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Monday News, July 14

Fire Leaves Motorcycle Totalted

(LeMars)- The LeMars Fire Department was called out at around 7:40 pm yesterday to a motorcycle on fire at the junction of K22 and highway 3. The fire was reported by Adam Koopman after he started to smell gas coming from the 2004 Susukie he was riding. He pulled to the side of the road and the motorcycle caught on fire. The cause of the fire was determined to be a fuel line rupture that sprayed gas onto the motor. The bike was a total lose. The fire department was on scene for approximently 30 minutes.  

School Board To Meet Tonight

(LeMars)- The LeMars Community School Board will meet tonight at 7:30 pm with some of the agenda items being Goal Attainment Report, Iowa School Board Managment Conference and resignations and new contracts will all be discussed.

Armstrong to Participate In RAGBRAI

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Lance Armstrong is again planning to join in on the 418-mile, 15-county bike ride across Iowa later this month.
     The Des Moines Register reports Armstrong plans to participate in his sixth RAGBRAI and even work as a guest bartender this Saturday in Rock Valley to help raise money for the northwest Iowa town of 3,400 hit by flooding.
     Armstrong says he enjoys the Iowa ride because it gives him a chance to participate in cycling in a friendly environment. And he says the organizers of the Iowa event were the first to welcome him after he admitted he doped for all seven of his Tour de France wins from 1999-2005.
     Up to 10,000 riders and another 10,000 followers are expected for the July 20-26 ride.


Two People Killed In ATV Accident

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa State Patrol says a man and woman from Fort Dodge were killed when a tree fell and hit their all-terrain vehicle.
     District Commander Lieutenant Kelly Hindman said in a press release that the two were riding on the ATV south of Fort Dodge in Webster County around 5 p.m. Sunday.
     The statement says 21-year-old Jordan Michal Ulicki and 20-year-old and Sadie Rae Foreman were pronounced dead at the scene by the Webster County Medical Examiner. Neither was wearing a helmet.
     It was not immediately known what caused the tree to fall. The statement says it appears to be an "unavoidable accident."
     An investigation by the State Patrol is ongoing.


Woman Killed After Falling Into Lake

CENTERVILLE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a 43-year-old Ottumwa woman has died after falling into southern Iowa's Rathbun Lake.
     The Appanoose County Sheriff's Office says emergency workers were dispatched a little before 1 a.m. Sunday. Witnesses say the woman fell into the water at the Rathbun Marina and didn't resurface. She was found and pulled from the water around 1:50 a.m. She was pronounced dead later at Mercy Medical Center in Centerville.
     The woman was identified as Kathy Lukehart. 
     An autopsy has been ordered.


Pork Producers Concerned Over New Reporting Requierments

(Des Moines)-Some Iowa hog producers and lawmakers are raising concerns about the mandatory reporting requirement being announced by U-S-D-A on porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, or P-E-D virus. Iowa Pork Producers Association president Jamie Schmidt of Garner says he's worried about the confidentiality of those reports. Schmidt says using I-D numbers instead of names in reporting can help keep producer data confidential.


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Iowa Congressman Steve King says he worries if confidentiality is breached, animal activists will use that information to hurt pork producers. The disease is widespread and Schmidt says it makes sense to keep close tabs on it, wherever it may appear.

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The current submission requirements for reporting the P-E-D virus includes the herd's premise I-D number, the date the sample was collected, the type of farm, the test method used for diagnosis and the diagnostic test results. That applies only if the herd has tested positive for the virus.


Blueprints For New Grain Elevator Are In

PILGER, Neb. (AP) - Rebuilding plans for the northeast Nebraska town ravaged by a tornado last month got a boost when the Farmers Co-operative committed to restore its Pilger grain elevator.
     Co-op manager Aaron Becker tells The Norfolk Daily News he never questioned whether the grain elevator would be rebuilt after the June 16 tornado. That's welcome because the co-op was Pilger's largest employer.
     Blueprints for the new co-op have already been completed, and new grain bins are on the way. Becker says he hopes to have the elevator operational before harvest.
     Becker says he knows Pilger will be much different after rebuilding because roughly three-quarters of the town was damaged, but he's optimistic about the future.

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