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Friday Afternoon News, April 8

Le Mars FFA Alums Speak About Their Memories

(Le Mars) -- We continue to feature alums from the Le Mars F-F-A Chapter as the local youth agriculture organization celebrates its 75th anniversary on Saturday. Both Jim Barker and John Schneider were members of the Le Mars F-F-A between 1970 and 1974, and they worked together, as well as competed against each other, often times for the same positions.  Both were active members in the Le Mars F-F-A.  Jim Barker recalls some of his memories.

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John Schneider says the education he and Barker received from advisor and instructor John Rix prepared him for Iowa State University.

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John Rix was the advisor and instructor of the vocational agricultural program for 25 years for the Le Mars F-F-A program, and both Schneider and Barker offer high praise for Ricks.

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Schneider recalls when he and Barker competed and won the Clay County Fair FFA demonstration contest, three years running.

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The Le Mars F-F-A organization will celebrate its 75 years with an open house and banquet scheduled for Saturday at the Carey gymnasium at the Le Mars High School beginning at 4:30 p.m.

 

 

Wells Enterprises To Have Controlled Grass Burn Near Corporate Offices

(Le Mars) -- Wells Enterprises, Inc. will be conducting a controlled burn of prairie grasses on the terraces on the south and southwest sides of the Wells Corporate Center building beginning at 6:00am on Sunday, April 10, 2016 weather permitting. The Le Mars Fire-Rescue Department along with the Akron Fire-Rescue Department will be present and in charge of the controlled burn. The burn should take approximately four hours and will be a good training opportunity for both fire departments.

 

 

 

 

Court Says Defendants With Drug Charges Are To Be Told They Will Lose Driving Privileges

UNDATED (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court says defendants facing drug charges must be told that they'll lose their driving privileges for six months if they plead guilty.
The court ruled Friday that defendants also have a right to know the amount of mandatory surcharges they'll be required to pay on top of their fines.
Those declarations came in an appeal filed by Kevin Fisher, who pleaded guilty to possessing a small amount of marijuana in Iowa City in 2013.
As part of a plea agreement, he agreed to plead guilty, spend two days in jail and pay a $315 fine. 
He wasn't told that his plea would also result in the automatic suspension of his drivers' license for 180 days, or that he'd have to pay an additional $245 in surcharges.

 

 

 

Supervisor Found Guilty Of Theft

ALLISON, Iowa (AP) - A plea agreement says prosecutors are seeking probation for a former Butler County supervisor who's pleaded guilty to theft.
Mark Reiher is scheduled to be sentenced April 20. Last month he pleaded guilty to one count of theft. Under a plea agreement, Reiher will pay nearly $1,900 in restitution and two theft counts will be dismissed.
Reiher was defeated for re-election in 2014. While on the county board, he also had seats on boards for the North Iowa Juvenile Detention Center and the Butler County Solid Waste Commission and attended meetings for Rural Iowa Waste Management in Eldora.
Authorities allege Reiher collected mileage for meetings he didn't attend and twice billed the county and the detention center board for the same meetings.



   

Friday News, April 8

Le Mars Spring Fever Antique and Flea Market Show Is This Weekend

(Le Mars) -- If you enjoy seeing antiques and flea markets, then the Le Mars Convention Center is where you will want to spend some of your time, today and tomorrow.  The Le Mars Chamber of Commerce is hosting the sixth annual Le Mars Spring Fever Antique Show and Flea Market.  Pam Hutchins is one of the co-chairs for the annual event.  She says both floors of the convention center are filled with various vendors and their wares.

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Hutchins says the Le Mars Antique and Flea Market attracts people, both exhibitors and attendees, from great distances.

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One of those exhibitors that makes a lengthy journey to Le Mars for the annual antique show is Jim Fredrickson of Elgin, Nebraska.  Fredrickson has been collecting and dealing in antiques for the past ten years.  Fredrickson has been exhibiting at the Le Mars Antique Show for the last four years. He says the Le Mars Antique and Flea Market show is a great show, and he enjoys coming to Le Mars.

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Fredrickson explains the various items that he has brought to the antique show.

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The Elgin, Nebraska, antique collector and dealer says he is most interested in the depression-era glass ware.

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Fredrickson says during the depression, various companies would distribute the glass ware as part of a sales promotion.

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The hours for the Le Mars Antique Show are from noon to 8:00 p.m. today, and on Saturday, the show will open at 9:00 a.m. and continue until 4:00 p.m. Admission is five dollars, which is good for both days.  Admission for Saturday is three dollars.

 

 

 

House Republicans Propose Oversight Plan For Privatized Medicare

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - House Republicans have announced a new proposal for state oversight of Iowa's privatized Medicaid program that they say emphasizes transparency.
The plan released Thursday would require three private companies to provide information for quarterly and annual reports to lawmakers that would show progress under the new system. Data would also be posted online.
A spokesman for the Democratic-controlled Senate, which has its own plan, says lawmakers are reviewing the Republican proposal. Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, a Council Bluffs Democrat, said at a press conference held before the release of the GOP plan that his chamber wants to work with Republicans to reach consensus on the issue.
Medicaid provides health care to poor and disabled residents in Iowa. It was switched to private management on April 1.

 

 

 

Holz Explains Proposed Water Quality Funding Program

(Des Moines) -- This past week in the Iowa capital, legislators introduced a plan to fund future water quality initiatives.  Le Mars Republican State Representative Chuck Holz says the plan introduced by House Republicans would triple the present funding level.  Holz says currently about $20 million dollars is allocated to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Iowa Department of Natural Resources for efforts directed to assist with water quality projects.  Holz says the new plan would derive funding from both urban and rural sources.

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The Le Mars lawmaker explains how the rural sector will help finance the project.

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Holz says the legislation will also ask farmers and landowners to adopt conservation measures to help keep nitrates on the land and prevent it from running into the watershed drainage areas.

State Representative Chuck Holz (R)

 

 

Power Transmission Line In Jeopardy Unless Additional Lease Agreements Are Made

(Des Moines) -- A proposed cross-state power utility line may be in jeopardy unless the company backing the plan is able to get additional lease agreements from Iowa farmers and landowners.  The Rock Island Clean Line would stretch from O'Brien county in northwest Iowa and cross the state into Illinois.  Representative Chuck Holz says part of the problem is that nobody in Iowa would benefit from receiving any of the power.  He says the legislature is telling the company that they have a deadline of eight months to gather lease agreements, or the project will be discontinued.

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Holz says, by comparison, the Dakota Pipeline has been able obtain more leases in a shorter period of time.

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Pauling Honored By NIPCO

(Le Mars) -- Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative (NIPCO) presented the prestigious “N-Ovation” Award to former Executive Vice President and General Manager Kent Pauling at its 2016 Annual Meeting, held Tuesday in Sioux City, IA.

The “N-Ovation Award” recognizes recipients for their years of dedication to NIPCO, the rural electric cooperative industry, a project or innovation, or other reason as identified by the NIPCO Board of Directors. It serves as a symbol of the time, both literally and figuratively, that the recipient has dedicated to the NIPCO organization.

Kent Pauling dedicated a 41-year career to rural electric cooperative generation and transmission service, and has served in several positions within the NIPCO organization, including management of the organization as Executive Vice President and General Manager from 2001 until his retirement in January 2016.

His dedication to the staff and the seven distribution cooperative members of NIPCO was executed through the ideals as set forth in the cooperative principles, NIPCO’s vision, mission, and fundamentals.

Kent Pauling was appointed to serve as the NIPCO representative on multiple national, regional, and statewide organizations, and served in this capacity throughout his career at NIPCO.

Kent Pauling

 

 

 

NIPCO, North West REC, & Woodbury REC Honored For Economic Development

(Le Mars)-- Iowa’s rural electric cooperatives actively foster and utilize strategic partnerships to make significant contributions to statewide economic sustainability and community vitality.  Iowa Area Development Group (IADG) annually recognizes their electric utility members for outstanding commitment, contribution, and participation in business development projects and local community initiatives.

Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative (NIPCO), along with four of its member rural electric distribution cooperatives Nishnabotna Valley REC, North West REC, Western Iowa Power Cooperative, and Woodbury County REC, were recognized with Iowa Area Development Group's Impact Awards for economic development accomplishments and commitment to their local communities at the NIPCO Annual Meeting held on Tuesday, April 5, in Sioux City. With the success of these development projects, the rural electric cooperatives and municipal electric systems are positively impacting the quality of life and the economy of western Iowa.

NIPCO has been instrumental in numerous development projects and initiatives in western Iowa for many years. In recognition of their leadership and support, the Cooperative was presented with an IADG Impact Award for project development. NIPCO’s project participation includes technical support and lending assistance through their Intermediary Relending Program and Revolving Loan Funds. Recent projects include financing partnerships with North West REC for the Boulders Inn & Suites and Travel Center complex near Holstein.

Woodbury County REC also received recognition for providing lending and technical assistance to support construction of the new 4,200 square foot City Hall in Bronson.

 

 

 

Briar Cliff Selects New President

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Briar Cliff University in Sioux City has a new president.
Hamid Shirvani was introduced Thursday as the private university's new president.
Shirvani is a former college administrator with 36 years of experience in higher education, most recently in California.
He will succeed current president Bev Wharton, who announced in September that she would leave her position at the end of this school year. Wharton has led the school for 15 years.
Shirvani was picked after a nationwide search and will become the 10th president of the university, which has an enrollment of about 1,150.

 

 

 

Sioux City Man Shot By Police Pleas Not Guilty To Charges

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A man shot by police during a standoff in Sioux City has pleaded not guilty to three charges.
Online court records say 44-year-old Lee Fischer entered written pleas Thursday to domestic abuse assault, intimidation with a dangerous weapon and assault on a police officer.
Police responded to a call March 5 about a man firing a gun inside his home while his former wife was there. Officers say Fischer left his home after about four hours and was ordered to drop the gun as he advanced. Police say he didn't drop it and then was shot by a Sioux City officer. The woman was not injured.

 

 

 

Woman Bites Husband's Lip

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a Sioux City woman who approached her husband for a kiss instead bit and tore his lower lip.
Court records say 59-year-old Carol Smith is charged with felony willful injury. Her attorney didn't immediately return a call Friday from The Associated Press.
The documents say the incident occurred in the couple's Sioux City home on May 24 last year. Police say Smith's husband required plastic surgery and say his psychologist reports that the man now suffers from a post-traumatic stress disorder.
Smith's next court appearance is scheduled for April 15.





 

   

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