Tuesday News, June 19th
Supervisors To Discuss Repairs of Courthouse Building
(Le Mars) -- When the County Board of Supervisors meet this morning, the condition of the courthouse building will be a part of their discussion. The supervisors will review and request for proposal a plan to help repair the morter and the facade of the courthouse building. Other action the supervisors will discuss will be a letter of support for the Northwest Iowa Development for application to establish a Foreign Trade Grant of Authority at the U-S Department of Commerce. The supervisors will also review a contract for auditing services with Williams and Company. The supervisors will hear from Conservation Director, Dennis Sohl as well as from Sharon Nieman, the Plymouth County CPC and General Relief Director.
City Council To Hold Hearing on Floyd Valley Hospital Loan Application
(Le Mars) --The Le Mars City Council has a full agenda for today's meeting. The city council will hold a public hearing regarding Floyd Valley Hospital's loan application from the U-S Department of Agriculture's Rural Development for a possible expansion project. The city council is expected to act on the Willow Run Development regarding a new sewer system for the housing development. In other action, the city council will act upon a request from Gehlen Catholic school and St. Joseph's church for a sidewalk project.
(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital is scheduled to unviel its plan for a possible expansion to its facilities,during Tuesday's Le Mars City Council meeting. Hospital Administrator Mike Donlin explains the two paths that Floyd Valley is pursuing.
Floyd Valley Hospital Board of Trustees have not yet formally voted to approve the measure, but Donlin says the city council will have to sign off on the loan application.
Donlin says if the loan application is approved, it would be for $15.8 million, or roughly two-thirds the total cost of the expansion project. Donlin says surgery units, as well as other medical facilities would be a part of the expansion project.
Donlin says the board of trustees may vote on the expansion project sometime later this summer.
Fatal Car Accident Near Holstein
HOLSTEIN, Iowa (AP) - Two people have died in a fiery crash about two miles east of Holstein in northwest Iowa.
Authorities say the two people were in a car that had stopped about 1:25 p.m. Monday at a construction site on U.S. Highway 20 to wait for a pilot vehicle. The car was hit from behind by a
semitrailer and pushed into the back of semitrailer that had stopped in front of the car.
Authorities say the two people were trapped inside as the car burst into flames.
Their names have not been released.
The Iowa State Patrol says the crash is being investigated.
Two Alta Men Charged With Assault
(Storm Lake) -- The Buena Vista County Sheriff's Department is investigating a report of an assault that happen over the weekend near Newell. The assailants used baseball bats to assault a male victim. The victim was transported to the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center for treatment. Two suspects have been placed in the custody of the Buena Vista County jail. They include: 25 year old Eric Evers of Alta and Kyle Konradi, also 25 years of age and from Alta. Evers has been charged with assault with intent to commit serious injury and criminal mischief in the 3rd degree. Evers was also wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant for two counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Konradi was charged with assault with intent to commit serious injury and trespassing. No name has been given on the victim.
Iowa Is Still Dry -- Despite Rain
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa has received some much-needed rain but the state is still dry.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in Monday's weekly report that Iowa received an average of 1.5 inches of rain last week. That's above the normal of about 1.2 inches. Even so, more
than half the topsoil and subsoil remains dry.
The USDA says 67 percent of the corn crop, which is beginning to silk, is in good or excellent condition. That's the same as last week.
Soybeans, which are starting to bloom, are rated 61 percent good to excellent. That's down from 62 percent a week ago.
More than half the state's pastures and range land are in poor or fair condition. However, stress on livestock is minimal with no issues reported.