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Thursday News, September 12

Deputies Arrest Burglary Suspect

(Le Mars) -- On Sunday afternoon at about 4:00 p.m. the Plymouth County Sheriff's office received a report of a burglary at a residence on County Road C-70.  Upon arrival, sheriff's deputies gathered a description of the suspect and began searching the area.  A short time later, a subject matching the description, was located on 320th Street near Lynx Avenue.  Further investigation resulted in the arrest of 23 year old Paul Koepke of Coleridge, Nebraska.  Koepke was charged with burglary in the 3rd degree, possession of a controlled substance - methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and OWI.  He was transported to the Plymouth County jail.


Police Investigate Fatal Pedestrian Accident

(Sioux City) -- Sioux City Police are investigating a pedestrian-vehicle accident that left fatally wounded the pedestrian.  The accident happened on Wednesday at about 2:10 p.m. According to police reports, Daniel Ford of Sioux City was driving his Toyota at the posted speed limit when 79 year old Lester Barger also of Sioux City  was running north across West 4th Street and was struck by the Ford's vehicle.  Barger was transported to Mercy Medical Trauma Center where he was pronounced dead.  Ford did not sustain any injuries from the accident.  Sioux City police say that alcohol and/or drugs are not
suspected to be a factor, nor is speed suspected to be a factor in the accident.


Elementary Students To Tour Farms

(Le Mars) -- Elementary students from Le Mars Community, Gehlen Catholic, Remsen-Union,
and Remsen St. Mary's will be having class on different farms today.  It's part of the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Ag Committee's efforts to help educate the young students to know more about farming and where specifically where our food originates.  The 3rd and 4th grade students will visit a beef feeding operation, a swine facility, a sheep farm, and also a dairy farm.  Afterwards, the students will gather at the Cleavland Park for a picnic consisting of grilled hamburgers, pork burgers, and even some lamb burgers will be served.

Northwestern College To Build Athletic Facility

ORANGE CITY, Iowa (AP) - Northwestern College in Orange City has announced plans to raise
$2 million for an indoor practice and training facility for its student-athletes.
Officials say the private college of about 1,200 students plans to build a facility with more than 33,000 square feet of space. The structure will include a multipurpose area for team practices, batting and pitching cages, a putting green and weight room.
Earl Woudstra, assistant director of athletics, says the new facility should free up
space in the college's fitness area, which now serves all students and community members.


Iowa State Has More Students Than Iowa

AMES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa State University has surpassed the University of Iowa with its fall enrollment for the first time in more than 30 years.
ISU said Wednesday that more than 33,200 students have enrolled at its Ames campus, a
seven percent increase from last fall. Iowa enrolled just over 31,000 students, down one
percent from last fall. UNI reported a decrease of about 100 students at its Cedar Falls

It's the first time since 1979 that ISU has passed U of I in enrollment.
ISU's numbers are due to an increase in undergraduates. Iowa's drop is due to less
graduate students at the Iowa City campus. UNI had a surge of graduate students, but it's
coming off a seven percent enrollment decline last fall.


Regents To Freeze Tuition

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Board of Regents is backing another tuition freeze for undergraduate students at the state's three public universities.
The board regents called for the freeze during a meeting Wednesday in Cedar Falls.
The Des Moines Register reports ( ) Regents President Bruce Rastetter argued, "The board has a responsibility to keep tuition at a reasonable level."
The proposed tuition freeze is included in a $652 million request to the Legislature
for funding in 2014. That's an increase of nearly $44 from the current budget.
If approved, it would be the first time since 1975 that the universities didn't
increase tuition for two consecutive years.
Tuition was last increased in the 2012-2013 school year, when it rose 3.75 percent.

Forum Focused On Better Education

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A forum focused on providing better education to investors will draw some big names in the investment industry to Des Moines.
The forum is scheduled for Thursday through Sunday at Embassy Suites.
Investor Protection Trust and the Investor Protection Institute, two nonprofit organizations that provide investment education and research, are holding the forum.
The program will review what U.S. organizations have done to educate investors and
explore at what needs to be done in the future to ensure Americans have the information
they need to make wise and safe investment decisions.
Participants include Knight Kiplinger, editor in chief of the The Kiplinger Letter and Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine; Ken Dychtwald, president and CEO of Age Wave; and Daniel Pink, author of several books.


Artifacts Found In Eastern Iowa Cave

MONTICELLO, Iowa (AP) - Artifacts estimated at 1,000 to 1,500 years old have been found in a cave on land recently bought by an eastern Iowa county.
The landowner told officials there was a cave with ancient artifacts on the more than 500 acres acquired by the Jones County Conservation Board.
That's proved to be true, and state archaeologist John Doershuk and some volunteers have been unearthing the cave's secrets.
Pottery shards, tools, animal bones and a spear point are among the pieces sifted
from the dirt. The digging will continue through Sept. 26.
Officials say the site was looted about 20 years ago by pilferers who pushed around dirt and the small artifacts.


Former Astronaut To Join Iowa State University

AMES, Iowa (AP) - A former astronaut who flew two trips to the International Space Station will join Iowa State University's aerospace engineering program.
Clayton Anderson, an Omaha, Neb., native and an ISU graduate, will work with freshmen aerospace engineering students, engaging them in hands-on problem solving and helping design cutting-edge research projects.
Anderson received a master's degree in aerospace engineering from Iowa State in 1983. He was selected as an astronaut candidate in 1998 and flew missions in 2007 and 2010.
Rich Wlezien, chair of the university's aerospace engineering department says Anderson's experience in all aspects of human space flight will be highly relevant to the students as the era of commercial space access emerges.
Anderson will begin as a distinguished faculty fellow at Iowa State in October.







Wednesday Afternoon News, Sept 11

People Remember 9-11

(Le Mars) -- Flags across the state and nation are being flown at half staff, along with memorial services and moments of silence are being observed as people remember this twelveth anniversary of the day terrorists high-jacked American airliners and flew them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a Pennsylvania field, killing thousands of people. Remember to take the time to thank fire fighters, police officers, paramedics, EMT's, or any First Responders.  These people face danger, and often times life-threatening situations on a daily basis.  Remember, when we are running out, they are running in.  


New Phone Scam Asks Money For Fire Department

(Le Mars) -- There is yet another phone scam going around, and this time people are asking

for money saying that some of the proceeds will help the Le Mars Fire and Rescue

Department.  However, Dave Schipper chief of the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department says

that simply is not true.

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Schipper says if you have any doubts, please contact the Le Mars Fire Department.

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City Schedules Fall Clean Up

(Le Mars) -- Beginning next week, the city of Le Mars is offering an amnesty to its citizens regarding landfill disposal fees.  It's part of the city-wide fall clean up.  Residents can throw away up to 1000 pounds of material per household delivered to the landfill.  The city is picking up the fee normally charged.  The city will not be picking up the items at curb side.  Only residential properties can participate, not commercial or industrial.  Each household must make their own arrangements for hauling waste to the Plymouth County Landfill during this amnesty period.  Items included in the amnesty include: furniture, construction and demolition items that include wooden fence posts, scrap lumber, furniture such as couches, chairs, mattresses, carpet padding, garden hose, television sets, humidifiers, computers and monitors. Metal items can be thrown away include: bikes, mowers, metal fence posts, wire, swings, gutters, bed springs, and bed frames.  White goods will also be accepted during the fall clean up week.  However, the customer must pay a $10 per item demanufacturing charge at the the time of drop off.  Items that do not fall within the amnesty include: normal household garbage, tires, and hazardous waste products.

Art Festival Scheduled For This Weekend

(Le Mars) -- This weekend, the downtown sidewalks and the Olson Cultural Events center will be featuring some colorful art as the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce will host the fourth annual Chalk Art Festival.  The event is sponsored by Greg and Pam Wells, and Mary Reynolds of the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce office says the event should provide a wide variety of chalk art.

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The hours for the chalk art festival is from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.  Reynolds says the chalk art festival will attract artists of all ages.

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