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Friday News, September 6

Leonard Files Nomination Papers For Re-election

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars City Councilman John Leonard has submitted his nomination papers seeking re-election to the city council.  Leonard represents the city's citizens living in Ward 1.  Leonard was first elected to the city council in 2005.  The only other candidate to file nomination papers is Ken Nelson.  Nelson represents Ward 3 and has been on the city council since 1998.  Mayor Dick Kirchoff and Councilman Rex Knapp are up for re-election.  So far, no other candidate has submitted nomination papers. September 19th is the deadline to file nomination papers and the election is scheduled for November 5th.


Kommes Seeks Re-election To School Board

(Le Mars) -- School Board elections are scheduled for Tuesday, September 10th.  The Le Mars Community School District has four board positions to be decided.  In District 2 is Scott Kommes, an executive with Wells Enterprises.  Kommes has completed his first term and is seeking a second term.  Kommes is running unopposed. He says community involvement is the reason why he chose to run for the school board.

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Kommes says he would like to see the school board be able to devote more attention to the
education of the students.  However, much to his surprise, school financing consumes much
of the attention for the school board, especially so when the state doesn't act in a timely manner for establishing the educational budget.

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Kommes says the Le Mars Community School Board can be proud of its many accomplishments.

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Le Mars Mainstreet To Host Workshop

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars will serve as the host city for the State of Iowa Main Street program in November, and in so doing, the Le Mars Mainstreet Organization will offer a workshop opportunity for Le Mars businesses.  Representatives from 49 different communities will be in Le Mars for the conference.  Mary Reynolds, Le Mars Mainstreet Organization coordinator says the workshop will teach attendees how we can accelerate the shift from management to leadership at a moment's notice?  What are the five steps which will unlock your creative power?  and What six change tools will yield 63 different ways to view anything in your path?  The workshop will feature Iowa artist David Williamson.  Williamson believes creativity is a strategic tool in today's economy, and you will leave the November conference confident in your ability to collaborate and create at new levels.  The workshop is scheduled for November 6th and will take place in the lower level of Primebank.  The workshop fee is $25 per person.  It will be an all day workshop and specific times will be announced later.


County Road C-44 To Open Through Merrill

(Merrill) -- Good news for residents living in and around Merrill.  The Plymouth County Secondary Roads Department has announced County Road C-44 from K-30 to K-49 will be open beginning Monday, September 9th with no restrictions.  That means you will now be able to cross U-S Highway 75 and be able to drive to the downtown businesses without a detour.  However, the Iowa Department of Transportation is still working on Highway 75 and the traffic control cones will remain in place as construction is expected to continue for several weeks.


More Construction Planned For County Road C-38

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Secondary Roads Department has also announced a road closure scheduled to start on Monday and continuing through next Friday.  County road C-38 from K-42 to Key Avenue will be closed in order to replace a small piece of pavement west of the Burlington Northern Railroad on C-38.  County engineer Tom Rohe says the construction project involving C-38 and K-42 on the northern edge of the town of Merrill near Plymouth Energy ethanol plant and Plymouth Oil is nearing completion.

I-Smile Receives $1.8 Million Grant

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa public health officials have received a $1.8 million federal grant to help ensure children and some adults get adequate dental care.
The money from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be used to
expand a school-based dental program called I-Smile Dental Home Initiative and to monitor
and evaluate the state's dental public health program.
I-Smile helps Iowa's children connect with dentists who provide treatment and
evaluation. Other health professionals including dental hygienists, physicians, nurse
practitioners, registered nurses, physician assistants, and dietitians are a part of a
larger network providing oral screenings, education, guidance, and preventive services as
Since I-Smile began, 62 percent more low-income Iowa children have received dental
Iowa is one of 18 states to receive CDC funding.


Branstad To Visit Japan And India

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad is heading to Japan and India on a trade mission.
Branstad departs Friday. He will first go to Japan for the 2013 Midwest U.S.-Japan
Association Conference in Tokyo. Then he'll continue to India for a six-day trade trip.
The Iowa Economic Development Authority is organizing the trip, which will feature
stops in several cities to meet with business and government leaders.
Iowa Economic Development Authority Director Debi Durham will join Branstad on the trip.
Branstad's travel will be paid for by a foundation associated with the Iowa Economic
Development Authority.  His airfare is estimated at $6,400 and lodging is estimated to be
approximately $3,500.  Last evening, Governor Branstad was in Hull, for the 35th anniversary of the Foreign Candy Company.


Kenyan Scientist To Receive World Food Prize

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A scientist from Kenya who helped discover a product that reduces the development of a toxic mold in corn will get a $10,000 award from the World Food Prize.
Charity Kawira Mutegi was named Thursday the recipient of the Norman Borlaug Award
for Field Research and Application. It was created in 2011 with a $1 million Rockefeller Foundation endowment.
Mutegi, who is 38, made a major breakthrough in combating aflatoxin, a corn mold fatal to animals and people consuming it.
Mutegi's research into a 2005 outbreak in Kenya that killed 125 people led to the development of a non-toxic strain of the fungus. It can be spread on soil before a crop flowers preventing aflatoxin from developing.
Mutgi will be presented with the award on Oct. 16 in Des Moines.


New Communications To Review Drug Concerns

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa officials have launched a communications tool that aims to inform residents about new and emerging drug concerns.
The Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy says the service will provide updates via a monthly newsletter. Special alerts may be issued via social media and local news.
Policy Director Steve Lukan says it's important for Iowa residents to get timely
information about the growing number of new synthetic drugs and other modified substances
of abuse.
Residents can sign up for the monthly newsletter online.

Three People Arrested For Des Moines Warehouse Fire

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Three people have been arrested in connection with a warehouse fire near downtown Des Moines.
Authorities say 20-year-old Kristopher Duff and two 17-year-old boys, all of Des
Moines, have been charged with second-degree arson in connection with the Aug. 29 fire at a recycling company.
The Des Moines Fire Department and Des Moines Police Department say they conducted interviews with several witnesses and suspects before making any arrests.
The suspects were taken to the Polk County Jail for processing. The two 17-year-old boys were taken to a juvenile facility.



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