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Akron-Westfield & West Sioux Discuss Superintendent Sharing

(Akron) -- The Akron-Westfield school board and the West Sioux school board held a joint meeting this past week to discuss the feasibility of sharing a school superintendent.  The school districts are exploring the possibility, due to continued declining enrollment.  Larry Williams serves as the interim school superintendent for the Akron-Westfield district.  He says such a move can be both positive and negative for the two communities.

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At this point in the discussion, both districts have concentrated only on the sharing of a superintendent's position.  Williams gave reassurance the talks have not included any athletic sharing, grade sharing or consolidation of the school districts.

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Williams says there are 29 shared agreements within Iowa.  He points to West Sioux and Maurice-Orange City as an example of two districts that are in a shared superintendent agreement. Williams says the two school boards had good questions of each other's districts.
 

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Akron-Westfield has scheduled a public hearing on the matter during their next regularly scheduled school board meeting set for Monday, November 14th, and the West Sioux district will hold its public hearing the following Monday.

 

(Hinton) -- The Hinton and the Merrill Fire Departments were called this afternoon to battle a hay stack that was on fire.  The fire was reported to be at Kestrel Aveune.  Meanwhile, the Akron Fire Department was called to fight two separate grass fires on Friday afternoon.

 

(Orange City) -- The Sioux County Sheriff's department is investigating an early Thursday morning accident that involved two semi-trucks on Highway 60 south of Alton.  Bryan Reynolds, age 54, of Sioux City was driving a semi truck pulling an empty liquid tank trailer.  Scott Hoenke, age 31, of Sidney, Montana was driving a semi truck loaded with cattle.  The two trucks collided at the intersection of Highway 60 and 490th Street.  Reynolds was taken to the Orange City Area Hospital by the Alton ambulance and treated for injuries.  Highway 60 was blocked for three hours because of the accident.  The Alton Fire Department, Alton ambulance, and the Sioux County Sheriff's office responded to that accident.


WORTHINGTON, Minn. (AP) - A grand jury has indicted an Iowa man on a misdemeanor in connection with a fatal boat crash this summer on Lake Okabena.
     Twenty-one-year-old Ted Edward Kruger was indicted Wednesday on one count of operation of personal watercraft that endangers life, limb or safety in connection.
     Kruger, of Sibley, Iowa, was allegedly operating a jet ski July 18 when it collided with a boat, killing passenger Ashley Ann Engel, of Sioux Falls, S.D., and injuring another woman.
    
Kruger appeared in Nobles County court Thursday and requested an evidentiary hearing. He was released on the condition he remain in contact with his attorney and appear at future court hearings.
     The misdemeanor carries a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

 

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) - The state Racing and Gaming Commission has unanimously approved a system allowing Iowa gamblers to bet on horse races by phone or online.
     On a 5 to 0 vote Thursday at a meeting in Johnston, the commission approved rules that would let Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino begin the new system by January. The casino still would
need to reach an agreement with a private vendor and the Iowa horsemen's association.
     The Gazette of Cedar Rapids reports gamblers would need to establish accounts in advance with the Altoona racetrack-casino.
     Commission Administrator Jack Ketterer says the Legislature authorized the system.
     It's a switch from current rules that require people to drive to state-licensed tracks in Altoona, Council Bluffs or Dubuque.

 

 

   

Floyd Valley Trustees Approve Tractor Purchase

(LeMars) -- The Floyd Valley Hospital Board of Trustees approved the purchase of a utility tractor during its Tuesday meeting.  Hospital administrator, Mike Donlan says a tractor was needed since the old tractor was removed from service more than a year ago.  Donlan says the hospital was renting a tractor, as well as contracting the services of snow removal and lawn care.  He says the cost just got to be too prohibitive.

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The tractor will be purchased from ICON Ag and Turf of LeMars for the price of $24,175.  The Trustees took some time to begin discussing for their stategic plan.  Donlan explains what is usually discussed during strategic planning sessions.

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Donlan says in the coming months expansion plans may be presented to the general public.

 

(Sheldon) -- Den Hartog Industries was awarded the 2011 Business Partner of the Year at the Village Northwest Unlimited 36th Annual Meeting.  The award was presented by Village CEO, Barry Whitsell and Stacie Jorgensen, Director of Advancement to Den Hartog Industries representative Matt Van Essendelft and Jerry Bowlsby.  The relationship between Village Northwest Unlimited and Den Hartog Industries began in 2001 with an agreement to have people served at the Village assemble medicine droppers at Northwest Enterprises, a division of Village Northwest Unlimited.  The first shipment of medicine droppers was delivered to Den Hartog Industries in January of 2002.  Through October of 2011 more than 1.4 million medicine droppers have been shipped to Den Hartog Industries from the Village.  Since 2001, additional work contracts consisting of several items have been added and the partnership has continued to be strong and mutually beneficial to all of the parties. 

 

(Des Moines) -- The Iowa Economic Development Authority has announced that six counties will share more than $4.4 million to assist homeowners affected by high winds and tornadoes that blew across Iowa this spring.  IEDA is using federal Community Development Block Grant funds through the Tornado and Wind Damage Assistance Program to assist uninsured and under-insured, low to moderate income homeowners' in Ida, Cherokee, and Monona counties.    Monona County, which had approximately 100 homes damaged from a April 9th tornado, will receive $3 million to assist residents to rebuild their homes.  Cherokee and Ida Counties will both receive $200,000 to assist homeowners who experienced damage to their homes caused by the high winds.
 

(LeMars) -- The LeMars Community School District Board of Education is scheduled to meet Monday evening. The Board will hear a report from  School Superintendant Dr. Todd Wendt regarding the construction progress of the Phase II project.  The Board will also appoint its members that will serve on the bargaining team for the 2012-2013 contract negotiations.

 

  CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say Iowa sales and use tax delinquencies have risen 17.1 percent in a year.
      An Iowa Department of Revenue report says the delinquencies hit $84.2 million after adjustments were made through October. A year ago, the number was $71.9 million.
     The number of delinquent accounts rose 8.8 percent, to more than 21,000 from more than 19,300.  Union leader Danny Homan says state employee cutbacks are to blame for the combination of growing delinquencies and falling collections.
     Gov. Terry Branstad's spokesman, Tim Albrecht, says the Revenue Department has increased staffing in collections and compliance.
     Albrecht says the increase in delinquencies reflects the fragile economy and "further illustrates that our businesses are struggling within our tax and regulatory environment."
    

 

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the state's first dove hunting season in nearly a century attracted about 22,000 hunters.
     The 70-day season began Sept. 1 and ended Wednesday.  Dove hunting had been outlawed in Iowa since 1918 but was legalized by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Terry Branstad this year.
     Efforts to allow the hunting of doves has been emotional in past years, and in 2001 then Gov. Tom Vilsack vetoed a measure approved by the Legislature because he said most Iowans opposed the change.
     The DNR says it will conduct a survey of the more than 22,000 people who registered as hunters to determine how many actually took part in the hunt and how many doves they killed.

   

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