LE MARS COUNCIL
The Le Mars City Council today gave first reading to four amendments to the city code. The first changes zoning of three lots in the Erdmanville area from Residential to General Business. These three parcels are in the east half of the area. Another amendment changes zoning for the Le Mars Industrial Park Fourth Addition, to Heavy Industrial. The new area is bounded by Lake Avenue to the west and SW 27th St on the north. A third amendment to the city ordinance would designate the Le Mars Business Corridor Urban Renewal plan. This area contains two projects, the Erdmanville redevelopment and a commercial property on the south end of the zone. A fourth amendment will reflect ward and precinct changes due to the recent annexation of land in south Le Mars. Each of these amendments were approved to first reading by the city council. Three readings are required before adoption.
SUPERVISORS CONSIDER LIBRARY FUNDING
Plymouth County’s Board of Supervisors approved funding for the county’s libraries for the current fiscal year, then heard a budget request from the same group for the next fiscal year. Under New Business, the Supervisors approved funding allocations and coalition agreements for fiscal 2023-24. The total budget allocation for the current fiscal year is 130-thousand dollars, and is split among the five libraries in two ways. half of the budget total is split equally, 13-thousand dollars for each library. The other half of the funding is split, based on rural circulation. The totals between the libraries range from 15,700 dollars to the Merrill Library, to nearly 40-thousand dollars to the Le Mars Public Library. They and Remsen, Akron, and Kingsley make up the five Plymouth County libraries.
Then, the five library directors made a presentation to the board and requested 140-thousand dollars in the next Plymouth County budget. Rural circulation among the five libraries range from 16-hundred at Merrill to 16-thousand at Le Mars. One director said traffic in the libraries have slowly returned to normal since covid. There’s more demand for portable, digital library sources, such as e-books and audiobooks, and new technologies such as Wonderbooks, which look like regular books, but an audio player is attached to the cover.
NUNN BILL DENIES PENSIONS TO EXPELLED CONGRESSMEN
Iowa Congressman Zach Nunn is co-sponsoring a bill that would make members of the U-S House and Senate who are expelled ineligible for a congressional pension. Former New York Congressman George Santos, who was expelled last week, will not be getting a pension because he hadn’t served long enough to be eligible for one, but Nunn says two House members who were expelled in 1980 and 2002 were able to get pension checks from the government. Nunn says individuals who violate the public trust and are expelled from congress should not be able to walk away with money from taxpayers in their pockets. Nunn, a Republican from Bondurant, is co-sponsoring the legislation with Democrats from Minnesota and New Hampshire and a Republican congressman from New York.
STUDY: IOWA DIABETES CASES UP MORE THAN 2X SINCE 2003
Iowa’s obesity rate is soaring and a new federal report says the number of American adults diagnosed with diabetes has more than doubled in the past 20 years. Diabetes is a potentially life-altering condition that affects nearly 40 million people nationwide. Dr. Donna O’Shea (oh-SHAY) at United Healthcare is concerned the growing prevalence of diabetes could affect human longevity. A state study in 2017 found nearly 232-thousand adult Iowans with diabetes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study also found an increase in the number of people under age 20 developing diabetes, which O’Shea says is a disturbing trend. O’Shea says diabetes is “becoming a significant health problem.” She says the steady rise in cases is why it’s important to stay active and eat a nutritious diet.
NEW STUDENT CLUB
A new club at Le Mars Community High School is in the process of being started. “Interact Club” is a student organization that aims to bring students together to develop leadership skills along with being involved in their community. The club is sponsored and assisted by The Rotary Club of Le Mars. Inside the school, the club is being sponsored by Mrs. Molly Boeve. Club founder, Isabel Crosgrove, is a senior at LCHS. She explains the mission of the club.
Crosgrove says once the club gets enough members and is up and running, they will be continuing to partner with the Rotary.
Over time, Crosgrove says the club plans to recruit younger members of the community.
Crosgrove and Boeve say they hope to have the club up and running soon.
HOLIDAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ENFORCEMENT
The Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau is teaming up with law enforcement across Iowa to urge drivers to think twice before drinking and driving. December 15 – January 1, 2024, drivers will see officers working on a special high-visibility enforcement campaign to spread the message about the dangers of drunk driving from.
The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office will have additional deputies on duty throughout the month of December conducting high visibility patrols. These deputies will be focused on not only impaired drivers but also distracted and aggressive drivers.
In 2022, preliminary data shows 35% of Iowa’s fatal crashes involved an impaired driver. Last December almost 1100 drivers were charged with OWI on Iowa roads. About 25% of those were 2nd and 3rd offenses. Impaired drivers pose a danger to other drivers and themselves. GTSB and law enforcement urge drivers to always plan before heading out to a celebration.
IDA GROVE WOMAN CHARGED IN SON’S DEATH
An Ida Grove woman is charged with child endangerment resulting in death following an investigation into the death of her son in May. Information from the D-C-I says 23-year-old Billy Mosier is charged in the death of her three-year-old son Jordan Reed. An ambulance crew was called to a home in Battle Creek on May 4th and found Jordan was not breathing. He died the next day at the hospital. Charges were filed after the D-C-I and State Medical Examiner completed an investigation of the death. Mosier turned herself in at the Ida County Sheriff’s Office and was released after posting bond.
SEARCH FOR MISSING TRUCKER ON HOLD
The search for a missing Sac County man has been put on hold for the time being. The United Cajun Navy, a group of volunteers who have been helping in the search for 53-year-old David Schultz of Wall Lake, said in a Facebook post Sunday night that after searching over 100,000 acres around where Schultz’s truck was found and his last known location, they have exhausted any potential search locations in the area.
Schultz’s truck was found deserted on Tuesday, November 21st. His cell phone and wallet were found inside the vehicle.
The post says they will continuing to work with specialized teams and investigators to try and receive any new leads but will also start to work to try to put together a substantial reward fund to try and bring new information on Schultz’s disappearance.
The searches may resume Wednesday.
BURGUM DROPS OUT OF GOP PRESIDENTIAL RACE
North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum has ended his presidential campaign. Burgum did not meet the polling threshold for Wednesday’s debate for G-O-P candidates. Burgum, who did not qualify for the debate in November, either, says the Republican National Committee’s requirements are nationalizing the primary process and taking the power of democracy away from the engaged, thoughtful citizens of Iowa and New Hampshire. Burgum did participate in the first two televised debates. Burgum was to make a visit to Sioux City last Sunday, but canceled the event.