Commissioners approve resolution banning burning

Posted March 24, 2015 at 8:20 pm

By Julie Ann Madden

On March 17 as soon as Union County Commissioners unanimously approved a burning ban on the county’s unincorporated areas, Public Works Director-Emergency Management Administrator Raymond Roggow posted the notice on the county’s website.

“Open burning” is defined as any outdoor fire, including but not limited to campfires, warning fires, or the prescribed burning of fence rows, fields, wild lands, trash and debris.

This burning ban excludes fires contained within liquid-fueled or gas fueled stoves, fireplaces within all buildings, charcoal grill fires at private residences and permanent fire pits or fire grates located on supervised developed picnic grounds, campgrounds, and residences.

This ban will be in place until fire conditions improve as determined

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    Plymouth county under burning ban

    By Steve Peterson

    Plymouth County was under a burn ban effective 8 a.m., March 18 due to dry conditions.

    Le Mars Fire Chief Dave Schipper made the announcement at the March 17 Plymouth County supervisors’ meeting.

    “I talked to all the fire chiefs in the county and they are all in agreement,” said Schipper, noting there have been several grass fires in the county over the previous few days.

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    From Soderberg’s Desk

    By Iowa Representative Chuck Soderberg

    Week No. 10 was the second week past the first legislative deadline. It was again primarily filled with floor debate in the House with over 20 bills passing out of the House. Appropriation bills, or budget bills, and the tax bills are not subject to this legislative deadline. Information on all the bills, amendments, and floor action can be found on the Iowa General Assembly web at:

    The Revenue Estimating Conference lowers

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    At The Capitol

    By Iowa Senator Randy Feenstra

    Overview: As your State Senator, I am your voice in Des Moines and encourage your input. Please feel free to contact me at If you would like to read my comments on a daily basis, you may visit my website at

    Boycott Des Moines

    This week the Des Moines Water Works filed a lawsuit against the Northwest Iowa counties of Buena Vista, Calhoun and Sac. The

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    The Anderson Report

    By Iowa Senator Bill Anderson

    Thank you for the honor of representing you in the Iowa Senate. Please feel free to contact me with your questions, comments and ideas. You can reach me at 712-898-2505 or email to

    E15 Fuel

    A bill is moving through the Legislature to expand the Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Board (RFIB) grant program eligibility to E15. This program offers cost share grants to owners and operators of retail

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    Grandparent Scam resurfaces in South Dakota

    Editor’s Note: This scam has been reported locally, too.

    Attorney General Marty Jackley is telling South Dakota seniors to be leery of telephone calls from someone claiming to be their grandchild or other family member and requests money for a critical situation.

    The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division is again seeing an increased number of complaints from seniors who have been receiving these types of calls from a purported grandchild in need of money.

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    Real Estate & Mobile Home taxes are due March 31

    Plymouth County Treasurer, Shelly Sitzmann, reminds property owners that the second-half real estate and mobile home taxes are due now and can be paid in the office, online, or through the mail. Taxes are delinquent Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Mail must be postmarked on or before March 31 to avoid delinquent interest. Send your payment before the last day, as mailing your payment on March 31 does not guarantee a March 31 postmark. Delinquent interest of 1.5% per month rounded to the nearest dollar attaches to all unpaid taxes on April 1, 2015,

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    Fuel island canopy comes down

    On March 6, Akron city employees and community volunteers took the former Pronto convenience store’s fuel island canopy down piece by piece. The month of March coming in like a lamb has continued several projects, including this one at the west end of Reed Street. Work also continues on the city’s spec building just across the street at 130 Reed St.

    Four teachers take A-W’s retirement deal

    By Julie Ann Madden

    At a special meeting Feb. 23, the Akron-Westfield School Board unanimously approved accepting four teachers’ Early Retirement requests.

    There were eight teachers eligible for this year’s special Early Retirement package, which includes a $60,000 incentive as well as $600 per month toward their health insurance premium until the teacher is 65 years of age.

    School administration decided how to stagger these retirements so as not to affect the district’s

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    Mid-Sioux celebrates 50 years of service

    Mid-Sioux Opportunity Inc. will celebrate 50 years of service in September of 2015.

    Mid-Sioux is a private non-profit Community Action Agency serving five counties in Northwest Iowa. Child Care Resource and Referral Services are provided in 23 counties.

    The agency was created as part of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. That Act has since been repealed. Mid-Sioux receives funding from federal, state, local and private sources through grants and contracts.

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