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Wednesday News, December 19

Le Mars Prepares For First Season's Snow Storm

(Le Mars) -- Just how much snow is expected for Le Mars as we get prepared for what could be the first major snowfall of the winter?  Meteorologist Mike Fuhs (Foos) of the National Weather Service from Sioux Falls tells us when we can expect to see the snow.
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Fuhs says the heaviest of the snow will occur more to the southern regions of Iowa, but we will notice a white blanket of fluffy stuff in Le Mars.

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Fuhs says if you are traveling to central Iowa you may want to watch out.  He says snow fall there could be quite heavy.
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And how does the weather meteorologist categorize this winter snow storm?
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Plymouth County Road Crews Ready For Snow

(Le Mars) -- Despite how much snow Le Mars and Plymouth County receives, County engineer Tom
Rohe says his crews are ready.
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Rohe says Plymouth County doesn't do any application of salt or calcium magnesium until the roadways freeze.
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The Plymouth County engineer says the paved roads will be the first priority for his road crews.
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Mid-Sioux Opportunity Requests Funds From County

(Le Mars) -- The Executive Director of Mid-Sioux Opportunity visited with the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors requesting $10,000 for next year's budget.  Dick Sievers informed the Supervisors the low-income assistance organization serves 886 Plymouth County households.  Sievers says the assistance amounts to an average of $724.15 per household with a value of nearly $1.8 million. Sievers told the Supervisors about the economic impact Mid-Sioux Opportunity has upon the county
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Mid-Sioux Opportunity is headquartered at Remsen and in addition to Plymouth County, the organization serves four other counties, including: Lyon, Sioux, Cherokee, and Ida counties.
The Board of Supervisors did not act upon the financial request made by Mid-Sioux Opportunity.


Plymouth County Solid Waste Agency To Hold Meeting

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Solid Waste Agency is scheduled to hold its monthly meeting
this evening.  Their agenda will include a review of contracts with L.P. Gill Landfill and with Van's Sanitation.


Sioux City Mayor Won't Vote On Casino

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - The mayor of Sioux City says he won't vote on any gambling-related issues as the city considers a new casino.
Mayor Bob Scott announced his decision Monday during a City Council meeting. He says it is in
response to speculation that he has a financial stake in the development of a new casino. He would not elaborate.
Scott then abstained from a council vote on a public hearing date to extend a lease for the Argosy Casino riverboat. It's set for Jan. 28
Three developers have proposed land-based casinos that will eventually replace Argosy. The Iowa Racing & Gaming Commission will name the winning proposal in April.

South Korean Metal Company Donates to Harkin Building

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A South Korean businessman and his Iowa metals subsidiary have given $500,000 to support a university institute for Sen. Tom Harkin, who is pushing for a one-dollar coin
that would bring the company business.
The donations to the Harkin Institute of Public Policy at Iowa State University come from PMX Industries and CEO of its Seoul-based parent, Jin Roy Ryu.
Harkin is sponsoring a bill that would eliminate the paper dollar in favor of a dollar coin, for which PMX supplies the materials. PMX is a member of the Dollar Coin Alliance lobbying for
the change.
PMX says ISU's foundation asked for its donations and it agreed. Yet they are an example of possible ethical concerns that Republicans warned could result from naming a university institute
after a sitting lawmaker.

 

Closing Arguments Set For Trial Involving Father Killing Daughter

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Attorneys are set to make closing arguments in the trial of a Cedar Rapids man accused of killing his young daughter.
Closing arguments will be made Wednesday in the trial of Zyriah Schlitter.
On Tuesday, Schlitter testified in Linn County District Court that he wasn't concerned about bruising on the toddler when he took her to a doctor in March 2010, just before her death. He said he
thought the bruising was normal for a child.
Schlitter faces first-degree murder and child endangerment charges. Investigators say 17-month-old Kamryn suffered head injuries and had bruising on her neck, chin, underarms and chest.
Schlitter's former girlfriend, Amy Parmer of Hiawatha, faces the same charges. Her trial is set for January.
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