Saturday News, June 21
Ice Cream Days Enters Final Day
(Le Mars) --Today marks the last day for ice cream days and as Brad Pick, Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce for events and marketing, says the day will be filled with many activities beginning with the parade.
Following the parade, Pick says there will be plenty of fun at Foster Park for the annual Art in the Park.
Pick explains there are several events to see and do in the afternoon and early evening hours.
The Chamber Board Member says people can again sit back and enjoy the sounds of The Noteables as they perform an encore concert at Foster Park.
Summer Cross Scheduled For Ice Cream Days
(Le Mars) -- One of the events scheduled for today's ice cream days that was not affected by the recent Floyd River flooding is the Summer Cross. Mark Strub of Bike Central, the event's sponsor and organizer says Summer Cross is a bicycle obstacle race.
Strub says spectators will enjoy the action of watching the bicycles tackle the obstacle course, and will be able to see most of the race from the Shelter house located at the municipal park. Strub describes the Summer Cross course.
Strub says the recent rains will only present an additional challenge for the participants.
Fire Department Responds To Gas Odor Call
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire Department was called to a residence at 101 2nd Avenue northwest on Friday afternoon. The alarm came in at about 4:00 p.m. Fire officials were called to investigate an odor of gas. Fire officials were able to quickly resolve the situation and had returned to base headquarters within fifteen minutes.
Branstad Declares An Additional 13 Counties For Disaster Emergency
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad has issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for 13 Iowa counties affected by recent severe weather.
Branstad's proclamation Friday allows state resources to be used for response and recovery efforts. The affected counties are Buena Vista, Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, Franklin, Hancock, Ida, Kossuth, Osceola, Palo Alto, Sac, Woodbury and Wright counties.
Certain residents in Hancock and Kossuth counties can also use a state individual assistance program to seek grants for home and car repairs, as well as other expenses.
The Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management on Wednesday made a request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency to conduct damage assessments in several counties affected by the storms earlier this month. The assessments could be used to determine if a presidential disaster declaration is warranted. Plymouth and Sioux counties were declared disaster emergency counties earlier in the week.
Missouri River Expected To Flood But Not Severe
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa and Nebraska cities along the Missouri River are preparing for flooding, but it is not expected to be extensive.
At Omaha and Council Bluffs, Iowa, the river is expected to crest Sunday morning at 31.6 feet. That's above the 29-foot flood stage and should mean flooding of riverside parks in both cities.
At Blair, Nebraska the river should reach nearly 30 feet Saturday night, above the 26.5-foot flood stage.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is reducing water releases at Gavins Point Dam near Yankton, South Dakota from 30,000 cubic feet per second to 12,000 to lower flood risk.
The river at Sioux City will remain below flood stage. About 43 miles downstream at Decatur, Nebraska, it is expected to reach flood stage Saturday morning and then fall.
Safe Haven Law Applies To Newborn Child
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa officials say they have taken custody of a newborn baby under the state's safe haven law.
The state Department of Human Services said in a news release Friday that the baby boy was born at a hospital on June 14. The child's mother immediately asked that the child be declared a safe haven baby. A court hearing to terminate parental rights will be held soon.
It is the 19th time the state has taken a child under the safe haven law, which allows parents to give up custody of babies age 14 days and younger with no questions asked.
The law was approved in 2001 after an eastern Iowa teenager killed her home-delivered newborn.
Officials say all previous safe haven babies have been successful adopted.
Swimming Advisory For Beeds Lake
HAMPTON, Iowa (AP) - Officials have issued a swimming advisory for Beeds Lake in the northern Iowa community of Hampton.
The state Department of Natural Resources says a recent water sample collected at the state park exceeded standard levels for E. coli.
The Mason City Globe Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1isrhrg ) the water is not closed for swimming. But officials say the advisory is a warning for visitors to take additional precautions, including showering shortly after swimming and avoiding lake water ingestion.
Onawa Man Killed In Bicycle Accident
MANSON, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a bicyclist has been killed in northern Iowa following a collision with a vehicle that also injured another bicyclist.
The Iowa State Patrol says 47-year-old Shawn Gosch, of Onawa, was riding a bicycle Friday morning near Manson when he was hit from behind by a vehicle driven by 30-year-old Eric Meyer, of Lake View.
The collision caused the bicycle of 49-year-old Jeffrey Gray, also of Onawa, to be hit. He was thrown into a ditch.
Gosch was pronounced dead at a hospital. Gray was taken to another hospital with non-life threatening injuries. It's unclear if Meyer was hurt.
Republicans To Select 3rd District Congressional Nominee
URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Republicans are gathering Saturday to pick a candidate to run in November for the seat of retiring Rep. Tom Latham in Iowa's 3rd Congressional District.
More than 500 delegates will meet at Des Moines Christian School in Urbandale to choose from the six candidates who ran in the June 3rd primary but failed to reach the required 35-percent threshold.
State Senator Brad Zaun received the most votes, ahead of businessman Robert Cramer, GOP activist Joe Granadette, Secretary of State Matt Schultz, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Director Monte Shaw and former U.S. Senate aide David Young.
It's the first congressional nominating convention in Iowa since 2002. The winner faces Democrat Staci Appel of Ackworth in the general election.
The district includes 16 counties, stretching from Des Moines to Council Bluffs.
Egg Council To Hold Egg Decorating Contest At State Fair
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Egg Council is again sponsoring its Iowa State Fair egg decorating contest.
Entrants must use a standard large-size chicken egg, and the egg's design and decoration must reflect the artist's personal style or something unique about Iowa. Entrants can use any art medium.
The award for first place is $500. There is a $400 prize for second place and a $300 prize for third place. The entered eggs will be displayed in Iowa libraries throughout the year after the contest.
Entry forms and rules are available on the Iowa Egg Council's website.
The eggs will be judged on Aug. 7 at the fair. After the fair, the eggs will be placed in a traveling egg display to be showcased at local libraries across the state.
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