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Tuesday Afternoon News October 30

Supervisors Question Conservation Board About Trips

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors, during Tuesday's meeting, questioned County Conservation Executive Director Dennis Sohl about expenditures for two trips that were made by Conservation personnel and youth during the summer.  One trip was to Custer County, South Dakota to attend the 2012 Bison Roundup, and the other was a backpacking, hiking and camping excursion to Porcupine Mountain located in Wisconsin.  Eight people attended the Wisconsin outing, and Supervisor Craig Anderson asked if the number of people taking the trip was worth the time and expense?
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Anderson wondered if the conservation board was being efficient with the trips.
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Sohl told the supervisors that many times Plymouth county would join other counties to pool  resources and vehicles for such outings.  Supervisor Don Kass said he would like to see the entire expenditures, including employee salaries, plus he had a concern about the county's liability insurance as to whether it would cover an accident on the conservation excursions.

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The supervisors did not ask Sohl what were the purpose of the trips, and whether or not it met with educational value.  The Plymouth County Conservation Board apparently approved the trips during a summer meeting.  The supervisors suggested to Sohl that perhaps future hiking trips may want to focus on the Loess Hills of Plymouth County and western Iowa.  The supervisors indicated they may follow up with the issue at a future meeting.


Judge Rules In Favor Of MRHD For Casino Case

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A judge has rejected a casino operator's request to temporarily block the nonprofit group holding the Sioux City casino license from working with another casino developer.
The ruling issued Monday lets Missouri River Historical Development proceed with Hard Rock Casino developer Sioux City Entertainment in trying to establish a land-based casino to replace
the Argosy riverboat casino.
Penn National Gaming, whose subsidiary operates the Argosy casino, had sued Missouri River Historical Development, saying it had violated a contract signed in June. The development group said
the contract wasn't valid.
Penn spokeswoman Karen Bailey says the judge did not rule yet on the case's substance, so the company will continue to press for its contractual rights as the company also considers an alternative bid for a land-based casino.

 

State Officials Ask If Teachers Aides Need Background Checks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Most teachers' aides hire by Iowa's public schools aren't required by state law to undergo background checks and even when districts do run checks, the process is often
less rigorous as the one required for licensed educators.
The Des Moines Register  says federal checks were added as part of the teacher licensing process in 2002.  Iowa law was changed in 2007 to require state and national checks on those licensed by the state. But most teacher aides aren't licensed.
Experts and parents say the case of a woman who spent time in an Indiana prison on manslaughter charges and was hired as a teacher aide in Iowa shows there are gaps in the system.
Rep. Josh Byrnes of Osage says the issue may surface in the upcoming legislative session.
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Schools In Lockdown Due To Bank Robbery

NEW HAMPTON, Iowa (AP) - Some schools in northeast Iowa have been locked down as law enforcement officers search for bank robbery suspects.
Officials for the New Hampton, Nashua-Plainfield and Tripoli school districts say Tuesday's lockdowns are precautionary.
The Fayette County Sheriff's Office says deputies and other officers have been looking for people who robbed the Maynard Savings Bank in Maynard on Tuesday morning.
Officers have been combing the area between Frederika and New Hampton.

 

 

 

   

Tuesday News, October 30

County Conservation Board To Deliver Annual Report To Supervisors

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Conservation Board Executive Director, Dennis Sohl, is scheduled to deliver the annual report of the County Conservation Board to the Plymouth County Supervisors during their regular weekly meeting today.  Sohl is expected to review the financial condition of the County Conservation Board, as well as discuss the activities from this past fiscal year.  County engineer, Tom Rohe will also appear before the county governing board and will ask for a resolution to petition a road vacation and set a public hearing date.

 

Road Closed For Bridge Repair

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Secondary Road Department has announced a road closure.  The road department will close 280th Street for a period of two days from Highway 140 to Roosevelt Avenue.  Road crews will be working on an abutment repair to a bridge.

 

Applications Can Be Submitted For Hotel-Motel Sales Tax Grants

(Le Mars) -- Beginning Thursday, applications for grants from the Hotel-Motel Sales Tax will be accepted.  Non-profit organizations can apply for the money.  Jessica Lingren, the Le Mars Convention and Visitors Bureau manager, says the amount can be between $250 up to a maximum of $15,000 as long as it somehow promotes tourism to the area.
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The deadline for the applications are due back to the city hall no later than December 28th. Lingren says there are a few rules to follow for consideration.

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Some of the organizations that have received grants in the past include Ice Cream Days celebration, and the Plymouth County Fair.  But Lingren says smaller organizations are also encouraged to submit an application.  The annual revenue generated from the local hotel-motel sales tax often exceeds $100,000.  However, according to Lingren $40,000 will be available for the grants.

 

Chamber Looking For "Business" and "Citizen" Of The Year Nominations

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting nominations for "Business of the the Year", and "Citizen of the Year".  All Chamber Member businesses are eligible regardless of size of type.  Recognition will be awarded based on one or more of the following criteria.  community involvement...job creation...innovative practices...employee benefits...major expansion...or overcoming an adversity.  Both the Business of the Year and the Citizen of the Year nominations must be returned to the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce offices no later than December 5th.  In addition, the Le Mars Business Initiative Corporation is looking to fill an at-large seat vacated by a retiring Board member.  The LBIC is comprised of four representatives of the city of Le Mars, four representatives of the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce, and six at-large positions.  All at-large positions are three year terms.


First Lady Michelle Obama Campaigns In Sioux City


(Sioux City) -- First Lady Michelle Obama made a campaign swing through Iowa yesterday, stopping at both Iowa City and Sioux City. She told the crowd to vote early, saying Iowa is fortunate to be a state that allows for early voting. First Lady Michelle Obama spoke to a cheering crowd of about a thousand supporters Monday afternoon at a rally for her husband, President Barack Obama.  The First Lady talked about the President's vision of America and their values.

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Mrs. Obama touted the President's health care plan and its strengths, as well as education funding and women's rights.  She says the President has concrete plans for the next four years, despite what opponents say, and a website explaining them.

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The First Lady began her speech in Sioux City with thoughts on those in the path of Hurricane Sandy, saying the country is prepared to help storm victims.


DNR Investigates Fish Kill on Floyd River

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Natural Resources Department is investigating a fish kill in northwest Iowa.
The agency is checking the West Branch of the Floyd River, about 2 1/2 miles south of Sioux Center.
Department workers found elevated ammonia levels in the water and several dead fish north of the U.S. Highway 75 bridge crossing.
The department says high ammonia content usually means the source is a nutrient, often fertilizer, manure or wastewater.

 

8 Year Old Shot At Shooting Range

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - An 8-year-old boy has been accidentally shot at a shooting range in northeast Iowa.
The Black Hawk County Sheriff's office says David Young wandered in front of the firing line while a relative was shooting at targets around 5:15 p.m. Monday. The incident occurred at the Black
Hawk Park range in Cedar Falls.
The sheriff's office says David was shot in the head with a .22-caliber rifle.
He was taken to Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo and then flown to a brain trauma unit in Iowa City.


Nursing Home Fined $500

NORWALK, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa nursing home has been fined $500 for not reporting possible sexual exploitation of a resident by a home employee.
The case involves a staffer at the Regency Care Center in the Des Moines suburb of Norwalk.
The worker was accused of kissing the resident and having other sexual contact with him.
Home administrator Inde Miller fired the worker. She told inspectors that she didn't report the matter to the state because the relationship was consensual.
Iowa law says any consensual or nonconsensual sexual conduct between a patient and caregiver must be reported to the state as abuse.
Miller declined to comment about the state findings.
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