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Saturday News, July 25

Joy Hollow Log Cabin To Be Placed On Foundation

(Le Mars) -- After a long wait, officials with the Plymouth County Historical Museum, are announcing the Joy Hollow log cabin will be lowered on to its foundation this coming Tuesday morning.  The cabin has been sitting on blocks and jacks since it was moved from the Plymouth County fair grounds on June 5th.  Judy Bowman, museum administrator, says the process is scheduled to begin at around 9:00 a.m.





Commodity Carnival To Be Featured At Round Barn During Fair

(Le Mars) -- People of all ages will have the opportunity to learn about commodity futures trading and risk management, while at the same time having fun.  The Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee will host the interactive game entitled "Commodity Carnival" during three days of the Plymouth County Fair.  "Commodity Carnival" is sponsored by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the National 4-H Organization.

Paul Jacobson, chairman of the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee, says  "Plymouth County is fortunate to have this interactive and educational game featured during the fair,"   Only 14 county fairs across Iowa have the opportunity to feature this risk management game, and Plymouth County is one of the 14."

Commodity Carnival will be located on the second level of the famous Round Barn on Friday, July 31st; Saturday, August 1st; and Sunday, August 2nd.  It is part of the overall exhibit "A Round the Farm in the Barn".

Jacobson says, "Pork production plays a major role in Plymouth County agriculture, and the Chamber Ag Committee believes everyone that visits the Plymouth County Fair and tours the famous Round Barn will enjoy participating in the Commodity Carnival," said Jacobson.  "The Commodity Carnival will highlight the importance of futures trading with using lean hog futures as its example.  Participants will have the opportunity to win prizes that will have a pork production theme," said Jacobson.

Participants will be asked to determine how much corn and feed they will need to purchase for their "imaginary hog" to make it to market.  A part of the risk factor will be to slide a "chip" on a peg board  and see which slot it drops in.  Each slot has a different value.  "If people enjoy watching the television game show "The Price Is Right" with its "Plinko" board, then they will enjoy participating in our game of "Commodity Carnival," said Jacobson.

"Commodity Carnival will be available at different times through the three days it will be featured at the Plymouth County Fair inside the Round Barn", said Jacobson.






Florida Man Arrested For Sloan Stabbing Incident

(Sioux City) -- Woodbury County authorities have arrested a Florida man and have charged him for stabbing a Sloan man.  The incident occurred on Saturday, July 18th, in the 400 block of Evans Street in Sloan.  28 year old Jonathon Pettis of Ponce de Leon, Florida was arrested in Polk county, Nebraska.  Pettis waived his extradition back to Woodbury County.  He has been placed in custody at the Woodbury County jail.




Sergeant Bluff Hosts Synthetic Drug Seminar

(Sergeant Bluff) -- A Georgia man whose son died after using synthetic marijuana was the keynote speaker Thursday at a conference on synthetic drugs in Sergeant Bluff. Lynn Dyer's 14-year-old son Dakota took his own life three years ago.
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Dyer's wife is a health care professional and he says they had no idea that K-2, Spice and other such synthetic drugs existed, or that their son knew about them.
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. The Bremen, Georgia resident established a foundation in his son's name and travels the country speaking about the dangers of synthetic drugs. He has three goals.
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He says the substances are packaged in pouches designed to appeal to teens.
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(as he says)"They market these products strictly to our young people. You see flashy little bags, you see one that has Scooby Doo on it called Scooby Snacks, you see on that has the smiley face on it," Dyer says. "There's just countless different kinds and they are all in flashy little bags geared to our young people." You can find out more about the dangers of the drug at the Dakota Dyer Foundation on-line at Dakota-Dyer-Foundation-dot-org ( The conference on synthetic drugs wrapped up at Sergeant Bluff High School on Friday.






Turkey Operations Start Re-populating Barns

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Midwest poultry producers are growing turkeys again.
Minnesota lost 9 million turkeys and chickens to bird flu. Now, 37 of its farms have been cleared to restock.
Among the first is do so is Greg Langmo of Litchfield. He says it feels good to be getting back to normal.
Iowa lost 34 million birds, mostly egg-laying chickens. Brad Moline of Manson is Iowa's first farmer cleared to restock and will begin doing so next Friday.
He says he hasn't been this excited about restocking turkeys since he got his first flock when he was a kid.
An update from the USDA on Friday says researchers still haven't nailed down exactly how the virus spreads.






Trump Campaign Prevents Register From Covering Event

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Des Moines Register says Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has denied press credentials to its reporters after the newspaper published an editorial calling on the billionaire businessman to end his campaign. The Register says its reporters were denied credentials to a Trump campaign event in Oskaloosa, Iowa, on Saturday. The newspaper says Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told its reporters they were being excluded because of Tuesday's editorial.





Army Corps Of Engineers Close Two Saylorville Beaches

SAYLORVILLE LAKE, Iowa (AP) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has closed two beaches at Saylorville Lake near Des Moines.
The corps announced Friday it has closed Sandpiper and Oak Grove beaches because of a blue-green algae bloom.
The decision to close the beaches followed routine water quality testing that found high levels of microcystin, which is produce by blue-green algae and can be dangerous to humans and animals. The compound can cause rashes, stomach pain and even liver damage in people and can be deadly for pets. 
The Iowa Department of Public Health says blue green algae often forms in warm, calm water that has high levels of fertilizer runoff or other nutrients. 
Saylorville Lake is about 10 miles north of Des Moines.






Iowa Falls Man In Jail After Threatening Judges

IOWA FALLS, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa Falls man is in jail after his arrest on a charge of threatening to cut the throats of judges during a call to an office of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington.
The Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier reports 35-year-old Andre Michael Lafontaine the Third appeared in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids on Friday on the threat charge. He's in jail pending a detention hearing set for Tuesday.
Prosecutors allege Lafontaine left a threatening message laced with obscenities and a racial epithet on Monday. He complained the FBI hasn't responded to his allegations of official corruption.
Lafontaine sued Iowa Falls in 2012 claiming he was abused by police officers in 2010. A judge dismissed the lawsuit in 2013.
Lafontaine's public defender did not immediately return a message.






Friday News, July 24

Ethanol Storage Facility To Be Constructed In Le Mars Industrial Area

(Le Mars) -- An ethanol trans-load storage facility, capable of holding up to 300,000 gallons will be constructed in the Le Mars Industrial Area.  Mayor Dick Kirchoff says the facility may be in operation by late 2015.  In order to have this facility, the city council made a five-year agreement with Le Mars Public Storage in order to have an easement to Lot number 4 within the Industrial park area.  Kirchoff says the new project will mean good news to Le Mars.

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Kirchoff says the storage and loading facility will be operated by Plymouth Energy of Merrill.  The Le Mars mayor says the new facility will allow the Plymouth Energy to market ethanol through another rail service.

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Kirchoff says city leaders have been meeting and planning for this new venture for the last two and a half years.  He says a lot of attention was devoted to the safety of the fuel storage and trans-loading facility.

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The Le Mars mayor says the new industry would not have been possible if not for the city making an earlier agreement last April with Burlington Junction Short Line Rail Road.  Kirchoff says because of the city's commitment to having its own rail line, it will ultimately mean additional industries and businesses settling in Le Mars.  Kirchoff says the Burlington Junction Short Line has been very busy since it started last May.

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Plymouth County Fair Begins On Wednesday

(Le Mars) -- Wednesday begins the "Best Five Days of Summer" otherwise known as the Plymouth County Fair.  The fair will continue through Sunday, August 2nd.  Fair board president, Tony Schroeder says attendees of this year's fair will see a new building for commercial exhibits.  Schroeder says the old "Hall of 76" was deemed too cost prohibitive to remodel, so the fair board decided to build a new structure.

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Advance tickets to the fair will go on sale on Saturday.

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Appeals Court Rules Alcohol Consumption Allowed In Parked Car

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa court says people can drink alcohol in their cars as long as they're parked on private property.
The Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday a state law banning open alcohol containers in vehicles doesn't apply to people parked in private lots or driveways.
The ruling followed the August 2013 arrest of 24-year-old Lacey Rose Brown for marijuana possession. She was arrested after Des Moines police spotted an open alcohol container in her car, which was parked in a private lot. Officers searched her car without a warrant and found marijuana.
Her lawyer sought to toss out the evidence, arguing the alcohol didn't violate the law.
A judge disagreed and Brown was convicted.
In an appeal, justices found Iowa's open-container applies only to roads.





Dubuque Woman Says She Can't Administer Cannabis Oil To Son With Epilepsy

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - A Dubuque woman says she has a state cannabis card allowing her to give an oil extracted from marijuana to her son, but she's not allowed to do so in his care center.
Instead, Jennifer McFadden says she gives the oil to her 12-year-old son, who has severe epilepsy, twice a day in the facility's parking lot.
She tells the Des Moines Register that the agency which operates the center says it can't allow the oil into the facility. She says the agency told her that federal authorities still consider it a strictly controlled marijuana product.
The company that sends McFadden the oil says it has a large amount of the chemical, cannabidiol, which many families believe can reduce epileptic seizures.





Organizations Combine Efforts To Oppose Oil Pipeline

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A group of organizations from Illinois, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota are speaking out as a unified coalition against the proposed Bakken Oil Pipeline project.
The organizations include environmental groups Food and Water Watch and Shawnee Forest Sentinels and social action groups Dakota Rural Action and Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement.
They want each state's utility regulators to consider testimony and evidence from the other affected states and to look at the financial status of Energy Transfer Partners, the parent company behind the pipeline project. The coalition points out that the company self-insures against accidents and declares in its recent annual report it may not have adequate reserves to cover all future liabilities including known contamination.
A spokeswoman for Energy Transfer Partners did not immediately respond to messages.




Paddle Boat Catches On Fire

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) - About 100 people were evacuated safely when a fire broke out on a paddle wheel boat on Clear Lake.
The fire was reported Thursday morning, just after the Lady of the Lake cruise ship had docked.
About 100 people, including 27 from a care center, were evacuated safety to shore.
Passengers say they saw flames and smoke near the back of the boat as it docked.
The Clear Lake Fire Department says the fire was sparked by exhaust from a generator that ignited a wood column. A crew member put out the fire.
Jon Berhow, the boat's co-owner, says it's unclear when the boat will resume its regular schedule.



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