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Tuesday News, October 30

County Conservation Board To Deliver Annual Report To Supervisors

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Conservation Board Executive Director, Dennis Sohl, is scheduled to deliver the annual report of the County Conservation Board to the Plymouth County Supervisors during their regular weekly meeting today.  Sohl is expected to review the financial condition of the County Conservation Board, as well as discuss the activities from this past fiscal year.  County engineer, Tom Rohe will also appear before the county governing board and will ask for a resolution to petition a road vacation and set a public hearing date.

 

Road Closed For Bridge Repair

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Secondary Road Department has announced a road closure.  The road department will close 280th Street for a period of two days from Highway 140 to Roosevelt Avenue.  Road crews will be working on an abutment repair to a bridge.

 

Applications Can Be Submitted For Hotel-Motel Sales Tax Grants

(Le Mars) -- Beginning Thursday, applications for grants from the Hotel-Motel Sales Tax will be accepted.  Non-profit organizations can apply for the money.  Jessica Lingren, the Le Mars Convention and Visitors Bureau manager, says the amount can be between $250 up to a maximum of $15,000 as long as it somehow promotes tourism to the area.
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The deadline for the applications are due back to the city hall no later than December 28th. Lingren says there are a few rules to follow for consideration.

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Some of the organizations that have received grants in the past include Ice Cream Days celebration, and the Plymouth County Fair.  But Lingren says smaller organizations are also encouraged to submit an application.  The annual revenue generated from the local hotel-motel sales tax often exceeds $100,000.  However, according to Lingren $40,000 will be available for the grants.

 

Chamber Looking For "Business" and "Citizen" Of The Year Nominations

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting nominations for "Business of the the Year", and "Citizen of the Year".  All Chamber Member businesses are eligible regardless of size of type.  Recognition will be awarded based on one or more of the following criteria.  community involvement...job creation...innovative practices...employee benefits...major expansion...or overcoming an adversity.  Both the Business of the Year and the Citizen of the Year nominations must be returned to the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce offices no later than December 5th.  In addition, the Le Mars Business Initiative Corporation is looking to fill an at-large seat vacated by a retiring Board member.  The LBIC is comprised of four representatives of the city of Le Mars, four representatives of the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce, and six at-large positions.  All at-large positions are three year terms.


First Lady Michelle Obama Campaigns In Sioux City


(Sioux City) -- First Lady Michelle Obama made a campaign swing through Iowa yesterday, stopping at both Iowa City and Sioux City. She told the crowd to vote early, saying Iowa is fortunate to be a state that allows for early voting. First Lady Michelle Obama spoke to a cheering crowd of about a thousand supporters Monday afternoon at a rally for her husband, President Barack Obama.  The First Lady talked about the President's vision of America and their values.

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Mrs. Obama touted the President's health care plan and its strengths, as well as education funding and women's rights.  She says the President has concrete plans for the next four years, despite what opponents say, and a website explaining them.

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The First Lady began her speech in Sioux City with thoughts on those in the path of Hurricane Sandy, saying the country is prepared to help storm victims.


DNR Investigates Fish Kill on Floyd River

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Natural Resources Department is investigating a fish kill in northwest Iowa.
The agency is checking the West Branch of the Floyd River, about 2 1/2 miles south of Sioux Center.
Department workers found elevated ammonia levels in the water and several dead fish north of the U.S. Highway 75 bridge crossing.
The department says high ammonia content usually means the source is a nutrient, often fertilizer, manure or wastewater.

 

8 Year Old Shot At Shooting Range

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - An 8-year-old boy has been accidentally shot at a shooting range in northeast Iowa.
The Black Hawk County Sheriff's office says David Young wandered in front of the firing line while a relative was shooting at targets around 5:15 p.m. Monday. The incident occurred at the Black
Hawk Park range in Cedar Falls.
The sheriff's office says David was shot in the head with a .22-caliber rifle.
He was taken to Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo and then flown to a brain trauma unit in Iowa City.


Nursing Home Fined $500

NORWALK, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa nursing home has been fined $500 for not reporting possible sexual exploitation of a resident by a home employee.
The case involves a staffer at the Regency Care Center in the Des Moines suburb of Norwalk.
The worker was accused of kissing the resident and having other sexual contact with him.
Home administrator Inde Miller fired the worker. She told inspectors that she didn't report the matter to the state because the relationship was consensual.
Iowa law says any consensual or nonconsensual sexual conduct between a patient and caregiver must be reported to the state as abuse.
Miller declined to comment about the state findings.
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