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Tuesday Afternoon News, November 26

City Council Sets Date For Public Hearing On Proposed Pedestrian Bridge And Trail

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council has established December 17th as the date for a public hearing regarding the Highway 3 West recreation trail which would include a pedestrian bridge allowing residents living west of the Floyd River to cross the river without having to use the highway bridge that is used by vehicle traffic.  A few residents appeared before the council today asking questions about the project.  The proposed trail and pedestrian bridge is estimated at a cost of more than $205,000.


Supervisors Take Action On TIF Programs

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors addressed the taxable increment financing programs involving the county and the city of Le Mars during its weekly meeting held this morning.   Supervisor Craig Andersen says Plymouth County and Le Mars have a joint urban development program that encompasses much of the industrial area within the southwest portion of Le Mars.   Andersen proposed a motion during today's meeting to insure there would be a paper trail of all the transactions involving the taxable increment financing programs.  He says there is 14 years left on the 20 year program, and he wants to make certain future supervisors will know and understand how the agreement was originally made.  Andersen says there were several occasions where action was noted in the past minutes, but no other documentation would be found to substaniate the actions involving setting up taxable increment financing districts.  Andersen also wanted to set up a memorandum of understanding with the city.


Hinton Firefighter To Be Honored During Iowa-Nebraska Football Game

(Hinton) -- A Hinton Volunteer Firefighter has been selected as "Iowa's Citizen Hero".  Mike Klemmensen doesn’t think of himself as a hero, but certainly this career firefighter is a hero to many in his northwest Iowa community.  Thefull-time Sioux City firefighter and volunteer with the Hinton Fire Department saved the lives of four adults and two children on the night of August 20, 2013.

When Mike saw smoke coming from their Hinton home, he raced inside, woke everyone up and made sure they all got out safely. He then woke up the neighbors in case the flames from the fully engulfed home spread to their houses. Mike stayed on the scene, helping to fight the fire in 90 degree temperatures, for seven hours!

Klemmensen will be honored during the halftime game of the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Nebraska Cornhuskers.  The Heroes Game uses the national stage created by this new Big Ten football rivalry to honor the heroic efforts of individuals and organizations in America’s heartland. Fans of both schools were invited to nominate residents of Iowa and Nebraska who have performed extraordinary acts of heroism and service in their communities. From among those nominated, staff and volunteers from the American Red Cross selected the following winners, who will be recognized during a halftime ceremony on the field in Lincoln’s Memorial Stadium.

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