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Friday Afternoon News, August 14

Farm Credit Services Presents Grant To Le Mars Fire And Rescue Department

(Le Mars) -- Farm Credit Services presented a $2,000 check to the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department this morning, as part of the "Working Here" grant.  Cody Griffin, Financial Loan Officer, with Farm Credit Services, explains why the agricultural lender is interested in providing grants to area fire departments.

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Recently, the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department received some equipment allowing for grain bin or other confined space rescues.  Le Mars Fire Chief Dave Schipper says the grant money from Farm Credit Services will be used to purchase special type of air masks filters for when fire or rescue personnel need to perform a rescue inside a grain bin.

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Schipper says fire and rescue personnel will be able to wear the air filter mask and perform a grain bin rescue, without having to equip themselves with an air tank.

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Schipper says the fire and rescue department has purchased eight of the special air masks filters.

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The Le Mars Fire Chief says the fire department has had to perform three grain bin rescues in recent years. Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department is one of 55 organizations to receive a "Working Here" fund grant. Farm Credit Services has awarded a total of $91,460 during the latest grant cycle.

Pictured from left: Assistant Fire Chief Mike Wise, Cody Griffin of Farm Credit Services, Le Mars Mayor Dick Kirchoff, Susan Green of Farm Credit Services, and Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department Chief, Dave Schipper




Fire Departments Combine Efforts To Train Together

(Le Mars) -- Speaking about the fire and rescue department, you may recall the Le Mars, Merrill, and Hinton fire departments held a joint training session Wednesday evening at the Plymouth Energy ethanol facility.  The three local fire departments, along with Plymouth County Disaster Services, Burlington Northern-Sante Fe railroad, and the ethanol producer coordinated a drill involving a tanker rail car filled with crude oil.  The situation was to simulate if the tanker rail car were to have a leak, and catch on fire.  Schipper says the training seminar was a good exercise.

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Schipper says nearly everyone was impressed with the massive size of the rail car.

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Each of the three fire departments were able to simulate the training excersise using foam, which according to Schipper doesn't happen too often.

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That training seminar lasted for nearly three hours.





Majority Of Council Bluffs Rental Properties Have Violations

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Officials say most of the Council Bluffs rental units inspected during the first week of a new city program had violations.
Steve Carmichael is the city's chief building official, says that he was surprised by the inspections results, because landlords had months to prepare.
Carmichael says that of the 82 single-family units inspected, 92 percent had violations. Most of them were electrical violations.
The policy of city employees inspecting rental units began Aug. 3, replacing the longtime self-inspection program. 
Mayor Matt Walsh says he thinks the landlords "are working with the city, and we appreciate that very much."





Church Camp Counselor Accused Of Sexual Assault

INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) - A 20-year-old counselor at a church youth camp in southern Iowa has been accused of sexually assaulting a colleague.
Warren County sheriff's deputies have arrested Asa Bruss, of Cedar Falls, and were holding him Friday in the county jail. He faces four counts of sexual abuse. Online court records don't list the name of an attorney who could be contacted to comment on Bruss' behalf.
An 18-year-old counselor at Wesley Woods Camp and Retreat Center in Indianola told deputies that Bruss had sexually abused her at the camp last month. 
The camp is run by the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church. A conference spokesman, Arthur McClanahan, says camp counselors go through a rigorous background check and that parents should feel safe in sending their children to the camp.





Jeb Bush Visits Iowa State Fair With Grassley And Ernst

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Republican Jeb Bush is touring the Iowa State Fair with the state's two Republican senators and says he's fully committed to competing in Iowa's presidential caucuses.
Recent polls show the former Florida governor struggling in Iowa but Bush says many voters are still looking at the field. 
The son and brother of U.S. presidents walked the parade grounds Friday with Sens. Charles Grassley and Joni Ernst of Iowa. 
Grassley and Ernst haven't endorsed a candidate but their appearances showed Bush's potential strengths in the party.
Bush says his father, former President George H.W. Bush, was an "asterisk" at this stage of the 1980 race. Asked if he was "all-in" in Iowa, Bush agreed and said he was "competitive."
Bush says "you've got to show respect for Iowans. They're discerning voters."




School Superintendent Appeals Suspension

TREYNOR, Iowa (AP) - A schools superintendent has appealed the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners' decision to suspend his state license for 30 days.
The attorney for Kevin Elwood says the appeal was filed Wednesday in Polk County District Court and that Elwood may continue in his Treynor district post during the appeal process.
On Aug. 7 the board suspended Elwood's license, saying he should not have let his son work unsupervised as a custodian for the district after the son was accused of inappropriate sexual conduct. Elwood was accused of two violations of Iowa code, including failing to make reasonable efforts to protect the health and safety of students.





Fort Dodge School Found To Have Structural Problems

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - Classes for about 350 elementary students in Fort Dodge will be held this fall elsewhere due to structural concerns recently discovered at the school.   
Duncombe Elementary's students will start the school year at the former Fair Oaks Middle School building. 
Issues with the school's structure were discovered during summer remodeling efforts. The school district's superintendent says they weren't a result of neglect, but rather due to the building being at least 100 years old. 
The middle school closed in 2013 and was sold to Foutch Bros. LLC of Kansas City, Missouri. 
The company told district officials the former school could be used for elementary students at no cost for a minimum of two years.




Body Recovered In River

CLARINDA, Iowa (AP) - Officials say the body of a 23-year-old man has been recovered from the West Nodaway River in southwestern Iowa.
A 911 caller told Page County authorities around 9:15 p.m. Thursday about a person struggling in the river near the East Washington Street bridge on the east side of Clarinda. Clarinda firefighters were dispatched and eventually were joined by other rescue teams. People in an airboat sent by the Council Bluffs Fire Department searched downstream.
Authorities say the body was found around 2:15 a.m. Friday south of the bridge. The man was identified as Trent Hayden, of Clarinda.





Egg Producer Seeks Permit In Maine

TURNER, Maine (AP) - A farm executive who pleaded the Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination in front of a congressional committee investigating the salmonella outbreak is the same person who signed a new lease on Maine's largest egg farm.
The Sun Journal reports that the Maine Department of Environmental Protection is considering a request from a Land o'Lakes subsidiary to transfer active permits to Hillandale Farms, the farm family involved with Jack DeCoster in an Iowa salmonella outbreak that sickened 1,900 people in 2010.
Hillandale signed a lease to operate the farms on July 8. But the newspaper reported that properties continue to be owned by DeCoster's corporate entities.
Only the Turner operation with 2 million egg-laying hens is currently in operation. Hillandale will notify the DEP if restarts operations in Leeds and Winthrop.





Iowa Couple Found Guilty Of Sex Trafficking

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Two Iowa residents will spend decades in prison for forcing a young woman into prostitution and torturing her.
Aldair Hodza was sentenced to 41 years and eight months Friday in federal court in Richmond. Laura Sorensen was sentenced to 40 years.
The Clive, Iowa, residents held a 20-year-old woman captive on a trip to Virginia and forced her to have sex with men who answered online ads. They burned the woman with lit cigarettes and other heated objects, drove nails into her feet and poured bleach into her wounds.
Defense attorneys and prosecutors are recommending prison terms of 35 years - 11 more than the top end of the sentencing guideline range. But U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson said that wasn't enough, citing the "unprecedented depravity" in the case.





Friday News, August 14

Hawarden Displays Replica Viet Nam War Memorial Wall

(Hawarden) -- A half size replica of the Viet Nam Memorial Wall is scheduled to be in northwest Iowa through the weekend.  The "Moving Wall" arrived in Hawarden Thursday afternoon and features all 58,306 names of those service men and women that lost their lives during the Viet Nam War.  Roger Johnson is the chairman of the Sioux County Commission of Veteran Affairs and is overseeing the exhibition of the moving wall.  He says it is referred to as the "moving wall" not just because of its capability of traveling from town to town, but he says, the wall also stirs up emotions for those that view it.

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For Johnson, the wall symbolizes a special meaning.

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In addition to his brother's name, Johnson says there are four other names on the wall with either a Hawarden or neighboring town Ireton connection.

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Johnson says the local American Legion post had been trying for four years to bring the Viet Nam replica wall to Hawarden.  He says when the wall arrived Thursday afternoon, a caravan helped escort it into town.

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Johnson says the "Moving Wall" will be accessible 24 hours, and it will have guards posted, as well as volunteers to assist with the locating of names.  He says, like the Wall featured in Washington D.C., people will also have the opportunity to sketch a name.  The Viet Nam replica wall will remain on display until Monday, August 17th.  The wall is near the Hawarden Community Center.





Harkin Endorses Clinton For President

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton has snagged a big endorsement as she brings her presidential campaign to the Iowa State Fair.
Former Iowa Senator Tom Harkin is endorsing Clinton's bid for the Democratic nomination, writing in the Des Moines Register that Clinton is "a fighter who has a record of getting things done."
Harkin says in the op-ed published online Thursday night that Clinton "has devoted her career to championing the needs of children" and has been a "tireless advocate for women and families."
The endorsement kicks off a weekend of campaigning in Iowa, home of the nation's first presidential caucuses.





Jeb Bush Says Torture Should Be An Option For Interrogation

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush says he would leave the door open for resuming the use of torture by the U.S. government.
Bush told an audience of Iowa Republicans on Thursday that he did not want to make a blanket statement about whether he would keep or repeal President Barack Obama's executive order banning so-called enhanced interrogation techniques by the CIA.
The former Florida governor says that he believes torture is inappropriate in general, and praises his brother, former President George W. Bush, for largely ending the CIA's use of the techniques before he left office. But Jeb Bush says he cannot rule out ordering brutal interrogations, implying that they might be called for to keep the country safe.





Huckabee Delivers Comments At State Fair On "Soap Box"

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -Mike Huckabee has veteran insight to share about the Iowa State Fair. 
The former Arkansas governor says, "Pork chop on a stick. Trust me. It's what's for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack." 
The winner of the 2008 Iowa Republican caucuses, Huckabee started his turn atop the fair's political soapbox Thursday with the dining tip. 
When he got around to politics, the presidential hopeful spoke about his experience in office, his plans to create jobs and his opposition to abortion. 
He then took questions from the crowd, but with a caveat. He said he didn't actually want any Q and A, but rather some "questions and avoidance." 
Huckabee went on to banter easily with the crowd.





Webb Tells State Fair Crowd He Stays Away From PACs

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -Democratic presidential hopeful Jim Webb says people who don't like big money in politics should take a look at his campaign.
Webb says he's "unbought" and "unbossed" and has his own mind.
The former Virginia senator spoke Thursday at the Iowa State Fair from the fair's political "soapbox."
Webb deplores the number of super PACs that are raising money to support candidates in the race. He says he doesn't have one.
Webb told fairgoers they should ask candidates who decry super PACs why they take the money. And he says if people want to change it, they should vote for him.
Webb also touts his military experience, saying he has the qualifications to be commander in chief. He was a Marine officer in Vietnam and later served as Secretary of the Navy.





Jesse Ventura Says He Would Be A Good Vice President With Donald Trump

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura says he hopes Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination for president - and that he would be open to running as his vice president.
The former pro wrestler's support for Trump comes despite some major political differences, including on immigration. The billionaire businessman has taken a hardline stance on immigration, calling for the deportation of all 11 million people estimated to be living in the country illegally.
By contrast, Ventura lives in Mexico and has criticized Trump for his remarks about immigrants. Ventura says immigration status should not affect employment in the U.S.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press says Ventura talked about Trump on his Internet TV show "Off the Grid." Ventura has previously endorsed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for the Democratic presidential nomination.





Farm Accident Injures 6 Year Old Boy

COLWELL, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a 6-year-old boy has been flown to a Minnesota hospital after being injured in a farm accident in northern Iowa.
The accident occurred around 10:45 a.m. Thursday at a farm south of Colwell. Floyd County Sheriff Rick Lynch said in a news release that the boy was with his family when a load of hay shifted and knocked the boy off a wagon, which ran over the boy.
He was flown to St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. His name hasn't been released.



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