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Monday Afternoon News, November 25

City Council To Hold Special Meeting

(Le Mars)-- The Le Mars City Council has scheduled a special meeting on Tuesday at the Council Chambers.  The meeting is scheduled to start at 12:00 noon.  The city council will again discuss the Highway 3 West trail that includes a proposed pedestrian bridge.  Last week, the council voted down the program and a public hearing.  The council will also address annual urban renewal reports.


Three People From Rochester, Minnesota Arrested On Drug Charges

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County deputies arrested three individuals from Rochester, Minnesota for various drug possession charges on Friday following a traffic stop.  The deputy stopped the vehicle for speeding 97 mph in a 65 zone. An odor of marijuana was detected in the vehicle.  The drug K-9 was used to search the vehicle and in a back pack in the rear of the vehicle, several small bags of marijuana was found in the back pack. Those arrested include: Dylan Samsel, age 19, with possession with intent to deliver marijuana; Mitchai Tankhamvang, 18, possession of drug paraphernalia; and Junnita Ken, age 20, speeding and driving with suspended license.


Buena Vista Teen Injured From ATV Accident

(Storm Lake) -- Buena Vista authorities are investigating an ATV accident that occured Sunday afternoon at about 5:00 p.m.  The accident happened at a farm field located at 6153 Highway 71 near Storm Lake.  A 14 year old girl was driving the ATV four wheeler when she lost control and the ATV had flipped over twice on the girl.  The severly injured teen girl was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.  The injured girl was initially transported to the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake, then transferred to Mercy Medical Center of Sioux City. 


Insurance Commissioner Sides With University Of Iowa On Flood Insurance

 IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's insurance commissioner is backing the University of Iowa in a dispute with the federal government over how much insurance the campus must carry after rebuilding from the 2008 flood.
      Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart has asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to waive a requirement that the university obtain flood insurance for each building rather than the campus as a whole.
     He says the university's $250 million blanket policy is enough to protect against flood damage.
     FEMA hasn't decided whether to grant the waiver requested by Gerhart in his Sept. 28 letter. The issue is important because the university must satisfy FEMA insurance requirements to obtain millions of dollars the agency has promised to rebuild from the 2008 flood.
     University officials say buying coverage for each building would be unreasonable.


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