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Wednesday News, September 24

Merrill And Le Mars Fire Departments Respond To Accident

(Merrill) -- Both the Merrill and Le Mars Fire Departments, along with the Le Mars Ambulance  responded to an auto accident late yesterday afternoon on county road K-42 near the Plymouth Energy ethanol plant. Apparently, a pickup truck being driven by 24 year old Brady Bordner of Waterloo pulled out from the Plymouth Energy driveway and was going to park on the west shoulder of County Road K-42, just south of 220th Street.  52 year old Raymond Delfs of Le Mars was going northbound on K-42, just south of the Plymouth Energy driveway.  Bordner failed to see the Delfs pickup truck and pulled into his path.  Delfs says he tried to avoid the accident, but contact was made. The Bordner vehicle came to a rest at the intersection of 220th Street, while the Delfs vehicle ended in the west ditch, just north of the intersection.  Both Delfs and a passenger with Bordner, 33 year old Lawrence Campbell sustained some injuries and were transported to the Floyd Valley Hospital.  The Plymouth County Sheriff's Office is investigating that accident.

 

 

Le Mars Man Sentenced To 11 Years In Prison For Methamphetamine Charges

(Sioux City) -- A Le Mars man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine was sentenced to more than eleven years in federal prison.
Jason Moore, 30, received the prison term after an April 25th guilty plea to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine.
Moore admitted his involvement in a conspiracy from about June of 2012 through March 2013, that distributed more than 500 grams of actual(pure) methamphetamine. During the time period of the conspiracy, Moore lived in Northwest Iowa and sold methamphetamine to various customers in Northwest and Central Iowa. Moore traveled to Des Moines, one or two times a week to obtain methamphetamine for resale in Central and Northwest Iowa.
Moore was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge
Donald E. O’Brien. Moore was sentenced to 162 months with credit for 19 months previously served for a current sentence of 143 months’ imprisonment.

Water Color Paintings On Display At Le Mars Art Center

(Le Mars) -- For the next month, the Le Mars Art Center will be home to a traveling watercolor painting art exhibit from the National Watercolor Society.  Jeannie Wiener says Le Mars art officials worked for nearly a year to obtain the exhibit.

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Wiener says the exhibit was previously in Wyoming and will next be in Illinois following Le Mars.  She says obtaining the exhibit was part good timing, and a part of having the necessary qualifications.

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The 29 watercolor paintings will be on display at the Le Mars Arts Center through October 25th, and Wiener says the represented paintings are about a third of the total paintings from the society's international show.  She says viewers of the art paintings will see both realism and abstract displays from artists from across the world.

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Wiener says more than 2000 artists compete for the 90 pieces to be showcased at the National Watercolor Society exhibit. Wiener, herself is an artist that uses watercolors, and she says she's greatly impressed with the detail of work exhibited.

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Of the 29 paintings on display at the Le Mars Art Center, Wiener describes her favorite.

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Argosy Casino May Have To Stay Until Missouri River Recedes

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Owners of the closed Argosy riverboat casino on the Missouri River said high water may delay the structure's removal from the Sioux City waterfront.
The Argosy riverboat casino closed in July after the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission ordered it to cease operations, saying it wasn't partnered with a state-licensed local nonprofit group as required by Iowa law. Its parent company, Penn National Gaming, fought the order, but the state's supreme court ruled that it needed to close.
Mayor Bob Scott said Monday at a city council meeting that the casino's owners say they're prepared to pay the city if high waters prevent it from meeting the Sept. 28 removal deadline.     "The rivers are way up, so the boat won't go under the bridges," Scott said.
If the waters don't recede, the owners are required to pay $7,500 in rent each month for its berth at Larsen Park Road.
City officials will have to decide what will take its place on the riverfront once it's gone.
Councilwoman Rhonda Capron said she'd like to see a walking trail, while some residents have suggested a fishing pier at the site. She said the final decision would be based on what the community supports.
"Some of these people are really coming up with some original ideas," she said. "I'm looking for more input from our people, because we only get one shot to do this and it's going to be there for a long time."

 

Study Confirms Branstad Outspending Hatch

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A new study confirms what anyone watching Iowa television probably knows already - Gov. Terry Branstad is massively outspending his Democratic opponent Jack Hatch in the Republican incumbent's drive for re-election.
The data compiled by the non-partisan Center for Public Integrity shows that $2.9 million has been spent on television advertising in Iowa state level races - such as governor or the state legislature - through Sept. 8. 
Nearly all the money has been spent on the governor's race, with $2.2 million coming from Branstad's campaign, and just $129,200 from the Hatch campaign.

 

State Democrats Believe They Will Take Over Iowa House

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Republicans hold a narrow majority in the Iowa House, but Democrats said Tuesday they are hoping they can flip some seats in November and take control. 
Iowa House Democratic Leader Mark Smith, of Marshalltown, said he is optimistic about the party's chances for regaining a majority in the chamber, which has been Republican-controlled for about four years. The state House currently has 53 Republicans and 47 Democrats, so Democrats would need four additional seats for a majority. 
"We believe the kind of effort we're putting forth in the campaign, the quality of candidates that we have, the mainstream agenda versus the tea party extreme, is what will work well for us in the November election,"  Smith said. 
He also noted that the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee has listed Iowa as a top chamber for the party to flip in 2014.
But Republican House Speaker Kraig Paulsen, of Hiawatha, said he was confident that the GOP will keep control and could even increase its majority in the chamber.
"If the Iowa House is one of the DLCC's best opportunities, they don't have very good opportunities," Paulsen said. 
Iowa is one of a handful of states with a politically divided legislature - Republicans control the House and Democrats the Senate - and the majorities are slim in both chambers. Most credit that to a non-partisan redistricting process that means many seats are competitive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Tuesday Afternoon News, September 23

House Fire At Craig (Updated)

(Craig) -- Ireton, Sioux Center, Maurice, and the Le Mars Fire Departments all responded to a house fire reported early this morning at Craig. The alarm was sounded at about 5:45 a.m. this morning.  Ireton Fire Chief Rich Steckelberg says upon arrival, flames were seen coming from the kitchen area of the two-story home.

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Steckelberg says it is too early to determine the cause of the fire, but he believes the blaze may have started in the kitchen of the home.  Fire fighters were on the scene for more than three and a half hours.  Steckelberg says everyone in the household were able to escape the flames, and there were no injuries associated with the fire.  The Ireton fire chief says the state fire marshal's office has been notified to investigate the cause of the fire.  He doesn't know the amount of dollar damage done to the home, but he believes the home has been totaled.

Cherokee County Authorities Investigate Fatal Auto Accident

(Cherokee) -- The Cherokee County Sheriff's office is invesigating a fatal auto accident that happened on Monday evening at about 5:30 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 59 and State highway 31.  Apparently, a pickup driven by Fred Lukins of Holstein was traveling northbound on Highway 59.  Lukins attempted to turn west bound on to Highway 31 when his vehicle was broadsided by a north bound dump truck driven by Timothy Rardin of Lake View. Lukins and his passenger were tansported to the Cherokee Regional Medical Center where Lukins died as a result of his injuries.  Lukins' passenger and Rardin suffered incapacitating injuries.  The accident is still under investigation.  Assisting at the scene was the Iowa State Patrol.

Fatal Farm Accident In Buena Vista County

(Storm Lake) -- A 16 year old Storm Lake boy is the victim of a fatal farm accident that happened late Monday afternoon near Truesdale.  Buena Vista County authorities say the boy, identified as Conner Weiland, was attempting to clear a piece of farm machinery that had been plugged while harvesting corn.  Wieland lost his footing and became entangeled in the harvesting machinery.  Upon arrival at the scene, Buena Vista County emergency responders from the Buena Vista Sheriff's office, Rembrandt Fire Department, and the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center paramedics found the victim dead at the scene.  An investigation into this accident is continuing by the Buena Vista County Sheriff's office and the Buena Vista County Medical Examiner's office.

 

This Week Is "National Farm Safety And Health Week"

(Le Mars) -- The fatal farm accident in Buena Vista County should serve as a reminder to all people working on farms to be extra cautious during this harvest season.  This week is National Farm Safety and Health Week, and Iowa State University Extension Farm Safety Specialist Chuck Schwab says statistically, agriculture ranks as the most dangerous occupation.

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Schwab says the most common types of farm-related accidents involve: machinery entanglements, roadway collisions, grain suffocation, electrocution, and even roll-overs involving either tractors, and/or all terrain vehicles.  But the farm safety specialist says slips and falls account for many farm-related accidents each year.

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All this week, KLEM news will focus on different aspects of  farm safety during the noon news update.

 

Argosy Casino Still At Dock

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Owners of the closed Argosy riverboat casino on the Missouri River said high water may delay the structure's removal from the Sioux City waterfront.
The Argosy riverboat casino closed in July after the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission ordered it to cease operations, saying it wasn't partnered with a state-licensed local nonprofit group as required by Iowa law. Its parent company, Penn National Gaming, fought the order, but the state's supreme court ruled that it needed to close. 
Mayor Bob Scott said Monday at a city council meeting that the casino's owners say they're prepared to pay the city if high waters prevent it from meeting the Sept. 28 removal deadline.     "The rivers are way up, so the boat won't go under the bridges," Scott said. 
If the waters don't recede, the owners are required to pay $7,500 in rent each month for its berth at Larsen Park Road.
City officials will have to decide what will take its place on the riverfront once it's gone.
Councilwoman Rhonda Capron said she'd like to see a walking trail, while some residents have suggested a fishing pier at the site. She said the final decision would be based on what the community supports.
"Some of these people are really coming up with some original ideas," she said. "I'm looking for more input from our people, because we only get one shot to do this and it's going to be there for a long time."
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Iowa D-O-T To Hire More Snowplow Workers

AMES, Iowa (AP) - Transportation officials say they plan to hire hundreds of more temporary workers to operate snow plows around Iowa this winter.
The state Department of Transportation say they're hiring nearly 600 snow plow operators for a period that runs between the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015. That's a jump from the hiring of about 300 to 400 workers last winter. 
The department posted openings recently on its website for jobs in cities across the state.
The additional hires are aimed at helping workers who put in overtime hours to combat last winter's severe weather, the station reported.
Employment will run from Oct. 15 through April 15.
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New Jersey Governor Christie To Visit Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is set to visit Iowa next month to appear at a fundraiser for Gov. Terry Branstad.
The campaign for Branstad, who is running for his sixth non-consecutive term, announced Tuesday that Christie will attend Branstad's annual birthday fundraiser on Oct. 25 in Clive.
Christie is chairman of the Republican Governors Association, a role that provides him with the opportunity to raise money and campaign for GOP candidates. He made a July visit to Iowa, sparking speculation about his presidential aspirations.
During Christie's last trip to the kickoff voting state, he raised money for Republican candidates. He appears to have survived the lane-closing scandal that rocked his administration, though an investigation continues.
Recent polls have shown Branstad with a substantial lead against his Democratic opponent Jack Hatch.


 

 

 

   

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