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Fire Investigators Find Elecrirical Short Cause For House Fire

(Le Mars)- An investigation into what caused a fire in a Le Mars home on Thursday has been ruled to be an accident. Le Mars fire and rescue was called to the home of David Stinton at 44 5th Ave SE Thursday morning.  Le Mars fire and rescue has determined the fire started in the basement of the home. The most probable cause of the fire was determined to be when the main power supply going into the breaker box arced and sparked the fire. The fire then spread across the basement ceiling under the kitchen, up the pipe chase to the second floor and into the roof areas of the home. Damage is estimated at $180,000.


Police Release Quarterly Report

(Le Mars)- The Lemars Police Department has issued its quartetly report for the 3rd fiscal quater. The report said the departmentad had 1256 calls for service, investigated 344 complaints, issued 617 traffic citations, 473 warnings, 71 accident calls, and 117 arrests.


Women Causes Accident From Driving Wrong Way On Highway

(Alton)- Sioux county authorities are investigating a motor vehicle accident that happend on highway 60 Thursday one mile south of Alton. Toni Jongerius, 59 of Sheldon, was northbound on highway 60 when she drifted off the roadway onto the left shoulder. She then entered the median colliding with a median crossover driveway, struck a traffic sign, and countinued driving in the southbound lane. A deputy was able to get Jongerius stopped two miles north of Alton. No injuries were reported. Jongerius's Honda Accord sustained approximently $4,000 in damages. Jpngerius was charged with failure to maintain control, striking a fixture upon a roadway, and failure to file a police report.


New Wildlife Exhibits To Debut Today

(LeMars)-Three new additions to the wildlife collection at the Plymouth County Historical Meseum will at the center of the "Welcome to Spring" party schedueled for the meseum at 10 am today. Making their debut will be a black bear, raccoon and a great horned owl. Dawn Snyder who is the educational director at the Dorthy Pecaut Nature Center will be the fetured speaker in the Meseum's study hall next to the wildlife exhibit. Paul Williams of Hinton the museum's unofficial naturalist will be on hand as well talking about American Indian artifacts that he donated. The American Indian exhibit is located in the Loess Hills Hallway. The new wildlife exhibits were donated by the Bruce Brock family.


Siouxland Garden Show In Full Swing

(Sioux City)-Spring is officially here because it is time for the annual Siouxland Garden Show. Adrienne Jansen of Iowa State University Extension says there is a lot to cee and do to help you get ready to plant your garden:

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This year's theme is "Gardens Make The World Go Round."

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The Siouxland Garden Show begins at 10A.M. at the Sioux City Convention Center and runs through Sunday. 


Legislation Passed To Protect Elderly From Abuse

(Des Moines)(AP) — As Iowa's population ages, lawmakers are determining the best policies to protect the state's elderly population from financial exploitation and other abuses.
U.S. Census data ranks Iowa ninth in the nation in the percentage of population age 65 or older, and Iowa ranks fourth for residents age 85 or older. Given that, lawmakers are considering legislation intended to better protect older Iowans and the future elder population.
The state Senate and House have approved different versions of a bill intended to toughen penalties for financially exploiting elderly people and to establish better protections for vulnerable adults.
Rep. Chip Baltimore, a Republican from Boone, says protecting Iowans who are most vulnerable is a priority. He says the House-backed bill is "a positive step toward protecting Iowans who can't protect themselves."


Unidentified Body Found In The Mississippi River

 KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are trying to identify the body of a man found in the Mississippi River near Keokuk.The Keokuk Police Department says the body was discovered early Wednesday. It was trapped in debris by a power plant. Keokuk police are scanning the state's database of missing persons for any leads. They've also reached out to authorities in nearby Illinois and other agencies.The body has been sent to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy. Additional information has not been released.

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