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Monday Afternoon News, November 18

Deputies Arrest Derby For Posession Of Controlled Substance

(Le Mars) -- Sunday morning at about 12:30 a.m. the Plymouth County Sheriff's office assisted the Merrill Police Department with a traffic stop at the intersection of Highway 75 and Calhoun Street.  During that stop, Brittany Derby, age 25, of Le Mars was placed under arrest for posession of a controlled substance and posession of drug paraphernalia.  She was transported to the Plymouth County jail. 

Bicycle Club To Use Hotel/Motel Tax Revenue For Upcoming Frosty Cross

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Cyclists in February was awarded $4,000 from Le Mars Hotel/Motel Sales Tax Receipts.  Those funds will go to help finance the upcoming Bike Central's Frosty Cross Cyclocross race scheduled for November 30th and December 1st.
  Mark Strub, project coordinator, says the funds will be used to stage, promote, and host the annual event, which will help bring outsiders to Le Mars, promoting tourism and bringing economic value to the community from outside sources.  In addition to the benefits of physical fitness, entertainment and promotion of cycling, the goal is for these participants to use local motels, restaurants and stores before, during and after the two day event.”
 The Plymouth County Cyclists was one of 15 applicants receiving funding this year.  Funding recommendations of the Convention and Visitors Bureau Advisory Board were approved by the Le Mars City Council on February 19, 2013.
 The CVB Advisory Board received 20 application requests totaling $57,492.23 for the 2013-2014 budget year.  There was $40,000 available to be awarded to qualified groups.
 The mission of the CVB Advisory Board is to attempt to fund as many qualifying projects with enough money to be useful toward completion of the project goal.  Qualifying projects meet state code regarding the allocation of revenues generated by the hotel/motel sales tax.  Priority is given to projects that encourage growth of tourism to the city of Le Mars.


Floyd Valley Hospital Trustees To Sign Contract With Contractor During Tuesday Meeting

(Le Mars) -- The Floyd Valley Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting Tuesday morning.  The hospital trustees will formally review and are expected to approve a resolution awarding a contract for the bid package relating to the hospital's improvement project.  L and L Builders of Sioux City submitted the lowest of the three bids which is for $15,113,000. 

Lewis & Clark Center To Pay Back Flood Aid Money

 SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center must repay more than $34,000 in flood aid.
     The center had hired temporary workers to remove exhibits and other items to higher ground as Missouri River floodwaters menaced Sioux City in late May 2011. The workers also helped build a berm to protect the center and its sister facility, the Betty Strong Encounter Center.
     The Federal Emergency Management Agency later provided nearly $78,600 in flood aid to the private nonprofit cultural group. But an audit showed the center's board didn't actually approve hiring the workers and paying for use of their pickups and other equipment. 
     State and federal officials eventually ruled the labor-related expenses couldn't be reimbursed, so the center has to pay back some of the money.


Branstad Recognizes Enterpreneurs

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad is recognizing entrepreneurs in Iowa.
     Bransad on Monday said the state will take part in Global Entrepreneurship Week, an international celebration of business innovation. He said there will be events around the state for people who are creating new businesses.
     Branstad says small businesses are the "backbone of the state's economy."
     The Quad Cities, Burlington and West Des Moines are among the locations holding events and contests during the week. 
     Global Entrepreneurship Week was first held in 2008 and is now recognized by more than 130 countries around the world.


Coffee Pot Water Tower May Be Dismantled

  STANTON, Iowa (AP) - A 125-foot water tower painted to look like a Swedish coffeepot is in danger of losing its place in southwest Iowa.
     Since 1971, a 50,000-gallon water tower in the town of Stanton has featured a giant handle, spout and knob. A sign on the edge of town says, "home of the world's largest coffeepot."
     The Des Moines Register reports ( ) a $1.2 million revamp of the town's central water system will cease use of the tower. At minimum, an estimated $250,000 would be needed to safely preserve the tower as an empty landmark.
     Maintenance issues include no cover on the spout to protect it from rain and moisture. Repainting the structure would require costly sandblasting. There are also out-of-date ladders on the side of the tower.





Monday News, November 18

Man Dies In Manure Tank

(Alta) -- A farm accident in rural Buena Vista County resulted in the death of a Lake View man on Saturday evening.  According to Buena Vista County sheriff, Gary Launderville, the man, identified as 36 year old Jeremy Schulte had been overcome by the fumes inside a manure tank.  That accident happened shortly after 9:00 p.m.  Upon arrival, rescue crews had to use airtanks in order to recover Schulte.  Schulte was pronounced dead at the scene by the Buena Vista County Medical Examiner's office.  Schulte has been transported to the state medical examiner's office in Ankeny to determine the exact cause of death.


Remsen Fire Department Fights Grass Fire

(Remsen) -- Remsen Fire Department was called to fight a grass fire on Sunday afternoon.  The alarm came shortly after 2:00 p.m. at the 1300 block of Shamrock. Fire officials were on the scene for nearly an hour.


Mid-Sioux Opportunity Launches Mitten Campaign

(Remsen) -- Mid-Sioux Opportunity is partnering with local businesses in five counties to provide assistance to needy families.  The effort is part of the group's fifth annual mitten campaign.  Mittens are sold at area businesses with one dollar going to help families living in Lyon, Sioux, Cherokee, Ida, and Plymouth Counties.  Mittens are available for purchase at the following businesses: Mrs. B's convenience store in Remsen; American Bank and Iowa State Bank in Remsen; Fareway, Hy-Vee, and the Cherokee County Store in Cherokee; Pronto, Cenex, and Food Pride in Ida Grove; Sunshine Foods and P-N-P in Rock Rapids; Sioux-per Center in Sioux Center; and Granville Short Stop in Granville.


Northwestern And Dordt Tied As Best Colleges For Veterans

ORANGE CITY, Iowa—A new U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges for Military Veterans ranking has Northwestern College tied with Dordt College for first place among Midwestern regional colleges. Also among the top 15 institutions, representing eight states, are Hastings College, third; Clarke University, fifth; Mt. Marty College, 11th; Grand View University, 12th; and Midland University, 14th.

The ranked colleges participate in federal initiatives that help veterans and active service members apply, pay for and complete their degrees. All the schools are part of the Servicemembers Opportunity College (SOC) Consortium, certified for the G.I. Bill, and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. The qualifying institutions are ranked in order based on their 2014 U.S. News Best College ranking, of which Northwestern tied for sixth in the Midwest.


Airport Streamlining Screening Process For Military Personnel

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Des Moines airport soon will allow speeder security screening for military men and women, including members of the Iowa National Guard.
     The  change will be effective Dec. 20, making it easier for military people to use the airport on official business trips and leisure travel. 
      The Des Moines airport will be the only Iowa airport to offer Transportation Security Administration Precheck benefits to U.S. armed forces members.
      TSA Precheck is open to frequent fliers and certain other passengers who undergo risk assessments before their arrivals at airports. More than 18 million travelers have used the program since it was launched in October 2011. Military members who participate in the program won't be required to wear their uniforms.


Officials Question Lottery Ties To Universities

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The appropriateness of an Iowa lottery scratch game with ties to college football in the state is being questioned.
 Some lawmakers and professors question whether state universities should help promote gambling.
      The debate is focused on the "Tail Gator" game that offers a chance to win packages to attend football games at Iowa, Iowa State and Northern Iowa.
     Iowa psychology professor Elizabeth Altmaier says she thinks it's wrong for the universities to be associated with any aspect of gambling.
     The NCAA recommends that schools avoid deals like this in its best practices guidance but it doesn't strictly prohibit them.
      Public documents show Iowa will get $75,000 this season for the lottery promotion. Iowa State will get $60,000 and Northern Iowa will receive $20,000.


Million Dollar Powerball Ticket Sold In Tipton

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Someone bought a Powerball lottery ticket worth $1 million at a convenience store in eastern Iowa.
     State Lottery officials said Sunday that the winning ticket at a Kum & Go on Highway 38 in Tipton.
     The ticket matched the first five numbers but not the Powerball number in Saturday's drawing.
      The Kum & Go store in Tipton will receive a $1,000 bonus for selling the $1 million ticket.
      A ticket sold in New York matched all the numbers to win Saturday's $130.3 million jackpot.








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