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Thursday News, August 9

Three People Injured In Accident

(Hinton) -- Three people were injured in an accident that happened late Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of 280th Street and Key Avenue.  The vehicles involved a pick up truck driven by Jacob Reinert of Le Mars and a passenger car driven by Michael Robinson of Sioux City.  The vehicles collided at an uncontrolled intersection that did not have either stop signs or yield signs.  Injured in the accident were 24 year old Jacob Reinert and 42 year old Matthew Feller.  Both were transported to Mercy Medical Center by the Le Mars Ambulance.  Also injured was 36 year old Michael Robinson who also was transported to Mercy Medical Center by way of the Hinton Ambulance.

 

USDA Declares Plymouth County As Drought Disaster Area

(Washington) -- The U-S Department of Agriculture has added four more Iowa counties to the drought disaster declaration list.  Those counties include: Woodbury, Lyon, Sioux, and Plymouth.  Farmers have the opportunity to qualify for disaster assistance, and low interest loans.

USDA To Issue First Crop Report on Friday

(Ames) -- Due to the severity of the summer drought, all eyes will be focused on the first initial crop production report to be issued Friday morning by the U-S Department of Agriculture.  Farmers and commodity traders alike, are interested in knowing what will be the production yield numbers released by the USDA.  Chad Hart is an agricultural economist with Iowa State University and he serves as the grain marketing specialist.  Hart says analysists are expecting the corn yield to average 127 bushels per acre and the soybean yield to average 35 bushels per acre.  He says any numbers that are not close to that prediction will significantly affect the grain market prices.

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Hart says export markets have been watching the drought very closely.  He says South America may be able to benefit from the high commodity prices and possibly take over some of the United States' markets.

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The ISU ag economist says Friday's report will be gigantic since it is the first official objective look at this year's crop.

Plants and Animals Bred To Resist Drought

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Confronted with the hottest, driest summer in decades, the nation's farmers and crop scientists are looking ahead to the future heat waves and water shortages that are
expected to result from climate change.
They've concluded that it's too late to fight the shifting weather patterns. Instead, they are aiming to adapt with a new generation of hardier animals and plants specially engineered to
survive in intense heat with little rain.
In Texas, a rancher is breeding cattle with genes that trace to animals from Africa and India, where their ancestors developed tolerance to heat and drought.
In seed laboratories, researchers are developing corn with larger roots to gather more water. Someday, the plants may even be able to "resurrect" themselves after a long dry spell, recovering quickly when rain returns.

Le Mars Sets September 10 - 15 As City Clean Up Week


(Le Mars) -- The week of September 10th to the 15th has been declared by the city to be the next fall clean up offering amnesty to Le Mars residents from the landfill disposal cost.  Le Mars residents can "throw away" up to 1000 pounds of household material with the disposal cost being picked up by the city.  Items that can be tossed include furniture...construction and demolition that include scrap lumber...metal...and white goods.  However, there is a $10 demanufacturing charge for each white goods item.  White goods includes: air conditioners, microwaves, washers, dryers, refrigerators, freezers, fluorescent lights, hot water heaters, furnaces, dishwashers, ranges, ovens, and trash compactors.

 

Civil Rights Groups Act Against Iowa's Secretary of State

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Civil rights activists are seeking to block Iowa's Republican secretary of state from enacting rules to purge ineligible voters from Iowa's voter registration list and make it easier to report fraud.
The American Civil Liberties Union and the League of United Latin American Citizens filed a petition for injunction Wednesday to block Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz from enacting the rules, quietly issued July 20th.
The first would allow Schultz to remove voters from Iowa's registration database by comparing that list against government databases of foreign nationals. The second would allow persons to
report allegations of voter fraud through e-mail. The ACLU says state law requires a sworn statement.
The groups say Schultz is overstepping his authority and the rules could unfairly suppress voters. Schultz's spokesman had no comment.

 

Des Moines Botanical Gardens Receives Grant For Improvement

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A state panel has approved nearly $1 million for improvements to the botanical gardens in Des Moines.
The Vision Iowa board voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a $980,000 grant for the gardens. The money will go toward an $11.6 million renovation of the gardens, located along the Des Moines River near downtown.
A nonprofit group is assuming the botanical center's lease and overseeing plans for new garden features, an improved cafe and changes to its parking lot. That work should be completed in summer
2014.
The group reported in June that it had raised $10.1 million.  Garden President Stephanie Jutila says fundraising will continue for additional improvements.
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Iowa Grown Tomatoes Being Recalled For Salmonella

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa grower is recalling grape tomatoes distributed in stores in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan because they may contain salmonella.
Menno Beachy of Cresco, Iowa issued a recall on Wednesday for one pint containers of labeled Menno Beachy Certified Organic Grape Tomatoes.
Beachy says he sent tomatoes from his farm and a nearby farm to a food distributor in Minnesota. The distributor sent 15 cases of 12 one-pint containers of the affected tomatoes to stores in the
three states between July 26th and August 6th.
No illnesses have been reported.
Beachy says he became of aware of the health risk after the Minnesota Department of Agriculture collected a sample from the Minnesota distributor that was found to be contaminated.
Consumers should discard the tomatoes or return them to the store.

 

20 Month Old Baby Shot

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A 20-month-old child has been wounded in an accidental shooting in Des Moines.
The accident occurred about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Police say the gun had been taken by someone to a garage at a relative's home. The visitor was showing the home's resident how the gun worked when it went off.
The bullet tore through two walls before hitting the child, who was in the backyard. Police say the child's wound is not considered life-threatening.
No charges have been filed.
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Wednesday News, Aug. 8

Masers Hope To Develop Visitors' Information Center

(Le Mars) -- A Le Mars couple is hoping to renovate the old First National Bank drive-through to become a visitor's information center. Al and Delores Maser presented their idea to the Le Mars City Council on Tuesday.  Delores Maser says a lot of economic development has occurred on the north end of downtown, which has benefitted the community.  But now she believes the south end deserves some attention.

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Once the construction is completed, the Masers intend to give the property to the city.  Delores Maser says since the property sits next to the railroad, and since Le Mars was founded because of a railroad, she wants to have the project resemble a train depot.

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The property will may also showcase some of Al Maser's antique car collection.  The Maser's plan to fund the project, which they anticipate will take a year to complete.  The city council gave their approval for the proposed project during their meeting.

 

Le Mars Neighborhoods Celebrate "National Night Out"

(Le Mars) -- Last evening, neighborhoods throughout Le Mars and across the nation acknowledged the 29th Annual National Night Out crime and drug prevention event.  "National Night Out" is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, and locally sponsored by the Le Mars Police Department.  Le Mars Police Chief, Stewart Dekkinga says National Night out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, as well as generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts, and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community partnerships, and finally to send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.   Residents, like Luke and Stephanie Cargin of Le Mars took the time to  to lock their doors, turn on outside lights, and spend the evening outside with neighbors and the police.   Stephanie Cargins says she and her husband, Luke, chose to host a block party as a way to meet their neighbors.

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The Cargins say they hope to make the event an annual event.

 

Newell Accident Results In Fatality

(Storm Lake) -- A two vehicle accident on Tuesday morning resulted in a fatality on Highway 7 near Newell.  Buena Vista County Sheriff Gary Launderville says the accident happened about 9:20 when a car collided head on with semi truck and trailer.  The driver of the car has yet to be identified.  Launderville will only say that it was a 24 year old Newell man that was pronounced dead at the scene.  The driver of the semi truck is 32 year old Robert Bainbridge of Albert City who received only minor injuries.

 

Car and Pick up Truck Collide in Rural Plymouth County

(Hinton) -- The Hinton Fire Department responded to an accident at the intersection of 280th
Street and Key Avenue.  That accident occurred at about 5:40 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon.  The accident involved a pick up truck and a car. Three victims were injured as a result of that accident and they were transported to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City. Plymouth County Sheriff's Department is investigating the accident.  The names have yet to be released.


Akron Fire Department Responds To Ammonia Leak

(Akron) -- Akron Fire Department was called to the Farmers Cooperative in Akron for an Ammonia leak.  Little is known about the incident at this time, other than the call came in at about 6:20 p.m. last evening.


Global Stream To Add Employees

(Sergeant Bluff) -- Good news for the Sioux City area as Global Stream Services intend to
hire up to 350 people at its service center in Sergeant Bluff.  The company, headquartered
in Bloomington, Minnesota, operates about 50 call centers around the world and has over
31,000 employees.  Global Stream also has a location at Vermillion, South Dakota.


West Monona Teacher Arrested For Drugs

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) - A fourth-grade teacher in western Iowa faces misdemeanor charges, accused of possessing marijuana, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
43-year-old Karen Bartelson, of Blencoe, is due back in a Monona County courtroom on Aug. 20. Bartelson has pleaded not guilty.
The West Monona Community School District website lists Bartelson as a teacher at Central Elementary School. District Superintendent Lyle Schwartz said Tuesday that Bartelson is on
administrative leave. He would not comment further.

 

Obama and Romney To Campaign In Iowa

(Des Moines) -- Campaign aides say President Barack Obama plans to campaign across Iowa next week, visiting at least seven cities over three days.  It will be the Democratic president's fifth campaign visit to Iowa this year.  It's Obama's longest Iowa stay since taking office in 2009 and his longest visit in one state during this presidential election campaign.  Obama is scheduled to visit Council Bluffs and Boone on Monday; Marshalltown, Oskaloosa and Waterloo on Tuesday, and Dubuque and Davenport Wednesday.  First lady Michele Obama will join the president for Wednesday's stops.

Republican Mitt Romney was scheduled to campaign in Iowa later Tuesday and Wednesday morning, making his fourth visit to the state since clinching the GOP nomination.  Iowa is among about a half dozen states where polls show the race very close.

 

Whirlpool - Retiree Lawsuit

(Newton) -- A federal appeals court has upheld a decision by Whirlpool Corp. to slash the medical benefits for more than 3,000 Maytag Corp. retirees.  Whirlpool purchased Newton, Iowa based Maytag before closing its plant in 2007 and laying off hundreds of workers.  In 2008, Whirlpool announced that Maytag retirees would no longer receive the free health care they believed they were owed under previous union contracts.  Whirlpool's plan started charging retirees in 2009 monthly premiums with deductibles, and required them to pay a portion of their expenses.  The United Auto Workers challenged the cuts, saying they believed the benefits were vested and could not be eliminated.  The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals sided with Whirlpool on Tuesday, upholding a judge's ruling from last year that found the benefits were not vested.

 

 

 

 

   

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