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Tuesday News, October 23

Fire Reported at Amber Inn Motel

(Le Mars) -- Motel guests at Amber Inn were surprised when they smelled smoke last evening. 
The Le Mars Fire Department was called to investigate the scene at about 8:20 p.m. and found
a recessed ceiling lamp had started a fire and began to burn the ceiling insulation.  Le Mars Fire Chief Dave Schipper describes the scene.
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The fire was contained in room 86 and Schipper says the fire damaged the wood frame joist.  He says the another few minutes and the fire would have burn through the roof.  Fortunately, there were no injuries associated with that fire, and Schipper says all motel guests were able to evacuate the premises, and later they were able to return to their rooms.
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Schipper believes the cause of the fire may be contributed to the recessed ceiling can light perhaps had a bulb that was of greater wattage than what the fixture was capable of handling, and due to the fact the light was on for an extended period of time causing heat to build, is what started that fire.

 

Kingsley House Fire

(Kingsley) -- The Kingsley Fire Department responded to a house fire located on Brookview Drive in Kingsley.  The alarm came in at about 4:50 p.m. and fire fighters were on the scene for more than three hours. Kingsley Fire Chief Scott Bohle says they believe the fire was started as a result of an electrical problem, but they are still conducting an investigation.  Bohle says the ranch-style home will probably be listed as a total loss.  Pierson fire department offered assistance to Kingsley with that fire.

 

Akron Fire Department Responds To A Fire

(Akron) -- Akron's Fire Department was called to a fire last evening at about 9:50 p.m.  That fire was located on Railroad Drive.  At this time we are not certain as to what was on fire, but officials were on the scene for an hour and a half.

 

Grass, Leaf, and Tree Disposal Site Open Again

(Le Mars) -- Clean up on the city leaf, grass, and tree site is near completion.  Assistant City Administrator Bill Cole says the site will be open and manned from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, and from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays.  In addition, the city will have the site open today, October 23rd as a way for people to catch up.  The grass, leaf and tree disposal site will be open on Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.


Supervisors To Meet With Nieman To Discuss Mental Health Funding

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors are scheduled to meet again today at the County Courthouse.  They will hear from Sharon Nieman the county CPC director and review and approve state mental health transition fund application.

 

Kindergarten Teachers Adapting New Teaching Styles

(Le Mars) -- Teaching Kindergarten students has advanced beyond the "See Spot...See Spot Run". Pam Reeves and Kim Rohrs, both Kindergarten teachers for the Le Mars Community Schools met with the local school board last evening to share with the board how they are teaching students the concept of words, phrases, and sentences based on sound.  Rohrs says they are teaching students about Phonemic Awareness with young children.  Before the teachers informed the board as to what is phonemic awareness, they first explained what it is not.
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Rohrs told the school board that children who learn Phonemic Awareness know that sounds are the building blocks to our language, they can hear that sounds can make up a word, they can see the relationship between sounds, and they can change or re-arrange sounds to make new words.  Rohrs says research has indicated that phonemic awareness is an important indicator in the child's ability to read and spell.
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Rohrs continued to express the success of teaching phonemic awareness.

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The teachers have been using the new teaching style for two years.

 

 

 

   

Monday Afternoon News, Oct. 22

City To Open Grass, Leaf, and Tree Disposal Site

(Le Mars) -- Clean up on the city leaf, grass, and tree site is near completion.  Assistant City Administrator Bill Cole says the site will be open and manned from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, and from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays.  In addition, the city will have the site open tomorrow, October 23rd as a way for people to catch up.  The grass, leaf and tree disposal site will be open on Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

 

Le Mars To Flush Water Mains

(Le Mars) -- The city of Le Mars Water Department will start flushing water mains in the southeastern part of town on Tuesday.  Water superintendent, Gayle Sitzmann says the city will do the booster area first which consists of south of 12th Street and east of 2nd Avenue.  On Wednesday, the city will continue north of 12th Street to Plymouth Street and east of 14th Avenue.  Sitzmann says the entire procedure may take up to three days to complete.  Sitzmann says businesses and residents may experience discolored water and should refrain from washing clothes during the flushing times in your area.

 

School Board To Review Past Year's Achievements

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community Board of Education will discuss the annual progress report during their regularly scheduled meeting tonight.  Assistant Superintendent Steve Webner will review the highlights with the school board.  Kindergarten teachers will appear before the board to inform the directors about how their students have been learning about phonetic awareness as a result of the teachers professional development.  The board is expected to act upon one resignation.


Crime Stoppers Investigate Theft of Truck Drive Shaft

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars Police are investigating the theft of a drive shaft from a 2002 pickup truck.  Early Saturday morning, Police received a call from the victim indicating he went to drive his pick up truck, but when he put the vehicle in gear, the vehicle would not move.  Upon inspection, it was determined that someone had removed the drive shaft from the truck.  The theft is under investigation and anyone with information about the incident are asked to contact the Le Mars Police Department or Plymouth County Crime Stoppers.

 

Two Missouri Men Face Fines For Illegal Fishing

WAPELLO, Iowa (AP) - Iowa authorities say two Missouri men face fines and civil damages connected with the netting of shovelnose sturgeon on the Iowa side of the Mississippi River.
The Iowa Natural Resources Department says 43-year-old Robert Housman, of Sikeston, Mo., was charged with violating Iowa regulations on netting and possessing shovelnose sturgeon. The
state seeks nearly $3,700 in fines and $18,000 in damages from Housman.
The department says 39-year-old Michael Dye, of Charleston, Mo., faces the same two charges and another for lacking a commercial fishing license. The state seeks nearly $3,800 in fines and $18,000
in damages from Dye.
A public phone listing for Dye could not be found. Housman didn't immediately return a message Monday from The Associated Press. Online court records don't list the names of their attorneys.

 

Iowa DNR Says "Watch Out For Deer"

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - Iowa drivers need be on the lookout for deer as the harvest thins the corn fields and the mating season begins.
Iowa ranks second among the states in the number of car-deer crashes. Only West Virginia has more.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier says this is the time of year for drivers to be most watchful. State Farm, which tracks statistics on deer-related accidents, says November, October and
December, in that order, are the most common months for deer accidents.
Tom Litchfield of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says corn crops make good cover for deer, and as the harvest progresses, the deer scatter. Deer are on the move mostly at dawn and dusk, but Litchfield says it could be anytime during the mating season.




 

 

   

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