THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS GAVE COUNTY SHERIFF DAN MARX THE OK TO BEGIN NEGOTIATIONS TO HOUSE HOWARD COUNTY INMATES AT THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY JAIL. THE SUPERVISORS TOOK THE ACTION AT THEIR MEETING MONDAY. HOWARD COUNTY IS LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO HOUSE PRISONERS WHILE THE COUNTY BUILDS A NEW PRISON. HOWARD COUNTY VOTERS APPROVED A BOND ISSUE FOR A NEW JAIL IN APRIL OF THIS YEAR.
THE ICE CAVE ROAD IN DECORAH HAS BEEN CLOSED FOR NEARLY TWO WEEKS. WINNESHIEK COUNTY ENGINEER LEE BJERKE SAYS THEY NEED TO DETERMINE WHAT’S EXACTLY WRONG WITH THE ROAD SURFACE.
BJERKE SAYS THEY HOPE TO HAVE THOSE TESTS DONE IN THE NEAR FUTURE AND WILL MAKE A DETERMINATION FROM THERE.
DRY WEATHER ALLOWED FARMERS TO MAKE GAINS IN THE FIELDS LAST WEEK. RADIO IOWA’S DAR DANIELSON REPORTS.
A judge has dismissed a lawsuit by one of Iowa’s largest public workers unions that challenged the state’s new collective bargaining law. The ruling Monday by District Court Chief Arthur Gamble concludes the law’s new classification for public safety workers is rational. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Iowa Council 61 argued in its lawsuit that the classification — which allowed some workers to keep bargaining over working conditions taken away for others — violated the state constitution.
AFSCME Council 61 President Danny Homan says in a statement the union is considering its legal options, including an appeal. The decision comes after a separate judge dismissed a similar lawsuit filed by the state’s largest teachers union. Iowa State Education Association says it’s considering an appeal.