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Fire Incident at Cleveland Park

 

Firefighters responded to a report that children were setting leaves on fire in the hockey area of Cleveland Park around 4:30 Saturday afternoon.  There were no reports of damage or injuries, however LeMars Fire Chief, Dave Schipper reminds Plymouth County residents that the county still remains in a burning ban. Strong Winds and continued dry conditions have prompted authorities to continue the burn ban. Anyone that disobeys the county-wide burn ban could be subject to fines and even possible jail time.

(Le Mars) The Le Mars City Council has a number of agenda items for their noon meeting tomorrow. St. Joseph's Catholic Church is requesting an extension of the previous Council approval for temporary closure of 6th avenue NE from Plymouth Street to First Street North and O'brien/Yoerger Drive from 6th avenue to the Senior Center Drive. The request for extension is until November 15, 2011. The council will also consider applications for a new Class C Liquor License for Hugo's, a five day Class B beer permit for Royal 3 Cinema, and a Carryout Native Wine Permit for Le Mars Country Store. Bo Deans Cone Company L.L.C. is proposing expansion of its business operations and creation of additional jobs in Le Mars, Iowa. BoDeans Cone Company is pursuing financial assisatance for a portion of the costs of the project, and is requesting approval from the City of Le Mars to submit applications to the Iowa Department of Economic Development for funding through the High Quality Jobs Program.

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - The trial of a woman charged with murder in the 2001 death of an Iowa man is set to resume in Fort Dodge with more testimony for the prosecution.  Tracey Richter is accused of killing Dustin Wehde in her home in Early, Iowa, after what she claimed was a home invasion in which another man escaped. Prosecutors argue that the shooting was part of a plot to frame her ex-husband.  They say she forced Wehde to write a diary claiming her ex-husband hired him to kill her. They claim Richter then shot her 20-year-old neighbor to keep him quiet.  The trial began last week and will resume Monday with the prosecution laying out more of its case. The case is expected to shift to the defense later in the week.

LA PORTE CITY, Iowa (AP) - Federal investigators have determined what caused two aircraft to crash in separate incidents in northeast Iowa.  A National Transportation Safety Board report cited by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier says a cable problem led the pilot of a small airplane to make a forced landing in rural La Porte on Aug. 12. The cable issue had made it difficult for pilot Steve Hendryx, of Mount Auburn, to steer the aircraft.  Hendryx suffered minor injuries.  The board also found that a crop-dusting helicopter that crashed  Aug. 2 near Charles City had run out of fuel. The pilot, Michael Mullenbach of St. Ansgar, said he was districted between runs by ground personnel discussing the next spraying and took off without refueling.  Mullenbach was treated for serious injuries.

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