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Saturday News, May 28

American Legion Plans "Avenue Of Flags" Program

(Le Mars) -- Monday is Memorial Day, and the Wasmer post #241 American Legion will again host its annual Avenue of Flags program to be held at the Plymouth County Courthouse grounds.  Wayne Schipper serves as the Commander of the local American Legion post.  He says the program, which is to begin at 10:00 a.m., will focus on dedicating flags in the memory of veterans who have passed.

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Schipper says the earliest veterans that are remembered with the Avenue of Flags go back to World War I.  The American Legion post commander says the 1200 plus flags that will be displayed on the courthouse lawn and surrounding area all represent someone with either having a Le Mars or Plymouth County connection.

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Again, this year, all 1260 names will be honored with a roll call performed by Legionnaire Pat Murphy.

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Schipper says members of the American Legion Auxiliary will display wreaths to remember all veterans of the wars dating back to the Civil war.

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Prior to the program being held at the Plymouth County courthouse lawn, the American Legion will hold a parade.

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Branstad Signs Medicaid Oversight Bill

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad has signed into law new state oversight of Iowa's Medicaid program under private management.
Branstad announced the approval Friday amid final decisions on a number of bills, including several dealing with Iowa's $7.35 billion budget, which takes effect in July.
Branstad kept language negotiated by the split Legislature that will add more state oversight to Medicaid, the program that provides health care to poor and disabled people.
Some Democratic lawmakers in the Senate had demanded additional oversight of the program because of concerns about the transition to private management on April 1. Branstad says in a message his approval means the state's Medicaid program will be one of the most transparent.
The governor had 30 days after the legislative session adjourned to deal with remaining legislation.
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Man Fires Gun In Sioux City Hotel, Hits Water Pipe And Causes Flooding

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A man has been charged after Sioux City police say he shot a water pipe in a hotel room, flooding two floors.
Sgt. Scott Hatting says 30-year-old Brett Anderson was inside a Super 8 Hotel room Friday when he accidentally fired his gun. Hatting says a water pipe was struck, causing water to flood the first and second floors. No injuries were reported.
Anderson was arrested and charged with reckless use of a firearm.

 

 

 

 

Explosion At University Of Iowa Apartments Kills One

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A University of Iowa spokeswoman says authorities are investigating an explosion and fire at a university-owned apartment that left one person dead.
UI spokeswoman Jeneane Beck says university police and Iowa City firefighters responded to a report of an explosion about 4:30 p.m. Friday at the Hawkeye Drive Apartments.
Beck says police are investigating a single fatality, and a State Fire Marshall's office investigator was at the scene.
Authorities aren't releasing the name of the victim.
Most residents of the apartment complex were allowed to return to their homes, and those in adjacent apartments likely can return later in the evening.
The apartments are owned by the university and are available for students and staff. They're about three miles west of the central campus.

 

 

 

 

Free Fishing Weekend

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says Iowa residents may fish without a license next weekend.   
The department has announced their free fishing weekend will run June 3-5. Although purchasing a license won't be required, all other fishing regulations will still be in place. 
Joe Larscheid, chief of the Iowa DNR's Fisheries Bureau, says he hopes the initiative prompts anglers to purchase an annual fishing license. He says the money allows the bureau to produce and stock over 160 million fish yearly, conduct research, construct fish habitat and improve water quality. 
Hands-on activities will be offered across the state to teach parents and kids the basics of fishing. A list of events is available at programs.iowadnr.gov/specialevents/.

 

 

 

 

Indian Burial Grounds In Path Of Proposed Oil Pipeline

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The possibility of an American Indian burial site in Iowa may require relocation of a crude oil pipeline route which would further delay the beginning of construction in the only one of four states where work hasn't yet begun.
The Dakota Access pipeline passes through the Big Sioux Wildlife Management area and Standing Rock Sioux Tribe leaders say there is a burial site. The pipeline also goes through the Dakotas and Illinois.
The possibility prompted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which owns the property, to revoke a construction permit for the area and issue a stop work order to Dakota Access until further notice.
A spokeswoman for Dakota Access says if something is confirmed the company will work with the appropriate agencies to make any necessary adjustments.

 

 

 





 


   

Friday News, May 27

One Vehicle Accident Occurs On Highway 75

(Le Mars) -- Authorities are investigating a one-vehicle accident that happened on Highway 75 at about 6:25 a.m. this morning, south of Merrill.  The Merrill Fire Department and Merrill Ambulance responded to that accident, as did the Hinton Fire Department.  One victim was injured during the accident and was transported to Unity Point-St. Luke's hospital.  The extent of the injuries and the name of the victim have not been released at this time.

 

 

 

Work To Begin On New Water Main Installation

(Le Mars) -- City officials are announcing Vander Pol Construction will be closing down the outside South bound lane between 4th St . S.W. and 2nd St. S.W. sometime Tuesday May 31st in the evening  to start construction of the new water main going in on the west side of Business 75, they will also be closing down the S.W part of the intersection at 4th St S.W. and 75 to do some boring underground then within a couple days they will have the S.W. part of the intersection closed at 3rd St. and 75 . The water main replacement is to start at the intersection of 4th St S.W. and continue on all the way up to 4th St N.W.  and take  approximately 12 weeks, they plan on doing two blocks at a time so there will be other intersections and parts of business 75 that will be affected as they move North,  Citizens are being asked to drive with caution and slow down as they drive through the construction zone. We will try to keep everyone updated to what roads will be affected as they move North.

 

 

 

Water At Armel Acres To Be Shut Off

(Le Mars) -- In another water related announcement from Le Mars city officials, City Water Superintendent Gayle Sitzmann has issued a notice that the water to Armel Acres will be shut off on Wednesday, June 1st beginning at 1:00 p.m. The water is expected to be off for a period of three hours.  Sitzmann says anytime water is shut off there is a chance for discolored water when turned back on.  Sitzmann advises residents in Armel Acres to run your hard cold water until the water clears.  Residents should use an alternative water or boil the water for drinking purposes.  The city water department will be testing the water for two days for bacteria.

 

 

 

City Code Forbids Yard Waste To Be Burned

(Le Mars) -- We have received a lot of rain this spring, which means our lawns have grown fairly quickly, and some people may be tempted to burn that yard waste in their backyard recreational fire pit.  However, Le Mars Fire Chief Dave Schipper says that is against city code ordinance.

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The fire chief reminds people that the city does offer a disposal site located on the west side of town near the Riverview ball parks in which yard waste may be deposited on Wednesday afternoons and Saturdays.  Schipper says the fire department has responded to a few fire calls in which people were burning their yard waste.

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Schipper says burning yard waste creates problems for many people, especially if that yard waste is damp and only smolders.

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Four Democratic U-S Senate Candidates Debate On Public Television

(Johnston) -- The four Democrats running for U-S Senate appeared on Iowa Public T-V for an hour last night in the only statewide forum that will be televised before the June 7th Primary. They were asked about the Des Moines Water Works lawsuit challenging how farm chemical run-off is handled in three northwest Iowa counties. Former Iowa Ag Secretary Patty Judge says water quality "has to be addressed now" throughout the country. Judge supports increasing the state sales tax a fraction to finance "extensive" on-the-farm conservation practices here. "That's the way to go," Judge says. "...And I was very disappointed that that did not pass the Iowa Legislature this year." Former state Senator Tom Fiegen (FEE-gun) of Clarence disagrees. "The taxpayers of Iowa should not have sales tax raised to bribe the polluters," Fiegen says. Fiegen says U.S. farmers shouldn't get federal payments if their farm chemicals are polluting waterways nearby. Rob Hogg a state senator from Cedar Rapids, says Fiegen just wants to blame farmers, while Judge just wants to blame the Des Moines Water Works.

"I'm the only person in this race who has united farmers, environmentalists, business leaders and cities to work together," Hogg says

Bob Krause of Fairfield, a former state legislator, says it's time for a national solution. "Tie the Clean Water requirements that we need to the right to get federal crop insurance," Krause says. All the candidates agree the federal minimum wage should be raised and they believe the federal government should make marijuana legal for medical use in all 50 states. Hogg and Judge had an extended conversation about a 2008 bill in the state legislature that unions supported -- a bill Democratic Governor Chet Culver vetoed.

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The candidate who wins this Democratic Primary will face Republican incumbent Chuck Grassley in the November election. Krause and Fiegen tried but lost bids to challenge Grassley six years ago. Hogg says voters are "desperately looking for new leaders."

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And that's a reference to Judge's last appearance on a statewide ticket, back in 2010 when she as lieutenant governor sought reelection with then-Governor Chet Culver. Judge is also rejecting the idea being recruited to run by U.S. Senate leaders makes her the "establishment" choice. She pins that label on Grassley.

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Sioux City Boy Injured While Riding Bicycle

 

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say an 8-year-old boy was injured after being struck by a pickup while riding his bicycle in Sioux City.
Sgt. Judy Kellen with the Sioux City Police Department says the boy had been following his friend through an alley Thursday and did not check oncoming traffic before he rode out into the street. Kellen says the boy was hit by a Chevrolet Silverado.
The boy was taken to a hospital. Kellen says the child suffered scrapes and abrasions, but did not appear to have injuries that are considered to be life-threatening.
Kellen said that she doubts any citations will be issued.
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Body Recovered From Gravel Pit Quarry

IONIA, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have recovered a body from a quarry near the Little Cedar River in northern Iowa.
Crews began searching for the missing swimmer Wednesday night after they were called to Chickasaw Park, which sits about two miles west of Ionia.
A Chickasaw County Emergency Management official says a dive team discovered the body of an 18-year-old in the water around 3 p.m. Thursday. An autopsy has been scheduled. The person's identity has not been released. 
Iowa Department of Natural Resources officers and a spokesman for the Chickasaw County Sheriff's Office didn't return calls Thursday from The Associated Press.
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Body Found In Des Moines River

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A man's body has been recovered from the Des Moines river.
Police and firefighters responded to the river Thursday afternoon after someone walking on the Southeast 14th Street bridge in Des Moines called 911 and reported seeing a body among debris in the river. 
Authorities did not provide details about the cause of death. Police say the body will be taken to the Polk County Medical Examiner's Office.

 

 

 

Des Moines Police Investigate Homicide

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - One man has been killed in an overnight shooting in Des Moines.
Police found the man at the 4000 block of Crocker Street on city's west side after receiving calls about gunfire around 11 p.m. Thursday. Authorities are investigating the death as a homicide.
Police say they're still investigating, interviewing witnesses and processing the crime scene. Crocker Street was expected to remain closed between 40th and 41st for several hours.
The victim has not been identified.
Authorities say the shooting is the city's fourth homicide of the year.

 

 

 

Interstate 35 To Be Known As Monarch Highway

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Six states and the Federal Highway Administration have agreed to make the roadsides along Interstate 35 friendlier for bees and butterflies to help the insects boost their declining populations.
The 1,500-mile stretch of road between northern Minnesota and southern Texas is a path for monarch butterflies that migrate between Mexico and Canada. Both the butterflies and bees pollinate plants that produce much of the nation's food.
Officials from Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas and the federal government signed an agreement Thursday to improve the habitat and develop a branding campaign informally naming the interstate the "Monarch Highway."
Honeybee and monarch butterfly populations have been dwindling in recent years.

 



 

 


   

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