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Thursday News, November 29

Frontier Communications To Distribute Supplemental Directories

(Le Mars) -- Frontier Communications has announced that post cards are being mailed to Le Mars area homes and businesses to supplement the 2012-2013 Frontier Pages telephone directory.  The post cards include important telephone numbers for the City of Le Mars offices that were inadvertently omitted from the Frontier Pages telephone directory that were distributed in October.  Frontier encourages customers to retain the supplement along with their Frontier Pages directories as it will be a useful resource in contacting the city offices.  Post cards are also available in the Le Mars City Hall at 40 Central Avenue S.E.

Le Mars YMCA Sees Attendance Up, But Revenue Drops

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars YMCA has released its quarterly report.  Revenues for the indoor pool for the first four months of fiscal year 2013 have fallen by about $2200, however, expenses for the same period have also dropped $1250.  Attendance for the YMCA was on the increase.  At the outdoor pool between May and September, there were 22,291 people that took a dip in the pool.  That compares to the 20,521 from a year ago.  At the YMCA facilities, attendance for the quarter between August and October saw an increase of 632 people.


Two Winning Tickets Sold For Powerball

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Powerball officials say this week's record jackpot has been won.
Early Thursday morning officials confirmed that two winning tickets were sold: One in Arizona and one in Missouri. An additional 8,924,123 players nationwide won smaller prizes.
The numbers drawn Wednesday night are: 5, 16, 22, 23, 29 and Powerball of 6.
A lottery official said late Wednesday that the jackpot increased to $579.9 million by the time of the drawing, making the cash option $379.8 million.
The drawing Wednesday night's prize followed 16 consecutive drawings that produced no top winner.


State Lawmaker Resigns

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Democratic member of the Iowa House has announced his resignation effective immediately.
Rep. Brian Quirk of New Hampton says he intends to announce his future plans soon. He says it was a difficult decision to leave but he's excited about new opportunities that lie ahead.
Quirk, an electrical contractor, began serving in the House in 2001. He announced his resignation on Wednesday.
He had just won election in November to the District 52 seat, which represents Floyd and Chickasaw counties and part of Cerro Gordo County.
Gov. Terry Branstad has five days to set a special election date.


Schultz Pulls Back On Pursuit Of Election Fraud

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - After a lawsuit and a barrage of criticism, Iowa's top elections official is dropping key parts of rules governing how his office will remove foreign nationals from the state's voter registration database.
Secretary of State Matt Schultz announced Wednesday that he had made significant changes to rules that outline how his office will use a federal database to verify and remove ineligible non-citizens. A judge has blocked rules that Schultz issued in July on an emergency basis from going into effect after civil rights groups filed a lawsuit challenging them.
Schultz says he has dropped a rule on how voting fraud allegations can be filed, acknowledging confusion over the purpose.  He says he has also greatly extended the time for voters targeted
for removal to file responses and challenges.


Teenager Pleads Guilty To Shooting Friend

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Des Moines teenager who pointed a stolen gun at his friend and then killed him has pleaded guilty in adult court to felony charges of involuntary manslaughter and
reckless use of a firearm.
Dontavius Sharkey entered the pleas earlier this week. Sharkey was 15 on Oct. 12 when he shot 16-year-old Corey Hamilton Jr. at a Des Moines apartment. Investigators say Sharkey apparently was
unaware the gun was loaded.
The case facts led District Associate Judge Colin Witt to rule that Sharkey should be tried in adult court as a youthful offender. Sharkey turned 16 three days after the shooting.
The Des Moines Register reports ( that Sharkey won't officially be sentenced for two years. The procedure lets juvenile court officials decide what steps must be taken with Sharkey.

No Foul Play Suspected in Des Moines Man's Death

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say an autopsy has determined that a man whose body was pulled from the Des Moines River was not a victim of foul play.
Des Moines police on Wednesday identified the man as 55-year-old David Michael Duran. Police say he lived in the Des Moines area but didn't have a permanent address.
A passer-by spotted the body in the water near Principal Park on Tuesday morning.
Although Duran apparently wasn't the victim of a crime, police say they're continuing to investigate how he died.


DNR Reports Drop in Lake Level

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the drought has caused Big Creek Lake north of Des Moines to drop more than 6 feet below normal levels.
The DNR says the lake continues to fall by 6 inches a week.
The lake's low level has helped crews installing new boat ramps by allowing workers to pour the concrete slabs in place rather than on shore.
But Big Creek State Park Manager Chad Kelchen says soon the lake will be so low that no boat ramps will be usable.
Officials also worry that a water main that normally is under about 9 feet of water could be damaged because it's now exposed.
The lake was created by a diversion dam built as part of efforts to protect Polk City from floods.


Shotgun Season For Deer Opens

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is warning deer hunters they may see long lines to get licenses but fewer deer.
The DNR said it expects to sell more than 50,000 licenses between Wednesday and Saturday morning, the opening day of Iowa's shotgun deer season.
The agency says licenses will be sold at more than 900 locations statewide. Hunters are encouraged not to wait until the final minute to purchase them to avoid a last-minute rush.
The first season lasts from Dec. 1-5 and a second spans from Dec. 8-16. DNR experts say that deer numbers could drop by at least 10 percent from last year as a result of longstanding strategy to
cut the population.


Woman Arrested For Stealing Cemetery Flowers

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - A 67-year-old woman has been arrested after a hidden camera appeared to show her stealing flowers, wreaths and other items from grave sites in a Council
Bluffs cemetery.
Omaha, Neb., television station KETV reports that the Council Bluffs woman was arrested Monday on suspicion of theft and trespassing at Ridgewood Cemetery.
The arrest came after another Council Bluffs resident, Doug Lantry, became fed up with the theft of flowers and other items from his late wife's grave. Lantry mounted a motion-sensing camera
to a tree near his wife's grave, and says he now has pictures of the woman taking items from the site.
On Monday, a cemetery worker spotted the woman in the cemetery and called police.








Wednesday News, November 28

Fire Officials Determine Cause of Monday's Fire

(Le Mars) -- Investigators with the State Fire Marshall's office along with the Le Mars Fire Department have determined the cause of Monday's fire to be accidental in nature.  The area of origin for the fire was determined to be in the northwest third floor upper level above the second floor northwest apartments.  A failure with a furnace is being blamed for the inferno that destroyed the three-story Victorian style apartment building.  According to fire officials, the fire spread across the open attic area very quickly and down the open balloon construction walls into the second floor.  The fire penetrated the roof above the
furnace following the furnace vent ducting.  That fire completely destroyed the building.  There were eight people displaced as a result of the fire.


County Boards Examine Comprehensive Plan

(Le Mars) -- Members of the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors, Plymouth County Planning and Zoning Commission, and the Plymouth County Board of Adjustment met Monday afternoon to discuss the Comprehensive Plan for Plymouth County.  Jeff Ray of the J-E-O consulting firm from South Sioux City presented the comprehensive plan.  The comprehensive plan examines the county's  facilities, transportation, industries, agriculture, housing, business, education, and even parks to help determine the growth trends for the next 20 years.  A final version of the Plymouth County Comprehensive Plan will be presented to the county supervisors on December 18th.

Last Day For Tree limbs, Grass, & Leaf Disposal

(Le Mars) -- Today, (Wednesday)  will be your last chance to dispose of tree limbs, twigs, grass clippings, or leaves at the city's disposal site located on the west side of town near the Riverview ball parks.  City officials say the site will be open until 5:00 p.m. then it will be shut down until next spring.

City Reminds Residents of Winter Odd/Even Parking Ordinance

(Le Mars) -- City officials want to remind Le Mars residents that winter will soon be here and with that is the city's ordinance for odd and even parking when a snow emergency is declared.  The ordinance stipulates that residents park their vehicles on the odd numbered side of the street on odd calendar days and the even numbered side of the street on even calendar days.  The calendar day begins at 6:00 p.m. the previous day and ends at 6:00 p.m. the day of.   To clarify, after 6:00 p.m., you park for the following day.


Ottumwa High School Students Contribute To Food Drive

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) - A food drive by students at Ottumwa High School was so successful that a crew that arrived to pick up the items had to leave in order to get a bigger truck.
1,000 students contributed more than 11,000 food items.
Teacher Megan Wetrich says the students were motivated by stories in the local newspaper about empty shelves at the Food Bank of Southern Iowa.
Classes at the school competed, and they stacked up the food in the cafeteria.
A crew drove out in a panel truck on Monday to pick up the 9,200 pounds of food, but the food bank's Neil Abbott says they expected about a quarter of what was gathered. They immediately turned around to get a bigger truck.


Troops To Receive Iowa Christmas Trees

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - More than 80 Christmas trees are headed from Iowa to U.S. servicemen and women and their families overseas and at stateside bases.
More than 20 Iowa Christmas tree farms donated trees to the Trees for Troops project, which is a program of the Christmas Spirit Foundation. The foundation says that since the program's beginning
in 2005, more than 103,000 free trees have delivered by FedEx to more than 60 military bases in the U.S. and overseas.
Army veteran Gary Harman says he remembers a lonely Christmas he spent in what was West Germany in 1968. That's why he cut down two trees at his Indianola farm on Tuesday, hauled them to the Iowa State Fairgrounds and added them to the outbound pile.


Decorah Bald Eagle Dies

DECORAH, Iowa (AP) - A bald eagle that was part of a Decorah family of birds watched by millions of Internet viewers has been electrocuted.
The bald eagle, fitted with a satellite transmitter and known as D14, died Monday near Rockford. That's about 50 miles southwest of the nest where it was born at the Decorah Fish Hatchery.
The eagle was found at the base of a power pole.
D14 is the second known death of the 14 eagles hatched at the Decorah nest, where a camera set up by the Raptor Resource Project streams the birds' actions over the Internet.
Raptor Resource Project director Bob Anderson found the bird after transmitter data showed no movement.
Anderson says the death demonstrates the dangers faced by raptors.


Electrolux Leaving Webster City

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Appliance maker Electrolux is moving 80 jobs in its division developing better clothes washers and dryers from Iowa to its North American headquarters in North Carolina.
Electrolux said Tuesday that product design and testing will be discontinued at the company's Webster City, Iowa, site in the third quarter of next year. The move will increase its employment in
Charlotte to more than 800.
The Sweden-based appliance maker moved its North American headquarters from Georgia to Charlotte in July 2010 in return for state tax breaks and grants worth up to $26 million, plus more from
local governments. The company said last month it surpassed its hiring requirements under that deal.





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