Tuesday News, May 3
Rust Nominated To Be National Teacher Of The Year
(Le Mars) -- A Le Mars Community High School teacher has been nominated for the Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award. Mrs. Jeanne Rust was awarded the Senior Division (grades 9-12) Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award for the state of Iowa, which now qualifies her for the national honor. The National Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award is awarded to one junior division and one senior division teacher who has shown outstanding creativity, commitment, and inspiration in developing student interest in history education.
Rust explains it was one of her students who submitted the initial nomination for the state honor.
Each of the 56 affiliates of National History Day awards one teacher in each division (middle school and high school) $500 and nominates that teacher for the National Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award. Jeanne Rust is the senior division winner from Iowa and is now nominated for the national award. Rust says the honor has a connection with the National History Day competition, and the projects submitted by students. She talks about the award and who is is named for.
The winners of the national award receives $10,000 in honor of their outstanding efforts to encourage and support history education. The two national winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on June 16th. Rust says she plans to attend the ceremonies, and joining her are two of her students who have qualified as a finalist in the National History Day competition.
Supervisors To Meet Today
(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will meet this morning for what is slated as a short agenda. Shawn Olson, the county's E911 Director will present bids to the county supervisors for fiber optic cable to LEC and to the east tower. The supervisors will also review secondary road items and construction projects.
City Council To Hold Zoning Public Hearings
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars city council is scheduled to meet at noon today in the city council chambers. The city council will hold three public hearings regarding the rezoning of Dogwood Second Addition, G.A. Addition, and of the rezoning from residential R-1 to General Business B-2 for Nor-Am cold storage. Only one action item is on the agenda for the city council meeting, and that deals with tourism signage.
Orange City Area Health System Chosen At Top 100 Hospitals
(Orange City) -- Orange City Area Health System has been announced as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience for the second consecutive year by the Women’s Choice Award®, America’s trusted referral source for the best in healthcare. This evidence based designation is the only award that identifies the country’s best healthcare institutions based on Medicare data weighed according to the preference of women in a 2016 national survey of 1,000+ female respondents. The list of award winners represents hospitals that create an extraordinary patient experience for women and their families by providing exceptional care. The America’s 100 Best Hospitals scoring process is unique in that it is the only national list that focuses on what matters most to women when choosing a hospital. For 2016, the most important considerations were patient’s willingness to recommend, doctor and nurse communications, staff help, pain management, cleanliness and explanation of medications, in that order. ocHealthSystem.org
Farmers May Need To Re-plant Corn Due To Wet Fields(Spencer) -- In the latest weekly crop condition report, more than half of the state's corn crop has been planted. However, after the several days of rain and cooler temperatures, some agronomists believe that some farmers may be forced to re-plant some of those fields. Iowa State University Extension Crops Specialist Paul Kassel says there a several fields that are saturated and under water.
Kassel is based at Clay county in Spencer. He says a vast majority of the fields in his area are under water.
It is always advised to plant early to insure a full-season growing potential with the highest yields for corn, and corn planted after May 5th has been a date usually associated when corn yields begin to taper off, but Kassel doesn't believe farmers will see much of a yield loss, unless the wet conditions continue through past mid-May.
Kassel suggests farmers to use patience before rushing back into the fields. He says after the soggy conditions, it would be easy to have soil compaction which ultimately would prove to be even a worst scenario.