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Tuesday News, June 19th

Supervisors To Discuss Repairs of Courthouse Building

(Le Mars) -- When the County Board of Supervisors meet this morning, the condition of the courthouse building will be a part of their discussion.  The supervisors will review and request for proposal a plan to help repair the morter and the facade of the courthouse building.   Other action the supervisors will discuss will be a letter of support for the Northwest Iowa Development for application to establish a Foreign Trade Grant of Authority at the U-S Department of Commerce.  The supervisors will also review a contract for auditing services with Williams and Company.  The supervisors will hear from Conservation Director, Dennis Sohl as well as from Sharon Nieman, the Plymouth County CPC and General Relief Director.

 

City Council To Hold Hearing on Floyd Valley Hospital Loan Application

(Le Mars) --The Le Mars City Council has a full agenda for today's meeting.  The city council will hold a public hearing regarding Floyd Valley Hospital's loan application from the U-S Department of Agriculture's Rural Development for a possible expansion project.  The city council is expected to act on the Willow Run Development regarding a new sewer system for the housing development.  In other action, the city council will act upon a request from Gehlen Catholic school and St. Joseph's church for a sidewalk project.

(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital is scheduled to unviel its plan for a possible expansion to its facilities,during Tuesday's Le Mars City Council meeting.  Hospital Administrator Mike Donlin explains the two paths that Floyd Valley is pursuing.   

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Floyd Valley Hospital Board of Trustees have not yet formally voted to approve the measure, but Donlin says the city council will have to sign off on the loan application.

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Donlin says if the loan application is approved, it would be for $15.8 million, or roughly two-thirds the total cost of the expansion project.  Donlin says surgery units, as well as other medical facilities would be a part of the expansion project.

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Donlin says the board of trustees may vote on the expansion project sometime later this summer.

 

Fatal Car Accident Near Holstein

HOLSTEIN, Iowa (AP) - Two people have died in a fiery crash about two miles east of Holstein in northwest Iowa.
     Authorities say the two people were in a car that had stopped about 1:25 p.m. Monday at a construction site on U.S. Highway 20 to wait for a pilot vehicle. The car was hit from behind by a
semitrailer and pushed into the back of semitrailer that had stopped in front of the car.
     Authorities say the two people were trapped inside as the car burst into flames.
     Their names have not been released.
     The Iowa State Patrol says the crash is being investigated.

 

Two Alta Men Charged With Assault

(Storm Lake) -- The Buena Vista County Sheriff's Department is investigating a report of an assault that happen over the weekend near Newell.  The assailants used baseball bats to assault a male victim.  The victim was transported to the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center for treatment.  Two suspects have been placed in the custody of the Buena Vista County jail.  They include: 25 year old Eric Evers of Alta and Kyle Konradi, also 25 years of age and from Alta.  Evers has been charged with assault with intent to commit serious injury and criminal mischief in the 3rd degree.  Evers was also wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant for two counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Konradi was charged with assault with intent to commit serious injury and trespassing.  No name has been given on the victim.

 

Iowa Is Still Dry -- Despite Rain

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa has received some much-needed rain but the state is still dry.
     The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in Monday's weekly report that Iowa received an average of 1.5 inches of rain last week. That's above the normal of about 1.2 inches. Even so, more
than half the topsoil and subsoil remains dry.
     The USDA says 67 percent of the corn crop, which is beginning to silk, is in good or excellent condition. That's the same as last week.
     Soybeans, which are starting to bloom, are rated 61 percent good to excellent. That's down from 62 percent a week ago.
     More than half the state's pastures and range land are in poor or fair condition. However, stress on livestock is minimal with no issues reported.
    

 

 




   

Monday news, June 18

Floyd Valley Hospital To Unviel Expansion Plans to City Council

(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital is scheduled to unviel its plan for a possible expansion to its facilities,during Tuesday's Le Mars City Council meeting.  Floyd Valley is looking at obtaining a low interest loan from the U-S-D-A's Rural Development in order to help finance the project.  Floyd Valley Hospital Board of Trustees have not yet formally voted to approve the measure, but they have given their permission to ask administration officials to gather facts and a composite drawing from the architech. 

 

Remsen To Have Water Outage

(Remsen) -- The Remsen Municipal Utilities will be scheduling a water outage on Tuesday, June 19th.  Some customers may experience a water outage from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon for the repair of a fire hydrant.  Customers may experience water discoloration for 2-3 days after the water mains are turned back on.  Please refrain from washing whites during that time frame.  If you have questions, you can contact the Remsen utility office at 786-2136.

 

Chamber "Cash Mob" Scheduled for Thursday

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for its first "cash mob" scheduled for Thursday at noon.  Shoppers are asked to gather at the Le Mars Chamber offices with at least $20 in hand.  The Chamber will then select a name of a Chamber business located within the downtown district, and the shoppers are urged to go to that selected business and purchase at least $20 worth of items.  Chamber officials believe the "cash mob" will show support for the business and help the local economy.  Other "cash mobs" will be scheduled during the summer.

Pedersen Honored As Employee of the Month

(Le Mars) -- Speaking about the Le Mars Chamber, Maria Pedersen of Murphy, Collins, and Bixenman law firm has been chosen as the June Chamber Employee of the Month.  Pedersen is coming up on five years employment with Murphy, Collins, and Bixenman.  She is the accounting and payroll manager and is described by her colleages as being hard working, thorough, creative, and conscientious who comes to work each day with a positive attitude, fully capable of handling the many challenges handed to her throughout the day.  The nomination submitted by Patrick Murphy, says of Pedersen "that she will see a job through to its end, all without complaint.  She is a pleasure to work with and throughout her years with Murphy, Collins, and Bixenman, she has always gotten along well with the clientele, the attorneys, and the other employees of the firm."

 

Anderson Comments About Highway 20

(Correctionville) -- We mentioned last week about the plans by the Iowa Department of Transportation to make U-S Highway 20 a four lane road between Moville and Correctionville, and eventually across the state of Iowa.  State Senator Bill Anderson of Pierson was in attendance for the Iowa D-O-T's public unveiling.  He says a four lane Highway 20 will benefit many people.

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Anderson says the completion of Highway 20 is now a priority with the Governor, as well as the state legislature.  He says the concern is coming up with the needed funding, which may include an increase in gasoline taxes.

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The state senator believes a four lane Highway 20 will lead to additional economic development and he points to Iowa Highway 60 as his example.

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Work on the eleven mile stretch of road between Moville and Correctionville is scheduled to begin in 2014 at a cost of $83 million.

 

Two Boats Collide on Des Moines River - One Dead

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A collision between two boats on the Des Moines River left one dead and at least two others injured.
     Kevin Baskins, spokesman for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, says the crash happened before 7 p.m. Sunday on the river near the Birdland Marina area. That's located just downriver
from downtown Des Moines.
     The DNR didn't release the names of those involved and didn't provide details about the accident.
     The DNR was investigating the crash Sunday night.

 

Accident on Highway 30 Claims 2 Lives

BOONE, Iowa (AP) - Two people were killed in a weekend crash on U.S. Highway 30 in central Iowa.
     The Nebraska State Patrol says 77-year-old Dorothy Peter and 80-year-old Delbert Peter, both of Boone, died from injuries sustained in the crash shortly after 3 p.m. Saturday.
     An accident report says 15-year-old Daniel Peter of Ames was driving an SUV west and changing lanes to make a left turn. It says a Hummer Limo driven by John Barker Junior of Des Moines "came
into contact" with the SUV.
     Peter's SUV went off the road and rolled, ejecting one of the passengers. The limo came to rest in the median.
     Two other people, 28-year-old Danielle Snook of Davenport and 24-year-old Loyd Hise of Guthrie Center were taken to a Des Moines hospital.
     Authorities are still investigating.

 


     

  

   

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