Monday Afternoon News, December 16
City Repairs Broken Water Main
(Le Mars) -- City officials are reporting the ruptured watermain from Friday has been repaired, and Gail Sitzmann, the city's superintendent for the water department says everything is back to normal.
Sitzmann says the rusty water that had occured as a result of the main being ruptured has disappeared.
The city water department official says people can again resume their laundry without worry of staining their clothes.
Gehlen Catholic Issues Annual Report
(Le Mars) -- You may have noticed in your mailbox the latest copy of the Gehlen Catholic annual report. Lisa Niebuhr says 2013 was a great year for Gehlen. She says the annual report explains the unification of Spalding Catholic with Gehlen Catholic.
Niebuhr says the annual report highlights Carol Kessenich who was a recipient of the 2013 Bishop's Excellence In Education Award. The annual report also shares the highlights and accomplishments of the Gehlen Catholic activities.
Niebuhr says Gehlen Catholic has been fortunate to receive many generous gifts and donations within the philanthropy area.
The school year is half over and Niebuhr says there are many exciting events and opportunities that will occur during the second half of the school year.
MidAmerican Energy Announces Wind Project
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - MidAmerican Energy officials say they have contracted with an Iowa wind turbine blade factory to make all the blades for 448 wind turbines the company is installing in Iowa.
Adam Wright, vice president of wind generation for MidAmerican says about 500 workers at the Siemens Energy plant in Fort Madison will keep busy for at least the next 10 months making turbine blades for the wind expansion project.
The CEO of Siemens Energy's wind division Mark Albenze says the MidAmerican order is the largest onshore wind turbine order in the world. It will help secure the jobs at Fort Madison and in a Hutchinson, Kan., plant where the wind turbines are made.
The Iowa Utilities Board in August approved MidAmerican's $1.9 billion wind expansion project.
Mega Million Jackpot Soars Past $500 Million
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Mega Millions jackpot has been boosted to $586 million, a jump from the earlier projection but still trailing a $656 million prize last year that was the largest in U.S. history.
Paula Otto, executive director of the Virginia Lottery and Mega Millions' lead director says ticket sales are ahead of projections, one of the primary factors pushing the jackpot higher.
She says the jackpot may be increased one more time on Tuesday morning in advance of the evening drawing.
She says it's expected that between 65 and 75 percent of the 259 million possible number combinations will be in play when the numbers are drawn.
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