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Tuesday News, July 20th


County Board Of Supervisors To Meet

(Le Mars) — Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will convene for their weekly meeting at the County Courthouse Boardroom. The supervisors have a short agenda for today’s meeting. They will hear from Attorney Gene Collins as he submits a resolution for an extension to file a minor subdivision with the Hoffman Estates. County Engineer Tom Rohe will appear before the board
with a proposed agreement for culvert installations as part of the Hungry Canyons drainage base. The supervisors are expected to approve a lease agreement with Hope Haven. They will review and set bid letting for Hillview Recreational Pond storm water project. The supervisors are expected to set a hearing date for the 2020-2021 budget amendment.



City Council To Hold Hearing On Salaries For Council Members And Mayor

(Le Mars) –– The Le Mars city council will meet at 12:00 noon today at the city council chambers. The council will begin its meeting with a public hearing on the proposed mayor and council salaries. As for action items, the city council will discuss a main street challenge grant. The city council will listen to requests to close streets for both RAGBRAI and the Scoop the Loop. The city council will also discuss placing yield signs at the intersection of 3rd Avenue southeast and 3rd Street. The intersection is
currently uncontrolled. The Public Safety Committee is recommending that yield signs be placed on 3rd Avenue southeast to control north/south traffic.




Le Mars Residents Can Pick Up A Yard Sign Indicating They Welcome RAGBRAI Bicycle Riders To Camp On Lawns

(Le Mars) — We continue our kick-off to RAGBRAI with a series of reports leading up to the weekend. Mitch Christoffel is a member of the Executive Committee for Le Mars RAGBRAI. He says lawn signs are now available for those residents that want to welcome bicycle riders to camp on their lawns.

Christoffel says Le Mars residents are showing interest in hosting RAGBRAI participants.

RAGBRAI events take place on Saturday, but the actual ride will begin on Sunday when the thousands of bikers will leave Le Mars for the 85-mile trek to Sac City. The route will take them on Plymouth Street or Highway 3 going east out of town towards Oyens. Christoffel says plans are being made to offer the bicyclers a nice send-off.

Because Highway 3 is the official route exiting town, officials ask that you approach Floyd Valley Healthcare from the back side near the Floyd Valley apartments when waving good-bye to the RAGBRAI bicycle participants.




Four People Arrested For Disrupting Des Moines City Council Meeting

(Des Moines, IA) — Four people have been arrested for disrupting the Des Moines City Council meeting held Monday morning. That was the third straight time protesters had interrupted the council. Tensions began to grow when council members decided not to allow public comments on agenda items. Some were related to issues involving the city’s police department. The protesters wanted to discuss an item on grant funding for de-escalation training for police officers. One person was arrested at the last meeting.




Barn Collapse Kills Father, Young Son

(Cedar Falls, IA) — Authorities in Black Hawk County are identifying the father and young son who were killed when a barn collapsed last Friday.
Emergency responders found the two bodies trapped in the collapsed building near Cedar Falls when they arrived. The victims have been identified as Andy Kaufman and his fourth-grade son, Beckett. Investigators haven’t announced what caused that barn to collapse.




Crop Duster Pilot Walks Away From Downed Plane With No Injuries

(Amana, IA) — The Monday crash of a crop-dusting plane is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board. Federal investigators are said to be coming to Amana. The Iowa County Sheriff’s Office was called about the crash Monday at about 2:10 p-m. The 1976 Grumman bi-plane was taking off from Amana airport when it lost power and landed upside down in a cornfield. The pilot was about to walk away without any
reported injuries.




Two Teenagers Arrested In Death Of 18-Year-Old Dubuque Man

(Dubuque, IA) — Dubuque police say they have arrested two juveniles for the weekend shooting death of an 18-year-old man. Robert Powell-Moore reportedly died at a hospital Saturday afternoon. Dubuque police responding to a 9-1-1 call found Powell suffering a gunshot wound to the chest in an alley. A 15-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl have been taken into custody
on suspicion of voluntary manslaughter and possession of weapons. No names have been released. They were charged as juveniles.




Thousands Of Renters May Get Evicted 

(UNDATED) — Some 30-thousand Iowans say they will likely lose their housing due to eviction in the next two months, according to a recent federal survey.
Renters and service providers are bracing for a surge in evictions, as a federal moratorium is slated to expire next week. Iowa Legal Aid found the eviction orders could have an impact on Iowans’ ability to find housing for years to come. With affordable housing shortages in communities across the state, some renters are finding themselves at a loss for where to go next.




Online Tool Can Help Local Governments Determine Aid Eligibility

(UNDATED) — The state auditor says there’s a new tool to help Iowa counties determine how much federal assistance they can use to cover pandemic-related losses in tax revenue. State Auditor Rob Sand says the National Association of Counties online calculator takes a lot of guess work out of a complicated
process. Counties, as well as cities and states, must use American Revenue Plan money by 20-26. Funds may be used on infrastructure projects. Sand says the sooner local governments come up with budgets for the pandemic relief, the sooner they can line up contractors to get the projects done on time.