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Thursday Afternoon News, June 18

Authorities Find Male Body In Iowa River

HILLS, Iowa (AP) - Authorities are investigating after recovering a dead body from the Iowa River.
Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek said Thursday that people who were fishing in the river near Hills called Wednesday night after seeing a pair of pants and boots protruding from a brush pile.
He says sheriff's deputies and the Hills Fire Department responded to the scene using boats, and a body of a white male was recovered. Pulkrabek says the body hasn't been identified, and appears to "have been in the water awhile."
Pulkrabek says an autopsy by the Johnson County Medical Examiner's office is scheduled for Thursday.
The body was located near the Hills Access park, which is popular for camping, fishing and boating and is south of Iowa City.

 

 

 

 

Body Found In Mississippi River Last Week Has Been Identified

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a body found last week in the Mississippi River was that of a missing Davenport man.
The Quad-City Times reports that 57-year-old John LaBarre was reported missing June 6. His daughter has said he was last seen at his favorite fishing spot near the bike path downstream from the Marquette Street boat ramp.
His body was found across from Buffalo.
Davenport Police Capt. Brent Biggs says an investigation into LaBarre's death remains open, pending final results from an autopsy.

 

 

 

Work Crews Trying To Construct Flood Barriers Before The Next Rain

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) - Crews are working to install flood barriers in Burlington although weather forecasts say the Mississippi River will rise little in the coming days.
The Hawk Eye reports that the river on Wednesday was measured at around 16.1 feet. The National Weather Service predicts the river will rise to 16.3 feet Thursday.
The weather service said that strong to severe storms are possible Saturday in Burlington as a cold front moves through the area. Several rounds of thunderstorms likely will follow Sunday through Tuesday.
John Hasse of the weather service says heavy rainfall and possible flash flooding could occur.
Meanwhile, crews were sent Wednesday to work on a dock after it buckled from high waters.

 

 

 

 

Camp Expanding

MOUNT VERNON, Iowa (AP) - An eastern Iowa camp is expanding to serve more children who are economically disadvantaged or have health problems.
KCRG-TV reports that work on a new multipurpose building at Camp Tanager is expected to finish in three weeks.
The camp's director, Donald Pirrie, says the facility is planned for year-round use. It will have a gym that can be used for sports and to host community meetings.
Campers are currently participating in the Hemophilia program, which is designed for children with the bleeding disorder. Camper Brody Nolte says the program allows him to meet and talk with others about something they have in common.
The Linn County camp opened in the 1920s and is free for children.

 

 

 

 

Branstad Asking President Obama To Declare The Bird Flu As A Major Disaster

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad says more than 1,500 workers will likely lose their jobs as a result of the bird flu outbreak and he is asking President Barack Obama to declare a major disaster for four of the hardest hit counties.
The presidential disaster declaration would draw federal help in coordinating recovery efforts.
In his letter to the president Thursday, Branstad says 438 people have sought unemployment benefits from Buena Vista, Sioux, Webster and Wright counties. More are expected to lose their jobs by August.
Branstad says Iowa's egg industry expects losses in excess of $1 billion from lost production. Turkeys and chickens lost from the bird flu are valued at more than $83 million.
He says the outbreak is of such severity that federal assistance is necessary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



   

Thursday News, June 18

Second Day Of Ice Cream Days

(Le Mars) -- Today marks the second day of Ice Cream Days, and Brad Pick with the Chamber's Ice Cream Day Organizing Committee says there will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy the sweet treat that made Le Mars famous. Pick suggests people check out the Plymouth County Historical Museum during the afternoon and enjoy an old fashion root beer float.

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Speaking about the Primebank Ice Cream Social, the Thursday evening event is always popular.

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Pick says the Le Mars Art Center will host a program allowing attendees to do some creative painting.

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Fire Department Receives Equipment For Grain Rescues

(Le Mars) -- A man is caught in a grain bin with the flowing grain pulling him down to the point he can't move and continues to sink.  That's the scenario the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department were performing during grain rescue procedures Wednesday evening as part of their weekly training program. The fire department was holding its training seminar at the Le Mars Agri-Center.  Le Mars Fire Chief Dave Schipper says the department has had to deal with two similar rescues within the past five years, and thanks to a donation, the local fire department now has the proper equipment to rescue individuals from a grain flowing accident.

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Schipper says the fire and rescue department conducted five different grain rescue scenarios.

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The fire chief explains how the equipment is used to rescue individuals from suffocating grain.

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Schipper says "Flowing grain is like quick sand".

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Public Television Personality Says Iowa Has Many "Hidden Treasures"

Le Mars) -- Have you ever taken an out-of-the-way journey to explore and discover what can be referred to as "hidden treasures"?  Dan Kaercher (Car-archer) of Iowa Public Television fame spoke at the Le Mars Public Library Wednesday evening to a group of about 30 people. His presentation was part of the Ice Cream Days festivities.  Kaercher, the former editor of Midwest Living magazine, made his living visiting small towns, eating at little known diners and cafe's, and sharing with his readers and television viewers about places that are typically off the beaten path, but offer a great experience.  He says he likes to collect travel brochures and guides, and visit those places that most people overlook.

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Kaercher says one of Iowa's hidden treasures lies within Plymouth County's backyard...the Loess Hills.  Kaercher shared with the group a video clip from his Iowa Public Television program focusing attention on the unique topography terrain.

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The Iowa traveler says the Loess Hills have an interesting history and story.

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Kaercher spoke about his love affair with different cultural and ethnic foods found in Iowa.  He highlighted Maytag Blue Cheese produced in Newton, and Dutch almond pastries found in both Pella and Orange City.

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Kaercher says its difficult for him to select his favorite place to visit, saying the answer would change from week to week.  However, besides the Loess Hills, and the cliffs that oversee the Mississippi River in northeast Iowa, he says he is particularly fond of Van Buren County located in the far southeast corner of Iowa.

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The former editor of Midwest Living says Le Mars has its share of "hidden treasures" including Archie's Wayside, Bob's Drive Inn, the round barn at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds, and of course the Blue Bunny ice cream parlor.


 

   

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