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Thursday Afternoon News, March 12

Conditions Favorable For Grass Fires

(Le Mars) -- Today's weather forcast for Plymouth County and all of northwest Iowa has a "red flag" warning for fire danger.  Le Mars Fire Chief Dave Schipper says conditions are a bit deceiving.  He says you may believe roadside ditches, and grass fields are wet due to melting snow, but in fact the vegetation is extremely dry.

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Schipper says the conditions oftens hampers fire fighters efforts to extinguish a grass or field fire.

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The Le Mars Fire Chief says many people like to take advantage of these warm days to burn dead trees and debris.  He says when we have warm dry days with gusting winds like today is when trouble can occur.

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A few weeks ago, the Le Mars Fire Department responded to a grass fire which Schipper says was an interesting sight.

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Schipper cautions people if you have had a bun pile to make certain the ambers are extinguished.  Too often, he says, a fire can erupt even several days later.

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Frost Still In Ground, But Field Work May Start Soon

(Le Mars) -- The spring-like weather of this past week has many farmers anxious to begin field work.  Iowa State University Extension Crops Specialist Joel DeJong says even though we have had temperatures in the 60's and 70's, he believes there is still some frost to be found in our fields.

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Despite the fact we have not had a large snowfall this winter, DeJong says soil moisture levels are, for the most part, adequate to begin spring field work.

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DeJong says last fall many farmers were unable to complete their field manure applications, and he hopes this spring, conditions will allow farmers to get caught up.

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Storm Lake Police Locate Homemade Bombs At Residence

STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a 28-year-old man was charged with possessing explosive devices after officers who broke up a fight at a Storm Lake residence found homemade bombs.
     The officers responded early Wednesday morning to a report about the fight and arrested three people on charges related to the melee. The officers report that they found bombs inside the residence and subsequently arrested Dion Caldwell. 
     Online court records don't list the name of a defense attorney who could be contacted for comment about the allegation against Caldwell.

 

Des Moines Insurance Company To Sue Over Fire

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A neighboring business to the downtown Younkers building ravaged by a massive fire last year has a filed a lawsuit against the building's owners and the companies responsible for its renovation.
     In the lawsuit, EMC Insurance alleges Johnston-based Hansen Co., Madison, Wisconsin-based Alexander Co. and the owners of the 115-year-old building failed to take precautions that could have prevented the fire last March. EMC spokeswoman Jessica Zopf says heat from the flames that engulfed the structure caused about $8 million in damages to two adjacent building owned by the insurance company.
          The lawsuit, which was filed in December, seeks damages and attorney fees, as well as additional damages designated for a defendant's wrongdoing.

 

Toddler Falls From Second Story Window

 COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a 2-year-old boy is in stable condition after falling from a second-floor window at a Council Bluffs home.
     Officers and paramedics arrived at the home around 6 p.m. Wednesday. Giovanni Marley was transported to the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where he is now listed in stable condition.
     The Council Bluffs Police Department says investigation into the fall is ongoing, but Sgt. Chad Meyers says that there's no sign that the incident was anything other than an accident.

 

Boone Selected As Site for Iowa Straw Parlor

   DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's Republican straw poll, which has long been held in the college town of Ames, is moving.
     State GOP officials announced Thursday that the event would be held in Boone at the Central Iowa Expo on Aug. 8. They said earlier this year they would take bids to host the political gathering, in an effort to better manage costs.
     Four locations submitted bids and the committee that governs the party voted unanimously to go to Boone, located about 45 minutes outside Des Moines.
     First held in 1979, the Iowa straw poll has grown from a county GOP fundraiser to a large event. It is considered an early test of campaign organization.
     The party voted to continue the poll this year, after critics called for it to be eliminated.


 


   

Thursday News, March 12

Restoration Of Downtown Buildings Begins

(Le Mars) -- The restoration of downtown Le Mars historical buildings is now under way.  Crews from Renaissance Restoration of Galena, Illinois were seen working on the Property Pros building on Wednesday.  It is all part of the one million dollar CDBG grant project to help restore the facades of downtown Le Mars.  Nearly 40 downtown buildings will be having a face lift.

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Museum Receives Wells Dairy Wagon For Exhibit

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Historical Museum received a new exhibit on Wednesday afternoon from  Well's Enterprises and the Wells Family.  Museum exhibit manager Mary Holub explains.

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Holub says the dairy wagon buggy and horse were originally on loan for a display at the Sioux City museum.  She says it will now forever make its home at the Plymouth County Historical Museum.

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The dairy wagon is on display as part of the Transportation and Power exhibit featured in the basement of the Plymouth County Historical Museum.

 

Sioux County Authorities Investigate Semi Truck Rollover Accident

(Orange City) -- The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a semi truck and trailer accident that occurred on Highway 60 about one mile southeast of Hospers, Tuesday evening.  The accident happened at about 8:15 p.m.
Clint La Rock, age 47, of Sparta, Wisconsin was driving a 2010 Freightliner southbound on Highway 60 when he lost control of his semi on the shoulder of the road causing the semi to overturn onto its side. No injuries were reported.
The semi sustained $85,000, damage. The cargo, which was stone slab countertops, were a total loss estimated at $240,000.
La Rock was cited for failure to maintain control.  The Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by Hospers Fire, Rescue and Ambulance teams along with the Iowa State Patrol.

 

Man Pleads Guilty To Helping Shooting Suspect Flee

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A 26-year-old man has pleaded guilty to helping a man flee Sioux City hours after he shot a police officer.
Ingmar Hernandez of South Sioux City was accused of driving Jamal Dean out of Sioux City after he shot officer Kevin McCormick during a traffic stop in 2013. 
Hernandez pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to conspiracy to defraud the U.S. by obstructing or interfering with governmental functions. He is the sixth of eight people to plead guilty in helping Dean escape Sioux City. 
Twenty-three-year-old Dean was arrested in Texas and has been sentenced to 25 years in prison in the shooting.
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Senate Passes Bill That Saves Mental Health Institutes

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Senate has passed a bill that would go against Gov. Terry's Branstad's plans to close two state mental health facilities in Iowa.
The Senate voted 29-19 Wednesday to pass a bill that would require the state Department of Human Services to develop a comprehensive plan before it can close the state mental health facilities in Clarinda and Mount Pleasant. The Senate also voted 32-18 on another bill that would ensure the facilities remain open through the end of June.
There's some Republican support for the bills, but it's unclear if it's enough to get them passed in both chambers. 
Branstad's budget proposal removes funding for two of the four state mental health facilities in Iowa. Branstad calls the facilities outdated and says patients could receive more efficient treatment elsewhere.

 

Iowa Senate Approves Plan To Expand Medical Marijuana

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An effort to expand access to medical marijuana in Iowa has won preliminary approval in the Iowa Senate.
A subcommittee reviewed the proposed legislation Wednesday. The bill would make medical marijuana available to people with a number of chronic diseases, including cancer, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Those approved by a doctor would then purchase marijuana products produced in Iowa at state-run dispensaries.
Last year, the Legislature approved a law that allows some residents with epilepsy to use oil with an ingredient derived from marijuana for treatment. But the law did not establish an in-state program for the production and distribution of the oil. Critics say that as a result, the law is effectively useless.

 

 

 

 

   

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