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Chistie Vilsack Visits LeMars

(LeMars) -- Congressional Democratic candidate and former First Lady of Iowa, Christie Vilsack was in LeMars this morning getting a tour of some of the economic development projects within the area.  Vilsack met with Floyd Valley Hospital Administrator, Mike Donlin and LeMars Business Industry Corporation Executive Director Neil Adler, and Mainstreet Coordinator, Mary Reynolds.  Vilsack toured the new dialysis center, and later was given a tour through the LeMars Industrial Park.  Vilsack is promoting her idea for stimulating the economy of rural Iowa communities by promoting her Vision 20/20 plan.  Vilsack says the idea is to help build a deteriorating infrastructure system.  

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Vilsack says it would consists of major projects that would use at least $20 million dollars, such as highways, short rail lines, bridges, and other infrastructure projects.  She says this is needed to help keep Iowa and its small rural communities competitive.

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Vilsack says the other part of Vision 20/20 would be to see at least 20 percent of the federal funding that is allocated to Iowa be spent on rural-based projects.

 

(LeMars) -- The LeMars Community School District has announced its employee of the month.  This month the honor goes to Bev Heemstra.  Heemstra is a teacher associate at Clark Elementary.  Heemstra has worked with the LeMars Community School District for eight years. Tonya Schroeder submitted the nomination.  Schroeder writes: "Bev has been one of educational assistants in the preschool room for almost 8 years.  Her loyality and dedication to the pre-schoolers, as well as to me, the head teacher, is above and beyond what you would expect from an educational assistant.  She always tries to keep a positive attitude and does what is in the best interest of the students with the many changes the pre-school room has undergone.  Bev has always wanted to know what she can do to make things run smoothly.  She stays on top of the changes and voluntarily sees work and completes it on her own.  Bev is a hard working, dedicated, compassionate worker, who is an amazing co-worker and friend.  Congratulations to Bev Heemstra as being selected the School District Employee of the Month.

 


(LeMars) -- LeMars city officials have announced that city hall and all city offices will be closed on Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

 

(LeMars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital is teaming up with Joba's to present "Jingle With Joba's".  The event is scheduled for Thursday, November 17th at 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  The  holiday season can be a stressful time when it comes to decorating.  You can learn fast and easy tips to transform your home from season to season.  Experts will teach tips for creating personalized gift baskets, holiday and everyday home decor, and great gift ideas.  You can enjoy warm cider and gourmet holiday treats while learning some great holiday decorating ideas.

 

POCAHONTAS, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say they are continuing to investigate a house fire that killed a rural Pocahontas woman last week but believe it was caused by a grass fire the homeowner had
started earlier in the day.
      77-year-old Teresa Sefcik died after she was pulled from her burning home last Friday.
     Authorities say the house was engulfed in flames and Sefcik was trapped inside.
     The house was destroyed.
    

 IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Dozens of people sickened after eating salmonella-tainted eggs will receive compensation in the first wave of legal settlements with the Iowa egg producer blamed for last
year's outbreak.
     Wright County Egg reached financial settlements with roughly 40 salmonella victims represented by Seattle attorney Bill Marler during a September mediation conference in Minneapolis.
     While the settlements are confidential, details of three became public last week when a federal judge in Iowa approved deals totaling $366,000 for children from Texas, California and Iowa who
were hospitalized after becoming sick. The largest payment of $250,000 went to the family of a 3-year-old boy who collapsed and had to spend a week in the hospital.
     Federal officials say at least 1,900 people were sickened during the outbreak that started in July 2010.

 

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Police are questioning two students after a small, apparently homemade device exploded outside East High School in Des Moines.
     School District spokesman Phil Roeder (RAY'-duhr) says the small blast took place on a sidewalk about 7:40 a.m. Wednesday, just as classes began. No one was injured and no property was damaged.
     He says police told him the homemade device contained gunpowder. He had no further details.
     Roeder says staff members outside the school heard the small explosion and saw four students running away. Roeder says the staff members caught the students and that police are questioning two of them.
     Roeder says the staff members said the blast sounded similar to a car backfiring.
    

   

Fire Destroys Interior of LeMars Home

(LeMars) -- The LeMars Fire Department responded to a house fire Tuesday afternoon at 510 4th Street SE.  The house is owned by Betty Kommes, and is a single story ranch style home.  Upon arrival, fire officials witnessed heavy smoke showing from sveral attic vents and the first floor windows.  Firefighters made an agrressive interior attack on the fire entering through a single stall attached garage.  Fire officials entered the attic of the home in the garage and were met by heavy heat and fire.  Fire fighters slowed the fire in the attic and then entered the main floor of the home through a walk-in door in the garage that leads to the kitchen.  Fire fighters were able to extinguish the flames in the kitchen.  The home received smoke damage throughout the structure and heavy fire damage in the kitchen and the attic.  The LeMars Fire Department were on the scene for three hours.  An investigation into the origin and cause of the fire determined to be in the kitchen of the home on the main floor. The cause was accidental and it was determined the stove was left on and ignited some combustibles.  The fire spread from the top of the stove and into the attic of the home above the kitchen.  The fire was reported by a neighbor as Kommes was not home at the time.  There were no injuries.  Damage is estimated to be over $90,000.


(Merrill) -- The Iowa Department of Transportation will hold a public information meeting on Tuesday, November 29th to discuss the proposed improvement of U-S Highway 75 through Merrill from the Burlington-Northern Railroad property north to the West Branch of the Floyd River.  The public is invited to attend the meeting anytime between 5 and 7 p.m. at the Merrill City hall at 608 Main Street.  The public information meeting will be conducted utilizing an open forum format.  No formal presentation will be made.  Iowa Department of Transportation officials will be on hand to discuss the project informally.


(LeMars) -- Democratic contender for the new Iowa Fourth Congressional District, Christie Vilsack is scheduled to be in LeMars today for an economic tour.  Vilsack is seeking the Congressional seat now held by Republican Steve King. 


(LeMars) -- Congressman Steve King has announced that he will hold a town hall meeting scheduled for Monday, November 21st.  The town hall meeting is open to the public and will be held at the Good Samaritan Society LeMars Senior Care Center.  The event is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m.  The Good Samaritan Society of LeMars is located at 1140 Lincoln Street Northeast on Highway 3 east.


(LeMars) -- LeMars city officials have announced that city hall and all city offices will be closed on Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

 

(LeMars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital is teaming up with Joba's to present "Jingle With Joba's".  The event is scheduled for Thursday, November 17th at 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  The  holiday season can be a stressful time when it comes to decorating.  You can learn fast and easy tips to transform your home from season to season.  Experts will teach tips for creating personalized gift baskets, holiday and everyday home decor, and great gift ideas.  You can enjoy warm cider and gourmet holiday treats while learning some great holiday decorating ideas.

 

(LeMars) -- The LeMars Community School District has announced its employee of the month.  This month the honor goes to Bev Heemstra.  Heemstra is a teacher associate at Clark Elementary.  Heemstra has worked with the LeMars Community School District for eight years. Tonya Schroeder submitted the nomination.  Schroeder writes: "Bev has been one of educational assistants in the preschool room for almost 8 years.  Her loyality and dedication to the pre-schoolers, as well as to me, the head teacher, is above and beyond what you would expect from an educational assistant.  She always tries to keep a positive attitude and does what is in the best interest of the students with the many changes the pre-school room has undergone.  Bev has always wanted to know what she can do to make things run smoothly.  She stays on top of the changes and voluntarily sees work and completes it on her own.  Bev is a hard working, dedicated, compassionate worker, who is an amazing co-worker and friend.  Congratulations to Bev Heemstra as being selected the School District Employee of the Month.

 

 

   

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