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Road To Be Closed To Install Culvert

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Secondary Roads Department will close Key Avenue, from 270th Street to 280th Street beginning today.  The road will be closed in order to replace a wooden bridge with a culvert pipe.  It is expected the work will be completed by Thursday, September 26th.


Many Chalk Art Displays Found At Olson Cultural Arts Center

(Le Mars) -- Several artists used the Olson Cultural Arts Center parking lot as their
creative canvass during the weekend's Chalk Art Festival as sponsored by Greg and Pam Wells and hosted by the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce.  There are several displays showing animated cartoon and comic book characters, as well as several featuring animals, and some sporting events.

City Council Decides To Remove And Install Stop Signs

(Le Mars) -- In the near future, Le Mars City workers will be seen dismantling some stop
signs within the city.  They will also be seen installing some stop signs.  Its all part of a directive from the Le Mars City Council.  A few weeks ago, the city council asked city officials to conduct some research to determine whether stop signs could be removed. 
Initially, 23 stop signs were identified for removal.  However, the council decided to
allow the city's public safety committee to make the decision as to how many and which
stops signs should be removed.  City administrator Scott Langel explains why the stop signs became an issue.

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Langel says the City's Public Safety Committee made some recommendations that were adopted
by the council.

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Those stop signs slated for removal include: the intersection of 6th street South and 8th
Avenue West which would allow eastbound and westbound traffic not to stop.  Likewise, 6th
Street south at the 7th Avenue West intersection stop sign will be removed.  Northbound
and southbound traffic on 7th Avenue West at the intersection of 4th Street South will no
longer need to stop.  The stop sign located at 15th Street South and 1st Avenue West will
be removed allowing the east and west bound traffic on 15th street to continue without
stopping.  The intersection of 1st Street south and 6th Avenue East will have stop signs
dismantled allowing traffic not to stop.  Those intersections that will install stop signs
are located at the intersection of 2nd street South and 8th Avenue East so to require
northbound and southbound traffic on 8th Avenue East will now need to stop.  The other
intersection slated to have a stop sign will be the intersection of 1st street north and
6th Avenue East so eastbound traffic will need to stop.


Bauerly To Seek Re-election For Hospital Trustees

(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital Trustee Craig Bauerly of Le Mars has returned nomination papers as he is seeking re-election to the hospital board of trustees.  The attorney currently serves as the chairman of the hospital board of trustees.  Nominations are due no later than September 19th.  Previously, Bill Young of American Bank submitted his nomination papers.  Young is also seeking re-election.

San Antonio Mayor Speaks At Harkin's Steak Dinner

INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) - San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro has told Iowa Democrats that he's
proud of a political party that provides access to education and health care coverage.
The Democrat spoke Sunday at Sen. Tom Harkin's annual steak picnic in Indianola along
with Vice President Joe Biden. Castro is a rising political star who delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention last year.
Castro says party volunteers must keep working so that future generations have the
opportunities afforded to him and his family. He says he was able to get a quality
education through federal grants and loans.
Castro spoke before Biden at the event, which draws Democrats with national political
aspirations. He did not reference the 2016 presidential contest, except to say he is sure
a Democrat will win.


Hatch Expected To Announce Candidacy For Governor

(Des Moines) -- State Senator Jack Hatch, a Democrat from Des Moines, is expected to make a formal announcement today regarding his desire to seek the governor's position on the Democratic party ticket.  State Representative Tyler Olson of Cedar Rapids is also wanting to unseat Terry Branstad. Olson is also a democrat.  He has hired a campaign manager and is touring the state talking to voters.  Governor Terry Branstad has not yet formally indicated he will run again for governor, although he has hired several campaign staffers and has conducted several political fund raisers across the state.

Funeral Scheduled For Slain Rockwell City Police Officer

ROCKWELL CITY, Iowa (AP) - The funeral service has been set for a Rockwell City police officer shot and killed last week.
The funeral service for 37-year-old Jamie Buenting will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the gym at South Central Calhoun Middle School in Rockwell City.
Buenting, a married father of two, was shot during a standoff early Friday in Rockwell City. Police arrested 32-year-old Corey Trott and charged him with first-degree murder in Buenting's death.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Palmer and Swank Funeral Home in Rockwell City. Donations may be left with First Community Bank in Rockwell City in lieu of flowers.
Burial at Rosehill Cemetery in Rockwell City will follow the funeral service.

Des Moines Drive-by Shooting Close To Elementary School

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Des Moines police say at least 10 gunshots were fired in a drive-by shooting near King Elementary School.
That shooting happened Friday night.  Police found no evidence that anything in the area was hit.
Residents reported hearing gunfire around 8 p.m. near the intersection of Clark and
18th streets. Officers recovered 10 spent shell casings in the area. Nine looked like they
were the same caliber. A tenth appeared to be of another make and caliber.
No injuries were reported and no suspects have been identified.

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