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Remsen Accident Injures Three People

(Remsen) -- An automobile accident occurred Thursday night at about 6:00 p.m. on Highway 3 in front of the Mrs B's convenient store at Remsen.  Apparently, a GMC Sierra pick up truck driven by 19 year old Nicholas Weiler of Remsen was leaving the Mrs. B's parking lot when it crossed in front of a car being driven by 34 year old Troy Wieler, also of Remsen, who was heading west on Highway 3. Troy Wieler collided with Nicholas Weiler causing the pick up to roll on its top on the curb of Highway 3.  When officials arrived on the scene, all parties were able to exit their vehicles.  However, two children, a boy age 10 and a girl age 8 were transported to the Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars for minor injuries.  Nicholas Wieler was transported to Floyd Valley Hospital by family members.  The Remsen Police indicated in their report that Nicholas Wieler was given a citation for failure to yield upon entering a highway.


Plymouth County Relay For Life Raises At Least $27,000

(Le Mars) -- Last night close to 150 people, both as individuals and as teams, participated in the annual cancer fundraiser, Relay For Life.  As of midnight, the campaign was able to raise $27,000.  The participants walked around the track at Jim Lorenzen field in order to raise money and awareness of the deadly disease.  One of the more visible teams was the Team Flockers, with nearly 20 members, all dressed in pink coordinating T-shirts with their campsite littered with small plastic flamingo lawn ornaments.  Shawn Scheffen, the team's spokesperson explains why flamingos serve as the team's mascot.

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Scheffen says the team members comprised of people from Le Mars and Sioux Center, and together as a team, they did fairly well in terms of raising money for cancer research.

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At the time of the interview, Team Flockers had walked approximately 30 miles.  Scheffen says the Team Flockers want to spread the word the cancer awareness and to have fun at somebody's expense by placing the sometimes thought of as an annoying lawn ornament on a designated front lawn.

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One of the highlight's to last evening's event was the lighting of the illuminaries that had surrounded the track, each in memory of someone that had lost their life to cancer. The illuminaries consisted of candles placed inside a bag that glowed.  Also, the organization launched five "sky lanterns" which looked like a three-foot high hot air balloons. Each of the five sky lanterns lifted up several feet in the air and were visible for several miles.

Branstad Orders Transportation Department To Reduce The Number Of  Special Plates

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Governor Terry Branstad is ordering transportation officials to cut the number of special license plates issued to government vehicles that exempt them from traffic
Branstad said Thursday it's unacceptable that 3,218 plates given to local, state and federal agencies have a designation that keeps them out of computerized databases. The designation is meant for
those doing undercover work.
Cities with red light and speed cameras typically let those with the plates out of tickets that would cost ordinary drivers $75 to $200.
Branstad also said the review should look at how many tickets the cameras have issued and how many other violations were captured but not pursued.
The order comes after The Associated Press reported that more than 350 government agencies had been issued such plates.

Branstad and Daugaard Dedicate New State Park

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard (DOO'-gahrd) and Iowa Governor Terry Branstad joined tribal leaders and Game, Fish and Parks officials on Friday to dedicate South
Dakota's first state park in 40 years.
The Good Earth State Park at Blood Run is the 13th state park in South Dakota. Blood Run was designated a national historic landmark in 1970. The area along the Big Sioux River bordering Iowa was used by thousands of Oneota Indians into the early 1700s. The area includes a large oak forest, rolling hills, flood plains, riverside bluffs and burial mounds.
South Dakota owns about 600 acres of land at the park, while Iowa owns several hundred acres as well. The ultimate goal is to join the land, making it the first joint state park in the country.


Daugaard Pokes Fun At Branstad On Speeding Issue

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard (DOO'-gahrd) poked fun at Iowa Governor Terry Branstad on Friday, saying he didn't want the governor to get in trouble for speeding
to an event in his state.
Both governors were in Sioux Falls to dedicate South Dakota's newest state park. Daugaard told the audience that as the event's start time neared, he asked a staff member to contact Branstad's
staff to inquire about his whereabouts.
But Daugaard added he told the staff member to say "don't speed to get here."
In April, an Iowa trooper clocked Branstad's SUV going 84 miles per hour, but the car was not stopped after it was determined it was Branstad inside. A trooper who complained about the incident
was fired on Thursday. Officials say the firing wasn't related to the speeding.


Branstad Names Tipton To Utilities Board

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Governor Terry Branstad has named an attorney from the Des Moines suburb of Clive to the Iowa Utilities Board.
Branstad announced Friday that he had appointed 61-year-old Sheila Tipton to the board.
She is an attorney with a Des Moines law firm and has worked extensively on energy-related issues.
Branstad says in a news release that she has represented public utilities, renewable energy developers and other business entities.
She'll begin her new position August 19th.
She replaces Swati Dandekar, who resigned and says she's considering running for Iowa's open 1st Congressional District seat.


Two Republican Senators To Visit Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Two Republican senators are visiting Des Moines to court- a group that could wield powerful influence over the outcome of the state's 2016 GOP presidential caucuses - Iowa's evangelical pastors.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz privately has addressed the gathering assembled by the conservative American Renewal Project at a downtown hotel Friday morning. Also scheduled to appear around
midday is Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, the son of former Texas Congressman Ron Paul. Rand's father Ron finished third during Iowa's GOP caucuses in 2012.
After his speech, Cruz called pastors "critical leaders."
It's Cruz's first trip to Iowa. He also was scheduled to headline a state Republican fundraiser around lunchtime.
Paul visited Iowa in the spring. He's also set to meet with Latino and African-American ministers.

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