Extension Council elects officers

Posted February 15, 2018 at 7:52 pm

Four officers were elected during the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Plymouth County extension council organizational meeting Jan. 25.

The nine-member county extension council annually elects officers to comply with Iowa law.

• Alex Popken, Orange City, is the newly-elected chairperson. Popken will preside at all meetings of the county extension council, have authority to call special meetings and perform duties as performed and exercised by a chairperson of a board of directors of a corporation.

• Jim Jauer, Hinton, was elected vice chairperson.

• Nicole Lindgren, Kingsley, was elected secretary and has the responsibility of keeping the minutes of all county extension council meetings and signing required papers for the council.

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    Head Start seeks preschool children

    Mid-Sioux Opportunity Inc.’s Head Start is presently recruiting children for the 2018-2019 school year.

    Head Start is a free preschool program for three- and four-year-old children.

    Head Start centers are located in Akron, Cherokee, Le Mars, Orange City, Rock Valley, Rock Rapids, Sioux Center and there is a Child Development Center (CDC) in Hawarden. Home-based opportunities are available for children in Ida County, too.

    Head Start helps provide children with educational activities

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    Akron business receives SBDC Award

    America’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Iowa announced TreePans.com, owned by Bill and Sue Brown of Akron, has been chosen for a Small Business of the Month Award.

    An award presentation will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 2 at Western Iowa Tech Community College’s Main Entrance (Parking Lot 1, Entrance 1) in Sioux City.

    TreePans.com opened for business in November 2015.

    Plymouth County Republican Caucus sites for February 5

    Plymouth County Republicans caucus is February 5 at 7 p.m.

    Caucus sites

    Precinct 1 – Portland Township, City of Akron

    Precinct 6 – Westfield and Sioux Townships

    Parish Hall, Akron

    Precinct 3 – Elgin and America Townships

    Precinct 5 – Preston, Grant. Johnson, and Washington


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    From SD Legislator Kevin Jensen

    With the first 2 weeks of session behind us there were a number of interesting things to report on. Most weeks I will be giving you a snapshot of bills we heard in committee and on those that made it to the House floor, and those that have been filed and will be coming up. We will be seeing more bills this session than last year and there are a number of reasons for that. Last year we had a very large class of first term legislators and it takes a while to

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    Rep. Chuck Holz

    Dear Friends,

    Week 2 was a short week in the House of Representatives due to the Martin Luther King Holiday on Monday.

    This week, I did attend all my Committee meetings: Agriculture, Commerce, Economic Growth, Labor and Justice System Appropriations Subcommittee. In each committee, we assigned a few bills to Representatives to investigate, discuss and recommend for passage when necessary. This process will continue throughout the Session.

    At this time, I have been

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    At the Capitol Work Begins by Randy Feenstra

    There are several issues that need to be addressed this session because of what has occurred over the course of the last year. These items include changing Iowa’s tax code to conform to the federal tax changes, evaluating the Medicaid managed care, creating more school funding flexibility, passing a water quality bill and protecting religious rights for all.

    Why Income Tax Changes?

    After the federal government passed income tax reform in December, it created a lot of issues with Iowa’s income

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    From Iowa Legislator Rep. Chuck Holz

    As we begin the second year of the 87th General Assembly, I want to thank the people in Plymouth and Woodbury Counties (District 5) for giving me the opportunity to represent them at the State House in Des Moines. It is an honor to be able to be the voice of all the people I represent. I appreciate this continued opportunity and I will do my best to represent you on the important issues that face the State of Iowa.

    One of the most important parts

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    At the Capitol Start of Session by Rnady Feenstra

    The gavel dropped at 10:00 am Monday morning, January 8th and the 2018 legislative session is now underway. On Tuesday, January 9, Governor Reynolds, Iowa’s 43rd governor and first female state governor, gave the Condition of the State address to the citizens of Iowa.

    The governor laid out several top policy plans that she wants passed this year. They include:

    Comprehensive tax reform that emulates the Federal plan.

    Water quality policy that creates clean water

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    Police chief hosts contest to design new ‘police patch’

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Kids of all ages — with any and all artistic abilities — are invited to enter a free contest.

    Police Departments are recognized by patches on their officers’ uniforms and the patch design is painted on their patrol vehicles, explained Akron Police Chief William “Bill” Young.

    He is asking any and all people — from kids to the elderly —

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