Friday News, September 13
Le Mars Man Killed In South Dakota Truck Accident
CENTERVILLE, S.D. – A Le Mars man died in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of S.D.
Highway 46 and S.D. Highway 19A about three miles south of Centerville on Thursday, Sept. 12.
Gene Allan Stinton, 63, of Le Mars, Iowa, was driving eastbound on Highway 46 driving a
2002 International truck. Tom Franklin Laidlaw, 53, of Stilt, Colo., was southbound on Highway 19A driving a 2000 Peterbilt truck. Laidlaw stopped at the stop sign and then drove into the intersection to continue south. His vehicle was struck by Stinton’s truck, which had the right-of-way and no stop sign.
Stinton received fatal injuries in the crash. He was wearing a seatbelt. Laidlaw, who was not wearing a seatbelt, received minor injuries. No further information is immediately available.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating. Centerville Police Department, Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Centerville Fire and Rescue, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation and South Dakota Department of Transportation assisted.
Janine Athay Named School Employee Of The Month
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community School District has named a librarian from Franklin school as its September "Employee of the Month." Janine Athay was given the honor yesterday afternoon. She was nominated by all Franklin teachers. In the nomination, it says Janine is always willing to help as needed at Franklin Elementary. She works hard to make birthday breakfast and the annual book fair a success, earning new books for the library. She re-schedules any missed library classes and allows daily check-out of books.
Mrs. Athay coordinates all AEA materials for the staff. She helps kindergarteners during computer time and supervises in the lunch room. In the summer, Janine can be found painting the walls of Franklin to help make our school look great. Our congratulations to Janine Athay for being named the Le Mars Community School District's "Employee of the Month."
Body Recovered From Lewis And Clark State Park's Blue Lake
(Onawa) -- Police have identified the man who drowned in a lake at Lewis and Clark State Park near Onawa on Wednesday. Monona County sheriff Jeff Pratt said the body of Garrett L. Grant, age 43, of Macy, Nebraska was found Thursday morning. Crews were called to a possible drowning in Blue Lake just before noon on Wednesday. The search was called off later in the day, but crews returned on Thursday. Pratt says Grant went into the water in the middle of the lake. His body was recovered near a boat ramp.
Body Found At Saylorville Lake
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A body has been found at Saylorville Lake, where authorities have
been searching for a man who jumped off a boat.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office says identification of the body hasn't been
completed. It was discovered a little before 6:45 p.m. Thursday at the base of the dam.
An autopsy has been scheduled.
Authorities had been searching for the body of 22-year-old Luis Cuadra, of Perry.
Witnesses say he leaped into the water off a pontoon boat near the Cherry Glen boat ramp
on Tuesday evening and didn't surface.
Giffords To Help Braley On Fundraiser
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords will headline a fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley's Senate campaign.
According to a news release provided to The Associated Press, Giffords and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, will appear at Braley's annual "Bruce, Blues, and BBQ" fundraiser. The event will be held Oct. 27 in Des Moines.
Braley, of Waterloo, is the only Democrat running for the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Tom Harkin.
Giffords was wounded in a January 2011 shooting outside a Tucson, Ariz. supermarket that left six others dead. The Democrat resigned from Congress a year later.
Braley and Giffords were both elected to Congress in 2006. They became friends and collaborated on several issues.
Iowa's Insurance Rates Should Be Lower Than Most States
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart says premium prices on the state's new health care marketplace will be lower in Iowa than many other states.
In a news release Thursday, Gerhart says that for similar plans "Iowa's rates will continue to compare favorably."
The Insurance Division did not release complete pricing estimates, but offered a few examples. A 40-year-old non-smoker seeking a mid-range - or silver - plan in central Iowa would spend about $219 each month. That's lower than the projected prices in most of the 17 states listed in a recent report from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, states must have a health exchange, with enrollment starting October 1st and coverage on January 1st. Iowa is partnering with the federal government for the exchange.
Public Comment Welcome On Nuclear Plant Start-Up
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The public will have another chance to learn more about the status of the troubled Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant later this month.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold another meeting on about the idle plant on Sept. 24.
Fort Calhoun, which sits across from Iowa on the Missouri River about 20 miles north
of Omaha, has been offline since April 2011.
Fort Calhoun initially shut down for routine maintenance, but significant flooding in 2011, a small fire and a series of safety violations forced it to remain closed.
Regulators will provide an update on Omaha Public Power District's efforts to repair Fort Calhoun.
The meeting will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Sept. 24 at the Comfort Inn and Suites near 72nd Street and Interstate 80 in Omaha.
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