Friday Afternoon News, October 9
Museum To Offer Bus Tour
(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Historical Museum will be hosting its ninth annual bus tour on Saturday. Museum administrator Judy Bowman says the tour will feature area highlights, and there are still seats available. Boarding will begin at the Plymouth County Historical Museum at 7:45 a.m. and tourists will get an update regarding the Joy Hollow log cabin that was moved from the fairgrounds to the museum earlier this spring, then it is off to Grand Meadow.
Following the visit at Grand Meadow the bus will head to Marcus, but not before stopping at a local pick-your-own pumpkin farm.
While in Marcus, the tour will also make time to see a classic car exhibit.
The tour will make a stop at the Remsen Heritage Center, then on to what Bowman describes as a "mystery stop". Bowman wouldn't reveal details about the mystery stop, other than to say the travelers will enjoy the visit and it relates to an autumn theme. The museum bus tour will visit Westfield, as well as Akron. While in Akron, people will have the opportunity to visit and shop at some historical sites.
A visit to a local orchid and new winery are also scheduled as part of the bus tour.
The cost for the bus tour is $60 and does include your evening buffet meal. Anyone interested in participating on the Plymouth County Historical Museum bus tour are urged to contact the museum, or call Judy Bowman at (712) 539-0223.
Judge To Rule On Proposed Pipeline
CHEROKEE, Iowa (AP) - A judge says he'll rule soon on whether a lawsuit filed by three landowners in the path of a proposed oil pipeline can proceed against the Iowa Utilities Board.
The judge heard arguments from both sides Thursday in Cherokee, and will make a ruling within two weeks.
The landowners are challenging the board's authority to give the power of eminent domain to an out-of-state developer. The pipeline would carry crude oil from North Dakota to Illinois, and would cut diagonally through Iowa from the northwest to the southeast corner.
Motions to dismiss the lawsuit have been filed by the developer and Iowa Utilities Board. The developer has said it would only resort to going through eminent domain when agreements can't be reached with landowners.
Judge Will Decide If Branstad's Actions To Close Mental Health Institutes Was Legal
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A judge says he'll decide within 30 days whether Gov. Terry Branstad violated the law by using a line-item veto to close two state mental health hospitals.
A bipartisan plan that Branstad vetoed this summer would have reversed his closing of one mental health institution and temporarily kept open another. Democratic lawmakers and the main state workers' union sued the governor, arguing that his veto broke a state law requiring Iowa to operate four mental hospitals.
Lawyers for both sides argued in court Thursday. Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Thompson, representing Branstad, said the spending bill was the type the governor has the authority to veto.
The losing side of the judge's coming decision would be able to appeal to the Iowa Supreme Court.