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Saturday News, May 12

Hinton & Oyens Fire Departments Respond to Calls

(Le Mars) -- The Hinton Fire Department was called last evening shortly after 7:00 p.m. to a fuel spill that occured near the ballparks.  Nearly at the same time the Oyens and Remsen Fire Departments responded to a shed fire located at 40913 200th Street.  Fire officials were on the scene for less than a half hour. However, the small shed was destroyed.  Fire officials believe the fire was started as a result of sparks flying from a nearby burn barrel igniting the small tool shed. 

Tebow Fan Receives Jersey

 KINGSLEY, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa high school senior who took a cardboard cutout of Tim Tebow to her prom at Kingsley-Pierson High School has received a signed jersey from the NFL quarterback.
     Rachel Bird decided the Tebow cutout was a better date than no date for last month's prom.
     FRS, an energy drink company Tebow endorses, heard about Bird's "date."
     Bird told The Sioux City Journal ( ) that the company emailed her and said a signed Tebow jersey was on the way. It arrived on Friday.
     Bird says she was surprised by all the attention but is focusing on a more important task. She has a speech to deliver on Sunday as the valedictorian for her class of 28 students.

STEM Summitt Scheduled for Tuesday

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A summit of educators, business leaders and public officials is scheduled for Tuesday as part of an effort to improve science, technology, engineering and math education in
the state.
     Gov. Terry Branstad initiated a statewide effort to improve education in the so-called STEM areas by appointing an advisory council. Its first task was to approve six regional hubs at colleges and universities. They were announced on Monday. They'll coordinate educational programs around the state.
     The second major task is the summit. It will include working group presentations focusing on strategies for technology-enhanced instruction, STEM teacher recruitment, STEM careers, education
policy, and public awareness.
     Speakers will include the chairwoman of the National Association of Manufacturers.
     The summit is will be held at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Des Moines.




Sodeberg Comments On Mental Health Legislation

(Le Mars) -- Along with property tax reform and education reform, the other major piece of legislation the state legislature wanted to accomplish was to reform the financing and policy of mental health services.  Many Iowa counties are not able to afford the cost associated with providing mental health services, and initially, the state was reluctant to pick up the added expense.  State Representative Chuck Soderberg of Le Mars says in the closing hours of the session, lawmakers were finally able to reach a compromise and an agreement on the state's mental health program, both with the implementation of policy, as well as the funding.

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Soderberg says mental health financing was a bill in which he had some particular interest.  He says the state will provide the basic needs funding and some counties may have to contribute additional funding for additional services.

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Sharon Nieman, serves as the Central Point Coodinator for Plymouth County.  Although Nieman says she and her board have not had the opportunity to fully analyize the complete details within the approved legislation, she is fearfull that Plymouth County may be adversely affected.



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