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Tuesday Afternoon News, Sept 4

City Council Rejects Bids For IDOT Property

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council took the action today during their regular meeting to reject all of the submitted four bids for the city owned property located on North Business Highway 75. The property in question is the former Iowa Deparment of Transportation maintenance sheds.  The city is asking a total of $50,000 for the one-point forty-four acres of property. There was a difference of opinion from council members as to whether the council should sell the property today.  Councilman Ken Nelson suggested the city reject all offers and wait for a better offer.

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Meanwhile, Rex Knapp and Delana Ihrke both thought the offers were good and asked the city council to consider selling the property.

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Nelson believes since the property is of close proximity to the recreation trail and to the Floyd River, it may attract a recreational type business.

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Interested buyers had until August 28th to offer the city a bid for the land and buildings.  Two of the submitted bids were for $40,000 and a third offer was for $30,000.  The fourth bid was for the amount of $7,500.  Councilman Knapp made the motion to accept the bid offered by Wayne Kolbeck for $40,000 with a $5,000 down payment, but the council turned thumbs down the motion by a 3 to 2 vote. Shane Sitzmann, representing the Sitzmann Real Estate Company, and acting as a contractual agent for the city, informed the council members that they have had 40 showings of the property.  Sitzmann asked the city officials for clarification as to what is next step?

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City attorney Joe Flannery informed the city council and Sitzmann that they would be forbidden to make any counter offers.


Gehlen Catholic School Board To Hold Community Information Meeting

(Le Mars) -- The Gehlen Catholic Board of Education is inviting parents, alumni, benefactors, and the community to join them Wednesday evening, September 5th, at 7 p.m. at the Reardon Family Gym for an important public announcement that has come about through the school's Long Range Strategic Plan.  The Gehlen Board of Education says the announcement will be short and it will deal with the future of Catholic education in northwest Iowa.

 

Knights of Columbus To Hold Phone-a-thon On Wednesday

(Le Mars) -- For more than 30 years, the Knights of Columbus clubs of Plymouth County have raised money through the means of a phone-a-thon for the mentally challenged residents living in Plymouth County.  On Wednesday, the Knights of Columbus will again be soliciting funds.  Dr. Jeremy Bollin is one of the coordinators of the annual event.

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Bollin says the local K-C members hope that you will share your cell phone number with the organization so they can ask for your donation.

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Bollin says the Knights of Columbus hope to raise at least $48,000 this year.

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The phone-a-thon will be coordinated from the Knights of Columbus Hall in Le Mars and will begin at 9:00 a.m. and continue for twelve hours until 9:00 p.m.


Judge Approves Libertarian Candidate On November Ballot

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A judge says Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson should be listed on the Iowa ballot in November.
Polk County District Court Judge Arthur Gamble says in a ruling filed Tuesday that Libertarians fulfilled requirements of Iowa law to get their candidate on the ballot.
Two Iowa voters last week asked Gamble to review the decision of a panel of three state officials that allowed Johnson on the ballot. The panel says in its decision that Iowa's law isn't clear
in its definition of a caucus.
Libertarians say they held a caucus at the Iowa State Fair to get Johnson the ballot. The challengers say there was no caucus.
An appeal to the Iowa Supreme Court is expected but time is running out. Ballots must be printed by Thursday.

 

Obama To Return To Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - One day after he speaks at the Democratic National Convention, President Barack Obama will headline a rally at the University of Iowa.
Obama's campaign announced Tuesday that Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Jill Biden will hold the Friday afternoon rally outside Jessup Hall. A time wasn't announced, but the campaign said doors open at 1 p.m.
Jessup Hall houses the university administration and is located in the center of campus.
The rally comes one day after Obama and Biden are scheduled to speak in Charlotte to the national convention, making the case that they deserve for four more years in the White House. It also comes
during a busy weekend in Iowa City, with thousands of fans arriving for the Iowa-Iowa State football game.


Monthly Economic Survey Shows Businesses Struggling

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A monthly survey suggests that the continuing drought and lessening export demand for U.S. products are among the drains on the economy in nine Midwest and Plains.
A report released Tuesday says August's Mid-America Business Conditions Index remained below growth neutral for a second month.  It rose to 49.7 from 48.7 in July. June's figure was 57.2.
The survey of business leaders and supply managers uses a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Any score above 50 suggests growth while a score below 50 suggests decline for that
factor.
Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says supply managers remain pessimistic about future economic conditions.
The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.


 

 

   

Tuesday News, September 4

City Council To Hold Two Public Hearings

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council will hold two public hearings today during their regular meeting.  The council will review the offers the city has received for the purchase of city owned property, formerly owned by the Iowa Department of Transportation.  The city council will also hear comments regarding the extension of a water line located on Madison Avenue and extending north to the junction of Highway 60 and Highway 75.  It is also expected the city council will approve an amendment that changes the interest rate on municipal bonds from 3 percent down to 1.75 percent.  The change could save the city approximately $129,000 over the life of the bond.  The city council will also consider an amendment to the DGR engineering firm's contract for 4th Avenue SE to include additional design work to include a sidewalk ramp and replacement as required by the Iowa Department of Transportation.


Three People Arrested For Possession of Controlled Substance

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Police Department made three arrests involving two separate incidents with people that were charged with possession of a controlled substance.  Early Sunday morning, 21 year old Noah Greene of Le Mars was stopped initially for expired plates, but he was also charged with an Operating While Intoxicated and found to be in possession of a controlled substance as well.  He was booked into the Plymouth County Jail on a serious misdemeanors.  The Le Mars Police also arrested 18 year old Gina McNabney of Le Mars on three counts of delivery of a controlled substance, as well as a 17 year old juvenile with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance.  The charges resulted from an ongoing investigation by the Northwest Iowa Drug Task Force.    The juvenile is being held in a juvenile detention facility.  McNabney, who is now 18, was cited into juvenile court and released since she was 17 at the time the acts were committed.

 

Le Mars Fire Department Issues August Report

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department responded to  30 calls during the month of August.  According to a report issued by Fire Chief David Schipper, the Le Mars Fire Department had 13 fire calls, and only one rescue call.  Three times the Le Mars Fire Department was called to offer mutual assistance to help with Maurice, Merrill, and Hinton.  Four times the Le Mars fire department was called for request for services. Nine times the fire department personnel was asked to conduct investigations, including accident clean up, odor investigations, and illegal burning.


Pioneer Avenue Closed To Replace Bridge

(Le Mars) -- Pioneer Avenue between 260th Street and 270th Street will be closed for a period of three weeks, starting today, as the Plymouth County Secondary Road Department replaces a bridge with a culvert.


Higher Speed Limits Show More Fatalities On Interstate Highways

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - State records suggest higher interstate speeds have proved fatal for more Iowa motorists.
Rural interstate fatalities are up about 10 percent since the speed limit was raised to 70 mph from 65 mph.
Iowa records show 250 people were fatally injured on the rural interstate system between July 1, 2005, and Dec. 31, 2011. The figure was 227 fatalities for the 6 1/2 years before the limit was
raised.
Traffic deaths on other Iowa highways and roads dropped last year to the lowest level since World War II.

Russ Rader with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says "the bottom line is that when speed limits go up, deaths go up.  When speed limits go down, deaths go down."

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Ryan Visits Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is returning to Iowa for a two-day visit.
Mitt Romney's running mate will be in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday and in Adel in central Iowa on Wednesday.
In Cedar Rapids, Ryan will speak at Kirkwood Community College. He'll attend a rally at the Dallas County Courthouse in Adel Wednesday morning.
Ryan, who's fresh off his GOP nomination in Tampa, stopped at the Iowa State Fair in August shortly after Romney named him as his running mate.

 

President Obama Returns To Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The president was in Iowa just prior to the Democratic National Convention and he and his running mate and their wives have scheduled a post-convention trip back to Iowa.
Campaign officials say President Barack Obama and the first lady, Michelle Obama, will be accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, when they visit Iowa City on
Friday. Obama is scheduled to make his nomination acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina on Thursday night.
The four are expected to visit New Hampshire first on Friday morning before flying to Iowa, one of the tossup states in this year's general election. Details about their Iowa City itinerary haven't been released.
It will be the president's eighth trip to Iowa this year. He stopped in Ames on Tuesday and attended events in Urbandale and Sioux City on Saturday.

 

(Boone) -- Many farmers have already started with this year's corn harvest since the drought has dried up their fields.  But is the corn ready for harvest?  Iowa State University extension corn specialist, Roger Elmore says some of the corn is mature, but he says other farmers may want to get a start on harvest due to poor stalk stands.
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A lot of comparisons have been made between this summer's drought and the drought that struck Iowa in 1988. Elmore says the trend line is about the same.
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The Iowa State University corn specialist says Iowa is in better shape than the crops in Illinois and Indiana, where he says yields are projected to be far less than the Hawkeye state.  Elmore says this drought year offers an opportunity to learn.

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Elmore says seed companies and university research alike, will focus on stalk quality as a result of this dry year.

 

Midwest Economic Survey Shows Some Weakness

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A monthly survey suggests that the continuing drought and lessening export demand for U.S. products are among the drains on the economy in nine Midwest and Plains.
A report released Tuesday says August's Mid-America Business Conditions Index remained below growth neutral for a second month.  It rose to 49.7 from 48.7 in July. June's figure was 57.2.
The survey of business leaders and supply managers uses a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Any score above 50 suggests growth while a score below 50 suggests decline for that
factor.
Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says supply managers remain pessimistic about future economic conditions.
The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.


Dallas County Mental Health Patients May Need To Wait For Services

ADEL, Iowa (AP) - Dallas County has started a waiting list for some mental health services, hoping to stretch its budget so it can meet residents' most vital needs.
Community Services Director Darci Alt expects more than 600 people will obtain mental health services through the county this year.
Alt says that, "with the downturn in the economy, financial problems and job loss are causing people to have more crisis situations."
Alt says the waiting list will not affect therapy services, but there will be limited access to transportation, day programming, community living and employment services.
The waiting list will affect an estimated 30 percent of the county's patients. The overall number could increase if more people seek services.


Care Provider Wants Uniform Standards For Missing Children

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Cedar Falls child care provider wants Iowa to implement uniform standards for how law enforcement responds for a rapid response.
Robin Arnold says the first few hours are critical and a missing child is a missing child.
Questions have been raised about whether the state could have done more when the two cousins disappeared in Evansdale on July 13 and remain missing. A search began immediately, and within hours,
local residents and the media were notified.
But an Amber Alert wasn't issued. Officials say those alerts are issued only when it's known that a child has been abducted. Arnold wants the alerts regardless.
Sen. Jeff Daniels, a Cedar Rapids Democrat, says he'll push for a review of Iowa law dealing with missing children.
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