Monday Afternoon News, August 31
Bicycle Rodeo Scheduled For Monday Evening
(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Cyclists, along with the Le Mars Rotary and Floyd Valley Hospital will host a Bicycle Rodeo, scheduled for this evening. The bicycle rodeo will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Olson Cultural Events Center. Organizer Mark Strub explains what's involved with a bike rodeo.
Strub says the event is open to children of all ages. He says they are anticipating as many as 200 youngsters with their bicycles. Strub says in addition to the bicycle rodeo, organizers will offer an inspection service.
Strub says there will be fun and games and prizes at tonight's event, but he says the purpose for the bicycle rodeo is to emphasize bicycle safety.
Strub says the bicycle rodeo will offer door prizes for the participants to win.
Participants will also have the opportunity to register their bikes with the Le Mars Police Department. Registration is free of charge at the bicycle rodeo.
University Of Iowa Continues To Interview Finalists For President's Position
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A corporate executive who says he helped turn around the IBM Corporation is the fourth finalist to be the next University of Iowa president.
J. Bruce Harreld will visit Iowa City on Tuesday, the last among those seeking to replace Sally Mason.
Ohio State University provost Joseph Steinmetz visits Monday. Last week, Tulane University Provost Michael Bernstein and Oberlin College President Marvin Krislov had their meetings.
The Board of Regents is expected to decide Thursday.
Harreld is managing principal for Executing Strategy, LLC, which confidentially advises organizations on leadership and change. Before that, he worked on the Harvard Business School faculty for six years, teaching courses to MBA students.
For 13 years, he worked as a senior vice president at IBM in New York helping rescue the organization from near-bankruptcy.
Offices Being Renovated In Preparation For New University President
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Renovation and maintenance work are in the beginning stages of the University of Iowa's president's office and home while the school looks to find its next president.
Four finalists are up for the job to replace Sally Mason, who's retiring. The Iowa Board of Regents is expected to choose a successor Thursday.
School officials say the $500,000 renovation of the president's office is long overdue. They say it'll cost an estimated $1.5 million to address deferred maintenance at the president's residence, which is more than a century old.
A university official says work on two projects will reach a point by the end of the fall semester when the spaces should be useable. Both projects are expected to finish before spring semester ends.
Companies Receive Grants To Expand Broadband To Rural Areas
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad says people living and working in rural Iowa will benefit from plans to expand broadband Internet service.
Branstad discussed the expansion plans Monday. Four companies will expand Internet services to nearly 90,000 Iowa locations using grant funding provided by the Federal Communication Commission's Connect America Fund.
Providing high-speed internet throughout the state has been a top priority for Branstad. The four companies receiving over $53 million in grants are CenturyLink, Windstream, Frontier and Consolidated Communications.
Company officials said the dollars would help provide service in some areas, as well as improve speeds in others.
Branstad says broadband access is a "great equalizer" for rural communities.