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Jan Wagner Real Estate To Consolidate With Spirit Lake Reality Agency

(Le Mars) -- A Le Mars real estate agency will soon be known by a different name.  Jan Wagner of the Jan Wagner Real Estate Agency made the announcement Thursday during a special Chamber coffee event that its Le Mars services will consolidate with the Carlson-Sanderson Real Estate Agency of Spirit Lake.

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Wagner explains Le Mars will retain an office.

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Wagner says the consolidation will be complete by June 1st.  The Jan Wagner Real Estate office has been dong business in Le Mars for the last eight years. Wagner says there will not be any changes with her staff, other than some expansion may take place.  She says  Exit Real Estate is a national based company with a good reputation.

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Brad Sanderson says he has been impressed with Jan Wagner, her staff, and her business, and he says those factors contributed to the merger of the two real estate companies.

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Sanderson says he is hopeful to expand the new real estate business to other communities within northwest Iowa.  Both Wagner and Sanderson indicated the housing market is showing signs of improvement.

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Starzl Awarded Distinguished Alumnus

(Le Mars) -- On Wednesday, the Le Mars Community School Foundation and the Le Mars Community School Alumni Association awarded the Distinguished Alumnus to Dr. Tom Starzl from the Class of 1944. Unfortunately, Dr. Starzl's health prevented him from traveling to Le Mars and attending the banquet and award ceremony.  Dr. Starzl was an innovator in organ transplants, especially with liver transplants.  Seventh grader Sara Meis of Le Mars conducted a research project on the work of Dr. Tom Starzl and presented an exhibit display at the banquet.  Sara's display was also used as her National History Competition project.  Both Sara Meis and Dr. Wendell Downing spoke about Dr. Tom Starzl. Sara Meis explains she chose Dr. Tom Starzl as her topic mainly through encouragement from her mother.  Meis says she learned a lot about Dr. Tom Starzl.

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Dr. Wendell Downing of Des Moines attended the award's ceremony on behalf of Dr. Tom Starzl, and is familiar with Dr. Starzl's work.  Downing says Starzl was an innovator and a pioneer with organ transplants.

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Dr. Downing says Dr. Starzl would observe Downing's father, who was also a physician and surgeon in Le Mars, and that led to his interest in medicine.

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Downing offers his thoughts about Dr. Starzl.

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Legislature Misses Its May 1st Deadline

(Des Moines) -- Today was originally scheduled to be the last day of the Iowa legislature, but it appears lawmakers will be going into overtime. Le Mars State Representative Chuck Soderberg says legislators put in a late night last evening. Soderberg says he didn't arrive home until 4:30 a.m. this morning.  Soderberg talks about the work that is left unfinished.

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Plymouth County Agriculture Photo Salute On Display At Museum

(Le Mars) – Visitors to the Plymouth County Historical Museum will have the opportunity to view a photo display paying tribute to Plymouth County Agriculture.  The Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee is teaming up with the Plymouth County Historical Museum featuring a gallery of photographs showing various scenes involving Plymouth County agriculture.  The photo display is featured in the old “Study Hall” located on the fourth floor of the museum. The photos will remain on display from through the July 4th Independence Day holiday.

Paul Jacobson, chairman of the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee says the display is to show museum visitors, the importance that agriculture plays in our local community. Jacobson says, “The photos show all types of agriculture from Plymouth County.” He says “It offers people a chance to view what happens on our farms.”

Jacobson says “Each of the photographs tells a story about agriculture within Plymouth County,” said Jacobson.  “Within the photo gallery, people will see the life cycle of crop production beginning with farmers tilling the soil, planting their seeds, the growth development of corn and soybeans, and finally the harvesting of those crops.”

“Other photos show the various livestock production operations found within the county including a cow-calf operation, market beef, piglets, market swine, poultry, sheep, horse, and even a modern day dairy production,” said Jacobson. “All the photographs are large enough to depict intricate details, and each photograph shows off the beauty of this area’s agriculture,” said Jacobson.  Various photos of different farms are part of the photo display, including the collection of the colorful barn quilts from through out the county.

"There are nearly 50 Plymouth County barn quilts each showing an unique quilt pattern, and many are erected on historic old time structures. “The photo gallery offers people who don’t have the opportunity to visit a farm, a chance to see how Plymouth County agriculture actually works,” said Jacobson.

 

 

More Iowa Farms Infected With Bird Flu

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Agriculture officials say five more farms likely have been affected by the deadly H5N2 bird flu virus, including an egg-laying operation with 5.5 million chickens.

Thursday's announcement means Midwest losses will top 20 million turkeys and chickens.

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says more than 15 million of Iowa's 60 million egg-laying chickens are now affected with the news of it spreading to another farm in Buena Vista County.

Thursday's numbers include two turkey farms in the same county with an unknown number of birds, an egg-laying farm in Sioux County with 84,000 chickens and an unknown number of chickens on a Clay County egg farm.

Minnesota also reported three new presumed cases, adding another 35,000 turkeys to the state's total of almost 4 million birds killed or euthanized.

 

 

 

Wright County Takes Measures To Prevent Bird Flu

CLARION, Iowa (AP) - A north-central Iowa county with the state's largest chicken population has declared a state of emergency as a pre-emptive strike to keep out bird flu.

Wright County Supervisor Stan Watne says about 15 million chickens are housed in 20 locations across the county. Even though the closest confirmed bird flu case is about 80 miles west, the supervisors decided Thursday to take unprecedented emergency action in advance of a disaster.

The emergency declaration, usually used when a tornado strikes or a river floods, allows the three supervisors to set up an incident command and create an action plan. It may include road closures to reroute trucks carrying poultry from outside the county away from local chicken barns.

Watne says the bird flu could be economically devastating for the county.

 


 

 

 



 

 

 

   

Thursday Afternoon News, April 30

Jan Wagner Real Estate To Consolidate With Spirit Lake Realitor

(Le Mars) -- A Le Mars real estate agency will soon be known by a different name. Jan Wagner of the Jan Wagner Real Estate Agency made the announcement Thursday during a special Chamber coffee event that its Le Mars services will consolidate with the Carlson-Sanderson Real Estate Agency of Spirit Lake.

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Wagner explains Le Mars will retain an office.

 

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Wagner says the consolidation will be complete by June 1st.  The Jan Wagner Real Estate office has been dong business in Le Mars for the last eight years. Wagner says there will not be any changes with her staff, other than some expansion may take place.  She says  Exit Real Estate is a national based company with a good reputation.

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Brad Sanderson says he has been impressed with Jan Wagner, her staff, and her business, and he says those factors contributed to the merger of the two real estate companies.

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Sanderson says he is hopeful to expand the new real estate business to other communities within northwest Iowa.  Both Wagner and Sanderson indicated the housing market is showing signs of improvement.

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Wall Lake Couple To Have Trial For Drug Charges And Child Endangerment

WALL LAKE, Iowa (AP) - Two Wall Lake residents have been scheduled for trial in June on allegations of marijuana sales and child endangerment.

37-year-old Laura Lawler pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to a felony conspiracy charge involving marijuana sales, four misdemeanor counts of child endangerment and one misdemeanor count of gathering where controlled substances are used.

On Tuesday 37-year-old Jason Ransom pleaded not guilty to four misdemeanor counts of child endangerment.

The two were arrested March 22 after police searched their home. Officers say they found several bags of marijuana locked in rooms and two measuring scales. Court documents say Lawler told officers that she sold marijuana from the home, where the couple's four children also lived.

 

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Jury Finds Sioux City Man Guilty Of Stabbing

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Jurors have found a Sioux City man guilty in a stabbing outside a bar.

27-year-old James Harris was convicted Wednesday of going armed with intent and assault with intent to cause serious injury. He is accused of stabbing a man multiple times in the back of the head in September 2013.

Police say the two were in an argument while playing pool before the stabbing occurred. The man sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

An attorney for Harris declined to comment on the conviction. A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for May 21.

 

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Nebraska Man Pleas Not Guilty To Strangling His Wife

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Nebraska man has pleaded not guilty to an Iowa charge of first-degree murder in the strangulation of his estranged wife.

27-year-old Rogelio Pablo-Morales, of Hubbard, Nebraska, entered a written plea Wednesday in Woodbury County District Court. A trial date has not been set.

Pablo-Morales is accused of killing 21-year-old Margarita Morales, of South Sioux City, Nebraska, on April 19 near a Sioux City residence where some of his relatives live. Court documents say Pablo-Morales told investigators a fight broke out when his wife told him she no longer wanted to be in a relationship with him. He said he wrapped his hands around her neck and that his next memory was his wife not breathing.

 

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Des Moines Woman Accused Of Flashing LawnWorkers

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A 56-year-old woman has been accused of flashing workers mowing grass in Des Moines and dropping her pants in the middle of her lawn.

The Des Moines Police Department responded Wednesday afternoon to a residential Des Moines neighborhood following reports that a woman was exposing herself to lawn care employees from her porch and yard.

Tamara Harvey was arrested on a charge of indecent exposure. Online court records show she pleaded guilty Thursday and was given a fine.

A police report says Harvey told officers she lifted her shirt and dropped her pants, but that she was wearing underwear. Neighbors allege she had exposed.

Police say Harvey was intoxicated at the time, but reports don't indicate breathalyzer test results.

 

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Three Iowa State Patrol Officers On Leave Amid Inquiry

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Department of Public Safety says three high-ranking employees are on leave as it investigates questions about the state's new contract for handguns.
Commissioner Roxann Ryan told employees in an email obtained by The Associated Press that Maj. Todd Misel, Maj. Michael Winter and Lt. Richard Pierce are off pending completion of the review.
She says all three individuals have "long and distinguished careers" with the Iowa State Patrol and employees should withhold judgment.
Ryan says the department is reviewing the process that led the state last year to contract with Smith & Wesson to supply handguns to officers.
Ryan said the patrol's leader, Col. David Garrison, also asked Thursday to be reassigned to his previous position as a lieutenant but the move isn't related to the pending investigation.
Ex-Lawmaker Visits State Capitol After Being Acquitted For Sexual Abuse

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A longtime state lawmaker who was recently acquitted of charges he abused his dementia-stricken wife visited the Iowa Capitol.
Henry Rayhons said Thursday that he wanted to visit former co-workers who had supported him throughout his trial, which drew international attention. Last week, a jury found Rayhons not guilty of third-degree sexual abuse of his wife, Donna Lou Rayhons, who died in August. He was accused of having sex with her at a nursing home in May after being told by staff that she was no longer capable of consenting due to dementia caused by Alzheimer's disease.
Rayhons said he has received letters of support from people around the world, adding that he hoped others would not go through the same kind of prosecution.

 

   

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