iowa communities are needing to place restrictions on the water usage due to the hot and dry conditions from this past week, Le Mars city officials indicate the “Ice Cream Capital of the World” has been keeping up with the high demand for water. Rich Sudtelgte, is the Superintendent of the City Water Department. He says this past Wednesday when temperatures
reached 93 degrees, Le Mars set a new record for daily water usage.

Sudtelgte says if the dry conditions and heat wave returns, city officials may have to consider placing some restrictions on the water usage. The city water department official suggest residents and businesses irrigate their lawns during the evening hours.

Sudtelgte says if you should see water run down the street due to a water line break, he asks that you call the city’s water department immediately. Both Sheldon and Sioux Center have implemented some restrictions on water usage due to the recent heat wave. Sheldon Public Works Director Todd Uhl has been monitoring water levels in his city’s wells and just issued a “water watch” in Sheldon on Thursday. He says use has skyrocketed to a point where they feel it’s time to start watching consumption. At this point in May, residents in Sheldon used about 900-thousand gallons of water per day. On Wednesday of this week, Uhl says more than one-and-a-half MILLION gallons of water were used.




Axne Sponsors Bill On Eldercare

(Washington, DC) — Iowa Congresswoman Cindy Axne is cosponsoring a bill she says will help people facing challenges in caring for older people. Axne, a Democrat from West Des Moines, says the Americans Giving Care to Elders or AGE
Act would provide tax credits of up to 12-hundred dollars to taxpayers earning under 200-thousand dollars a year to offset eldercare expenses. Axne met with caregivers in a roundtable discussion at Des Moines Area Community College earlier this week on issues facing caregivers. In many cases, she says the
caregivers are adults who must take care of their parents.




Iowa Falls Man Fights Deportation To Afghanistan

(Iowa Falls, IA) — A man who served as an interpreter for U-S troops in Afghanistan is hoping to have better luck in immigration court after being denied political asylum in the United States. Zalmay (zall-MAY) Niazy (nee-AH-zee) has lived in Iowa Falls since 2015. He has an appointment with an
immigration judge in Omaha later this month. The U-S Department of Homeland Security cited involvement in a terrorist organization as the reason for denying him asylum and Niazy says that’s very frustrating since he worked with U-S soldiers to fight against terrorism in Afghanistan. Niazy says his life will be in danger if he is deported back to Afghanistan and immigration court is his last hope.




Woman Wins One Million Dollar Lottery Prize

(Harpers Ferry, IA) — An eastern Iowa woman will always remember her getaway to the family’s cabin along the Mississippi River last weekend. During her trip to the far corner of northeast Iowa, Karen Kramer stopped at a Harpers Ferry convenience store and bought a Mega Millions ticket for Tuesday night’s
drawing. She spent ten dollars for five plays, one of which matched five of the six numbers drawn for a one million dollar prize.




Pork Producers Calling For Biden Administration Not To Slow Down Processing Lines

(Des Moines) — The World Pork Expo is wrapping up its three-day run at the Iowa State Fairgrounds this (Friday) afternoon and organizers say there’s been much political discussion among producers at this year’s event. Jen Sorenson of Ankeny, president of the National Pork Producers Council, says they’re lobbying the Biden Administration to appeal the court ruling that will slow down line speeds at pork processing plants beginning July 1st.

The council wants the U-S to sign on to become a member of the Comprehensive and Progressive Transpacific Partnership agreement but Sorenson doesn’t expect it to happen this year with the focus on economic and pandemic recovery. Sorenson says expanding international markets is another priority.

Sorenson says the pork producers are joining the American Farm Bureau in legal action to get California to remove its Proposition 12, which dictates housing measures to pork and poultry producers.