Wednesday, June 01, 2016
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Fires Break Out In Plymouth County

Fire started at about 4:00 p.m. and officials were on the scene for nearly three hours battling the blaze and the strong winds.  The fire was between 270th and 280th streets near Marble Avenue, and smoke could be seen for miles.  LeMars fire chief, Dave Schipper says the cause of the fire was a worn bearing on an auger on the combine.  Two pieces of metal had rubbed together causing friction and heat, and igniting the dry soybean shaft. It was enough to spark a flame given the extreme dry conditions.  The fire quickly spread from a soybean field to a nearby corn field. Neighboring farmers assisted with fighting the fire, by spreading liquid manure from a honeywagon around the area and utilizing tillage equipment to disk the field.

(Remsen) -- Meanwhile, at nearly the same time, the Remsen and Oyens fire departments responded to another combine and field fire on 140th Street, north of Remsen.  Marcus was called to assist with that fire.  Hinton was called to offer assistance to the Lawton Fire Department at a field fire located in Woodbury County.  Initially, Kingsley was called to help with the Hinton/Lawton fire, but when that fire was under control, the LeMars fire department requested Kingsley's assistance.

(LeMars) -- The LeMars City Council has established November 1st as the day for a public hearing regarding the proposed preliminary engineering report for the city's water systems.  City Administrator, Scott Langel says the city wants to offer the public an opportunity to review and comment on the proposed study.  The other action taken by the council was to approve the planning and design loan application with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for the water system.

(LeMars) -- In other action, the council heard three different proposals from airport manager Earl Draayer about the possibility of adding to the airport's apron to accomodate more aircraft.  Draayer says he has seen an increase of crop dusters using the LeMars airport.  The council had the option of using either federal, state, or local programs for the project.  City Administrator, Scott Langel says the federal program just didn't fit the city's plan and the state plan was going to be too long of time would pass before it could be implemented.  That's why the local option was perhaps the best.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Efforts are under way to raise $1.6 million for the governor's mansion in Des Moines.  The mansion, known as Terrace Hill, was a gift to the state in the 1970s. The Terrace Hill Foundation and the Terrace Hill Commission on Wednesday announced the capital campaign to raise money for renovations and to establish an endowment for the
     The effort will be led by former Lt. Gov. Sally Pederson and Iowa entrepreneur Bruce Rastetter, a member of the Iowa Board of Regents.
     The renovations include new windows, an updated kitchen and elevator, new paint and replacing the heating and cooling system with a geothermal system.

(Des Moines) -- The Iowa Department of Public Health has reported a woman from northwest Iowa is the state's first person to be a victim of the listeria bacteria from eating cantaloupe from a farm in Colorado.  The woman was pregnant and became ill and subsequently suffered a miscarriage.  Health officials say the symptoms of listeria may not appear for a couple of months.



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