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Plymouth Co. Supervisors Hear about NW Iowa Development

(LeMars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors met this morning and heard from Larry Petersen and John Koley of the County Compensation Board offer its recommendation for salary considerations.  Vice Chairman Petersen suggested to the supervisors to consider a 3.9 percent increase for the elected officials, and a three percent increase for the supervisors.  Petersen says it was a difficult decision and he was complimentary of the public employees.

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John Koley also serves on the Compensation Board.  He says it is difficult to offer a suggestion for salary compensation when the budget is not known.

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Koley and Petersen acknowledged that the supervisors have a difficult job ahead of them in determining the allocation of funds for all the county employees and programs.

 

(LeMars) -- The Supervisors also heard from Neil Adler of the LeMars Business and Industry Corporation.  Adler emphasized the importance of the county's participation with the Northwest Iowa Development.

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Adler says if Plymouth County is not part of a regional economic development group, there is a strong possibility of missing opportunities.

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Adler says the cost for Plymouth County to participate in the Northwest Iowa Development will be between fify cents per capita; and one dollar per capita.

(Sheldon) -- Iowa's Economic Development Authority Director, Debi Durham, is scheduled to be the featured speaker at the Northwest Iowa Development partners meeting scheduled for January 12th.  The event will be held at the Lifelong Learning and Recreation Center on the campus of Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon. 


(LeMars) -- The LeMars Chamber of Commerce has announced its December Employee of the Month.  Dianne Huls has been selected for the honor.  Forty years ago, on December 27, 1971, Dianne Huls walked into work for her first day of employment with LeMars Mutual Insurance Company.  Dianne started her employment as a Policy Entry Clerk.  The Company's office was then located on Central Avenue where now the Dialysis Center is located.  Her duties involved typicy policy information on computer key-punch cards that fed into the computer card reader.  Over the years, Dianne has supervised various automation changes.  These changes included the processing of insurance policies from manual key-punch typing to computer-generated documents and rating procedures.  Dianne's current job title is Supervisor of Methods and Procedures in which she is responsible for reviewing the insurance products offered by the company.  This includes work with starting the initial set-up, policy rating, print, and final billings that are sent out of the office every day.  Dianne is a dependable and very positive employee.  It is her optimistic attitude and willingness to embrace change that has helped this organization and fellow employees reach our objectives.  Dianne lives in LeMars with her husband Dale.  They have two sons, Paul and his wife Mary who live in Sioux City, and Shaun and wife, Minisa, who live in Hampton, Virginia.  Dianne and Dale have four grandchildren and enjoy spare time with family and friends.  Dianne is a Laurens, Iowa native.

 

   

More Details Released on Kingsley Shooting

(LeMars) -- More details are becoming known regarding the shooting of that 17 year old Kingsley male.  The Plymouth County Sheriff's office says Kyle Badgerow was fatally shot with a semi-automatic pistol..  Badgerow was pronounced dead at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.  The Woodbury County Medical Examiner performed an autopsy and determined that the cause of death was due to internal injuries caused by a 45-caliber bullet and the manner of death was due to a single gunshot wound to the chest.  The Plymouth County Sheriff's Office along with the Plymouth County Attorney's Office are continuing their investigation as to the circumstances surrounding the shooting.  The incident took place inside the residence.  Only one shot was fired and only Badgerow was struck.  The incident was reported by family members of the deceased immediately after the shooting.  Several calls were made requesting law enforcement and ambulance assistance.  The individual that fired the pistol is a juvenile male, who is not in police custody nor has been charged.  The pistol was in the residence at the time of the shooting.


(LeMars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will meet today.  The supervisors are scheduled to approve a transfer resolution for funds to the Conservation Land Acquisition Trust fund.  The supervisors will also be presented a report from the Plymouth County Compensation Board regarding the Compensation Board's recommendation for salary increases to elected county employees.  It is expected the Compensation Board will suggest public elected employees that include the auditor, treasurer, recorder, sheriff, and county attorney all be given a 3.9 percent raise in pay, while the supervisors should consider a three percent increase for themselves.  The Supervisors will also hear from Neil Adler from the LeMars Chamber of Commerce and the LeMars Business and Industry Corporation.  Adler will tell the supervisors updates from the LBIC and Northwest Iowa Developers funding.


(LeMars) -- The Floyd Valley Hospital Board of Trustees are scheduled to meet this evening at the Floyd Valley Hospital.  Their agenda includes the review and approval request for medical staff privileges, as well as the confirmation of elected medical staff officers.  The hospital trustees will also hear a report involving the community health advisory board.


(LeMars) -- The LeMars Historic Preservation Commission requests comments from the public in regard to LeMars' National Register of Historic Places nomination.  The document that will be submitted to the National Register of Historic Places in hopes of acquiring a National Register designation for the LeMars Downtown is now available for viewing at the LeMars Public Library.  People are asked to write their comments directly in the booklet.  Any additional information or corrections and comments would be appreciated.


(LeMars) -- At last evening's LeMars Community School Board meeting, the board approved an agreement with Gehlen Catholic School to share a pre-school program.  LeMars Community School District and the Gehlen Preschool are entering into the agreement for the purpose of providing an educational program to meet the state's four year old preschool program.

 

(LeMars) -- There is a local organization that is doing its share to help defray the cost of purchasing text books and other needed educational materials.  Known as LEEP, the LeMars Educational Enhancement Project.  Julie Bietelspacher is the treasurer for the group and explains the group's mission.

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Through the three years of existence, LEEP has been able to raise more than $8000.  This evening prior to the start of the LeMars Bulldogs and Hull Western Christian basketball games, LEEP will be serving taverns as another fund raiser.

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The tavern tail-gate will accept free will donations and it will go from 5 pm to 7pm. at the LeMars High School Caferteria.

 

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A statewide effort to help Iowa entrepreneurs is beginning with the launch of StartupIowa.
     Its goal is to create a network of organizations that could help new businesses get up and running.
     Debi Durham heads Iowa's Economic Development Authority. She says that nurturing startups will help the state grow more jobs.
     Christian Renaud, of Startup City Des Moines, says StartupIowa won't be a conduit for venture capital, but it will help people cut through red tape that can hamper the start of new businesses.
     StartupIowa also will highlight businesses incubators at Iowa State University, in West Des Moines and in other Iowa cities.
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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) - The Army Corps of Engineers only has enough money available to fix eleven of 68 Missouri River levees and is draining extra water from upstream reservoirs to nurse the flood-battered system through 2012. Officials announced that yesterday during a meeting of the Missouri River Flood Task Force.  The damaged levees are in Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas.

 

 

 

   

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