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Friday News, July 19

Merrill To Have Water Outages

(Merrill) -- Merrill city officials say there will be periodic water outages beginning the week of July 22 in and around the 5th Street project, including side streets in Merrill.

 

School Board Nominations Due In Two Weeks

(Le Mars) -- Candidates seeking a position on the Le Mars Community School District Board of Education have just two weeks to submit their petition papers.  This year the positions for District 1, 2, 3, and 4 are up for election.  So far, three candidates have filed.  They include incumbents Brenda Phelan running for District 4, and Mark Hemmingson and Chris Collins seeking a position for District 3.  Due to re-redistricting, Collins and Hemmingson are now both residing in the same district.  Nomination papers are due no later than 5:00 p.m. August 1st.  A total of 50 signatures are required for nomination, along with living within the Le Mars Community School District.

 

Hinton To Host Annual Tractor Pull Tonight

(Hinton) -- The trucks and tractors will be kicking up the dirt and puffing out the smoke at this evening's Outlaw Truck and Tractor Pull scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. at Hinton.  The annual event is sponsored by the Hinton Civic Club and it draws competitors and spectators from all across the midwest.

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Doug Roberts serves as president of the Outlaw Truck and Tractor Pulling Association and explains what people will see tonight.

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Roberts says the tractors are not those you would commonly see in the field, but they have been modified with longer bodies, larger tires, bigger engines, and often fueled with 100 percent alcohol for the specific purpose of pulling the weight sled. 

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This year the fans will have an extra vantage point of viewing the competition as the truck and tractor pull will feature a jumbo television screen allowing the fans to get close up view.

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Iowa Unemployment Remains Steady

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's unemployment rate in June remained unchanged from the previous month at 4.6 percent.
A U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report shows the rate remained the same despite the state adding 6,500 jobs.
It's still an improvement from the same period last year, when Iowa's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.3 percent and the state had 24,800 less jobs.
The industries of construction, leisure and hospitality added 2,600 jobs in June. Professional and business services also added 1,900 jobs in the same period.
Education, health services and government each lost 1,700 jobs in June.
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Wells Fargo Lays Off 50 People

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Wells Fargo and Company says 58 workers in its home mortgage division in Des Moines have received layoff notices.
Company spokeswoman Vickee Adams said Thursday that the layoffs are a reflection of the cyclical nature of the business. Employees were notified Wednesday.
Increasing home loan rates have slowed refinancing. The average rate on a 30-year loan is 4.37 percent this week. Just two months ago the rate was 3.35 percent. Rates had surged in recent weeks amid concern over the Fed's bond purchases, which have kept interest rates low.
Adams says some workers may find other jobs in the company.
Wells Fargo posted profit of $5.27 billion on Friday, 20 percent higher than the same period a year ago.


Egyptian Fertilizer Company May Get More Tax Breaks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa economic development officials are considering whether to give an Egyptian company additional tax incentives for spending nearly $2 billion to build a fertilizer plant in southeast Iowa.
The Iowa Economic Development Authority is scheduled Friday to consider an additional $25 million in tax credits for Orascom Construction Industries.
The state and local governments already have promised more than $200 million in incentives including loans that do not have to be paid back if the promised jobs are created and tax credits.
The company also is allowed to finance more than $1 billion of the cost of construction through the specially authorized federal Midwest Disaster Area Bonds saving million in interest costs.
Construction of the plant will be located just off U.S. Highway 61 between Fort Madison and Burlington.

 

Governor's Driver Stops To Assist At A Fire

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa State Patrol is praising a trooper who responded to a house fire while he was driving Governor Terry Branstad.
The patrol said Thursday trooper Greg Steffen was driving Branstad to Des Moines after an event Wednesday in Eddyville, when they passed through Monroe on Highway 163.
Steffen noticed black smoke, couldn't tell where it was coming from and decided to investigate, eventually finding a house engulfed in flames. An elderly resident had escaped the fire with multiple burns.
Steffen moved the woman and bystanders away after noticing a propane tank, and rendered first aid until emergency crews arrived.  Branstad stayed in the vehicle a safe distance away.
Captain Mark Logsdon says Steffen "demonstrated a great example of public service" by protecting the governor and residents during the incident.


Should Farm Buildings Be Inspected For Electrical Uses?

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Electrical Examining Board is expected to decide Aug. 15 whether Iowa farm buildings must be inspected.
The  board weighed conflicting opinions on the matter at a hearing Thursday.
A judge had ordered the board to reconsider rules adopted after electrical regulatory legislation was passed by the Legislature in 2007. The judge said the board had gone too far in requiring the
inspections.
Some farmers and their supporters object to the inspections as a power grab by the board. Other farmers and their supporters say the inspections are needed for safety.
State records say that since 1994, Iowa has had 15 farm deaths from electrocution.
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Thursday Afternoon News, July 18

A Case Of Cyclosporisas Reported In Plymouth County

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County is reporting a case of cyclosporisas, according to Plymouth County Public Health Director, Deb Steffen.  One person has been identified yesterday with having the intestinal illness.  Steffen says statewide there are now more than 100 cases. The Pubic Health director explains the common symptoms associated with cyclosporiasas.

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Steffen says the symptoms can be much like other food-borne illnesses and she emphasizes if you have any of the symptoms to see a doctor immediately.

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Steffen says public health officials are trying to find the common link as to why so many cases have been reported this summer.  She says Iowa would normally have only a few cases reported.  Steffen says cyclospora can cause diarrhea for up to 57 days.

 

Merrill To Have Periodic Water Outages

(Merrill) -- Merrill city officials say there will be periodic water outages beginning the week of July 22 in and around the 5th Street project, including side streets in Merrill.

 

Animal Exhibits Increase For The Plymouth County Fair


(Le Mars) -- Attendees of the Plymouth County Fair will notice a few more animals being exhibited.  Ann Schoenrock, Plymouth County Extension 4-H and Youth Director says livestock entries are a bit higher.

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The Plymouth County 4-H official says a swine derby show has been added to this year's Plymouth County fair.

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Schoenrock says the judges that are hired to evaluate the 4-H projects are brought in from all parts of the midwest.

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4-H and FFA livestock and small animal projects will be entered on Wednesday morning of the fair.  The Plymouth County fair begins on Wednesday, July 24 and continues through Sunday, July 28th.

 

Deadline Approaches For School Board Nominations

(Le Mars) -- Candidates seeking a position on the Le Mars Community School District Board of Education have just two weeks to submit their petition papers.  This year the positions for District 1, 2, 3, and 4 are up for election.  So far, three candidates have filed.  They include incumbents Brenda Phelan running for District 4, and Mark Hemmingson and Chris Collins seeking a position for District 3.  Due to re-redistricting, Collins and Hemmingson are now both residing in the same district.  Nomination papers are due no later than 5:00 p.m. August 1st.  A total of 50 signatures are required for nomination, along with living within the Le Mars Community School District.


Construction Of Sioux City Hard Rock Casino On Schedule

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Organizers behind a Hard-Rock themed casino in Sioux City say they're on schedule with construction.
Sioux City Entertainment said in a news release Thursday that they soon plan to demolish an old pub and video store to make way for the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City. Excavation will follow
to prepare the site for the building foundations.
An official groundbreaking ceremony is planned for mid-August. The new $120 million casino is expected to open next summer.
Sioux City Entertainment was awarded a gambling license in April over several bids to replace the Argosy riverboat casino. Penn National Gaming Co. has criticized the decision.
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Spencer Attorney Overcharging For Service Fees

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - State auditors say a Spencer attorney working under contract as a public defender overbilled the state more than $177,000 claiming he worked more than 24 hours in a
single day for 80 days in a 3 1/2 year period.
The auditors say Ney McDaniel also improperly claimed more than $6,000 in mileage.
McDaniel isn't commenting and is referring calls to his attorney, who didn't immediately return a call.
The audit report released Thursday shows McDaniel took in $1.1 million from 2005 through March of 2011 when his contract was terminated. He mostly represented clients charged with crimes who
couldn't afford an attorney.
Clay County Attorney Michael Houchins found McDaniel was billing significantly more than other public defenders and sought an audit.
The Iowa Attorney General's office is considering criminal charges.

 

Branstad Calls Firing Of DCI Investigator As "Fair And Just"

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad says the firing of a veteran criminal investigator was a "fair and just" decision that had nothing to do with his complaint about Branstad's speeding
vehicle.
Branstad on Thursday blasted Larry Hedlund for making what he called "false accusations" of retaliation. Speaking at a news conference, the governor said Hedlund's attorney should release a
500-page investigative report so the public can know the full story of his firing.
Hedlund was fired Wednesday by the Iowa Department of Public Safety after a 25-year career over what the department called disrespectful behavior, which included negative comments about
bosses to subordinates.
Hedlund had been placed on paid administrative leave May 1, days after he filed a complaint about a high-speed pursuit involving Branstad's SUV traveling 90 mph.

 

Florida Murder Suspect May Be In Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a man sought in a double Florida slaying could be in central Iowa.
Police in Clearwater, Fla., said Thursday that they think 33-year-old Gilberto Juarez-Hernandez is in Des Moines because he has family and friends in the area.
Juarez-Hernandez was named in two first-degree murder warrants in October in connection with the July 2003 deaths of Petra Martin and her 2-year-old son, Uriel. Martin and the boy were found
stabbed to death in their Clearwater home.
Police say Juarez-Hernandez is a suspect in the case because of a bloody fingerprint collected as evidence.

 

Drunk And Naked Man Accused Of Damaging Vehicles

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A man has been accused of damaging several cars in Iowa City while he was naked and drunk.
Iowa City police say 42-year-old Sean C. Flaherty was found early Wednesday morning near several cars that had broken tail lights.
The Iowa City Press-Citizen says Flaherty told officers he was breaking the red portion of the tail lights because he believed red meant danger. Damage to the cars was estimated at $600.
Flaherty was arrested and later blew a .083 in a breathalyzer test.
Flaherty has been charged with third-degree criminal mischief and a serious misdemeanor count for an alcohol violation. Court records do not list an attorney.

 

Branstad To Travel To India

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad is heading to India on a trade mission in September.
Branstad's office says Thursday that Branstad will lead a group of business leaders on the six-day venture. Branstad says the trip is an opportunity to promote Iowa as a U.S. headquarters for Indian
companies.
The Iowa Economic Development Authority is organizing the trip, which will feature stops in several cities to meet with business and government leaders.
Iowa Economic Development Authority Director Debi Durham will join Branstad on the trip.
Authority spokeswoman Tina Hoffman says they don't have a cost estimate for Branstad and Durham's travel. She says Branstad's travel will be paid for by a foundation associated with the Iowa
Economic Development Authority. Durham's travel will be paid for through the authority's budget using state dollars.

 









 

 

   

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