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Friday Afternoon News, June 14

Newell Fatal Accident

(Storm Lake) -- Buena Vista County authorities are reporting a fatal traffic accident occurred Thursday evening at about 6:00 p.m. The accident involved a semi truck and trailer and a pickup truck and it happened on Highway 7, south of Newell.  82 year old Robert Schraeder of Woodbine was the driver of the pickup.  The investigation shows that Schraeder pulled out onto Highway 7 in front of the semi truck being driven by 25 year old David Iehl of Lakeside. Schraeder was pronounced dead at the scene and his passenger, 78 year old Lois Schraeder reported suffering minor injuries. Iehl also had minor injuries.

 

Sgt. Bluff Man Pleads Guilty To Conterfeiting

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A 27-year-old Sergeant Bluff man has pleaded guilty in his counterfeiting and chase case.
Brandon Miller pleaded guilty on Thursday to forgery, eluding police and assaulting an officer. Miller faces up to 15 years in prison when he's sentenced July 22.
Authorities say Miller was driving a pickup while fleeing officers in Sioux City and North Sioux City, S.D., in March. Authorities say Miller crashed the truck into a parked car and two police cars, injuring a deputy.
Police say Miller, Alison Daugherty and Shaun Wakefield had used counterfeit bills before the chase began. Police say Daugherty and Wakefield tossed counterfeit cash out the truck window during the

chase. The pair are scheduled to begin trial later this month. They live in Sioux City.

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Five Tornadoes Hit Iowa On Wednesday

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - Assessment teams have confirmed that at least five tornadoes touched down in north-central Iowa.
Officials say no injuries or deaths have been reported from Wednesday's storms, which damaged homes, businesses and farm buildings.
One that hit within a mile of Belmond rated EF3 on the tornado scale, with winds of 155 mph. Meteorologists say its 200-yard-wide path ran for eight miles.
Another that came down near Belmond was rated EF0, which on the scale means the winds ranged from 65 to 85 mph.
A third tornado struck the ground about a mile north of Alexander, carrying winds estimated at 112 mph, damaging some farm buildings.
Two tornadoes reported near Hampton were rated as an EF1, with 90 mph winds, and an EF0, with winds up to 70 mph.

Court Decision Affects Minority Shareholders

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa Supreme Court decision in a dispute over the value of shares in a farm business two cousins inherited from their fathers gives additional clout to minority shareholders in closely held family businesses and could have wide-sweeping effect on inherited family business operations.
The court's decision released Friday centers on cousins Jack and Bob Baur who have argued over the value of Jack's shares in Baur Farms Inc. since the early 1990s.
Jack Baur sued alleging Bob and the farm corporation engaged in oppressive conduct by refusing to buy Jack's shares at a fair market value.
The high court says minority shareholders may reasonably expect to share proportionally in a corporation's gains, setting a new standard in disputes over the value of shares in family corporations.

 

Lawyers Suspended For Excessive Fees

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court has suspended two lawyers for charging excessive fees to a mentally ill Vietnam veteran whose affairs they helped manage for three decades.
The court said Keota law partners Donald Laing and Scott Railsback claimed too many hours for managing the conservatorship of John Klein and charged excessive rates for performing services that didn't require legal training. Justices suspended the licenses of Laing and Railsback for 18 months.
Laing was appointed Klein's conservator in 1974 after Klein inherited farmland and other property from his mother's death. He didn't have a legal guardian, and Laing and Railsback helped care
for him.
The court says the attorneys "sincerely attempted to make Klein's life better" but went wrong in applying for excessive fees, even if a judge approved them annually.

 

More Iowa Flooding Expected

GREENE, Iowa (AP) - Northern Iowa cities are bracing for another possible round of flooding over the weekend as a storm system is expected to dump additional rain on already full rivers and streams.
The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for about 28 counties stretching from Spencer to the northeast corner of the state.
A flood warning was issued Friday for the Cedar and Shell Rock rivers in areas including Cedar Falls, Waterloo, and Shell Rock.
Some business owners in Greene are moving merchandise and equipment to higher ground.
Greene River Days, the annual town festival scheduled for Friday and Saturday, is being held at the town's community center because the original location at Perrin Park is under water.
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Chester Releases Sewage Into River

CHESTER, Iowa (AP) - The Department of Natural Resources says sewage is being sent into the Upper Iowa River as crews work to repair a broken sewer main in the small northern Iowa city of Chester.
The DNR says sewage began flowing into the river Friday morning but that the flow of wastewater would likely end later in the day when workers complete repairs on a 6-inch main.
It's unclear how much sewage was entering the river.
The DNR says people and pets should avoid the Upper Iowa River near Chester for at least the next 24 hours, though the agency notes the river is running very high, and it's unlikely many people
would enter it this weekend.

 

 

 



   

Friday News, June 14

Ice Cream Days Enters Third Day


(Le Mars) -- Today marks the third day for "Ice Cream Days" and again Brad Pick, the president of the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce highlights the day's schedule for the 27th annual event.  He says the day will begin with youth basketball.

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Pick says Saturday's parade will be special, especially since the Abu Bekr Shriners will participate. 
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The chamber president says the parade has traditionally brought in observers and participants from other communities.  He says this year's parade will feature some new entries, as well as some traditional entries.

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Pick offers a glimpse of Saturday's other events scheduled for Ice Cream Days.

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Hundreds of people enjoyed the free ice cream, along with the music of the Big Band era, and the children enjoyed riding the mini Ferris wheel and rides on the train.  It was all part of the festivities at last evening's Ice Cream Days at the Primebank ice cream social.

 

Buena Vista County Has Fatal Accident

(Storm Lake) -- Buena Vista County authorities are reporting a fatal traffic accident occurred last evening at about 6:00 p.m. The accident involved a semi truck and trailer and a pickup truck and it happened on Highway 7, south of Newell.  The driver of the pickup truck was pronounced dead at the scene.  The passenger in the pickup sustained minor injuries as did the driver of the semi truck.  No names have been released at this time.


Hundreds Turn Out For Memorial Service For Kathlynn Shepard

BOXHOLM, Iowa (AP) - Hundreds gathered for a service remembering a 15-year-old Iowa girl whose body was found in a river after she had been kidnapped and gone missing.
Thursday's public memorial service for Kathlynn Shepard drew nearly 750 people to the gymnasium at Southeast Webster-Grand Middle School in Boxholm, about 60 miles north of Des Moines.
Many children who went to school with Kathlynn attended. Many wore purple, Kathlynn's favorite color.
Authorities say Kathlynn and a younger friend were coerced into a pickup on May 20th in Dayton, Iowa by registered sex offender Michael Klunder. He hanged himself after the younger girl escaped.
Searchers looked for two weeks for Kathlynn.
Her body was found June 7th in the Des Moines River near Boone.

 

Campaign Regulator Pleased With Court's Decision

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's top campaign regulator says she's pleased an appeals court upheld much of an Iowa law requiring outside groups to disclose their spending on political campaigns.
Megan Tooker, director of the Iowa Ethics & Campaign Disclosure Board, says that independent expenditures are becoming more prevalent in political races and she expects they will continue to
grow.
Tooker said she's pleased but not surprised with Thursday's decision by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that upheld a requirement that such groups disclose their spending in favor or
against candidates within 48 hours. She says the public should not lose much in the way of transparency by the court's decision to strike down other reporting requirements about their fundraising.
Tooker says she'll continue to advocate for additional transparency in political spending.

 

Officials Investigate Sinkhole To See If Mind Is Underneath

RUNNELS, Iowa (AP) - Officials will be digging into a sinkhole to see whether it leads to an abandoned mine under the Polk County town of Runnells.
A state environmental engineer, Mike Bourland, says that there are mines in the area.
The sinkhole made its debut about two weeks ago in the front yard of Bob Borg. It was nearly 10 feet deep and around 10 feet wide, gaping just a few yards away from his house. The soil had
eroded around a power pole, which was taken out.
Environmental engineers plan to dig into the sinkhole on Friday.
Runnells Mayor Ron Tate says several sinkholes have appeared over the past 20 years in a field on the east side of town.
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Minnesota Man Charged With Deer Poaching

OSCEOLA, Iowa (AP) - Officials say a Minnesota man stole whitetail buck over a four-year period in Iowa.
The state Department of Natural Resources announced Thursday that 42-year-old Bradley Slawson, Jr., of Ham Lake, Minn., pleaded guilty to deer poaching charges. He has been ordered to pay $18,000
in civil damages for the illegal harvesting of deer bucks between 2008 and 2011 in Clarke County.
Slawson has forfeited archery equipment. He faces losing his hunting license in Iowa and 38 other states included in an agreement that recognizes the suspension of hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses.
Conservation Officer Michael Miller says both Iowa and Minnesota officials worked together to catch someone "that had been stealing from Iowa's natural resources for years."

 

Goats Used To Battle Invasive Weeds

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - Managers of a wetlands area near Davenport are turning to goats to rid the area of invasive plants.
Facilitator Brian Ritter decided to give goats a try after failing at other efforts to remove invasive plants that crowd out native varieties in the Nahant Marsh area.
Ritter says the 24 goats that arrived from Wisconsin in late May have made a huge difference.
Naturalist Amy Loving says it takes the goats only hours to clear areas choked with brush.
The goats are kept inside a portable fence and moved every day or two.
Nahant Marsh is a wetland west of Davenport. It's owned by the city.
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