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Tuesday Afternoon News, October 28

Community And Retail Academy Scheduled For Le Mars

(Le Mars) -- Iowa State University Extension and Outreach for Plymouth County along with the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce are hosting a Community and Retail Academy scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, October 29th.  The seminar will take place in the lower level of the Le Mars Convention Center and will begin at 9:00 a.m.  Ann Schroenrock, co-program coordinator with Plymouth County Extension says the all-day conference will appeal to area businesses regardless of size.

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Schroenrock says after lunch the seminar will feature different break out sessions that will help small retail businesses with branding and marketing.

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The Plymouth County Extension official says the information to be delivered at the seminar is specific to northwest Iowa.

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Registration for the conference is due today.  You will need to contact the Plymouth County Extension Services at (712) 546-7835 in order to register.

 

Sioux City Schools To Install Additional Security Cameras

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Sioux City will install security cameras in its 17 elementary schools and update cameras in middle and high schools.
     Officials say the move will help ensure the security of students and staff.
     Technology director Neil Schroeder of the Sioux City school district said the elementary schools currently do not have security cameras installed in their buildings.
     On Monday, the school district approved an agreement with Midwest Alarm to set up eight cameras in each elementary school.
     Under the agreement, the company would also update more than 200 of the devices in middle schools, high schools and other district buildings.
     The Sioux City Journal reports the project is expected to cost about $454,000.
 

Fort Dodge To Again Have Air Service

  FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - Commercial air flights will return to Fort Dodge with Air Choice One offering trips to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
     Fort Dodge has been without air service since Great Lakes Airlines stopped flights in February, because of a lack of pilots.
     It's not yet known when the new flights by Air Choice One will start. The airline's chief administrative officer, Cindy Stork, says a starting date hasn't been finalized. 
     But Rhonda Chambers, the aviation director of Fort Dodge Regional Airport, says she expects the service will start in about 60 to 90 days. Chambers says the airport's commission is excited commercial flights will be offered again at the Fort Dodge airport.
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New Hampton Fire

NEW HAMPTON, Iowa (AP) - A fire has destroyed a longtime furniture store in northeast Iowa.
     Firefighters responded early Tuesday to Dungey's Furniture and Floors in New Hampton. They remained on the scene several hours later.
     No one was inside the building at the time of the fire. No injuries have been reported.
     New Hampton Fire Chief Steve Geerts says the store, which has been in business for more than 50 years, was destroyed. 
     Officials are still investigating the cause of the fire.
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Tuesday News, October 28

Two Vehicle Accident At Intersection Of C-38 And K-22

(Le Mars) -- Authorities and rescue workers responded to a two-vehicle accident that happened Monday morning at about 11:30 a.m. The accident occurred at the intersection of County roads C-38 and K-22, nearly seven miles southwest of Le Mars, causing serious injuries to the two victims.  Preliminary accident scene evidence indicates that a passenger car being driven by 24 year old Arris Newsome of Vermillion, South Dakota, was traveling eastbound on C-38 and failed to yield to a pickup truck heading northbound on K-22.  The pick up truck, owned by the Southern Sioux Rural Water Association was driven by 57 year old Mark Wells of Ireton.  The pickup truck was towing a flatbed trailer and hauling a skid loader.  The Newsome vehicle struck the Wells pickup truck on the driver's side pushing the vehicle into the east ditch.  The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department was called to the scene to assist with the extrication of the injured victims from their vehicles.  The Le Mars Ambulance and the Akron Ambulance was also called to the scene.  Mercy Air Care helicopter was called and landed at the crash site.  Both victims sustained serious injuries. Wells was airlifted and transported to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, and Newsome was transported via ambulance to Mercy Medical Center.  Injuries to Wells were identified as be life threatening. 

 

Supervisors Will Not Hold Meeting On Tuesday

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will not be meeting today, as they don't have any agenda items to discuss.  The supervisors will hold their meeting again at the County Courthouse board room next Tuesday.

 

Auditor's Office To Be Open On Saturday For Absentee Voting

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Auditor’s Office will be open Saturday, November 1st from 9 am until 5 pm for the purpose of voting an absentee ballot in the November 4th General Election.  voters are asked to enter through the north lower level entrance of the Courthouse 215 4th Ave. SE, Le Mars if you plan to vote on Saturday, November 1st. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the Plymouth County Auditor’s Office at 712-546-6100. Stacey Feldman is the Auditor and Commissioner of Election and Cheri Nitzschke is the Election Deputy.

 

Remsen Agrees To Settle Lawsuit

(Remsen) -- The city of Remsen has agreed to pay $140,000 to its former utilities director who said he was wrongfully terminated after other city workers spread rumors about him stealing money.  Steve Pick had also sued for intentional infliction of emotional distress, Americans with Disabilities Act violations, age discrimination and retaliation.  The Remsen City Council approved the settlement and the suit was dismissed after all parties had signed the agreement.  As part of the agreement, the city and its employees admitted no wrongdoing.  Pick was fired in July of 2012 at age 55 after working for the city for 34 years.  Pick filed his lawsuit in May of 2013 against the city, city clerk Paige List, utility clerk Rachel Keffeler, Mayor Jeff Cluck, Remsen police chief Kevin Rollins, and Remsen Utility Board members Craig Bartolozzi and Kim Keleher. 

 

ISU Sociologist Comments On Political Activities

(Ames) -- With the countless political ads either heard on the radio, or seen on television, is it any wonder the public may grow tired of the constant political bashing?  However, an Iowa State University Sociology professor says regardless of what we think about political ads, they do have an impact upon how we view the candidates.  Stephen Sapp says the political ads are created to stir up emotions. He says the creators of the ads are skilled at the "psycology of outrage".

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Sapp says for some people they may get tired of the negative ads, and it may have a backlash effect taking away the incentive to participate in the voting political process, but yet, he contends those negative ads still help form our opinion.

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Each candidate obviously wants votes, but they also seek endorsements. Sapp says an endorsement from a respected entity can indeed help sway a voter's  opinion. 

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The ISU Sociology Professor says political debates can sometimes bring out the worst in candidates, but again, he says debates do help influence our opinion.

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17 Year Old Boy Facing Vehicular Homicide

SAC CITY, Iowa (AP) - A judge says a 17-year-old facing vehicular homicide charges in the deaths of two teenagers will be prosecuted as an adult.
     District Associate Judge Adria Kester says the 17-year-old does not have reasonable prospects of rehabilitation if he remains in juvenile court.
     The 17-year-old is charged with two counts of vehicular homicide in Sac County Juvenile Court. Court records do not yet indicate any filings in district court. Sac County Attorney Ben Smith will have several weeks to file additional information.
     The 17-year-old was driving a pickup that collided in August with a car driven by 16-year-old Bailey Jacobsen. She and her passenger, 16-year-old Lindsey Quirk, were killed.
     Authorities say the 17-year-old's blood alcohol level was above the legal limit for minors driving.

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Food And Volunteers Needed For Siouxland Food Bank

  SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Volunteers will donate money and their time to replenish shelves at the Food Bank of Siouxland, which is struggling to keep up with increased demand.
     Tyson Foods connected The Pack Shack, a hunger relief organization from Rogers, Arkansas, with the Food Bank of Siouxland to pack 250,000 meals of cheesy rice and vegetables.
     The Arkansas group is hosting a Feed the Funnel event in Sioux City, Iowa, on Saturday at the Tyson Events Center. In a two-hour shift, a person is expected to pack an average of about 250 meals. Each meal costs 25 cents, and each participant is asked to donate about $63 for them.
     More than 105 groups in 11 Iowa counties are served by the Food Bank of Siouxland.

 

Singer James Taylor To Appear With Bruce Braley

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - James Taylor will appear at a rally for Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley in Des Moines on Saturday.
     Braley spokesman Jeff Giertz says the singer-songwriter will perform at a rally headlined by former President Bill Clinton at the Brenton Skating Plaza. Taylor is famous for hits like "Fire and Rain" and "Shower the People."
     Taylor is giving a concert at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Saturday night.
     Braley is locked in a tight race against Republican Joni Ernst for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Tom Harkin.
     Braley has already received campaign support from Taylor's longtime friend and collaborator Carole King.
 

 




   

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