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Thursday News, May 17

Nebraska Man Sentenced for Meth

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Nebraska man has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for selling methamphetamine in the Sioux City area.
     The US. Attorney for northern Iowa says 37-year-old Esteban Curiel was sentenced this week for his role in a drug distribution ring. The South Sioux City, Neb., man pleaded guilty in December.
     Prosecutors say Curiel was obtaining meth from several sources and reselling it. He is believed to have sold more than three pounds of the drug.
     Curiel had a small amount of methamphetamine on him when he was arrested last July. He threw it out his car window when officers tried to stop him.

Tulip Festival Begins in Orange City

(Orange City) -- It's tulip time again in Orange City...although many of the tulips have already bloomed because of the warmer temperatures in March and April.  Today's festivities get started at 9:00 a.m. and the street fest is scheduled to commence at 1:00 p.m. with Orange City residents dressed in traditional Dutch costumes and dancing in the streets.  The parade will begin at 2:00 p.m. and later tonight is the musical play "My Fair Lady".


Raffle Tickets Benefit Local 4-H Program

(Le Mars) --  Sales of raffle tickets by local 4-H members for a new John Deere riding lawn mower will benefit the Plymouth County 4-H program. The fund raising project was a partnership between the Plymouth County 4-H and Plymouth County Extension Services and ICON Ag and Turf.  The drawing was held during Wednesday morning's Chamber coffee event at ICON Ag and Turf.  Carol Schneider serves as the Plymouth County Extension Coordinator and says the event was very successful.  

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Schneider says the money will help finance many 4-H programs and will allow several 4-H members the opportunity to attend several events.

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Schneider says the 4-H members sold raffle tickets to people of each neighboring state.  The name selected to win a new John Deere D110 riding lawnmower was Kevin Meysenberg of Norfolk, Nebraska.  Two members of the Grant Clever Clovers 4-H club sold the winning ticket.


Deere and Co. Posts Record Profits

(Le Mars) -- Deere and Company recently posted a record $1.56 billion profit for the second quarter, and locally, farm equipment sales have also been on the rise.  However, Adam Timmerman, principal owner and general manager of the ICON Ag and Turf says farm equipment dealers need to be ready for when the economic pendalen swings the other way.

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Timmerman says tractor and combine sales have been popular at the five ICON Ag and Turf dealerships located at Lawton, Ireton, Paullina, Doon, and Le Mars.


Buffalo On the Loose

  SIBLEY, Iowa (AP)  We all know the song of "Oh give me a home where the buffalo roam..." Well the buffalo are roaming in northwest Iowa.  Authorities are still trying to round up some wayward buffalo that escaped from a ranch in northwest Iowa.
     About 200 buffalo broke out of their pen at the Frick and Joe Buffalo Ranch in Sibley on Sunday. The animals have since been spotted in five counties Lyon, Osceola, Sioux and O'Brien counties
in Iowa and Nobles County in Minnesota.
     Lieutenant Seth Hofman of the Osceola County sheriff's office says the buffalo are "really, really fast."
     Officials have corralled most of the herd, but more than 30 are still on the loose. One was seen early Wednesday near Sheldon, some 20 miles south of Sibley.
     No injuries have been reported, but motorists are asked to be careful while driving in the area.

Firefighter Charged With Arson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa volunteer firefighter whose father is the fire chief is now facing seven charges of arson.
     Tama County Sheriff Dennis Kucera told the Des Moines Register ( ) that investigators believe 18-year-old Justin Anderson set a string of several fires on rural properties
between March and May.
     Three homes and a barn were damaged in the fires though the buildings appeared to be vacant when they burned.
     Kucera says the investigation began in March after signs of arson were recognized. Investigators found a pattern in the fires, and are now checking to see if Anderson could be linked to any
other fires.
     Anderson remained in jail Thursday in lieu of $50,000 bond. Anderson is a South Tama High School student who joined the Tama County Fire Department earlier this year.




An Accident on Business Hwy 75 Spills Diesel Fuel

(Le Mars) -- Traffic was backed up for a short while Wednesday afternoon on Business Highway 75 as officials were cleaning up after an accident that occurred at about 1:30 p.m. near 18th Street South West.  A Dodge Durango SUV driven by 22 year old Adam Brown of Merrill collided with an older model Ford pickup truck driven by 68 year old Timothy Weidauer of Le Mars, causing damage to both vehicles.  Weidauer and Brown were both northbound and in the inside lane when Weidauer had slowed down indicating he was about to turn.  Brown was distracted and rear-ended the Weidauer vehicle.  The pickup truck was carrying an external fuel tank containing diesel fuel.  The impact made tank fall out of the pickup box and on to the highway.  No word as to how much fuel had spilled on to the highway.  Le Mars Fire Department officials assisted with the cleanup at the scene by placing absorbant on the spilled diesel fuel.  Brown's SUV remained on the highway, but the pickup truck owned by Weidauer, ended in the east ditch near the railroad tracks.  Wiedauer was transported to Floyd Valley Hospital with what is thought to be non-life threatening injuries.  The Le Mars Police Department is investigating that accident.


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