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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.



   

Friday Afternoon News, January 18

Living Healthy Wellness Challenge Falling Short of Registration Goal

(Le Mars) -- Living Healthy is the goal...and the ten-week wellness challenge is the means to achieve the goal.  You may recall, a local effort to get Plymouth County residents living healthy is under way.  Kari Daale with Floyd Valley Hospital says the goal is to have nearly 2300 county residents participate, although so far, registrations have been slow to come in.

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The ten-week Living Healthy Iowa Challenge begins on January 28th.  Daale says there are many reasons why a person should consider participating in the wellness program.

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Daale encourages people to get involved with the ten-week wellness challenge and to encourage a friend to participate with you.

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Registration is just $20, but with a coupon from Hy-Vee, the cost is $15.  For that, participants will receive a t-shirt, information about eating right and simple exercises, along with a year's subscription to one of six popular magazines.  Daale reminds people when they register to use the Plymouth County code which is LHIPLYCO.  For more information about the Living Healthy Wellness Challenge you can visit the Le Mars YMCA, Plymouth County Extension, or the Floyd Valley Hospital, or go online at www.livinghealthyiowa.org.

 

Judy Zeka Selected As School District Employee of the Month

(Le Mars) -- Earlier this week, the Le Mars Community School District honored Judy Zeka as the January employee of the month.  Zeka has been a teacher of English and Language Arts at Le Mars Community for more than 11 years.  According to the nomination as submitted by Doug Martin and Mark Zeka, Judy successfully accommodates the needs of the various learners, modifying and differentiating as needed.  She is very successful at differentiating her lessons so that all levels of students are successful in her class.  She helped organize and lead the Support Siouxland Soldiers food drive at Le Mars Community, in which $800 was raised along with collection of thousands of items that were donated to both deployed military and veterans to help improve their deployment time, and way of life after their service is completed.  Our congratulations to Judy Zeka for being named the Le Mars Community School District's employee of the month.


Branstad Doesn't Expect Changes To State Gun Laws

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad says he doesn't expect to see any significant changes to Iowa's gun laws.
Speaking Friday during a taping of the public television program, "Iowa Press," Branstad stressed his support of the second amendment. He says violence in schools would be addressed
through anti-bullying programs and his effort to reform the state's mental health system.
President Barack Obama this week proposed a major overhaul of the nation's gun laws, including renewing a ban on assault weapons, limiting high-capacity ammunition magazines and requiring
background checks for all gun buyers. His proposal came after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults last month at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.


Ice May Have Played A Role In Medical Helicopter's Crash

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - A preliminary federal report suggests that icy conditions will be among the factors checked by investigators trying to determine what caused the fatal crash of a
medical helicopter in northern Iowa.
The report released Wednesday didn't include any conclusion about the crash cause. The pilot and two others on board died the night of Jan. 2.
The helicopter had been headed to Emmetsburg, about 80 miles west of Mason City, to pick up a patient when it slammed into the ground just north of Ventura about 9 p.m. The report says several
witnesses mentioned icy conditions at the time.
The three victims were identified as nurse Shelly Lair-Langenbau, paramedic Russell Piehl and pilot Gene Grell.
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Iowa's Unemployment Remains Unchanged

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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