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Saturday Afternoon News, May 14th

Bike Fair To Be Held At Olson Cultural Events Center

(Le Mars) -- Elementary students are invited to participate in Monday's Bike Fair to be held at the Olson Cultural Events Center in downtown Le Mars.  The event is being sponsored by the Plymouth County Cyclists, along with the Le Mars Rotary organization and Floyd Valley Healthcare, and it will begin at 5:30 p.m.  Mark Strub (Stroob) with the Plymouth County Cyclists says the bike fair will offer individuals an opportunity to have their bicycle inspected.

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Strub says the Le Mars Police Department will also be registering area bikes. He says part of the bike fair will include having participants ride their bicycles through an obstacle course.

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Jim Gerkeni (Ger-ken-ee) of the Le Mars Rotary club says local Rotarians have an interest in sharing bicycle safety with the area youth.

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Refreshments consisting of hotdogs, chips, and soda pop will be served all free of charge. The program is free, and their will be prizes and other give-a-ways distributed at the Le Mars Bike Fair.

 

 

 

City Wastewater Hearing Delayed

Sioux City, IA - State environmental regulators have delayed a decision about whether to refer Sioux City to the Iowa Attorney General for consideration of penalties for emitting improperly treated sewage with high levels of harmful bacteria into the Missouri River.

The Iowa Environmental Protection Commission was scheduled to consider the referral at its meeting Tuesday but a spokesman says it’s been postponed to June at the request of city officials.

Sioux City could face heavy environmental penalties for discharging sewage between March 2012 and June 2015 in violation of state law and 12 federal permit regulations.

In July 2015 two plant supervisors admitted they manipulated water test results to make it appear city water had lower bacteria levels.

The attorney general has authority to levy higher environmental penalties against serious violators.

 

 

Vape Shops Could Vanish Over New FDA Rules

The F-D-A now classifies e-cigarettes as tobacco products and the liquid that goes into the devices will be regulated. Some fear it'll mean the end of the small, privately-owned vape shops that have cropped up around Iowa. Sam Salaymeh (sal-ah-MAY) runs vape shops in Sioux City and Omaha and says he and other store owners are still attempting to grasp the new regulations.

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While the feds claim there are no complete studies on the dangers of vaping, Salaymeh says there's a large report out from the Royal College of Physicians in London which touts the many benefits.

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Salaymeh says vaping has helped thousands of people kick the cigarette habit. He says the difference between vaping and smoking is like comparing bicycles to the space shuttle.

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The new rules take effect in 90 days. They prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes in vending machines and prevent owners from offering free samples to customers. The sale of e-cigs will also be banned to anyone under 18, while the makers of the devices will be required to register with the F-D-A, provide a list of ingredients and apply for permission to sell them. Salaymeh says the new rules will eliminate all small vape shops and hand the industry over to big tobacco companies.

 

 

 

 

   

Saturday News, May 14th

 

Le Mars Ambulance Service  Holding Fundraiser On Sunday

(Le Mars) -- In honor of National E-M-T Week, the Le Mars Ambulance Service will hold a fund raiser breakfast scheduled for tomorrow (Sunday) at the Fire Station Number 2 located at 12th Street southeast.  Le Mars Ambulance Director Bill Rosacker has the details of tomorrow's breakfast.

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The Le Mars Ambulance Service is fortunate to have 20 volunteers that offer their time and assist during emergencies.  However, Rosacker says the Le Mars Ambulance Service is always looking for additional volunteers.

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He says becoming a certified Emergency Medical Technician requires several hours of training.  In many communities, Rosacker says, there simply are not enough volunteers to maintain a local ambulance service.

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For the last several years, Rosacker says the Le Mars Ambulance Service has seen an increase in the number of calls.

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The Le Mars Ambulance Service operates what is known as a provisional paramedic service, which according to Rosacker, means I-V's and other medication can be administered.

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On Monday, we will continue our series of who to call when we need help, as we will learn more about the Floyd Valley Healthcare Nursing program.

 

 

 

Le Mars High School Senior Selected As State Winner

(Le Mars) -- A Le Mars Community High School senior has been selected as the state winner for the Iowa Rural Electrical Cooperatives 2016 Youth Tour.  Jacob Holck of Merrill, submitted the winning essay addressing the question "How does your local electric cooperative impact your community?  Holck will be awarded in June, an all-expense paid trip to our nation's capital, Washington D.C. While in Washington D.C., Holck will meet with various Congressional members and U-S Senators, including the Iowa Congressional delegation, and other government officials.  While visiting our nation's capital, Holck and youth from across the nation will learn more about the structure of Rural Electrical Cooperatives.

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The youth will participate in a leadership development program and hold a youth rally. In his essay, Holck mentioned that North West REC has a great impact upon the community which they serve.  He writes in his essay, the local R-E-C really cares, from assisting with families with medical bills to providing support to community service projects.

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He also mentions how North West REC is responsible for giving back to youth in our communities by providing scholarships to those who excel above and beyond in our classrooms.  It is with this attitude that the R-E-C possesses which impacts our communities in more ways than one.  The Le Mars Community Senior says he was limited to 250 words for the essay.

 

 

MRHD Grant Will Complete Local Trail System

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A nonprofit is giving Sioux City more than $1 million to help complete the riverfront trail system along Interstate 29.
The $1.25 million grant from Missouri River Historical Development will be formally presented at a ceremony at City Hall on Friday.

The city's parks and recreation director, Matt Salvatore, says the gift will be used to help fund the estimated $2.9 million extension of the riverfront trail at Chris Larsen Park. The connection could be finished by fall 2017.

Missouri River Historical Development is the state licensed nonprofit for the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City. The grant will be the largest award the organization has handed out in its 22 years of distributing gaming revenues to governmental agencies or nonprofit organizations.

 

 

 

 

 

   

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