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Tuesday Afternoon News, October 7

City Water Officials To Flush Water Mains

(Le Mars) -- City water officials have announced they will conduct flushing of hydrants within the coming days.  The water department will start flushing the NE part of town on Wednesday 10/8/2014 and the NW part of town this Thursday 10/9/2014. Flushing will start at 8:00 AM through 3:30 PM. Customers need to monitor their water for clarity during that time. If discolored water is noticed please use the outside hose bib and when it is clear the home or business should clear up shortly. If discolored water is noticed please refrain from using hot water till the cold hard water has cleared up. This will help  to keep the discolored water into the water heater. The city will continue flushing next week in the southwest part of town. City water superintendent, Gayle Sitzmann says perhaps later this month, the city will be installing the new booster station online. He says this will change the flow of the pressure zone coming from the corner of 4th Ave & 12th street SE to 7th Ave or K-49 and 200th street SE.

 

Plymouth County 4-H Youth Celebrate National 4-H Week

(Le Mars) -- This week is National 4-H Week and in Plymouth County the youth organization has played a huge role in shaping the lives of many Plymouth County youth.  Ann Schroenrock serves as the County 4-H and Youth Director, as well as co-program coodinator for the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach for Plymouth County.  She says over the years, 4-H has evolved.

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Schroenrock says it can be quite intimidating and frightening for a fourth grader to step on a stage, face an audience, and give an educational presentation for the first time.  But, she says 4-H helps youth grow in terms of developing confidence, through communication and leadership skills, traits, she says that last a lifetime.

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The 4-H and Youth Director says 4-H is keeping up with the trends of social media by selecting the theme: # "I am 4-H". She says local 4-H members have taken several "selfie" photos and distributed them to their friends through facebook and twitter, emphasizing their involvement with the youth organization.  Schroenrock speaks highly of her youth council, saying when they are together, they act as one unit putting aside school rivalaries.

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She says 4-H offers the opportunity to meet new friends, but often times, those early developed friendships last a lifetime.

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Alons Diagnosed With Cancer, But Says He Will Continue In Legislature

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - State Rep. Dwayne Alons says he has been diagnosed with renal cancer but plans to continue to serve in the Legislature.
     Alons, a Republican from Hull, announced his diagnosis in a news release Tuesday. He says he had cancer in his left kidney and will undergo treatment in the fall. He thanked his family for their support and expressed a desire to continue working on behalf of Sioux County. 
     Alons is running unopposed for a ninth term. He is a retired farmer and former Iowa Air National Guard brigadier general.

 

Sioux City City Council To Insure Water Lines

 SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - The City Council has agreed to help an insurer market coverage for damage from frozen water and sewer pipes in Sioux City.
     On Monday the council approved an agreement with HomeServe USA. Mayor Bob Scott says he hopes people can start signing up on Nov. 1, because there's a 30-day waiting period before the coverage begins. 
     The voluntary program lets property owners receive water line coverage for $4.49 per month and sewer line coverage for $7.99 a month. People already can insure their water lines through other private firms, but city leaders say they negotiated lower-than-average rates.
     City officials have estimated that more than 50 homeowners had to pay for line repairs last winter, at an average of $4,000 for water lines and $5,000 to $7,000 for sewer lines.

 

Owners Of Templeton Rye Defending Marketing Of Whiskey

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The owners of whiskey maker Templeton Rye are defending their marketing as the company faces several lawsuits over allegations of consumer deception.
     Co-founder Keith Kerkhoff says the Iowa-based company is able to claim the whiskey is made in the state because they add their own ingredients to it at their Templeton facility. 
     The company has been under scrutiny after revealing they use a stock rye whiskey from an Indiana distillery before blending it with more ingredients in Iowa. At least three lawsuits claiming the company deceived customers are pending.
     Kerkhoff says federal officials have approved the company's labels and completed audits without mentioning any concerns about consumer fraud.
     The company announced in August that it will change its labels to show it's distilled in Indiana.
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Tuesday News, October 7

Supervisors To Hear About Sexual Assault And Domestic Violence

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will meet today at the County Courthouse Boardroom.  The supervisors will hear from Cathy Van Maanen with the Council of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.  Rob Bixenman with Bixenman Insurance will offer the supervisors an update of the county's insurance policies and renewal information.  Plymouth County Recorder JoLynn Goodchild will present her quarterly report and Plymouth County Engineer Tom Rohe will address the supervisors and discuss the road construction projects.

 

City Council To Hold Hearing On Extension Services Lease Agreement

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council is scheduled to convene today at noon at the city hall council chambers.  First on the agenda will be a public hearing to solicit comments regarding renewing a lease agreement with the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach for Plymouth County.  The Extension Service rents office space in the lower level of the Le Mars Convention Center.  Wells Enterprises will appear before the city council to ask if 1st Street Southeast from 1st Avenue East to 2nd Avenue East can be closed for two months in order for the ice cream maker to construct RTS supports at its North Ice Cream Plant.  The city council has only one action item on today's agenda, and that is to discuss the city energy management program agreement.

 

Well Aware Community Health Fair Scheduled For Wednesday

(Le Mars) -- Wednesday afternoon will be Floyd Valley Hospital's annual "Well Aware Community Health Fair" to be held at the Le Mars Convention Center upper level.  The health fair is free of charge to the public, and Floyd Valley's Educational Coordinator, Kari Daale, offers a glimpse as to what is expected.

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Daale says the 50 venders exhibiting at the Community Health Fair will cover many aspects of health related topics.

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The Floyd Valley Hospital spokesperson says the Le Mars Police Department is working with the Community Health Fair as a drop off point for old and expired prescription medications.

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Daale says if the weather is nice, and if there are no emergency calls, visitors to the Well Aware Community Health Fair will have the opportunity to see up close the Mercy Air Care helicopter.

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The Well Aware Community Health Fair will be held at the Le Mars Convention Center and will begin at 2:00 p.m. and will continue until 6:00 p.m. and it is free to the public.

 

University Of Iowa To Increase Funding For Combating Sexual Assault

  IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The University of Iowa plans to increase its funding for positions aimed at combating sexual assault.
     President Sally Mason announced Monday that a new, full-time prevention specialist will be added at the Women's Resource and Action Center. Another position within the center will be increased from part-time to full-time. A third full-time job will be part of the Rape Victim Advocacy Program.
     The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports each full-time position will cost an estimated $50,000 to $55,000.
     The announcement comes several days after the university released information about its sixth case of a reported sexual assault since the new school year. The university also recently enacted new guidelines on punishment for students who commit sexual misconduct.

 

Bar Association Says All Judges Should Be Retained

  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa State Bar Association says all 72 judges on the November ballot should be retained.
     The association Monday released the results of a member survey that found all 72 were well qualified, receiving high marks for their professionalism and demeanor.
     More than 1,100 lawyers statewide answered questions about judges. They ranked them from very poor to excellent on questions such as their knowledge of the law and the promptness of their rulings.
     A vast majority of respondents said all 70 district judges and two appeals court judges should stay in office.
     More than 70 percent of the 40 lawyers who ranked Judge Emily Dean said she should be retained. The Iowa Supreme Court last month suspended her for 30 days showing up drunk to the job in 2012.
 

 

Lender's License Revoked

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Officials have revoked an online lender's Iowa license over allegations of exorbitant interest rates.
     The Iowa Superintendent of Banking said Monday that CashCall Inc. must pay $1.5 million in restitution costs and stop lending money to Iowa residents.
     The state's Division of Banking says the settlement offers restitution for more than 3,400 illegal loans by the company.
     The California-based CashCall was accused of charging borrowers illegally high interest rates. Officials say that violated state lending laws.
     As part of the agreement, CashCall neither admits nor denies wrongdoing. The company has tried to argue that its lending activity is beyond Iowa's jurisdictional reach because it originated through another company that offered loans on an Indian reservation in South Dakota.

 

Regents Consultant Won't Give Specifics About Possible Jobs Cuts

 CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - Consultants advising Iowa's three public universities on how to save money say they can't be more specific about possible job cuts because of a lack of data.
     Representatives of Deloitte Consulting LLC told University of Northern Iowa employees during a forum Monday that the universities do not collect data on how employees spend their time.
     Deloitte director Rick Ferraro says it's therefore impossible to say how its proposals to restructure human resources, finance and information technology staffs would affect specific departments and jobs.
     He says it would be "too costly" to gather the information before the Iowa Board of Regents decides whether to move forward with those plans next month. He says he's sure that answer may be frustrating, but that more specifics would become clear during the implementation phase.

   
 

 

 

   

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