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Monday News, January 21

(Hospers) -- A three vehicle accident occurred just north of Hospers yesterday on highway 60, one driver was issued a citation for following a snow plow too closely.
Yesterday morning, the Sioux County Sheriff's Office investigated a motor vehicle accident in which Rodney Olson, age 46, of Paullina, was driving a 2007 International snowplow for the Iowa Department of Transportation. He was traveling southbound on Highway 60, clearing snow from the roadway. Anthony Canoles, age 27, of Sioux City,  was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, also southbound on Highway 60. He was following the snowplow. Dennis Dietzler, age 58, of Edina, MN was driving a 2007 Dodge Caravan southbound on Highway 60 following Canoles’ vehicle. Canoles’ vehicle struck the rear of the snowplow; Dietzler’s vehicle then struck Canoles’ vehicle.
No injuries were reported.
The snowplow sustained $7,000 damage. The Chevrolet received $8,000 damage and the Dodge $5,000
damage.
Canoles was issued a citation for following too close.


The Iowa DOT has the following Safety tips regarding driving while snow plows are working on the roads...
-Don’t crowd the plow. Maintenance vehicles plow far and wide —
sometimes very wide. The front plow extends several feet in front of the
truck and may cross the centerline and shoulders during plowing
operations.
-Don’t tailgate or stop too close behind snowplows. Snowplows are usually
spreading deicing materials from the back of the truck. They may need to
stop or take evasive action to avoid stranded vehicles. If you find yourself
behind a snowplow, stay behind it or use caution when passing.
-Do not pass a plow on the shoulder.
-A snowplow operator’s field of vision is restricted. You may see them, but
they may not see you.

 

(Orange City) -- Most kids have encountered some kind of pornography by the time they're 11

years old. Aaron Baart, Dean of Chapel at Dordt College, says that the best way to handle

the topic of sex and pornography with your kids is to actually talk about it.
Suggestions and support regarding kids and pornography will be offered at the Prairie Winds

Events Center in Orange City this Wednesday as part of the "Circle of Support" series. Aaron

Baart will be the featured speaker.

The fast moving world of technology has a lot to do with the ease of accessibility for

sexually explicit material, but Baart says that there are other contributing factors

including that naivety of parents.

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As a former pastor, and now a chaplain at the college, Baart says he runs into kids in their

late teens who have been dealing with a pornograpahy addiction for 8 to 10 years.  He says

you have to love your kids enough to have the uncomfortable conversations.

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At Wednesday nights Circle of Support Session, Bart says topics surrounding teens and

pornography will range from awareness to action steps.

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The event is open to anyone involved with pre-teens: parents, relatives, teachers, friends,

healthcare workers, youth directors, etc.  The Circle of Support session dealing with

pre-teens/teens and pornography begins at 6:30pm this Wednesday, the 23rd, at the Prairie

Winds Event Center in Orange City. It is sponsored by the Orange City Area Health System,

the MOCHA Kiwanis Club, Community Health Partners, and the Creative Living Center.


Plymouth County Authorities Investigate Accident

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Sheriff's office is investigating a roll-over accident that occurred Friday morning on Iris Avenue and 120th Street.  According to the report, William Schlichte, age 64 of Le Mars rolled through a stop sign on 120th Street then striking a vehicle being driven by 52 year old Jim Vandermolen, also of Le Mars.  The Vandermolen vehicle lost control and entered a ditch where it had rolled over.  Both drivers escaped the accident without injuries.

 

Branstad and State Employee Union Wrangle Over Wages

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Governor Terry Branstad has released his budget proposal, but one key part of the plan remains a question mark.
That's compensation for the roughly 20,000 union represented state workers in Iowa. And the acrimonious tone between Branstad and union officials suggests the current contract talks will not be
easily resolved.
Like many other Republican governors, Branstad wants to win concessions from public sector workers, such as requiring them to pay a portion of their health control costs. Union president Danny
Homan, of Iowa Council 61 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, calls this an attempt to weaken the union.
Given that Iowa has emerged from the recent economic downturn in fiscally robust condition, analysts say Branstad's position seems based on conservative ideology, rather than financial need.


Hazardous Materials Week Being Celebrated

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa emergency management officials want everyone to be more familiar with hazardous materials, how they should be used, stored, and disposed of so they've created a
hazardous materials awareness week.
The week, so designated by Governor Terry Branstad, started Sunday and runs through January 26th.
Brochures and fact sheets about hazardous materials safety are available for download on WWW DOT BeReady DOT Iowa DOT gov.
The Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division also posts updates at his Facebook page and on its Twitter feed throughout the week.
The division leads, coordinates and supports homeland security and emergency management functions in Iowa.

 

Mistake Made With Employee Firings Report

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa officials say they made a mistake in releasing the records of 328 state employees because nearly half of those resigned to avoid being fired.
The Des Moines Register reports the state says 145 of the people included in the initial list of fired employees resigned to avoid having a termination on their record.
Earlier this month, the Register reported that 33 employees who had been fired were later rehired by the state.
Now Governor Terry Branstad and some lawmakers are talking about changing the law to make more disciplinary records of state employees available to the public.
Representative Kevin Koester, an Ankeny Republican, says the public should know when state employees are disciplined or fired because public safety may be on the line when a bad employee is
rehired.

 

Dispute Over Meditation Practices


FAIRFIELD, Iowa (AP) - The followers of a meditation practice that has its roots in ancient India are in a dispute over the control of its teaching.
The feud pits the Iowa nonprofit that has taught transcendental meditation in the U.S. for decades against Thom Knoles, a former associate who left and built his own group of followers.
The outcome could decide whether the Maharishi (mah-hah-ree-shee) Foundation will continue to control the teaching of U.S. transcendental meditation - or whether rivals can market
similar services and benefits without obtaining a license.
The two sides are fighting for customers and to protect their own reputations. With such stakes, the litigation over a technique that supporters say can reduce stress and blood pressure is getting
tense.

 

 

   

Saturday News, January 19th

(Le Mars) -- Week one of the Iowa General Session is now in the books, and State

Representative Chuck Soderberg of Le Mars says it was, for the most part, ceremonial.

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Soderberg has been appointed chairman to the House Appropriations Committee. The committee

is responsible for overseeing all the state's spending.  He says he wants to make certain

his committee will "hold the line."

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The state representative says before such action can be accomphished, both chambers of the

Iowa legislature and Governor Terry Branstad must be in agreement.  As appropriations

chairman, Soderberg says he likes the way Governor Branstad handles the state's finances.

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Soderberg says one item not funded at this time is Allowable Growth for school funding.



Bo-Deans Awarded $7.5 Million from State

(Des Moines) --  The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) board on Friday awarded

financial assistance to nine companies for job creation and expansion projects, including

one company based at Le Mars.  Friday's awards will assist in the creation of 318 jobs and

will result in over $212 million in new capital investment for the state. The board also

approved assistance for six innovation start-up projects.

Governor Terry Branstad says Iowa is continuing to see existing Iowa companies choose to

increase their presence in the state, and that’s a good sign we’re on the right track with

our economic development efforts.

Bo-Deans Wafer Company produces wafers and has been in operation in Le Mars since 2006.  The

company was awarded tax benefits to expand its current facility and install an additional

product line. The $7.5 million capital investment is expected to create 11 jobs.





Special School Board Meeting Monday


(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community Board of Education is calling a special meeting scheduled

for Monday, January 21st. The board will present their counter proposal for wages and

benefits to the Le Mars Teacher Association contract negotiations.  That meeting is

scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m. and will be held at the Le Mars Community Education Services

building.




Jam at the Museum Tonight


(Le Mars) -- Get ready to jam at Jammin January this evening (Saturday) at the Plymouth County

Historical Museum.  This is an opportunity to show off your best dance moves as the museum

is hosting the popular local band, "The Jammers".  John Schneider, president of the

Historical Museum says all the proceeds will help defray expenses.

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Schneider says if you haven't visited the county museum lately, than you haven't seen the

museum.

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In addition to the "main street" display, Schneider says improvements have also been made in

the museum's basement level, where antique agricultural equipment is on display.

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The museum president says improvements have also been made to the model train set that

features landmarks of Plymouth County.  Jammin January will be held at the old Central Gym

and begins at 8:00 p.m. and will continue until 11:00 p.m.  There is a concession stand that

will open at 7:00 p.m.  Admission is just five dollars a person.



DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Women's magazine publisher Meredith
Corp. has cut 60 jobs, half in New York City and seven in Des
Moines. Company spokesman Art Slusark says the remaining layoffs
occurred at other company locations.
The Des Moines-based publisher of Better Homes and Gardens,
Parents and Fitness magazines says the cuts come as it integrates
several companies acquired in recent months. They include
Allrecipes.com, EveryDay with Rachael Ray and FamilyFun brands.
Slusark says the layoffs represent less than 2 percent of the
company's 3,400 workers.
Meredith added about 300 jobs with the acquisitions and to help
it focus on mobile applications, social media, video and other
online products.
Meredith recorded a special charge of $7 million in its second
quarter to realign the businesses.
The company releases second quarter results on Jan. 24.



DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's preliminary unemployment rate was
unchanged in December, matching the 4.9 percent recorded in
November.
Iowa Workforce Development reported Friday that the figure was
seven-tenths of a point under the year-ago figure of 5.6 percent.
Iowa's rate is significantly lower than the national figure of
7.8 percent in December.
Workforce Development says there were 80,000 unemployed Iowans
in December, compared with a revised figure of 80,200 for November.
The figure was 93,400 in December 2011.



   

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