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Monday Afternoon News, May 9

Rosemary Cronin Honored As Le Mars Community School District's "Employee of the Month"

(Le Mars) -- A Le Mars Community Middle School Family and Consumer Sciences teacher has been awarded the school district's May "Employee of the Month".  Rosemary Cronin was presented the honor during a ceremony this morning.  Rosemary Cronin was nominated by both Amy Anderson and by Amy Kelly.  Anderson writes: "Rosemary is absolutely the BEST!  She is the personification of what every teacher should be or strive to become.  Rosemary Cronin is caring to each and every student. She wants them to succeed not only in her classes, but also in life.  Rosemary is always gracious and kind to everyone, students and teachers alike.  The advanced textile classes that Rosemary established in the High School have created many successful textile arts professionals as well as students who have become successful members of our community because of the skills and manners she taught them".  Amy Anderson continues to say that she has learned so much from Rosemary over the years, and know for a fact that she is a better teacher because of her friendship with Rosemary Cronin and her shared creativity.  Amy Kelly writes: "Rosemary Cronin has a lifelong passion for teaching Family and Consumer Science.  She creatively teaches students basics about living, encouraging them to live better by making knowledgeable choices in regard to consumerism, finances, housing, cooking and sewing.  She holds high standards while continuing to teach through a variety of methods including discussions, games and practical application.  STEAM/STEM are currently becoming popular buzzwords in education, but in Family and Consumer Sciences, Rosemary has intentionally taught these for many years, since FACS naturally incorporates science, math, reading, the arts, and technology.  She has continually taught with a love of knowledge and a desire to pass on this knowledge to the next generation.  She truly desires that students will make choices that will impact their lives in a positive way."  Congratulations go to Rosemary Cronin for being named this month's Le Mars Community School District "Employee of the Month".




Life Skills To Hold Awards Banquet Monday Evening

(Le Mars) -- Life Skills Training Center will hold its annual meeting and awards ceremony this evening at the Le Mars Presbyterian Church of Christ church.  The program will begin at 7:15 p.m. Shelly Thomson serves as the Marketing and Development Coordinator for Life Skills.  She offers a brief review of tonight's ceremonies.

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Life Skills works with mentally challenged individuals, to assist them to find suitable employment.  Thomson says Life Skills serves about 70 clients from throughout Plymouth County.

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Thomson says Life Skills is willing to offer tours to individuals and groups. Life Skills holds several fund raisers through out the year including the sale of Christmas decorations, the quilt auction held during the Plymouth County Fair, the cow pie Bossy bingo also held during the fair, as well as the annual phone-a-thon that is coordinated by the Knights of Columbus organizations of Plymouth County.  Thomson says the people of Plymouth County have been generous to help support Life Skills Training Center.

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Steven Musson Scholarships Applications  Now Being Accepted

(Le Mars) -- The Floyd Valley Foundation, along with the Musson family, have announced that they will be accepting applications for the Steven H. Musson Memorial Emergency Services Grant until May 31, 2016.  To be eligible, the applicant(s) must reside and actively engage in emergency care in Plymouth County.   This can include: paramedic, first responder, or emergency care technician (EMT).  The $500 grant must be used for direct expenses related to pursuing an emergency care training including books tuition, classes, transportation, squad trainings and certifications.  Interested applicants (individuals or a squad) may obtain an electronic version of the brochure including application information from the Floyd Valley Healthcare website at under Foundation and Giving.  The Steven H. Musson Emergency Services Endowment was established in 2003 by the Musson family to recognize and honor of Steve for his passion for emergency care.  Floyd Valley Healthcare recognizes and appreciates the 27 years of steadfast duty, organization, and care he gave.  Steve helped start the Le Mars Ambulance service in 1975 and served as co-director until his death in 2002.  He also served on the Floyd Valley Hospital Board of Trustees and was instrumental in the decision to expand the Outpatient and Emergency Departments, a vision that was completed in the fall of 2004.





Legislators Question Actions Of Iowa Health Services Director

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Some Iowa lawmakers say a state director defied legislative intent behind a $750,000 allocation to hire disabled people and that his department ignored legislators' requests to explain the actions.

Iowa Department of Human Services director Chuck Palmer is expected to answer questions about the matter before a legislative committee Tuesday.
The $750,000 allocation in last year's legislative session was intended to aid a program known as "Supported Employment," which helps people with disabilities get and hold a job.
But lawmakers didn't include so-called clarifying language in the bill, and the department used the money to supplement the state's $4.2 billion Medicaid budget.
Republican state Rep. Megan Jones and at least three other lawmakers say Palmer and his department should've been aware of the Legislature's wishes regardless.







Monday News, May 9th

School Board To Meet Monday Evening

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community Board of Education is scheduled to convene this evening.  The school board will hold a public hearing regarding the re-roofing project for the Education Service Center.  The school board will open the received bids and are expected to take action.  Each of the school principals are scheduled to address the school board and offer a building administrator report.  School superintendent Dr. Todd Wendt will provide information to the Board of Education regarding the application process recently completed.  The process is part of the board's goals to increase the level of technology integration in district classrooms.  The school board will discuss Senior Awards Night, scheduled for Wednesday, May 18th beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the new high school gym.  The board will also discuss Senior Graduation and Commencement Exercises scheduled for Sunday, May 22nd beginning at 3:00 p.m.  The Le Mars Community Foundation Chamber Coffee is scheduled for Wednesday, May 25th at the Education Service Center.  The employee recognition coffee is scheduled for Thursday, June 2nd beginning at 2:00 p.m.  The school board will act upon two resignations.  Dave Winslow, a middle school science teacher has resigned his position at the conclusion of the school year.  Roger Klopp has resigned his part-time custodian position at Kluckhohn elementary school effective at the end of the school year.  The school board will consider two contracts.  The school board will also consider the recommendations of the Meet and Confer committee regarding contracts for support staff and administrative contracts.
The school board will also consider entering into an agreement with Piper Jaffray for the purpose of representing the district in re-financing the 2011 sales tax revenue bonds issued to finance the Phase 2 construction project at the time.  Dr. Wendt will also discuss the proposed student fees for the 2016-2017 school year.





Judge To Reconsider Sentences For Female Bank Robbers

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A judge has scheduled hearings to reconsider sentences given to two women who pleaded guilty in connection to a staged bank robbery in Sioux City.
Judge Jeff Neary has scheduled hearings for Tuesday in which he will decide whether he will amend the sentences he gave to 19-year-old Heaven Zevenbergen and 19-year-old Angelica Perez. 
Zevenbergen and Perez both pleaded guilty to second-degree theft. They were each sentenced to five years in prison in February.
Prosecutors said Perez entered a Security National Bank branch at a Hy-Vee supermarket last August in a disguise, and warned Zevenbergen via a note that she was armed. According to prosecutors, Zevenbergen, then a teller at the bank, knew Perez and gave her $10,000.





National Guard Member And Mother Of Four Deployed To Afghanistan

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - One of the 60 Iowa Army National Guard soldiers leaving on Mother's Day for a yearlong deployment in Afghanistan is a mother of four.
The Des Moines Register reports ( ) Jessica Hoenicke expects that leaving her kids and not being able to be with them every day will be the hardest part.
But Hoenicke has deployed before, so she knows roughly what to expect.
Hoenicke is part of the 185th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion based at Camp Dodge in Johnston.




Anderson Reflects On Renewable Fuels Bills Passed During General Session

(Le Mars) -- State legislators are reflecting upon their work from this year's general session.  The Iowa legislature gaveled for adjournment a week ago on Friday, April 29th.  Bill Anderson, a republican state senator from Pierson says he was pleased with the renewable fuel bills that were passed.

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Anderson says he wishes more incentives could have been offered to retail gasoline outlets, allowing them to install blender pumps, so they could sell various levels of ethanol-based gasoline.

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Anderson says he was also pleased to see his fellow lawmakers offer a tax credit for wind energy.  Anderson says the mid-west could see a dramatic increase in energy costs in coming years, due to regulation.

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Inmates May Find Reduced Telephone Rates

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - County jails in Iowa will soon follow new federal rules aimed at making it cheaper for inmates to call loved ones, but a pending lawsuit is expected to complicate the effort.
The cost of certain telephone calls made from the nearly 100 jails in Iowa can range by county. Officials who oversee the facilities are expected to comply with some reduced phone rates and fees by June 20, but other reductions are on hold amid a lawsuit by some telecommunications companies that provide the phone services.
The companies are challenging the legality of the rules. The lawsuit's proceedings mean jail inmates in Iowa will continue to pay different prices despite recent relief at state prisons.
Advocates say the Iowa Legislature should set uniform telephone rates. Some law enforcement officials argue such regulation before the lawsuit is settled could complicate the issue.




Two Fatalities Reported From Greene County Accident

GRAND JUNCTION, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say two men have been killed in a Greene County car crash.
The accident occurred about 6:30 a.m. Saturday on U.S. Highway 30 east of Grand Junction. The Iowa State Patrol says the car veered off the road after a curve, went through a guardrail and down an embankment into a tree. Both men died at the scene.
The driver was identified as 36-year-old John Twombly, of Des Moines. His passenger was identified as 26-year-old Alexander Sharer, of Boone.
The crash is being investigated.



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