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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.

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Rust explains it was one of her students who submitted the initial nomination for the state honor.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Kassel is based at Clay county in Spencer.  He says a vast majority of the fields in his area are under water.

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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.

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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.

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Monday Afternoon News, May 2

Le Mars Community Teacher Nominated For "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.  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.  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.

 

 

Remsen Municipal Utilities Changing Electrical Lines

(Remsen) -- The power in Remsen has been switched to the temporary service and Remsen customers did not experience a power outage during the transition.  Work now continues throughout the day to replace the wiring.  Remsen residents and businesses may experience a power outage when service is switched from the temporary service to the new wire.  Remsen Municipal Utility officials say the switch should occur late this afternoon or early evening.

 

 

 

Volunteers Install 600 Smoke Detectors

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Organizers say volunteers installed more than 600 smoke detectors in Sioux City homes during a fire safety blitz.
More than 100 volunteers teamed up to visit around 1,600 homes Saturday in an area that accounted for 7 percent of Sioux City's fires in 2015 although occupying just 1 percent of the land inside city limits.
As one volunteer on each team installed a detector, other team members talked to residents about fire safety.
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Lawmakers End Session On Friday - Holz Disappointed Water Quality Bill Not Passed

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa lawmakers put aside philosophical differences to adjourn the legislative session Friday, because at one point their disagreements on the multi-billion dollar state budget came down to less than $15 million.
The Republican-controlled House wanted to stop giving state dollars to family planning facilities like Planned Parenthood that provide abortions. The state funding in question totaled less than $500,000, and the proposal was ultimately dropped.
Lawmakers were also at odds over $9.7 million for salaries to the Iowa Department of Transportation. House Republicans said the agency shouldn't get additional money for salaries amid a recent increase in the state fuel tax. The Democratic-majority Senate challenged that, and lawmakers agreed to provide half the requested money.
Differences on medical marijuana and water quality couldn't be resolved this session.  State Representative Chuck Holz of Le Mars says he is most disappointed that his fellow lawmakers could not reach an agreement on a water quality bill.

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Holz just completed his first year as a state legislator.  He says he learned fairly quickly to rely on those people who are most familiar with the issue, and are an expert in the area.

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The Le Mars republican says he learned the pace in the legislature is slower than he had realized, with some issues getting resolved while others remain embedded in controversy and difference of opinion.

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Branstad And Legislature Blame Each Other For Failure To Pass Water Quality Bill

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad and Democratic lawmakers are blaming each other for failing to pass legislation on water quality initiatives.
The Republican governor said Monday he's disappointed the Democratic-controlled Senate didn't approve a water quality funding bill passed in the Republican-majority House. The Legislature adjourned Friday.
Branstad, Republicans and Democrats proposed different bills amid a lawsuit by the Des Moines water utility that put a spotlight on farm runoff. Democrats criticized a GOP plan to use existing state dollars. Republicans shot down proposals by Democrats to raise the sales tax or use surplus money.
Branstad's own plan to use money from an education infrastructure fund wasn't supported by Republicans. Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal said in a statement Monday the GOP plans would have diverted money from education funding.

 

 

 

Council Bluffs Doctor Accused Of Shifting Assets To Avoid Compensation To Victims

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - A lawsuit filed for more than a dozen people alleges a former Council Bluffs doctor shifted assets to his wife so he wouldn't have to pay compensation to victims of his sex crimes.
Dennis Jones was sentenced to 10 years in prison after his 2014 convictions. Prosecutors say Jones had an estimated 1.2 million images of child pornography and 9,300 videos of child pornography in his possession - some of those being of his young patients. Several of the families involved sued in 2014.
A new lawsuit filed last week names Jones and his wife, Marianne, and says he's transferred more than $1.4 million in real estate and other assets to her. Their attorney didn't immediately return a call Monday from The Associated Press.
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Mason City Fatal Fire

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - A 24-year-old man has died in a Mason City house fire that was started by unattended food cooking on a stove. 
Mason City Fire Department officials say Ackhasenh Cavan died as a result of the accidental Sunday morning blaze. 
Firefighters found Cavan outside the house when they arrived.  He was given medical aid before being taken to a Mason City hospital, where he was declared dead. 
The fire damage was contained to the kitchen and living room, with some smoke damage throughout the rest of the house.



 

 




   

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