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Friday Afternoon News, March 22

Kluckholn Kindergarten Teacher Selected As "Teacher of the Year"

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community School District has awarded Jayne Willer, a kindergarten teacher at Kluckholn Elementary as its teacher of the year. Willer has been teaching for 30 years.  She admits to being surprised by the honor.  She says her students are often frighten when they first start attending Kindergarten since it is their first time being away from their parents and being in a classroom setting, and Willer says she considers those factors as part of her education philosophy.
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She says she gets a thrill when former students come back as an adult to greet her.

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Denise Anthony, a member of the Le Mars Community School Foundation presented Willer with a certificate acknowledging the honor.  Willer received a $500 check as part of the award, and she will also receive an additional $500 which she can use for her classroom.  In the nomination submitted by Brandi Moss, it states: "Mrs Willer builds an atmosphere conducive to learning.  She always has a well-managed classroom.  She has her room set up in a way that is appealing to kindergarteners, with a reading corner, a "pretend-Play" area, and a large carpet in the front where much learning takes place as a group. She is continually evaluating her processes and making changes so all students can learn."  Our congratulations go to Jayne Willer for being selected the Le Mars Community Teacher of the Year.


Branstad Orders Flags To Fly At Half-Staff

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Branstad is ordering all flags in the state to be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, to honor Army Staff Sgt. Steve Blass, 27, of Estherville, who died in a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crash in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on Monday, March 11.
Blass’ funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at the Estherville High School Gym.
Flags will be at half-staff on the state Capitol building and on flag displays in the Capitol complex, and upon all public buildings, grounds, and facilities throughout the state. Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.

State Revenue Expected to Rise Slightly

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A panel of budget experts says overall state revenue will come in slightly higher than expected for the current fiscal year.
The Revenue Estimating Conference met Friday to project state revenue numbers. The three-member panel includes the governor's top budget adviser, the financial adviser to the Legislature and an independent member, Mason City economist David Underwood.
The group predicts net state revenue will come in at about $6.6 billion for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. That's a slightly higher projection than what they made in December and
represents about $326 million more than the revenue collected in the previous financial year.
The legislature is required to use the lower numbers from December when drafting the state budget.

Hamburg, Iowa Doesn't Get A Levee

HAMBURG, Iowa (AP) - The small western Iowa town of Hamburg on the Missouri River has lost its bid to keep an earthen levee erected in 2011 to save the town from the river's floodwaters.
The city had needed to raise nearly $5 million to keep the top eight feet of the levee, which was raised to 19 feet from its original 11 feet. The money would have been used to bring the
raised part of the levee within federal regulations. Mayor Cathy Crain even created an Internet site that included a video of townspeople dancing to a revamped version of Credence Clearwater
Revival's "Proud Mary" in the hopes of gathering donations.
But Crain says the effort raised only $52,000.
The Hamburg City Council voted Friday to take down the extended levee.




Friday News, March 22

Le Mars Community To Announce Teacher of The Year

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community School District will announce its winner of the Chrystal Bell Award, for the teacher of the year.  The announcement will occur at the Kluckholn Elementary School just before 9:00 a.m.  The official presentation will happen during the Le Mars Community School Annual Banquet scheduled for April 9th.


Steel Pipe Goes Through Windshield - Narrowly Misses Hitting Driver

HULL, Iowa (AP) - A 23-year-old driver received minor injuries when a steel pipe impaled her pickup's windshield in northwest Iowa.
The Sioux County Sheriff's Office says the accident occurred around 6 a.m. Tuesday, a mile north of Hull.
Rebekah Jasmer, of Hull, says the 8-foot-long pipe just missed her. Jasmer says she'd been behind another pickup as she drove to work. She told deputies that the other pickup's tailgate was down,
so it lost several pieces of its scrap metal load when it drifted right and swerved back left.
Jasmer says she ducked to the left as the pipe came through her windshield, grazing her cheek. She was treated at Sioux Center Community Hospital.
Deputies have been looking for the driver of the other pickup.

Floyd Valley Hospital Auxiliary To Host Volunteer Appreciation  Luncheon

(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital and the Hospital Auxiliary are hosting their annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon entitled “Our Volunteers are Souper!”  The appreciation will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the lower level Conference Center at Floyd Valley Hospital.  Those that will honored with an hours of service award have received an individual invitation to be our honored guest.  Anyone who volunteers at the hospital, Park Place Estates, Family Medicine Clinics, with the hospital Auxiliary or Foundation and their events are invited and encouraged to attend.
The event is scheduled for Wednesday, April 3rd.  The day will begin with coffee at 9:30 a.m.  In addition to the presentation of hours of service recognitions, there will be entertainment of our volunteers.  The keynote speaker will be Tonya Huenink, RD, LD, Hy-Vee Registered Dietitian and Certified in Adult Weight Management.  She will begin her presentation at 10:00 a.m.  Anthony Peyton, PT will provide an educational session about ergonomics following.  The volunteer group will enjoy a “souper” luncheon at 11:30 a.m. The Auxiliary business meeting will follow the luncheon.


Siouxland Garden Show Scheduled For This Weekend

(Sioux City) -- Although the weather doesn't feel like spring, inside the Sioux City Convention Center this weekend you will find plenty of reminders of spring as the 7th Annual Siouxland Garden Show takes place.  Sherry McGill, Extension Director for Iowa State University Region 5 says the garden show is in a new location and has been expanded.

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McGill says again this year the garden show will feature several exhibitors, as well as well known speakers that will address many gardening topics.

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In addition, popular gardening columnist Jan Riggenbach will also appear at the Siouxland Garden Show.  Riggenbach is the first speaker scheduled to kick off the program on Friday at 12:30 p.m.  In addition to an extra day and a new location, McGill says the garden show is offering a new "Make and Take" session where attendees can purchase a kit to create at the show.

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The Siouxland Garden Show will be held at the Sioux City Convention Center, and it  begins today and continues through Sunday.  Tickets are $5 admission for one day, $9 for two days, and $12 for a three-day pass.  The hours are today, 12:00 noon until 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.


Senate Subcommittee Wants To Offer Tax Credits For People Who Donate To Food Banks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa Senate panel wants to give farmers a tax break for donating produce to food banks.
A Senate Ways and Means subcommittee approved the measure Thursday. It now moves to the full committee for review.
The bill would give an incentive for small farmers to donate produce by providing a 15 percent state income tax break on the market value of donations worth under $5,000. The measure also would create a $2 million budget for the Iowa Food Bank Association to purchase and transport commodities to its agencies in Iowa's 99 counties.
Gov. Terry Branstad vetoed a similar budget request last year.
Cory Berkenes, state director of the IFBA, says the federal government used to purchase commodities but their organization now incurs more of the cost.

Powerball Jackpot Expected To Pass $500 Million

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - No Powerball winner? It just means a bigger jackpot for the rest of us.
Lottery officials say no ticket matched all the numbers in Wednesday night's Powerball drawing, meaning the current $320 million jackpot could swell before the next drawing on Saturday.
Iowa Lottery spokeswoman Mary Neubauer says the current jackpot is the sixth highest in history, but that it could grow depending on sales at the end of each day.
No one has won the Powerball jackpot since early February.
The holders of two winning tickets - one purchased in Arizona and the other in Missouri - shared $587.5 million in November, the largest Powerball jackpot in history.


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