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Wednesday News, May 18th

City Of Le Mars Recipient of “Community of the Year” Award

The City of Le Mars, was the recipient of the “Community of the Year” award at the Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council (SIMPCO) annual meeting of the Council of Officials and Board of Directors held on Thursday, May 12 at the Cardinal Conference Center in South Sioux City, Nebraska.

SIMPCO, the third oldest multi-state council of governments in the nation, was organized as a voluntary association of local governments in 1965 and is guided by a board of directors comprised of city and county-elected officials, representatives of the private sector and stakeholder organizations. SIMPCO collaborates with local governments in long-range strategic and comprehensive planning, community and economic development activities, transportation planning issues, and regional program management.

The City of Le Mars was recognized for continuing as a regional leader in economic and community development and numerous successful city projects.

SIMPCO’s Executive Director, Michelle Bostinelos and SIMPCO’s Economic and Community Development Planner congratulated the City of Le Mars on their outstanding achievements.

Courtesy of Christy Collins

 

Spencer, Iowa Man Catches Fish Worth Hundreds Of Dollars

A Spencer, Iowa man caught a fish in the middle of the night that was worth hundreds of dollars.

Ten "tagged" fish had been released into the Iowa Great Lakes for the annual "Walleye Weekend" fishing tournament back on May 7th and 8th.

The 34-thousand dollars in prize money went unclaimed because no one caught any of the tagged walleye during the tournament -- but a fisherman caught one this past weekend.

Steve Quail of Spencer caught one of the prize fish Sunday night, around 11:30 p.m.

Jeff Thee of the Iowa Great Lakes Chamber of Commerce says Quail gets a cut of the top prize:

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Walleye are abundant in Iowa lakes and rivers, but can be difficult to catch.

The walleye fishing season in Iowa runs from the first Saturday in May through February 14th.

 

I-29 NEBRASKA ST. EXIT TO PERMANENTLY CLOSE

DRIVERS LOOKING TO GET TO THE DOWNTOWN SIOUX CITY AREA OFF OF INTERSTATE 29 ARE LOSING AN EXIT THEY’VE BEEN USING FOR DECADES.

THE SOUTHBOUND I-29 EXIT ONTO NEBRASKA STREET WILL BE PERMANENTLY CLOSED NEXT MONDAY AT 8AM.

MOTORISTS WILL HAVE TO USE EITHER EXIT 147 AT FLOYD BOULEVARD OR EXIT 149 AT HAMILTON BOULEVARD WHILE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW INTERSTATE EXIT AT VIRGINIA STREET IS UNDERWAY.

 

Mouw Sentenced To Prison In Drug Related Death

A Sioux City teenager has been sentenced to prison in the 2015 drug related death of a Sioux City high school student.

18 year old Rose Mouw pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and delivery of a controlled substance.

As part of the plea agreement, Mouw was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Mouw admitted to selling synthetic marijuana to Austin McCloud, who was a senior at West High School.

He died in April of 2015 after smoking the drug, which is also known as K-2.

 

 


   

Tuesday Afternoon News, May 17th

City Of Le Mars Recipient of “Community of the Year” Award

The City of Le Mars, was the recipient of the “Community of the Year” award at the Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council (SIMPCO) annual meeting of the Council of Officials and Board of Directors held on Thursday, May 12 at the Cardinal Conference Center in South Sioux City, Nebraska.

SIMPCO, the third oldest multi-state council of governments in the nation, was organized as a voluntary association of local governments in 1965 and is guided by a board of directors comprised of city and county-elected officials, representatives of the private sector and stakeholder organizations. SIMPCO collaborates with local governments in long-range strategic and comprehensive planning, community and economic development activities, transportation planning issues, and regional program management.

The City of Le Mars was recognized for continuing as a regional leader in economic and community development and numerous successful city projects.

SIMPCO’s Executive Director, Michelle Bostinelos and SIMPCO’s Economic and Community Development Planner congratulated the City of Le Mars on their outstanding achievements.

Courtesy of Christy Collins

 

 

 

Teenager Charged With Sexual Exploitation Of A Minor

On Friday, May 13, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office charged a 16 year old male from Boyden, IA with Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.

The charge stems from an investigation which began on April 22, 2016 by the Sheriff’s Office. The Boyden‐Hull Jr/Sr High School, in Hull, IA reported that the juvenile, who is a student there, was found to be in possession of several inappropriate pictures of a juvenile female.

Upon further investigation the Sheriff’s Office discovered that the juvenile female victim resides in New Mexico and the photos of her were kept by the student on a school computer.

The Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer assisted in the investigation.

 

 

Open House At Floyd Valley Healthcare On Wednesday

(Le Mars) -- Construction is now completed on the new north addition of the Floyd Valley Healthcare facility, and as a way to help celebrate the opening of the new clinic and surgical unit, Floyd Valley is inviting the public to attend an open house scheduled for Wednesday, May 18th.  Floyd Valley Administrator Mike Donlin says the public can view the facilities late Wednesday afternoon and early evening.

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Donlin says there are still some things that need to be finished with the new addition, but for the most part the news addition is ready for business.

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The Floyd Valley Administrator offers some advice as to where people should park and enter the new structure.

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The Floyd Valley Family Clinic opened its doors on May 2nd, and Donlin says he has heard nothing but positive comments.

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Donlin says the first surgery to take place in the new facilities may take place sometime in mid-June.

 

 

Iowa's Governor Says Transgender Bathroom Use Should Be Left To Local Schools

Governor Terry Branstad says the federal government has no business telling school officials how to make accommodations for transgender students.

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An Iowa law signed in 2007 by former Iowa Governor Chet Culver to address bullying in schools prohibits discrimination based on gender identity. This past week the Obama Administration put ALL U.S. schools on notice that they must let students use restrooms and locker rooms associated with their gender identity.

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Branstad calls that "overreach."

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The directive came in response to North Carolina's law that requires individuals to use public restrooms that correspond with the sex listed on their birth certificate.

 

 

 

 

 

   

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