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Query: Why is the school adding so much fencing on its property right now? Will areas like the softball field and practice soccer field no longer be open to the public when they want to use the facilities?

Answer: Nevada Superintendent Steve Gray gave the following response: We have two pieces of fence going up this (past) week.

1.) North of Middle School along Lincoln Way. As I understand, there used to be a house or two by Starbucks. Those no longer exist, but the fence still does. This fence prohibits us from using that green space for PE, etc. We are simply “flipping” that fence so that our MS kids can use the entire yard.

2.) East of MS/HS along 19th Street. Our soccer/football practice fields are not in very good shape - uneven, rough, wavy, etc. This is a safety issue. Our first step in correcting this playing surface is to keep vehicles off of it. That is the purpose of the fence. Over the course of the next five to six years, we plan to kill, till, level and reseed all of our practice fields (one section at a time).

Query: What happened to Mom’s Meals in the old Fareway store building?

Answer: Marlys Barker, editor, made some calls concerning this question and provides the following answer.

Emily Kamish, executive assistant to Rick Anderson, the president of PurFoods, said that Mom’s Meals, which operates under the corporate ownership of PurFoods, recently closed out its operations in Nevada. Kamish said a few functions of the business were still being handled in Nevada up until the past few months, when the business fully relocated to its new facility in Grinnell.

The decision to move out of Nevada, Kamish said, was made because a larger facility, better suited to the work of preparing meals, became available in Grinnell. Kamish said many of the 60-80 employees who were located in Nevada were offered and took jobs at the new facility in Grinnell.

Mom’s Meals sells prepared meals to various customers, but Kamish said the largest part of the company’s business comes from its preparation of meals for residents who receive state assistance for home-delivered meals, like Meals on Wheels. For those wanting to know more about the business, visit its website: purfoods.com.

Kamish said the Nevada building will be for sale. She said the company still has some things to clear out of the building. PurFoods corporate offices and distribution facility are located in Ankeny.

(If there’s something you are wondering about in Nevada, please submit your Journal Query to the editor, mbarker@nevadaiowajournal.com, or write it down and bring it to our office. All those asking questions remain anonymous and we will seek to find the answers to as many questions as we can.)

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