Wednesday News, June 6
(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County election can be summed up by saying the Incumbents Win. In each of the Republican primary contested race, it was the incumbent candidate that was able to protect their position. Although, District Two between Mark Loutsch and Wayne Schipper the difference was only 49 votes. Loutsch was able to carry the rural areas while Schipper, perhaps not surprisingly carried Le Mars. Another close race was in District 5 where Jim Henrich narrowly defeated challenger Dan Smith. Henrich had 1117 votes while Smith had 951. In District 3, Don Kass was able to win easily by defeating challenger Merlin Wagner by a margin of 1138 votes. The sheriff's race between incumbant Mike Van Otterloo and Jay King was also a runaway. Van Otterloo defeated King by a 6 to 1 margin.
A total of 2205 votes were cast which is more than double the votes from the last election in 2008, when 1084 people went to the polls.
Mike Van Otterloo 1844
Jay King 314
Mark Loutsch 1069
Wayne Schipper 1020
Don Kass 1580
Merlin Wagner 442
Jim Henrich 1117
Dan Smith 951
After the results were in, Loutsch complimented Schipper and said he was relieved.
Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo is able to retain his position. Afterwards, he thanked the voters of Plymouth County for supporting him.
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council approved the sale of the Centennial Dormitory Hall. Centennial is one of the buildings owned by the city after Westmar College folded. Carver Incorporated of Sioux City purchased the building for $10,000. Jared Carver says the building will be used for several things including an air soft shooting gallery. He explains what that is.
Carver says the complex will be known as Centennial Business Center.
(Le Mars) -- Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds will be in Le Mars this afternoon. The Lt. Governor is scheduled to tour of the I-M-L Iowa, Incorporated at 4:30. In addition to her Le Mars visit, Reynolds will be making three visits to companies at Orange City.
(Le Mars) -- Downtown Le Mars will be the focus of a meeting scheduled for this evening at 6:30 p.m. Kerry Davis of Preservation Solutions will present her report on the final public meeting for listing the downtown district
(Le Mars) -- Perkins Office Supply of Le Mars has announced they will be moving. Actually, Perkins Office Supply will be moving across the street to the former Maurice's building. That announcement was made last evening during the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce meeting. No word as to when that move will be completed.
(Le Mars) -- A popular Le Mars steak house will be featured on Iowa Public Television this coming Thursday. Archie's Wayside will be part of the program entitled Iowa's Simple Pleasures. That program airs at 6:30 p.m.
(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors approved the bids for five different construction projects slated to begin this summer. Plymouth County engineer Tom Rohe read the competing bids to the county board of supervisors during their Tuesday meeting. The county will have two metal pipe culverts , and three pre-cast concrete culverts installed. Kooiker, Incorporated of Le Mars was granted the bid for a project involving the installation of a metal pipe culvert measuring 72 inches in diameter and stretching 56 feet. The submitted bid was $27,917.90. Graves Construction of Spencer, Iowa was awarded the bid for a second metal pipe culvert installation project. They submitted a bid of $29,253. Graves Construction was also awarded a project involving the installation of a pre-cast concrete box culvert measuring 14 feet x 5 feet x 34 feet. That project's bid was $80,235. MidWest Contractors of Marshall, Minnesota was the winning contractor for two other projects. They submitted bids of $116,677 and $111,469 for two projects involving the installation of pre-cast concrete box culverts.