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Thursday Afternoon, News June 13

4th Avenue East Nearing Construction Completion

(Le Mars) -- City officials are reporting the construction on 4th Avenue East is nearing completion.  Le Mars City Administrator Scott Langel says unfortunately the wet spring weather has delayed the work.


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Langel anticipates construction on the overlay project will soon be completed.

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Le Mars To Build Second Water Tower

(Le Mars) -- Due to the industrial and residential growth of Le Mars, and in order to meet the city's water demands, the city finds itself needing a second water tower.   City Administrator Scott Langel says a 2011 water usage engineering survey conducted by McClure Engineering helped determine the need.

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Langel says the project is on a 15 month timetable before completion.

 

United Methodist Church To Expand Facilities

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars United Methodist Church has begun an ambitious construction project involving the expansion of facilities.  Julie Roy serves as the church's chair person for the building team committee.  She says the church congregation is growing and the church wants to meet its future needs. 

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The construction project has a cost of $1.6 million dollars, but Roy says the congregation has already secured nearly two-thirds of the financing through cash on hand and pledges.

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Roy says church services and other activities will continue inside the church while construction is occurring.  She says the actual construction of the expansion will start soon.

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Auditions Scheduled For Next Community Play

(Le Mars) -- Auditions for the next Le Mars Community Theater, "The Woman In Black" are scheduled for July 1st and 2nd at 7:00 p.m. at the Postal Playhouse with performance dates tentatively scheduled for September 27th through October 6th. It is a story about a middle-aged lawyer who rents a theater and hires an actor to help him re-enact and thereby, hopefully, exorcise- a ghostly event which befell him many years previously with horrifyingly tragic results.  The event occurred when he attended the funeral of an elderly recluse.  There he caught sight of the woman in black, the mere mention of whom terrifies the locals.  The lawyer has invited friends to watch as he and the actor recreate the events of that dark and stormy night.  Lisa Opheim will be directing the production.  For questions, you can contact Lisa at (712) 330-0172 or email her at lisaopheim@gmail.com.

 

ABC News Asking Judge To Dismiss Case

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - ABC News says it intends to ask a circuit court to dismiss a South Dakota beef processing company's defamation lawsuit now that it has been moved from federal court.
Beef Products Inc. sued for defamation over ABC's coverage of a meat product that critics dub "pink slime."
ABC wanted the case considered by the U.S. District Court in Sioux Falls, but Judge Karen Schreier on Wednesday ordered it back to circuit court.
In a statement sent Thursday, ABC News said the federal court was clear that in sending the case to state court it was not expressing any opinion on the merits of the case.
BPI claims the network damaged the company by misleading consumers into believing the product is unhealthy and unsafe. It is seeking $1.2 billion in damages.


Iowa Establishing Sister State With Kosovo

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad says Iowa is establishing a sister-state relationship with Kosovo and that he will visit the nation during a trip to Europe in July.
Branstad made the announcements Thursday, coinciding with a visit to the Iowa Capitol by Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci.
Branstad says Iowa and Kosovo have developed a unique partnership due to more than 700 Iowa National Guard soldiers who have served there on peacekeeping missions since 2003.
The agreement will mark Iowa's ninth sister-state relationship.
Branstad says he'll travel in early July to Kosovo as well as Italy, Germany and Switzerland.
The European trip will cost about $17,000 for Branstad and his wife, Chris. Those costs will be covered by Iowa Economic Development Authority Foundation funds, not state funding.

 

Court Says Groups Need To Disclose Information On Campaign Financing

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An appeals court is upholding an Iowa rule requiring outside groups to promptly disclose information about their spending to support or oppose candidates for office.
In its ruling Thursday in a lawsuit brought by Iowa Right to Life, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also upheld Iowa's law that bars corporations from giving money directly to political
campaigns.
The three-judge panel says it's constitutional to require groups that spend $750 for or against candidates to file disclosure reports within 48 hours. The panel says disclosing information about how much is being spent and for what purposes helps keep voters informed.
But the court struck down requirements that such groups file additional reports up to four times per year detailing their fundraising, saying they are burdensome and chill free speech.

 

Iowa's Hispanic Minority Continues To Grow

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - Government data shows Iowa's Hispanic population continues to increase at a much higher rate than the state's overall population.
U.S. Census Bureau data released Thursday shows more than 162,800 Latinos lived in the state in July 2012. That's a 3.2 percent increase from the year before, and 10 times the estimated
increase for the state's overall population for the year.
Latinos still only make up about 5 percent of the overall population, but more counties are gaining noticeable Hispanic populations. They make up 10 percent of the population in 10 counties, a jump from seven counties in 2008.
The Asian population increased by 4.8 percent between mid-2011 and mid-2012, making it the fastest growing racial or ethnic group in Iowa.
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Thursday News, June 13

Ice Cream Days Heads Into Day 2

(Le Mars) -- It's day two for the Le Mars Ice Cream Days and Chamber president Brad Pick says one of the highlights for the 27th annual celebration is the Primebank ice cream social.  It's the 45th time Primebank will host the ice cream social.    Pick highlight's Thursday's schedule.

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Last evening, more than 100 classic cars convened to the Bob's Drive Inn parking lot to showcase the style and power of the cars from the maltshop era.  Cars of all makes and models from the 30's on up to the 70's were on display and were not only from Iowa, but several cars arrived from neighboring states of South Dakota, Nebraska, and Minnesota.  Music from the era highlighted the step back into time when poodle skirts and leather jackets were the common wardrobe.  Pick reminds people to take advantage of the displays at the Le Mars Art Center as well as the Plymouth County Historical Museum that will be showcased throughout the entire ice cream days.

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Akron and Kingsley Fire Departments Respond To Alarms

(Akron) -- The Akron Fire Department responded to a vehicle accident last evening at about 9:45 p.m. That accident occurred at the intersection of County road K-18 south and Highway 12.  No other information regarding the accident is known at this time.  Meanwhile, the Kingsley Fire Department responded to an alarm at the Kingsley Nursing and Rehab Center.  That alarm was sounded at 6:10 a.m. this morning.  Kingsley Fire Chief Scott Bohle explains the situation.

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Kingsley fire officials were on the scene for approximately 20 minutes.


Le Mars Community Schools Review Insurance Coverage

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community School District now has over $58 million dollars worth of property that is insured.  School officials recently discussed their insurance coverage during their regular monthly meeting held on Monday.  Rob Bixemann of Bixemann Insurance Company briefed the local school board informing them their insurance premiums would increase, primarily due to the addition of facilities, including the new gymnasium and adjoining classrooms.
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The school district will see an increase of nearly $10,000 in the annual premium going from $33,470 for the school year 2012-2013 to the new rate of $43,462 for the upcoming school year.

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The local insurance agent explained that part of the increase is due to several schools throughout Iowa having reported claims due to storms within the past few years.

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Bixemann cited Maple Valley at Mapleton and Council Bluffs as two examples.  Maple Valley's school suffered damage from a tornado and Council Bluffs had suffered severe hail damage.  One area the Le Mars Community School District saw an improvement was with worker's compensation coverage.

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Tornadoes Hit Eastern Iowa

BELMOND, Iowa (AP) - Weather officials say multiple tornadoes have touched ground in northern Iowa, causing damage to homes and businesses.
The National Weather Service says spotters reported Wednesday at least two tornadoes on the ground alongside one another near Hampton in Franklin County.
Another tornado was reported near Belmond in nearby Wright County. Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management says there are several reports of damage to homes and businesses.
Homeland spokeswoman Stephanie Bond says there are no reports of injuries or deaths.
An unusually massive line of storms Wednesday packing hail, lightning and tree-toppling winds is expected to affect states from Iowa to Maryland.

 

Restaurant Suffers Damage From Tornado

BELMOND, Iowa (AP) - The owner of a restaurant in northern Iowa says a tornado has "demolished" part of his business.
Duwayne Abel, owner of Cattleman's Steaks and Provisions in Belmond, says a tornado swooped in Wednesday through his business' parking lot. He says the south side of the building is "pretty much demolished."
Abel says no one was in the restaurant when the tornado hit. He says his wife and an employee were able to get away and seek shelter in a basement.
The National Weather Service says emergency officials have reported damage in Belmond, but the extent of it is unclear.

 

Assessment Teams To Examine Damage

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Storm assessment teams will be heading out to Wright and Franklin counties to assess the power of tornadoes that damaged homes and businesses.
National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Lee says no reports of injuries from Wednesday's storms have reached his office in Des Moines. Lee says the tornado reports haven't been confirmed yet, but several photos clearly show funnel clouds.
The storms also caused damage to the east in Bremer and Dubuque counties.
Lee says damaging golf ball-size hail was reported around 7:50 p.m. about a mile west of Readlyn and in Dubuque a little after 8:20 p.m. A 60 mph wind gust was reported in Dubuque County.
Alliant Energy says more than 300 customers remain without power in northern and eastern Iowa, down from more than 2,700 Wednesday night.

 

Memorial Service Scheduled For Today For Missing 15 Year Old Girl

BOXHOLM, Iowa (AP) - A memorial service has been scheduled for a 15-year-old Iowa girl who was kidnapped and remained missing for more than two weeks before her body was discovered in a river.
A public service for Kathlynn Shepard is set for 1 p.m. Thursday at the Southeast Webster-Grand Middle School gymnasium in Boxholm. She was a ninth grade student at the school district about 60 miles north of Des Moines.
Authorities say Kathlynn and a younger friend were coerced into a pickup on May 20 in Dayton by registered sex offender Michael Klunder. He hanged himself after the younger girl escaped. It remained unclear for more than two weeks what had happened to Kathlynn.
Her body was found June 7 in the Des Moines River near Boone.

 

Branstad Signs Property Tax Reform Bill Into Law

HIAWATHA, Iowa (AP) - Governor Terry Branstad has signed a bill into law designed to cut property taxes for Iowa businesses.
Branstad held a bill-signing event Wednesday afternoon at Hawkeye Ready-Mix, a concrete supplier with plants in several eastern Iowa locations. He says the law will "make it easier for Iowa businesses to invest in growth."
The measure Branstad signed represents a compromise between Senate Democrats and House Republicans. It will reduce taxable assessments for commercial properties and offer tax credits geared
at small businesses.
The measure also limits the amount that residential and agricultural property values can increase and offers some income tax breaks.
Some local government officials are predicting the new law will cause them to lose tax revenues. But Branstad says they should get enough money.

 

Judge Moves BPI Lawsuit Against ABC News Back To Union County

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A federal judge has moved a South Dakota beef processing company's lawsuit against ABC News for defamation back to state court.
Beef Products Incorporated sued ABC News for defamation over its coverage of a meat product that critics dub "pink slime." The company is seeking $1.2 billion in damages.
ABC argued that two of the companies listed in the lawsuit, BPI Technology Incorporated and Freezing Machines Incorporated, are not true parties and the case should be thrown out.
But BPI argued that all three companies have a stake in making the product called lean, finely textured beef.
Judge Karen Schreier on Wednesday ordered the case back to the circuit court in Union County.

 

Pella To Receive $1 Million Grant For Sports Park

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The state has awarded a $1 million grant for a sports park in Pella.
The Vision Iowa Board approved the grant Wednesday at a meeting in Des Moines.
The money will go toward a $7.6 million project that includes four Little League fields, a Babe Ruth field and five multi-purpose fields on 105 acres. A concession stand, batting cages, playground
and picnic area also are planned.
The state grant is contingent on organizers completing fundraising within 30 days.


 

 

 

 

   

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