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Monday Afternoon News, February 9

Mike Wells Selected To Chair Iowa Business Council

DES MOINES, IOWA – February 9, 2015.  The Iowa Business Council has selected its leadership for 2015.  Michael C. Wells, President and CEO of Wells Enterprises, Inc., of Le Mars was elected as the Council’s chair.  Patrick J. Meyer, President and CEO of Pella Corporation in Pella, will serve as vice chair.  John K. Sorensen, President and CEO of the Iowa Bankers Association in Des Moines was re-elected as treasurer.  Council members determined the organization’s leadership during their annual business meeting held on January 26 in Des Moines.

Mike Wells is President and CEO of Wells Enterprises, Inc. in Le Mars, Iowa.  He started with the family business in 1977 as a route driver while working his way through Morningside College in Sioux City, joining the Blue Bunny sales force in 1981 after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.  Early in his career Wells held various positions, culminating with a series of roles in senior management that eventually led to his title as COO in 2007.  On November 13, 2007, he assumed his current position as President and CEO of Wells Enterprises, Inc., a 102 year-old company that is the largest privately held and family owned ice cream manufacturer in the United States.  Wells is the past president of the Iowa Dairy Foods Association, current chair of the International Ice Cream Association, member of the International Dairy Foods Association, and chair of the Iowa Business Council.  Wells is also a member of the Retail Owned Food Dealers Association, the Iowa Grocers Association, and the International Association of Ice Cream Distributors and Vendors.  He received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® 2010 Manufacturing Award in the Central Midwest region which recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic, growing businesses.  In 2013, he was awarded the W. Edwards Deming Entrepreneurial and Business Excellence Award, which recognizes leaders who have exhibited originality, quality, productivity, and performance within the realm of their business.

 

Universities Adjust Classrooms Based On Enrollment Numbers

(Des Moines) -- The University of Iowa and Iowa State University are taking steps to deal with increasing enrollments, while the opposite is true at the University of Northern Iowa. U-N-I’s vice president for facilities and planning, Phillip Simpson, says the Cedar Falls campus has more capacity than students.

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Simpson says. U-N-I had a fall enrollment of just under 12-thousand undergrads and Simpson says the school does have some empty classrooms.

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Simpson says the school is adjusting its campus buildings to meet the demands of its changing student body.

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More than 90-percent of UNI’s student body is from Iowa. Iowa State University in Ames has the problem of finding enough classroom space for its record enrollment. President Stephen Leath told the Board of Regents last week that he has instituted a program to create new flip format courses, that use one-line instruction to take some of the load off classrooms.

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Leath cited a couple of examples of how the program works.

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The University of Iowa is also addressing increasing enrollment. The school is scheduled to open a new residence hall this fall as the university continues progress on rebuilding buildings that were damaged by the flooding in 2008.

 

New Iowa Penitentiary Encounters Additional Construction Delays And Rising Costs

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - State officials say repairs at the vacant Iowa State  are expected to cost an additional $7 million.
In a memo to state lawmakers last week, the Iowa Department of Corrections says the cost to fix a faulty heating and cooling system is at least $6.7 million. Prison officials say an additional $350,000 is needed for a defective smoke control system.
State lawmakers in 2010 approved $131 million to build the prison. Documents prepared by aides for Gov. Terry Branstad last summer, however, show the cost had risen to $165.5 million.
The prison in Fort Madison was scheduled to open last March to house inmates at the old Iowa State Penitentiary, located a mile away. But construction issues have delayed the prison's opening.
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Muscatine Fire Fighter Injured

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) - A firefighter has been injured battling blaze at a trucking company in Muscatine.
Firetrucks were dispatched to Daufeldt Transport after a 911 call was received a little before 11 p.m. Sunday. 
The Muscatine Fire Department says in a new release that flames were contained to a semitrailer or near it in a shop, but there was heat and smoke damage throughout the building. The fire cause is being investigated.
The firefighter was reported in stable condition at a Muscatine hospital. His or her name hasn't been released.

 

 

 


   

Monday News, February 9

School Board To Hold Meeting

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community Board of Education are scheduled to meet this evening.  The local school board has a short agenda, but they will hear from each of the principals.  The school board is expected to discuss both their recent district school board meeting held at Sheldon, as well as review the results from the evaluations of the retreat.  The school board has scheduled February 28th as the annual legislative forum with State Senator Bill Anderson, and State Representative Chuck Soderberg.

 

Legislature Works On Education Bills

(Le Mars) -- Education bills was the focus of attention for the Iowa General Assembly during this past week.  The House of Representatives passed a spending bill that would allocate $50 million to the Iowa school districts, which represents a 1.25 percent increase over last year's education spending.  Many school officials, however, are saying  the approved amount of educational funding is simply not enough. State Representative Chuck Soderberg says there is no more available money in the state's budget to increase education funding, unless more cuts are made.

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The State Senate wants to allocate up to $200 million, or a four percent increase for education funding.  Soderberg says, if the Senate bill passes, more cuts in other programs will be needed.

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The other issue involving education was what should be the start date for schools?  Soderberg says most of the state's schools have requested, and been granted a waiver for the start date. However, Governor Branstad wants the state to follow the law which says schools can't start school until the week of September 1st.

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Counties Forced To Borrow Money For Road Repairs

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The amount Iowa counties borrow to repair their roads and bridges may be a key factor in the debate over whether to increase the state fuel tax.
      Winnebago, Worth, Mitchell and Howard counties all carry large road construction debts.
     State lawmakers are weighing a couple different proposals to increase the amount of money devoted to road maintenance.
     The Iowa State Association of County Supervisors says counties don't want to borrow for road projects, but in some corners of the state officials didn't see another option.
     Worth County carries the highest debt at $25.4 million. That translates into $3,366 per resident of the county.
     By contrast, 17 Iowa counties carry no debt, and 27 other counties have less than $100 debt per resident.
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Johnson County To Send Inmates To Muscatine County Jail While Renovation Occurs

 IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Officials say a project at the Johnson County Jail will require most of its inmates to be moved and housed in the Muscatine County Jail for several months. 
     Work is set to begin April 27 on the $880,000 project intended to improve the Johnson County Jail's control center and repair several cellblock doors. The project is scheduled to finish by July 20. 
     Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek says he estimates between 70 and 90 percent of the inmates will be moved to Muscatine County.
     The Johnson County Jail has a capacity of 92 inmates. Pulkrabek says the jail will be able to hold some inmates during the project.
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Iowa State To Offer Seminar For Women Politicians

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - With the election of Senator Joni Ernst last year, the state of Iowa finally shed its status for having never selected a female governor or member of Congress. But advocates say there is still plenty of work to do to get more women involved in politics.
     On Friday the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University will kick off its fifth "Ready to Run" campaign training for women. The program, which will be held over three days between February and April, includes seminars on how to organize a campaign, raise money and deal with the media.
     Dianne Bystrom, the center's director, said women in the state need encouragement to enter the political arena.

 

Ambulance Crashes In Northern Iowa

MANLY, Iowa (AP) - Officials say two crew members inside an ambulance were taken to the hospital after their vehicle crashed in northern Iowa.
     State trooper Travis Derr says the victims were treated for injuries from the single-vehicle wreck on Sunday. 
     He says the two workers from Mitchell County EMS of Osage had just finished dropping off a patient in Mason City. They were the only people inside the ambulance when it hit a slick spot on Highway 9 and went into a ditch. 
     Derr says the vehicle rolled through a barbed-wire fence and landed upright in a farm field. No citations were filed in the accident. The names of the crew members weren't released.
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No Powerball Jackpot Winner

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Lottery officials say no jackpot winner was selected in the latest $380 million Powerball drawing.
     The next drawing will be Wednesday after no one matched Saturday's winning numbers.
     Sue Dooley is the senior drawing manager for the Multi-State Lottery Association, which oversees Powerball. She says the estimated value of Wednesday's drawing will be $450 million.
     The huge jackpot is a return to form for Powerball, which has been known along with Mega Millions for its record-breaking jackpots in recent years. But the Powerball lottery has experienced a slump, with nearly a year passing since its jackpot total climbed above $300 million.
     Powerball's last major jackpot was in February 2014, when it climbed to $425 million.
     Powerball tickets cost $2 each.
 

 

 



 


 

   

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