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Friday News, May 31

Le Mars Accepts Old Electronics For Recycling

(Le Mars) -- Today, the city of Le Mars is accepting discarded electronics to be recycled.  Assistant City Manager, Bill Cole says residents can bring their old electronic devices to the city hall parking lot between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

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Cole says next Tuesday, June 4th, the city will collect old abandon appliances and tires at the Public Works Building.

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The city official says the city will waive the fees normally associated with the disposal of the appliances and tires.

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The city has also designated the week of June 10th through the 15th as Spring Clean Up Week.

 

Fire Department Rescues Girl From Being Caught In Playground Equipment

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department was called to Cleveland Park at about 12:20 Thursday afternoon to assist a young girl who was caught in some playground equipment.  The toddler girl found herself wedged in a swing designed for infants.  The girl had been caught in the swing for about 20 minutes.  Fire and Police officials ended up having to cut open the swing in order to free the little girl.  The girl did not sustain any injuries.

 

Iowa State University Extension Offers Flood Recovery Guides

(Le Mars) -- With the excess rainfall in many locations in Northwest Iowa, home owners and land owners are now facing decisions and the necessity to clean up.   Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers a Storm Recovery Guide; a publication covering topics that relate to safety and household cleanup after tornadoes, floods and other disasters.   Flood topics including salvage and clean up, mold, water safety, and rodents for example.   The 24-page guide was created by Louisiana State Ag Center and edited by Iowa State University Extension experts for use in Iowa.
The “Storm Recovery Guide” and numerous other resources are available on line.  The Storm Recovery Guide can also be obtained by contacting the Plymouth County Extension Office at 251 12th St. SE in Le Mars or contacting them at 712-546-7835.

 

May Was A "Weird Month Of Weather"

(Le Mars) -- The month of May can go down in history as being a "weird month of weather".  You may recall on May 1st, Le Mars had received three inches of snow, then nearly two weeks later on May 14th, Le Mars had set a record for the hottest temperature at 102 degrees.  Then also consider this week's abundant rainfall followed by the flash flooding.  All together, it has been an unusual May. Harry Hillaker serves as the state of Iowa climatologist and he tries to make sense of the weather patterns.

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Right in the middle of the month we experienced a one-day heat wave.  Hillaker says, that too was unusual for the Month of May.  Le Mars set a record with a temperature of 102, Sioux City recorded a temperature of 106, and Estherville had a high of 104 degrees.
The climatologist says despite last year's drought, April and May of 2013 will go on record as being the wettest spring ever.  So, with that in mind, what can we expect to see for June?

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Mosquito Infestation May Not Be Severe This Summer

(Le Mars) -- Now that the flood waters are receding and some ponding of water is occurring, does that mean we could have a heavy infestation of mosquitoes this summer?  Donald Lewis, an Iowa State University extension entomologist says maybe not.

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Lewis says what happens next will determine whether or not we will be affected by the pesky pests.

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The ISU entomologist also suggests people discard their old tires.

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Lewis says if people want to eradicate mosquitoes, unfortunately, their efforts will only be temporary.

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Woof-stock Scheduled For Saturday

(Le Mars) -- The Fifth Annual “Woof-stock” celebration at the Plymouth County Historical Museum will be held this Saturday, June 1st.  Not only does the event honor special dogs from the area, and provide fun for pets and their owners, it also gets the community involved in supporting the fun. 
Girl Scout Troop 209 will again be hosting the Doggy Dash. Senior Girl Scout Kelli Susemihl is happy to help by making sure the dogs and owners know what to do, and keep track of the times for each dog. She said there's a very "tiny" change in the way it will be run this year.

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So this year's dog categories are large, medium, small and teeny-tiny. The dash gets underway at 12:45 with a demonstration.

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Anyone may bring a dog to Woof-stock as long as the dog is leashed and homeless dogs will be available for adoption.  
The event is free and includes all kinds of fun in addition to the Doggy Dash. Glada Koerselman will offer the "Blessing of the Pets" and there will be a Poochi Promenade to show off dogs and their latest fashions. Food offerings include a water and treat bar for the pups and hotdogs and pizza for the people. 
New this year is the announcement of the doggy photo contest winner.  Entries are currently being taken and must be in by Friday at 5 to be considered.  For more information on the photo contest or any other aspect of Woof-Stock 2013, call Judy of the Plymouth County Museum at 539-0223.
Most of Saturday's "Woof-Stock" festivities will be in the Museum’s “Old Central” Gym from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and weather permitting, the traditional Poochi Parade around the Museum block will open the day.

 

Onawa Sustains Weather Related Damage

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) - Stormy weather caused significant problems in the western Iowa city of Onawa, blowing down trees and damaging buildings.
Onawa Mayor Bob Skelton says that strong winds damaged many trees.
Awnings also were ripped off, windows broken, a stoplight was knocked down and three street lights were damaged.
A wind gust also caused the front of a car dealership to collapse, sending concrete blocks onto two late-model vehicles.
Knoepfler Chevrolet sales associate Garry Ellison says the gust lasted about 15 seconds.
No one was injured in the dealership.
Police say most damage was confined to a nine-block area in the northwest part of town.
National Weather Service meteorologist Dave Fobert says damage apparently was caused by a thunderstorm and not a tornado.
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Coralville Braces For Flooding

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) - Coralville officials say a new, sand-filled tube barrier will be protecting businesses south of Clear Creek from potential flooding.
The Iowa City Press-Citizen (http://icp-c.com/18C1QwS ) says work began Thursday on the temporary protection. The tubes will stand 4 feet tall when completed and will run about 1,500 feet
along the south of the creek. Officials weren't certain how many feet of the tubing would be needed on the north side of the creek.
Storm sewers south of U.S. Highway 6 will be plugged to prevent water from backing up.
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Johnson County Orders Evacuation For Flooding

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Officials in Johnson County have ordered a mandatory evacuation of two rural neighborhoods due to high waters from the Iowa River.
The Johnson County Sheriff's Office on Thursday ordered residents of Riverview Estates and the Izaak Walton League area to leave their homes. Utilities to the Riverview Estates neighborhood
have been shut off.
Cedar Rapids television station KCRG reports the mandatory evacuations mean residents
have just a few hours to leave their homes before all services to the area are discontinued. People also have been encouraged to take their pets with them.
Officials say they're asking residents in low-lying areas to voluntarily evacuate.
City officials are projecting the Iowa River will top the Coralville Reservoir spillway in the next several days.

 

 

   

Thursday Afternoon News, May 30

Le Mars Chamber Ask For Volunteers To Help Wrap Trees

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Chamber of Commerce is looking for volunteers to assist with the wrapping of lights on the downtown trees.  Volunteers are asked to report outside of the Habitue Coffeehouse and Creperie at 1:00 p.m.

 

Cherokee Will Hold Rodeo, Rain or Shine

(Cherokee) -- Cherokee officials want everyone to know their annual rodeo scheduled to begin this evening will be held rain or shine.  Julie Herring-Kent serves as the executive director with the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce.  She says the community has been making great strides in cleaning up after the floods.

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Kent says the Cherokee County fairgrounds, where the rodeo is held, was not affected by the local flooding.  She says the rodeo committee wants to assist those that were adversely affected by the Memorial Day flooding, and are urging rodeo patrons to consider making donations.

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The Cherokee Chamber Memorial Rodeo kicks off tonight with gates open at 5:00 p.m. with the rodeo performance to start at 7:30 p.m.  The rodeo continues on Friday and Saturday evenings along with the Rodeo parade scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.


State Flooding Assistance Designated For Municipalities

(Des Moines) -- Governor Branstad has added another eight Iowa counties to the designated disaster area list hit by recent storms and flooding.  Lyon county now joins Ida, Cherokee, Buena Vista, Sioux and Plymouth Counties as the  northwest Iowa counties to be proclaimed as a disaster area. However, Gary Junge, Plymouth County Emergency Management Services Director says the proclamation doesn't mean individuals will receive state financial assistance, rather it will benefit municipalities.

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Junge says in order for communities to qualify for the state assistance, they will need to show documentation of the extra work during the flood relief efforts.

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The Emergency Management Services Director says only one family in Plymouth County was forced from their home and displaced as a result of the flooding.


Iowa State University Extension Has Flood Recovery Guide

(Le Mars) -- With the excess rainfall in many locations in Northwest Iowa, home owners and land owners are now facing decisions and the necessity to clean up.   Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers a Storm Recovery Guide; a publication covering topics that relate to safety and household cleanup after tornadoes, floods and other disasters.   Flood topics including salvage and clean up, mold, water safety, and rodents for example.   The 24-page guide was created by Louisiana State Ag Center and edited by Iowa State University Extension experts for use in Iowa.
The “Storm Recovery Guide” and numerous other resources are available on line.  The Storm Recovery Guide can also be obtained by contacting the Plymouth County Extension Office at 251 12th St. SE in Le Mars or contacting them at 712-546-7835.


Sioux City Schools Seeking Permission To Use Federal Funds For Teacher Salaries

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Sioux City school officials are seeking permission from the U.S. Department of Education to use some money set aside for special programs to instead save up to eight teaching
jobs.
The school district set aside nearly $430,000 for private tutoring and student transportation during the current school year but expects to only spend about $200,000. The rest of the money will be
returned to the Education Department.
Although much of the funding wasn't spent, the district is required to raise that allotment to more than $700,000 in the next school year, although officials think most of the money won't be
used.
Superintendent Paul Gausman says the district could avoid layoffs if federal officials agree to the request.
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