Tuesday News, May 1
Plymouth County Supervisors To Meet
(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors have a relatively light agenda for their weekly meeting. The Supervisors will hear from Neil Adler for an update regarding the Le Mars Business Industry Commission. The Supervisors will also review two minor subdivision requests from Jim Rasmussen in Hungerford Township, and Lonnie and Erica Wenzel in Garfield Township. The Supervisors are expected to approve a lease agreement with Jackson Recovery Center. County engineer Tom Rohe will update the govening board on construction projects, as well as submit requests from Premier Communications, and WesTel Systems.
City Council To Hear Proposal on Kime
(Le Mars) -- The future of Kime Science Center is again on the front burner for the Le Mars City Council. During today's meeting the city council will review an offer to purchase the former Westmar College Science building. The council will also review demolition bids for the remaining Westmar Buildings that are currently owned by the city. Those buildings include the Centennial Dormitory, and the Charles Mock Memorial Library. The council will discuss the wastewater treatment plant expansion, as well as take action on the solid waste recycling ordinance.
Voting Precincts Announced
(Le Mars) -- The county auditor's office have released the new voting precinct districts for the upcoming June 5th primary elections. Precinct one consists of Portland township, and includes the town of Akron. Precinct 2 makes up the four townships on the eastern border of Plymouth County with the exceptions of the towns of Remsen and Kingsley. They include: Meadow, Remsen, Henry, and Garfield. Precinct 3 makes up the townships of Elgin and America. Precinct 4 consists of Preston, Grant, Johnson, and Washington townships. Precinct 5 includes Fredonia and Marion townships, including the town of Remsen. Precinct 6 makes up Westfield and Sioux townships with the community of Westfield. Precinct 7 includes Liberty, Plymouth, and Stanton townships and includes the town of Merrill. Precinct 8 includes the townships of Perry and Hancock, while Precinct 9 consists of Hungerford and Lincoln townships and includes the town of Hinton. Precinct 10 is Union and Elkhorn townships along with the town of Kingsley. Precincts 11, 12, and 13 are in the town of Le Mars.
Groundbreaking Set For Today for Akron Care Center
(Akron) -- Groundbreaking ceremonies are scheduled for 3:00 p.m. today for the new 45-bed Akron Care Center. Chad Ericson serves on the Akron City Council. He says the mayor has extended an invitation for anyone to participate with the ground breaking ceremony.
Ericson says Construction is expected to begin right away. He says everyone within the community is anxious and excited about the facility being built, including the residents.
Corn Planting Half Finished
(Des Moines) -- Despite receiving rainfall late last week, Iowa corn planting advanced 41 percentage points and now stands at 50 percent complete, compared to 7 percent at this time last year, and the five-year average of 32 percent. Five percent of the state's corn crop has emerged, ten days ahead of normal schedule. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey says "farmers were able to make good progress last week and now half of the corn crop is planted statewide, which is good news. Farmers will be anxious to get the rest of the crop in the ground and take advantage of any dry weather this week to get in the fields.
State Senate to Debate Spending Bill
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Senate is planning to debate a spending bill that includes an assortment of measures including a 4 percent increase in funding for school districts for the fiscal
year beginning in July.
The so-called standing appropriations bill also includes several spending increases, many likely to be argued as Republicans and Democrats differ on how the state's revenue should be spent.
Included is $3 million for the Malcolm Price Laboratory School at the University of Iowa. The money would keep the school open and fund a study to determine whether it should be closed.
The bill also spends $2.9 million to repair damage caused by flooding on the Missouri River and provides $5.5 million for a bioscience initiative at Iowa State University.