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Saturday News, August 8

Marcus Community Fair Features Horse Drill Team

MARCUS, Iowa (AP) - The Marcus Community Fair hasn't charged a dime for admission for years, leading locals to refer to it as the "Marcus Free Fair." 
The 79th annual fair includes livestock shows, a greased pig contest, a tractor pull, a 5K run and a car show. The Westernaires, a mounted precision drill organization from Colorado, will appear in a Saturday afternoon parade and perform at the fairgrounds. Linda Crook is a monitor with the Westernaires and tells us about the organization.

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Crook says 36 riders will perform at the Marcus Community Fair.  The precision horse drill team brought along 43 horses.  One of the rider performers is Shannon Baughman.  She has been a part of the horse drill team for six years.  She explains the process of rehearsals and the steps in order to perform.

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This marks the third trip in recent years for the organization to perform at the Marcus Community Fair, and Linda Crook says the riders love coming to Marcus.

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Baughman says spectators attending the Marcus Community Fair will see a variety of horsemanship skills, performed by youth.

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The Westernaires will perform on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. then appear in the Marcus Fair parade at 4:00 p.m. and will perform a second show at 8:00 p.m.

 

 

 

Woodbury County Fair Boasts Good Attendance And Unique Features

 

(Moville) -- Another fair that is taking place is the Woodbury County Fair being held at Moville.  Steve Christiansen serves as the president of the Woodbury County Fair.  He says so far, the attendance has been good.

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Christiansen says Friday was Veterans Day and Senior Citizens Day which also helped with the attendance levels.  The Woodbury County Fair president says this morning will start off with the bonus auction.

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Christiansen says this year's Woodbury County Fair has some unique attractions that has generated some attention from fair attendees.

 

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Tonight is the Outlaw Tractor Pull at the grandstand, and Sunday will feature the Demolition Derby.

 

 

 

 

Air Force Makes Emergency Landing In Des Moines After Windshield Breaks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A U.S. Air Force Boeing 757 has made an emergency landing at the Des Moines International Airport after a windshield cracked during the flight.
Airport Director of Operations Alan Graff says the plane landed safety Friday morning and all nine people on board left the jet safely.
The white unmarked jet landed around 9:30 a.m. after making a distress call seeking to divert its flight plan to land at the airport.
Airport officials referred further questions to the Air Force.
A public affairs officer at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. couldn't immediately provide further details on where the flight originated, where it was going or what caused the windshield to crack.

 

 

 

 

 

West Nile Disease Strikes Southwest Iowa Woman

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Iowa public health officials have confirmed the first case of West Nile virus this year.
The Daily Nonpareil in Council Bluffs reports a woman aged 18 to 40 from Ringgold County is recovering from the illness.
Iowa Department of Public Health Medical Director Doctor Patricia Quinlisk says the case should serve as notice the virus is active in Iowa and it's time to take precautions.
That means eliminating standing water, wearing long sleeves and pants, avoiding outdoor activities at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active and using insect repellent when outdoors.

 

 

 

 

Girl Drowns While On Day Care Field Trip

SOLON, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a girl who drowned while swimming at Lake Macbride beach in Eastern Iowa was on a field trip with 25 other children from a Cedar Rapids child care center.
The Johnson County Sheriff's Office says 6-year-old Alaina Hauskins was with Kids Kampus Learning Center Thursday on an annual trip to the beach, part of a 2,000-acre state park 16 miles north of Iowa City.
The sheriff's office says emergency dispatchers received a call of a missing child at the state park around 2 p.m. A few minutes later a second call came from a group of teens indicating an unresponsive child was pulled from the lake. 
The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports she was pronounced dead at the scene by a helicopter ambulance doctor.

 

 

 

 

Traffic Cameras Law Suit Is Dismissed

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A judge has dismissed the state of Iowa from a lawsuit filed by the cities of Cedar Rapids, Des Moines and Muscatine over an Iowa Department of Transportation order to remove automated traffic cameras from state highways.
Court records show Judge Mary Pat Gunderson approved this week dismissing the state as a party but the Iowa DOT remains in the lawsuit.
Des Moines City Attorney Jeff Lester says the judge also has approved consolidating the lawsuits filed by the three cities into one case to be tried in Polk County District Court in Des Moines. 
The cities sued after the DOT ruled in March some traffic cameras operating on state highways needed to be shut off because roads were not made safer by their use.

 

 

 

 

Republican Presidential Candidates Have Second Chance At Second Debate

ATLANTA (AP) - Republican presidential candidates are getting a second chance to make a good first impression with conservative activists after their inaugural televised debates had unheard of millions tuning in to see how they would play off each other.
Unlike the Fox News debates that divided the 17-candidate field into two groups on crowded stages, the RedState Gathering in Atlanta offers several of those seeking the Republican nomination a half-hour all to themselves. On Saturday, the lineup includes former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.
Businessman Donald Trump had been on the program, but late Friday RedState's Erick Erickson said he was withdrawing his invitation because of a comment Trump made earlier that evening about Fox News debate moderator Megyn Kelly.

 

 

 

 

 

Fiorina Looks To Capitalize After Good Showing During Republican Forum

ATLANTA (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina is looking to parlay a standout debate performance into serious campaign momentum.
The welcome she's getting from a conservative gathering in Atlanta suggests she could be on her way.
The former Hewlett-Packard chief reminded 1,000 conservative activists at the RedState Gathering in Georgia that several recent presidents were once dismissed as underdogs.
She says Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama ended up in the Oval Office because voters wanted them there.
Fiorina did not qualify for Thursday's Fox News debate that featured the top 10 candidates as measured by the most recent polls. But she has garnered wide praise for her performance in a separate forum featuring the remaining seven GOP candidates.

 



 

 

 

 


 


   

Friday Afternoon News, August 7

Marcus Fair Going On Now

MARCUS, Iowa (AP) - The Marcus Community Fair hasn't charged a dime for admission for years, leading locals to refer to it as the "Marcus Free Fair." 
The 79th annual fair includes livestock shows, a greased pig contest, a tractor pull, a 5K run and a car show. The Westernaires, a mounted precision drill organization from Colorado, will appear in a Saturday afternoon parade and perform at the fairgrounds. 
Nancy Hier says she'll work to provide food for the group's 62 performers on Friday night at her family farm and will ensure their 45 horses are being cared for during their stay. The 85-year-old says she has been involved with the fair since 1980. 
Hier says her daughter-in-law was in the Westernaires years ago.
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State Board Of Education Approves New Science Standards

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - State education officials have approved new science standards and have taken a significant step toward replacing the Iowa Assessments with other tests.
The Iowa State Board of Education unanimously voted on Thursday to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards, which sets learning expectations in classrooms for grades K-12. 
Learning will focus less on memorization and put more emphasis on the scientific process, such as analyzing data, developing a model and constructing a logical argument. 
The board also voted to start the rule-making process that would allow for the adoption of the Smarter Balanced exams. The tests give students harder or easier questions based on if they answered previous correctly, which better pinpoints their ability.

 

 

 

Airman Funeral

OSAGE, Iowa (AP) - Friends, family and more than 100 airmen have paid their respects to a 20-year-old Iowa Air National Guard member who drowned while stationed for duty in Guam.
A funeral was held Thursday in Osage for Senior Airman Drew Bellairs. Burial is scheduled for Friday at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.
The 2013 Osage High School graduate was a member of the Guard's 185th Air Refueling Wing. He drowned on July 25 while swimming at Marbo Cave on the eastern shore of Guam. He was temporarily assigned to the 506th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam at the time of his death.
Friends say the mechanic always had a smile. Fellow airman Shawn O'Tool says Bellairs never frowned and says he never saw Bellairs complain.

 

 

 

 

Sears To Close Mason City Store

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - Sears is planning to close its Mason City store and Auto Center in November.
Sears spokesman Howard Riefs says the closure is "part of a series of actions we're taking to reduce ongoing expenses, adjust our asset base and accelerate the transformation of our business model."
The Mason City store and Auto Center employ 26 people.  Riefs says eligible employees will receive severance and have the chance to apply for open positions at other Sears or Kmart stores.

 

 

 

 



 

 


   

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