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Friday News, February 20

Legislature Rushing Bills Through Committees To Beat Funnel Deadline

(Des Moines) -- Discussion of legislative bills this week at the state capital has primarily been at the committee and sub-committee levels, according to State Representative Chuck Soderberg of Le Mars.  He says legislators are pushing introduced bills through the committee before the first funnel deadline.

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Soderberg chairs the appropriations committee, and he is still trying to find ways to cut the Governor's budget.

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Attention has been focused on the proposed 10 cent per gallon raise in the fuel tax to go to repair roads and bridges.  Soderberg expects the bill will find its way to the House and Senate floors sometime next week. He says he has some concerns with how the bill is being presented.

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The Le Mars Republican says if the bill passes in its current form, it would be implemented immediately.

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Soderberg says many people may not realize the bill would implement a 10 cent per gallon increase all at once, without a phase-in program.

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Bike Central To Offer "Do Not Freeze" Bike Runs

(Le Mars) -- This coming Saturday, Bike Central of Le Mars is hosting its annual DNF bicycle ride.  DNF stands for Do Not Freeze.  Mark Strub says participants have two choices, they can ride on the gravel, or take a destination ride on paved roads.  Either way he suggests participants dress accordingly.

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Strub reminds people both bicycle runs are designed to be destination runs, and not races.  Bicyclists also have the option to ride on paved roads for a 25 mile course.

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Strub says besides the cold and windy weather conditions, there are other challenges to riding a bicycle during the winter months.

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Last year, the Do Not Freeze Bicycle ride attracted nearly 40 people and Strub believes this year's ride will have the same, or perhaps more participants.  Strub says the vast majority of the participants are local residents, however, he says there are some coming from Omaha to ride in this year's DNF.  Strub encourages people to pre-register.  The rides will begin at 9:00 a.m. from the Bike Central shop but he says Bike Central will provide some refreshments to the participants beginning at 8:00 a.m. 

 

Estherville Man Found Guilty Of Killing Woman 

   ESTHERVILLE, Iowa (AP) - A jury has found an Estherville man guilty of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a 30-year-old woman. 
    An Emmet County jury has convicted Scott Sudbeck in the killing of Michaela Jordan last February at her Estherville home.
     Sudbeck testified this week that he went against his no contact order by visiting Jordan. He says that his gun went off as he was turning to leave and didn't notice Jordan had been shot.  
     His defense team said that while Sudbeck did shoot Jordan, it wasn't intentional. Sudbeck's sentence hearing has been scheduled in April.
     Estherville is in northwest Iowa, about 25 miles northeast of Spencer.
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Fine Arts May Be Included As Part Of Iowa Core

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A House panel has approved a bill that would add fine arts to Iowa's mandated education curriculum for K-12 students.
     An education subcommittee approved the bill Thursday. It now advances to a full committee for review.
     The bill would add music, theater, visual art and other fine arts to the Iowa Core, the state's academic standards. The Iowa Core currently includes English, mathematics, science and social studies.
     Emily Piper, of the Iowa Association of School Boards, says it's better for school districts to infuse fine arts education into the current curriculum without a state mandate. Rep. Greg Forristall, a Republican from Macedonia and co-sponsor of the bill, says the addition would help prioritize fine arts education.
     Similar legislation was introduced last session but it did not advance.

 

Fuel Tax Bill Being Considered In Both Legislative Chambers

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Republican House Speaker Kraig Paulsen made some key changes to a House committee to help ensure there were enough votes to pass a bill raising the state fuel tax.
     Paulsen said Thursday he had replaced one member of the ways and means committee, bringing in a lawmaker who supports the bill instead of a member who opposed it. Paulsen also planned to temporarily replace another committee member so that he himself could cast a yes vote.
     Paulsen said he needed to make sure that "bills the body wants to debate can get to the floor."  The bill passed the House committee in a 13-12 vote Thursday.
     The Senate ways and means committee also approved the bill Thursday afternoon.
 

House Bill Would Protect Abuse Victims From Having Address Published

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A House panel has approved a bill that would help Iowa abuse victims keep their home address confidential.
     Members of a public safety subcommittee approved the bill Thursday. It now moves to a full committee for consideration.
     The bill would allow a victim of domestic abuse, sexual abuse, stalking and other scenarios to enroll in a program through the secretary of state's office that would allow mail for a victim to be forwarded to a designated address.
     Supporters say the bill would protect victims from offenders using public records.
     Subcommittee members expressed concern about the program's $100 fee to individuals in Iowa who are convicted of charges including domestic abuse. Rep. Dean Fisher, a Garwin Republican and a bill co-sponsor, says he's open to changes in the legislation.

 

Senate Considers Bill To Stop Cell Phone Use While Driving

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Senate panel has approved a bill that would ban people in Iowa from holding a cellphone and talking while driving.
     A transportation subcommittee discussed the bill Thursday. It now moves to a full committee for consideration.
     Current law prohibits people in Iowa from reading, writing and sending messages on an electronic device while driving, though an officer must be stopping a person for a different offense in order to enforce it. This bill would ban a person from holding a cellphone and talking while driving.
     The bill would also remove the circumstances for stopping a person. The bill exempts a person using a GPS or a device in a hands-free or voice-activated mode.
     The Department of Public Safety is sponsoring the bill, and it has Governor Terry Branstad's support.

 

West Des Moines To Construct Aquifer Storage Facility

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - West Des Moines plans to provide about $3.5 million to build an aquifer storage facility that Des Moines Water Works says will add 3 million gallons of water capacity on peak usage days.
     Des Moines Water Works will own and operate the facility, which will also be used to cool Microsoft's new data center.
     The aquifer will pump treated water during the colder months into a half-mile well that is drilled underground. It will be used as storage for 300 million gallons of water that can be drawn out during the summer when water use spikes.
     The well will also feed the Jordan aquifer rather than draw on it. Iowa and other states have been concerned about overdrawing the Jordan stock.
    Funds for the project will be sourced from a local tax increment financing incentive package.

 

USDA Reports Iowa Continues To Lose Farms

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in a new report that the number of farms in Iowa continues to slide. 
     In an annual report released Thursday the USDA says Iowa farms fell to 88,000 last year, 500 fewer than the year before. Most of the decrease came in the small farm category, those with annual sales between $1,000 and $10,000.
     The number of Iowa farms has fallen 1.2 percent since 2010, while the average farm size is up 1.2 percent in the same period, a reflection of national trends.
     The average farm in Iowa is 347 acres, up one acre from the year before. 
     Iowa had 30.5 million acres in farms last year, down 100,000 acres from the year before.

 




 



 

   

Thursday Afternoon News, February 19

Bike Central To Host "Do Not Freeze" Bicycle Ride

(Le Mars) -- This coming Saturday, Bike Central of Le Mars is hosting its annual DNF bicycle ride.  DNF stands for Do Not Freeze.  Mark Strub says participants have two choices, they can ride on the gravel, or take a destination ride on paved roads.  Either way he suggests participants dress accordingly.

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Strub reminds people both bicycle runs are designed to be destination runs, and not races.  Bicyclists also have the option to ride on paved roads for a 25 mile course.

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Strub says besides the cold and windy weather conditions, there are other challenges to riding a bicycle during the winter months.

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Last year, the Do Not Freeze Bicycle ride attracted nearly 40 people and Strub believes this year's ride will have the same, or perhaps more participants.  Strub says the vast majority of the participants are local residents, however, he says there are some coming from Omaha to ride in this year's DNF.  Strub encourages people to pre-register.  The rides will begin at 9:00 a.m. from the Bike Central shop but he says Bike Central will provide some refreshments to the participants beginning at 8:00 a.m. 

 

Layoffs At Mental Health Institutes To Start Next Month

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A union official says layoffs will begin in March at mental hospitals in Mount Pleasant and Clarinda despite efforts by some legislators to keep the centers open.
     Danny Homan, the president of Iowa's largest state employees union, says an administrator informed employees at the Mount Pleasant hospital that the first round of layoff notices will be distributed Monday and that those layoffs would take effect March 30. Homan says an administrator says layoffs would begin April 20 in Clarinda.
     The news surprised some legislators, who have argued it's up to the Legislature, not the governor, whether to close the centers.
     Gov. Terry Branstad earlier announced plans to close the hospitals but pledged last week to work with legislators on the matter.
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Jail Cell Auctioned

  SHELLSBURG, Iowa (AP) - A man has bid $6,100 to buy Shellsburg's rusting, old one-cell jail.
     The bid by Mike Cooper, of Solon, topped the bid of $1,510 from local residents. They rounded up money for the silent auction in an effort to keep the cell in the eastern Iowa town of around 980 people.
     Officials decided to get rid of the cell because it took up too much space in the Municipal Building, where it had been sitting for years.
     What Cooper intends to do with the jail cell is unclear.
 

 

Fortune 100 Health Company To Begin Operations In Clear Lake

  CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) - McKesson Corp. is the company that will occupy a new, 340,000-square-foot distribution plant in Clear Lake.
     The announcement was made Thursday by local and company officials. For months the company has been described only as a Fortune 100 company. McKesson is No. 15 on the Fortune list and is a health care services and information technology company. It is based in San Francisco.
     Officials have said the warehouse will employ 164 full-time workers with an average annual wage of $39,000.
     The plant is being built in the Larry Luker Memorial Industrial Park on the southeast side of Clear Lake.

 

House Speaker Changes Committee To Insure Fuel Tax Bill To Reach Floor

  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Republican House Speaker Kraig Paulsen has made some key changes to a House committee to help ensure there are enough votes to pass a bill raising the state fuel tax.
     Paulsen said Thursday he had replaced one member of the ways and means committee, bringing in a lawmaker who supports the bill instead of a member who opposed it. And Paulsen also planned to temporarily replace another committee member so that he himself could cast a yes vote.  
     Paulsen said he needed to make sure that "bills the body wants to debate can get to the floor."  
     The Senate ways and means committee approved the bill Thursday afternoon. A similar bill was up before the House ways and means committee later in the day.

 

One Million Dollars Devoted To Help Restoration Efforts Of Fort Dodge Creek

   FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - City officials say a $1 million grant is slated to pay for the restoration of Soldier Creek in a Fort Dodge park in an effort to reduce erosion and improve water quality.
     Fort Dodge parks director Lori Branderhorst presented the restoration project Wednesday to the city's Parks, Recreation and Forestry Commission.
     Branderhorst says the final engineering plans have not yet been completed. She says the project is likely to involve adding bends to straighter portions of the creek for decreased erosion, removing invasive tree species nearby and relocating a portion of the stream.
     City officials say areas of Snell-Crawford Park will be closed throughout the process.
     Branderhorst says a public meeting will be held in March to further explain the project to Fort Dodge residents.
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