Wayne Schipper – with the Plymouth County Veterans Memorial Park Board reported to the city council this week that over the past several years, they have working on projects to maintain and improve the Veterans section at Memorial Cemetery.
The veterans worked with the City of Le Mars administration to make changes at the cemetary.
A portion of the cemetery is set aside at the Cemetery for veterans.
Their plans fell into place much quicker than they anticipated.
The Veterans also work with another group to plan and make improvements to the Veterans Memorial Park, on the former Westmar campus.
In the past year, a new memorial was placed in the park.
Schipper describes the purpose of the Veterans Memorial Park.
EMPLOYEES OF THE MONTH
Last night, at an after 5 celebration, the staff at Reds Printing was presented the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Employees of the month. This took place at Reds Printings 40th anniversary party at Willow Creek Country Club.
Owners Pam and John Hutchins nominated the staff, said, “We have been blessed with the best employees anyone could asked for!”
The total years of work experience between them is 69 years. There is nothing Pam and John would not do for anyone of these individuals. Each one of them has their complete respect.
IOWA RAIL LINE SOLD
The Canadian National Railroad announced it has reached an agreement to acquire the Waterloo-based Iowa Northern Railway. Iowa Northern has some 275 miles of track that runs from Manly to Cedar Rapids, with branch lines from Waterloo to Oelwein, and Forest City to Belmond. The Iowa Northern website says it has 110 employees and serves 20 grain elevators, two ethanol plants, and two mineral processing facilities. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, and it must be approved by federal regulators, which is expected in 2024.
HOUSE PASSES BILL PROHIBITING ELECTRIC VEHICLE MANDATE
Iowa Congressman Randy Feenstra voted for, and the U.S. House passed, the “choice in automobile retail sales act” on Wednesday.
The legislation would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator from implementing or enforcing a proposed EPA rule requiring 67% of new vehicle sales to be electric by 2032.
Feenstra issued a statement saying quote: “President Biden’s obsession with electric vehicles is not only costly for Iowa families, but also beneficial for countries like China that produce the critical materials that we need to manufacture E-Vs.
American consumers should be able to choose the type of car or truck they prefer to drive”.
Nebraska Senators Pete Ricketts and Deb Fischer are sponsoring the bill in the U.S. Senate.
According to market data, electric vehicles accounted for only 5.8% of new vehicle sales in the United States in 2022.
HALEY CAMPAIGNS IN NORTHWEST IOWA
GOP presidential candidate Nikki Haley was often the target of her fellow candidates during Wednesday night’s Republican primary debate in Alabama. She says the 4th GOP debate was a “scrum”
She says the biggest issue for most Americans remains the economy.
Closing and securing the border is also a priority.
Haley says we have to deport those who are here illegally as part of that and do a national e-verify program, and defund sanctuary cities.
The former United Nations ambassador says she has the experience to deal with Mexico and with China.
Haley is now headed to iowa for some weekend events.
Nikki Haley will speak tonight at 6:30 at the Sioux City Convention Center on 4th Steet.
She will also attend Congressman Randy Feenstra’s Faith and family event in the BJ Haan Auditorium at Dordt University Saturday morning at 9 A.M.
INCLUDE BORDER POLICY CHANGES IN AID PACKAGE
Iowa Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst have joined their G-O-P colleagues in a procedural vote that has blocked a bill to provide U-S aid to Israel, Ukraine and Taiwan, along with funding for U-S border security measures. Ernst says that’s not sufficient. Ernst says border policies need to change, because the politices in place right now are not addressing the migrant flow into the U-S. Ernst says the bill is an acknowledgement by the Biden Administration that there’s a border crisis, because it was the Biden Administration that proposed putting border security in the military aid package for Israel and Ukraine. Biden says he’s willing to make significant compromises on border security if that’s what it takes to get the 110 billion dollar package through congress.
MOOSE BELIEVED DROWNED ON EAST OKOBOJI LAKE
The Iowa D-N-R says a moose that had been seen Wednesday in Spirit Lake is believed to have fallen through the ice on East Lake Okoboji and drowned. The D-N-R says the moose had been swimming in Spirit Lake and Marble Lake since late November and came from Northern Minnesota. The Arnolds Park Okoboji Fire & Rescue will try to pull the moose out of the lake so it can be taken to Iowa State University for study.