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Friday Afternoon News, April 12

City Crews To Pick Up Tree Branches On Friday

(Le Mars) -- Starting today, city work crews will go cover the entire town picking up branches from storm damaged trees. Crews will start on the west side of town and head east till they are done. Tree branches are to be placed between the side walk and the curb. The city crews will only be picking up the big branches. This pickup will be done in one pass so crews will not be returning to your area once they have been by. In  addition to this the tree dump site will be open Saturday’s from 10:00am -2:00pm. For branch drop-off.


School Foundation Banquet Rescheduled

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community School Foundation Banquet has been rescheduled for Wednesday, April 24th beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Le Mars Convention Center, lower level. Tickets may still be purchased by calling the Superintendent's office at 546-4155 by Friday, April 19th.  If you already have purchased tickets, you are urged to contact the Superintendent's office to confirm your plans to attend.


Wartburg College Choir To Perform In Le Mars

WAVERLY, Iowa — The critically acclaimed Wartburg Choir will perform in Le Mars on Sunday, April 21, during its five-state national tour. The 77-member choir will sing at St. Joseph Catholic Church, located at 605 Plymouth St. N.E., at its 11 a.m. service. The choir also will perform at St. John’s Lutheran Church, at 201 1st Ave. N.W., at 4 p.m.   Le Mars natives Michael Sauer and Katelyn Ewing, are both second year members of the Wartburg Choir.  The Wartburg Choir has performed at the White House and the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. The choir tour will include performances in Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Colorado.  Nearly one-third of its 1700 students are involved with its three touring ensembles and other musical groups.

Latest Moisture Helps Reduce Severity of Drought

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A cool, rainy spring is easing dry conditions in parts of the nation's farm belt that saw the worst of last year's drought.
But optimism is being tempered, as that weather pattern has kept anxious farmers in most of Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, and Wisconsin from planting.
The latest drought monitor released Thursday shows snowmelt and rain replenished ground moisture in parts of eastern Iowa, northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. Central Iowa counties are improved but still short of moisture.
Rain has helped drought-parched areas of Texas, Oklahoma and Nebraska, but many counties remain woefully dry.
There is enough topsoil moisture in much of the farm belt to allow plants to emerge, but no deep moisture to rely on if the rain stops again.

Truckers Held To A Higher Standard For DWI

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Unlike ordinary drivers, the Iowa Supreme Court says licensed truckers will not be given a break if they're caught driving with a blood-alcohol concentration barely over the
legal limit.
The court ruled Friday that the Department of Transportation can suspend commercial drivers' licenses without considering the margin of error of breath tests.
Justices ruled against Brandon Watson, who lost his license for one year after police said he had a .041 blood-alcohol concentration during a traffic stop. The limit for truckers is .04.
Watson argued the DOT should have subtracted the test's margin of error of .004, which means he would have been below the limit.  That's what DOT does for non-commercial drivers.
The high court ruled that state lawmakers have chosen to hold commercial drivers to a higher standard.


Real Estate Developer Charged With Fraud

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Des Moines area developer has been sentenced to more than two years in federal prison for defrauding banks out of $2.9 million.
John Kline received the 30-month prison sentence Friday as part of a plea agreement. He pleaded guilty in January to two counts of bank fraud.
Kline and Randy Walters were indicted in 2011 on nine counts of bank and wire fraud. Prosecutors say the real estate partners misused loans intended for two development projects.
The indictment says the scheme cost 13 banks a total of $2.9 million from November 2004 through January 2007.
Walters pleaded guilty in September to a single charge. He was sentenced in February to serve a year and a day in federal prison.


Car and Train Collide Near Ogden

OGDEN, Iowa (AP) - A man and his son have been injured in a collision with a train at a central Iowa crossing.
Chief Deputy Rick Lampe (LAMP-ee) of the Boone County Sheriff's Office says the accident occurred at 8:08 a.m. Friday on the west edge of Ogden.
Lampe says the car approached the crossing as the father was driving his son to school. Lampe says the father apparently saw the westbound train too late to stop.
The deputy says the boy already has been released from a hospital. His father was flown to a Des Moines hospital. The deputy says he can't release their names yet.
Union Pacific Railroad spokesman Mark Davis says there are markers at the crossing but no crossing arms. The train had two locomotives and 91 railcars.


Chemical Spill At Medical Clinic

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say several people at a medical clinic in West Des Moines have been affected by fumes from a chemical spill.
Workers in protective suits were called Friday morning to help with the cleanup at Lakeview Medical Park. Officials say the people were not seriously injured but were being checked as a precaution.
David Edgar of West Des Moines Emergency Medical Services says about 10 people were taken to hospitals.
West Des Moines Fire Chief Mike Whitsell says about 8 ounces of phenol was spilled. The chemical's vapors caused some people to suffer from minor respiratory issues and vomiting. Phenol, also known as a carbolic acid, can cause internal damage if ingested.
The building was evacuated, but doctors and patients in nearby clinics were later let back in.






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