Plymouth Co. Supervisors Hear about NW Iowa Development
(LeMars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors met this morning and heard from Larry Petersen and John Koley of the County Compensation Board offer its recommendation for salary considerations. Vice Chairman Petersen suggested to the supervisors to consider a 3.9 percent increase for the elected officials, and a three percent increase for the supervisors. Petersen says it was a difficult decision and he was complimentary of the public employees.
John Koley also serves on the Compensation Board. He says it is difficult to offer a suggestion for salary compensation when the budget is not known.
Koley and Petersen acknowledged that the supervisors have a difficult job ahead of them in determining the allocation of funds for all the county employees and programs.
(LeMars) -- The Supervisors also heard from Neil Adler of the LeMars Business and Industry Corporation. Adler emphasized the importance of the county's participation with the Northwest Iowa Development.
Adler says if Plymouth County is not part of a regional economic development group, there is a strong possibility of missing opportunities.
Adler says the cost for Plymouth County to participate in the Northwest Iowa Development will be between fify cents per capita; and one dollar per capita.
(Sheldon) -- Iowa's Economic Development Authority Director, Debi Durham, is scheduled to be the featured speaker at the Northwest Iowa Development partners meeting scheduled for January 12th. The event will be held at the Lifelong Learning and Recreation Center on the campus of Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon.
(LeMars) -- The LeMars Chamber of Commerce has announced its December Employee of the Month. Dianne Huls has been selected for the honor. Forty years ago, on December 27, 1971, Dianne Huls walked into work for her first day of employment with LeMars Mutual Insurance Company. Dianne started her employment as a Policy Entry Clerk. The Company's office was then located on Central Avenue where now the Dialysis Center is located. Her duties involved typicy policy information on computer key-punch cards that fed into the computer card reader. Over the years, Dianne has supervised various automation changes. These changes included the processing of insurance policies from manual key-punch typing to computer-generated documents and rating procedures. Dianne's current job title is Supervisor of Methods and Procedures in which she is responsible for reviewing the insurance products offered by the company. This includes work with starting the initial set-up, policy rating, print, and final billings that are sent out of the office every day. Dianne is a dependable and very positive employee. It is her optimistic attitude and willingness to embrace change that has helped this organization and fellow employees reach our objectives. Dianne lives in LeMars with her husband Dale. They have two sons, Paul and his wife Mary who live in Sioux City, and Shaun and wife, Minisa, who live in Hampton, Virginia. Dianne and Dale have four grandchildren and enjoy spare time with family and friends. Dianne is a Laurens, Iowa native.