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Thursday News, August 8

Two People In New Jersey And One In Minnesota Wins Powerball Jackpot

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - At least three people in two states have beaten astronomical odds
to become the nation's latest Powerball millionaires.
Sue Dooley, senior drawing manager production coordinator for the Multi-State Lottery
Association, said late Wednesday night that three tickets matched the winning numbers and
will split the lottery's latest massive jackpot: $448 million.
The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night were: 05, 25, 30, 58, 59 and Powerball 32.
The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger reported early Thursday that a spokeswoman for the New
Jersey Lottery said that one of the multimillion-dollar tickets was purchased at a
supermarket in South Brunswick, N.J., and the other ticket was sold in Little Egg Harbor,
Information on the Minnesota ticket was not available early Thursday.


Le Mars Woman Wins $40,000 From Lottery

(Des Moines) -- A Plymouth County woman was just one number away from having a share of
Saturday’s $307.3 million Powerball jackpot and ended up winning a $40,000 lottery prize.
Muriel Miller of Le Mars matched four white balls and the Powerball to win a $10,000 prize.
And because she added the Power Play® to her ticket for an extra dollar, her prize
multiplied to $40,000.
Miller purchased her winning ticket at Le Mars Truck Stop, 321 Fifth Ave. SW in Le Mars.
She claimed her ticket Monday at the Iowa Lottery’s regional office in Storm Lake.
The winning numbers in the $307.3 million Powerball jackpot drawing on Saturday were:
21-24-36-42-45 and Powerball 15.
There were no jackpot winners for Saturday night’s drawing.


Le Mars Fire Department Spend Evening Training

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire Department had a busy Wednesday evening.  For two hours, the
fire department conducted training exercises at 126 4th Avenue Northwest, simulating a house full of smoke and conducting search and rescues.  The training session drew the attention of several neighbors as they watched the fire fighters drop hoses, extend the aerial ladder truck, and enter the house filled with smoke.  After the training session had concluded, the local fire department had to investigate an illegal burning located at the 7 Linden Armel Acres Trailer Court.  The call came in at 9:36 p.m.  Later in the evening, at 1:20 a.m. the fire department responded to a call at 32 Second Avenue South West, where there was a report of the smell of smoke.  It was determined an electronic component connected to the television had gotten too warm.  Fire officials were on the scene for about 20 minutes.


Iowa State Fair Begins Today (Thursday)

(Des Moines) -- The Iowa State Fair begins its eleven day run on Thursday, August 8th at Des Moines and fair manager Gary Slater is expecting another successful fair, especially if the weather stays nice.

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Slater says the state fair is offering a variety of entertainment that will appeal to nearly everyone, both at the grandstand and at the various free stages.  He says the Budweiser Stage has been moved to accommodate more people, and it will feature several bands from the classic rock era.

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Of course a major attraction featured in the Agriculture Building is the traditional butter cow sculpture.  But this year, Bessy the butter cow, has some company.

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Tomorrow, we will continue our conversation with Gary Slater and learn what are the new foods that will be introduced at this year's fair, as well as, Slater tells us what the fair is doing to help defeat this nation's hunger problem.  

Visitors To The Iowa State Fair Can Obtain Driver's License

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) - Transportation officials are throwing in some practical errands while
residents sample food on a stick at the Iowa State Fair: Visitors can now renew their driver's license.
Fairgoers are encouraged to visit the state Department of Transportation booth in the
Varied Industries Building starting Thursday. Visitors will be able to renew their driver's
license or identification card.
The self-serve kiosks at the booth will offer options already available on the
agency's website. Users can also update the photo that appears on their new driver's
license or ID card.
The agency launched the online renewal service through its website in mid-July.


Ethics Board Examines Political Pages On Social Media

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Board of Ethics is expected to discuss how political candidates should handle social media accounts.
The board is scheduled to meet Thursday. On the agenda is a proposed advisory opinion about whether social media accounts created for political purposes should include a disclosure known as a "paid for by" attribution.
Currently, political candidates or campaigns must include such a disclosure on advertisements, brochures and other items. The proposed opinion from the board says that Facebook and Twitter accounts created for political purposes should also include a "paid for by" attribution somewhere on the profile page.
If the account was free, the proposed opinion says the person who opens and manages the account is "paying" for the message.
The board is scheduled to discuss whether to adopt this opinion.

Board Of Regents Reviews University Presidents Salaries

AMES, Iowa (AP) - After conducting private performance reviews, the Iowa Board of Regents is expected to decide whether to give raises to the presidents of the state's public universities and special schools.
The regents met behind closed doors Wednesday to evaluate University of Iowa President Sally Mason, Iowa State University President Steven Leath, new University of Northern Iowa President William Ruud and the board's executive director, Bob Donley.
Also under review was Patrick Clancy, superintendent of the Iowa School for the Deaf and the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School.
The regents' two-day meeting will continue Thursday in Ames. The board's agenda includes considering salaries for the university presidents, Clancy and Donley for the budget year that started July 1. Details have not been released.


Urbandale Teacher Pleads Not Guilty To Having Sex With Students

ADEL, Iowa (AP) - Pleas of not guilty have been entered for an Urbandale Middle School teacher accused of having sex with two of his students.
23-year-old Benjamin Hoffman has bonded out of Dallas County Jail. His lawyer entered the pleas for him last week.
Hoffman is charged with 11 counts of sexual abuse, one count of sexual exploitation by a school employee and two counts of providing alcohol to a minor.
West Des Moines police say Hoffman had sex with a 13-year-old student of his at Urbandale Middle School and a 14-year-old former student of Hoffman's while he was student-teaching at Norwalk Middle School.
Hoffman was placed on leave by the school district.


Advocacy Group Wants To Privatize Iowa Juvenile Home

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An advocacy group wants Gov. Terry Branstad to consider privatizing the Iowa Juvenile Home.
Disability Rights Iowa also wants the governor to seek new rules that would limit the home's use of long-term isolation and physical restraints.
The federally funded group says the new rules would place the state-run home under the same guidelines that private facilities must observe on the use of isolation and restraints.
The Toledo home houses, treats and educates youths with serious behavioral problems. Disability Rights Iowa says the home has placed children as young as 13 in long-term isolation cells.
Branstad spokeswoman Janae Jenison said Wednesday that the governor believes "there needs to be a cultural change at the Iowa Juvenile Home."


Ankeny Has New City Manager

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) - The Des Moines suburb of Ankeny has selected the Polk County administrator as its news city manager.
The City Council on Wednesday night chose David Jones, who as Polk County administrator was responsible for administration of county operations, staff and managing the budget.
The council authorized Mayor Gary Lorenz to negotiate an employment agreement with Jones.
As city manager, Jones will oversee a staff of 200 full-time employees and a $100 million budget for all operations.
Ankeny is north of Des Moines and has a population of more than 45,000.

Two People Arrested For Robbing A Church

MARENGO, Iowa (AP) - Authorities in eastern Iowa have arrested two people in connection with a robbery at a church.
The Iowa County Sheriff's Office says 42-year-old Robby Lynn Jones, of Newton, and 38-year-old Rana Carol Frisch, also of Newton, were arrested Wednesday.
Police say Jones and Frisch entered St. John's Lutheran Church in Marengo and robbed a church employee. Iowa State Patrol later stopped Jones and Frisch inside a vehicle that matched the description of the car believed to be involved in the Wednesday robbery.
Additional information about the robbery has not been released. Both Jones and Frisch have been charged with second-degree robbery. Court records do not list attorneys.


Wednesday News, August 7

Voters Approve Extending Local Options Sales Tax

(Le Mars) -- Voters approved the extension of the Local Options Sales Tax, and Le Mars says
yes to the Hotel/Motel tax.  By a wide margin, voters of Plymouth County agreed to continue
the one percent local option sales tax, of which a portion of the money raised is slated
for the expansion of the Floyd Valley Hospital.  Voters approved the measure by a
county-wide average of 70 percent.  More than 1500 people voted, and with the exception of Craig, each community and rural areas easily passed the measure.  Craig was the only community to reject the one percent local options sales tax.


Le Mars Votes Yes To Hotel/Motel Tax

(Le Mars) -- The city of Le Mars decided to continue the Hotel/Motel tax.  By a margin of 83 percent to 17 percent, voters in each of the three precincts approved the tax on visitors to our community.

Akron Fire Department Responds To Carbon Monoxide Alarm

(Akron) -- The Akron Fire Department was called to a possible carbon monoxide contamination
last evening at about 6:20 p.m.  The call came from 130 Main Street, where two elderly people reported not feeling well.  Fire officials were on the scene for about an hour.

Le Mars Fire Department To Conduct Training

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department will be holding a training exercise
this evening.  The fire department will be working from an abandon house located at 120 4th
Avenue northwest.  The street will be closed during the training session which is scheduled
to last from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Fire chief Dave Schipper says the home will have smoke
coming from the structure, but there will be no intentional blaze.  Schipper says having
the opportunity for the fire department to work on search and rescue simulations from a
house will prove to be valuable training.


Plymouth County Officials Meet With FEMA For A Second Time

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County officials recently met with FEMA officials a second time to discuss damages resulting from the Memorial Day flooding.  Plymouth County engineer Tom Rohe informed the county supervisors of that second meeting. 

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Rohe explained the reimbursement schedule that FEMA officials will pay the county.

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Much of the discussion centered on the bridge that had been washed away from the raging
waters.  Rohe says there is some question as to how much FEMA and the state of Iowa will reimburse Plymouth County for the bridge.  Rohe believes  the replacement bridge needs to be wider and longer than the original.

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Sioux City Police Investigate Domestic Assault And Shots Fired

(Sioux City) -- Sioux City Police are investigating a shooting report stemming from a domestic assault incident.  The incident occurred on Tuesday evening at about 7:55 p.m. when the police received a report of shots fired from the 2600 block of Rustin Street.  42 year old Issac C. Rayford of Sioux City pointed a gun at his son, Issac C. Rayford, age 20 also of Sioux City after he was pushed by him.  During the confrontation, the gun accidentally discharged.  Rayford senior fled the scene in his vehicle with a 19 year old female and her 8 day old child who had been involved in the disturbance.  When officers tried to stop the senior Rayford, he did not immediately stop and continued driving for over a mile.  When Rayford finally did stop, he was taken into custody without incident and the gun was located in the vehicle.  The 42 year old man was charged with Aggravated Domestic Assault, felon in possession of a firearm, child endangerment, and traffic related charges.  The younger Rayford was charged with simple domestic assault.  No injuries were reported during this incident.


Crop Dusting Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing

VINTON, Iowa (AP) - No injuries have been reported after a crop-dusting helicopter made an emergency landing in an eastern Iowa farm field.
The aircraft came down around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in a field behind a store on the west side of Vinton.  Authorities say the pilot noticed engine problems that forced him to quickly land. The
helicopter sustained minor damage. The pilot wasn't hurt.




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