Thursday Afternoon News, April 7
NIPCO Honors Former Executive Vice President
(Le Mars) -- Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative (NIPCO) presented the prestigious “N-Ovation” Award to former Executive Vice President and General Manager Kent Pauling at its 2016 Annual Meeting, held April 5, in Sioux City, IA.
The “N-Ovation Award” recognizes recipients for their years of dedication to NIPCO, the rural electric cooperative industry, a project or innovation, or other reason as identified by the NIPCO Board of Directors. It serves as a symbol of the time, both literally and figuratively, that the recipient has dedicated to the NIPCO organization.
Kent Pauling dedicated a 41-year career to rural electric cooperative generation and transmission service, and has served in several positions within the NIPCO organization, including management of the organization as Executive Vice President and General Manager from 2001 until his retirement in January 2016.
His dedication to the staff and the seven distribution cooperative members of NIPCO was executed through the ideals as set forth in the cooperative principles, NIPCO’s vision, mission, and fundamentals.Kent Pauling was appointed to serve as the NIPCO representative on multiple national, regional, and statewide organizations, and served in this capacity throughout his career at NIPCO.
NIPCO, North West REC, And Woodbury County REC Honored For Economic Development
(Le Mars) -- Iowa’s rural electric cooperatives actively foster and utilize strategic partnerships to make significant contributions to statewide economic sustainability and community vitality. Iowa Area Development Group (IADG) annually recognizes their electric utility members for outstanding commitment, contribution, and participation in business development projects and local community initiatives.
Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative (NIPCO), along with four of its member rural electric distribution cooperatives Nishnabotna Valley REC, North West REC, Western Iowa Power Cooperative, and Woodbury County REC, were recognized with IADG Impact Awards for economic development accomplishments and commitment to their local communities at the NIPCO Annual Meeting held on Tuesday, April 5, in Sioux City. With the success of these development projects, the rural electric cooperatives and municipal electric systems are positively impacting the quality of life and the economy of western Iowa.
NIPCO has been instrumental in numerous development projects and initiatives in western Iowa for many years. In recognition of their leadership and support, the Cooperative was presented with an IADG Impact Award for project development. NIPCO’s project participation includes technical support and lending assistance through their Intermediary Relending Program and Revolving Loan Funds. Recent projects include financing partnerships with Nishnabotna Valley REC for the expansion of Monogram Prepared Meats in rural Shelby County and with North West REC for the Boulders Inn & Suites and Travel Center complex near Holstein.
Members Western Iowa Power Cooperative (WIPCO) and Woodbury County REC also received Impact Awards. WIPCO was recognized for their community development work in providing lending and technical support of the Medically Oriented Gym (MOG) in the Burgess Health Center in Onawa. Member Woodbury County REC also received recognition for providing lending and technical assistance to support construction of the new 4,200 square foot City Hall in Bronson.
Briar Cliff Introduces New President
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Briar Cliff University in Sioux City has a new president.
Hamid Shirvani was introduced Thursday as the private university's new president.
Shirvani is a former college administrator with 36 years of experience in higher education, most recently in California.
He will succeed current president Bev Wharton, who announced in September that she would leave her position at the end of this school year. Wharton has led the school for 15 years.
Shirvani was picked after a nationwide search and will become the 10th president of the university, which has an enrollment of about 1,150.
Waterloo Dealing With Movie Money
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - Waterloo police are having a hard time cracking down on the use of fake $100 bills meant to be props for movies and music videos at local stores.
There have been about a dozen cases in which the fake bills have been used in transactions over the past few months in Waterloo. At least one person has been arrested in connection with the fake money.
Normally, police would track the source of counterfeit money and shut down production. But these fake bills are marked "for motion picture use only," so they're legitimate to sell and process as props.
Although the fake bills look phony, they're still slipping past inattentive clerks.
Nebraska Man Charged With Theft Of A Car Following Long Test Drive
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - A Nebraskan who took a long test drive in a vehicle from an Iowa dealer has been sentenced for theft.
The Daily Nonpareil reports that 28-year-old Michael Detty, of Lincoln, pleaded guilty. He was sentenced Monday to five years in prison.
An arrest affidavit says Detty took a sport utility vehicle from Fleming Motors in Council Bluffs on Jan. 14. He called a couple hours later to say he was going to pick up his father and have lunch. A Fleming salesman asked Detty to bring back the SUV.
The affidavit says the SUV was found four days later in Urbandale, about 115 miles away.