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Tuesday News, May 26

School Board To Hear Report On Teacher Leadership Program

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community Board of Education will hold its meeting this evening.  The school board will hold a public hearing on regarding the proposed amendment to the 2014-2015 school budget and will consider adoption of the budget amendment following the hearing.  Members of the Le Mars Educational Enhancement Program, or simply L.E.E.P. are expected to present a check for $16,000 to the school board as they partner with the school district on technology purchases. Members of the Teacher Leadership and Compensation committee will present a report to the school board regarding the first year of implementation of the Teacher Leadership and Compensation program in the school district.  The school board will also hear a report from the district's Family Living, Foods, and Nutrition faculty as they review and possibly adopt a new text book.

 

 

 

Plymouth County Supervisors Will Not Meet

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors are taking the week off, as they will not be holding a meeting this morning.  The next scheduled meeting for the county governing board is scheduled for next Tuesday, June 2nd.

 

 

 

Log Cabin Ready To Be Moved

(Le Mars) -- The Joy Hollow Log Cabin is ready for its move across town.  Officials say the move will take place sometime this week, although a specific date has not been set.  Morrow's Housemoving of Jackson, Nebraska has completed many days of work preparing the historic cabin, which is over 115 years old. The log cabin, which was used at one time for a Girl Scout camp, is currently residing at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds.  Members of the Plymouth county Historical Museum were able to raise the needed funds to move the cabin from the fairgrounds to the museum.  Once at the museum, restoration efforts will then take place, preserving the cabin. This will mark the fourth time the cabin has been moved.  The site at the Plymouth County Historical Museum is being completed this week, depending on the rain.  The Plymouth County Fair board gave the museum a deadline of June 1st to move the cabin.

 

 

Hospital Trustees Approve Budget

(Le Mars) -- Recently, the board of trustees of the Floyd Valley Hospital approved its budget for the upcoming fiscal year.  Hospital Administrator, Mike Donlin says the hospital's budget at $36 million dollars could compare to many small cities. Donlin says the hospital's financial position is looking good.

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Donlin says the hospital anticipates expenses could be slightly higher this coming fiscal year.

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Black Bear Seen In Dubuque

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - Officials say there's evidence a black bear has traveled into Dubuque.

Nate Johnson with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says tracks found behind a home on the south side of the city belong to a black bear weighing between 100 and 200 pounds. Police say a bear sighting was reported Monday morning.

Officials believe the bear likely came to Iowa from Minnesota or Wisconsin. There were sightings reported last year in nearby Illinois.

 

 

 

Iowa Family In Washington D.C. To Cope With Veteran's Death

GRINNELL, Iowa (AP) - A Grinnell family is spending the long weekend in Washington, D.C., at a national seminar and grief camp for those coping with the loss of a member of the armed forces.

Kaanan Mackey says the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, known as TAPS, will give her five children, ages 6 to 16, a chance to meet others with similar experiences.

Mackey's husband, Matthew, died in 2010 from injuries following an accident on his way home from a drill weekend at Camp Dodge in Johnston. He served in the Marine Corps and Iowa Army National Guard.

The family on Memorial Day usually places flags on veterans' graves at the Grinnell cemetery. This year they will place stones on graves at Arlington National Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

Body Recovered From Mississippi River

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say they've recovered the body of a man whose boat capsized under a roller dam on the Mississippi River near Burlington.

The state Department of Natural Resources says the body of 33-year-old Christopher Corson was found Monday morning, a day after the boat he was on capsized. A search for him had been underway.

Corson and 30-year-old Anthony Zurmuehlen, both of Burlington, were fishing Sunday afternoon below a roller dam at Lock and Dam 18 when their 14-foot johnboat was pulled under the dam and rolled over. The department says Zurmuehlen grabbed onto a log and other debris and worked his way to shore, where a conservation officer found him. He was taken to a local medical center and later released.

 

 

 

 

 

   

Monday News, May 25

Origin Of "Taps"

(Untitled) -- The sound of taps will be heard at thousands of cemeteries across the nation today, as people take the time to honor veterans who either sacrificed their lives, or passed on before us.  There are many legends as to the origin of the musical tune taps, but the most common is that it started in 1842 by Brigadier General Daniel Butterfield.  Within months both the Union and Confederate forces adopted the tune.  It was officially recognized by the United States Army in 1874. It was Captain John C. Tidball, a West Point cadet from the class of 1848 that started the custom of playing taps at military funerals. "Taps" is sounded during each of the military wreath ceremonies conducted at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, including the ones held on Memorial Day.

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Avenue Of Flags Ceremony

(Le Mars) -- The American Legion Wasmer Post #241 of Le Mars will hold its 50th annual "Avenue of the Flags" ceremony today at the Plymouth County Courthouse grounds.  The program will begin at 10:00 a.m., but prior to the ceremony will be a Memorial Day Parade. Post Commander Wayne Schipper explains.

 

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The ceremony is colorful, and often times somber and emotional as families present a flag honoring a loved one that served in the United States military forces.  Schipper says this year an additional 35 flags will be dedicated to join the growing number of flags.

 

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Each of the flags represent a veteran that has passed on, and American Legion member Pat Murphy will read all of the 1200 plus names.  In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place at the Le Mars Community Middle School Auditorium.

Remsen And Oyens Hold Avenue Of Flags Ceremony

(Remsen) -- Remsen and Oyens will also honor its veterans with their own "Avenue of Flags" and Memorial Day ceremonies. The  Remsen Memorial Day program will be held at the Remsen-Union gymnasium, and the Oyens program will be held at 11:00 at St. Catherine's school cafeteria. The Remsen Memorial Day program will begin at 10:00 a.m.   Madison Tentinger, daughter of David and Beth Tentinger, along with Draven Haefs, son of Peter and Mendy Haefs will both read essays during the program.  Bob Gengler will serve as the Master of Ceremonies, and the speaker will be Reverend Dennis Martens of the Christ Lutheran Church.  A total of 339 flags will be flown On Washington Street Boulevard, Happy Siesta Health Care Center, Bavarian Meadows, St Mary's Catholic Church, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Christ Lutheran Church and at the cemetery. Oyens will have 74 flags to honor its veterans.

Vehicle Hits Wall Of Saloon

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire Department was dispatched to the Red Hanky Saloon located at 18 2nd Street Northwest at about 2:50 p.m. Saturday afternoon, for a vehicle that hit the wall of the saloon, causing some bricks to fall.  The vehicle had hit two other vehicles before striking the bar's outside wall.  Fire Department personnel were called to the scene to assist with the clean up of debris, and of the fluids from the vehicles. The fire and rescue department checked the structural integrity of the building, and to make certain there were no electrical wires that were exposed.  Fire personnel rendered the building safe after the accident.  There were no injuries with the driver, or any patrons inside the building at the time of the accident. The Le Mars Police Department and the Le Mars Ambulance were also called to assist at the scene.

Ernst, Northey, And King Comment About Bird Flu At Town Hall Meeting

(Sioux Center) -- Discussion focused on the bird flu at a town hall meeting held Saturday afternoon at Sioux Center.  Iowa Republican Senator Joni Ernst, Iowa 4th District Congressman Steve King, and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey answered questions from producers, feed company representatives, and other people concerned about the bird flu outbreak that has affected millions of chickens and turkeys.  Some poultry producers were wondering if the U-S government would step
in and help with some financial aid.  Senator Ernst says there is an indemnity fund, but it has its limitations.
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Ernst reminded the gathering that Iowa is not the only state affected by the avian flu, but it has been hit the hardest.
Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey is concerned after sterilization and sanitation has taken place in the affected facilities, what assurance will there be to make certain the virus has been totally destroyed.
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Two landfills in the state recently agreed to take birds.  However, Iowa Congressman Steve King is concerned about the long term health and environmental impacts at the landfills.
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King further explains his position.
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The Iowa Republican Congressman says he would like to learn more information about how to kill the bird flu virus.
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Many of the producers attending the townhall meetings felt frustrated by the lack of assistance, and the lack of information.


Turkey Producer Comments About Bird Flu

(Sioux Center) -- One of the turkey producers attending the Bird Flu town hall meeting at Sioux Center was Rod Parker.  Parker raises turkeys in Cherokee County and on May 7th he was informed that his turkey operation had tested positive with the avian flu.  Parker says his flock was healthy up until the time the flu had struck. He says he noticed an increase of mortality of the birds. Parker's facilities were within the quarantined zone from another facility that was previously infected.

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Parker, who also serves on the Iowa Turkey Federation Board, wouldn't say how many turkeys were lost, but he did admit all the turkeys within his five buildings of his operation would need to be euthanized.  Parker says he has started the composting process of the dead birds.

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The Iowa turkey grower says he must now monitor the temperature of the composting pile.

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He says USDA officials tell him it could be at least six months before he can repopulate his facilities with new birds.

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Parker believes the virus is airborne, and the strong spring winds have helped it spread throughout northwest Iowa.  He says several producers are not being told vital information in a timely manner, and are left with several questions.

 

School Officials Are Frustrated Over Legislator's Delay For Education Funding Bill

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - As budget talks drag on in the state Capitol, educators are growing increasingly frustrated.

School funding has been a central point of conflict throughout the legislative session, with the Democratic-led Senate seeking to provide more new dollars than the Republican-controlled House for the 2015-2016 academic year. The two sides are about $50 million apart on funding.

Paul Gausman, superintendent of the Sioux City Community School District, says his district removed about 20 instructional assistant jobs from its payroll as it waits for word about additional money.

David Benson, superintendent for the Cedar Rapids Community School District, says the impasse has forced his district to keep about 30 teaching jobs on hold.

Legislative leaders say they are making progress on reaching a budget deal. They'll resume negotiations this week.

 

 

 

Red Cross Is Consolidating Offices In Eastern Iowa

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - Several American Red Cross offices in eastern Iowa will be consolidating to reduce costs, but the nonprofit says it is not cutting jobs or services.

The agency will close its Marshalltown office and move to a smaller Waterloo office.

Pami Erickson is executive director of the south and eastern Iowa chapter of the Red Cross. She says the chapter will actually add one job as part of the changes.

The Marshalltown office had been used only for storage in recent years. Those items will move to the emergency management building.

In Waterloo, the Red Cross will give up four offices it is leasing and move into free space provided by Red Cross Blood Services.

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