Friday, February 12, 2016
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Tuesday is Election Day

(LeMars) -- Tomorrow is election day and voters in LeMars will decide upon the mayor's race and two council members...all of which are running unopposed.  Running for LeMars Mayor is Dick Kirchoff, and Delana Ihrke and John Rexwinkel are the city council candidates seeking re-election.   Besides selecting the mayor and council members, LeMars residents will cast their vote for three people seeking a position on the Floyd Valley Hospital Board of Trustees.  Like the mayor and the council members, they are also unopposed.  Running for re-eclection include Bill Rosacker, Larry Peterson and Ralph Klemme.  Voters will also decide as to what type of governing representation they would like for the future.  A yes vote would mean you are in favor of changing from the present day ward representation system to all at-large representation.  A no vote would mean you would like to see no changes in the current style of city government.  Polls will be open from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m.

(LeMars) -- Speaking about the Floyd Valley Board of Trustees, they have scheduled their regular monthy meeting for Tuesday evening.  The Trustees will discusss a self evaluation on the governing board.  In addition, they will review and approve capital acquistions.  That meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 with dinner and the meeting is to begin at 6:00 p.m. 


(LeMars) -- Customers of the First National Bank in downtown LeMars will notice a convenient drive through has re-opened.  The facility has undergone a top to bottom renovation of its drive-up banking services.  As part of the renovation, customers now easily enter the drive up off of Central Avenue, conduct their transactions and exit onto 1st Avenue.  To ensure the smooth flow of traffic, First National Bank has contructed two lanes offering motorists easy in and easy out convenience to conduct their transactions.


  LARCHWOOD, Iowa (AP) - One person has died in a fiery crash that ignited a stack of hay bales in a field near Larchwood.
     The Lyon County sheriff's office said that investigators believe the vehicle went off the road early Saturday morning, traveling into a ditch and then into bean and corn fields before hitting the
hay bales. The vehicle was found as firefighters were battling the fire, which involved 30 round bales.
     The victim's name has not been released.

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A new poll suggests that Iowa Republicans are most concerned about the U.S. debt and jobs in the run-up to the Jan. 3 caucuses.
     The Des Moines Register's Iowa Poll says 48 percent of those surveyed felt the national debt and government spending was among the top one or two issues for the next president to address. Some
47 percent felt jobs and the economy were among the top issues.
     The poll found women tended to rank jobs higher debt, with the issues ranked opposite for more men.
     Four years ago, Iowa Poll respondents said national security and terrorism were the top campaign issues.  The poll of 400 likely Republican caucus-goers was conducted Oct. 23-26 by Selzer and Company.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A group of computer hackers is urging its supporters to shut down the Iowa caucuses. The Des Moines Register reports Anonymous has taken credit for an online video calling for people to "peacefully shut down" the January 3rd caucuses. A spokesman for Iowa's Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division says that state officials have been preparing security plans for the caucuses before the video surfaced.





Rexwinkel Discusses Goals For City

(LeMars) -- John Rexwinkel has been on the LeMars city council for 12 years and is seeking a fourth term as an at-large council member.  He is running unopposed.  A major concern for Rexwinkel is the city needs to keep a close eye on its expenditures.  He says the city has been able to accomplish that task through some reorganization efforts.

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In the coming term, Rexwinlel wants to see a maintaining of the primary services.

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Although Rexwinkel serves in the capacity of an at-large council member, he is not in favor

of any changes to the present day ward representation system of government.

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Election day is scheduled for next Tuesday.

(LeMars) -- Speaking of election day, polls will be open from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m. at all voting locations in Plymouth County.  LeMars residents will cast their votes at the LeMars Convention Center.  Remsen has a race for the mayor position and the people of Remsen will cast their vote at the Remsen Library.  Merrill residents will vote at the Kissinger Community Center.  The Kingsley Community Center is the polling place for Kingsley residents.  Struble residents need to cast their votes at the LeMars Public Library.  Craig residents will vote at the Craig City Hall, and Brunsville residents will vote at the Brunsville Legion Hall.  Oyens residents will vote at the Oyens Town Hall, Westfield will go to the  Westfield Community Center, and Akron residents will vote at the Akron Public Library. 

 (LeMars) -- The LeMars Business Initiative Corporation Board of Directors is looking to fill an at-large seat vacated by a retiring Board member.  The LBIC is made up of four representatives of the City of LeMars, four representatives of the LeMars Area Chamber of Commerce, and six more at-large positions.  All at-large positions are three year terms. 

Anyone interested in serving on the LBIC board should provide a letter stating their interest in the position and their willingness to serve a three-year term.  The letter should be sent to LBIC, 50 Central Avenue S.E., LeMars, Iowa with attention to Neal Adler.  All letters need to be received my November 18th.  The Board of Directors will hold an election at their December meeting to fill any open seats. 



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