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Ginrich Schedules Visit for LeMars

(LeMars) -- In the closing days before the January 3rd caucuses, LeMars and northwest Iowa is attracting several presidential candidates as a last effort to gather support.  Former Speaker of the House and now republican presidential candidate Newt Ginrich is scheduled to make an appearance in LeMars.  Ginrich will be in LeMars Wednesday evening at the Pizza Ranch restaurant beginning at 7 p.m.  It's part of the Newt's Jobs and Growth Bus Tour.  Ginrich is scheduled to be in LeMars for an hour. Texas Congressman Ron Paul will be in LeMars on Friday afternoon.  Paul will appear at the LeMars Convention Center at 1:00 p.m. for a political rally.  And Texas Governor Rick Perry will be in Sioux City on Monday at the Stoney Creek Inn at 12:30 p.m. 

 


(LeMars) -- Plymouth County has been named as a defendant in a lawsuit that was filed last week by the estate of Richard Martin.  Martin was involved in a fatal accident in August of 2010 when his vehicle was struck by a Chicago, Central and Pacific rail train.  Chicago, Central and Pacific and its parent company, Canadian National-Illinois Central is the other defendant named in the suit.  At the time of the accident, Martin was driving a truck owned by Walker Excavating and heading north bound on Otter Avenue near Oyens.  The suit contends the railroad intersection crossing on Otter Avenue is extra hazardous, and therefore both the railroad company and Plymouth County are liable for the negligence.  The Plaintiffs have requested a jury trial.

(LeMars) -- During the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors meeting this morning, the supervisors approved four of the five subdivisions that were requested.   Most are for agricultural purposes including a grain bin site and a hog finishing unit. One parcel of land would change the classification from agricultural to rural residential. The subdivisions that were approved are located in section 2 of Elkhorn township, section 26 opf Washington township, section 34 of Grant township, and Section 29 of Henry township.  A request made by Corey DeRocher was tabled.  The supervisors had asked DeRocher to acquire new survey maps before granting approval.  The supervisors passed two tile crossing permits located in Preston township and America township.  They also approved a resolution with weight limits on the new bridges that were constructed.

 


(Kingsley) -- Kingsley Fire Department was called this morning to a house fire at 212 South Main in Kingsley.  The fire department was at the scene for nearly an hour. Fire Chief Scott Bohle says when fire fighters arrived at the scene there was smoke coming from a room.  Upon further investigation it was determined an article of clothing had fallen on a lamp creating the smoke. There were no injuries and no other damage had occured.

   

King Remains Uncommitted on Candidates

(Undated) -- The Iowa Caucus is one week away and the candidates are making a last push effort trying to court votes.  One person who has been courted by each of the candidates and still has not offered an endorsement is that of Iowa Congressman Steve King.  Earlier in the year, King had said he hoped that he would come out and show his support for a candidate, but he still hasn't made a decision.  The question now is will he offer his endorsement to a candidate with only one week remaining?
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Texas Congressman Ron Paul has scheduled a stop in LeMars for Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the LeMars Convention Center and Texas Governor Rick Perry will be in Sioux City nex Monday at 12:30 p.m. at the Stoney Creek Inn.

 

(Remsen) -- The Remsen Fire Department were called to fight a grass fire on Monday morning.  The fire was located along County Road C-16.  The Remsen Fire Department was able to control that fire within a few minutes.

 


(Orange City) -- Two people were arrested on Christmas Eve afternoon by the Sioux County Sheriff's office for drug violations following a traffic stop.  The incident occured on Highway 75, just south of Sioux Center.  Arrested were 21 year old Amber Wichers of Sioux Center.  She was wanted for a Plymouth County arrest warrant.  She was later charged with an OWI for the second offense, which is an aggravated misdemeanor and possession of marijuana, a serious misdemeanor.
Also arrested was 20 year old Randy Kirsch of South Sioux City Nebraska.  He was a passenger in the car and was arrested for furnishing a controlled substance into a detention facility, a class D felony, possession of marijuana, a serious misdemeanor and possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor.

 

(Orange City) -- On Christmas Day at about 11:00 a.m. the Sioux County Sheriff's office arrested 21 year old Erica Olivarez-Gomez of Sioux Center for introducing a controlled substance to a detention facility, a class D felony.  Olivarez-Gomez had been arrested earlier in the day by a Sioux Center Police Officer pursuant to an arrest warrant.  Upon further investigation by the sheriff's office, a controlled substance was found among Olivarez-Gomez' posessions.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - The operator of the Argosy riverboat casino in Sioux City has backed out of a deal to keep a land-based version of the casino in Sioux City though January 2013.
     Officials with Missouri River Historical Development, the nonprofit group that holds the casino's license, announced the deal with Argosy owner Penn National Gaming Inc. fell through late
Friday. A spokesman for Penn National confirmed the development.
     The two sides had earlier announced they had reached a six-month extension of their agreement, which expires in July.
     It was believed the agreement was an effort to continue negotiations with Penn for a land-based casino.
     Penn National spokesman Eric Schippers says the company is hopeful they can still reach a long-term deal with Missouri River Historical Development.

 

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad says he's opposed to enacting a user fee to help spruce up the state's parks and would rather rely on the Iowa State Parks Foundation to generate
donations for park maintenance.
     Iowa Department of Natural Resources Director Roger Lande says Iowans have told him they would be willing to pay such a fee to improve state parks.
     Lande raised the possibility of reinstating a user fee during budget talks with Branstad.
     DNR funding has declined since 2008 and with it the number of seasonal workers hired to maintain parks.
     Public complaints resulted in more money for maintenance and the number of seasonal workers should nearly double from 80 in 2011 to 150 for the year that ends June 30.


(Des Moines) -- Its the time of year when some people get bogged down with the blues, or what may actually be seasonal affective disorder or SAD.  About five-percent of Iowans are hit with symptoms like low energy, no attention span and grouchiness during the winter.  Dr. Kelly Fairbanks, a clinical psychologist says the Christmas season is not responsible for your feeling like a Grinch.

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She explains that SAD is caused by the lack of sunlight during the winter months.

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Fairbanks says there are relatively easy things you can do to beat the winter blues.

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Fairbanks says those with severe symptoms may want to consider heading south or to another sunny destination that's not Iowa for a few days.

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Those who experience anxiety or depression are more likely to feel the effects of SAD.  Therapy using a special type of light is helpful for some people, as well as vitamin supplements.  Others may need counseling.

   

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