Tuesday News, September 4
City Council To Hold Two Public Hearings
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council will hold two public hearings today during their regular meeting. The council will review the offers the city has received for the purchase of city owned property, formerly owned by the Iowa Department of Transportation. The city council will also hear comments regarding the extension of a water line located on Madison Avenue and extending north to the junction of Highway 60 and Highway 75. It is also expected the city council will approve an amendment that changes the interest rate on municipal bonds from 3 percent down to 1.75 percent. The change could save the city approximately $129,000 over the life of the bond. The city council will also consider an amendment to the DGR engineering firm's contract for 4th Avenue SE to include additional design work to include a sidewalk ramp and replacement as required by the Iowa Department of Transportation.
Three People Arrested For Possession of Controlled Substance
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Police Department made three arrests involving two separate incidents with people that were charged with possession of a controlled substance. Early Sunday morning, 21 year old Noah Greene of Le Mars was stopped initially for expired plates, but he was also charged with an Operating While Intoxicated and found to be in possession of a controlled substance as well. He was booked into the Plymouth County Jail on a serious misdemeanors. The Le Mars Police also arrested 18 year old Gina McNabney of Le Mars on three counts of delivery of a controlled substance, as well as a 17 year old juvenile with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance. The charges resulted from an ongoing investigation by the Northwest Iowa Drug Task Force. The juvenile is being held in a juvenile detention facility. McNabney, who is now 18, was cited into juvenile court and released since she was 17 at the time the acts were committed.
Le Mars Fire Department Issues August Report
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department responded to 30 calls during the month of August. According to a report issued by Fire Chief David Schipper, the Le Mars Fire Department had 13 fire calls, and only one rescue call. Three times the Le Mars Fire Department was called to offer mutual assistance to help with Maurice, Merrill, and Hinton. Four times the Le Mars fire department was called for request for services. Nine times the fire department personnel was asked to conduct investigations, including accident clean up, odor investigations, and illegal burning.
Pioneer Avenue Closed To Replace Bridge
(Le Mars) -- Pioneer Avenue between 260th Street and 270th Street will be closed for a period of three weeks, starting today, as the Plymouth County Secondary Road Department replaces a bridge with a culvert.
Higher Speed Limits Show More Fatalities On Interstate Highways
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - State records suggest higher interstate speeds have proved fatal for more Iowa motorists.
Rural interstate fatalities are up about 10 percent since the speed limit was raised to 70 mph from 65 mph.
Iowa records show 250 people were fatally injured on the rural interstate system between July 1, 2005, and Dec. 31, 2011. The figure was 227 fatalities for the 6 1/2 years before the limit was
Traffic deaths on other Iowa highways and roads dropped last year to the lowest level since World War II.
Russ Rader with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says "the bottom line is that when speed limits go up, deaths go up. When speed limits go down, deaths go down."
Ryan Visits Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is returning to Iowa for a two-day visit.
Mitt Romney's running mate will be in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday and in Adel in central Iowa on Wednesday.
In Cedar Rapids, Ryan will speak at Kirkwood Community College. He'll attend a rally at the Dallas County Courthouse in Adel Wednesday morning.
Ryan, who's fresh off his GOP nomination in Tampa, stopped at the Iowa State Fair in August shortly after Romney named him as his running mate.
President Obama Returns To Iowa
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The president was in Iowa just prior to the Democratic National Convention and he and his running mate and their wives have scheduled a post-convention trip back to Iowa.
Campaign officials say President Barack Obama and the first lady, Michelle Obama, will be accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, when they visit Iowa City on
Friday. Obama is scheduled to make his nomination acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina on Thursday night.
The four are expected to visit New Hampshire first on Friday morning before flying to Iowa, one of the tossup states in this year's general election. Details about their Iowa City itinerary haven't been released.
It will be the president's eighth trip to Iowa this year. He stopped in Ames on Tuesday and attended events in Urbandale and Sioux City on Saturday.
(Boone) -- Many farmers have already started with this year's corn harvest since the drought has dried up their fields. But is the corn ready for harvest? Iowa State University extension corn specialist, Roger Elmore says some of the corn is mature, but he says other farmers may want to get a start on harvest due to poor stalk stands.
A lot of comparisons have been made between this summer's drought and the drought that struck Iowa in 1988. Elmore says the trend line is about the same.
The Iowa State University corn specialist says Iowa is in better shape than the crops in Illinois and Indiana, where he says yields are projected to be far less than the Hawkeye state. Elmore says this drought year offers an opportunity to learn.
Elmore says seed companies and university research alike, will focus on stalk quality as a result of this dry year.
Midwest Economic Survey Shows Some Weakness
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A monthly survey suggests that the continuing drought and lessening export demand for U.S. products are among the drains on the economy in nine Midwest and Plains.
A report released Tuesday says August's Mid-America Business Conditions Index remained below growth neutral for a second month. It rose to 49.7 from 48.7 in July. June's figure was 57.2.
The survey of business leaders and supply managers uses a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Any score above 50 suggests growth while a score below 50 suggests decline for that
Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says supply managers remain pessimistic about future economic conditions.
The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.
Dallas County Mental Health Patients May Need To Wait For Services
ADEL, Iowa (AP) - Dallas County has started a waiting list for some mental health services, hoping to stretch its budget so it can meet residents' most vital needs.
Community Services Director Darci Alt expects more than 600 people will obtain mental health services through the county this year.
Alt says that, "with the downturn in the economy, financial problems and job loss are causing people to have more crisis situations."
Alt says the waiting list will not affect therapy services, but there will be limited access to transportation, day programming, community living and employment services.
The waiting list will affect an estimated 30 percent of the county's patients. The overall number could increase if more people seek services.
Care Provider Wants Uniform Standards For Missing Children
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Cedar Falls child care provider wants Iowa to implement uniform standards for how law enforcement responds for a rapid response.
Robin Arnold says the first few hours are critical and a missing child is a missing child.
Questions have been raised about whether the state could have done more when the two cousins disappeared in Evansdale on July 13 and remain missing. A search began immediately, and within hours,
local residents and the media were notified.
But an Amber Alert wasn't issued. Officials say those alerts are issued only when it's known that a child has been abducted. Arnold wants the alerts regardless.
Sen. Jeff Daniels, a Cedar Rapids Democrat, says he'll push for a review of Iowa law dealing with missing children.