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LBIC Issues Economic Development Report

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County and the city of Le Mars is in a good position to add to the current labor force, according to an economic development report issued by Neil Adler, executive director of the Le Mars Business Inititative Corporation, or LBIC.   Adler submitted a report to both the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors and the Le Mars City Council last week. He says twice as many people commute to Le Mars to work as there are that travel away from Le Mars for work.

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Adler says Le Mars ranks well when compared to other communities across the state.

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Adler says although more workers are coming to Le Mars for employment, the data shows that those workers are aging.

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The LBIC executive says when you look at the six county region compensation, it does show that worker's wages are lower at about $35,000 compared to the state's average of $42,000.  However, he says Plymouth county ranks high with the average employee compensation. Adler also notes that cost of living expenses are generally lower in northwest Iowa.

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Census Survey Shows Iowans Have a Short Commute

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - U.S. Census Bureau data show Iowa's average commute is nearly 6 minutes shorter than the national average.
     The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/JbfYMY ) that the average Iowa commute is 19.1 minutes. That ties the state with Kansas for the seventh-fastest average commute in the country. The national average is 25 minutes.
     The Census Bureau's American Community Survey says North Dakota residents enjoy the nation's shortest average commute: 16.1 minutes.
     The Iowa Transportation Department says Iowan residents travel an average of 11.5 miles to work.
     The census data say Madison County residents have the longest average commute: 29 minutes. Many of them work in the Des Moines area.
     The state's shortest average commute is the 12.3 minutes in Sioux County.
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STEM Hubs Selected

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad says six Iowa universities and colleges will be home to centers that will promote teaching science, technology, engineering and math to students no
matter where they live.
     Branstad says lack of equal opportunity for such programs to all students is hurting the state's ability to retain and attract businesses needing highly skilled workers.
     He says test scores show Iowa students have fallen behind in math and science education.
     The centers called STEM hubs will be located at Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville, University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University, Southwestern Community College in Creston, and
Drake University. The University of Iowa and Kirkwood Community College work together to form the sixth.
     Funding for the offices is included in an education budget bill pending in the Legislature.

 

Flight School Turns in Student

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa flight school tipped off federal regulators that a man hoping to become a commercial pilot falsely inflated his experience to get a license.
     Fahad Nabeel Hussein Al-Daous pleaded guilty Friday to one count of lying to the Federal Aviation Administration.
     He admitted he falsely listed on an application for an instrument-rated license that he had 50 hours of cross-country flight experience that is required. After he passed a ride with an
FAA pilot examiner in Ottumwa, he received the license in May 2011.
     Hussein Al-Daous claimed he'd conducted his flights through Waterloo-based Livingston Aviation. Months later, that company told the FAA that billing records showed he hadn't taken many flights he
claimed.
     Hussein Al-Daous told investigators he planned to use inflated data to get a commercial pilot license.

    


 

 

   

Monday News, May 7, 2012

Van Otterloo to Give Report to Supervisors

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors have a light agenda for this week's meeting scheduled for Tuesday.  Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo is scheduled to offer a report regarding the sheriff's department and the jail.  The supervisors will also hear from county engineer Tom Rohe.

Life Skills To Hold Annual Meeting

(Le Mars) -- Life Skills Training Center, Incorporated will hold its annual meeting next Monday evening at the Presbyterian United Church of Christ.  The general meeting will begin at 7:15 p.m. following a catered meal that starts at 6:30 p.m.  During the meeting, board members will be recognized, as well as foundation board members, volunteers, clients, and staff.  Life Skills will also present the client achievement award.  Reservations are requested, along with notification of attendance no later than today, May 7th by calling Becky Scheitler at 546-9554.

Campers Suffer Injuries After Tree Falls on Tent

  COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Three people have suffered injuries when a tree fell on their tent at Lake Manawa State Park in Council Bluffs.
     The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says 23-year-old Alicia Nichols, 25-year-old Timothy Hiers Junior and 3-year-old Timothy Hiers the Third, all of the Council Bluffs area, were taken to a
hospital after the Sunday morning incident. Details of their injuries weren't immediately available.
     Authorities say the three victims were camping in a tent at the
park when high winds swept through the area about 5 a.m. when the tree fell on the tent.

Iowans Have a Short Commute to Work

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - U.S. Census Bureau data show Iowa's average commute is nearly 6 minutes shorter than the national average.
     The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/JbfYMY ) that the average Iowa commute is 19.1 minutes. That ties the state with Kansas for the seventh-fastest average commute in the country. The national average is 25 minutes.
     The Census Bureau's American Community Survey says North Dakota residents enjoy the nation's shortest average commute: 16.1 minutes.
     The Iowa Transportation Department says Iowa residents travel an average of 11.5 miles to work.
     The census data say Madison County residents have the longest average commute: 29 minutes. Many of them work in the Des Moines area.
     The state's shortest average commute is the 12.3 minutes in Sioux County.
    

Teachers Set Up Memorial on State Capital Grounds

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A new memorial honoring teachers has been installed on the grounds of the Iowa Capitol.
     The display unveiled Saturday is located on the terrace on the northwest corner of the complex. The granite boulder bears the inscription "TEACHER."
     Iowa State Education Association President Chris Bern says the memorial is the first in the state dedicated to teachers. He says Iowa has a history of employing the best teachers, which is evident in the state's graduation rates and student test scores.
     Money for the memorial came from private donations.
    

Legislative Leaders Compromise on Budget Bills

  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa legislative leaders are expressing confidence they can finish their protracted budget talks and end their session this week.
     Many lawmakers left the Statehouse last week because measure weren't coming up for votes. But Republican House Speaker Kraig Paulsen says lawmakers will return Monday to vote on budget bills
following negotiations by legislative leaders.
     Democratic Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal expresses similar optimism, saying lawmakers have made good progress on budgets for health and human services, agriculture and other needs.
     They're also expected to debate proposed property tax bill, a top legislative priority this year.
     Governor Terry Branstad says it's time for lawmakers to act on property taxes, which are rising with land values.
     The Legislature was scheduled to adjourn nearly three weeks ago.

 

U of I President's Husband Gets "Fundraiser" Salary

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The husband of the University of Iowa president will be paid $54,000 this year to attend school fundraisers, although officials who supposedly approved the
position have no recollection of doing so.
     The university says Ken Mason was appointed in 2007 as both a "presidential fundraiser" and a lecturer in the biology department - earning $107,000 a year.
     Sally Mason was hired in June 2007 at an annual salary of $484,000. University spokesman Tom Moore told the Des Moines Register that Ken Mason's hire was part of the negotiations to lure
his wife away from Purdue University.
     Moore says former Board of Regents President Michael Gartner and former Executive Director Gary Steinke agreed to the deal. But both men told the newspaper that they don't remember approving Ken Mason's hire.

Judges Given "Profiles of Courage Award"

    
(Washington) --
Three former judges from the Iowa Supreme Court will receive the Profiles in Courage award as presented by Caroline Kennedy in honor of her father, the late President John F. Kennedy.  The three judges, Marsha Ternus, David Baker, and Michael Streit were outsed from office during the last election following their ruling allowing for same-sex marriages in Iowa.  Kennedy heads up her father's library foundation which promotes his memory and legacy.  Kennedy says the three judges are "interesting and courageous on many levels...Like many of the people who get this award, they don't consider that they are doing anything particularly courageous, they just feel they're doing what's right, they're doing their job."  The award will be presented later today in Boston, Massachuettes.

 
    

   

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