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Thursday News, December 20

Iowa Gets Hit With First Snow Storm

(Des Moines) -- As you might imagine, travel is not being recommended this morning after Iowa's first snow storm.  According to the Iowa Department of Transportation's Road Condition website, as of 6:00 a.m.  all major roads in Iowa are 100 percent snow and or ice covered.  On Interstate 29 between Sioux City and Council Bluffs, the Iowa Highway Patrol is reporting a total of 20 reports of vehicles either in the ditch or having accidents due to the snow. Towing services are prohibited. Here in Plymouth County,since 11:00 p.m. last evening, the sheriff's department reports of only one incident where a vehicle was reported in the ditch.
Highway 60, Highway 75, Highway 59, and Highway 20, Highway 18, and State Highways 3, 9 and 12 are all snow and ice packed.  Road crews are out trying to get the roads cleared.  Iowa Highway Patrol Trooper Vince Kurtz says road conditions in northwest Iowa can change rather quickly.
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The Iowa Highway Patrol reminds motorists to carry a winter weather survival kit while traveling.  Trooper Kurtz has this suggestion as to what we should have in our vehicles, in case we  are ever stranded due to a winter storm.
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Kurtz also suggests other items that should be in our vehicles.

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Air Travel Interrupted Due To Snow Storm

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Dozens of flights have been canceled at several of Iowa's major airports as a large snow storm hits the state.
Officials at Des Moines International Airport posted dozens of cancellations online for arriving and departing flights as the storm picked up intensity Wednesday night. The airport recommends
that travelers contact their airliner for information on delays and cancellations.
The Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids posted canceled flights from airplanes that were expected to arrive from cities like Chicago and Detroit. All flights scheduled to depart in the morning
from the airport have been canceled.
Dubuque Regional Airport listed a handful of canceled flights to its main destination point in Chicago.
Up to a foot of snow is expected in parts of Iowa as the storm continues into western Illinois.


Sioux County Authorities Investigating Incident Involving Dead Hogs

(Orange City) -- The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a report of criminal mischief that occurred at a hog confinement on Elmwood Avenue, five miles south of Rock Valley, IA. This crime occurred between Tuesday, December 18, at 3:00 p.m. and Wednesday, December 19, at 1:00 p.m. The perpetrator(s) entered the building and caused the death of approximately 475 pigs by tampering with the climate control system. Anyone with information concerning this crime is asked to contact to the Sioux County Sheriff's Office.


Fort Dodge Authorities Investigate Shooting

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - Police in Fort Dodge say they are investigating an attempted murder after a 32-year-old man was shot in the stomach.
Police Chief Tim Carmody said officers were sent to Trinity Regional Medical Center on Wednesday morning to investigate after a man showed up needing treatment for a gunshot wound.
Officers say Kyle Myers had been shot in the abdomen, received treatment and is listed in stable condition.
Carmody says the investigation led police to a local residence. He says detectives are in the early stages of the investigation and continue to process evidence, interview witnesses and follow up on
leads.

 

Casey's CEO Stays Through April 2015

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) - Convenience store chain Casey's General Store has extended its contract with Chief Executive Officer Robert Myers through April 2015.
The Ankeny-based company says Myers' current contract signed in 2010 was set to expire in April.
Myers, who is 65, will remain employed under the terms of the previous agreement. The new contract announced Wednesday also provides a $330,000 per year retirement benefit payable to Myers
for 10 years upon retirement.
Myers earns salary of about $800,000 and benefits from a variety of stock awards and other compensation.
Myers has been associated with the company since 1989 and became CEO in June 2006.
The company operates 1,700 convenience stores in 12 Midwestern states.


UNI Offers On-Line Classes For Environmental Health

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - The University of Northern Iowa is offering a new certificate program in environmental health that can be completed online.
University officials say the courses focus on issues like water and air quality, solid waste problems and public health concerns.
Campus attendance is not mandatory since coursework material is available online. Fifteen hours of credit is required, and may be applied toward either a student's undergraduate or graduate degree.
The online program will be available in the summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Wednesday News, December 19

Le Mars Prepares For First Season's Snow Storm

(Le Mars) -- Just how much snow is expected for Le Mars as we get prepared for what could be the first major snowfall of the winter?  Meteorologist Mike Fuhs (Foos) of the National Weather Service from Sioux Falls tells us when we can expect to see the snow.
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Fuhs says the heaviest of the snow will occur more to the southern regions of Iowa, but we will notice a white blanket of fluffy stuff in Le Mars.

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Fuhs says if you are traveling to central Iowa you may want to watch out.  He says snow fall there could be quite heavy.
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And how does the weather meteorologist categorize this winter snow storm?
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Plymouth County Road Crews Ready For Snow

(Le Mars) -- Despite how much snow Le Mars and Plymouth County receives, County engineer Tom
Rohe says his crews are ready.
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Rohe says Plymouth County doesn't do any application of salt or calcium magnesium until the roadways freeze.
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The Plymouth County engineer says the paved roads will be the first priority for his road crews.
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Mid-Sioux Opportunity Requests Funds From County

(Le Mars) -- The Executive Director of Mid-Sioux Opportunity visited with the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors requesting $10,000 for next year's budget.  Dick Sievers informed the Supervisors the low-income assistance organization serves 886 Plymouth County households.  Sievers says the assistance amounts to an average of $724.15 per household with a value of nearly $1.8 million. Sievers told the Supervisors about the economic impact Mid-Sioux Opportunity has upon the county
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Mid-Sioux Opportunity is headquartered at Remsen and in addition to Plymouth County, the organization serves four other counties, including: Lyon, Sioux, Cherokee, and Ida counties.
The Board of Supervisors did not act upon the financial request made by Mid-Sioux Opportunity.


Plymouth County Solid Waste Agency To Hold Meeting

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Solid Waste Agency is scheduled to hold its monthly meeting
this evening.  Their agenda will include a review of contracts with L.P. Gill Landfill and with Van's Sanitation.


Sioux City Mayor Won't Vote On Casino

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - The mayor of Sioux City says he won't vote on any gambling-related issues as the city considers a new casino.
Mayor Bob Scott announced his decision Monday during a City Council meeting. He says it is in
response to speculation that he has a financial stake in the development of a new casino. He would not elaborate.
Scott then abstained from a council vote on a public hearing date to extend a lease for the Argosy Casino riverboat. It's set for Jan. 28
Three developers have proposed land-based casinos that will eventually replace Argosy. The Iowa Racing & Gaming Commission will name the winning proposal in April.

South Korean Metal Company Donates to Harkin Building

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A South Korean businessman and his Iowa metals subsidiary have given $500,000 to support a university institute for Sen. Tom Harkin, who is pushing for a one-dollar coin
that would bring the company business.
The donations to the Harkin Institute of Public Policy at Iowa State University come from PMX Industries and CEO of its Seoul-based parent, Jin Roy Ryu.
Harkin is sponsoring a bill that would eliminate the paper dollar in favor of a dollar coin, for which PMX supplies the materials. PMX is a member of the Dollar Coin Alliance lobbying for
the change.
PMX says ISU's foundation asked for its donations and it agreed. Yet they are an example of possible ethical concerns that Republicans warned could result from naming a university institute
after a sitting lawmaker.

 

Closing Arguments Set For Trial Involving Father Killing Daughter

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Attorneys are set to make closing arguments in the trial of a Cedar Rapids man accused of killing his young daughter.
Closing arguments will be made Wednesday in the trial of Zyriah Schlitter.
On Tuesday, Schlitter testified in Linn County District Court that he wasn't concerned about bruising on the toddler when he took her to a doctor in March 2010, just before her death. He said he
thought the bruising was normal for a child.
Schlitter faces first-degree murder and child endangerment charges. Investigators say 17-month-old Kamryn suffered head injuries and had bruising on her neck, chin, underarms and chest.
Schlitter's former girlfriend, Amy Parmer of Hiawatha, faces the same charges. Her trial is set for January.
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