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.
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.
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.
Kirchoff offers the specifics of the new structure, and the responsibilities of the city staff.
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.
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.
Northey says it may be some time before the Iowa poultry industry is back to full production.
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.
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.