Thursday News, June 4
Remsen-Union and MMC Agree To Whole Grade Sharing
(Marcus) -- Nearly 200 people gathered in the M-M-C gymnasium at Marcus Wednesday evening to listen to discussion about whole grade sharing proposals between the Remsen-Union school district and the Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn school district. Most of the people who spoke before the joint school board meeting encouraged the two school boards to work together and find a suitable resolution. Both school boards had presented reasons why their school building should serve as the high school for the possible sharing agreement. After nearly an hour and a half of comments from concerned citizens, a motion was made to enter a three-year whole grade sharing agreement with the high school to be located in Marcus, and the junior high would be located in Remsen. Jan Brandhorst serves as the superintendent for both school districts. He says it was a big step for the boards to finally reach an agreement.
Brandhorst says the agreement is for the start of the 2016-2017 school year. This coming school year, both schools will remain separate. Brandhorst says he was pleased to see so many people from both communities with the message to the school boards to "come together".
At one point during the discussion, Remsen-Union school board directors had proposed a "two and two" program, in which the students would attend one high school in a community for two years, then after a two-year period, the high school would switch to the other community. Brandhorst says school board members from both schools soon realized the program would not be practical, especially when dealing with possible capital improvements.
The superintendent says there are still many decisions that will need to be made, including the name of the new school system, which school would host various school activities, and how many teachers will be needed?
In its final outcome, the vote to proceed with a whole grade sharing program for three years, with the high school to be located in Marcus, was an unanimous decision by both school boards.
American Pickers Coming To Le Mars
(Le Mars) -- Le Mars is excited to welcome Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and Antique Archeology to the area. The team will film episodes of their hit series AMERICAN PICKERS throughout Iowa. Filming will begin next month.
AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique ‘picking’ on History. This hit show follows two of the most skilled pickers in the business, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, as they embark on an epic road trip across the U.S. in search of America’s most valuable antiques from motorcycles, classic cars and bicycles to one-of-a-kind vintage memorabilia. Mike and Frank are on a mission to recycle America, restore forgotten relics to their former glory, and learn a thing or two about American history along the way.
Filming is scheduled to start next month. AMERICAN PICKERS is looking for leads and would love to explore what you may have. They are on the hunt for interesting characters with interesting and unique items. Some of what they look for: vintage bicycles, toys, unusual radios, movie memorabilia, advertising, military items, folk art, vintage musical equipment, vintage automotive items, early firefighting equipment, vintage clothing, pre-50’s western gear.
AMERICAN PICKERS is produced by Cineflix Productions for History. New episodes air Wednesdays at 9pm ET on History.
If you have a large collection or want to refer someone to Mike and Frank, email: your name, number, address and description of the collection and photos to: firstname.lastname@example.org , or call 1-855-old-rust.
4th Street SW Remains Closed While Crews Work On Rail Line
(Le Mars) -- City officials have announced 4th Street Southwest near Lincoln Street southwest remains closed today as railroad crews continue to work on the tracks. Meanwhile, Lincoln Street southwest past Dean's Foods has reopened for traffic.
Supervisors Abandon Agreement With Higman Sand And Gravel
(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors approved a plan to abandon a previous agreement the county held with Higman Sand and Gravel of Akron. Originally, the county had a long-term agreement with Higman Sand and Gravel which would allow the county to mine particulate and gravel. Higman Sand and Gravel has been sold to L.G. Everist of Sioux Falls.
Health And Human Services Budget Keeps Mental Health Institute Open
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A health and human services budget approved by the Iowa Legislature would keep open one of two mental health facilities slated for closure and would seek to find a private provider to run the other.
The Republican-led House and Democratic-controlled Senate voted in favor of the plan Wednesday night. As part of the $1.84 billion budget plan, a facility in Mount Pleasant will remain open and one in Clarinda will stay open through mid-December and the state will seek to turn it over to a private operator.
Gov. Terry Branstad had removed funding for the facilities in his proposed budget.
The Legislature also approved budgets for the education and justice departments, as lawmakers push to adjourn the session this week.
U-S Department Of Education Investigates U of I Athletic Program
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The U.S. Department of Education is launching an investigation into the University of Iowa's handling of gender discrimination claims against athletic director Gary Barta.
In a letter obtained by The Associated Press, the department's Office for Civil Rights notified the school of the investigation last week and requested numerous documents.
Four members of the women's field hockey team filed a complaint in August alleging that Barta's decision to fire coach Tracey Griesbaum was part of a pattern of discrimination against strong female coaches.
Barta has denied the allegation and says Griesbaum was fired after an investigation found concerns about how some players were treated.
The federal office says it will look into the school's failure to investigate a sex discrimination complaint against Barta filed by students in October.