Saturday News, April 13
Mainstreet Design Committee Approves Next Downtown Mural
(Le Mars) -- Le Mars Mainstreet Design Committee has approved another mural to be painted within the downtown area. This will be the third mural to be painted. The mural will be painted during the month of May. The mural will be featured on the Leo Langel building near the Fareway grocery store on Lincoln Street. Funding is being provided by Jerry and Sharon Ruden through the facade grant program. Mainstreet coordinator, Mary Reynolds says the design committee has a goal of having two murals painted each year. The design committee is working with businesses located on Business highway 75 to identify a potential building that would serve as a future site for a mural.
Travel Tips To Be Offered On Tuesday
(Le Mars) -- Debra VanDen Berg, Primebank Good Neighbors Club Director, will present “Avoid Common Vacation Pitfalls” on Tuesday, April 16th at 6:30 p.m. in the Club Room at Primebank. This is a co-sponsored event between Good Neighbors Club & Prime Time.
This program will help individuals maintain your health by avoiding illness or injury while you travel. You will learn how to save your back, settle your stomach, avoid weight gain, adjust to new time zones, fight off germs and become a "master packer."
Pre-registration is required. You can call Lisa at 546-3410 or Debra at 546-6241
Three Year Old Storm Lake Girl Causes Car To Hit Mailbox
STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a 3-year-old girl in northwest Iowa wrestled herself out of a vehicle seatbelt and caused the car to crash into a mailbox.
Police say Friday that the girl and her 13-month-old sister were buckled in their car seats April 5 in Storm Lake while their mother unloaded groceries. The older girl was able to free herself and put
the car into gear.
The Sioux City Journal reports the mother jumped into the car as it rolled backward. She stopped the car, but it still hit the mailbox. She also twisted her knee.
The children were not injured, and the mailbox received damage totaling $300. Police cited the woman for not having insurance.
More Motorists Using Seat Belts
(Sioux City) -- More motorists are using seat belts when we travel. The Sioux City Police Department recently conducted a seat belt usage survey during the month of March. 92 percent of those in passenger cars were compliant in using a seat belt. A slight decrease in those driving Sport Utility Vehicles as 90 percent were found to have on a seat belt. However, those motorists in trucks were only 78 percent compliant for using a seat belt. Iowa Seat Belt requirements are to have both the driver and front-seat passengers to be properly restrained any time the vehicle is in forward motion on a street or highway.
Pre-school Bill Requires Regular Attendance
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A bill approved by the Legislature and headed to Gov. Terry Branstad would give school districts more authority in dealing with parents who enroll their children in the
state's voluntary preschool program but then fail to bring the youths to class.
The measure would allow school districts to require that children enrolled in preschool attend regularly. School boards could designate the number of days preschoolers must attend and
reprimand parents of chronically absent children.
Supporters say the measure is needed because many districts have waiting lists for preschool. If parents enroll their children but don't bring them to school, they're still taking spots that could
go to others.
The Department of Education has concerns about the bill, saying expanding compulsory attendance rules could make it harder to remove non-participating children.
Republican Adviser Says Top Three Candidate Will Not Seek Senate
(Des Moines) -- A key Republican Party insider expects three Iowa G-O-P office holders who've been mentioned as potential candidates for the U.S. Senate to decide against running. Doug Gross, a former chief of staff for Republican Governor Terry Branstad, talked politics during an appearance on this weekend's "Iowa Press" program on Iowa Public Television.
Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey have confirmed they're considering a run for the U.S. Senate, too, but Gross doesn't think either will.
Democratic Senator Tom Harkin announced in late January that he will not seek re-election in 2014. In early February, Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley (BRAY-lee) announced he would run for the seat.
Gross ran for governor in 2002, losing to Democrat Tom Vilsack. His advice to whomever decides to run: be prepared to work hard.
Gross formally announced his candidacy on March 4th of that year, just three months before the primary. Gross went on to narrowly win the primary with nearly 36 percent. Bob Vander Plaats -- in the first of his three runs for governor -- got just over 32 percent and former state Representative Steve Sukup (SOO-kup) got nearly 32 percent. Gross lost in November to Democrat Tom Vilsack ...................
Supreme Court Rules Taxes Can Be Collected On Phone Company Switches
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court says the state can legally tax the switches, computers, and other property of traditional telephone companies but not force cellular telephone
providers to pay similar taxes on equipment.
In a ruling released Friday the court upholds the state's right to tax Qwest Corp., which filed a lawsuit in 2006 challenging its state property taxes.
Qwest claimed an Iowa law that taxes equipment of traditional telephone companies but virtually none of wireless providers' equipment violates the equal protection clause of the Iowa Constitution.
The court says companies like Qwest maintain "monopoly power" and lawmakers could reasonably conclude that taxing personal property "is an appropriate way to capture some of their monopoly
A spokesman for CenturyLink, which bought Qwest, says the company is disappointed with the ruling.