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Thursday News, October 9

Plymouth County Secondary Road Crew To Replace Bridge With Culvert

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Secondary Roads Department has announced that 190th Street from County road K-22 to Hedge Avenue will be closed, starting today and will remain closed until October 22nd.  The purpose for the road to be closed is so work crews can replace a bridge with a culvert.

 

Chamber To Sell Holiday Dollars

(Le Mars) -- It may only be mid-October, but the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce is getting set for the Christmas holidays with the sale of Chamber Holiday Dollars.  This year a total of $204,000 will be sold to enhance shopping locally.  As in the past, the Chamber Holiday Dollars will be available in three separate categories with Hy-Vee, Fareway, and Wal-Mart as the first category, participating restaurants that include: 4 Brothers, Archies Waeside, Bob's Drive In, Dairy Queen, Habitue Coffeehouse and Bakery, La Fiesta Charra, Mr. P's Pizza and Sports Grill, Pizza Ranch, Subway, and Taco Johns.  The final catergory consists of retail businesses.  They include Bomgaars, Cellular Connection, Claussens, Emily's Home Furnishings, Fashionette, Hardware Hank, Hotopp's Jewelry and Gifts, ICON Ag and Turf, Jobas, Premier Communications, Rust's Western Shop, Sugar-N-Spice, Sunshine Foods, The Education Station, Toy Depot, and Verizon-Wireless World.
Chamber Holiday Dollars will go on sale on Saturday, November 1st. beginning at 8:00 a.m. at the Le Mars Convention Center, lower level.  People will receive a ten percent discount for the purchase of Chamber Holiday Dollars in the Hy-Vee, Fareway, and Wal-Mart category with a maximum purchase at $300.  Both the restaurant and the retail categories will offer a 15 percent discount with a $500 maximum per person per category.  This year the holiday dollars will be in $10 increments rather than $5 as was the case with past holiday dollar promotions.  All Chamber Holiday Dollars must be used by December 24th.  Cash and personal checks will be accepted for the purchase of Chamber Holiday Dollars.  Credit and Debit cards will not be accepted.  Local banks of Le Mars helped underwrite a portion of the discount on the dollars.

 

Ohm Continues Recovery In Hospital

(Sioux City) -- A Sioux City police officer who was shot in the chin last Friday while responding to a disturbance call remains hospitalized. Sioux City Police Chief Doug Young says officer Jill Ohm, a native of Le Mars, is continuing her recovery.

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Young says he has not been able to speak with Ohm yet about the incident.  The Chief says police have  also not been able to speak with the suspect in the shooting, 27 year old Noah Ironshell, who remains hospitalized in Omaha with a self inflicted gunshot wound.

 
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An arrest warrant is pending against Ironshell for attempted murder.  Young says there's reasons Ironshell has not been officially charged yet.

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That expense could mean posting armed guards outside Ironshell's room as he recovers at the Nebraska University Medical Center in Omaha.

 

Authorities Release Name Of Victim In Fatal Construction Accident

CORRECTIONVILLE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have released the name of a construction worker killed after he was pinned under a piece of equipment in northwest Iowa.
     Maj. Todd Wieck with the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office says 49-year-old Daniel Lewis Uhl of Anthon was killed Tuesday at a construction site near Correctionville.
     Uhl was at the site when a large piece of "earth-moving equipment" pinned him. He was airlifted to a Sioux City hospital but was pronounced dead before the helicopter landed.
     The circumstances of the death are under investigation.

 

Madrid Nursing Home Fined

 MADRID, Iowa (AP) - A central Iowa nursing home faces federal fines of at least $64,000 for care problems found during inspections.
     The state inspection reports that led to the fines suggest many of the issues cited stem from staffing shortages at the Madrid Home for the Aging.
     A lawyer for the nursing home denied the allegations and says the owners are appealing the fines.
     Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals spokesman David Werning says the nursing home was hit with unusually strong punishment because inspectors had found similar problems there within the past year.
     In August the home was sued by a woman who says she found her 74-year-old mother naked and soiled on the floor of an unfinished room at the facility. Her mother has since died.
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Deloitte Consulting To Hold Open Meeting At University Of Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - University of Iowa President Sally Mason says she expects employees will ask lots of questions during a forum to discuss a consultant's sweeping cost-cutting recommendations.
     The university is holding the meeting Thursday morning with representatives of Deloitte Consulting.
     Deloitte last week released recommendations to the Iowa Board of Regents on how Iowa's three public universities might be restructured to save money. The plans call for cutting the number of employees who work in such areas as human resources, information technology and finance. The plans also call for universities to use fewer printers and desktop computers.
     The regents are gathering feedback on the proposals and are expected to vote on them next month.
     Mason says the university needs more information "to know exactly how all of this would play out."

 

Maryland Governor To Visit Iowa

   DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is set to visit Iowa this weekend to help Democratic candidates.
     O'Malley spokeswoman Lis Smith says he will be in the state Saturday and Sunday. This is the fourth trip the potential 2016 presidential candidate has made to the kickoff caucus state this year.
     O'Malley will attend a series of public events and private fundraisers for Democrats. On Saturday he'll speak at a get-out-the-vote event in Des Moines and he'll appear at a Young Democrats event in Iowa City on Sunday. He is also set to appear at fundraisers for Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley and Congressman Dave Loebsack, who is running for re-election in the 2nd Congressional District.

 


 

 


 

 

 

   

Wednesday Afternoon News, October 8

Le Mars To Conduct A City Energy Audit

(Le Mars) -- The city of Le Mars has entered an agreement with the Iowa Economic Development Authority to audit the electrical usage through an energy management program.  City Administrator Scott Langel says the program will evaluate the energy usage by the city, and determine where savings may be possible.

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The city administator says the city of Le Mars has a large expense when it comes to energy usage, and he would like to see it reduced if possible.

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Adler Comments On Regional Entrepreneurship Project

(Sioux City) -- Economic development groups in three northwest Iowa counties are partnering with the University of Northern Iowa's Business & Community Services group to launch a new initiative to support and encourage entrepreneurship and start-up businesses.
Woodbury, Monona, and Plymouth counties as well as Sioux City and Le Mars are taking part in the Regional Entrepreneurship Project.

UNI will work with regional leaders over the next four years to grow more start-up businesses and enhancing efforts through four ways to foster the area's business culture:
Neal Adler serves as the executive director for the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce as well as the Le Mars Business Inititative Corporation.  He says there are several agencies to assist with start-up businesses, but he believes this new effort will "solidify" those efforts.

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Adler says Plymouth County already is a member of the Northwest Iowa Development which consists of six counties.  He says by belonging to this regional entrepreneurship project will also benefit Le Mars and Plymouth County.

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Adler says the new project, that is funded through a grant, should appeal to any type of new business venture, or an existing business wanting to expand.

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The program is provided through a grant to UNI from the US Economic Development Administration University Center Program.

 

Fired Iowa Worker To Be Compensated

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An administrative law judge says an Iowa government worker whose co-workers lied in an effort to get him fired will be reimbursed more than $263,000.
     Records released Tuesday show the money owed to Ken Morrow will include funds for home costs and health care premiums.
     Morrow, an employee for the state Department of Transportation, was fired in 2012 along with worker Steven Scott. Morrow was reinstated in July and Scott returned to work in September.
     The men claimed they were treated like outsiders because veteran employees resented that they were hired as managers. Administrative Law Judge Bob Wilson ruled in favor of Morrow and Scott earlier this year.
     Scott was reimbursed $158,000. The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/1vVJVJD ) both men are now seeking additional pay for their legal expenses.
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New Prison Encounters More Construction Problems - Delays Opening

  IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Department of Corrections is disclosing more design problems at the state's new but empty $132 million maximum-security prison.
     Department officials said Wednesday that the smoke control system inside inmates' housing units at the new Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison failed during a July test.
     The system wasn't removing smoke well enough and inmates could've had problems exiting during a fire.
     Officials say they've found a temporary fix, and the system passed a recent test. Still, it isn't clear whether that brings the building up to code. More permanent changes may be necessary.
     There's still no timeline for transitioning inmates from the old Iowa State Penitentiary. The prison was supposed to open last spring, but problems in the geothermal heating and cooling system made it uninhabitable.

 

Argosy Pulls Away From Sioux City Dock

   SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - The former Argosy riverboat casino has pulled away from its dock in Sioux City and started a long journey to a shipyard in Illinois, where it will be sold or salvaged.
     The floating casino closed this summer after the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission ordered it stop its operations. It said the business wasn't partnered with a state-licensed nonprofit group as required by Iowa law.
     The Sioux City Journal reports the riverboat's voyage began Tuesday and will likely take about a week to arrive in Wood River, Illinois.
     Mike's Inc., which bought the casino, says crews are working on dismantling the other two barges that housed casino offices. The marine company's owner says he wants to move the barges out of Sioux City before Dec. 11.

 

University Of Iowa Legacy Students To Receive Scholarships

 IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - New students with parents or grandparents who have degrees from the University of Iowa will automatically receive a $6,000 scholarship over four years when they enroll.
     University President Sally Mason said Wednesday that she expects hundreds of first-year and transfer students will receive the Iowa Heritage Award next fall.
     Mason told reporters that the scholarship is a piece of the school's strategy to increase its enrollment by attracting more students from Iowa and beyond.
     Any student with a parent, stepparent, legal guardian or grandparent who received an undergraduate, graduate or professional degree from UI will be eligible.
     Within that pool, up to 20 of the highest-achieving students will receive the President's Heritage Award, which will award another $6,000 over four years.
     Mason said private donations will help pay the cost.

 


 

 

 

   

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