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Saturday news, July 4th

Le Mars To Celebrate Independence Day With Parade

(Le Mars) -- Celebrating the fourth in Le Mars will begin with the Independence Day parade at 11:00 a.m.  The parade will start from the 8th Street Blvd. and make its way north to downtown on Central Avenue, and end at Second Street north near Bike Central.  The parade will be led by the Le Mars American Legion Wasmer Post 241.  American Bank is sponsoring a contest for children showing their most patriotic entries.  Age divisions will be below five years of age, 6-12, and 13 through 18.  $50 will be awarded to first place, $25 for the second place winner, and $15 to the third place winner.  There is no pre-registration needed, and no charge for parade entries.  Following the parade, the Plymouth County Historical Museum will host a luncheon in "Old Central" gym, catered by Timmy's.  A free will offering will be taken, with proceeds going to the museum.  All five floors of the museum will be open immediately following the meal.  At 3:00 p.m. on the east lawn of the museum will be the watermelon feed.  Later in the evening, at 8:00 p.m. the Le Mars Municipal Band will perform patriotic music at Foster Park.  The fireworks sky show will be held Sunday evening at 10:00 p.m. from the Plymouth County Fair grounds.

 

 

 

Oyens To Hold Independence Day Tractor Parade

(Oyens) -- If you enjoy seeing old antique tractors, you will want to make your way to Oyens as the Mark Loutsch family will hold its annual July 4th tractor parade.  Over 100 antique tractors will be on display.  If you miss the parade, the Loutsch family will have the tractors on display through Sunday at their farm located at 15424 Pioneer Avenue.

 

 

 

Feed Truck Rolls Over In Accident

(Orange City) -- Sioux County authorities are investigating an accident from early Friday morning in which a feed truck rolled on its side.  The accident happened at about 3:30 a.m. one mile north of Sioux Center on Harrison Avenue.  28 year old Irving Ruiz of Sioux Center was driving a Freightliner feed truck southbound on Harrison Avenue when he lost control of the vehicle and entered the ditch causing the truck to roll on to its side.  The Sioux Center ambulance transported Ruiz to the Sioux Center hospital.

 

 

 

Soderberg Responds To Branstad's Education Funding Veto

(Le Mars) -- Governor Terry Branstad vetoed the K-12 one time funding of 55 million dollars that was reached through a compromise between House republicans and Senate Democrats.  Le Mars state representative Chuck Soderberg says he was disappointed with the veto, especially since the two sides worked hard at arriving the education funding compromise.

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Soderberg says he wasn't necessarily surprised by Governor Branstad's veto action.

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Soderberg was asked if school districts will have to amend their budgets, and more importantly, will some reductions of staff and faculty need to occur because of the Governor's veto?

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Barnes To Be Grand Marshal At Ames Independence Day Parade

AMES, Iowa (AP) - An Ames native and member of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors is serving as grand marshal for his hometown's Fourth of July parade.
Former Ames High School star Harrison Barnes will be the parade's grand marshal on Saturday and plans to show off the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy.
Barnes is the first Iowa high school graduate to win an NBA championship since West Des Moines Valley's Matt Bullard played for the Houston Rockets in 1994.
Barnes helped Ames win state titles in 2009 and 2010. He was picked seventh overall in the 2012 NBA Draft.

 

 

 

 

Kayakers Need To Be Rescued

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - Two kayakers were rescued from the steep sides and swift water of Black Hawk Creek in Waterloo.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports Larry and Barb Lamfers put their kayaks into the creek Thursday afternoon but soon floated into a tree.
Larry Lamfers was pushed against the tree, and the current pulled away his kayak. He reached the shore but couldn't climb up a steep bank. His wife stayed upright but became trapped by the current.
After an hour, the couple called 911 and officials triangulated their approximate position.
Firefighters launched a boat in the Cedar River but couldn't travel up the creek. Another crew managed to paddle downstream.
Firefighters pulled Larry Lamfers up the bank and used a rope to pull Barb Lamfers' kayak to the opposite shore.




   

Friday News, July 3

Branstad Vetoes One-time Education Funding Bill

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad has vetoed $55.7 million in one-time education funding as well as a bipartisan deal to keep two state mental health institutes open.
Branstad announced the vetoes late Thursday, as he approved a slew of budget bills. Branstad approved much of the more than $7 billion in spending that was passed in the Republican-led House and Democratic-controlled Senate. 
The legislative agreement included an increase in ongoing money for K-12 education, as well as the one-time payment.
The fate of the two mental health institutes - in Mount Pleasant and Clarinda - was hotly debated. After Branstad sought to end funding for the facilities, lawmakers reached a deal to keep the Mount Pleasant center open and to seek a private provider to run the other.

 

 

 

 

Law Enforcement Out In Full Force During Holiday Weekend

(Le Mars) -- With the long Independence Day weekend, law enforcement agencies expect to see large crowds on the highways, at the lakes, and even in the parks. Because of the anticipated crowds, law enforcement agencies will have a greater presence during this holiday weekend. Jeff Morrison serves as a Game Warden and Conservation Officer with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.  His jurisdiction includes the Iowa Great Lakes of East and West Okoboji, Spirit Lake, and the Lower Gar.  Morrison says there will be additional D-N-R officers patrolling the lakes this weekend, and with the anticipated crowded waterways, Morrison says he is most concerned about safety.

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Morrison says the D-N-R will be watching boaters to see if they will be wearing life jackets.

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Drunk boaters will also be a priority for the D-N-R during the holiday weekend.  Morrison says the limits are the same on water as they are on the highways.

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Morrison says you will not lose your driver's license if you are charged with intoxication, but you will lose your boating privileges.

 

Iowa State Patrol Trooper Vince Kurtz says the State Patrol will be out in force on the highways during the holiday weekend.  He says they will be watching for distracted drivers, speeding, seat belt usage, and also intoxicated drivers.  He points to an alarming statistic from last year's 4th of July holiday.

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Plymouth County Park Ranger Derek Christoffel says campers are quickly filling the available spaces at the Hillview Recreational Area near Hinton.  He says all the cabins are filled for the weekend, as well as many of the camping sites.  Christoffel explains what he will be watching during this weekend.

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Christoffel reminds campers that fireworks are not permitted at the county or state parks.

 

 

 

 

Federal Government To Monitor Wild Fowl For Bird Flu Virus

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The federal government has announced plans to step up monitoring of wild birds for avian influenza this fall to provide an early warning of any resurgence of a disease that devastated poultry farms in the Upper Midwest.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued plans Thursday aimed at minimizing the impacts on domestic poultry flocks if any bird flu viruses return or mutate in migrating waterfowl and other wild birds.
Federal and state biologists will collect around 41,000 samples from apparently healthy wild birds from targeted areas across the country, mostly from ducks shot by hunters.
The H5N2 strain has cost poultry producers around 48 million birds, hitting Iowa egg producers and Minnesota turkey growers especially hard.

 

 

 

 

Former Mall Security Guard Pleas Not Guilty To Killing Woman

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) - A former security guard has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of a 20-year-old coworker shot dead inside a busy Iowa mall.
Court records show 22-year-old Alexander Kozak entered the plea in writing on Thursday through his attorney.
Investigators say Kozak shot Andrea Farrington multiple times June 12th at the Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville, killing her. The shooting prompted a chaotic scene in which some shoppers fled and others went on lockdown.
Kozak worked as a mall security guard but quit his job earlier in the day. Investigators say he went to his North Liberty home to retrieve a gun and returned to shoot Farrington, who worked at a children's museum at the mall.
Kozak was arrested during a traffic stop near Davenport after the shooting.

 

 

 

 

New Resident Has Speeding Tickets Dismissed

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A newcomer to the Cedar Rapids area had 10 of 11 speeding tickets dismissed after telling police that he didn't know he could get cited by the traffic camera system deployed on Interstate 380.
Alexander Hartman moved to Marion a few weeks ago and was stunned when he found the stack of tickets in his mail. He told Cedar Rapids television station KCRG (http://bit.ly/1dBtlvc ) that he thinks being ticketed was "wrong, because people should know what's going on before it happens."
He says he called the Cedar Rapids Police Department and soon had all but the first of the 11 tickets dismissed.
Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman says police want to give every driver an opportunity to correct behaviors before he or she is fined hundreds of dollars.
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