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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.

 


     

  

   

Saturday News, June 16

Ice Cream Days Offers Several Events For Final Day

(Le Mars) -- This is the final day for Ice Cream Days, but there are plenty of events to attend, beginning with the big parade.  Brad Pick, the Ice Cream Days committee member explains.

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If you enjoy the smell of ribs being cooked, then Pick suggests you follow your nose to the Olson Cultural Events Center.


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You may also want to take a stroll to the Floyd West Park and watch some golf...frisbee golf that is..

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The Ice Cream Committee official rounds out the other events scheduled for today.
 

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Hawarden Man Arrested On Drug Possession

(Le Mars) -- A 26 year old Hawarden man has been arrested and placed in the Plymouth County jail on drug charges following a traffic stop.  Plymouth County sheriff's deputies stopped a vehicle at the junction of Highway 3 and county road K-22 on Thrusday evening.  Jerry Langley was found to be in possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.  He was placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance for the 3rd offense.

 

Sioux Center Man Charged With Identity Fraud

(Orange City) -- Sioux County officials have arrested a 53 year old Sioux Center man for identity fraud.  Jose Benjamin Rivera-Diaz was arrested following a complaint received by the Sioux County Sheriff's office through its "Text-A-Tip" program.  During the investigation, deputies found that Rivera-Diaz was using fradulent information to gain employment at Kooima Company in Rock Valley.

Public Safety Commissioner Retires

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Larry Noble is retiring as commissioner of the Iowa Department of Public Safety.
     Gov. Terry Branstad accepted Noble's resignation on Friday, effective July 5. Branstad announced Noble's appointment prior to taking office in January 2011.
     Noble says he's retiring so he can spend more time with his family.
     Noble is a former Republican state senator from Ankeny and a retired Iowa State Patrol trooper. He also worked in the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.
     Branstad has named the department's executive officer, Steve Ponsetto, as interim commissioner.

 

Iowa's Unemployment Holds Steady

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's unemployment rate is holding steady, despite the loss of more than 3,000 jobs.
     State labor officials say May's jobless rate was at 5.1 percent, unchanged from April. A year ago, the unemployment rate was 6 percent.
     The state lost 3,300 jobs in total nonfarm employment last month, primarily in professional and business services and trade and transportation. The biggest gain, at 1,200 jobs, was in the
leisure and hospitality sector.
     The number of unemployed people in Iowa was estimated at 85,200 in May. That's up from 85,000 in April. A year ago, there were over 99,000 unemployed in Iowa.
     The national jobless rate rose slightly in May to 8.2 percent from 8.1 percent in April.

 

Whooping Cough In Linn County

 CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Whooping cough is on the rise in Linn County.
     The Gazette in Cedar Rapids reports the public health department has reported more than 50 new cases since May 1st. Most are middle school aged children.
     Whooping cough, or pertussis, spreads through the air when an infected person coughs. The cough can worsen over several weeks before developing into uncontrollable coughing spells.
     Whooping cough is a preventable infection through vaccination. Linn County health officials are asking residents to double check with their doctors to make sure they are up-to-date on vaccinations.

     
    


   

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