Tuesday Afternoon News, September 3
Le Mars Police Warn Against New Phone Scam
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Police Department would like to make Le Mars citizens aware of a new scam. The scam involves the subject claiming to work for MicroSoft, and soliciting people by phone that if they would pay a $20 fee, they will receive anti-virus protection for the life of the computer. The subject will then ask for your debit card number and as a result of that will take money out of your bank account that you did not authorize. Le Mars Police would like to remind people that large companies such as MicroSoft do not solicit people over the phone and that if something does not seem right with what they are
offering you it is more than likely a scam. The Le Mars Police suggest not to give any vital bank account numbers over the phone, especially, if you did not place the call.
Le Mars To Clean Sewer Lines
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Water Treatment facility needs to have the sewer lines cleaned again in Section 3, or all areas south of 1st street SW to 18th Street SW and SE, and from 4th Avenue SW to 6th Avenue SE. Ron Kaiser, Superintendent for the Le Mars Wastewater Treatment plant says the cleaning is necessary to reduce the likelihood of sewer lines plugging. An outside contractor will do the sewer cleaning starting next Monday, September 9th. Kaiser says the cleaning could take up to six weeks to complete. He says you may experience some minor sewer problems and/or traffic congestion in the affected areas. If you live within the area designated to be cleaned, you can pour water down your floor
drains, have your sewer vent checked for blockages, and close your toilet lid.
Knights of Columbus Ready For Annual Phone-a-thon
(Le Mars) -- The 34th annual Knights of Columbus phone-a-thon benefiting Life Skills
Training Center and Iowa Special Olympics is scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday). Knights of Columbus chapters from across the county will participate in the annual fund raiser. Bob Puetz serves as the Grand Knight for the Knights of Columbus and explains why the KC's
participate with the phone-a-thon.
Puetz says the majority of the money raised stays within Plymouth County.
Volunteers will start at about 8:00 with the phone calls and will continue all day. Last year, nearly $53,000 was raised, and this year officials hope to meet or break that mark.
School Board Election Scheduled For Tuesday, Sept. 10th - Focus On Todd Lancaster
(Le Mars) -- One week from today, (Tuesday) voters will go to the polls to cast their votes for School Board directors. KLEM will feature each candidate seeking a position on the Le Mars Community School District. Todd Lancaster is the executive director for the Le Mars YMCA. He is running unopposed in district one. Lancaster says he has been involved with many school related committees and feels a position on the school board is the next step.
Lancaster further explains his involvement with the Le Mars Community School District.
Lancaster says he doesn't have any specific issues, but says he wants to see the Le Mars Community School District continue to be an excellent place for top rated education.
Audit Shows Human Rights Overbilled Iowa Department Of Public Safety
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A state audit has discovered that a division within the Iowa Department of Human Rights overbilled the Iowa Department of Public Safety more than $25,000 for a project to update a criminal history record database maintained by DPS.
The audit released Tuesday found poor record keeping and billing not supported by time sheets.
The Division of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning, a state office within the Department of Human Rights admitted the errors and has promised to repay the DPS.
The audit shows the DPS entered a contract with the juvenile justice planning division
to pay up to $40,000 to update the criminal records between October 2011 and September
The bill came to $40,000 but auditors say the bill should have been $14,900, an overpayment of more than $25,000.
Branstad Wants Everyone To Have Access To Broadband Internet
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad wants residents in every part of Iowa to have better access to broadband internet technology.
Branstad on Tuesday announced a new effort designed to improve broadband access and adoption across the state. Branstad says enhanced access will spur economic development, through business creation and by giving rural residents the ability to telecommute.
State officials note that Iowa ranks 11th out of 12 Midwestern states in the TechNet State Broadband Index. The index ranks states looking at household broadband adoption rates, network speeds available and the number of jobs that benefit from broadband technology.
Branstad has asked a committee that works on broadband access to provide him with recommendations on how to build out broadband infrastructure and also to create a long-term plan for the state.
Wild Rose Casinos Announce Promotions
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A West Des Moines-based casino operator has reorganized its management team through internal promotions to prepare for expansion.
Wild Rose Entertainment says Michael Richards, who co-founded the company with
businessman Gary Kirke in 2005, has been named vice chairman of the company. He was
Tom Timmons is promoted to president and chief operating officer and Christina Collins
has been named controller.
At the Emmetsburg casino, General Manager Amy Rubel adds corporate titles of vice
president of operations and marketing with responsibilities to standardize the company's
marketing and promotions. Travis Dvorak, casino manager, becomes assistant general manager
of the Emmetsburg operation.
At the company's Clinton casino, Controller Gus Linke is promoted to assistant general manager.
Kirke says the company plans to expand in Iowa and beyond.
Wartburg College Receives $11 Million Donation
WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) - A Chicago couple has donated the largest gift in Wartburg College's history to fund scholarships for Chicago students to attend the northeast Iowa school.
The college announced Tuesday that Raymond and Judith McCaskey donated $11.5 million to the college in Waverly. The donation includes $1.5 million that can be used immediately and $10 million from the couple's estate.
The money will provide scholarships for Chicago-area students, with preference given to those enrolled in the Rowe-Clark Math and Sciences Academy.
Raymond and Judith McCaskey earned undergraduate degrees from Wartburg. Raymond
McCaskey is chairman of the Wartburg Board of Regents and is the retired chief executive
officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma.
Judith McCaskey taught for 40 years in the Chicago area.
Principal Financial CEO Receives Award
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The chairman and CEO of Des Moines-based Principal Financial Group
will receive the top award from one of the retirement savings industry's leading nonprofit
Larry Zimpleman will receive the Lillywhite Award from the Employee Benefit Research
Institute on Oct. 29 at an industry conference in San Francisco.
The award is named for Ray Lillywhite, a pioneer in the pension field. Established in
1992, the award acknowledges the contributions of individuals who have had distinguished
careers in the investment management and employee benefits fields and whose service
enhances Americans' economic security.
Zimpleman, who began working at Principal in 1971 as an intern, became chairman in
2009. He will be recognized for his longstanding advocacy of retirement savings and
Principal is a leading provider of 401k retirement plans.