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Focus on District 5 Candidates


(Le Mars) -- We focus on the candidates with the race for County Supervisor representing District 5.  Jim Henrich of Akron is the incumbant candidate, seeking a third term as a supervisor.  Henrich is a former teacher of the Akron-Westfield school district, as well as a former Akron city council member.  He is also a farmer.  Dan Smith of Merrill is a contractor by trade.  He is a former member of the Le Mars Community School Board, a former member of the Merrill City Council, and a former director of Life Skills Training Center.
Henrich points to his experience as a supervisor for reason for re-election.  He says that under his direction as chairman of the board of supervisors, the group of supervisors have been able to work within a tight budget, lower taxes, cut expenses, save money, and expand facilities during a time when there wasn't a lot of extra available funds.

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Smith says supervisors need to work with many groups within the county and he sees a need for some changes.

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The Local Options Sales Tax was implemented to help pay for the law enforcement center, but it has also provided funds for several Plymouth County communities and organizations.  In nearly three years time, Plymouth County voters will decide whether or not the Local Options Sales Tax should continue.  Smith says he favors the program, and would like to see it help reduce property taxes.

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Henrich says the Local Options Sales Tax is a good program because everyone contributes and everyone benefits.

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We have discussed the virtues and the criticisms of the Tax Increment Financing Program with other supervisor candidates.  TIF has been utilized in Plymouth County, primarily to help the Plymouth County Ethanol at Merrill.  Henrich says the program, if used correctly, can help with economic development.

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Road repair and the funding of road repair is always a concern for any county government board member.  Smith says the county needs to establish priorities when it comes time to address road repairs.

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Smith also has a goal to have at least some of the supervisor meeting scheduled in the evening so daytime workers will have the opportunity to address the supervisors without having to miss work.  

   

Monday News, June 4

Hinton Barn Fire

(Hinton) -- Hinton Fire Department responded to a barn fire last evening at about 7:00 p.m.  The fire was located at 19329 310th Street.  Little is known at this time about the extent of damage, but fire officials were on the scene for approximately an hour and a half.

 

Last Day for Campaign Before Primary Election

(Le Mars) -- Today is the last day for candidates to campaign before tomorrow's primary election.  In Plymouth County, there are four major races.  The office of sheriff, and Districts 2,3,and 5 for the County Board of Supervisors.  Polls will open at 7:00 a.m. and will remain open until 9:00 p.m.  Absentee voters can still cast their vote at the county Auditor's office today.  Plus absentee ballots that were mailed are to be returned to the county Auditor's office by tomorrow.  Voters wishing to mail their ballots, need to have them mailed by today (Monday) in order to be eligible.  KLEM will have the results of the primary election following the close of the polls.  We will also have the results posted to our website.

Hospers Man Charged With Domestic Assault

(Orange City) -- Sioux County Sheriff's authorities have placed a Hospers man under arrest for domestic assault charges.  53 year old James Van Ommeren was charged after an investigation of a domestic disturbance on Sunday at about 6:40 p.m.  Van Ommeren allegedly assaulted a family member.  He was arrested for domestic assault, a serious misdemeanor and child endangerment, an aggravated misdemeanor.

 

Farmers Still Dealing With Tons of Sand After Missouri River Flooding

MISSOURI VALLEY, Iowa (AP) - Hundreds of farmers in Iowa and Nebraska are still struggling to remove sand and fill holes gouged by the Missouri River, which swelled last summer with rain and
snowmelt and overflowed onto thousands of acres of farmland.
     While the river flooded parts of Montana, the Dakotas, Kansas and Missouri, the worst damage was in Iowa and Nebraska.
     Iowa farmer Mason Hansen has been working for months to clear his property, but about 160 acres still look like a desert, with sand piled up to 4 feet high.
     The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved more than $20 million in disaster aid to help Iowa and Nebraska farmers with the cost of moving sand, grading land and filling holes. But most
farmers say that will cover only part of their costs.

 

Fort Dodge Man Arrested for Suspicion of Arson


FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - A Fort Dodge man has been arrested on suspicion of setting fire to a woman's apartment.
     Fort Dodge police say a woman flagged down an officer about 3:30 a.m. Saturday to report a fire in her apartment. The officer started to evacuate residents from the building as firefighters were summoned.
     Police say 20-year-old David Peck went to the department Saturday evening and asked to speak with investigators. He was then arrested on suspicion of first-degree arson and placed in the
Webster County jail.

White House Sends Vegetables to Ames Students

 AMES, Iowa (AP) - Students at an Ames elementary school have gotten a little green from the White House.
     Five students from Mitchell Elementary School traveled to Washington, D.C., in March to help First Lady Michelle Obama plant vegetables in the White House garden. On Thursday, a mystery box
arrived at the school for the students.
     The Ames Tribune newspaper reports that the students opened the box Saturday. Inside were several varieties of green vegetables - broccoli, peas, lettuce and onions - from the White House garden.
The package also contained a chef's hat, a recipe for broccoli soup and note from some students who helped harvest the vegetables.
     The garden project is part of Obama's initiative to combat childhood obesity.

Johnson Calls It Quits For Gymnastics

 WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa gymnast Shawn Johnson is retiring, announcing yesterday that she's ending her attempts to compete in a second Olympic Games because of a lingering knee
injury. The Olympic gold medalist and 2007 world champion announced her retirement yesterday, four days before the start of the U.S. gymnastics championships. The 20-year-old from West Des Moines says she worries about long-term damage to her left knee if she continues to compete.

      
    

   

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