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Monday Afternoon News, August 17

Authorities Identify Fatal Accident Victim

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County authorities have released the name of the fatal accident victim from the two-vehicle accident that happened Sunday afternoon on Highway 75, four miles north of Le Mars.  The accident victim has been identified as 16 year old Zachary Rolfes of Le Mars.  Rolfes crossed the centerline, and was hit by a semi truck and trailer.  He was pronounced dead at the Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars.  The driver of the semi truck, 43 year old Jon Edwards of Sibley suffered only minor injuries. Authorities are still investigating the accident to determine as to why Rolfes lost control and entered the southbound lane of travel.




High School To Offer Counseling Sessions For Students After Death Of Teenager

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars Community High School is offering counseling sessions for those students that feel a need to express their emotions due to the tragic death of Zachary Rolfes.  Dr. Mark Iverson, the high school principal, says students were notified through emails of the tragedy.  He says students can visit the high school to seek counseling.

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Iverson says the 16 year old participated in football, wrestling, and band.  Iverson says the high school does not have a time table for the counseling sessions.  He says they will continue as long as there is a need.

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Branstad Says Caucus Results Count, Not Early Polling Numbers

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's Republican governor says don't read too much into August presidential polls.

Asked about billionaire Donald Trump's surge, Gov. Terry Branstad said four years ago, the leading position changed hands many times. February is a long time off, he said, a reference to the first in the nation caucuses in his state.

Branstad on Monday noted that nearly every 2016 presidential candidate is coming to the fair. Trump, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton are among those who have already visited. Scheduled to appear Monday were Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, former business executive Carly Fiorina and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Iowa's Republican governor walked the fairgrounds with Bush Friday. So far, he has not given the same attention to another candidate, but he said the face time with Bush happened simply because their schedules lined up.

Branstad said: "I'm trying to be truly a good host in welcoming all candidates. I do have a busy schedule and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't."





Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Steps Up To The State Fair Soap Box Stage

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is rallying hundreds of supporters in Iowa, despite protests of a vocal minority during his speech at the Iowa State Fair.

During his stop at The Des Moines Register's Political Soapbox, the Republican candidate for president said he is "frustrated with the Republican leadership in Washington." It was an indirect jab at some his rivals for the 2016 GOP nomination who are members of Congress.

Walker also tried to distinguish himself from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, referring to those who have "been out of the fight" for a while. Bush left the Florida governorship after two terms in 2007.

Walker, who beat a 2011 recall after signing legislation stripping public unions of some negotiating rights, said his detractors didn't intimidate him in his home state. He said, "the truth is things are better in Wisconsin."





Mower To Run Again For Congress, But This Time In The 3rd District

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iraq war veteran who lost a Democratic congressional bid last year says he will try again in a different district.

Jim Mowrer announced Monday that he'll run for the Democratic nomination in Iowa's 3rd congressional district. Mowrer ran unsuccessfully last year against Republican Rep. Steve King in the 4th district.

The 3rd district stretches from Des Moines to Council Bluffs and is represented by freshman Republican Rep. David Young.

The 29-year-old Mowrer says his family now lives in Des Moines. He recently resigned from a leadership role with the Iowa Democratic Party and says he is running to bring new leadership to the district.

Mowrer was soundly beaten by King in a Republican-heavy district. The 3rd district is considered a more politically competitive district.





Trench Collapses Killing Otho Man

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have released the name of a 49-year-old man who died after a trench collapsed on him in central Iowa.

The accident happened around 1:40 p.m. Friday at Marian Home and Village in Fort Dodge. Authorities say workers were installing a sewer line as part of a renovation and expansion project when about 20 feet of the 3-foot-wide trench collapsed.

The Messenger reports that firefighters had to shore up the 12-foot-deep trench before the man's body could be recovered. The man was identified as William "Butch" Paterson, of Otho (OH'-thoh).

Safety investigators have been called in to see what caused the accident and determine whether safety procedures were followed.






Man Sets Another Man On Fire - Charged With Attempted Murder

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A 46-year-old man accused of setting another man on fire has been charged with attempted murder in Des Moines.

Police say Mark Thomsen was arrested and charged with attempted murder and willful injury after the incident that was reported around 8 p.m. Saturday. Online court records don't list the name of an attorney who could be contacted to comment on Thomsen's behalf.

Witnesses told officers that Thomsen was arguing with the other man at a camp for homeless people. The other man later was identified as Kenneth Wise. Wise was taken to a Des Moines hospital and then flown to Iowa City for treatment of burns that police say covered 75 percent of Wise's body.








School District To Sell Wind Turbine

NORTHWOOD, Iowa (AP) - The Northwood-Kensett school district is considering selling its wind turbine that it purchased over a decade ago.

The school district bought the 250-kilowatt turbine in 2002 for about $68,000. Officials had planned for the equipment to be moved to the Northwood-Kensett school campus in Northwood, but it never happened.

The turbine remains at a wind farm, where it generates electricity that the district sells to Alliant Energy. Superintendent Mike Crozier says the equipment has generated about $4,050 in total profits over the past five years.

He says that, "If there's a market out there, we'll go ahead and sell it." The district would formally advertise the turbine and open it up for bid if anyone shows interest and officials decide to sell.





College Divers Find Abandon Pick Up Truck At Bottom Of Lake

LEHIGH, Iowa (AP) - Some college divers on a training dip have been surprised by their discovery of a pickup on the bottom of a lake in central Iowa.

The scuba divers from Iowa State University found the truck Sunday at Brushy Creek State Recreational Area near Lehigh. Webster County Sheriff's Deputy Joe Paullin says the divers got the truck's license number, and authorities confirmed that the license had been given to a pickup stolen several years ago.

Paullin says the divers attached a cable from a tow truck to the pickup, and the pickup was pulled from the lake.




Branstad Unveils New App For Arts & Culture

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad is unveiling a new mobile app that offers information about Iowa's arts, culture and history destinations.

Branstad announced the app Monday at a news conference at the Iowa State Fair. The app provides details on more than 3,500 spots throughout the state's 99 counties.

Users can sort the information by category and location, using mapping tools to see what is available in different regions. It offers details on destinations like the American Gothic House, the bridges in Madison County and the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium.

Branstad says the app showcases destinations that are "points of pride" and will help people learn more about Iowa.

The app is available in the Apple and Google Play stores.
































































Monday News, August 17

Fatal Accident Claims Life Of 16 Year Old Teen (Victim Now Identified)

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County authorities have released the name of the fatal accident that happened Sunday afternoon on Highway 75, four miles north of Le Mars.  The accident victim has been identified as 16 year old Zachary Rolfes of Le Mars.  Rolfes crossed the centerline, and was hit by a semi truck and trailer.  He was pronounced dead at the Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars.  The driver of the semi truck, 43 year old Jon Edwards of Sibley suffered only minor injuries.

(Le Mars) -- A Le Mars 16 year old teenage boy is dead after being involved in a two vehicle accident involving a passenger car and a semi truck and trailer.  The accident happened Sunday afternoon at about 3:50 p.m. on Highway 75 about four miles north of Le Mars.  Apparently, the teen driver was driving a Honda Accord and was traveling north bound when the car swerved into the southbound lane of traffic and was struck by the semi truck.  The driver of the car was ejected from the vehicle and was transported to the Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars where he was pronounced dead.  Authorities are still investigating the accident to determine as to why the driver lost control and entered the southbound lane of travel.  The name of the teen driver is being withheld pending the notification of family members.  The driver of the semi truck is identified as 43 year old Jon Edwards of Sibley.  He was taken to the Floyd Valley Hospital with minor injuries.





Heavy Rains Fall On Le Mars

(Le Mars) -- More than six inches of rain fell on Le Mars last evening causing some street flooding, and backed up street storm drains.  Last evening's storms that came through Le Mars had also caused some tree branches to fall.  City crews were called to the 500 block of Central Avenue North to remove a tree limb that had fallen and was blocking part of the street.  A portion of the town was without power for awhile.  Mid-American Energy reports more than 130 residents and businesses, particularly in the south central region of town were without power.  Plymouth County and other parts of northwest Iowa were under a flash flood warning during the overnight hours. A check with Tom Rohe, Plymouth County Engineer, indicates as of early this morning there were no reports of washed out roads, or other roadway problems from the excessive rains.  Plymouth County Sheriff's office also indicated they did not receive any reports of structural damage from the heavy rains.






Sioux City Bank Robbery

(Sioux City) -- Sioux City Police are looking for a suspect that robbed the Security National Bank branch office located inside the Hamilton Blvd Hy-Vee store.  The robbery took place on Saturday morning at about 9:50 a.m.  The suspect gave the teller a note stating the he had a weapon and demanded cash.  The suspect then fled the area on foot traveling to the north of the store.  No one was injured during the incident.  The suspect is described as having a medium complexion, black hair, a slight build, and stands about 5 foot seven inches tall.  The suspect was wearing a gray sweatshirt and pants, a print t-shirt, and a baseball hat with the number 87 on it.  The suspect also had eye glasses and had a mustache and goatee that may have been fake.  The person seen in the images from the bank and the supermarket store also appears to have slightly stretched out earing holes.  Any information on the identity of the suspect should be directed to the Sioux City Police Department.





Denison City Officials Help Displaced Tyson Employees After Plant Shutdown

DENISON, Iowa (AP) - Officials are working to help Denison cope with the closing of a Tyson Foods plant there that employed about 400 people.
Mayor Brad Bonner says that Tyson's announcement Friday was a surprise, and the city is now using its economic disaster response plan.
Tyson has said workers could apply for jobs at the company's other plants. Economic development officials will try to help workers find other jobs if they want to stay in the area.
Bonner says it's sad to see the plant close because it has a long history in Denison. It opened in 1961 as the first plant run by Iowa Beef Packers. That company grew into a major player in the industry before Tyson acquired it in 2001.





Poultry Producers Brace For Return Of Bird Flu

RUDD, Iowa (AP) - Iowa poultry farmers are bracing for the possibility that bird flu will return this fall when wild birds migrate, but they hope the disease won't return.
The industry that had to slaughter more than 35 million chickens and turkeys earlier this year is just starting to recover.
But agriculture officials say migrating birds might bring the disease back.
The Iowa Poultry Association's Randy Olson says the industry is doing everything it can to prevent another outbreak.
Tony Halsted says he's grateful that his hatchery near Rudd escaped bird flu in the spring.
Halsted says he has divided his birds up and moved some flocks into Missouri to make sure that a bird flu infection at one location wouldn't cripple his operation.






Jeb Bush Super PAC To Spend $10 Million For Television Ads


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The powerfully funded super PAC backing Republican Jeb Bush will spend at least $10 million on television time in the earliest voting presidential primary states.
That's only the first round in a massive TV ad campaign to support the former Florida governor's bid for the Republican nomination.
Officials with Right to Rise USA tell The Associated Press that they will buy time in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina TV markets and on cable television in the three states. Ads are scheduled to begin in Iowa and New Hampshire on Sept. 15, in South Carolina a week later and then run continuously through the end of the year.
The buy planned for Monday taps the nearly $100 million Right to Rise USA had on hand last month.





Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders Speaks In Iowa

LONG GROVE, Iowa (AP) - In the state that launched the nation's first black president, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is making racial injustice a touchstone of his presidential campaign after facing disruptions from activists promoting the Black Lives Matter movement.
During three days of campaigning in predominantly white Iowa, Sanders says he would fight institutional racism, address police brutality and criminal justice reform.
The Vermont senator has become Hillary Rodham Clinton's main rival for the Democratic nomination. But he has lagged behind the former secretary of state in building a coalition resembling the diverse voting bloc that twice elected President Barack Obama.
Sanders told voters in Iowa on Sunday that he plans to introduce legislation to address the role of private corporations in the nation's prison system.





Republican Presidential Candidate Ben Carson Visits Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has been holding court with hundreds of Iowans, declaring that he can be president of the United States.
At the Des Moines Register's Political Soapbox at the Iowa State Fair, Carson, a Republican candidate for president, said Sunday: "We shouldn't let the political class pick our presidents."
Carson, who has a rags-to-riches story, has ignited curiosity and enthusiasm from conservatives with his call for a more civil, less partisan dialogue in the federal government. On the stage, he said: "Just because you disagree with someone doesn't mean you're their enemy."
He sprinkled his 15-minute speech with jokes about aspiring to be a doctor while growing up in inner-city Detroit.
Though offering little details on how to address it, he said the chief problem facing the country is its long-term liabilities, which Carson said amount to $211 trillion over time.






Million Dollar Powerball Ticket Sold In Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Someone who bought a Powerball ticket in the eastern Iowa community of Washburn has won $1 million. 
Iowa Lottery officials say the winning ticket in Saturday night's drawing was purchased at the Pronto convenience store. 
The ticket matched the first five numbers but missed the Powerball number. 
The store will receive a $1,000 bonus from the lottery for selling the winning ticket.



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