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Tuesday Afternoon News, Nov. 6

Body Found in Sac City Basement

SAC CITY, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say new homeowners have found what appears to be skeletal remains in the basement of a house in Sac City.
Police say the remains were found on Monday when the owners were cleaning in the basement. The remains were sent to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy.
No other details were released. A telephone call to Sac City Police Chief John Thomsen was not returned Tuesday afternoon.
The Sac County sheriff's office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are assisting in the investigation.

68,000 Absentee Ballots Not Yet Returned

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A spokesman for the Iowa secretary of state's office says about 670,000 people voted early, but roughly 68,000 absentee ballots requested by voters hadn't been turned in
by Monday night.
Spokesman Chad Olsen says the number of absentee ballots not submitted sounds like a big number, but the percentage not returned is typical of past elections.
Olsen calls it "nothing new."
He says Iowa was setting a record for early voting, with up to 45 percent of people voting outside the normal polling place.
People with absentee ballots could mail them up until Monday.  Such ballots won't be counted if mailed today, but they can drop off ballots off in person.


Jackie Plantz Chosen As Employee of the Month

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Chamber of Commerce has selected its November employee of the month. This time the honor is awarded to Jackie Plantz of the I-M-L Containers.  The nomination submitted by Debbie Gibson says Jackie was hired two years ago to handle phones and backup administrative assistant with the plan to eventually take over some of the responsibilities permanently.  There were times when she had very little to do, but was asked to be patient. Being very eager, and quick to learn, Jackie was always asking for more work and the opportunity to help out.  We knew then we had hired an excellent team player.  Her easy going manner was a good fit for our office.  Within the first year, Jackie took over all the customer service and soon after the purchasing and planning.  Jackie handled the rapid company growth by always stepping up where needed and did not hesitate to work overtime to get the work done to meet our customer's needs.  Our congratulations to Jackie Plantz of I-M-L Containers for being named the Chamber's employee of the month.


Tuesday News, November 6

Election Day Is Here - Plymouth County Polling Locations

(Le Mars) -- The long awaited election day is finally here.  Voting will begin at 7:00 a.m. and will continue until 9:00 p.m. this evening.  The county has 13 precincts.

Precinct 1 - Portland township and the City of Akron will cast votes at the Akron Public Library.

Precinct 2 - All of Garfield, Meadow, Henry and Remsen townships will vote at American Bank in Remsen.

Precinct 3 - City of Struble, all of Elgin, and America townships (excluding census block 191499702002047) will vote at the Courthouse Annex

Precinct 4 - City of Brunsville and Craig, all of Washington, Johnson, Grant, and Preston townships will vote at the Brunsville Legion Club.

Precinct 5 - All of the city of Remsen and Oyens, Fredonia, and Marion townships will vote at Remsen Public Library.

Precinct 6 - City of Westfield, all of Sioux and Westfield townships will vote at the Westfield Community Center.

Precinct 7 - City of Merrill, all of Liberty, Stanton and Plymouth townships will vote at Kissinger Community Center in Merrill.

Precinct 8 - All of Hancock and Perry townships including portions of Sioux City within Perry township will vote at the Perry Township Hall. (4 miles west of Hinton on C-60)

Precinct 9 - City of Hinton, all of Hungerford and Lincoln townships including portion of Sioux City within Hungerford township will vote at the Hinton Community Center.

Precinct 10 - City of Kingsley, all of Union and Elkhorn townships will vote at the Kingsley Community Cneter.

Precinct 11 - 1/3 of the city of Le Mars will cast their vote at the Le Mars Convention Center (lower level).

Precinct 12 - 1/3 of the city of Le Mars will cast their vote at the Le Mars Convention Center (lower level)

Precinct 13 - 1/3 of the city of Le Mars will cast their vote at the Le Mars Convention Center (lower level)


Board of Adjustment Approves Waste Treatment Facility

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Adjustment and Planning and Zoning Commission have given their approval for the City of Le Mars to construct a new waste water treatment facility at Washington township. Scott Langel, city administrator and Ron Kaizer, superintendent of the waste treatment facilities appeared before the Board of Adjustment, and Langel explains the city's plan.

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Kaizer says the new facility will be a aerobic plant and it should not produce the smell.
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Prior to giving their approval, the Board of Adjustment members asked the city officials questions about possible seepage, and runoff if a flood were to occur, as well as other environmental related questions. The new waste water treatment facility will contain a new 17 million gallon lagoon, and Langel told the Adjustment Board that it will be lined with bentonite clay, a type of clay that doesn't usually allow water to penetrate.  The Le Mars City Council will address the issue during today's city council meeting.  Langel says the new facility is needed in anticipation of the expansion of Le Mars' industries.
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City Council To Meet On Tuesday

(Le Mars) -- Speaking about the Le Mars City their meeting scheduled for today it is expected the council will act on the Floyd Valley Hospital's request for land transfer.  A small portion of the hospital's property lies within a 100 year flood zone, and officials are wanting to transfer the ownership of that land so the hospital will be given clearance to construct an expansion project.  The city council will also address 27th RISE street improvements, as well as the new waste water treatment facility.


Supervisors Scheduled to Convene

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors are scheduled to meet this morning.  On their agenda for this week is a visit by County engineer Tom Rohe as the supervisors inquire about the status of various road construction projects within the county.

Three Groups Submit Bids For Sioux City Casino

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Three groups hoping to develop a land-based casino in the Sioux City area have submitted bids to state gambling regulators.
The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission's deadline for applications for Woodbury County's gambling license was Monday.
Penn National Gaming Co., which operates the Argosy Sioux City riverboat, has submitted two proposals for a Hollywood Casino. One is in downtown Sioux City. The other is on the southern edge of the city.
Ho-Chunk Inc. has proposed the Warrior Casino and Hotel in downtown Sioux City. The third group is Sioux City Entertainment, developer of the proposed Hard Rock Casino also in downtown.
State regulators decided to replace the riverboat casino with a land-based casino and put the license up for bid. The commission is to award the license in April.

Evacuations Have Ended From De-railed Train

LESTER, Iowa (AP) - Officials have ended evacuations forced by the derailment of 22 rail cars in far northwest Iowa.
Twenty-two cars had derailed Sunday morning, including one that spilled liquefied petroleum gas. Fears of a resulting explosion or fire prompted evacuations within a mile of the site two miles south
of Lester. No injuries were reported.
Lyon County emergency management coordinator Wayne Jepsen said Monday afternoon that a berm was built up around the only car that leaked. BNSF hazardous-materials workers made a hole in the car so the liquid could spill out. Then the gas was set on fire.
Jepsen says BNSF workers will monitor the fire until the material burns away. He says the Iowa Natural Resources Department will check for any environmental issues that remain.






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