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Tuesday News, August 11

City To Hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies And Open House

(Le Mars) -- Wednesday, August 12th is going to be a busy day for the city of Le Mars.  First, at 11:45 a.m. city officials will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Burlington Junction Short Line railroad.  The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 1555 21st St. Southwest, next to the railroad tracks.  Mayor Dick Kirchoff says the new short line rail with both people and a locomotive  will contribute to the city's economic development.

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Kirchoff says there may be a time when the city will need to extend the current rail line in order to accommodate future industries.  Mayor Kirchoff says Bo-Dean's Baking Company has already benefited from the short line rail.

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Immediately following the railroad ribbon cutting ceremony, city officials will go to the new Public Works Building and conduct another ribbon cutting ceremony and open house.  Mayor Kirchoff says the new public works building is located at 800 18th Street Southwest.  The open house will start at noon and will continue through 6:00 p.m.  City officials will offer tours, and will provide food at the open house. Kirchoff says the new public works facility will be able to combine services to one location.

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Kirchoff offers the specifics of the new structure, and the responsibilities of the city staff.

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School Board Reviews Suggestions From DLIIT

(Le Mars) -- At last evening's Le Mars Community School Board meeting, school board members reviewed the recommendations as submitted by the District Learning and Instructional Impact Team.  Those recommendations include considering offering a "math academy" at the high school level.  The school district already has an English academy that was implemented last year.  One team member suggests more goals to monitor and measure what the TLC program is doing and to embrace that.  Another suggestion is to incorporate block teaching into the 7th and 8th grades.  Still another idea from a district learning and instructional impact team member is to consider a new approach to goals rather than all being set as ten percent reduction in non-proficient.  The team member asks, "Is there another goal to drive the improvements we desire because many of the middle school students already are less than ten percent non-proficient, and it would be tough to keep lowering?"

 

 

 

 

Supervisors To Discuss Lease Agreements With Pride Group

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will convene today at the county courthouse board room.  The supervisors will hear from Anne Rust with Pride Group as they discuss lease agreements.  The supervisors will also listen to a report from County Treasurer, Shelly Sitzmann, and they will get a construction update from County engineer, Tom Rohe.

 

 

 

Poultry Producers Begin To Re-populate Barns After Bird Flu

 

(Manson) -- State agriculture officials say Iowa poultry producers are starting to re-populate their barns with turkeys and layer hens following the outbreak of the avian bird flu earlier this spring.  The bird flu devastated the state's poultry industry, affecting more than 40 million chickens and turkeys.  Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey attended a news conference Monday to celebrate the fact that many Iowa poultry are making a comeback after the bird flu outbreak.

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Northey says it has been since mid-June since the last outbreak was detected.  He says the worst is over, but state officials need to be prepared in case the bird flu returns later this autumn.

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Northey says it may be some time before the Iowa poultry industry is back to full production.

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The state agriculture secretary says should the bird flu strike poultry operations again in the fall, he has established the goal to act quicker and to minimize the number of birds affected.

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Northey says it will also be a while before the state can bounce back from its lost economic revenue as a result of the bird flu outbreak.

 

 

 

 

State Fair To Serve As Good Education Opportunity To Consumers

(Des Moines) -- Thursday marks the start of the eleven day Iowa State Fair held in Des Moines.  Aside from the various entertainment venues, the midway rides, and the many different foods served on a stick, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says the state fair serves as an excellent opportunity to educate consumers about agriculture.

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Northey says there are plenty of examples of animal husbandry and animal welfare seen at the state fair, which serves as another form of agriculture education for consumers.

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The Agriculture Secretary says in addition, many commodity organizations distribute information to fair attendees, and the state agriculture department will feature two exhibit booths, one in the Agriculture Building and the other located in the Various Industry building.

 

 

 

 

Gospel Mission To Feature Housing For Dads With Children

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Christian nonprofit agency plans to build emergency housing for single men and their children in Sioux City.
The Gospel Mission has been helping single women and their children. The agency's executive director, Harold Youtzy Jr., says that in the past 18 months, single men with children have frequented the Gospel Mission. He says those families end up homeless for a "wide variety of reasons."
The $600,000, U-shaped complex will be built on land east of the Gospel Mission's main facility. Construction of four apartment-style units is scheduled to start immediately and be finished in six months. Youtzy says half of the money needed already has been raised.
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Monday Afternoon News, August 10

Round Barn Visitors Select Favorite Barn Quilt

(Le Mars) -- Thousands of people visited the famous Round Barn during the recent Plymouth County Fair to view the agricultural education exhibit as hosted by the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee.  A part of the overall exhibit were the Barn Quilts of Plymouth County. Visitors to the round barn had the opportunity to cast their vote for their favorite barn and barn quilt that were on display.  More than 50 barns in Plymouth County have a barn quilt, and 370 people voted for their favorite.  With nearly ten percent of the total votes cast, fair attendees chose the barn quilt owned by Keith and Norine Harvey of 47072 county road C-44 as their favorite.  "For God and Country" is the name of the quilt that features a likeness of the American flag with one large star and four other stars surrounding the large star. The barn quilt also features red and white stripes that are shown horizontally, vertically, and diagonally.  In the lower right hand corner of the barn quilt is a cross.  Diagonally across the quilt are the words: "In God We Trust".  The Harvey's will receive $50 in Le Mars Chamber bucks which can be used at various Le Mars chamber businesses.

 

 

 

 

Community Foundation Of Plymouth County Now Accepting Grant Applications

(Le Mars) -- The Community Foundation of Greater Plymouth County which was organized to promote and enhance community based philanthropy in Plymouth County has established its 2015 grant making policies and timetables.  The foundation is currently accepting applications with a October 1, 2015 deadline.  Qualification and guidelines are outlined in the grant application package.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Grants will be accepted from August 3rd through October 1st.  Complete applications should be mailed to Karla Bohle, P.O. Box 144, Kingsley, Iowa 51028.  Grants will be awarded in December and your project must by complete by June 30th of 2016.  Maximum grant applications will not exceed $10,000.  Your organization must have a 501 (c) 3 status or 170 (b) unit of government status.  You are allowed to find an organization to sponsor your project such as your local municipal government entity.  All inquiries pertaining to the Community Foundation of Greater Plymouth County, grant applications opportunities, and other foundation information should be directed to Karla Bohle of Kingsley, Iowa.

 

 

 

 

Le Mars City Officials To Hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies And Open House On Wednesday

(Le Mars) -- Wednesday, August 12th is going to be a busy day for the city of Le Mars.  First, at 11:45 a.m. city officials will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Burlington Junction Short Line railroad.  The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 1555 21st St. Southwest, next to the railroad tracks.  Mayor Dick Kirchoff says the new short line rail with both people and a locomotive have and will contribute to the city's economic development.  Immediately following the railroad ribbon cutting ceremony, city officials will go to the new Public Works Building and conduct another ribbon cutting ceremony and open house.  Mayor Kirchoff says the new public works building is located at 800 18th Street Southwest.  The open house will start at noon and will continue through 6:00 p.m.  City officials will offer tours, and will provide food at the open house.

 

 

 

 

Tales For Trims

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - Children who read books to a local barber got a free haircut as part of a community event in Dubuque to help families prepare for the upcoming school year.
Barber Courtney Holmes traded the haircuts for stories Saturday during the second annual Back to School Bash in Comiskey Park.
St. Mark Youth Enrichment gave away books during the event, some of which were read to Holmes. An outreach coordinator with St. Mark says she enjoyed watching Holmes help young children sound out the words they didn't know yet.
The city's acting resource manager coordinated the event, which involved nonprofits and other community partners. More than 100 people learned about free resources and before- and after-school opportunities available to families and students.

 

 

 

 

 

Golf Club Robbery

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a man has been hospitalized after being struck by a golf club during a robbery by four people in Cedar Falls.
The crime was reported around 2:30 a.m. Monday. The victim told officers he'd been set upon by two men and two women and had been hit in the head with the club.
No arrests have been reported.

 

 

 

 

Mormon Trek Panels

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Several organizations have collaborated in replacing a handful of outdoor informational panels that detail a journey of Mormons in the mid-1800s across Iowa to settle in Utah.
The panels were installed by organizers at several eastern Iowa sites in 1996 during the 150th anniversary of the trek.
Bob Schulze with the Pottawattamie County Mormon Trails Association says the signs appeared worn due to age and weather. He and others, including representatives from the Pottawattamie County Conservation and the National Park Service, recently worked together to replace most of them with new ones.
Schulze says an Iowa Living Roadway Trust grant helped establish the native prairie that surrounds the panels. Organizers worked to make the area resemble what settlers encountered on their travels.

 

 

 

 

Bowling Alley Burns Down

MOUNT VERNON, Iowa (AP) - Authorities had to be trucked to an eastern Iowa city so firefighters could continue battling a blaze at a bowling alley.
The fire was reported around 8 p.m. Sunday at Donmar Lanes in Mount Vernon. No injuries have been reported.
Firefighters from several nearby communities were called in to help, including crews from Lisbon, Martelle and Springville. Mount Vernon Mayor James Moore says firefighters were using water at such a rate that the city's facilities couldn't keep up, so water had to be brought in.
The fire cause is being investigated.



 

 

   

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