Tuesday News, May 10th
Life Skills Training Center Holds Annual Meeting And Awards Banquet
(Le Mars) -- Life Skills Training Center held its annual meeting and banquet last evening. Retiring board members Bill Peshek and Gary Grage were recognized with a certificate of appreciation. Foundation directors Terri Conover and Andy Schmidt were also recognized for their volunteer work as a board member. This year's Client Achievement Award was presented to Jennifer Keleher.
Keleher was described as a person that is cheerful, and takes pride in personal appearance, always has a smile on her face, willing to do a variety of tasks, eager to learn, gets along well with peers, arrives for training as scheduled, stays focused, and is always in a good mood, and respectful of staff and peers.
Life Skills works with mentally challenged individuals, to assist them to find suitable employment. Shelly Thomson is the Marketing and Development Coordinator. She says Life Skills serves about 70 clients from throughout Plymouth County.
Thomson says Life Skills is willing to offer tours to individuals and groups. Life Skills holds several fund raisers through out the year including the sale of Christmas decorations, the quilt auction held during the Plymouth County Fair, the cow pie Bossy bingo also held during the fair, as well as the annual phone-a-thon that is coordinated by the Knights of Columbus organizations of Plymouth County. Thomson says the people of Plymouth County have been generous to help support Life Skills Training Center.
Life Skills Retiring Board Members: From left to right, Gary Grage, Terri Conover, and Bill Peshek. Missing from the photo is Andy Schmidt. Grage and Peshek served on the Life Skills Board of Directors, and Conover and Schmidt served on the Life Skills Foundation Board of Directors.
Le Mars Community School Board Approves Roofing Contract Bid
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community Board of Education approved a bid of $99,062 from Nohava Construction of Le Mars to re-roof the Education Service Center. Three bids were submitted for the project, with the other bids at $122,350 by All Elements of Monticello, Minnesota, and $151,000 by Moss Roofing Incorporated of West Union, Iowa. In other action during last evening's school board meeting, the board approved the recommendation of the Meet and Confer team to allow a 3.24 percent increase in salary pay to support staff and administrators. The total amount would equal $139,003. In that same discussion, the school board approved a staggered pay scale for school bus drivers based on their number of years of experience. Bus drivers with ten years of service will receive an additional .25 cents per hour above the current schedule. Fifty cents per hour will be added to the pay scale for bus drivers with 15 years experience, and for those bus drivers with 20 years of experience will receive 75 cents per hour above the current schedule. Following the action approving the salary increase for the support staff, the school board then discussed the Activities Director position. Dr. Todd Wendt informed the school board that the district would probably be able to save more than $100,000 if the school would not hire a full-time activities director, but instead have the responsibilities be shared by four individuals. Karlton Hector will have supervisory responsibilities of the Activities Director position. He will receive a stipend of 17 percent above his salary base. Others that will share in the activities director position include Barry Borchers, Troy Caswell, and Neal Utesch. Although the board approved the action of having the Activities Director position be shared, they also added that in the future, when financials are in better shape, they hope to hire one individual to be full-time Activities Director. The school board decided to keep the student fees for next year at the same level as they are for this year. The only exception is the price for adult lunch meals will increase by ten cents to $3.45 per day.
Rosemary Cronin Honored As Le Mars Community School District's "Employee Of The Month"
(Le Mars) -- A Le Mars Community Middle School Family and Consumer Sciences teacher has been awarded the school district's May "Employee of the Month". Rosemary Cronin was presented the honor during a ceremony this morning. Rosemary Cronin was nominated by both Amy Anderson and by Amy Kelly. Anderson writes: "Rosemary is absolutely the BEST! She is the personification of what every teacher should be or strive to become. Rosemary Cronin is caring to each and every student. She wants them to succeed not only in her classes, but also in life. Rosemary is always gracious and kind to everyone, students and teachers alike. The advanced textile classes that Rosemary established in the High School have created many successful textile arts professionals as well as students who have become successful members of our community because of the skills and manners she taught them". Amy Anderson continues to say that she has learned so much from Rosemary over the years, and know for a fact that she is a better teacher because of her friendship with Rosemary Cronin and her shared creativity. Amy Kelly writes: "Rosemary Cronin has a lifelong passion for teaching Family and Consumer Science. She creatively teaches students basics about living, encouraging them to live better by making knowledgeable choices in regard to consumerism, finances, housing, cooking and sewing. She holds high standards while continuing to teach through a variety of methods including discussions, games and practical application. STEAM/STEM are currently becoming popular buzzwords in education, but in Family and Consumer Sciences, Rosemary has intentionally taught these for many years, since FACS naturally incorporates science, math, reading, the arts, and technology. She has continually taught with a love of knowledge and a desire to pass on this knowledge to the next generation. She truly desires that students will make choices that will impact their lives in a positive way." Congratulations go to Rosemary Cronin for being named this month's Le Mars Community School District "Employee of the Month".
County Supervisors To Consider Sub-division Approval
(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will convene today for their weekly meeting at the County Courthouse Board Room. The county supervisors have a short agenda for today's meeting. Dave Wilberding, a surveyor, will meet with the county board seeking approval of a minor subdivision in Elkhorn Township, and County Engineer Tom Rohe is scheduled to appear before the board seeking approval for a bridge repair project contract with Dixon Construction. Rohe will also be submitting permit requests by the University of Iowa to install a water quality sensor in the Floyd River near County road C-70. Nipco is seeking permission to install fiber in America township. The supervisors will also discuss and possibly take action regarding right-of-way contracts involving three culvert projects and one bridge repair project.
Floyd Valley Trustees To Convene For Monthly Meeting
(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Healthcare Board of Trustees are scheduled to meet this evening for their monthly meeting. The trustees will hear a medical report from Dr. Mark Stelzer along with a quarterly financial report from Chief Financial Officer Daryl Friedenbach. Administrator Mike Donlin will review the recent patient satisfaction survey from Press Ganey. Donlin will also offer the trustees a general update, as well as an update on the North Addition. The trustees will review and consider approving capital acquisitions. The trustees will review the bids and award a contract for the Emergency Department renovation project.
Floyd Valley To Award Scholarships On Wednesday
(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Healthcare Auxiliary will be awarding two $1,000 scholarships to area students on Wednesday. The presentation will take place at the Willow Creek Golf Club at 10:00 a.m. Floyd Valley Auxiliary awards scholarships each year to students in the Floyd Valley Healthcare service area who are pursuing a health related career.
Applications Now Being Accepted For Steven Musson Scholarship
(Le Mars) -- The Floyd Valley Foundation, along with the Musson family, have announced that they will be accepting applications for the Steven H. Musson Memorial Emergency Services Grant until May 31, 2016. To be eligible, the applicant(s) must reside and actively engage in emergency care in Plymouth County. This can include: paramedic, first responder, or emergency care technician (EMT). The $500 grant must be used for direct expenses related to pursuing an emergency care training including books tuition, classes, transportation, squad trainings and certifications. Interested applicants (individuals or a squad) may obtain an electronic version of the brochure including application information from the Floyd Valley Healthcare website at FloydValley.org under Foundation and Giving.
The Steven H. Musson Emergency Services Endowment was established in 2003 by the Musson family to recognize and honor of Steve for his passion for emergency care. Floyd Valley Healthcare recognizes and appreciates the 27 years of steadfast duty, organization, and care he gave. Steve helped start the Le Mars Ambulance service in 1975 and served as co-director until his death in 2002. He also served on the Floyd Valley Hospital Board of Trustees and was instrumental in the decision to expand the Outpatient and Emergency Departments, a vision that was completed in the fall of 2004.
Vehicle Hits Des Moines Fire Station
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Two people have been injured when the vehicle they were riding in crashed into a Des Moines fire station.
Sgt. Paul Parizek said that police responded to the crash around 5:30 a.m. Sunday. Des Moines Fire Department spokesman Brian O'Keefe said that the vehicle jumped the curb in front of Des Moines Fire Station 4 and crashed into the station's garage doors.
According to Parizek, one passenger was seriously injured and transported to a hospital. He said that the vehicle's driver was taken to a hospital with minor injuries. Police said that a third passenger fled from the scene before officers arrived.
The fire station's garage windows were broken during the incident.
The crash is under investigation, and Parizek said that charges are pending.
Branstad Tells Republicans To Stand Behind Trump
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad says the Republican Party must come together and support Donald Trump's candidacy for president.
The Republican governor said Monday that GOP leaders need to accept that Trump will be the party's nominee for president and work to defeat Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee. He said there's "some time" to mend internal division within the party over whether to support Trump.
Branstad called himself a "team player" in backing Trump, though he admitted he was skeptical when the candidate campaigned ahead of Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses. He credited Trump for being an "unconventional candidate" who appeals to voters.
Branstad said he doesn't agree with everything Trump has said in the past, but he didn't elaborate.