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Monday News, June 15

Le Mars Fire Department Rescue Boy From Jumping Into River

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department responded to two calls on Sunday.  The first call happened shortly after 4:00 p.m. where fire officials responded to the bridge located on the recreational trail near the 600 block of 5th Avenue N.W.   Apparently, a teenage male juvenile and two of his friends, were leaping from the bridge into the Floyd River below.  The male victim suffered a broken leg from the mishap, after jumping into the shallow waters.  Fire and rescue personnel used the aerial truck with a stoker basket to rescue and lift the victim from the river, and up on to the embankment.  The Le Mars Ambulance also responded to the call and transported the victim to the Floyd Valley Hospital. There is a sign posted at the bridge warning people not to jump off the bridge.




Fire Department Responds To House Electrical Fire

(Le Mars) -- The second call occurred at about 10:00 p.m. at 412 Plymouth Street Southeast.  Fire officials were called to the residence when an electrical box had arched causing a small fire within the home.   Fire Chief Dave Schipper explains what was happening when fire officials arrived on the scene.

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Power was disconnected to the house.  Schipper says he doesn't have an idea as to why the electrical box started to arch.

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The Le Mars Fire Chief says the episode could have been a lot worse.

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Cushing Family Trying To Rebuild Their Lives After Fire


CUSHING, Iowa (AP) - Since the Droegmiller family lost their home and belongings to a fire in March, they have been overwhelmed by help from others.
When Elaine Droegmiller explained why she was buying eight pairs of shoes, another customer volunteered to pay for them.
After the fire in Cushing that likely started with an electrical problem friends and classmates helped replace the autographed team balls and the River Valley letter jacket that high school senior Jordan Droegmiller lost in the fire.
Donations from people in the community helped the family replace Jordan's senior pictures.
The Droegmillers are planning to buy a modular home for their farm that they will move into later this year. Until then, the family is renting a home in Cushing.






Friends Remember Mall Shooting Victim

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Friends and family are remembering the positive attitude exuded by the 20-year-old woman who was shot and killed in an eastern Iowa shopping mall.
More  than 100 people gathered Sunday outside the children's museum where Andrea Farrington worked to remember her.
The Cedar Rapids woman was fatally shot Friday in the Coral Ridge Mall. Officials have charged 22-year-old Alexander Matthew Kozak of North Liberty with first-degree murder.
Museum director Deb Dunkhase says Farrington was an amazing, energetic person who cared about her co-workers and the kids.
Her cousin, Savanna Dayton, says Farrington loved her job but had complained several times in the past six weeks about Kozak.
Dayton says Farrington had told her about Kozak staring at her and leaving notes on her car.





Iowa Adds More Names To "Do Not Hire" List

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa continued to add people to its do-not-rehire list over the past year despite the concerns raised by some representatives of public employees and at least one lawmaker.
Public documents show 67 people have been added to the list that now includes 943 people ineligible to work in state government.
Critics like state Senator Janet Petersen say the no-hire list might set the state up for another lawsuit.
But state officials defend the list as a way to keep problematic employees off of Iowa's payroll. And the state says anyone on the list can request their status be reviewed.
Since the state first released the list in April 2014, there have been government oversight hearings and a lawsuit on behalf of three former workers.





Hillary Rodham Clinton Visits Sioux City Following Presidential Announcement

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton is trying to build an organizational edge in Iowa as some of her lesser-known Democratic rivals clamor for attention in the state that tripped up her first presidential campaign.
Clinton flew to Iowa after her high-profile campaign kickoff Saturday in New York. She appeared at a Sioux City house party Saturday night, telling supporters that "everybody has a role to play."
Despite her dominant position in the race, Clinton's allies are trying to erase the memories of her third-place finish in Iowa's 2008 caucuses.
Clinton is set to address supporters at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines on Sunday and then travel to the Mississippi River city of Burlington.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb are holding events in Iowa on Sunday.





New Miss Iowa Is Crowned


DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - A new Miss Iowa has been chosen to represent the state.
Twenty-one-year-old Taylor Wiebers of Clinton won the title Saturday night at the pageant in Davenport.
Wiebers was Miss Clinton County going into the state competition. She will now represent Iowa in the Miss America pageant in September.
Wiebers called winning the Miss Iowa title unbelievable. She is looking forward to raising awareness about childhood cancers.
The first runner-up is Miss Muscatine County Kristen One. The 23-year-old is from Vernon Hills, Ill.








Saturday News, June 13th

Final Day For Tractor Ride

(Le Mars) -- The tractors will again be rolling this morning.  It's the second and final day of the 16th annual KICD radio tractor ride. This time the route will take them on county road C-38 heading east, then north to Remsen and Granville, and back through Oyens before finishing at the Plymouth County Fair grounds.




Remsen Demolition Derby

(Remsen) -- The folks at Remsen are getting prepared for the 38th annual Remsen Demolition Derby scheduled for tonight.  The annual event is being sponsored by the Remsen Community Action Club.  Gates are to open at 5:30 p.m. with the derby to start at 6:30 p.m.  Admission is $8 with those under five years of age to get in for free.  The demolition derby will be held two and a half blocks north of Highway 3 on Marion Street behind the Mid-Sioux Opportunity building.  The derby will be selling those famous Majer burgers along with refreshments.  No coolers are allowed at the derby.




Le Mars To Host Western Iowa Tourism Association

(Le Mars) -- Ice Cream Days are scheduled to begin in Le Mars on Wednesday, which will obviously bring many tourists to the "Ice Cream Capital of the World".  But just prior to the start of the festive event, Le Mars will be hosting the Western Iowa Tourism Association's annual conference.  Le Mars' Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Jessica Brownmiller serves as the president of the organization.  She says the purpose for the organization is to encourage people to discover many communities.

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Brownmiller says as an example would be when people from out of town come to visit Le Mars for Ice Cream Days, they could also learn of information about Orange City, and visit that community as well.  She says the event scheduled for Le Mars will serve as the annual conference for the Western Iowa Tourism Association.

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Brownmiller says tourism plays a big part of community economic development.

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Shooting Incident At Coralville Mall

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities are investigating a shooting at a popular Iowa mall that left at least one person injured. 
Witnesses say they heard gunshots inside the Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville after 7 p.m. Friday. 
A spokesman for University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City says one shooting victim was taken there.
A spokesman for Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad says a suspect is in custody and the public is not believed to be in further danger. 
The mall is along a busy stretch of Interstate 80 in Coralville, a community of about 19,000 people in eastern Iowa. It's the second-largest mall in Iowa.
Police from several local agencies were on the scene. Some shoppers and workers were evacuated. Others remained on lockdown for more than an hour.




Department Of Public Safety Says Investigation Of Hand Gun Purchases Is OK

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Department of Public Safety says internal investigations into the purchase of hundreds of handguns that were later returned has found agency employees did nothing wrong.
In a Friday afternoon news release, the department announced the results of its internal investigation and said officials would make no further comment at this time.
The investigation began in April after officials told employees to turn in nearly 800 newly issued Smith & Wesson handguns after some officers raised concerns about their functionality. The department didn't specify the handgun problems. Three officials were placed on paid administrative leave during the inquiry.
On Friday, the department said no "illegal or improper activities" occurred in purchasing the guns and no department policies were violated. The department says the employees have returned to work.




Ag Officials Worry About Another Round Of Bird Flu During Autumn

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - No new bird flu cases have been reported in nearly a week on commercial farms in Minnesota and Iowa.
That has farmers, scientists and government officials hopeful the worst outbreak of bird flu in the U.S. is winding down, though they know it doesn't mean the outbreak is over.
Farmers are finishing the disposal of turkey and chicken carcasses, disinfecting the barns and preparing to restock with new birds.
And scientists trying to develop an effective vaccine, determine how the H5N2 virus evaded biosecurity measures and to establish what can be done to prevent a repeat.
The first turkey barn that was infected in Minnesota is restocking, and Iowa officials say they hope to begin to do the same in several weeks.




Jeb Bush To Visit Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Jeb Bush is adding another Iowa event to his presidential announcement tour next week.
The former Florida governor will appear at a backyard event in Washington, Iowa, on Wednesday morning. Spokeswoman Allie Brandenburger says Bush will talk about his "plans to put people in towns like Washington, Iowa, before those in Washington, DC."
Bush is expected to announce his 2016 candidacy Monday and will head to New Hampshire before coming out to Iowa.  He was already scheduled to appear in Pella later in the day on Wednesday.
Iowa's presidential caucuses are expected to be the first contest of the 2016 nominating campaign in February, followed by the New Hampshire primary.




Chris Christie To Speak In Iowa

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is facing new pressures in Iowa, a state that already views him as too moderate for socially conservative caucus voters.
Many of Christie's competitors for the Republican presidential nomination were in the state last weekend, for Senator Joni Ernst's "roast and ride" to Boone.
Christie, however, was not among them. He returned to Iowa for the first time in three months this week.
It's not clear anyone had missed him, but that doesn't seem to worry Christie.
The governor says he plans to spend significant time in Iowa if he runs. He says he'll make a decision later this month.




Former Legislative Clerk Indicted

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A former Iowa legislative clerk has been indicted on suspicion of bringing white powder to the state Capitol in 2012, a move that halted floor debate and forced a building lockdown.
U.S. Attorney Nicholas Klinefeldt says Michael Dekota McRae was indicted on a charge of false information and hoaxes. He was arraigned Friday and released. Court records show he has pleaded not guilty.
McRae doesn't have a public phone listing, and a message left for his attorney seeking a comment wasn't immediately returned.
McRae is accused of writing a threatening letter and placing it in an envelope that was later opened near the desk of Democratic Representative Ako Abdul-Samad. The envelope contained white powder.
House debate was halted and the Capitol was closed. Tests determined the powder was harmless.





Burnt Body Found In Missouri Believed To Be Father Of Amber Alert Child

BETHANY, Mo. (AP) - A sheriff says dental records have confirmed one of the bodies found in burned car in northwest Missouri was that of a man linked to the disappearance of his young son.
Harrison County Sheriff Josh Eckeron says the body was identified Thursday as 33-year-old Elvis Habibovic. DNA is being used to determine whether a second body found in the car was Habibovic's 9-month-old son, Logan.
The two bodies were found in the car Tuesday at a conservation area about 10 miles northeast of Bethany, Missouri.
Authorities had issued an Amber alert for the boy after his father didn't return him to his mother's home in Urbandale, Iowa.
Eckerson told The St. Joseph News-Press authorities believe Habibovic piped exhaust into the car but an official cause of death is pending.





Supreme Court Says You Can Be Drunk On Your Front Porch

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court has affirmed the right to be drunk on your front porch.
The court ruled Friday in the case of Patience Paye, who appealed her 2013 public intoxication conviction.
Paye called police after fighting with her boyfriend and met officers on the front porch of her Waterloo home. While investigating the domestic assault complaint an officer questioned Paye about whether she'd been drinking.
A test revealed her blood alcohol concentration at 0.267 percent, more than three times the amount considered drunk for driving.



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