Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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Fire Destroys Hull City Offices

(Hull) -- Four different fire departments battled a fire for two hours at the Hull City Offices on Saturday morning.  Upon arrival, the Hull Fire Department found the structure was fully involved in fire.   The building suffered extensive damage.  The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time and the state fire marshal will be assisting the Hull Fire Department in conducting the investigation.  The city of Hull will move its operations to the local library.  City Administrator Les Van Roekel has said the worst fire damage was to the shop area attached to the offices, particularly the roof. He said the city offices sustained extensive smoke and water damage.  Assisting the Hull Fire Department were the Sioux Center Fire and Ambulance, Orange City Fire Department, Rock Valley Fire Department and the Sioux County Sheriff's office.

(Rock Rapids) -- The Lyon County Sheriff's Office reports 64-year-old Dennis Gardner, a life-long resident of Beloit, was working at a farm site when he lost control of the tractor he was driving and it rolled over. Gardner was pronounced dead at the scene, from injuries he received in the accident. Beloit is a little more than a mile south of Canton, South Dakota, and just across the Big Sioux River in Lyon County, Iowa.

(LeMars) -- The LeMars Community Board of Education is scheduled to meet this evening.  The school board will hear reports from the high school Language Arts teachers regarding the professional development sessons they have been facilitating with the high school staff focusing on reading comprehension strategies and the characteristics of effective instruction.  The board will also hear a report of the state of the curriculum of the LeMars Community schools.  They will also discuss the upcoming legislative luncheons.

(LeMars) -- The Plymouth County Historical Museum is looking for nativity sets for their second annual "Museum Manger" which opens on Sunday, December 4 in the Museum Study Hall.  All nativity sets are due at the Museum by 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 30th.  Last year, Ron and Delores Burkar, longtime Museum volunteers started the display of nativities.  Anyone wishing to reserve a space for a nativity set may call the Museum at 539-0223.

(LeMars) -- Plymouth County Board of Supervisors are facing a concern that is common for all county leaders.  Roads and bridges that need repairs, but there are not enough funds to finance every project that needs attention.  Craig Anderson, a supervisor from Merrill says the state has reduced the budget for road repairs and that places an added burden on county governments.  The county supervisors had to turn down a request by Eugene Plueger who was asking that a stretch of road measuring about a mile and a half be paved.  The road, is 150th Street and it goes by a cemetery.  Anderson says he understands the request for the road to be paved, and he agrees that if the road were paved, it would be nice, but it doesn't meet the critical priority needs. Anderson says Plymouth County is in perhaps a better financial position for road and bridge repairs than other counties.   Still, priorities need to be set.
Anderson says the county was able to save some nearl $200,000  with its own crew installing culverts in place of worn out bridges, and with a gravel project.  Anderson says with the added  heavier traffic on the county roads today, roads tend to be needing repairs on a more frequent basis.

(Undated) -- Friday was known as "Black Friday", Saturday was known as "Small Business Saturday" and today has become known as "Cyber Monday."  A day when people go shopping online using the internet, as opposed to actually visiting a building.  Economists are saying that Americans spent over four billion dollars over the weekend for holiday shopping.

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) - An Ankeny man will be giving away one of his kidneys away for a transplant, following the example his wife set earlier this year.
     Sherry Whisler donated one of her kidneys in January to Karen Harris, a friend from their church.
     On Tuesday, Whisler's husband, Mike, is scheduled to undergo an operation so a Sudanese immigrant has a chance at a more normal life. Forty-one-year-old Jinub Boungjak has been on dialysis since 2007.
     Mike Whisler says that the story isn't about the contributions he and his wife will have made.  He says it's all about the people who get the kidneys.
     For Boungjak, the transplant means he'll have a chance to work again to support his wife and four children.



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