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Monday News, April 7

Sunday Field Fires

(Le Mars) -- Despite the recent blanket of snow from Thursday, conditions are still dry, and as a result, the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department, with assistance from the Hinton Fire Department responded to a field fire Sunday afternoon.  The fire was reported at about 4:00 p.m. near the intersection of 270th Street and County Road K-49, about eight miles south of Le Mars.  The fire started as a brush fire but quickly got out of control. The owners admitted to fire officials they believed the recent moisture would have prevented the fire from spreading.  It had spread over a corn stalk stubble field, burning approximately 20 acres before fire officals were able to contain and control the fire with two grass fighting rigs and an all terrain vehicle equipped with a water tank.  Fire officials were at the scene for an hour.  A farmer also assisted with a tractor.  The Plymouth County Sheriff's office also responded to the fire.


(Akron) -- The Akron Fire Department also had to respond to a field fire Sunday afternoon.  The fire was reported shortly after 1:00 p.m. at 21257 County Road C-16.  Fire officials were on the scene for approximately one hour.


Oyens To Get Back Ambulance Service

(Le Mars) -- Good news for the people living in and around Oyens.  Back in early February, the town was forced to abandon its community ambulance service due to the lack of needed volunteers to keep it operating.  However, according to Bob Gengler, a retired director with the fire and ambulance services and spokesperson for the ambulance service, the small town of Oyens will again have an ambulance thanks in part of a local grant and the people of the town stepping up to take the training.

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Gengler says nearly a dozen people are now receiving training to be certified as an Emergency Medical Technician in Oyens.  Gengler says it may be June before the new volunteers are certified and the ambulance service can be fully restored.  Gengler says the county supervisors allocated some Local Options Sales Tax funding to help defer the expense associated with the emergency medical training.

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Gengler says the town of Oyens is grateful for the volunteers taking the emergency medical training and giving back the local ambulance service.


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Soderberg And Anderson Hold Last Legislative Forum

(Le Mars) -- State Representative Chuck Soderberg and State Senator Bill Anderson held their last legislative forum for this session on Saturday.  The two Republican lawmakers met with a handful of constituents at the Le Mars Public Library.  Soderberg explained to the six people attending that progress has been made with regards to the budget.  One issue that was discussed during the legislative forum was the so-called "Silver Alert" bill.  The "Silver Alert" would act much the same way as the Amber Alert only instead of missing children, it would be issued when a senior citizen with dementia, altzheimers, or other mental issues are a factor for when a senior is missing.  Representative Soderberg says the bill is dead, but he believes the issue may be acted on from an administration standpoint, rather than legislative action.

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Senator Anderson says he will definately bring the bill back for next session.

 

Des Moines Man Reports Finding Rat Poison After Burglary

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Des Moines man has reported finding rat poison on his floor after a break-in at his home.
     The man reported his discovery after he returned home on Saturday evening.
     He told police nothing seemed to be missing. Police say he told officers that he thinks someone may have been trying to kill his dog and cat, saying he's had issues with neighbors who are always "messing with him."
     No arrests have been reported.
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Motorcyclist Dies After Police Chase

  WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a 30-year-old Cedar Falls man has died after crashing during a pursuit by an Iowa state trooper.
     The Iowa State Patrol says Jon Winburn tried to get away from the trooper after running a stop sign late Sunday morning. The patrol says the brief chase ended when Winburn lost control of his motorcycle and it crashed into a concrete wall of the Mutual Wheel building on La Porte Road in Waterloo.
     The patrol says Winburn was pronounced dead at Covenant Medical Center.

 

 

 

 

   

Sunday News, April 6

Sunday Afternoon Field Fires

(Le Mars) -- Despite the recent blanket of snow from Thursday, conditions are still dry, and as a result, the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department, with assistance from the Hinton Fire Department responded to a field fire Sunday afternoon.  The fire was reported at about 4:00 p.m. near the intersection of 270th Street and County Road K-49, about eight miles south of Le Mars.  The fire started as a brush fire but quickly got out of control. The owners admitted to fire officials they believed the recent moisture would have prevented the fire from spreading.  It had spread over a corn stalk stubble field, burning approximately 20 acres before fire officals were able to contain and control the fire with two grass fighting rigs and an all terrain vehicle equipped with a water tank.  Fire officials were at the scene for an hour.  The Plymouth County Sheriff's office also responded to the fire.

(Akron) -- The Akron Fire Department also had to respond to a field fire Sunday afternoon.  The fire was reported shortly after 1:00 p.m. at 21257 County Road C-16.  Fire officials were on the scene for approximately one hour.

Former Normady Restaurant Sustains Severe Fire Damage

  SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - The owners of a historic Sioux City building that dates to the 1930s are trying to determine how much can be salvaged after a weekend fire.
     The distinctive Normandy building sustained significant damage Saturday. 
     Fire officials haven't been able to determine what caused the fire partly because it hasn't been safe for inspectors to enter the building. Sioux City Fire Marshal Mark Aesoph says the roof will have to be removed before investigators can enter.
     The white building with cone-shaped turrets was the longtime home of the Normandy Restaurant. It has also housed other businesses and in recent years, several art studios.
 
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Fire Investigators Finish Looking At Des Moines Younkers Store Fire

  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Federal experts have wrapped up their investigation of a downtown Des Moines fire without determining the cause.
     Investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said Sunday there is no sign the March 29 fire in the former Younkers building was set intentionally.
     But it's not yet clear what caused the fire at the building built in 1899 that was being renovated into apartments at the time.
     Control of the devastated building will be turned over to the developer. 
     City officials will now work to determine what development might be done on the block after the fire.
 

Pedestrian Hit By Car

FARLEY, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say an eastern Iowa man struck and killed a pedestrian early Sunday.
     The accident happened before 3 a.m. Sunday along Highway 20 near the town of Farley.
     The Dubuque County Sheriff's office says 24-year-old Alex Hannan was merging onto the highway when his vehicle struck the pedestrian.
     A deputy arrested Hannan on suspicion of drunken driving.
     The name of the pedestrian was not immediately released.
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Suspicious Death

  CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Police say the death of a 37-year-old Cedar Rapids woman is suspicious.
     Cedar Rapids police say Shanna Lee Beyhl's death is being investigated.
     Beyhl was found dead in her apartment Friday after officers went to check on her. 
     Police said an autopsy has been scheduled, but they didn't say how Beyhl died. 
     No arrests had been made by Sunday morning, but police say they don't believe there is any threat to the public.

 

Focus On Settlement Agreements Continues At State Capitol Building

  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Settlement agreements are likely to continue to dominate the agenda at the Iowa Capitol this week as some lawmakers remain unsatisfied with discrepancies in testimony and answers they received during hearings last week.
     Former employees testified at a Government Oversight Committee hearing Wednesday they were treated badly when fired in 2011 and were offered money to keep quiet about their dismissals. Department of Administrative Services Director Mike Carroll denied those allegations on Thursday in testimony to the committee that completely contradicted the workers.
     Democratic Sen. Janet Petersen, chair of the Senate Government Oversight Committee, says she plans to ask state department heads and human resources officials to come before the committee. She's waiting for the Department of Administrative Services to provide numerous documents about state contracts and hiring practices.

 

 

    

 


 

   

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