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Electrical Problems Blamed for Hull Fire

HULL, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have blamed an electrical problem for a fire that damaged city offices in the northwest Iowa town of Hull.
     A state investigator says the problem occurred in an electrical junction box in the building's rear maintenance area.
     City Administrator Les Van Roekel says the maintenance area was heavily damaged and that the city offices sustained smoke and water damage.
     It's unclear whether the building will be repaired or demolished.

-- The LeMars Police Department is investigating a head-on auto accident that left three people injured.  The accident occured last Wednesday evening when 22-year old James Clinton of Merrill was driving on 6th Street SW when he turned on to 6th Avenue and crossed the centerline and struck another vehicle driven by 16 year old Brenden Arens of LeMars. Riding with Arens, and also injured in the collision were 17 year old Lukas Miller and 17 year old Garrett Schoen, both of LeMars. The injuries were not life threatening. 

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) - A Sergeant Bluff woman has been charged with drunken and reckless driving after police say she hit a man with her SUV outside a bar in Onawa.
      44-year-old Kimberly Heberer was arrested early Saturday morning after police say she ran her SUV into a 25-year-old man from Blencoe in an alley behind the Suds N Jugs Bar.
     The man was taken to a local hospital before being transferred to a hospital in Sioux City.
     Police say the investigation is continuing and that further charges may be filed.
     The case was not yet listed in online court records and officials with the Monona County jail say Heberer was released.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Legislature's top Republican says volatile social issues like gay marriage and abortion will largely be off the table when lawmakers convene in January.
     House Speaker Kraig Paulsen says Republicans who control the Iowa House approved tough positions on those issues last session and there's no reason to spend time debating those issues again.
Restrictions on abortion and gay marriage were blocked in the Democratically-controlled Senate last session.
     Paulsen, who spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday, says he wants to focus on jobs and the economy in the session that begins Jan. 9.
     Senate Majority Leader Michael Gronstal says Senate Democrats agree, and that likely will lead to a shorter session.


(Marcus) -- There are more than 100 Christmas Tree farms across the state of Iowa, and two of them are close to LeMars.  Yesterday, we visited with Susan Muth of the T&S Christmas tree farm of Hawarden.  Today, we go to Marcus and visit with Marie Bork of the Country Pine Christmas Tree Farm.  Country Pine offers more than 4000 trees, with the majority being Scotch Pine. Bork says it is the memories that are created that makes a selecting a real Christmas tree so special.

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Bork says she believes more people are wanting to make the experience of selecting a locally grown Christmas tree a family event that they will remember.

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The Country Pine Christmas Tree Farm also sells wreaths and other holiday greenery, plus they have a gift shop full of holiday ornaments and decorations, and they also offer home-made jams and jellies to their customers.

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