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Tuesday Afternoon News, May 17th

City Of Le Mars Recipient of “Community of the Year” Award

The City of Le Mars, was the recipient of the “Community of the Year” award at the Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council (SIMPCO) annual meeting of the Council of Officials and Board of Directors held on Thursday, May 12 at the Cardinal Conference Center in South Sioux City, Nebraska.

SIMPCO, the third oldest multi-state council of governments in the nation, was organized as a voluntary association of local governments in 1965 and is guided by a board of directors comprised of city and county-elected officials, representatives of the private sector and stakeholder organizations. SIMPCO collaborates with local governments in long-range strategic and comprehensive planning, community and economic development activities, transportation planning issues, and regional program management.

The City of Le Mars was recognized for continuing as a regional leader in economic and community development and numerous successful city projects.

SIMPCO’s Executive Director, Michelle Bostinelos and SIMPCO’s Economic and Community Development Planner congratulated the City of Le Mars on their outstanding achievements.

Courtesy of Christy Collins

 

 

 

Teenager Charged With Sexual Exploitation Of A Minor

On Friday, May 13, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office charged a 16 year old male from Boyden, IA with Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.

The charge stems from an investigation which began on April 22, 2016 by the Sheriff’s Office. The Boyden‐Hull Jr/Sr High School, in Hull, IA reported that the juvenile, who is a student there, was found to be in possession of several inappropriate pictures of a juvenile female.

Upon further investigation the Sheriff’s Office discovered that the juvenile female victim resides in New Mexico and the photos of her were kept by the student on a school computer.

The Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer assisted in the investigation.

 

 

Open House At Floyd Valley Healthcare On Wednesday

(Le Mars) -- Construction is now completed on the new north addition of the Floyd Valley Healthcare facility, and as a way to help celebrate the opening of the new clinic and surgical unit, Floyd Valley is inviting the public to attend an open house scheduled for Wednesday, May 18th.  Floyd Valley Administrator Mike Donlin says the public can view the facilities late Wednesday afternoon and early evening.

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Donlin says there are still some things that need to be finished with the new addition, but for the most part the news addition is ready for business.

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The Floyd Valley Administrator offers some advice as to where people should park and enter the new structure.

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The Floyd Valley Family Clinic opened its doors on May 2nd, and Donlin says he has heard nothing but positive comments.

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Donlin says the first surgery to take place in the new facilities may take place sometime in mid-June.

 

 

Iowa's Governor Says Transgender Bathroom Use Should Be Left To Local Schools

Governor Terry Branstad says the federal government has no business telling school officials how to make accommodations for transgender students.

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An Iowa law signed in 2007 by former Iowa Governor Chet Culver to address bullying in schools prohibits discrimination based on gender identity. This past week the Obama Administration put ALL U.S. schools on notice that they must let students use restrooms and locker rooms associated with their gender identity.

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Branstad calls that "overreach."

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The directive came in response to North Carolina's law that requires individuals to use public restrooms that correspond with the sex listed on their birth certificate.

 

 

 

 

 

   

Tuesday News, May 17th

Moped Accident In Le Mars

At around 8:20 Friday Morning, the Le Mars Police Department responded to an accident that occurred at the intersection of 4th St and 5th Ave SW.

14 year-old, Kevin Vanotterloo of Le Mars, was southbound on 5th Ave SW on a Moped. As Kevin approached the intersection he swerved to miss a vehicle that was turning. As a result, Kevin’s Moped slid and received minor damage.

Kevin had minor injuries and was transported to Floyd Valley in a private vehicle.

Kevin’s Moped sustained approximately $500.00 damage.

 

Car Accident In Le Mars On Sunday Night

The Le Mars Police Department  responded to an accident on Sunday Night, which occurred on 5th street Southwest.

Dennis Pederson, of Le Mars, parked his 2001 Dodge Intrepid by the garage on the 10th block of 5th Ave SW. Julie Vanevera, of Le Mars, parked her 2006 Chevy Impala in her driveway on 5th Ave SW. Pedersen’s car was not in park and as a result rolled back into Vanevera’s vehicle.

There were no injuries.

Pedersen’s vehicle sustained approximately 2,000 dollars in damage.

 

Quarts Avenue Road Closed

Quarts Avenue Road coming from C-44 to 240th St. will be closed during the repair of a roadway culvert, today until Wednesday afternoon.

For more information call the Plymouth County Secondary Road Department - 712-546-4559.

 

 

Authorities Investigate Fuel Spill In Missouri River

(Sioux City ) - Authorities continue to investigate a fuel spill into Perry Creek

and the Missouri River that occurred Saturday night. Sioux City Fire Rescue responded around 7:30pm Saturday to fuel that was visible along the Missouri Riverfront.

Investigators believe the petroleum product either leaked or was poured into the storm sewer inlet in the parking lot located on the northeast corner of 5th and Water.

It flowed to Perry Creek and into the Missouri River.

A Hazmat crew deployed absorbent booms to contain as much of the product as possible.

Authorities are seeking information from the public who may have witnessed anything in the vicinity of 5th and Water Streets prior to 7PM Saturday.

You may call Sioux City Fire Rescue at 279-6377 if you have information.

 

 

Branstad Signs Bill To Remove Penny-Per-Gallon Tax

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad has signed a bill into law that will remove a penny-per-gallon tax on gasoline that has been used to pay for the cleanup of leaking underground petroleum storage tanks in Iowa.

Branstad said at a bill signing Monday that the tax's purpose is done and there's enough remaining money available to address future issues. The tax will expire Dec. 31.

The Iowa Legislature created the cleanup program in 1989 to pay for costs tied to environmental contamination from underground petroleum storage tanks located near gas stations.

The environmental protection charge collected 1 cent per gallon of motor fuel.

Iowa Department of Natural Resources Director Chuck Gipp says drivers could see relief at the pump since gas retailers will be expected to pay less in taxes.

 

 

 

 

 

   

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