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Wednesday News, October 16

Supervisors Approve Funding For Floyd Valley Hospital

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Supervisors approved a plan to provide up to $400,000 over the
course of a three-year period to help finance the Floyd Valley Hospital's expansion project.
Floyd Valley Hospital Administrator Mike Donlin first appeared before the supervisors a couple of weeks ago to ask if the county would assist with the expansion project. Donlin returned on Tuesday to learn of their decision.  He says the county is funding the hospital expansion project utilizing two revolving accounts from the Local Options Sales Tax fund.

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Donlin says the hospital trustees approved to extend the date for the bid letting.  He says this was done to accomodate more contractors.

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Despite numerous other construction projects within the region, Donlin is confident the hospital project will lure contractors to have competitive bids.

 

County Supervisors Approve Painting Highway Markings

(Le Mars) -- In other action taken by the Plymouth County Supervisors, the county governing
board approved the painting of highway markings for 126 miles of Plymouth County highways. 
The cost runs approximately $770 per mile for a total investment of just short of $100,000.  The supervisors also discussed the Riverbend lake project which involves a
land swap of about 20 acres between the county and Higman Gravel and Sand Company of Akron. 
Chairman Jim Henrich reported that work has begun on the project to convert the once gravel
pit into a county-owned, conservation park managed lake.  According to calculations by
supervisors Don Kass and Craig Anderson, it may be more than 116 days before final
preparations are completed on the long over-due project.  Kass and Anderson believe it may
take a total of 11,200 side dump truck loads of dirt and gravel to be removed from the area.
A few weeks back, the county conservation board approached the supervisors to inquire about
the status of the project that was to have been completed in five years, but is now on its
ninth year.

 

City Council Sets Hearing Date For Hospital Funding

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council also discussed a financing plan for the municipal hospital.  The council approved a hearing date of November 5th regarding loans for the hospital that will not exceed $26 million.

 

First National Bank Becomes Northwest Bank

(Le Mars) -- You may have noticed a name change with what was known as First National Bank. 
As of Monday, the bank is now known as Northwest Bank.   Northwest Financial Corporation,
one of Iowa's largest family-owned bank holding companies announces the merger of two of its
banks, First National Bank with offices in Sioux City, Le Mars, and Sioux Center and
Northwest Bank have been completed.  A news release states the joining of these two
organizations will provide additional products, services, and banking locations to the
entire customer base.  The expanded organization will be one of the 10 largest banks in
Iowa, with $1.3 billion in assets and over $123 million in capital, serving 13 of the 19
counties in northwest Iowa.  The transition will provide the operation with new growth
opportunities, and allow Northwest Bank to increase lending capabilities and provide new
products and services.  The change will also strengthen the bank's ability to re-invest into
its communities and employees. 
Kevin Eekhoff, President of Northwest Bank in Le Mars, says customers will be able to keep
banking the way they always have...maintaining the same account numbers and services.


Woodbury County Jail Renovation To Be Delayed

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Completion of the first phase of a $1.2 million project to
modernize the Woodbury County Jail will be delayed by a couple months because officials want
to install a certain kind of air-duct covers.
Thecounty board on Tuesday approved the new completion date of Jan. 10. That's a delay from the earlier target of Nov. 15.
The extra wait will enable officials to order industrial-grade air-duct covers, which take about four weeks to arrive.
Regina Smith, of RML Architects, says ceiling work can't be completed until the covers
are installed.
The first phase of the project will cost about $688,000. It includes renovations to the
inmate booking area, utility updates and the replacement of cameras and intercoms.
The jail was built in 1987.
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Council Bluffs To Pay $6 Million For Wrongful Conviction Suit

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The city of Council Bluffs will pay $6 million to settle a lawsuit
with two Omaha, Neb., men who sued after the courts concluded they were wrongfully convicted
and imprisoned for 25 years.
Terry Harrington and Curtis McGhee will be paid $2.3 million immediately and the
remainder in six annual payments of more than $528,500. A final payment of just over
$728,500 will be made in July 2020.
The agreement splits the money evenly between the two men in exchange for dismissal of
the lawsuit.
The agreement specifies no admission of fault or liability by any party or implies
wrongdoing.
Details, initially sealed on Friday, were ordered unsealed Tuesday after The Associated
Press filed a freedom of information request under Iowa's open records law.

 

Officials Consider Closing Des Moines Human Rights Office

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Officials are examining the possible effects of essentially closing the Des Moines Human Rights Commission.
Some people say the commission is duplicating work being done by the Iowa Civil Rights
Commission.
The city commission closed or resolved 33 complaints in the fiscal year that ended June 30. The Iowa commission processed 306 complaints from Des Moines over the same period.
Money is an issue, too.
The Des Moines cost per case based on its entire budget was $10,333. The state commission's cost was about $595 per case for nearly 2,200 cases statewide.
Des Moines Human Rights Director Rudy Simms says the per-case cost comparisons include
his commission's other activities, such as community education.
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Gold Star Military Museum To Stay Open

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Gold Star Military Museum at Camp Dodge in Johnston will remain open thanks to volunteers and support from the state.
The Iowa National Guard announced Tuesday the museum, which had been set to close beginning Sunday due to the federal shutdown, would instead remain open.
In a news release, the Guard credited museum volunteers and the backing of Gov. Terry
Branstad, who said at a Monday news conference that he would keep the museum open. Col. Greg
Hapgood says the state will pay a part-time staffer and volunteers will fill in as needed.
The museum is open Mondays through Saturdays.
The museum was established in 1985 and is the only federally recognized repository for military artifacts in Iowa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Tuesday Afternoon News, October 15

Floyd Valley Hospital Passes Audit

(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital Trustees met this morning, and part of their agenda was discussion focused on the hospital's annual audit.  Jim Hingtgen, a certified public accountant with the Denman and Company firm briefed the trustees on the hospital's financial condition.

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According to Hengtgen's calculations and estimates, the hospital is also in a good financial position with regard to the expansion projects.

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Plymouth County Supervisors Approve $400,000 To Floyd Valley Hospital

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Supervisors approved a plan today to provide up to $400,000
over the course of a three-year period to help finance the Floyd Valley Hospital's expansion project.  Floyd Valley Hospital Administrator Mike Donlin first appeared before the supervisors a couple of weeks ago to ask if the county would assist with the expansion project. Donlin returned to today to learn of their decision.  He says the county is funding the hospital expansion project utilizing two revolving accounts from the Local Options Sales Tax fund.

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Donlin says the hospital trustees approved this morning to extend the date for the bid letting.  He says this was done to accommodate more contractors.

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Despite numerous other construction projects within the region, Donlin is confident the hospital project will lure contractors to have competitive bids.

 

County Approves Painting Highway Markings

(Le Mars) -- In other action taken today by the Plymouth County Supervisors, the county governing board approved the painting of highway markings for 126 miles of Plymouth County highways.  The cost runs approximately $770 per mile for a total investment of just short of $100,000.  The supervisors also discussed the Riverbend lake project which involves a land swap of about 20 acres between the county and Higman Gravel and Sand Company of Akron.  Chairman Jim Henrich reported that work has begun on the project to convert the once gravel pit into a county-owned, conservation park managed lake.  According to calculations by supervisors Don Kass and Craig Anderson, it may be more than 116 days before final preparations are completed on the long over-due project.  Kass and Anderson believe it may take a total of 11,200 side dump truck loads of dirt and gravel to be removed from the area.  A few weeks back, the county conservation board approached the supervisors to inquire about the status of the project that was to have been completed in five years, but is now on
its ninth year.

 

School Board Hears Report On Student Enrollment

(Le Mars) -- At last evening's Le Mars Community School Board meeting, board members learned
the total student enrollment for 2013-2014 is holding steady from last year.  Assistant Superintendent, Steve Webner earlier reported to the board that the district thought there would be an increase of nearly 20 students from last year.   School Superintendent Dr. Todd Wendt says the open enrollment numbers had changed, which changed the estimate.

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All total, the Le Mars Community School District has 2,093 students enrolled.

 

Warrants Issued For Former Public Defender

SPENCER, Iowa (AP) - Arrest warrants have been issued for an Iowa attorney once contracted
by the State Public Defenders Office.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says the warrants issued Thursday for
60-year-old Ney McDaniel, of Spencer, are in connection to a July audit that questioned his
billing practices.
The audit identified more than $177,000 of improper disbursement to McDaniel. In one
case, he claimed to have worked 24 hours or more in a single day during 80 days.
The audit shows McDaniel took in $1.1 million from 2005 through March 2011, when his
contract was terminated.
McDaniel has been charged with ongoing criminal conduct, first-degree theft and
first-degree fraudulent practice. A message left for his attorney was not immediately
returned Monday night.


Environmental Protection Commission Rejects Petition

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Environmental Protection Commission has rejected a petition calling on the state to set measurable water standards to clean up Iowa lakes.
The Iowa Environmental Council and the Environmental Law and Policy Center filed the
petition in August saying Iowa's plan for reducing phosphorous and nitrogen that pollute
lakes is inadequate and doesn't meet federal standards.
The petition calls on the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to set standards to
protect 159 of Iowa's publicly owned lakes. The DNR urged the commission to deny the
petition, arguing the department needs time to see how other water quality efforts are
working.
The nine-member commission is responsible for setting water quality standards and
overseeing pollution control efforts.

 

Sarah Palin To Speak At Iowa Faith And Freedom Coalition

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Sarah Palin will visit Iowa next month for a conservative event.
The Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition says the 2008 Republican vice presidential
candidate will speak at its annual banquet in November. Palin served as governor of Alaska
from 2006 through 2009. Since leaving office, she has been a best-selling author, public
speaker and Fox News contributor.
While Palin is appearing at the banquet, Utah Sen. Mike Lee is headlining the program.
The conservative Republican has been vocal in his opposition to President Barack Obama's
health care overhaul.
This is the 13th annual banquet hosted by the coalition. It will be held in Des Moines
on Nov. 9.

 

World Food Prize Recipients Visit University Of Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Three World Food Prize recipients are visiting the University of Iowa to discuss breakthroughs in biotechnology that paved the way for genetically modified crops.
Marc Van Montagu, Mary-Dell Chilton, and Robert Fraley will deliver a public lecture Tuesday in the Old Capitol. Later this week, they'll be honored during a three-day conference in Des Moines.
Van Montagu and Chilton independently developed the technology in the 1980s to stably transfer foreign genes into plants, a discovery that set up a race to develop tools to genetically engineer plants. It allowed other scientists to incorporate genetic traits in plants to better withstand drought, heat and to fight off pests and disease.
Fraley genetically engineered the first herbicide-resistant soybean in 1996.
The World Food Prize Foundation announced their awards in June, igniting controversy.

 

Wrongful Conviction Will Cost Council Bluffs Six Million Dollars

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The city of Council Bluffs will pay $6 million to settle a lawsuit with two Omaha, Neb., men who sued after the courts concluded they were wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for 25 years.
Terry Harrington and Curtis McGhee will be paid $2.3 million immediately and the remainder in six annual payments of more than $528,500. A final payment of just over $728,500 will be made in July 2020.
The agreement splits the money evenly between the two men in exchange for dismissal of the lawsuit.
The agreement specifies no admission of fault or liability by any party or implies wrongdoing.
Details, initially sealed on Friday, were ordered unsealed Tuesday after The Associated Press filed a freedom of information request under Iowa's open records law.

 

Meth Drug Bust Worth One Million Dollars

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - A joint drug task force in Iowa says it has seized more than 15 pounds of methamphetamine worth more than $1 million.
The Tri-County Drug Enforcement Task Force conducts investigations in Black Hawk and Bremer counties. The drug seizures account for cases so far in October.
The  task force seized more than 26 pounds of methamphetamine in the past three months. Its street value is more than $1.8 million.
Authorities have also arrested seven people in October on charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.
The Tri-County Drug Enforcement Task Force formed in 1991.
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