Wednesday News, September 2
Retired Veterinarian Chooses To Run For State House Seat
(Le Mars) -- A retired veterinarian has announced his candidacy for the state House seat being vacated by Chuck Soderberg. Dr. Chuck Holz of Le Mars is seeking nomination for the 5th district state representative. Holz, a long-time republican, was a veterinarian at the Le Mars Veterinary Clinic for 38 years. He is also a past school board director with the Le Mars Community School District, having served for 18 years. Holz says he felt the timing was right for him to pursue the position of state lawmaker.
Holz says he is interested in agriculture and education, and hopes he will be able to apply his experience in both areas with work at the state capital.
The former veterinarian and school board director says he understands the dilemna of providing adequate funding for the state's public schools, but he says everyone needs to be fiscally responsible, adding he agrees with Governor Branstad for vetoing the one-time allocation of $55 million as reached in a compromise by the state legislature.
As of this time, Governor Branstad has not yet set a date for a special election. Dr. Chuck Holz is the only candidate to announce an interest in the 5th district state legislature position.
Ihrke Decides Not To Seek Re-election
(Le Mars) -- On the topic of elected officials, Le Mars City Council woman Delanna Ihrke made the announcement at Tuesday's city council meeting that she intends to step down at the conclusion of her term. Ihrke says she favors term limits and she has served two terms on the city council.
Fire Department Reponds To 28 Calls In August
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department responded to a total of 28 calls during the month of August. Five of those calls were for fires, eight rescue calls, eight calls were for inspections or accident clean ups, and seven calls for requests for services. Fire Chief Dave Schipper reports that Le Mars held an annual pump testing for each of the fire trucks, and all trucks passed the tests without issues.
KC Phone-A-Thon Takes Place Today
(Le Mars) -- The annual K-C Phonathon is scheduled for Wednesday. Proceeds help benefit the Life Skills Training Center based in Le Mars. Shelly Thomson, Marketing Development Coordinator says the money raised helps with Life Skills' expenses.
Solar Conference Scheduled For Today
(Le Mars) -- Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, along with the U-S Department of Agriculture Rural Development, will host a conference on Wednesday dealing with solar energy. Ann Schoenrock, Plymouth County Extension co-program coordinator says the conference will appeal to nearly everyone.
Plymouth County Farm Families Honored For Having Century Farms
(Des Moines) -- Four Plymouth County farm families were recognized during a ceremony at the Iowa State Fair for owning a century farm. A century farm is defined as a farm that has been owned by the same family for at least one hundred years. Receiving recognition were the Gary and Twila DeRocher of rural Merrill. Their farm, located at 19805 270th Street was founded in 1896. Aaron and Rebecca Easton's farm of rural Remsen was first settled in 1880. JoAnn Easton was also recognized at the Iowa State Fair. She is the owner of two century farms, the first, began farming operations in 1880, and the second started in 1888. John Hamilton's farm was also recognized as a century farm. The farm, located at 22207 Otter Avenue of Le Mars was started in 1901.