Monday Afternoon News, June 3
Le Mars Fire Department Respond To 37 Calls in May
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department responded to 37 total calls during the month of May. According to the monthly report, there were eight fire calls, nine rescue calls, nine investigations, and eleven requests for services. Fire Chief David Schipper says there were a number of fire fighter volunteers who assisted on Memorial Day with flood relief rescues that helped save lives and property, and kept the city functioning.
Willow Creek Golf Course Making Repairs After Floods
(Le Mars) -- The Willow Creek Golf Course at Le Mars suffered some damage as a result of the recent flooding of Willow Creek and the Floyd River. Golf course grounds manager Brian Schultz says the golf holes next to the rivers sustained the most damage.
Schultz says crews from the City's public Works Department assisted this morning with a bridge that nearly was washed away.
Schultz says he is uncertain as to the amount of money it will take to get the course back into playing condition, and to how much revenue was lost due to having to close the golf course. He is thankful for the huge number of volunteers who have helped with the clean up efforts.
The golf groundskeeper says a couple of the greens needed some delicate attention when clearing the debris left behind from the floods.
Officials hope to have the course ready on Wednesday for play.
Cherokee Rural Water Association Repairs Water Lines After Floods
(Cherokee) -- A week has passed since the flooding of the Little Sioux River at Cherokee County, but the Cherokee Rural Water Association is still recovering from those floods. Stan DeRoo serves as the manager of the water association. He says despite having their pipes buried underground, the force and the velocity of the raging waters were able to erode the soil and wash away many of their water lines.
Customers were initially asked to conserve their water,and DeRoo explains how much damage was sustained by the flooding waters.
DeRoo says there are still nearly 160 customers living on the east side of the county and service area that have no water and are under a boil order. The town of Galva was also affected as they had to haul water into the town. Officials are trying to make the repairs as quickly as possible, and when the stream crossing is fixed they will notify you when the boil order will be lifted.
Several Republicans Announce They Will Seek U-S Senate Seat
(Des Moines) -- Two republicans have stepped up to enter their names as candidates for the U.S. Senate seat. David Young, who was U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley's top aide, is running for Iowa's other U.S. Senate seat in 2014.
Young said Sunday that after talking with friends and family he decided to run for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring five-term Democratic Senator Tom Harkin.
Young says he thinks his experience as Grassley's chief of staff would help him accomplish more in the Senate if he was elected.
Young lives in Van Meter, Iowa, and says he's looking forward to campaigning.
The GOP Senate race may be a crowded one because Representative Steve King, Representative Tom Latham, Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey all decided not to run. Former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker has also announced he is running.
Speaking Monday at a news conference in Ankeny, the former U.S. attorney announced he would seek the seat being vacated by retiring five-term Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin. Whitaker says he wants to reduce government spending and "restore our country to
The 43-year-old former University of Iowa football player from Clive was U.S. attorney for Iowa's Southern District from 2004 to 2009. He ran unsuccessfully for state treasurer in 2002.
Other Republicans considering running include state Sen. Joni Ernst and former Reliant Energy CEO
Mark Jacobs. Radio talk show host and Morningside College Professor Sam Clovis has also indicated some interest in running for the U-S Senate seat.
Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley of Waterloo is his party's only candidate.
Branstad To Name Regent Appointees Within The Month
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad says he expects to name two new appointees to the Iowa Board of Regents in the next couple of weeks.
Branstad sought to appoint Craig Lang and Robert Cramer to the nine-member board that oversees the state's three public universities but their confirmations failed in April to gain the
two-thirds majority required in the Senate for approval.
Lang, former Iowa Farm Bureau president, has been criticized for supporting Iowa State University rules that led U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin to drop plans to leave his papers at ISU. Senators also took
issue with Lang's criticism of University of Iowa President Sally Mason.
Cramer, a Grimes businessman, was questioned about his conservative social views on stem cell research, gay rights and academic freedom.
Midwest Economy Slowing Down, But Still Shows Strength
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A monthly survey of business leaders suggests the economy in nine Midwest and Plains states will continue growing steadily over the next few months.
The overall economic index for the region declined slightly to 56.2 in May from April's 56.8, but any score above 50 suggests growth.
Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey. He says the stronger dollar is hurting prices for farm and energy products, but that has only slowed the growth in those businesses.
The survey of business leaders and supply managers uses a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth while a score below that
The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.