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Wednesday News, August 22

Four Fire Departments Fight Silage Fire

(Merrill) --  Smoke could be seen for miles, as fire fighters from four communities were at the scene of a fire located at 25675 County Road K-49, or about 5 miles east of Merrill.  A corn silage pile, along with numerous round bales, ignited when a payloader tractor, while working on the silage pile, touched the dry husks of the bales.   Underneath the silage pile were old rubber tires that also ignited.  Lost are several round bales, tons of corn silage, and the payloader tractor that has a value of at least $30,000. That fire started at about 2:40 p.m. and fire officials were on the scene for more than three hours.  Fire fighters from Merrill, Hinton, Le Mars and Oyens responded to that fire.


Le Mars Fire Department and Dean Foods Work Together For Disaster Drill

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department will hold a simulated disaster drill on this evening at Dean Foods between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.  Fire Chief Dave Schipper says it will be a "hands-on" drill focusing on a truck that has spilled some acid.

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Schipper says other area fire departments have been invited to participate in the drill.

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Jarrod Otta is the plant manager for Dean Foods.  He says the milk plant wants to treat the drill as a real emergency.

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Otta says the production line will be shut down for about 15 to 20 minutes, but he says the employees will take an active roll in tonight's drill.

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Plymouth County Sheriff Office Gets Police Dog

(Le Mars) -- The newest member of the Plymouth County Law Enforcement team met with the county board of supervisors during their Tuesday meeting.  Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo and Deputy Jacob Wingert introduced Fala, a four and a half month old German Shepard dog.  Deputy Wingert will be the trainer and handler of the new canine patrol.  Wingert says the dog, its food, and veterinary services are being donated.

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Wingert says it will take approximately two years to fully train the dog as a registered police dog. He says the dog already displays several characteristics that lead the sheriff's office to believe Fala will make for a good police dog.

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Deputy Wingert says Fala will be a big help with the Plymouth County Sheriff's Department once the training is completed.

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Wingert says during these early stages of training, he is working with Fala with her socialization skills.


Le Mars Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Meth Distribution

(Cedar Rapids) -- A Le Mars man is one of five individuals sentenced to federal prison for a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy.  30 year old Brent Lamp was sentenced on August 20th to 17 and a half years in federal prison.  Lamp pleaded guilty to receiving multiple quantities of methamphetamine and resold it to numerous other people, between January 2011 to December of 2011.  Lamp was previously convicted of a felony drug offense in Plymouth County in December of 2001.

 

Penn National Rejects Casino Contract Offer

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - The operator of Sioux City's riverboat casino has turned down a contract offer from its nonprofit partner that holds the gambling license.
The Missouri River Historical Development on Monday approved an extension of its operating agreement with Penn National Gaming Co. through March 2015, and added language that would allow the group to negotiate with other operators on a new land-based casino.
Penn rejected the offer on Tuesday.
The  move could set up a showdown at Thursday's meeting of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission. The current contract expired in July, and the commission has warned that if a short-term deal isn't reached by this week, the state may have no other choice but to shut down the riverboat, which has over 300 employees.

 

Student Pilot Made False Claims On Training Logs

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Waterloo student pilot who admitted to falsifying flight logs to claim he flew more hours than he did is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court in Des Moines.
Thirty-three-year-old Fahad Nabeel Hussein Al-Daous earlier entered a guilty plea to making a false statement to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Al-Daous told FBI agents he falsely logged twice the actual number of hours he flew to save on the cost of getting a pilot's license.
He attended flight training at Livingston Aviation in Waterloo during 2010 and 2011. When he applied for a commercial pilot training program in September, the flight school discovered he had
not made many flights listed in his logbook.
Prosecutors on Wednesday will seek a year in prison. Defense attorneys say probation is sufficient punishment.

 

 

 

 






 

 

   

Tuesday News, August 21

Phase II Project Dedicated

(Le Mars) -- About 1200 people turned out Monday evening to see the new Phase II addition to the Le Mars Community High School.  It was seven years in the making from beginning to completion. The new addition includes a new gymnasium, band room, art room, multi-purpose/wrestling room, locker rooms, public restrooms, and the renovation of the choir room.  Current School Board Director and past president Pat Murphy praised the leadership of his fellow board members, the administration, and the community for taking on the project.  Murphy says it took both leadership and creativity to make the project a reality. He says seven years ago, members of the booster club approached the school board with a plan to expand.
 

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The school board director says he and his colleagues knew Le Mars Community deserved such a facility, but financing such a project, perhaps would stand in the way of progress.

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Murphy says it was a courageous move for everyone to go ahead with the construction of Phase II, and he says he is proud of how the board approved the project, without placing a higher tax levy on the community.

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Community pride was evident on nearly everyone's face as they toured the new addition.  That pride carried over to the Bulldog spirit night when the students of autumn activities were introduced. 

 

Supervisors Meet New Patrol Dog 

  (Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors are scheduled to meet the latest member of the Plymouth County Law Enforcement team, during this morning's meeting. "Fala" is a new canine patrol dog and is being trained by Deputy Jacob Wingert.  Fala is a German Shepard breed, and she is four and a half years old.  Fala will be used to detect drugs and weapons, apprehend criminals, crowd control, and public safety awareness.

The Supervisors are also scheduled to meet with PLymouth County CPC Director, Sharon Nieman.  The board is expected to review for approval the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation contract renewal for leasing space at 2nd Avenue Services Building.

 

City Council To Discuss DOT Property

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council is scheduled to meet at noon today, and their agenda includes discussion on the former DOT property.  The council will review an offer to purchase the property.  The council will also discuss a fence easement request, and an extension to the Madison Avenue water main. 

 

King Answers Questions At Le Mars Townhall Meeting 

(Le Mars) -- Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King told a group of 50 plus people attending a townhall meeting in Le Mars, that he has a goal to get a balanced budget.  But, when he was asked if he believes the Republican leadership has the will to push for a balanced budget, King has his doubts.

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King says perhaps the only way is if a constitutional amendment would be passed, and he challenges his home state of Iowa to lead the nation.  King says there is little time left before the United States is in some serious trouble with its spending and ever-growing deficit.

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Crop Specialist Tells Farmers To Check Corn For Nitrates

(Le Mars) -- Many farmers have started chopping their corn for silage since the summer drought prevented the corn from full development.  Iowa State University crop specialist, Joel DeJong says farmers need to continue to check their corn for nitrates.  He says the recent rains may have actually increased the nitrate level.
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DeJong says he has witnessed marginal improvement with the area's crops due to the cooler temperatures and the rainfall.  The weekly crop condition report shows the state's corn crop still 53 percent as being poor to very poor, 32 percent is fair, and only 14 percent is listed as good condition.  Soybeans are slightly better with 37 percent as being poor to very poor, and 38 percent as fair, and 23 percent as good.

 

Terrorism Charges Dropped For Sioux City Man

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A terrorism charge filed against a Sioux City man over comments he made on his Facebook page has been dismissed.
     Woodbury County prosecutors say Gabriel Rodriguez wrote suicidal and homicidal-themed messages between Aug. 2 and Aug.9. According to court documents, Rodriguez asked if he needed to "shoot up a mall before people understood."
     Assistant County Attorney Terry Ganzel says there was insufficient evidence to meet the legal requirement of the crime in order to prosecute Rodriguez.
     Ganzel says words that don't constitute a true threat are protected under the First Amendment. He says there isn't enough evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Rodriguez made
"true" threats and, even if they were, that the act was "imminent."
     Rodriguez's attorney didn't immediately comment.

 

Mapleton Man Sentenced For 10 years

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) - A 33-year-old western Iowa man has been given 10 years in prison for twice arranging to have someone shoot him in attempts to gain sympathy from his ex-wife.
     Darren Hieber, of Mapleton, pleaded guilty to one charge of conspiracy and two counts of solicitation for the shootings.  Prosecutors dropped other charges in exchange for the pleas.
     Hieber was accused of persuading Brady Chapman, an employee at Hieber's trucking business, to shoot him in a leg on Feb. 5. Hieber told police he'd been shot by a burglar.
     Hieber also was accused of hiring Joseph Roberts and Timothy Culley, both of Omaha, Neb., to shoot at him on March 8 in Mapleton. No one was injured in that incident.
     Roberts, Culley and Chapman have been given probation.

 

Bridges Named After Fallen Highway Patrol Troopers

 CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) - Officials will dedicate two bridges in eastern Iowa to honor two Iowa State Patrol troopers who died in the line of duty.
     The bridges will be dedicated Wednesday in honor of Troopers Allen Nieland and Harold DeGear.
     Nieland died Oct. 14, 1990, when the plane he was flying crashed while he was helping other troopers locate a robbery suspect.
     DeGear died Feb. 19, 1954, of injuries he received the night before when he was struck by a vehicle while he was issuing a citation for another motorist.
     Both bridges cross the Iowa River in the Coralville area.
     The dedications are part of a statewide effort to honor the 10 troopers who died while serving the state during the patrol's 77-year history.

 

Des Moines Police Officer Wins Lottery Jackpot

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A newly retired Des Moines police officer will have extra spending money for retirement after winning a special $1 million lottery jackpot at the Iowa State Fair.
     The Iowa Lottery announced Monday that Dean Stuhr was the winner of Sunday's "Mystery Millionaire" drawing at the fairgrounds in Des Moines.
     Two others won $100,000 prizes and 12 claimed prizes of $25,000 or $50,000 during the event. Stuhr won the big prize.
     The Lottery says Stuhr retired in April after 42 years on the Des Moines police force. He told the Lottery that his plans for the winnings were to "help out family, more than anything."
     The Lottery's "Mystery Millionaire" campaign gave away $2 million in prize money, using Iowa's share of two multistate jackpots that went unclaimed.

 



    


   

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