Friday Afternoon News, January 25
City Council To Hold Special Meeting
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, January 29th beginning at 4;00 p.m. The purpose for the special meeting is to review the budget proposals. Each of the city's departments will meet with council members to present their budgets. Final action on the budget won't occur until a later date. The council is also expected to act upon an agreement by the Le Mars Business Initiative Corporation wishing to purchase part of Lot 9 of Killeas Industrial Park. LBIC is requesting the city council to allow a partial release of the real estate contract for that purpose.
Still Time To Sign Up For Wellness Challenge
(Le Mars) -- During the month of January, we have been mentioning the Living Healthy Iowa ten-week wellness challenge. The program officially begins on Monday, and locally, the Le Mars YMCA, Floyd Valley Hospital, and the Plymouth County Extension Services have been coordinating the efforts recruiting Plymouth County residents to register online and begin to change your lifestyle. Todd Lancaster serves as the executive director with the YMCA and explains why people should consider participating.
Lancaster says about 90 people have joined up in Plymouth County, which falls short of the 2300 participation goal. But Lancaster says there are many people who registered, but may not have included the Plymouth County Code.
As we mentioned, the program officially begins on Monday, but Lancaster says if people are interested, they can still register.
Gehlen To Celebrate National Catholic School Week
(Le Mars) -- Next week, Catholic schools across the nation will celebrate Catholic School Week, and Gehlen Catholic will also observe the week-long celebration. Lisa Niebuhr of Gehlen Catholic School explains why it is important to honor the religious connection to eduction.
Le Mars Community School Board To Hold Educational Retreat
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community School District will hold a board and administrator retreat on Monday. The focus of the retreat is to have professional development from the teacher perspective as well as from the administration perspective. The school board will also be served a school lunch as prepared by the Le Mars Community District's Food Services. The board will get an update on new food service requirements. The school board will also review the value of extra curricular programs. The board will conclude its retreat with discussion on the common core and 21st Century learning skills.
Prosecutors Looking For Disbarred Attorney
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Federal prosecutors are seeking the public's help in apprehending a disbarred Iowa lawyer who is wanted on mail and tax fraud charges.
Dennis Bjorklund has been a fugitive for 2 1/2 years and prosecutors are hoping that unsealing the indictment against him will help lead to his capture.
Bjorklund made a name for himself by falsely marketing himself as the nation's pre-eminent lawyer in drunken driving cases.
Prosecutors say Bjorklund underreported his income for years to avoid paying taxes on it and duped clients in various ways. Among other things, prosecutors say Bjorklund encouraged clients to donate to a fake charity he controlled by promising it would lead to a lighter sentence in drunken driving cases.
The state Supreme Court disbarred Bjorklund in 2006 after determining he "lies with reckless abandon."