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Thursday News, February 7th

(Le Mars) -- Keeping up with technology is not an easy job, but it's done well by Bruce

Ludwig at Le Mars Community Schools.  That's why Ludwig is this months Employee of the Month

at Le Mars Community. Spanish teacher Gale Horan nominated Ludwig saying that "He is able to

fix most anything and very quickly...He is accomodating as budget allows helping us to be

able to provide the best resources for our students...Our job as educators would be much

more difficult if it were not for all that the Tech Department does for us." Educators met

this morning to honor Bruce Ludwig as the Le Mars Community Schools February Employee of the

month.

 

Plymouth County Attorney now Serving all of Iowa

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Attorney Darren Raymond has recently acquired additional responsibilities.  In addition to serving as the county's legal adviser and prosecuting judicial cases, Raymond has assumed the role of president for the Iowa State Association of counties, or ISAC.   ISAC involves each of the 99 Iowa counties, as well as every department within the county.  Raymond says he was first elected to ISAC's executive board four years ago.  He talks about the role of the organization.

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The organization was first established in 1964, and Raymond says its lobbying service works closely with the board of directors to establish prioritiy issues for the state legislature.

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The county attorney says this year, funding transportation and mental health emerged as the common issues of interests for Iowa counties.

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Raymond says his goal as president of ISAC is to offer additional training sessions for the counties and their leaders.

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After completing his year as president for the statewide county organization, Raymond says he will remain on the executive board of directors as its past chairman.


Decades Dance Raises Money for Remsen St. Mary's this Weekend

(Remsen) -- The fun of Halloween but in February AND it raises money for a good cause.  The annual "Decades Dance" hosted by the Remsen St. Mary's Activity Club is taking place this Saturday, February 9th.  Though the idea was the brainchild of Janice Schorg, Sue Theisen has been in charge of planning the event over the years.  Sue says the dance started out as a 50's and 60's Dance, the 70's were then added, and then well, she figured all decades should be included.

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People dress up in all kinds of different costumes...cartoon characters, musicians, actors, actresses and television show characters. Pretty much anything recognizable from pop-culture is fair game. Sue said that one year her family dressed up as the Beverly Hillbillies and included props like authentic moonshine and a live boa constrictor for Ellie Mae! 

Proceeds from the dance benefit Remsen St. Mary's Activities Club which provides funding for uniforms and other needs at the school.  The Decades Dance isn't just for people from Remsen. Sue says it draws around 300 or so people from many of surrounding towns.

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At this Saturday's Decades Dance, prizes will be awarded for best costume, best lip-sync and best dance.  The night will feature the live band The Troublemakers out of Sioux Falls.

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Tickets are available at the door for the Decades Dance being held at the Avalon Ballroom in Remsen.  Festivities start at 8:30.

 

Priest Casts "Doubt" and Lewis and Clark Translator Makes Appearance...Where?  Cherokee

(Cherokee) -- There are a few interesting events going on in Cherokee this weekend.  Friday is opening night for Cherokee Community Theater's new show "Doubt, A Parable."  "Doubt" focuses around 4 characters including a priest, 2 nuns and the mother of a student at Catholic School.  The priest is accused of sexual misconduct, and as the show unravels the audience is presented with more questions than answers.  "Doubt" was popularized as a movie in 2007 starring Philip Seymour and Meryl Streep.  
The Cherokee Community Theater's production runs this Friday and Saturday at 7:30 with a Sunday matinee at 2 and continues next Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 and is under the direction of Andrew and Pamela Linn.

Also in Cherokee this Saturday at the Sanford Museum, learn about Charles Drouillard: hunter, interpreter and sign talker for Lewis and Clark.  Darrel Draper will be portraying the half French, half Shawnee Indian who helped Lewis and Clark talk to Indians, hunt and generally keep them safe on their expedition.  Admission is free for this event at the Sanford Museum on Saturday and begins at 7:30pm.

 


Interviews Today for Iowa Board of Regents President


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Board of Regents is set to pick

a new president of the University of Northern Iowa. The board will

interview the final two candidates during its meeting today, them will

announce its choice. The finalists are William Ruud, president of

Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, and former Indiana

University-Purdue Fort Wayne chancellor Michael Wartell.

Straight Ticket Voting Could be Going Away

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa lawmakers are considering
legislation that would eliminate the option of voting a straight
party ticket. The measure is up for review today in a state House
committee. If passed, the bill would mean that Iowans could no
longer check one box and select all the candidates from a single
party during elections.

Vegetables for Back Yard Only

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The West Des Moines City Council
may consider a proposal to bar residents from planting vegetables
in their front yards. Iowa State University Extension
horticulturist Richard Jauron says some homes might be too shady
for a backyard garden, but officials must consider the wishes of
all residents. Mayor Steve Gaer has asked staffers to come up with
specific alternatives to a blanket ban.










   

Wednesday Afternoon News, Feb. 6

City Council Discuss Change Of Start Time For Meetings

(Le Mars) -- The start time for Le Mars city council meetings was briefly discussed during the Tuesday city council meeting.  In the past, discussion focused on whether or not the council meetings should start later in the day in order to accommodate constituents wanting to visit and give the opportunity to speak at council meetings.  The council received only one written comment regarding the matter and Mayor Dick Kirchoff shared with the council his opinion regarding the topic.
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Councilman John Rexwinkle informed the council that he has received two additional comments, both advocating a preference of a 12:00 noon start time, so he offered a motion on the topic.
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The city council voted unanimously on the motion keeping the start times for council meetings to remain at 12:00 noon, unless a civic issue justifies otherwise.

 

City Retains Sitzmann Real Estate For City-Owned Property Transactions

(Le Mars) -- In other action taken by the city council, the council approved using the Lance Sitzmann Real Estate Services as the official realitor for city-owned property.  The current contract didn't conclude until March 31st.  Speaking on behalf of the Lance Sitzmann Real Estate was Shane Sitzmann. 
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The Lance Sitzmann Real Estate Services assisted the city in selling many of the former Westmar College facilities including the Mock Memorial Library and Centennial Hall.  In addition, the Lance Sitzmann Real Estate Company was able to sell the former Iowa Department of Transportation Machine Shed located on the north end of Business Highway 75.

 

Voters Approve WITCC Tax Levy

(Sioux City) -- Voters approved the continuation of a tax levy for Western Iowa Technical Community College.  The levy is for a ten-year duration. In Plymouth County, the tally was 171 in favor and 61 voting opposed to the levy.  Woodbury County voters approved the measure with 2144 favoring the levy and 892 voting against the levy.

 

Remsen-Union To Change School Board Elections

(Remsen) -- Residents living in the Remsen-Union school district overwhelmingly passed a measure during a special school election held Tuesday.  At issue, was a proposal to change the method of electing school board directors from specific district representation, to all directors elected from an at-large position.  Voters approved the measure with 72 votes in favor and 30 votes opposed.


Sioux City Woman Charged With Vehicular Homicide

DAKOTA CITY, Neb. (AP) - An Iowa woman has been charged with vehicular homicide for the Nebraska crash deaths of a 57-year-old woman and her 3-year-old granddaughter.
Twenty-seven-year-old Heather Reisdorph, of Sioux City, Iowa, has pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor counts.
Authorities say her vehicle ran into the back of one that was waiting to turn left off U.S. Highway 75/77 south of Dakota City on Jan. 6. The impact pushed the vehicle into oncoming traffic, where
it was struck by another vehicle.
Patricia Oldenburg, of Homer, Neb., and her granddaughter, Regan Coenen, of Sioux City, Iowa, died. Eight-year-old Braden Coenen was injured.
A public phone listing for Reisdorph could not be found. Online court records don't list the name of her attorney.


Debate Continues Over State's Revenue Surplus

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - State lawmakers continue to debate what Iowa should do with surplus budget dollars. Should they put the money into services and programs or give it directly to taxpayers?
A House subcommittee on Wednesday discussed Republican-sponsored legislation that would use the state's surplus funds to provide credits to taxpayers. Rep. Peter Cownie of West Des Moines says
individual taxpayers would get $369 income tax credits. He says the plan would cost over $500 million and calls it the fairest way to deal with the money.
But Democrats and advocates questioned whether this was the best use of state funds, saying it would be better to spend the money on services and infrastructure.
The subcommittee approved the bill. It now goes to the full committee for deliberation.

 

Audit Says U of I Officials Followed Correct Procedures

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An audit says University of Iowa officials properly followed internal policies in handling high-profile sexual harassment allegations against an athletics department official.
The report by the university's internal auditor released Wednesday says the university provost's office was made aware of allegations against associate athletic director Peter Gray on Sept. 25.
The school's sexual misconduct response coordinator was immediately notified as required, and an investigation was launched. Gray was placed on leave Oct. 8.
An investigative report was issued Oct. 24 concluding Gray violated the university's sexual harassment policy by improperly touching students and athletes. The report came 20 days after a
formal complaint was filed, far ahead of a 45-day guideline in UI policy.
The report also found that athletics department officials had received mandatory training on sexual harassment.

 

Mason City Hospital To Get Helicopter

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa has scheduled resumption of medical helicopter service following a fatal crash.
The service was suspended following the crash on 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.
The crash killed flight nurse Shelly Lair-Langenbau, of Hanlontown; paramedic Russell Piehl, of Forest City; and pilot Gene Grell, a native of San Antonio.
Weather permitting, the service will return on Tuesday.

 

   

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