Thursday Afternoon News, April 11
Utility Companies Trying To Restore Power
(Le Mars) -- Utility crews have been working diligently to restore power to hundreds of northwest Iowa residents that have been without electricity as a result of the spring storm. Lyle Korver, General Manager of Northwest Rural Electric Cooperative stated in a news release that as of 12:00 noon, approximately 300 member customers located in Sioux, O'Brien and Plymouth Counties are still without power. Korver says crews have made great progress in the restoration of power, however, last evening's heavy snow has complicated the restoration efforts. The REC official says the utility cooperative is experiencing a number of outages again. This is a result of tree branches contacting lines from the heavy, wet snow last night and in the last couple of hours from the ice coming off the lines and causing line burn downs.
Meteorologist Says Beware of the Coming Winds
(Le Mars) -- Although the weather forecast does call for some additional snowfall to occur for
Le Mars, Brad Temeyer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Services from Sioux Falls, says it will be the strong winds on Friday that we should be concerned about.
Snow depths ranged from the two inches reported here in Le Mars up to more than a foot of snow, along points along the Iowa-Minnesota border.
The National Weather Services official says the amount and depth of ice that fell on Tuesday was an unusual circumstance.
Of course the question that everyone seems to be asking is "when will spring actually arrive?"
Le Mars Chamber Prepares For Antique and Flea Market Show
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the third annual Spring Fever Antique Show and Flea Market this Friday and Saturday. Although only in its third year, Mary Reynolds of the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce says the antique show and flea market has been able to build a good reputation.
This year's antique show features more than 70 booth spaces and will utilize both levels of the Le Mars Convention Center. Reynolds says the show will feature all types of collectable antiques and she suggests visiting Friday evening.
Friday's hours are from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday's hours are 9;00 a.m. to 5:00
p.m. Admission is $10 on Friday evening and $2 for Saturday.
Sioux City Man Pleads Not Guilty To Charges From Police Standoff
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A 26-year-old Sioux City man has pleaded not guilty to a charge stemming from a nine-hour standoff with police last month.
Francisco Bayona-Fonseca is charged with criminal mischief and aggravated assault. Police say he got into a fight with a man and stabbed him, then argued with his former girlfriend and damaged her
Police say Bayona-Fonseca held off officers at a Sioux City home for more than nine hours on March 12. Officers broke windows and entered the house to arrest Bayona-Fonseca. No shots were reported.
His trial is scheduled to begin on May 28.
Pork Destined For Export Being Recalled
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A northwest Iowa company has recalled more than 1,000 pounds of pork jerky because the product's label doesn't list wheat, which can cause an allergic reaction for some consumers.
Formosa Food Co., of Hull, is recalling 16-ounce individual packages of Formosa Brand Pork Szu, a cooked seasoned dried pork product.
The product was made on various dates through Nov. 29, 2012. There is no expiration date but the label carries the establishment number "EST. 2446."
The jerky was sold on the internet and through direct sales nationwide, and is commonly sold on the export market.
The USDA says in a statement released Wednesday that the problem was found by food safety inspectors during a label review. Wheat is an ingredient in the soy sauce used in the product.
There have been no reports of sickened consumers.
Branstad To Visit With China's President
(DES MOINES) – Gov. Branstad will continue building Iowa’s long-term relationship with China President Xi Jinping by meeting with him Monday, strengthening ties to one of the state’s most important economic trading partners. Branstad first met with Xi in the governor’s formal office in 1985, when Xi was a local party leader traveling on an exchange program through the Iowa Sister States program. Branstad says he is excited to catch up with an old friend, Xi Jinping,” said Branstad. “The value of this relationship cannot be overstated, says Branstad, and as a result, Iowa is the preferred provider to feed China’s growing population and our agriculture exports to China continue to grow. This type of international trade currently supports 430,000 jobs right here in Iowa.”
State Treasurer Fitzgerald Urges Governor To Approve Medicaid Expansion
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald is urging Gov. Terry Branstad and state lawmakers to expand Medicaid in Iowa.
Fitzgerald, a Democrat, says Thursday that a Medicaid expansion would cost the state less than an alternate plan proposed by Branstad. Fitzgerald is basing his analysis on data from the
non-partisan Legislative Services Agency and Senate Democrats.
Fitzgerald says he's concerned about the state's "fiscal health and how we spend our money."
Branstad spokesman Jimmy Centers responded in a written statement that the governor doesn't want to "engage in partisan bickering" and continues to oppose expanding an "antiquated
program like Medicaid."
Senate Democrats support expanding Medicaid, as permitted under President Barack Obama's health care plan. Branstad contends long-term Medicaid costs are unsustainable and has proposed
expanding an existing program for low-income Iowans.