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Voters in Storm Lake and Sergeant Bluff-Luton will vote tomorrow on school bond issues.  School officials say growing enrollment means the districts will run out of space.  The bond issues require a 60 percent "supermajority" to win approval. In Sergeant Bluff, the $33 million bond issue is smaller than three previous referendums and those failed overwhelmingly. The proposal calls for $26.6 million for a new lower elementary school and around $4.7 million for a new athletic complex. About $1.6 million, would go for site improvements.

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Iowa has its first confirmed human case of West Nile virus this year.

The Iowa Public Health Department said Friday the Audubon County man is 61 to 80 years old and has recovered.

the department's medical director Dr. Caitlin Pedati says that until the state's first hard frost, being outside means there's a risk for West Nile virus infection from mosquitoes.

104 Iowans were diagnosed with West Nile virus last year and nine died. 

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Iowa officials have reported the state's first confirmed human case of West Nile virus this year.

The Iowa Public Health Department said Friday the man lives in Audubon County, is 61 to 80 years old and has recovered.

the department's medical director Dr. Caitlin Pedati says that until the state's first hard frost, being outside means there's a risk for West Nile virus infection from mosquitoes.

President Donald Trump’s trip to Iowa to celebrate his administration’s approval of the year-round sale of the E15 ethanol blend was met yesterday with cheers from Iowa Republicans.

Iowa Democrats provided a more measured response, pointing to the ongoing tariff war with China.

A Republican state senator who is challenging U.S. Rep. Steve King for the GOP nomination in Iowa's 4th Congressional District says he's stepping down as chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

The committee has been at the center of significant tax legislation since Republicans regained the majority in 2016.  Feenstra says he's asked to be involved next year in drafting tax policy, just not as committee chairman.

He's in his third Senate term.

Photo from May 28, 2019
Wells Visitor Center & Ice Cream Parlor Facebook Page

CNN reports the White House denied Congressman Steve King’s request to join the president on Air Force One as he traveled to Council Bluffs, Iowa yesterday.

Iowa Senator Joni Ernst and Senator Deb Fischer of Nebraska both joined Trump on Air Force One.

Siouxland Public Media contacted Representative’s King’s office for comment, we’re still waiting for a reply.

President Trump was in Iowa yesterday to celebrate a recent decision to lift restrictions on the sale of gasoline blended with 15-percent ethanol.

Cultural Continuum 6-15-18

Jun 15, 2018

If you're reading this Friday, that means there are less than two Ice Cream Days left in Le Mars. Also there are kayak lessons, live theater, and trick roping demonstrations.

James C Schaap

Oddly enough, the empire began by way of a very sore bum. An Englishman named William Brooks Close, who, with his brothers, was in Philadelphia for a rowing match in 1876, so banged up his posterior in practice, that he could not sit without pillows. While the rest of the crew continued to work out, but he had to sit out. 

The WPA in Le Mars

Jun 14, 2017
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Once upon a time, twenty-five buildings were built just outside of LeMars, Iowa, at a fancy recreation complex/golf course, a facility otherwise unheard of in the area, each building blessed with the very same Kasota limestone veneer, a building material so weather-averse that the collection at Willow Creek looks as if they’ve never yet seen a Siouxland storm.

Go up the gentle hill west of LeMars sometime. Take a right when you get up the rise, and you'll find an abandoned place with an old house square enough to be a dorm. 

Once upon a time, it was.

Up there, you could well be on top of the world. East, the Floyd River snakes around the city of LeMars, which was far smaller back in 1880 when Captain Reynolds Moreton built the place where you're standing, a place he called Dromore Farm, named after a castle in Scotland. In his day that house was twice as big, but it’s still lordly, although silent now, abandoned.