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Saturday Afternoon News, January 3

Shed Destroyed By Fire

(Merrill) -- A shop located about three miles west of Merrill caught on fire Friday evening.  The Merrill, Le Mars, and Hinton Fire Departments were all called to respond to the blaze.  The alarm was sounded at about 10:35 p.m. at 25872 County Road C-44. Justin Herbst lives at the residence and describes what he saw.

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Merrill Fire Chief Jacob Conley says an orange glow could be seen in the horizon once the Merrill Fire Department left town.

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The entire shed and its contents were destroyed by the fire.  Conley estimates the damage to exceed $200,000.

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In addition to the two tractors that were lost, a skid loader was also destroyed.  The shed contained various oils, lubicants, and rubber tires, which Conley says posed an additional danger.

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The fire remains under investigation.  Conley is not certain as to what was the cause of the fire.  Herbst say he doesn't have a clue as to what started the blaze.

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Firefighters remained on the scene until 4:30 a.m. Saturday morning.  The Merrill Fire Department had to return at about 8:30 a.m. in order to extinguish some hot spots.

 

New Year's Baby Born At Floyd Valley Hospital

(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital has announced the first baby of the new year was born in Le Mars on January 2nd at 5:41 p.m.  Lakin Renae Schultze weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces and is 18 inches in length.  Lakin Renae is the proud daughter of Mindi Nelson and Mitchell Schultze of Le Mars.  Dr. Paul Parmelee was the attending physician.  Lakin Renae will be welcomed by an older brother Taylon Michael Schultze

Hospital officials informed KLEM news that the New Year's Baby born 14 years ago, was born on the same day, and also had the name Lakin.

 

Elk Horn Finding It Difficult To Repair Historic Windmill

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An old Danish windmill is the pride of Elk Horn, Iowa, but decades after it was moved from Denmark, residents are struggling to pay for repairs to get the structure's blades turning again.
Windmill manager Lisa Riggs noticed last spring that something was wrong with the 168-year-old windmill, dismantled in Denmark and reassembled in 1975.
An inspection determined the harsh weather had caused some of the mechanics that attach to the giant sails to shift, forcing the blades to be stopped.
Despite its popularity, Riggs says it's tough for a little town to raise the $25,000 to $100,000 needed for repairs.
Mayor Stan Jens says the windmill has given Elk Horn a huge lift, and it's essential to get the blades turning again.


   

Saturday News, January 3

Fire Destroys Shed

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department had an active evening last night.  First, they responded to the Econolodge for a broken water line, and shortly after that call the Le Mars Fire Department was called to offer mutual aid assistance to the Merrill Fire Department for a shed that had caught on fire.  The call from the Econolodge was at 9:16 p.m.  Firefighters were on the scene for approximately 45 minutes.  The second alarm was sounded just a half hour later at about 10:35 p.m.  Fire officials responded to 25872 County road C-44 for what turned out to be a shop fire.  The Le Mars Fire Department was on the scene for more than three hours.  The Hinton Fire Department was also contacted to offer mutual aid in the form of a tanker to that shop fire.  The Merrill Fire Department was the first to respond to the shop fire.  Merrill's Fire Department was on the scene until 4:30 this morning. 

 

State Lawmakers To Focus On Budget

(Le Mars) -- The budget will be the primary focus for state lawmakers when they return to Des Moines for the upcoming general session.  State Senator Bill Anderson of Pierson says the budget determines all other state issues.

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Anderson says projections for state revenue will be lower due in part to the agricultural economy being down.

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The Republican State Senator also hopes lawmakers will discuss transportation issues that are relevant to the state's economy.

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DeSoto Bend To Open Public Roads

MISSOURI VALLEY, Iowa (AP) - DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge is reopening all public roads to allow ice fishing access on DeSoto Lake. 
     When conditions permit, DeSoto Lake is open to ice fishing from Jan. 2 through the end of February each year - the time period between the fall and spring bird migrations. 
     Anglers must determine for themselves whether the surface ice is thick enough for safe fishing. A general guideline is a minimum of 4 inches of clear and solid ice for foot travel and ice fishing. 
     If there are waterfowl using the lake in January and February, ice fishing may be barred from small areas of the lake. 
     DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge sits 25 miles north of Omaha, Nebraska, on U.S. Highway 30, between Missouri Valley, Iowa, and Blair, Nebraska.

 

Failed Bank Robbery

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Des Moines police say a man who apparently tried to rob a bank was tackled by a customer and taken to a hospital.
     The man entered a U.S. Bank in east Des Moines about noon Friday. He was armed with what looked like a handgun, though it may have been a BB gun or fake weapon.
     Police Sgt. Jason Halifax says a bank customer tackled the man and held him in a chokehold until an officer arrived.
     The 48-year-old man was unconscious when medics arrived. They took him to a hospital.
     Halifax says the man will be arrested but the charge could vary depending on if he was holding an actual weapon.

 

Humane Society To Open New Facility In Council Bluffs

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Organizers of the Midlands Humane Society have opened a new facility in Council Bluffs.
     The 11,591-square-foot building was designed with plenty of natural light. It has rooms designated for animal adoptions, animal control, and the treatment of sick animals. There also is an area that would allow for a future expansion of the building.
     A board of directors has been working for eight years to open the facility in Council Bluffs.
     Board chair Leslie Southard says organizers are "thrilled to be a part of helping tails find happy endings."
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Trial For Filmmaker May Need To Be Delayed

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Prosecutors handling a new trial for a Nebraska filmmaker accused of fraud in a former Iowa film tax incentive program say the case should be delayed because two elderly witnesses have left the state for the winter.
     64-year-old Dennis Brouse, of Plattsmouth, Nebraska, has been waiting for a second trial after the Iowa Court of Appeals overturned a felony fraud conviction in April citing confusing jury instructions. 
     Court documents say Brouse bought a 38-foot camper trailer from Wayne and Shirley Weese of Prole for $10,500 but claimed it cost twice that amount in an application for Iowa Film Office tax credits. 
     Prosecutors seek a delay of the Jan. 26 trial because the Weeses are in South Carolina for the winter.
     Brouse opposes a delay.

 

Former Lt. Governor Neu Dies

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa lawyer who served as a state senator and as lieutenant governor for much of the 1970s has died.
     Jay Woodhouse, with Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Homes in Carroll, says Arthur Neu died Friday at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines at age 81.
     Neu, a Republican, was an Iowa senator from 1967 to 1972 and served as Governor Robert Ray's lieutenant governor from 1973 through 1979.
     He served as mayor of Carroll, his hometown, from 1982 to 1985 and on various state boards.
     Governor Terry Branstad says Iowa has lost a dedicated public servant who had a passion for his community.
     Ray says in a statement we need more people like Neu in public life "because he was principled, fair, modest, and willing to listen to others."

 

Million Dollar Powerball Ticket Sold In Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Powerball ticket bought at a Johnston convenience store on new Year's Eve is worth $1 million.
     Iowa Lottery officials say the ticket was bought at a Casey's General Store location and missed the $120 million jackpot by one number. The ticket matches the first five numbers but not the Powerball. It is one of five tickets across the country to hit the first five numbers and win $1 million prize.
     The Powerball jackpot grows to $131 million for Saturday's drawing.
     Lottery officials say five tickets bought in Iowa in 2014 won $1 million prizes.


 


    


 

   

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