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Monday Afternoon News, April 25

(Le Mars) -- More than 300 fourth grade students from each of the schools in Plymouth County are having a history lesson today as they participate on a field trip to the Plymouth County Historical Museum.  Museum administrator Judy Bowman says this is the 16th year for the field tour.  She says the visit usually falls along May Day, or the first day of May.

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The students had the chance to learn many different aspects of Plymouth County history including how railroads helped establish the towns, and about agriculture during the turn of the century to the 1940's.

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Students are also learning that at one time, Western Union College, the predecsor to Westmar College used to offer airplane pilot lessons, as well as there was a small airplane factory based in Le Mars.  Not only are students having the opportunity to learn about Iowa history, and in particular the history of Plymouth County, but, they also have the chance to learn about their own family history as geneology is being shared with the students.

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The visiting students learn about technology when radios and televisions and computers were first introduced.  The students also have the opportunity to visit a log cabin, as well as a one-room school house.

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Many of the volunteer leaders and the students have dressed in the pioneer attire that was common during the turn of the century.  The girl students are dressed in the long dress wearing a bonnet, and the boys are wearing straw hats and bib overalls, or denim jeans along with a flannel shirt.  Bowman says museum officials hope the student field tour peaks the students interest about history.

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County Engineer Discusses Road Construction Projects Slated For This Spring/Summer

(Le Mars) -- This time of year, motorists start to see the orange cones and barrels along with road closure signs as road construction projects get started.  Plymouth County Engineer Tom Rohe says the number of construction projects scheduled for this summer compares with what was completed from last year.

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Rohe says many of the construction projects scheduled had submitted bids back in February and March.

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The Plymouth County engineer expects to see the asphalt overlay project and the grading project to get started in June.  He says local contractor crews will be busy this spring and summer installing new culvert boxes and bridges.

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Rohe says he believes all of the construction projects will be completed by late August to early September. Last year the Iowa legislature passed an increase in the state's fuel tax.  Rohe says that increase has helped push some construction projects ahead in the priority list, as well as able to fund additional construction projects.

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Rohe says many people may not realize the cost and investment involved with paving a road, or installing a new bridge.  He says those projects often run into the thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars, and sometimes, even millions of dollars.

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Bicyclist Killed From Bing Hit By Pickup Truck

GLIDDEN, Iowa (AP) - A bicyclist has died after being struck by a pickup truck in western Iowa. 
60-year-old Joleen Stork was mountain biking Friday on a county road just north of Glidden when a pickup truck drove up behind her and struck the bicycle. 
An Iowa State Patrol report says Stork was thrown into a ditch and pronounced dead at the scene. 
Officials say the driver of the vehicle did not see Stork on her bike. 
Sgt. Nathan Ludwig says the accident is being investigated.
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Water Trails Being Proposed For Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A group of outdoor enthusiasts in Des Moines is creating a water trails plan to improve water recreation in the metro area.
The biggest obstacle to the group's efforts is a series of century-old, low-head dams that limit access to stretches of the Raccoon and Des Moines rivers.
But state and local officials say those dams could soon be removed, which could open the rivers up to water recreation such as boating, fishing, tubing and whitewater kayaking.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has helped remove or restructure 15 low-head dams since 2008. Several other projects are scheduled this year.
A public meeting Tuesday will ask residents for their ideas to make the rivers more accessible.
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Ron Paul Campaign Aids Scheduled For Trial

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Three top campaign advisers to 2012 presidential candidate Ron Paul are scheduled to go on trial Tuesday in Iowa on charges they conspired to cover up campaign payments to a former state senator by hiding them as a production company campaign expense. 
Paul's 2012 campaign chairman Jesse Benton, campaign manager John Tate and deputy manager Dimitri Kesari are charged with conspiracy to cover up $73,000 in campaign payments to former Iowa Sen. Kent Sorenson who dropped support for Michelle Bachmann and endorsed Paul six days before the 2012 Iowa caucuses.
Attorneys for the men say the case is similar to one involving a Hillary Clinton political action committee that the Federal Election Commission chose not to investigate further last year, indicating what the Paul staffers did is not considered unlawful.



 

 

 

 





   

Monday News, April 25

ATV Accident Causes Injuries To Male Victim

(Le Mars) -- Fire and Rescue personnel were called to an area near 4th Street northeast for an All Terrain Vehicle accident.  The accident happened at about 11:40 a.m. this morning.  According to officials on the scene, the accident involved a male subject who was riding his all terrain vehicle near the railroad tracks, when he lost control of the ATV, and apparently the ATV had flipped, causing injuries to the subject. When emergency rescue officials had arrived on the scene, the victim was able to free himself from the ATV.   The Le Mars Ambulance was on the scene and transported the individual to Floyd Valley Healthcare.  The name of the victim has not been released as of yet.  The Le Mars Police is conducting an investigation to the accident.  

 

 

 

Spring's First Thunderstorm Drops Hail, But No Damage Reported

(Le Mars) -- This weekend produced the spring's first thunder storm for the area.  Although there were some reports of pea sized hail that had fallen on Le Mars, the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office did not receive any reports of any structural damage, downed power lines, or toppled trees.  Here in Le Mars, we did receive 1.12 inches of rain.

 

 

 

 

School Board To Meet This Evening

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community Board of Education will convene this evening for a meeting.  The school board will hear a report from Kluckholn elementary principal, Scott Parry along with some elementary teachers representing the Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Team as they will present information to the school board on the work being done at the elementary schools during professional development time.  The school board will also hear a report from Matt Gilaspie with the Piper, Jaffrey and Company as he will present information to the school board regarding options for re-financing the sales tax revenue bonds issued in 2011 that financed the Phase 2 construction project.  The school board is also expected to discuss the Le Mars Community School District Foundation Banquet, scheduled for this coming Wednesday evening at the lower level of the Le Mars Convention Center beginning at 6:30 p.m.  The awards banquet will recognize those seniors that are within the top five-percent of their class, it will honor the Distinguished Alum, and it will formally recognize Tracy Wingert, who was selected as the "Teacher of the Year".  The school board will also hear from High School principal, Dr. Mark Iverson as he presents to the board the list of seniors anticipated to graduate.  The school board will also consider entering into cooperative agreements with Western Iowa Tech to continue with the concurrent enrollment opportunities and on-line learning opportunities at the high school during the 2016-2017 school year.  The Board will also consider approving an agreement to participate in the Iowa Association of Area Education Agencies' purchasing for the 2016-2017 school year. The cooperative purchasing agreement provides cost savings to the school food service program.

 

 

 

 

Kingsley Church To Sell Parsonage For $1

KINGSLEY, Iowa (AP) - A Kingsley church is selling its old next-door parsonage for $1, but the buyer has to move it.
Parish leaders decided two years ago that a new parsonage would be bought, so the building that's housed pastors since 1923 will be sold. It cost $11,000 to build.
Parish leaders say they just want the house to go to people who will love it as parish members have. 
The parish has received a couple of offers, but nothing is set yet.
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North West REC Helps With Economic Development

(Orange City) -- When you think of economic development, you may not think about a power utility cooperative as a partner for business and industry growth, but North West Rural Electric Cooperative, based in Orange City, has helped many projects get started.  North West R-E-C general manager Lyle Korver explains how the electrical cooperative helps with start-up and expanding businesses.

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Korver says the power cooperative was recently recognized by receiving the Impact Award, for helping with two projects in northwest Iowa.

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The Electric Utility Official talks about the second project in Northwest Iowa

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The power cooperative with members in Sioux, O'Brien, Ida, and Plymouth Counties has assisted with many economic development projects in the past, including several ethanol facilities.

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Korver says businesses are not given any special rate reductions when seeking economic development assistance.

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House Considering Bill To Allow Psychologists To Prescribe Medication

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A bill pending in the Iowa House would allow specially trained psychologists to prescribe medication to mentally ill people in hopes of alleviating a shortage of treatment options, but the proposal has run into opposition from some of the state's psychiatrists. Supporters of the bill hope to ease treatment delays, especially among rural patients, that can stretch on for a month or longer and require long drives to larger cities. Some Iowa psychiatrists in the change could be risky.

 

 







   

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