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Tuesday news, June 12

Supervisors To Canvass Primary Election Results

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Board of Supervisors are scheduled to canvass the primary election during today's regular meeting.  The supervisors will hear a report from SIMPCO representatives regarding a housing trust fund.  They will also hear from county treasurer Linda Dobson and Driver's License Deputy Keri Borchers on an update on the commercial drivers license testing in Plymouth County.


Rock Valley Man Sentenced to 10 years For Sexual Abuse

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa (AP) - A Rock Valley man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexually abusing an eight-year-old Sioux Center boy.
Rogelio Zarate-Rios received his punishment yesterday after entering a guilty plea. Sioux County Prosecutors say the case came to light after a woman reported to police she discovered photographs of her son being fondled on a cellphone belonging to Zarate-Rios.


Hospital Trustees To Meet

(Le Mars) -- The Floyd Valley Hospital Board of Trustees will meet this morning.  The trustees  will discuss the recent Press Ganey Quarterly update, as well as hear from Hospital Administrator Mike Donlin offer an update on the north addition.


Le Mars Has A Flea Market

(Le Mars) -- A new business is starting in downtown Le Mars.  B & B Flea Market is located on Central Avenue between the Royal Theater and the Pizza Ranch restaurant.  Owner Barry Brown explains why he believes Le Mars needs a Flea Market.

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Brown says when the store is fully operational they will feature two floors of consignments featuring 25 different booths.

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Brown says he has experience in the pawn industry, both buying and selling collectable items since he was 12 years old.


Ice Cream Days Takes a Year of Preparation

(Le Mars) -- Ice Cream Days gets started on Wednesday, but the planning and organization for the annual event began at the conclusion of last year's celebration.  Brad Pick, serves as the Chamber of Commerce's Vice president of Events. 

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Pick says Ice Cream Days is the colaboration and cooperation of several organizations.

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Pick says there are new events, as well as some favorites from years' past.  Pick says attendees of this year's Ice Cream Days will have eight different opportunities throughout the four days of the celebration to taste America's favorite sweet treat.

Spencer Boy Dies

SPENCER, Iowa (AP) - A 6-year-old boy who was unresponsive when pulled from a pool in northwest Iowa last week has died.
     Police say Michael Rohan died Sunday. He was found floating in the water at the Spencer Aquatic Center on Wednesday.
     Michael first was taken to Spencer Hospital and then flown for treatment in Sioux Falls, S.D.
     His death has been ruled an accident. He'd lived in Spencer.


Weekly Crop Report Shows Dry Conditions

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The continued hot and dry weather is taking a toll on Iowa's crops.
     The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in Monday's weekly report that while most of the corn and soybeans are in good shape, conditions have declined. More than half of the topsoil and subsoil
is dry.
     Sixty-seven percent of the corn is rated good to excellent.  That's down from 75 percent a week ago. Sixty-two percent of the soybeans are in good to excellent condition, a drop from last
week's 71 percent.
     The USDA says 66 percent of Iowa's topsoil and 59 percent of the subsoil is very short or short.
     The statewide average precipitation for the week was 0.07 inch, below the average of nearly 1.2 inches. The report doesn't include thunderstorms that hit Sunday.

Iowa Teachers Honored

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Two Iowa teachers are being recognized for their work with students in math and science.
     Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds says Karla Digmann, of Dubuque, and Jody Stone, of Cedar Falls, have been awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Digmann received the award from math. Stone was recognized for her work as a science teacher.
     The White House says the award is presented annually to outstanding K-12 science and math teachers across the country.  Winners receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation and are invited to Washington, D.C.





Monday News, June 11th

Truck Accident At Wells North Plant Causes Power Outage

(Le Mars) -- A semi-truck pulling into the dock at the north Wells Plant caused a minor inconvenience for many downtown businesses on Saturday morning.  Apparently, the truck accidently struck a utility pole causing power to flicker and in some cases even go out momentarily. The incident happened just prior to 11:00 a.m. Little damage was suffered on the truck and trailer, but the utility pole moved about four inches, and sustained some damage.  The brief power outage caused the fire alarms to sound at the Wells north plant.  Fire officials were assisting Wells personnel to re-set the alarms so production could continue.

Fire at Farmers Co-op at Boyden

(Boyden) -- The Boyden Fire Department responded to an electrical fire at the Farmers Co-op at Boyden early Saturday morning.  Sometime during the early morning hours, a small fire began in the feed mill portion under a storage tank inside the feed mill.  The fire appears to be due to an electrical problem on the radiant heater and pump.  No injuries were reported, but the storage tank sustained approximately $2,500 in damages. 

Chamber to Hold "Cash Mobs"

(Le Mars) -- You've heard about "flash mobs" where a mass of people invade a public space to make a scene.  The Le Mars Chamber of Commerce is wanting to implement a "cash mob".  The idea is to encourage local people to spend at least $20 at a selected store to show support for that business.  At noon, on Thursday, June 21st, local residents are asked to gather outside the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce.  Chamber officials will select a name of a Chamber member business.  Then the group of people will converge upon the store, with each person purchasing items and spending at least $20. Mary Reynolds of the Le Mars Main street program says it will be a great way to build the community, meet new people, and support the local economy.  Reynolds says the Chamber will conduct four "cash mobs" through out the summer.  The first "cash mob" will visit a downtown retail store, the other "cash mobs" will patronage a retail business located away from downtown, and a third "cash mob" will stop at a local restaurant.


School Board To Amend Budget and Hear Reports on New Books

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community School Board is scheduled to meet this evening and the first item of business is to hold a public hearing regarding the proposed amendment to the 2011-12 school budget and consider adoption of the budget amendment following the hearing.  The school board will hear reports from Kellie Bork, the high school Health teacher, and from Kris Mohning, Melissa Leraas, and Mark Vonnahme, all middle school teachers.  Each will be introducing new text books to the board.  Bork will present a new health text book, and the others will present a new middle school social studies text book.

Downtown Clean Up Scheduled for Today

(Le Mars) -- Don't forget about the Downtown Clean Up that is scheduled for this afternoon.  Community citizens are asked to bring brooms, garbage bags, and other cleaning equipment to the front door of the Chamber of Commerce office. Chamber officials are asking for volunteers and business owners to assist in the project.  The downtown clean up will be for two hours beginning at 3:00 p.m.


Anamosa State Penitentiary Under Lockdown

ANAMOSA, Iowa (AP) - The Anamosa State Penitentiary has been placed under tighter security since two inmate brawls.
     State prisons spokesman Fred Scaletta says the prison went into lockdown after Saturday's fights. He says no serious injuries were reported.
     Many of the 1,100 inmates at the eastern Iowa prison are serving long sentences for murder and other violent crimes.
     Investigators are looking into the cause of the incidents, and Scaletta says it's too early to say whether they were gang-related.
     Danny Homan is president of Council 61 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. He says the fights show what can happen when the prisons are overcrowded and


Many Counties Can't Fund Mental Health Services

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Changes to Iowa's mental health system have left counties short of money and forced some to drop mentally disabled people from programs.
     County officials blame a new state law that shifts control over Medicaid-funded mental health services from counties to the state.  The change is part of larger reforms of Iowa's mental health care
system designed to make services more uniform, in part by taking control away each of Iowa's 99 counties.
     Cedar Rapids Representative Renee Schulte acknowledges programs could be cut. But she says counties struggling with funding now would have faced problems anyway. That's because some counties were spending Medicaid dollars in ways the federal government was going
to stop.
     Department of Human Services Director Chuck Palmer says he hopes cuts won't be as bad as counties fear.


Fund Raising Tactics Being Questioned At U of I Hospitals

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Some tactics the University of Iowa Foundation uses to raise money for the university's hospitals are being questioned because patient information is being shared with
     Officials with the University of Iowa's hospitals and the foundation defended the way they raise money as ethical.
     But patient advocates said that the campaign that uses letters signed by doctors appears to be taking advantage about the way people feel about doctors who helped them.
     And the foundation hired three fundraising companies to help, and at least two of those firms failed to register with Iowa officials and report details of their campaigns.
     Hospital spokesman Tom Moore says the fundraising campaign is legal and ethical. And he says it is in line with what other hospitals are doing.


Salt Supplies in Good Order

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The state of Iowa and many local governments have been topping off salt supplies for winter even before summer officially starts. With mild temperatures this past
winter, many cities have plenty of salt left over. The Iowa Transportation Department says the state is still buying salt under an old contracted price.




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