LeMars Invited to Apply to be a Blue Zone Community
(LeMars) -- LeMars city officials have been notified by officials with Governor Branstad's "Healthiest State Inititative" that LeMars has been invited to apply to be one of ten selected communities as a "Blue Zone" communitiy. A "Blue Zone community" is one recognized by the Governor and the health insurance company Blue Cross-Blue Shield Wellmark as a healthiest community within the state. The ten selected communities will receive $2.5 million dollars. The city must now submit an application to be considered before an early January deadline.
(LeMars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors met yesterday and approved a TIF debt certificate for the Plymouth County Ethanol at Merrill. The amount of money to be rebated after the Plymouth County Ethanol pays its share of property taxes will be in excess of $1.4 million. Supervisor Craig Anderson says the county originally offered tax breaks to Plymouth County Ethanol as an incentive to build at Merrill. Anderson says those tax breaks were set for seven years on the ethanol facility and five years on the oil facility.
The Supervisors also approved a TIF debt certification for the Joint Urban Renewal Area located in the industrial southwest corner of LeMars.
(Washington) -- Congressman Steve King is asking the House Appropriations Committee to consider funding for the reconstruction of levees and other flood mitigation infrastructure damaged during this year's Missouri River flooding be given priority over spending on environmental projects along the river in the forthcoming fiscal year 2012 appropriations bill dealing with the Army Corps of Engineers. King was joined on the letter by other members of Iowa delegation in the House and several other lawmakers who represent communities in the Missouri River Basin. King says over the last decade, the Corp's spending on environmental concerns have exploded, while, at the same time, its funding of flood prevention work has dwindled. King says this year's flooding has wreaked havoc on levees and other infrastructure up and down the river. He says the severity and length of the flood pushed many levees to their breaking point, with some washing out altogether.
(Sioux City) -- Sioux City Police are investigating a shooting that occured Sunday evening on 4th Street. Officers were able to determine that Brian Henderson, 19 of Sioux City had been in an altercation with another unknown male. The other male pulled a gun from inside his coat and shot Henderson. At the time of the shooting there were approximately 6 to 7 other males with the suspect. After the shooting, all parties ran in separate directions. Henderson asked a passerby for help and was transported to Mercy Medical Center. The suspect is described as an African American male, 21 to 25 years of age, 5'8" tall and was last seen wearing a red ball hat, a large dark coat, dark shirt, baggy jeans, and dark shoes. The other males in the group were described as African American males in their 20's.
(Orange City) -- Sioux County authorities have arrested 42 year old Rickey Vos of Orange City on the charge of sexual assault in the 3rd degree, a class C felony. The arrest stemmed from a sheriff's office investigation into an alleged sexual assault that took place at a residence two miles west of Orange City on late Sunday evening. The sheriff's office responded to a report from a local hospital advising a 36 year old female had been a victim of sexual assault. Vos was released from the Sioux County jail after posting a $5,000 bond.
Salix, Iowa (AP) - A northwest Iowa man has been arrested after officials say he led authorities on a chase that ended when he crashed his car into the WinnaVegas casino in Salix.
The Iowa State Patrol says 54-year-old Robert Bechtel, of Cherokee, is charged with drunken driving and numerous traffic violations. His case isn't on the online court system and it's not
known if he has an attorney.
The patrol says the chase began Monday night when a trooper tried to help a motorist parked on the shoulder of Interstate 29 near Salix. When the trooper stopped, the driver took off.
Authorities say the chase ended when Bechtel pulled into the casino's parking lot, lost control of his car and hit the building.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - State labor officials say Iowa added 2,300 jobs in October over September as the unemployment rate held steady at 6 percent.
Iowa Workforce Development says Tuesday that the job increase reversed two consecutive months of losses. Officials say the number of unemployed dropped below 100,000 for the first time since November 2009.
The biggest gains in October were in construction, manufacturing and education and health services. The biggest losses were in leisure and hospitality, financial activities and government.
October's jobless rate is unchanged from September. The unemployment rate was 6.2 percent in October 2010.
The national unemployment rate for October was 9 percent.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - State health officials say a new flu strain has been found during routine surveillance in Iowa and that the three people who became ill with the virus have all recovered.
The Iowa Department of Public Health says the A/H3N2 virus was detected in three children in Webster and Hamilton counties. It also has been found in other states in recent months but its spread
appears to be limited with no new cases being identified in the
Because the virus is unique, health officials have increased surveillance for the strain at clinics and emergency rooms.
Symptoms are similar to the regular flu virus and include fever, cough, fatigue and body aches.
State Medical Director Dr. Patricia Quinlisk says the seasonal flu vaccine that is available may offer some protection.