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Friday Afternoon News, August 23

Auction To Sell More Than 100 John Deere Tractors

(Le Mars) -- If you have an interest in old agricultural nostalgia, you may want to attend an auction scheduled for Saturday morning, at the Dave Hawkins farm, north of Le Mars. 
Auctioneer Bruce Brock says this is not your typical farm estate auction.

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Brock says the late Dave Hawkins collected John Deere tractors and other farm equipment that would represent each model from each year.

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Brock anticipates the auction will attract people from across the nation and even from Canada.

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That auction will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will be located at the Dave Hawkins Farm located at 10313 Nature Avenue, just off of County Road C-12.

 

Iowa Agriculture Department To Expand Water Quality Program

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State agriculture officials say they are providing $1 million in funds to help farmers reduce runoff of fertilizer and manure from their fields and pastures.
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says the department has received overwhelming
response to a program that shares the cost of installing systems designed to reduce erosion
and runoff.
The $1 million announced Thursday brings the total funds for the program allocated to
farmers this year to $2.8 million. The department received $3 million in one-time funding
to support statewide water quality practices over the next five years.
Practices eligible for funding include cover crops that hold nitrogen in fields and no-till
or strip-till practices that reduce erosion.
So far more than 700 Iowa farmers have applied to participate in the program.

 

Wastewater Runs Into Saylorville Lake

POLK CITY, Iowa (AP) — An unknown amount of wastewater has been released into the backwaters of Saylorville Lake in central Iowa.
The state Department of Natural Resources says a pressurized sewer force main in Polk City
sprang a leak, affecting the Polk City Wildlife Refuge. The break was reported Wednesday night after liquid was seen bubbling up through a roadbed.
City officials, who later shut off the main, believe the discharge ran for about three hours. It flowed into a road ditch and then to backwaters of Saylorville Lake north of the marina.
DNR spokesman Bill Gibbons says a barrier dam may have limited the wastewater discharge. He
says the wastewater would have been very dilute because it entered the backwaters about a
quarter mile north of the barrier.

 

Iowa Receives $40 Million In Mortgage Settlement

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A report by the country's five largest mortgage providers says Iowa homeowners have received nearly $40 million in relief through a national settlement.
Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller says in a Thursday news release that the report by an
independent monitor shows more than 1,100 homeowners in the state have received money under
the national mortgage settlement.
The average amount of assistance for an Iowa borrower is about $33,200, which was received
between March and June of this year.
The report says 240 Iowa homeowners have refinanced their mortgages, with an average rate
reduction of nearly 3.5 percent.
More than 640,000 borrowers nationally have received more than $51 billion in mortgage
relief through the settlement.

 

Court Upholds Decision For U of I Employee To Be Dismissed

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court has upheld University of Iowa President Sally Mason's decision to fire the school's longtime dean of students for mishandling a high-profile sexual assault case.

The court on Friday rejected claims by Phillip Jones that he was wrongly terminated and defamed by Mason and an outside law firm that investigated the assault and sharply criticized his response.Justice Bruce Zager says that Jones was terminated in 2008 because Mason had lost confidence in his abilities. He says the evidence shows Jones responded inadequately to secure the rights and safety of a female athlete who was assaulted by two football players in 2007 in a dorm room.  Zager says that was a legitimate, nondiscriminatory reason for Mason to fire him. A judge had dismissed the lawsuit last year.

 

Iowa City Police Warn Students They Will Be Watching

(Iowa City) -- Weeks after the University of Iowa was named the nation's top party school, authorities delivered a sober warning to students arriving on campus for fall semester: We'll be
watching you.
The Iowa City Police Department announced Thursday that it will be sending out teams of
officers on "party patrols" on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
They'll be ready to crash disruptive house parties, root out disorderly behavior in university neighborhoods and intervene when parties may be getting out of control. Police said the goal was to prevent the problems that come with huge parties and binge drinking.  The Princeton Review announced earlier this month that students consider Iowa the top party school, based on a nationwide survey of 126,000 college students.


 

 

   

Friday News, August 23

FAA Says Le Mars Proposed Water Tower May Need To Change

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars City officials may need to change their plans for a new one million
gallon water tower since the Federal Aviation Administration has said the original plan
calling for the water tower to be located in the southwest corner of Le Mars, would be in
direct line with the flight path for the Le Mars Municipal Airport.    The FAA says the
proposed water tower that was to be 140 feet tall would be a hazard to airplanes using the
airport.  FAA officials have told city leaders the water tower should not be any taller than
86 feet for the proposed location.  Le Mars City Administrator Scott Langel says the city
is considering its options.

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Langel clarifies the FAA position with regards to the proposed water tower.

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The city bought slightly more than two acres of land for the tower and booster station in
southwest Le Mars.  Langel says officials believe that's the best spot for a tower, but
something will need to change if the FAA sticks by its decision.

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Langel says two contracted engineering firms are already reviewing the location and
design of the tower.  They may have to change the configuration of the water storage
facility.  During Tuesday's meeting, the city council rejected the submitted bids for the
construction of the water tower and booster station.

 

Two People Die In Sioux City Fire

(Sioux City) --  Two people are dead following a house fire yesterday at Sioux City.  Authorities say 58 year old Steve Smid and his wife, 58 year old Susan Smid, both perished in the fire at their home at 1210 Wright Avenue.
Sioux City Fire Marshall Mark Aesoph says firefighters and police were dispatched to the scene around 8:20 a.m.

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Aesoph says the victims likely died of smoke inhalation, and autopsies are pending.  He says there were two smoke detectors in the home.

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Aesoph says the fire extinguished itself by burning up all the oxygen in the home and that there may not have been enough smoke to activat the basement detector.  Both victims were employed by the Sioux City School District.  Susan Smid was a music teacher while Steve Smid worked for the district's food services department.

 

Le Mars Fire Department To Host Water Contest

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department will be holding a water fight contest on Sunday at noon at the Fareway Grocery Store parking lot.  That water fight contest will feature several area fire departments.  Dave Schipper, Le Mars Fire Chief says the contest is not just for fun, but it actually serves a purpose.

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Last year, six different fire departments participated in the annual event.  Schipper says trophies will be awarded to the contest's winners.

 

Schaffer Pleads Not Guilty To Robbing Heritage Bank

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A 53-year-old Nebraska man has pleaded not guilty to a charge that he robbed a northwest Iowa bank last fall.
Richard Shaffer, of Omaha, Neb., made his plea on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Sioux City. Shaffer is accused of robbing Heritage Bank in downtown Sioux City on Oct. 12.
Police say a robber gave a teller a note demanding cash and escaped with more than $3,700.
The robber didn't appear to be armed.
Shaffer's trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 7.

 

Sioux City Wins Battle With Speed Cameras

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sioux City has won another round in its fight with the state over two speed cameras along Interstate 29.
A judge on Wednesday rejected the Iowa Transportation Department's request to dismiss a
temporary injunction. The injunction has barred the state from removing the cameras and
related signage. Judge Jeffrey Poulson said the state failed to prove the cameras were
obstacles in the roadway.
The judge granted the temporary injunction last month. Assistant City Attorney Justin

Vondrak says the city will seek a permanent injunction to keep the cameras in place.

 

Grassley To Visit Le Mars

(Le Mars) -- U-S Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa has planned constituent meetings in 15 Iowa
Communities, including Le Mars.  The Republican Senator says with these meetings, Grassley
will have been to every one of the state's 99 counties this year for meetings with Iowans. 
Grassley has scheduled a visit to Le Mars for next Wednesday, August 28th.  He will be at
the Floyd Valley Hospital Conference Room beginning at 8:00 a.m.



 

   

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