Thursday News, April 9
Fair Board To Meet This Evening - Fate Of Log Cabin To Be Decided
(Le Mars) -- Tonight, the Plymouth County Fair board is scheduled to meet for its monthly meeting, and the fate of the 115 year old Joy Hollow log cabin will be decided. The cabin presently is located on the fair grounds. But, the fair board has expressed it either would like to demolish the historical log cabin, or have it moved. Members of the Plymouth County Historical Museum, known as "Friends of the Joy Hollow Log Cabin" have been collecting money and pledges to help save the cabin. Some people have expressed an interest in having the cabin remain at the fairgrounds, but utilizing the collected funds to help restore the cabin. The estimated cost to move the log cabin is about $9,000 and the cost to fully restore the cabin has been estimated at $35,000 although that cost could be lowered with volunteer assistance. Several area boy scouts have shown interest in restoring the log cabin as an possible Eagle Scout badge project. The fair board is expected to act on the future of the log cabin as to whether they will transfer the ownership and allow it to be moved, or go ahead with its initial plans to tear down the aging structure.
Museum Board Votes To Save The Cabin
Le Mars) -- Meanwhile, The Plymouth County Historical Museum Board has voted to move the old log cabin that once faced demolition to a site at the museum. Grant Hanstein, a director with the Historical Museum explains the vote.
The museum's board voted Wednesday to move the cabin from the fairgrounds, although as Hanstein says, the fair board will still have the final say on the matter.
Hanstein says more than $31,000 has already been received in pledges to help move and restore the cabin. He says that amount is close to the goal the museum had to proceed with the project.
Mayor Kirchoff Proclaims April To Be "Volunteer Month"
(Le Mars) -- During the Le Mars City Council meeting held on Tuesday, Mayor Dick Kirchoff informed the gathering that April 7th was proclaimed to be "National Mayor's Day". Kirchoff took the opportunity to officially proclaim April as "Volunteer Month" for the city of Le Mars. Kirchoff says volunteers of all kinds have helped make the city of Le Mars as wonderful as it can be. Mayor Kirchoff presented the proclamation to Mary Reynolds of the Le Mars Main Street Organization and Chamber of Commerce. Reynolds accepted the proclamation on behalf of all Le Mars volunteers.
Meis Named Goldwater Scholar
(Ames) -- An Iowa State University student with ties to Le Mars has been named a 2015 Goldwater Scholar, the nation's premier undergraduate scholarship in mathematics, natural sciences, and engineering. Catherine Meis, the daughter of David and Linda Meis of Le Mars is a third-year student, majoring in materials engineering with a minor in bio-engineering. The Goldwater recognizes students
of outstanding potential who intend to pursue careers in research. Meis will graduate in December of 2016. With a long-time interest in medicine, she wants to pursue a PhD. and research the bio-medical applications of materials. Meis says she is interested in developing the material building blocks to make medical devices. Meis has worked in the laboratories of her Iowa State University Honors Program.
Additional Alley Art Now On Display
(Le Mars) -- Additional alley art projects have been erected by city officials. Mary Reynolds of the Le Mars Main Street Organization says new art pieces with a golf theme have been added to the backside of Hugo's. Two new dragons that have to be kept behind the barred windows are featured in the alley of the Green Tea Chinese/Japanese restaurant. Reynolds reports there are new paintings behind the Le Mars Daily Sentinel building, as well as new paintings are featured in the alley behind Northwest Bank and Timmy's Catering.
Sioux City Man Arrested For Having Meth In Basement
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Sioux City man has been arrested after authorities say they found a meth lab at his home.
Police say the 48-year-old man was arrested on several charges including possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine. They say the man had earlier sold 2 grams of meth to an undercover informant working with Sioux City police.
The suspect is being held in the Woodbury County Jail in lieu of a $20,000 bond. He has a court appearance scheduled for later this month.
During a search of the man's basement, authorities say they found camping fuel, lithium batteries and syringes. They also found 20 grams of meth and 7 grams of marijuana.