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Tuesday News, July 9

Plymouth County Law Enforcement To Hold Training Session

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Sheriff's Department along with other law enforcement agencies will be conducting an active shooter training today at the Clark Elementary School located at 201 2nd Avenue Northwest in Le Mars.  The training session will start at 8:00 a.m. and continue until 5:00 p.m.  This notice is to notify residents living in the area that if you see officers in the vicinity, that it is only a training exercise.

 

Hemmingson Files For School Board Election

(Le Mars) -- Incumbent District 3 director, Mark Hemmingson, is the first to have returned his nomination papers to the school secretary for the upcoming September 10, 2013 Board of Education election.  Hemmingson was elected to a four-year term in the fall of 2011, but he must stand for election again this year for the remainder of his term due to re-districting that moved incumbent District 2 director, Cris Collins, just inside the newly drawn District 3 lines.  The Le Mars Community School District has 7 directors total, of which 2 are elected to serve "at large" and 5 who are elected to represent one of five director
districts.
All directors are elected at large, but the directors representing a director district must reside in the director district which they are elected to represent while serving on the school board.

 

Auto Dealership Expands Into Akron

(Le Mars) -- A local auto dealership has purchased Dirk's Motors of Akron.  Total Sales and Service of Le Mars has acquired the Akron dealership starting July 2nd.  The new name of the car dealership in Akron will be known as Total Motors.  The details of the transaction of the two dealerships has not been disclosed at this time.

 

Floyd Valley Hospital To Hold Public Hearing On Expansion Addition Project

(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing this evening regarding the plans and specifications, contract, and estimate of costs for the Floyd Valley Hospital North Addition Expansion project.  That hearing is set for 6:00 p.m. at the board room of the Floyd Valley Hospital.  The projected estimate for the new expansion is $25 million with an anticipated completion in 2015.

 

Supervisors To Meet On Tuesday

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Board of Supervisors are scheduled to meet this morning at the Courthouse Board room.  The Supervisors will hear reports from Shaun Olson regarding the removal of the communications tower from the courthouse roof.  County recorder JoLynn Goodchild will offer an update for the quarterly report.  The county governing board will hear from Plymouth County Emergency Management Director Gary Junge and from Simpco representatives as they review for approval a multi-jurisdictional plan.  The supervisors will also hear from County Engineer Tom Rohe.

 

IPTV's Dan Wardell To Appear At Le Mars Public Library

(Le Mars) -- Iowa Public Television's Dan Wardell is scheduled to appear at the Le Mars Public Library this morning for two sessions with children.  Wardell is a spokesperson for children's programming and often travels through out the state promoting good habits for children such as reading, correct nutritional snacks and excercise.  The two sessions are scheduled for 10 and 11 a.m.

 

Sioux City Man Sentenced For Robbing Bank

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Sioux City man has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for robbing a bank. 27-year-old Johnnie Hawkins Jr.was sentenced Monday on one count of bank robbery. Hawkins pleaded guilty in March as part of a deal that dropped several firearms charges. Authorities say Hawkins displayed a handgun as he confronted an employee opening a Heritage Bank in November. A federal indictment says he left the bank with nearly $6,000, which was later recovered.

 

Sioux City Council Votes To Eliminate Glass Recycling

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - The City Council has taken its first official step toward eliminating curbside glass recycling in Sioux City.

The council gave its first-round approval to a measure that would end the current practice. Two more council approvals are needed for the measure to take effect.

Plastic, aluminum cans and paper still will be accepted. The city's Environment Advisory Board made the recommendation in May. The board said glass had declined in value, making its processing impractical without passing higher costs to residents.

Residents will be encouraged to cash in bottles for refunds.

 

Two State Senators Want To Investigate Wellmark-Blue Cross Blue Shield

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Two state senators want Iowa to investigate whether the state's dominant health insurer really needs $1.3 billion in reserves.

Sens. Jack Hatch and Matt McCoy, both Des Moines Democrats, are skeptical about Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield's reserves because Wellmark has decided against participating next year in the state's health insurance exchange.

Wellmark did not respond to a request for comment.

Hatch delivered a letter Monday to Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart, asking for the investigation. Hatch says state regulations require the insurer to have reserves of only $350 million.

Gerhart said last month he might investigate Wellmark's need for the large reserve if the company didn't take the risk of entering the exchange.

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CoOpportunitiy Health Formed To Offer Statewide Health Insurance Coverage

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A new health care cooperative says it is working to offer Iowans two insurance plans that rely on a specific hospital network.

CoOportunity Health says Monday that they have partnered with the University of Iowa Health Alliance to create the plans. They hope to offer the plans to state residents shopping on the new online insurance exchanges, as well as those seeking insurance through other channels.

The Alliance includes over 50 hospitals and more than 160 clinics across the state. CoOportunity will market these plans in more than 75 percent of the state's counties.

CoOportunity Health is a nonprofit established to provide health care in Iowa and Nebraska. It has applied to participate in Iowa's insurance exchange. CoOportunity CEO David Lyons says they will also offer plans with wider coverage.

 

State Representative Tyler Olson Schedules Campaign Stops

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Democratic State Rep. Tyler Olson, who has been considering a bid for governor in 2014, has scheduled a series of campaign announcements for Tuesday.

The 37-year-old Cedar Rapids Democrat has scheduled events in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines and Mason City.

Olson recently stepped down from his role as Democratic Party chairman to focus on his political future. He is serving his fourth term in the state House.

Republican Gov. Terry Branstad has not announced if he will run again next year, though he is fundraising and adding staff to his campaign operation.

On the Democratic side, state Sen. Jack Hatch, of Des Moines, is exploring a run for governor.

 


 

 


 


 

 

 

   

Monday Afternoon News, July 8

Plymouth County Law Enforcement Officials To Train At Clark School

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Sheriff's Department along with other law enforcement agencies will be conducting an active shooter training on Tuesday at the Clark Elementary School located at 201 2nd Avenue Northwest in Le Mars.  The training session will start at 8:00 a.m. and continue until 5:00 p.m.  This notice is to notify residents living in the area that if you see officers in the vicinity, that it is only a training exercise.

 

Granville Fire Department To Hold Raffle For Fund Raising Campaign

(Granville) -- Granville Fire Fighters are trying to raise money for a new fire station, and they are doing it with a community raffle.  Steve Christiansen is a member of the Granville Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance crew, and talks about the goal.

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Christiansen says the winning raffle tickets will be selected on the evening of Saturday, July 20th.

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The Granville Fire Department is selling raffle tickets at $100 each, and Christiansen says they have several nice prizes to be presented to the winners.

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Christiansen says the people around Granville have been supportive of the fund raising efforts.

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Lt. Governor Reynolds Speaks About Speeding Episode

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds says the Iowa Department of Public Safety is reviewing the governor's scheduling in the wake of a speeding incident.
Reynolds says Monday that she and Gov. Terry Branstad want to obey state speed limits. Reynolds says she was not aware that a state SUV carrying her and the governor on April 26 was going 84
mph because she was working in the backseat.
Reynolds says the schedule is under review to make sure enough time is provided between events. But she declined to blame tight scheduling for any speeding in the past.
A state police investigator reported the speeding incident, but a trooper who caught up to the SUV let it go after realizing it was an officer driving the governor.

 

Branstad Vetoes Nursing Care Bills

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad has vetoed a plan to increase the number of ombudsmen that advocate for seniors in Iowa nursing homes.
The legislation would have increased the number of long-term care ombudsmen in the state from eight to ten.
Branstad says he is vetoing the new positions because the Iowa Department of Aging is in the middle of a redesign.
Branstad also vetoed legislation that would have required nursing homes to use any additional Medicaid money received next year to provide pay raises for some caregivers. Branstad says the
state lacks the ability to check to see if homes are complying with such a requirement.
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Branstad Says He Has Cash On Hand For Another Campaign

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad says he has cash on hand and staff in place for a potential re-election run in 2014.
Branstad announced Monday that he has $2 million in his campaign account and has made several campaign hires. The Republican governor has not formally announced if he will seek a sixth term in
2014.
Branstad's campaign committee has hired former staffer Jake Ketzner to serve as campaign manager. Ketzner ran Rep. Steve King's 2012 campaign.
Also joining Branstad's political team are staffer Jimmy Centers, who will be communications director, and Phil Valenziano, a staffer for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, who will serve
as political director.
On the Democratic side, Des Moines Sen. Jack Hatch is exploring a run and state Rep. Tyler Olson, of Cedar Rapids, is considering a bid.

 

Nine Iowa Counties Report Cyclospora

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An intestinal illness that causes diarrhea lasting an average of nearly two months has been identified in nine Iowa counties.
The Iowa Department of Public Health says it has identified 22 cases of cyclospora infections.
People are infected by eating food or drinking water contaminated with infected human feces. Illness is caused by a parasite. Watery diarrhea, severe tiredness, and nausea are common symptoms and usually begin within a week.
Most of those now ill began to notice symptoms in June.
Linn County has the most cases with 10. Others are reported in Benton, Des Moines, Fayette, Mills, O'Brien, Polk, Van Buren, and Webster counties.
Other Midwest states also have cases including Nebraska.
Health officials recommend washing fresh fruits and vegetables thoroughly although no specific source has been identified yet.

 

Pedestrian Hit By Train

FAIRFIELD, Iowa (AP) - A train has struck and killed a person walking along tracks in Fairfield.
The Ottumwa Courier reports (http://bit.ly/1dbcc4T ) the BNSF train hit the pedestrian about 6:10 p.m. Saturday.
BNSF spokeswoman Amy McBeth says the death occurred far from any designated crossing.
The victim's name hasn't been released.
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