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Tuesday News, October 6

Supervisors To Hear Report On Domestic Violence

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Board of Supervisors have a full agenda for today's meeting.  The county supervisors are expected to appoint Kate Harris as the clerk for Portland township.  They are also expected to approve a financial appropriation from the Plymouth County Historical Museum to the Siouxland Community Foundation.  The supervisors will be reviewing the financial requests from each of the libraries, and more than likely will approve the allocation.  The county board will approve a county debt decertification reconciliation and joint urban renewal state report.  Cathy Van Mannan from the Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence is scheduled to appear before the county supervisors to offer a report, and to request a proclamation designating October as being Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Rob Bixenman of Bixenman Insurance will review the county's liability insurance policies, and County Recorder, JoLynn Goodchild will deliver a quarterly report.  County engineer Tom Rohe will also appear before the county board to update construction projects.





City Council To Hear Ordinance Change Proposal

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars City Council will hold a meeting today beginning at 12:00 noon from the city council chambers.  The council will hold a hearing regarding the CDBG downtown revitalization project.  The council will hear from Rich Ziettlow representing the city's Historical Preservation Commission, as he submits a proposed ordinance change.  The city council will also hear about an ATV ordinance.  The city council is expected to take action on the 14th Avenue Southeast Infrastructure project, as well as the old public works facility lease, and the council will discuss the conversion of street lighting.





Police Department Submits Quarterly Report

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Police Department has submitted its quarterly report to city officials.  During this last quarter, the Le Mars Police investigated 363 complaints, responded to 1667 calls, issued 223 traffic citations along with 562 warnings, and responded to 67 accidents.




Remsen And Le Mars To Flush Hydrants

(Le Mars) -- Both Le Mars and Remsen will begin flushing their hydrants beginning today.  In Le Mars, city work crews will start at 8:00 a.m. in the northwest portion of town and will continue until noon on Wednesday.  Afternoon on Wednesday the water department will start flushing the NW part of town through Thursday and finishing Friday if needed.  Remsen will be flushing both today and tomorrow.  Residents in both communities may experience some discolored water during the time of the hydrant flushing.





Monday Afternoon News, October 5

Branstad Announces Plan To Increase Skilled Labor In Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds have announced an initiative to increase skilled labor in Iowa, but it's unclear how much the plan would cost or how it would be funded.
Branstad and Reynolds said Monday the Future Ready Iowa plan aims to increase the number of Iowans with two-year and four-year degrees, as well as apprenticeships and other certifications.
Branstad and Reynolds sourced a research center at Georgetown University that says by 2025, 68 percent of jobs in Iowa will require education and training beyond high school. The new initiative seeks to have 70 percent of Iowans with that extra education and training by 2025.
Details about how much the initiative would cost were not released. Branstad says the state has programs already working toward the goal.





Branstad Says He Doesn't Have The Power To Stop Funding For Planned Parenthood

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad has reiterated he does not have the legal authority to stop a Planned Parenthood affiliate in Iowa from receiving state funding, despite public calls to do so from presidential hopeful Bobby Jindal and others.
Branstad said Monday his office has spoken with the Iowa Attorney General about the state's options in removing taxpayer funding that Planned Parenthood of the Heartland receives for Medicaid services. He says the state would need to show Planned Parenthood has violated terms of the grant money it receives.
Branstad emphasized no state dollars are used to fund abortions.
Republicans around the country have targeted Planned Parenthood after several videos were released by an anti-abortion group. Louisiana Gov. Jindal and Republican legislators in Iowa have asked Branstad to cut funding.




Branstad Says He Won't Dismiss Any Regents For the U of I President Hiring

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad says he wants to dispel the notion that he has any authority to remove members of a state board that oversees Iowa's three public universities, following criticism over its hiring of a new University of Iowa president.
Branstad said Monday he was shocked that the Faculty Assembly at the university's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences voted recently for the nine-member Iowa Board of Regents to resign. The faculty group also asked Branstad to dismiss the board.
Branstad, who appoints members for six-year terms, says Iowa code is clear that the board doesn't serve at the pleasure of the governor.
The board's appointment in September of Bruce Harreld, a business executive, has been criticized by some UI faculty. They question Harreld's lack of experience in academics.




Wellmark To Start Selling Policies Under Affordable Health Care Act

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's dominant health insurer has agreed to start selling policies that will qualify for subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.
Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield announced Monday that plans will be available for 2017. The  company has not previously participated in the Affordable Care Act's online health-insurance marketplace, which was launched in the fall of 2013.
As a result, moderate-income Iowa residents were not able to choose Wellmark insurance if they wanted to purchase policies that qualified for new federal subsidies to help pay their premiums.
Wellmark sells more than three-quarters of all health-insurance policies that Iowa consumers purchase on their own in lieu of coverage through an employer or government program.




Plenty of Pumpkins Available In Iowa

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - Some Iowa growers say heavy rains haven't cut into their pumpkin crop.
Tammy Stotts, marketing specialist with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, says growers she has spoken with all have plenty of pumpkins. She says officials aren't hearing "anything negative," and that it appears to be a good crop of pumpkins this year.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports rains have caused rot for pumpkin farmers elsewhere in the United States.
Deb Christopher of Rogers Market in rural Cedar Falls says they have sandy soil, so the rainy conditions were "perfect" for them. She says there are many pumpkins that are larger than normal this year.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's 2012 ag census, there were 381 farms in Iowa growing pumpkins on 1,175 acres.






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