Tuesday News, May 26
School Board To Hear Report On Teacher Leadership Program
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community Board of Education will hold its meeting this evening. The school board will hold a public hearing on regarding the proposed amendment to the 2014-2015 school budget and will consider adoption of the budget amendment following the hearing. Members of the Le Mars Educational Enhancement Program, or simply L.E.E.P. are expected to present a check for $16,000 to the school board as they partner with the school district on technology purchases. Members of the Teacher Leadership and Compensation committee will present a report to the school board regarding the first year of implementation of the Teacher Leadership and Compensation program in the school district. The school board will also hear a report from the district's Family Living, Foods, and Nutrition faculty as they review and possibly adopt a new text book.
Plymouth County Supervisors Will Not Meet
(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors are taking the week off, as they will not be holding a meeting this morning. The next scheduled meeting for the county governing board is scheduled for next Tuesday, June 2nd.
Log Cabin Ready To Be Moved
(Le Mars) -- The Joy Hollow Log Cabin is ready for its move across town. Officials say the move will take place sometime this week, although a specific date has not been set. Morrow's Housemoving of Jackson, Nebraska has completed many days of work preparing the historic cabin, which is over 115 years old. The log cabin, which was used at one time for a Girl Scout camp, is currently residing at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds. Members of the Plymouth county Historical Museum were able to raise the needed funds to move the cabin from the fairgrounds to the museum. Once at the museum, restoration efforts will then take place, preserving the cabin. This will mark the fourth time the cabin has been moved. The site at the Plymouth County Historical Museum is being completed this week, depending on the rain. The Plymouth County Fair board gave the museum a deadline of June 1st to move the cabin.
Hospital Trustees Approve Budget
(Le Mars) -- Recently, the board of trustees of the Floyd Valley Hospital approved its budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Hospital Administrator, Mike Donlin says the hospital's budget at $36 million dollars could compare to many small cities. Donlin says the hospital's financial position is looking good.
Black Bear Seen In Dubuque
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - Officials say there's evidence a black bear has traveled into Dubuque.
Nate Johnson with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says tracks found behind a home on the south side of the city belong to a black bear weighing between 100 and 200 pounds. Police say a bear sighting was reported Monday morning.
Officials believe the bear likely came to Iowa from Minnesota or Wisconsin. There were sightings reported last year in nearby Illinois.
Iowa Family In Washington D.C. To Cope With Veteran's Death
GRINNELL, Iowa (AP) - A Grinnell family is spending the long weekend in Washington, D.C., at a national seminar and grief camp for those coping with the loss of a member of the armed forces.
Kaanan Mackey says the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, known as TAPS, will give her five children, ages 6 to 16, a chance to meet others with similar experiences.
Mackey's husband, Matthew, died in 2010 from injuries following an accident on his way home from a drill weekend at Camp Dodge in Johnston. He served in the Marine Corps and Iowa Army National Guard.
The family on Memorial Day usually places flags on veterans' graves at the Grinnell cemetery. This year they will place stones on graves at Arlington National Cemetery.
Body Recovered From Mississippi River
BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say they've recovered the body of a man whose boat capsized under a roller dam on the Mississippi River near Burlington.
The state Department of Natural Resources says the body of 33-year-old Christopher Corson was found Monday morning, a day after the boat he was on capsized. A search for him had been underway.
Corson and 30-year-old Anthony Zurmuehlen, both of Burlington, were fishing Sunday afternoon below a roller dam at Lock and Dam 18 when their 14-foot johnboat was pulled under the dam and rolled over. The department says Zurmuehlen grabbed onto a log and other debris and worked his way to shore, where a conservation officer found him. He was taken to a local medical center and later released.