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Wednesday News, June 3

Le Mars Fire Department Gets New Fire Truck

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department has a new fire truck to help with their arsenal of fire fighting equipment.  Fire Chief Dave Schipper says the truck is known as a "Quint" which provides several features of many trucks built into one rig.

 

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Schipper says it is advisable to replace trucks, or at the least, place them on reserve status every 20 to 25 years.

 

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Some people may wonder why the city needs a new fire truck, but Chief Schipper explains the city is growing, both with its industries and with its residential areas, and the city's fire department needs to stay ahead of the city's growth.

 

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The Le Mars Fire Chief says the new fire truck will be the first to respond for many of the city's emergencies.

 

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Schipper says another feature on the new truck is its ability to carry foam for petroleum or chemical based fires.

 

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The local fire department exhibited the new fire truck to the mayor and city council during their Tuesday meeting.  The truck was built by Smeal Company based in Synder, Nebraska.  Prior to the time Le Mars was able to have possession of the new truck, it was used by the Smeal Company at fire department conventions and trade shows.

 

 

 

Fireworks Show To Be Featured On Sunday, July 5th

(Le Mars) -- It was announced during the Tuesday city council meeting that the traditional fireworks show will be held on Sunday, July 5th, instead of Saturday, July 4th.  City officials say by holding the fireworks show on Sunday evening, it will allow a better opportunity to hire a professional pyrotechnican. There are few professional pyrotechnicans available on July 4th since several other communities are also celebrating independence day with fireworks.  Also, it was noted additional fire fighters personnel are available on Sunday evening rather than on Saturday.  City officials also thought that by having the fireworks show on Sunday evening, more Le Mars citizens will have a chance to celebrate with family and friends elsewhere on Saturday, but still be able to return home on Sunday and enjoy the Le Mars fireworks show.

 

 

 

City Council Discusses Noise Complaints

(Le Mars) -- City Council members discussed the town's noise ordinance during its regular meeting on Tuesday.  The city had received 23 complaints about the loud level of noise from residents from various locations within the city.  The complaints were regarding an outdoor concert and fundraiser held at the Mr. P's Sport's Bar and Grill on Friday, May 29th.  Police Chief Stuart Dekkenga reported to the city council that his department responded twice to the event, and had advised the organizers of the multiple complaints.  During the discussion, Dekkenga says it is a balancing act between following up on the complaints, and allowing the entity to continue with its fundraising activity.  The city council took no action on the issue, but merely discussed the situation.

 

 

 

Supervisors Tell Mike's Saloon And Steakhouse To Improve Septic Issues

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors heard from the owner of Mike's Saloon and Steakhouse during its regular weekly meeting.  The restaurant is located near the southern border of Plymouth County, on county road K-22 as you first approach Sioux City. At issue is a complaint that had been filed against the restaurant and night club regarding its sewage disposal.   Before the county board of supervisors were going to offer approval of the establishment's liquor license, they wanted some assurance from the owner that he was taking positive actions to remedy his sewage issues, and resolve the complaint filed against him. Brett Bagley appeared before the supervisors along with his 90 year old mother, who has been the owner for the last 30 years.  Bagley told the supervisors he has been taking several steps to correct his septic problems, and he thought it would resolve the issues and the complaints filed by his neighbors. The supervisors granted a new liquor license to Mike's Saloon with the condition that he has 60 days to have an inspector check out his improvements to his septic system, and he must present evidence to the county supervisors that everything is working properly.

 

 

 

MidAmerican Announces Hike In Electric Rates

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Many Iowans can expect higher electric bills soon, thanks to higher summer temperatures and higher rates being charged by MidAmerican Energy.

The Des Moines-based utility is notifying customers their bills will likely climb during the summer months of June, July, August and September.

MidAmerican Energy spokeswoman Ruth Comer says summer rates are higher "because our cost to produce electricity increases ... as demand increases."

In addition, MidAmerican is raising its base rate this month by 3.5 percent, thanks to Iowa regulators who approved three years of rate increases.

Last year's 3.6 percent annual average increase didn't become effective until September. Comer says the average annual increase next year will be 3.3 percent.

 

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Lawmakers Back In Des Moines To Finish Up With Work

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa lawmakers have returned to the state Capitol as they move closer to shutting down the 2015 session

The full membership of the House and Senate reported for duty Tuesday, as lawmakers work to wrap up the 2015 legislative session. Both sides started voting on budget bills, with a judicial branch budget winning approval in both chambers.

House Speaker Kraig Paulsen, a Republican from Hiawatha, said lawmakers "should be able to get this done this week."

Under a compromise financial plan revealed Monday, the state will spend about $7.3 billion for the upcoming fiscal year. The tentative deal includes $7.168 billion in ongoing spending, plus an additional $125 million in one-time expenses.

Lawmakers cannot adjourn without a budget agreement for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

 

 

 

 

Legislators Hope To Finish Education Funding Bill

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Lawmakers in the Republican-led Iowa House have approved a small funding increase for the school year that starts in the fall of 2016, but the move is not expected to win favor in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

The House on Tuesday approved a plan that would provide about $125 million in new dollars in that year, with some of the money going to a teacher leadership program. But Democrats said the funding level was inadequate. Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal said his members would not consider the proposal.

The Legislature is supposed to approve school funding levels more than a year before the academic year starts, but they often fail to meet that requirement.

Lawmakers have reached a tentative agreement on funding for the coming school year.

 

 

 

World Pork Expo Begins In Des Moines

(Des Moines) -- Pork producers from around the globe will convene in Des Moines, Iowa for the next three days to attend the 27th annual World Pork Expo.  The World Pork Expo features the largest pork industry trade show and exhibition. Dave Warner serves as the Director of Communications for the National Pork Producers Council.  He says this year's show will feature more than 400 industry trade exhibitors, and international visitors from more than 40 different countries, which is up from previous years.

 

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Warner says the pork producer will gain knowledge at the World Pork Expo, but he says the pork exhibition also offers plenty of opportunities of information for the consumer.  Starting with samples of bar-b-qued pork.

 

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Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is scheduled to address pork producers at a luncheon scheduled for today (Wednesday).


 

 

 

 



 

 

 

   

Tuesday News, June 2

City Council To View New Fire Truck

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council will meet today, but they have a light agenda.  Fire Chief Dave Schipper will be showing the city council the new fire truck that has been added to the arsenal of fire fighting equipment.  The truck, is referred to as a Quint, which allows it to do many things.  The truck is equipped with a 55 foot extended ladder, which will allow the fire department to better fight structure fires.  It has the capability of pumping water, and is equipped with a 750 gallon tank, as well as it has the capability of dispensing foam for chemical fires.  The truck will also carry the necessary equipment for rescues.

 

 

 

County Supervisors To Meet This Morning

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will hold its weekly meeting this morning at the County courthouse board room.  The Supervisors will hold a second reading to vacate Brookdale subdivision.  The county governing board will also review and possibly approve the settlement agreement with Higman Sand and Gravel Company.  The board of supervisors will hold a budget amendment hearing at 10:00 a.m.  Al Fagan will request the board to approve a minor subdivision in Hungerford Township, and Brad Bagley of Mike's Saloon will discuss a septic system issue, an a request for a renewal of a liquour license.  The county supervisors have on their agenda time to discuss and possibly approve driveway easement agreement.  County engineer Tom Rohe will appear before the board to submit some construction contracts.

 

 

 

Le Mars To Host Tourism Meeting

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars will be hosting the Western Iowa Tourism Regional annual meeting.  The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 17th and will be attended by various city and county representatives interested in promoting tourism to their communities.  The meeting will be held at the Willow Creek Golf Course.  Le Mars Convention and Visitor's Bureau director, Jessica Brownmiller, serves as the president of the Western Iowa Tourism Region organization.  She says the goal of the meeting is to celebrate the past year's accomplishments and recognize volunteers and learn about plans for next year.  The keynote speaker for the event is Holly Hoffman, author of Your Winner Within.  Hoffman was the last remaining member of the Espada Tribe & the last woman standing on Season 21 of the CBS’ hit reality show “Survivor Nicaragua.”  An accomplished speaker, Holly acknowledges that life is made up of challenges and we are often faced with situations that seem insurmountable.  She will share her message of positivity, determination and confidence and show us how to succeed with the knowledge, tools and discipline that we possess.  Shirley Phillips, Executive Director of the Western Iowa Tourism Region, says "tourism in Iowa is about more than places to visit.  It's about jobs, economic growth, quality of life, and revenue generation.  Phillips says it's about investing in Iowa's future.  Tourism works for Iowa and its economic impact of $7.6 billion in 2014 reaches every job sector, county, school, child and household in the state".  Phillips says "it is fast becoming a work force recruitment tool enticing more people to Iowa."

 

 

 

Legislature Reaches Budget Agreement

(Des Moines) -- At long last, it appears the state legislature has finally reached an agreement with the state's budget.  House republicans and Senate Democrats were at odds with how much money should be appropriated to each of the state's departments.  State Representative Chuck Soderberg of Le Mars, and chairman of the House appropriations committee told KLEM news that after some intense negotiations sessions, the two sides have come together.

 

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Soderberg says both sides were able to compromise, while maintaining their principles.

 

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Soderberg says leaders of the state legislature will continue to meet to work out the final details.

 

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Soderberg says the entire budget needs to be reached and finalized, before the session can be adjourned. The two major budget issues that held up the process, and caused the legislature to extend its session beyond a month when they had hoped to adjourn was the funding for medicaid and the education funding for K-12.

 

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The Le Mars state representative says the two big pieces of the budget puzzle have been resolved, now they are working on the smaller pieces of the state's budget.

 

 

 

Child Dies After Pick Up Truck Runs Off Road And Hits Backyard Trampoline

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Des Moines police say a 6-year-old boy playing in a backyard has died after being hit by a pickup truck that went out of control after colliding with another vehicle.

Police say the child died about 12:30 p.m. Monday when a truck rear-ended a van and then veered off a road, crashing through two fences before hitting a trampoline on which two children were playing. The pickup pushed the trampoline into a drainage ditch before finally stopping.

The 6-year-old died. A 4-year-old boy didn't appear to be injured but his mother took him to a hospital as a precaution.

Police were interviewing the driver of the pickup, 44-year-old Guadalupe Villa-Guzman, of Des Moines. He has a suspended driver's license.

 

 

 

Bird Flu Continues To Hit Iowa's Poultry Farms

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Two more cases are bird flu have been found at Iowa turkey farms.

The Iowa agriculture department announced Monday that the avian influenza had been confirmed at a farm in Hamilton County with 36,000 turkeys and that a preliminary test for the disease was positive at a Calhoun County farm with 21,000 birds. A federal lab in Ames will test the Calhoun County samples to confirm the disease.

Once the flu is confirmed at a farm, all the birds are euthanized.

The agriculture department says the virus has infected poultry at farms with more than 26 million birds.

 

 

 

Junk Food Aids Police In Burglary Arrest

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa City police say they charged a man with burglary after following a trail of junk food away from a convenience store.

Officers responded to a burglary call Friday night at Creekside Market and found someone had used a brick to shatter a glass door.

They followed a trail of snack food away from the store and found 20-year-old Francisco Jacob Munoz about 100 yards away. Officers reported his shirt was covered in nacho cheese.

Munoz was charged with third-degree burglary, second-degree criminal mischief and public intoxication.

Online court records didn't indicate whether an attorney was appointed who could answer questions about the charges.

A Johnson County jail employee says Munoz was transferred to the Muscatine County Jail.

 

 

 

 

Ohio Governor Looks To Enter Presidential Race

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) plans to travel to Iowa later this month - a signal that his decision to dive into the 2016 presidential race may be imminent.

His nonprofit New Day for America announced Monday that Kasich will visit Iowa on June 24 to speak to the Great Des Moines Partnership and at other events. He returns to New Hampshire Thursday and Friday.

The second-term Republican governor and former congressman has been traveling the country and appearing frequently on Sunday morning news shows as he determines whether he has the support and financial backing to win the GOP nomination.

He has described himself as the most qualified for the GOP's expansive field, though he remains relatively unknown nationally.

 

 

 

 

Police Help Free Deer From Soccer Goal Net

DECORAH, Iowa (AP) - Three police officers in northeast Iowa have saved a deer that became tangled up in a soccer net.

The Decorah officers were sent to a field a little after 7 a.m. on May 18. One of them, Sara Hendrickson, took along some scissors.

The three discovered that the soccer net was wrapped several times around the neck of the frightened animal. Officer Brent Parker laid atop the deer to hold it down while Hendrickson attacked the net with the scissors.

The deer bounded away after being freed.

Decorah Police Chief Bill Nixon says he thinks his three officers handled the situation perfectly, praising them for their creative thinking.

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