Saturday News, June 30th
Body Recovered in Little Sioux River Drowning
(Storm Lake) -- The body of Lithavongsay Nouthhavkoun of Storm Lake was recovered in the Little Sioux River at about 4:30 Friday afternoon. The drowning victim was recovered about 500 yards downstream from where he was last seen on Wednesday. Search crews have been on the Little Sioux since Wednesday afternoon when friends reported that Nouthavykoun had went under water and could not be found. Rescue efforts have been ongoing by the Buena Vista County sheriff's office and the Iowa D-N-R. Nouthavykoun has been taken to the Iowa Medical Examiners office in Ankeny for an autopsy to be performed next week. Assisting the sheriff's office was the Iowa D-N-R and Buena Vista County Medical Examiner's Office.
Motorcycle Accident Near Akron
(Akron) -- A 19 year old Ireton man was involved in motorcycle accident Thursday afternoon. Marcos Lopez was riding his motorcycle on Highway 3 and county road K-22 near Akron at about 3 p.m. when Lopez lost control of his motorcycle and entered the ditch. The accident report indicates the motorcycle continued for 327 feet and flipped several times before coming to a rest. Witnesses to the accident say it appeared the front tire of the motorcycle began to wobble which caused Lopez to lose control. Lopez was airlifted to the Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City. He is listed as serious condition.
Fire Department Conducts Fund Raising Campaign
(Le Mars) -- Check your mailbox and you may see a letter from the Le Mars Fire Department. This time of year the Le Mars Fire Department asks the public for donations to help with the purchase of equipment, as well as to help finance the training of fire personnel. Fire chief Dave Schipper says they hope to raise at least $16,000 this year.
Schipper says other than the pancake feed in October, this is the only fund raising activity for the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department.
Fire Department Adds Assistant Chief Position
(Le Mars) -- Starting Monday, the Le Mars Fire Department will have an assistant fire chief position. Dave Schipper says the newly created position will be occupied by Michael Wise. Wise has been a fire fighter for more than 20 years with the Omaha and Red Oak fire departments, and according to Schipper, he has extensive experience.
Wise will be a full-time paid fire official, and will be an added benefit for fires and rescues especially during the day shifts.
Grassley To Visit Akron
(Washington) -- Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley has announced he will be visiting several communities in northwest Iowa. Grassley is scheduled to be at the Akron Fire Department on Monday, July 2nd at 3:45 p.m. Grassley will visit with the public regarding issues of interest. The public is invited to attend.
Veterans and Military Parade To Be Held in Des Moines
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Thousands of people are expected to march and ride through downtown Des Moines in a parade that honors veterans and current members of the armed services.
Gov. Terry Branstad's office organized the parade, which will begin at the state Capitol with a flyover of F-16 jet fighters at 10 a.m. Saturday.
The Des Moines Register reports that more than 100 units, floats and bands as well as 2,000 or more marchers are expected to join the roughly hour-long parade.
It will head west from the Capitol, cross the Des Moines River and then end at Veterans Memorial Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center.
Branstad, who served in the Army from 1969 to 1971, plans to march in the parade, wearing his old uniform.
Lottery Kicks Off "Mystery Millionaire" Campaign
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Lottery will give away $2 million in prize money that's been sitting around since two big jackpots weren't claimed last year.
The "Mystery Millionaire" promotion begins Sunday. Players who buy a $5 ticket pack can sign up on the lottery's web site for a chance to win prizes ranging from $10,000 to the grand prize of $1
million, which will be awarded at the Iowa State Fair.
The promotion will use Iowa's share of an unpaid $14.3 million Hot Lotto jackpot won with a ticket purchased in Des Moines and a $77 million Powerball jackpot.
The Hot Lotto jackpot generated headlines because a lawyer stepped forward hours before the deadline with the winning ticket, but wasn't paid after he refused to explain how he ended up with
Iowan Killed in Afghanistan
EMERSON, Iowa (AP) - Military officials say an Iowan is among two U.S Army soldiers killed in an attack in Afghanistan.
The Defense Department says 25-year-old Sergeant James Skalberg Junior died on Wednesday when his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device in eastern Afghanistan's Wardak province.
Officials say 24-year-old 1st Lieutenant Stephen Prasnicki of Lexington, Virginia also died in the attack.
Skalberg graduated from Nishna Valley High School in 2005 and attended Peru State College in Nebraska. He joined the Army in 2007.
His wife, Jessica, told the Omaha World-Herald that he was a "loving, good-hearted man."
Skalberg is survived by his wife and son, Carter, of Red Oak Iowa; his parents and a sister, all of Cullman, Alabama; and other relatives.
Ethanol Industry Sees Slim Profit Margins
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - High corns prices and less consumer demand for gasoline have ethanol plants across the Midwest cutting back production.
More than 95 percent of the nation's ethanol plants use corn as their feedstock. Analysts say corn prices have been skyrocketing because of fears triple-digit temperatures and drought in the
middle of the country will destroy, or greatly reduce, this year's crop.
Meanwhile, the country has an ethanol glut. People are not driving as much given the poor economy and the high gasoline prices. Ethanol is primarily used in gasoline blends.
Valero Energy operates 10 ethanol plants. It is temporarily idling one in Nebraska and another in Indiana because it costs more to make ethanol.
Corn Acreage On the Increase
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers planted 96.4 million acres of corn this spring, up 5 percent from last year.
It's the largest number of planted acres since 97 million in 1937. The revised estimate, based on early June farm surveys, is up from May's estimate of nearly 92 million acres.
The USDA says farmers expect to make more profit from corn than other commodities.
Iowa corn acres fell to 14 million from 14.1 million. Nebraska rose to 9.9 million from 9.85 million.
Record corn acreage is expected in Idaho, Minnesota, Nevada, Oregon and the Dakotas.
The USDA estimates 76.1 million acres are planted in soybeans. That's up 1 percent from 2011 and the third highest on record.