Tuesday News, July 9
Plymouth County Law Enforcement To Hold Training Session
(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Sheriff's Department along with other law enforcement agencies will be conducting an active shooter training today at the Clark Elementary School located at 201 2nd Avenue Northwest in Le Mars. The training session will start at 8:00 a.m. and continue until 5:00 p.m. This notice is to notify residents living in the area that if you see officers in the vicinity, that it is only a training exercise.
Hemmingson Files For School Board Election
(Le Mars) -- Incumbent District 3 director, Mark Hemmingson, is the first to have returned his nomination papers to the school secretary for the upcoming September 10, 2013 Board of Education election. Hemmingson was elected to a four-year term in the fall of 2011, but he must stand for election again this year for the remainder of his term due to re-districting that moved incumbent District 2 director, Cris Collins, just inside the newly drawn District 3 lines. The Le Mars Community School District has 7 directors total, of which 2 are elected to serve "at large" and 5 who are elected to represent one of five director
All directors are elected at large, but the directors representing a director district must reside in the director district which they are elected to represent while serving on the school board.
Auto Dealership Expands Into Akron
(Le Mars) -- A local auto dealership has purchased Dirk's Motors of Akron. Total Sales and Service of Le Mars has acquired the Akron dealership starting July 2nd. The new name of the car dealership in Akron will be known as Total Motors. The details of the transaction of the two dealerships has not been disclosed at this time.
Floyd Valley Hospital To Hold Public Hearing On Expansion Addition Project
(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing this evening regarding the plans and specifications, contract, and estimate of costs for the Floyd Valley Hospital North Addition Expansion project. That hearing is set for 6:00 p.m. at the board room of the Floyd Valley Hospital. The projected estimate for the new expansion is $25 million with an anticipated completion in 2015.
Supervisors To Meet On Tuesday
(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Board of Supervisors are scheduled to meet this morning at the Courthouse Board room. The Supervisors will hear reports from Shaun Olson regarding the removal of the communications tower from the courthouse roof. County recorder JoLynn Goodchild will offer an update for the quarterly report. The county governing board will hear from Plymouth County Emergency Management Director Gary Junge and from Simpco representatives as they review for approval a multi-jurisdictional plan. The supervisors will also hear from County Engineer Tom Rohe.
IPTV's Dan Wardell To Appear At Le Mars Public Library
(Le Mars) -- Iowa Public Television's Dan Wardell is scheduled to appear at the Le Mars Public Library this morning for two sessions with children. Wardell is a spokesperson for children's programming and often travels through out the state promoting good habits for children such as reading, correct nutritional snacks and excercise. The two sessions are scheduled for 10 and 11 a.m.
Sioux City Man Sentenced For Robbing Bank
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Sioux City man has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for robbing a bank. 27-year-old Johnnie Hawkins Jr.was sentenced Monday on one count of bank robbery. Hawkins pleaded guilty in March as part of a deal that dropped several firearms charges. Authorities say Hawkins displayed a handgun as he confronted an employee opening a Heritage Bank in November. A federal indictment says he left the bank with nearly $6,000, which was later recovered.
Sioux City Council Votes To Eliminate Glass Recycling
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - The City Council has taken its first official step toward eliminating curbside glass recycling in Sioux City.
The council gave its first-round approval to a measure that would end the current practice. Two more council approvals are needed for the measure to take effect.
Plastic, aluminum cans and paper still will be accepted. The city's Environment Advisory Board made the recommendation in May. The board said glass had declined in value, making its processing impractical without passing higher costs to residents.
Residents will be encouraged to cash in bottles for refunds.
Two State Senators Want To Investigate Wellmark-Blue Cross Blue Shield
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Two state senators want Iowa to investigate whether the state's dominant health insurer really needs $1.3 billion in reserves.
Sens. Jack Hatch and Matt McCoy, both Des Moines Democrats, are skeptical about Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield's reserves because Wellmark has decided against participating next year in the state's health insurance exchange.
Wellmark did not respond to a request for comment.
Hatch delivered a letter Monday to Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart, asking for the investigation. Hatch says state regulations require the insurer to have reserves of only $350 million.
Gerhart said last month he might investigate Wellmark's need for the large reserve if the company didn't take the risk of entering the exchange.
CoOpportunitiy Health Formed To Offer Statewide Health Insurance Coverage
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A new health care cooperative says it is working to offer Iowans two insurance plans that rely on a specific hospital network.
CoOportunity Health says Monday that they have partnered with the University of Iowa Health Alliance to create the plans. They hope to offer the plans to state residents shopping on the new online insurance exchanges, as well as those seeking insurance through other channels.
The Alliance includes over 50 hospitals and more than 160 clinics across the state. CoOportunity will market these plans in more than 75 percent of the state's counties.
CoOportunity Health is a nonprofit established to provide health care in Iowa and Nebraska. It has applied to participate in Iowa's insurance exchange. CoOportunity CEO David Lyons says they will also offer plans with wider coverage.
State Representative Tyler Olson Schedules Campaign Stops
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Democratic State Rep. Tyler Olson, who has been considering a bid for governor in 2014, has scheduled a series of campaign announcements for Tuesday.
The 37-year-old Cedar Rapids Democrat has scheduled events in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines and Mason City.
Olson recently stepped down from his role as Democratic Party chairman to focus on his political future. He is serving his fourth term in the state House.
Republican Gov. Terry Branstad has not announced if he will run again next year, though he is fundraising and adding staff to his campaign operation.
On the Democratic side, state Sen. Jack Hatch, of Des Moines, is exploring a run for governor.
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