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Tuesday Afternoon News, September 2

Sixth Avenue To Be Closed

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars city work crews have announced the closing of 6th Ave southwest between 18th Street and 24th Street.  The road will be closed both today (Tuesday) and Wednesday for the installation of a new water main.  The road will be opened at night for travel.

 

Waste Water Plant To Use Hydrant

(Le Mars) -- The city waste water department will be using a fire hydrant in the northwest portion of town on Wednesday.  Water Superintendent Gayle Sitzmann says anytime a fire hydrant is open there is a chance of discolored water.  Residents are reminded if they do have discolored water to refrain from using the hot water until the water has cleared.  Sitzmann says the waste water department will be using quite a bit of water, so in turn, the water should clear before they are done using the fire hydrant.

Sioux Center Grain Fire (Updated)

(Sioux Center)  -- Fire broke out Monday evening at a grain warehouse storage facility located at the Farmer's Co-op Society of Sioux Center.  Initally, three fire departments, Sioux Center, Orange City and Hull responded to the blaze. Rock Valley and Ireton have both been called to offer additional assistance. Le Mars Fire Chief Dave Schipper and former fire chief Wayne Schipper were asked to the scene to offer advice as to the best manner to fight the fire.  The fire started at about 5:30 p.m.  Dump trucks and payloader tractors were also called to help with the removal of the burning grain.  Sioux Center Fire Chief Dave Van Holland assess the situation.

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The grain storage facility is larger than a football field and holds up to four million bushels of corn, and currently it has 2.7 million bushels. Van Holland says so far, they have been able to remove about 300,000 bushels and it may be a week before all the corn can be removed.

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The Sioux Center Fire Chief says co-op officials are trying to separate the good grain from that which has been burnt.  In addition to the fire that continues to burn, fire figthers have another problem...having enough water.

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Van Holland believes the corn started on fire through spontaneous combustion.  Fire officials remained on the scene throughout the evening.

 

DNR Director To Speak At Farm Bureau Meeting

(Le Mars) -- The director of the State's Department of Natural Resources will be in Le Mars this evening speaking to farmers.  Chuck Gibb is scheduled to address the membership of the Plymouth County Farm Bureau during their annual meeting which will be held at the Century Hall at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds.  Gibb says he will speak about the new water quality initiative program.

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The D-N-R official offers an explanation of the difference between point-source and non-point source pollution.

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The program is voluntary, but Gibb says farmers and landowners have got to realize they need to start monitoring thier own situation for non-point source nitrate pollution.

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LIfe Skills Training Center Phone-a-thon Scheduled For Wednesday

(Le Mars) -- Wednesday marks the day for the annual KC Phon-a-thon where members of the Knights of Columbus from Plymouth County help raise money for the Life Skills Training Center.  Shelly Thomson, serves as the Life Skills Marketing and Development Coordinator.  She says the annual fund raising campaign is important to the financial survival for Life Skills.

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Thomson says the Knights of Columbus hopes to raise $50 thousand dollars.

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The Life Skills executive says more people have cell phones and have dropped their land lines which may make it that much more difficult to reach past donors.


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Regents Plans May Affect Admissions And Hiring

  IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - It might get easier for students to apply to Iowa's three public universities, and for those schools to hire employees.
     The Iowa Board of Regents released details of plans Tuesday that may be implemented during an ongoing efficiency review.
     They include creating a program that would allow students to apply to the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa at once. Currently, students have to apply separately even though the schools use the same admissions scoring index.
     Another change would require the schools to calculate students' admissions scores uniformly. Each school currently computes them differently for students whose high schools don't keep class rankings.
     A third plan would eliminate search committees for some professional and scientific openings. A review found that step frequently causes delays.

 

Building Collapses In Toledo, Iowa

   TOLEDO, Iowa (AP) - A state inspector will survey several buildings in the east-central Iowa city of Toledo after the partial collapse of a two-story building.
     Toledo Fire Chief Joe Boll says an inspector from the State Fire Marshal's office will arrive Tuesday afternoon. The inspector is set to look at the collapsed building as well as surrounding structures.
     Officials say the building in the downtown area collapsed Monday night. A wall and part of the roof fell into an alley.
     Boll says several people in an upstairs apartment got out safely. Police evacuated an apartment next door to the building as a precaution.
     Boll says it's unclear what caused the collapse. It remains under investigation.

 

Grant To Help Reduce Infant Mortality

   DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Des Moines-based health care organization is receiving money from the federal government to fund a program aimed at reducing infant mortality.
     U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell says in a statement Tuesday the agency is providing $65 million to 87 organizations in 33 states.
     In Des Moines, Visiting Nurse Services will receive more than $852,000.
     The money supports Healthy Start, a program launched by HHS in 1991. It provides resources for vulnerable mothers and infants in areas of the country with disproportionately high rates of infant mortality.
     Burwell says 56,000 women nationally will benefit from the money.
 

 

 


 

 

   

Tuesday News, September 2

Sioux Center Grain Fire

(Sioux Center)  -- Fire broke out Monday evening at a grain warehouse storage facility located at the Farmer's Co-op Society of Sioux Center.  Three fire departments, Sioux Center, Orange City and Hull responded to the blaze.  Dump trucks and payloader tractors were also called to help with the removal of the burning grain.  One official estimated it may be seven days before the grain inside could be completely emptied.  The official did not know how much grain the warehouse facility held, but indicated the grain storage warehouse is larger than a football field.  Fire officials remained on the scene throughout the evening.  Photos can be seen on the KLEM website.

 

Le Mars Fire Department Issues Monthly Report

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department has issued its August monthly report.  The local fire brigade responded to a total of 28 calls.  The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department had ten fire calls, six rescue calls, ten inspections, and twice they were called upon for requests for services. As reported earlier, the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department was notified of being awarded the 2013 Life Safety Achievement Award as presented by the National State Fire Marshal's Association and Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company.

 

Boyer River Levee Breaches Causing Missouri Valley Residents To Evacuate

 MISSOURI VALLEY, Iowa (AP) - Residents of a neighborhood in Missouri Valley have been evacuated after water from the overflowing Boyer River broke through a levee.
   Residents in the southeast corner of the city were asked to leave their homes after the levee breach occurred at around 7 a.m. Monday about two miles east of Missouri Valley near U.S. Highway 30.
     Residents on four streets have been evacuated as of noon.
     Mayor Clint Sargent says the area is not heavily populated and officials are monitoring the situation.
     Missouri Valley has a population of about 2,700. It's located about 24 miles north of Council Bluffs.

 

People Still Cleaning Up After Sunday Storm

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A storm spotter remains hospitalized in Sioux City after lightning struck him as storms moved across several Midwest states Sunday night leaving power outages, trees down and campers overturned.
     Hardest hit in Iowa was the Denison area where Crawford County Emergency Management Director Gregory Miller says five travel trailers were overturned at Yellow Smoke Park. No injuries were reported.
     Miller says winds of at least 70 miles an hour knocked down trees and blew down outbuildings on two farms.
     Denison and areas to the south saw flash flooding from heavy rain.
     In Nebraska, Omaha officials rescued eight people from the fast-moving Elkhorn River and some buildings were damaged by strong winds.

 

 

Morningside College Sets Record Enrollment

 SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Morningside College has reported the largest enrollment in the school's 120-year history.
     The Sioux City Journal reports the college has enrolled 2,824 full- and part-time students for the fall 2014 semester.
     That total includes 1,280 full-time undergraduate students. The college enrolled 429 new full-time students for the fall 2014 semester.
     Officials say this fall's total enrollment surpasses the previous record of 2,542 full- and part-time students last fall.

 

Grand Junction Accident Causes Fatality

 GRAND JUNCTION, Iowa (AP) - Iowa authorities say a man has died and two others have been injured after a head-on crash near Grand Junction. Trooper Kevin Leffler says Daniel Reetz was killed yesterday. Leffler says Reetz's Chevy Impala crossed the center line on a bridge and struck a Cadillac Escalade head-on. He was not wearing a seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Pilot Uninjured After Crash Landing In Soybean Field

 MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) - Iowa authorities say a pilot is uninjured after his plane flipped over during an emergency landing in a soybean field. Jason Stone was traveling from South Dakota to the Marshalltown Municipal Airport yesterday. Authorities say Stone's single-engine plane experienced engine problems and he was forced to land.

 

Jury Selection To Begin For Accused Cop Killer

CLARION, Iowa (AP) - Jury selection is scheduled to begin Tuesday for a 33-year-old man charged with killing a Rockwell City police officer.
     Corey Trott is charged with first-degree murder in the slaying on Sept. 13 of Jamie Buenting. Prosecutors say Trott shot Buenting during a standoff at Trott's house. Officers were trying to arrest Trott after an assault on his mother.
     The trial was moved to Wright County at the request of defense attorneys.
     In June Rockwell City dedicated a park to Buenting.

 

IDOT Doesn't Receive Data From "Connected Cars"

(Ames) -- Nearly 12 percent of new vehicles sold last year were "connected" -- meaning they were equipped with devices that collect data and transmit it to the dealer or some other private company. Some even pinpoint slick spots on roads, but Iowa Department of Transportation director Paul Trombino  says government agencies like his don't have access to that information.
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Privacy advocates say government shouldn't have access to that kind of data. Nearly all new vehicles have the equivalent of a "black box" to record speed and braking at the time of an accident and U.S. courts are starting to decide vehicle crash cases in which that "black box" evidence is being used. Automakers are even marketing cars that use computerized equipment to avoid accidents. The Iowa D-O-T's director says if governments ultimately have access to vehicle data, he's most interested in getting that information to other drivers, so they can avoid crash sites, traffic back-ups and bad road conditions.
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Iowa and other states are already using a service called INRIX (INN-ricks) right now to process data from traffic management centers which collects information from roadway sensors, traffic cameras and accident reports.

 

Iowa City Man Upset Over Music, Threatens Neighbor 

 IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa City man has been charged with assault after police say he threatened to kill his neighbor over music. 
     63-year-old Terrill Wiges was arrested Monday. Iowa City police charged him with assault while using a weapon and going armed with intent. 
     Witnesses say Wiges threatened to kill the neighbor because of music he was playing. They say Wiges held a knife to the victim's throat and asked him if he was ready to die. 
     It's unclear what type of music was playing or how loud it was.
     Wiges is being held at the Johnson County jail. Online jail records didn't indicate bond or an attorney.
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