Rock Rapids, Iowa — It’s time for our report from the Rock Rapids Chamber. We talked to Rock Rapids Chamber Director Angie Jager recently. She told us about all the April events going on in Rock Rapids, including a couple of Heritage Days fundraisers and Easter activities.
You can get more information by going to rockrapids.com or by calling the Chamber at 712-472-3456.
Des Moines, Iowa — Senate Democrats have drafted their preliminary plan for spending more than 185-and-a-half million dollars in state gambling taxes and the plan includes money for a new state park in northwest Iowa. Senator Matt McCoy, a Democrat from Des Moines, leads the subcommittee that has released the first draft of the “Rebuild Iowa’s Infrastructure Fund” budget.
(as said) “This is a real artful attempt to try to address the complex needs of a state that is craving additional funding in the areas of recreation and outdoor activity,” McCoy says.
The plan would provide two-million dollars for the proposed “Good Earth” State Park along the Iowa/South Dakota border. South Dakota already has a small Good Earth State Park on the banks of the Big Sioux with more to come. The preliminary plan also includes 10-million dollars for trails in other parts of the state. There’s also money for a project to clean up the watershed that leads into the Iowa Great Lakes.
(as said) “Overall this is a very balanced approach to trying to meet the growing needs of a more and more urban Iowa and a state that appreciates the environment and I suspect we’ll be talking about some of those trails,” McCoy says.
This spending plan which divvies up state gambling taxes for infrastructure projects always sparks controversy, as legislators accuse other lawmakers of packing pet pork projects into the bill. The Senate Democrats’ plan calls for finishing building projects on the three state university campuses, including renovation of Bartlett Hall at the University of Northern Iowa; construction of a new Dental Science Building at the University of Iowa as well as completion of phase two of the Iowa State University Biosystems Engineering Complex.
Radio Iowa assisted with this story.
They report that on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at about 2:40 AM one of their deputies stopped a motor vehicle for a traffic violation at A52 and Grant Avene, two miles east of Doon.
After an investication, the deputy arrested 23-year-old Christopher Sheffield of Rock Valley on a charge of operating while intoxicated 2nd offense, an aggravated misdemeanor. Sheffield was also charged with speeding and open container, both simple misdemeanors.
The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that 16 Year-old Julia De Jager was driving northbound on Elmwood Avenue (K30) near 250th Street, west of Doon, in a 2007 Pontiac G6 when she reportedly drove off the roadway and entered the east ditch.
De Jager’s Pontiac received $5,000 damage.
There were no injuries reported.
The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Friday evening, in the 8 PM hour, one of their deputies stopped a motor vehicle for a traffic violation on Highway 9 near Fir Avenue, four miles west of Rock Rapids.
As a result of the traffic stop the driver was identified as 38-year-old Dean Bowman of Sioux Falls. He was cited for no insurance.
The passenger was identified as 18-year-old Matthew Bowman of Sioux Falls. The younger Bowman was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, a serious misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor. Matthew Bowman was transported to the Lyon County Jail.
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