Friday News, June 14
Ice Cream Days Enters Third Day
(Le Mars) -- Today marks the third day for "Ice Cream Days" and again Brad Pick, the president of the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce highlights the day's schedule for the 27th annual event. He says the day will begin with youth basketball.
Pick says Saturday's parade will be special, especially since the Abu Bekr Shriners will participate.
The chamber president says the parade has traditionally brought in observers and participants from other communities. He says this year's parade will feature some new entries, as well as some traditional entries.
Pick offers a glimpse of Saturday's other events scheduled for Ice Cream Days.
Hundreds of people enjoyed the free ice cream, along with the music of the Big Band era, and the children enjoyed riding the mini Ferris wheel and rides on the train. It was all part of the festivities at last evening's Ice Cream Days at the Primebank ice cream social.
Buena Vista County Has Fatal Accident
(Storm Lake) -- Buena Vista County authorities are reporting a fatal traffic accident occurred last evening at about 6:00 p.m. The accident involved a semi truck and trailer and a pickup truck and it happened on Highway 7, south of Newell. The driver of the pickup truck was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger in the pickup sustained minor injuries as did the driver of the semi truck. No names have been released at this time.
Hundreds Turn Out For Memorial Service For Kathlynn Shepard
BOXHOLM, Iowa (AP) - Hundreds gathered for a service remembering a 15-year-old Iowa girl whose body was found in a river after she had been kidnapped and gone missing.
Thursday's public memorial service for Kathlynn Shepard drew nearly 750 people to the gymnasium at Southeast Webster-Grand Middle School in Boxholm, about 60 miles north of Des Moines.
Many children who went to school with Kathlynn attended. Many wore purple, Kathlynn's favorite color.
Authorities say Kathlynn and a younger friend were coerced into a pickup on May 20th in Dayton, Iowa by registered sex offender Michael Klunder. He hanged himself after the younger girl escaped.
Searchers looked for two weeks for Kathlynn.
Her body was found June 7th in the Des Moines River near Boone.
Campaign Regulator Pleased With Court's Decision
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's top campaign regulator says she's pleased an appeals court upheld much of an Iowa law requiring outside groups to disclose their spending on political campaigns.
Megan Tooker, director of the Iowa Ethics & Campaign Disclosure Board, says that independent expenditures are becoming more prevalent in political races and she expects they will continue to
Tooker said she's pleased but not surprised with Thursday's decision by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that upheld a requirement that such groups disclose their spending in favor or
against candidates within 48 hours. She says the public should not lose much in the way of transparency by the court's decision to strike down other reporting requirements about their fundraising.
Tooker says she'll continue to advocate for additional transparency in political spending.
Officials Investigate Sinkhole To See If Mind Is Underneath
RUNNELS, Iowa (AP) - Officials will be digging into a sinkhole to see whether it leads to an abandoned mine under the Polk County town of Runnells.
A state environmental engineer, Mike Bourland, says that there are mines in the area.
The sinkhole made its debut about two weeks ago in the front yard of Bob Borg. It was nearly 10 feet deep and around 10 feet wide, gaping just a few yards away from his house. The soil had
eroded around a power pole, which was taken out.
Environmental engineers plan to dig into the sinkhole on Friday.
Runnells Mayor Ron Tate says several sinkholes have appeared over the past 20 years in a field on the east side of town.
Minnesota Man Charged With Deer Poaching
OSCEOLA, Iowa (AP) - Officials say a Minnesota man stole whitetail buck over a four-year period in Iowa.
The state Department of Natural Resources announced Thursday that 42-year-old Bradley Slawson, Jr., of Ham Lake, Minn., pleaded guilty to deer poaching charges. He has been ordered to pay $18,000
in civil damages for the illegal harvesting of deer bucks between 2008 and 2011 in Clarke County.
Slawson has forfeited archery equipment. He faces losing his hunting license in Iowa and 38 other states included in an agreement that recognizes the suspension of hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses.
Conservation Officer Michael Miller says both Iowa and Minnesota officials worked together to catch someone "that had been stealing from Iowa's natural resources for years."
Goats Used To Battle Invasive Weeds
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - Managers of a wetlands area near Davenport are turning to goats to rid the area of invasive plants.
Facilitator Brian Ritter decided to give goats a try after failing at other efforts to remove invasive plants that crowd out native varieties in the Nahant Marsh area.
Ritter says the 24 goats that arrived from Wisconsin in late May have made a huge difference.
Naturalist Amy Loving says it takes the goats only hours to clear areas choked with brush.
The goats are kept inside a portable fence and moved every day or two.
Nahant Marsh is a wetland west of Davenport. It's owned by the city.