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Monday News, November 5

King Stops In Le Mars On Campaign Tour

(Le Mars) -- Congressman Steve King made a campaign appearance in Le Mars on Saturday afternoon.  King, a republican, who is running for his sixth term, spoke to about 50 of his supporters at the Plymouth County Republican Headquarters. King criticized the president's past four years and he informed the group what another four years may be like if President Obama wins the election.  King called Obama a "Keynesian Economist on steroids"
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King says for people who still remain undecided, he says there are two competing philosophies between himself and his opponent, Christie Vilsack. 
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Tuesday Is Election Day

(Le Mars) -- Tomorrow is the long-awaited election day. Voting stations will open at 7:00 a.m. and will continue until 9:00 p.m.  Here in Plymouth County voters will decide upon a president, congressional member, state representative, a sheriff, three supervisors, soil and water conservation representatives, and the extension council.  Voters will also have the opportunity to decide whether judges will be retained.

Iowa Election Officials Report Record Number of Absentee Ballots

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa has set a record for early voting, reflecting a push by the major political parties to lock in votes from supporters.
As for Friday, 613,749 Iowans had voted, already exceeding the 2008 record of 545,000 early votes.
About 70 percent of the votes were absentee ballots sent by mail to the voter's home. Another 20 percent were cast at county auditor's offices and about 10 percent at satellite locations
designated by local election officials.
A significant number of ballots remain in the hands of voters and could still be returned. Nearly 700,000 voters have requested ballots. They can be returned in person by 9 p.m. Tuesday. If they're mailed, they must be postmarked by Monday.


Merrill Fire Department Has Busy Weekend

(Merrill) -- The Merrill Fire Department had a busy weekend, responding to three separate fires.  On Saturday, the Merrill Fire Department responded to a ditch grass fire located at 20725 Kestrel Avenue.  That fire was reported at about 4:30 p.m.  Later that evening a car fire required the services of the Merrill Fire Department.  The car caught on fire on Highway 75 at about midnight.  On Sunday, a blown transformer caught on fire on Impala Avenue near County Road C-38.  That fire was reported at about 8:45 p.m.


Oyens Fire Department Fights Grass Ditch Fire

(Oyens) -- The Oyens Fire Department responded to a grass ditch fire reported on Saturday at about 5:37 p.m.  The fire was at 38509 County Road C-44.  Fire officials were on the scene for about 20 minutes.

Searchers Find Alzheimer's Patient

MOUNT AYR, Iowa (AP) - A missing 74-year-old woman with Alzheimers has been
found near a cornfield in southern Iowa.
Shirley Martin, of Mount Ayr  was last seen at her home Friday afternoon. Ringgold County Chief Deputy Sheriff Rob Haley says Martin has Alzheimer's disease.
A search party gathered Saturday morning, and one of its members, a relative of Martin, found her lying in a shallow hole at the edge of the cornfield.
Martin was flown to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines and was listed in good condition.

Hunter Falls From Tree Stand and Dies

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) - Iowa authorities are investigating the death of a hunter who appeared to have fallen from his tree stand in Henry County.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says 38-year-old Clint Michael Lawrence was found dead near Mount Pleasant around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Authorities say it looks like Lawrence fell 17 feet from his tree stand while he was deer hunting. Lawrence was from Vinton, Iowa.


Crop Insurance Payments

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers who chose to pay more to insure their crops at harvest prices will receive $7.50 per bushel for corn.
That should be welcome news for corn farmers in Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska, the nation's three largest corn producers, respectively.
The Des Moines Register also reports that the harvest price payout for soybeans will be $15.39 per bushel.
Farmers who elected to be covered by the less expensive non-harvest price coverage will receive the $5.68 per bushel for corn and $12.55 per bushel for soybeans. Those prices were set in
March at the time of insurance sign-up.
USDA figures show crop-loss insurance payments through October 29th totaled $3.5 billion nationally, including $1.63 billion for corn and $247.6 million for soybeans.






Saturday News, November 3

Set Your Clocks Back and Change the Batteries In Smoke Detectors

(Le Mars) -- Today is the last day for Daylight Savings Time, so before you go to bed this
evening you will want to set your clocks back one hour.  This is also a good time to change
your batteries in your smoke detector, as per Dave Schipper of the Le Mars Fire Department.
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We soon will be having the cold weather, and fireplaces, and space heaters will be in use. 
Schipper offers some fire prevention tips for the winter months.
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Steve King To Visit Le Mars On Saturday

(Le Mars) -- Republicans will have the opportunity to hear from their candidate today as Representative Steve King is scheduled to make an appearance in Le Mars.  King will speak from the Plymouth County Republican Party Headquarters at 2:30 p.m.  King is making a swing through the new fourth district as part of his "Restoring Our American Dream Victory Tour."


Former Police Officer Charged With Arson & Theft

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - A former Forest City police officer charged in a fire at the police station and in the theft of a rifle from a police car has been convicted of arson and burglary charges.
A judge on Friday found Thaddeus Ellenbecker guilty of second-degree arson and second-degree burglary.
He was charged in a fire that damaged the Forest City police station in October 2011 and with stealing an assault rifle from a squad car in November 2010.
The judge announced the verdicts in Mason City after presiding over separate bench trials on each case. Ellenbecker faces up to 10 years in prison on each count. Sentencing is Dec. 11 in Forest

City.  Ellenbecker was shot during a scuffle with a state agent investigating the crimes.



Marshalltown Credit Union Thief Identified

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) - Police have released the names of an officer and two suspects in a credit union robbery in Marshalltown that led to a shooting that wounded the officer and one of the
The Lennox Employees Credit Union was robbed Friday morning. The suspects fled and led officers on a short chase.
Police say one of the suspects, Ben Crisantos, fired at Officer Vern Jefferson, hitting him in the leg. Jefferson returned fire, hitting Crisantos in the lower extremities. Jefferson and Crisantos
were taken to a Marshalltown hospital. Both were treated and released.
Crisantos is charged with attempted murder. The second suspect, Abel Ramirez, is charged with first-degree robbery. The two Marshalltown men are in the Marshall County jail. It's unclear if they have an attorney.


Branstad Appoints Judge

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Republican Governor Terry Branstad has named an associate juvenile court judge to the district court bench in the 2nd Judicial District, which covers central and northern
Branstad on Friday appointed James McGlynn to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Joel Swanson, of Carroll.
McGlynn, of Webster City, received his law degree from Creighton University.
The district covers 22 counties.







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