Monday Afternoon News, December 29
Forcast Calls For Sub-zero Temperatures
(Le Mars) -- The weather forcast is calling for some sub-zero temperatures for Tuesday, but weather officials do not believe those conditions will remain much past a few days. Meterologist Mike Fuhs (Foos) says in comparison to last January when northwest Iowa had suffered from several days of sub-zero weather, this time will be a good news - bad news scenerio.
Fuhs says by New Year's Day on Thursday, northwest Iowa may see a bit of a warm up bringing temperatures back to near normal levels.
Longterm, over the next 30 days, Fuhs says Le Mars may see some colder temperatures.
2014 Set Record For Total Precipitation
(Le Mars) -- A record has been set for the amount of precipitation northwest Iowa received during 2014. Mike Fuhs (Foos) of the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls says Sioux City and many parts of northwest Iowa had set records especially with the heavy rains of June. Fuhs says normal rainfall amounts for a year is slightly above 28 inches.
Fuhs says June alone accounted for nearly half of the yearly rainfall.
Le Mars Had Several Achievements In 2014
(Le Mars) -- Le Mars was able to see several achievements in 2014 according to City Administrator Scott Langel. Langel says many of the expansion projects were a direct result of the city's growth and development. The city administrator says the new waste water treatment facility, located two miles west of town, probably ranks as the city's top project.
Langel offers a listing of some of the other city's achievements from this year.
The city official says the expansion of the Floyd Valley Hospital is a major achievement milestone, as is the downtown business facade historical rennovation project.
The sixth item on Langel's list will affect the local police department's future headquarters.
Number seven on Langel's list is the second and updated listings of Community Betterment Projects which Langel admits will take on more significance next year. The city official concludes his list by talking about the new short-line railroad agreement.
Langel cited the pedestrian bridge that crosses the Floyd River as another achievement. The bridge enables people living on the west side of town to safely cross the river without having to share the road with traffic.
City Will Not Pick Up Christmas Trees
(Le Mars) -- The City of Le Mars Public Works Department will not be picking up live Christmas trees curbside this year, according to a city issued news release. However, beginning December 29th through Friday, January 9th, Christmas trees may be DROPPED OFF at the Public Works Department at 331 1st Street NE. Residents are asked to remove all lights, plastic covers, tinsel, stands and garland.
Napkins Distributed To Bars To Help Cut Down On Drunk Driving
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A group in Sioux City plans to distribute 36,000 bright yellow bar napkins that encourage people to avoid driving after drinking in the nights leading up to New Year's Eve.
It's the latest campaign launched through Mercy Medical Center's Reality Education Alcohol Prevention Program, otherwise known as REAP. The napkins say, "Friends do whatever it takes to stop friends from driving drunk."
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety and Administration, nearly 10,100 people were killed last year in alcohol-impaired driving crashes. Those deaths accounted for 31 percent of all traffic-related deaths in the U.S.