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Wednesday News, September 4

Le Mars Police Warn Of New Scam

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Police Department would like to make Le Mars citizens aware of a new scam.  The scam involves the subject claiming to work for MicroSoft, and soliciting people by phone that if they would pay a $20 fee, they will receive anti-virus protection for the life of the computer.  The subject will then ask for your debit card number and as a result of that will take money out of your bank account that you did not authorize.  Le Mars Police would like to remind people that large companies such as MicroSoft do not solicit people over the phone and that if something does not seem right with what they are
offering you it is more than likely a scam.  The Le Mars Police suggest not to give any
vital bank account numbers over the phone, especially, if you did not place the call.


Le Mars Sewers To Be Cleaned

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Water Treatment facility needs to have the sewer lines cleaned again in Section 3, or all areas south of 1st street SW to 18th Street SW and SE, and from 4th Avenue SW to 6th Avenue SE.  Ron Kaiser, Superintendent for the Le Mars Wastewater Treatment plant says the cleaning is necessary to reduce the likelihood of sewer lines plugging.  An outside contractor will do the sewer cleaning starting next Monday, September 9th.  Kaiser says the cleaning could take up to six weeks to complete.  He says you may experience some minor sewer problems and/or traffic congestion in the affected areas.  If you live within the area designated to be cleaned, you can pour water down your
floor drains, have your sewer vent checked for blockages, and close your toilet lid.


Knights of Columbus Phone-a-thon Scheduled For Today

(Le Mars) -- The 34th annual Knights of Columbus phone-a-thon benefiting Life Skills Training Center and Iowa Special Olympics is scheduled for today. 
Knights of Columbus chapters from across the county will participate in the annual fund raiser. Bob Peutz serves as the Grand Knight for the Knights of Columbus and explains why the KC's participate with the phone-a-thon.

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Puetz says the majority of the money raised stays within Plymouth County.

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Volunteers will start at about 8:00 with the phone calls and will continue all day.  Last year, nearly $53,000 was raised, and this year officials hope to meet or break that mark.


Le Mars Fire Department Receives National Honor

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department has received a national honor. The local fire and rescue squad has been recognized with the Life Safety Achievement Award. Fire Chief Dave Schipper says only a handful of fire departments across the state and nation are given the honor.

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Schipper explains the groundwork goes back to Chief Wayne Schipper who implemented several
fire safety programs beginning in the 1980's, and the current members of the fire department tries to continue the legacy. Schipper explains some of the fire prevention education programs conducted by the Le Mars Fire Department that lead to the national honor include their personal visits to each elementary school and each day care center. 
Schipper says the fire department focuses on the distribution of educational materials to
the youngsters, which is financed by local donations from community businesses.

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The Le Mars Fire Chief says the Le Mars Fire Department on average speaks to more than 500
students each year.

Fire Department Respond To Three Afternoon Calls

(Le Mars) -- Speaking about the Le Mars Fire Department, they had a busy Tuesday afternoon.  The fire and rescue department responded to a motorcycle and auto accident, a grass fire and a railroad tie that had caught fire.  Each of the calls had come in within a two-hour time frame.


City Council Discuss Stop Signs During Meeting

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council once again discussed the issue concerning stop signs within the city limits during their regular city council meeting.  Originally, some members of the city council wanted to do away with stop signs at 23 different intersections.  However, the council decided to follow the recommendations set forth by the Public Safety Committee.  The city's public safety committee decided that most of the proposed stop signs should remain.  However, it was decided that traffic patterns have changed that four intersections no longer need to have stop signs.

Additional Details Of 5-Year Old's Death Now Revealed

LOGAN, Iowa (AP) - A criminal complaint says a 17-year-old boy accused of killing a 5-year-old boy in western Iowa led family members to the body.
The complaint released Tuesday says Cody Metzker-Madsen led family members Saturday to Dominic Elkins' body at the bottom of a rural Harrison County ravine.
Metzker-Madsen and Dominic had lived at the same foster home for nearly three weeks.
The complaint says Metzker-Madsen changed his story to deputies about what happened
to Dominic. The complaint also says the teen had blood on his T-shirt.
The complaint says Dominic was found with multiple injuries to his head and torso.
Autopsy results have not been released.
Metzker-Madsen has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder. Records do not
list an attorney.


County Court Offices To Stay Open Longer

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Clerk of court offices throughout Iowa are again open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Staff shortages caused by budget shortfalls caused clerk offices to close every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon since the fall of 2009.
With the $167 million Iowa Judicial Branch budget approved by lawmakers in June, the Iowa Supreme Court authorized more than 40 additional positions for the state's clerk of court offices. That allows all the offices to be open to the public full time.
In northwest Iowa, 29 offices opened full time July 15 while the remaining clerk offices and the clerk of appellate courts office opened full time on Sept. 3.
In small counties some court offices may still close during lunch hours.


Heat Wave Hurts Crop Conditions

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's corn crop has continued to decline as Iowa experienced the hottest week of the year last week.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's weekly crop condition update released Tuesday says 25 percent of the state's corn is poor or very poor. That's up from 21 percent the week before. Just 39 percent is good or excellent down from 44 percent the week before and 48 percent two weeks ago.
Iowa's soybeans are now 24 percent poor or very poor, up from 20 percent a week ago and 39 percent is good or excellent, down from 45 percent.
The conditions generally reflect the national trends.
Iowa temperatures averaged nearly 12 degrees above normal and average rainfall was about a third of an inch. Normal for the week is about an inch.



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