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Thursday News, September 11

Le Mars United Way Kicks Off Campaign With Golf Tournament

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars United Way kicked off its 2014 campaign year with a successful golf tournament held last Thursday.  Jeff Stanley serves as this year's United Way chairman.  He says last week's golf tournament was able to raise $4,000.  This year's campaign goal is to raise $340,000 which is an increase of $5,000 over last year.  Stanley says the campaign is off to a good start having already raised $230,000 in pledges from local companies and individuals who have contributed early.  The winning four-some from last week's golf tournament included Rick Kneip, Brian Schultz, Michael Murphy and Ron Kneip.  The Le Mars United Way campaign will run from now until the end of the year. For more information, or to make a donation, you can call (712) 255-3551 or visit the website at www.lemarsunitedway.org.

 

New Speed Limits Now In Effect For Business Highway 75

(Le Mars) -- Beginning yesterday, the Le Mars Police Department wants everyone to know the new lower speed limits on Business Highway 75 are in effect.  City work crews installed new signs indicating the lower speed limits on Wednesday.  Le Mars Police Captain Tim Hopp says the police will park their speeding trailer near Business Highway 75 to remind motorists to adhere to the new speed limits.  In general, the new speed limits are 10 miles per hour slower than what was originally posted.  City officials are hoping the slower speed limits will help reduce the number of accidents on Business Highway 75.  According to police records there have been 72 accidents with 29 personal injuries on Business Highway 75 over the past three and a half years.

 

Flags Placed Around Gray's Lake Honoring "Patriot's Day"

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Volunteers have placed 3,213 American flags in the ground at Gray's Lake Park in Des Moines in preparation for Patriot Day on Thursday.
     The Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department said the flags are the key part of the Tribute Trail at the park.
     Patriot Day honors the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist strikes in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

 

Regents To Ask For $543 Million From Legislature

 AMES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Board of Regents voted Wednesday to ask the Iowa Legislature for nearly $523 million in funding next year for the state's three public universities.
     The amount includes $12.9 million to prevent cuts to the University of Iowa's budget as the state's three public universities transition to a new funding model based on in-state enrollment.
     The board wants an additional $6.6 million for the University of Northern Iowa and $6.3 million more for Iowa State University when lawmakers convene in January.
     The budget plan approved unanimously at the board meeting in Ames would prevent the $12.9 million from being shifted away from the University of Iowa next year to the other two schools, as previously called for under a new funding model. It's unclear what would happen to UI's funding if lawmakers don't approve the $12.9 million.

 

Iowa State University Has Set Record Enrollment

AMES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa State University has set an enrollment record for the sixth consecutive year at 34,732 students, university President Steven Leath said Wednesday.
     Presidents of the three state-run universities updated the Iowa Board of Regents on enrollment figures. The numbers are compiled after students have been on campus for at least 10 days.
     Enrollment at Iowa State University surpassed last year's 33,250 students, Leath said.
     The increasing number of students has led to crowded housing, with hundreds of students living in makeshift dorm rooms set up in common spaces at residence halls. The university also leased space in several apartment buildings to house more than 1,000 students.

 

University Of Iowa Announces Three Year Bachelor's Degree Program

AMES, Iowa (AP) - The University of Iowa announced Wednesday plans to create a program that would allow some students to earn their undergraduate degree in three years.
     University President Sally Mason told the Iowa Board of Regents that the program will be implemented by the end of this academic year. For a limited number of majors, students will be promised a degree in three years if they take summer classes and meet certain academic milestones.
     "We're still working on the details. We know it won't be easy and it won't be for everyone," she said. "It will be a flexible affordable option designed to meet the needs of well-prepared and motivated students." 
     The idea is designed to save students money on tuition and housing expenses and move them more quickly to a job or graduate studies, Mason said.
     Three-year degrees would require the same number of credits as degrees earned in four years, but the new program offers advising and plans of study that help students fulfill requirements more quickly. 
     The three-year program recognizes that some students come to the university with specific goals, existing college credit, and the preparedness and discipline to pursue a heavier course load, a university statement said.
     This fall, the university expects to identify the first group of academic programs suitable for three-year plans, making the new option available to students who enroll for fall 2015.

 

First Lady Michelle Obama To Travel To Iowa To Help Braley Campaign

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - First Lady Michelle Obama will campaign in Iowa next month for Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley, his campaign said Wednesday.
     Obama will appear at an event in October, but the Braley campaign said details on the date and location have not been worked out.
     Braley, a four-term congressman from Waterloo, is locked in a tight race with 44-year-old Republican Joni Ernst. They are vying for retiring Senator Tom Harkin's seat. Harkin, a Democrat, has held the office for 30 years.
 

 

 



   

Wednesday Afternoon News, September 10

Semi Truck And Fuel Tanker Hits Telehandler In Accident

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Sheriff's officals are  investigating an accident that occured this morning at about 6:45 a.m. on County road C-12 near Dyskra Dairy, or about six miles north of Le Mars.  The accident involved a semi truck and fuel tanker trailer and a construction/farm equipment.  According to the accident report, the truck, was driven by 68 year old Roger Droog of Alton, and is owned by Sioux Tank Line and the trailer was filled with 7,500 gallons of fuel.  Apparently, Droog failed to allow enough distance between his truck and the telehandler farm equipment, hitting it from behind. The semi truck and fuel tanker trailer that had overturned in the ditch.   Apparently, there was no spillage of any fuel from the tanker as a result of the accident.  The driver of the construction/farm vehicle was 38 year old Jose Ruiz of Sioux Center.  Ruiz suffered some non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Floyd Valley Hospital by private vehicle. Total damages from that accident were estimated at $80,000.  The sheriff's office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Motor Vehicle Enforcement, Le Mars Police Department and the Le Mars Fire Department.

 

Floyd Valley Hospital To Host "Well Aware" Health Fair

(Le Mars) --  Floyd Valley hospital has announced the "Well Aware" community health fair will be held on Wednesdayk, October 8 from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Le Mars Convention Center, upper level.  The fair is free of charge for participants.  The public is invited to take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about health-related services available within the Le Mars community and surrounding area.  More than 50 exhibitors are expected for the event.

 

Sioux City Police Arrest Suspect In Morningside Shooting

(Sioux City) -- Sioux City Police have arrested a suspect in the shooting of a Morningside man at his home Tuesday morning.  40 year old Eric Riley is charged with attempted murder and 1st degree burglary in the shooting of 66 year old Ben Steffe.  Investigators say Steffe was shot twice in the chest at his home at 4625 Applewood, shortly before 7:00 a.m.  The victim was home with his wife at the time of the shooting.  Police say Riley is a relative of the victim and the two were also business associates.  The handgun used in the incident was recovered.  Steffe is hospitalized at Mercy Medical Center.  His condition has not been released.  Riley is in custody at the Woodbury County jail.   

 

Chamber Set To Present "The Ted Sullivan Show"

(Le Mars) -- Thursday evening at the Le Mars Convention Center, the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual fundraiser dinner along with, this year, a variety show is being planned.  Danna Schuster is the director of the "Ted Sullivan Show"

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Schuster says the show features about 40 people from around the community.  KLEM's own Dave Grossenheider serves as the variety show's emcee.

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Schuster has directed several plays held at the Le Mars Postal Playhouse Community Theater, but she says directing this variety show is a bit different.

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The event begins at 6:00 p.m. with a social hour and the dinner to start at 7:00 p.m. with the variety show to follow.

 

Late Season Diseases Affect Area Crops

(Le Mars) -- It won't be long before many farmers will begin thinking of harvesting this year's crops.  However, as Joel DeJong, Iowa State University Extension crops specialists says, there are some late-season diseases that are affecting this year's crop.

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DeJong says another concern for farmers is the fact the corn is slow to mature.

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Some farmers have reported having Goss's Wilt, a corn disease that strikes corn in the late season and robs yields. DeJong says there are several similarities between Goss's Wilt and Northern Corn Leaf Blight.

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As for the soybean crop, De Jong says some of the earlier soybean varieties have begun turning color. He says for the most part northwest Iowa soybean fields have not been affected by diseases.

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The crops specialist says it is still uncertain what type of yields will be produced with this year's soybean crop.

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ACT College Entrance Computer Exams

 IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Thousands of students took the ACT on computers in April, marking the first time the college entrance exam was administered without a pencil and paper, according to the Iowa City-based company that provides the test.
     "ACT is really committed to an approach of continuous improvement," said Paul Weeks, the nonprofit company's vice president of client relations. "What we've learned is, number one, there's great promise in computer-based testing."
      The company field-tested the exam on computers on April 12, inviting a group of juniors from 80 high schools across 23 states that included Iowa, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reported. Nearly 4,000 students took the test that's scored from 1 to 36.
     The content of the exam was the same as the bubble-sheet version, and the results are considered official and can still be reported to colleges.
     Weeks estimates that between 50,000 and 100,000 more students will take the test on computers next spring.
     Students can take the electronic ACT version on desktop computers, laptops and tablets. But the paper test will continue to be offered in schools that don't have the technology necessary to administer the computerized exam.
     "We field test very carefully to make sure any new test other than paper and a pencil will be fair and would be workable in a digital format," ACT CEO Jon Whitmore said last month. "So the technology advances our team is moving forward with is something we have to be proud of."

 


 


 


   

   

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