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Thursday Afternoon News, Sept 12

Plymouth County Authorities Investigate Gunshot Wound

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Communications Center received a 9-1-1 emergency call this morning at about 9:50 a.m. The caller stated that an individual had been shot with a handgun.  Plymouth County Sheriff's deputies arrived along with medical support from the Hinton Ambulance and found a 53 year old female suffering from a gunshot wound.  The individual was taken by Mercy Air Care to the Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City where she remains hospitalized.  An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the gunshot wound showed that this was not accidental and there was no foul play involved.  Release of the victim's name is being withheld pending the notification of family members.

Le Mars May Find Solution To Water Tower/Airport Dilemma

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars city officials may have found a solution to the dilemma of its
proposed new water tower being declared by the Federal Aviation Administration as being
too tall, and in the path of the Le Mars Municipal Airport. The FAA from Texas is asking
the city to consider modifications to the proposed water tower.  Scott Langel, city
administrator says an old FAA memo from Kansas City has surfaced indicating the air
traffic to the Le Mars airport could be designated as a "west approach only", which would
actually allow the new water tower to be built.

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Langel says the city hopes the FAA makes a ruling in favor of the "west approach only".  He says it could be mid-October before that decision can be made.  If it sounds as though there are different opinions within the same federal agency, Langel explains why the FAA opinion from Kansas City differs from the FAA ruling from Texas.

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Kirchoff Files Nomination Papers For Mayor  Re-election

(Le Mars) -- Mayor Dick Kirchoff has submitted nomination papers for the city election. 
Kirchoff is seeking re-election and, so far, is the only candidate to file papers seeking
the position of mayor.  Council members John Leonard and Ken Nelson have previously
submitted nomination papers. Nominations are due by September 19th.

Plymouth County Assisted Remsen Police With Public Drinking

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Sheriff's Office was asked to offer Remsen Police Department some assistance Saturday evening in the downtown Remsen area with persons drinking in public.
Deputies and officers arrived just past midnight and walked up and down the side walk
telling people that they need to keep their alcohol inside of the bars and could not drink
on the sidewalk.  At 12:13 AM, a deputy observed a subject walk out of the bar onto the
side walk drinking his beer.  When the deputy approached, the subject went back into the
bar.  He was brought back outside and identified as Andy Hoffman, age 22 of Remsen.
Hoffman was placed under arrest for public consumption.
While Hoffman was being arrested, another subject approached the deputy interfering with
Hoffman’s arrest.  After several commands to stay back, this subject was restrained and
taken into custody for public intoxication and interference with official acts.  He was
later identified as Richard Arens, age 58 of Remsen.
Both subjects were taken to the Plymouth County Jail and were released after posting bond.
The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office and Remsen Police Department were assisted by the
Iowa State Patrol, Kingsley Police Department and the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.


Drought Conditions Worsen

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Heat and little rain continue to intensify the drought in several
states including primary crop growing areas.
The national drought monitor report released Thursday says in Iowa, the nation's
largest corn producer, severe drought spread to nearly 42 percent of the state up from 32
percent a week ago.
The drought monitor tracks conditions from Sept. 3 through Tuesday morning. 
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says about a third of corn and soybeans are in
good or excellent condition in Iowa down from more than half rated in those categories a
month ago. In Nebraska, where drought increased in some areas, non-irrigated corn is in
similar shape.
Drought worsened in portions of Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, and
Further south, conditions in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas declined.






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