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Wednesday News, October 3

Auto Accident Victim Identified

(Le Mars) -- Authorities have identified the victim from Tuesday morning's roll over vehicle accident that occurred on Highway 75, south of Le Mars. 36 year old, Scott Jacobsen of Sergeant Bluff was pronounced dead at the scene.  He had apparently lost control of his vehicle when he entered the east ditch and rolled his car several times.  His body was transported to the Floyd Valley Hospital for further examination by Dr. Sheila Holcomb, Plymouth County Medical Examiner.


Le Mars Fall Clean Up Collected Less Waste

(Le Mars) -- Assistant City Administrator, Bill Cole, reported to the city council that the Fall Clean Up produced less waste than from previous designated city clean ups.  During the week of September 10th through the 15th, the city offered amnesty for city residents to throw away construction material, metal, and white goods.
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A year ago, Le Mars citizens threw away more than 107 tons of waste.  The spring clean up was also less than previous year's clean up periods.  City officials believe the program has been productive.

Timmerman Tells Le Mars Students To Stay Away From Drugs

(Le Mars) --
Former N-F-L football player, now farm equipment owner, Adam Timmerman of Cherokee spoke before nearly 600 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students from both Le Mars Community and Gehlen Catholic schools during the Le Mars Optimist Club rally.  Students were given their new T-shirt promoting to stay away from drugs and to "Just Say No."  The T-shirts were designed by Alex Burnett, a 6th grader from Le Mars Community.  The T-shirt design featured a text message as it might appear on the social media facebook page.  Timmerman, who played 12 years with the Green Bay Packers and the St. Louis Rams, told the group of students to use "positive" peer pressure and to look out for one another.  Timmerman used the analogy of a performance car with the students, saying that your body is like a performance car.
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Timmerman and the local Optimist club distributed an autographed color 5 x 7 photo of Timmerman while he played with the Packers.  On the reverse side is a biography of Timmerman.


Iowa Lawmaker Challenges Secretary of Schultz Voter Fraud Investigation

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa lawmaker is questioning Secretary of State Matt Schultz's use of federal money to investigate allege voter fraud in Iowa.
Sen. Tom Courtney, a Burlington Democrat, says he has requested state and federal audits of Schultz's use of funds from the Help America Vote Act to hire an Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation
Courtney says the money is supposed to be used to help educate voters.
Schultz, a Republican, issued a statement Tuesday accusing Courtney of trying to block criminal investigations into voter fraud and election misconduct.
Three people were charged last month with voter fraud in Pottawattamie County as a result of the DCI probe. A Polk County judge also stopped Schultz's efforts to change some aspects of the state's voter laws that were challenged in court.

Ryan Campaigns In Iowa

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) - Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan says the way to help the middle class recover from the past four years is to elect Mitt Romney president in November.
Ryan was responding to a comment Tuesday by Vice President Joe Biden.
Biden said during a campaign stop in North Carolina that the middle class "has been buried the last four years." And he asked how Republicans could justify raising their taxes as a result.
At his own campaign appearance in Iowa, Ryan said he and Romney agree that Obama has been bad for the middle class.
Said Ryan: "We agree. That means we need to stop digging by electing Mitt Romney the next president of the United States."


Cedar Rapids Police Want To Bar "Troublemakers" From City Council Meetings

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - The Cedar Rapids Police Department has recommended that the Cedar Rapids City Council pass an ordinance that would let the city bar from its meetings people who've created previous disturbances at City Hall or other city buildings.
The Gazette says acting Police Chief Bernie Walther proposed the idea to the council's public safety committee on Monday.
The proposal comes just two weeks after City Hall critic Robert Bates yelled at Mayor Ron Corbett and others after a special council meeting.
Walther says current law already lets police arrest someone who disrupts a public meeting. Police are proposing an ordinance that would empower city officials, after a hearing, to bar someone from
city property.
Walther says some cities in Michigan, Massachusetts and other states have adopted similar ordinances.


Tuesday News, October 2

Early Morning Accident Leads To Fatality

(Le Mars) -- Early Tuesday morning, at about 5:20 a.m. the Plymouth County Sheriff's office responded to a one vehicle accident located on Highway 75 near Kern Drive, just south of the NIPCO intersection.  Deputies found the vehicle in the east ditch, and determined the accident to be with life threatening injuries.  The investigation indicates the vehicle was northbound on Highway 75, and as it approached the curve, the driver lost control of the vehicle and entered the east ditch, where it rolled several times.  The vehicle is registered to a subject from Sergeant Bluff.  The driver was pronounced dead at the scene, and was transported to Floyd Valley Hospital for further examination by Plymouth County Medical Examiner, Dr. Holcomb.  The name is being withheld at this time due to notification of family.


Plymouth County Supervisors To Meet

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Board of Supervisors are to meet this morning.  The supervisors have a relatively light agenda as they will review and expected to approve two subdivision requests.  The supervisors will also hear from Terry Marienau, the assistant to the county engineer.


Le Mars City Council To Hold Public Hearings

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council will hold a couple of public hearings in regards to refunding the water and sewer improvement and refunding loan agreements.  If approved, the city is expected to save more than $800,000.  The public hearings will be held at 12:00 noon at the city council chambers.  The city council is also expected to hear a report from JEO engineering consulting firm with regards to 27th Street RISE project.  RISE stands for Revitalize Iowa's Sound Economy.


Farm Rescue To Help With Harvest For A Le Mars Farm Couple

(Le Mars) -- An organization that provides free assistance to farmers with their harvesting, due to a major injury, illness, or natural disaster is coming to the rescue of a Le Mars farming couple.  Levi Weilenga, of Sioux City is a local volunteer with the Farm Rescue organization. He says the organization got its start in 2005.

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Farm Rescue will be helping Gary and Linda Reeves of Le Mars with their harvest today.

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Weilenga says both Gary and Linda Reeves are being treated for cancer.

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Since its inception, Farm Rescue has either planted or harvested crops for 200 farm families living in North and South Dakota, Minnesota, and Montana.  Iowa was recently added as the fifth state in which Farm Rescue provides assistance, with the Reeves being the third Iowa farm family to receive the assistance.

Le Mars Fire Department Releases September Report

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department has issued its September report, noting that they were asked to go on 59 total calls.  Twelve of the calls were fire calls, and two were for rescue-related calls.  One time, the Le Mars Fire Department was asked to offer mutual aid assistance.  The fire department had 30 requests for services, and 14 investigations.  During the month of September, the Le Mars Fire and Rescue held 56 fire extinguisher training seminars for 800 employees of Well's Enterprises.  Approximately, one-third of all Well's Enterprises employees are now trained on the proper use of a fire extinguisher.

Cigar Responsible For Sioux City Fatal Fire

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a discarded cigar is to blame for a deadly fire in Sioux City.
According to investigators, 71-year-old Delbert Rowse died at a hospital after he was pulled from the basement of the burning home early Saturday. Officials say Rowse was asleep when the sofa he was on was ignited by an improperly discarded cigar.
It is Sioux City's second fatal fire this year. A man found dead in a burning home in July died of smoke inhalation.

13 Year Old Boy Shot In Head

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a 13-year-old boy has been hospitalized after being shot in his head at a friend's house in Ankeny.
The boy, Michael Wells, of Berwick, was visiting a friend on Sunday afternoon when the shooting occurred.
It's unclear how he was shot, but police have reported no arrests. A 14-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy were in the house at the time of the shooting and are considered witnesses. Their
names have not been released. Police say children's parents weren't home at the time, either.
Ankeny police say the girl called 911 after the shooting.


Iowa Supreme Court To Hear Farm Tour Injury Case

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether the owners of a dairy farm can be sued by an adult chaperone who was injured during a kindergarten class trip.
The court said Monday it would hear the case Oct. 11 at Waterloo West High School.
Justices will be asked to decide whether a lawsuit filed by Kimberly Sallee is barred by a law that gives immunity to landowners who open their property to others for recreational purposes.
Sallee fell through the floor of the hay loft and onto the barn below when she was chaperoning a trip of her daughter's class from Sacred Heart School in Oelwein to the farm owned by the Stewart
A district judge has dismissed the claims, and Sallee is asking they be reinstated.


Iowa Harvest Half Done

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's corn and soybean harvests have passed the halfway point as farmers move quickly to get the drought-damaged crops out of the fields.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 56 percent of the corn and 54 percent of the soybeans have been harvested. That's a week or two ahead of normal.
The USDA says in Monday's weekly report that the condition of the corn improved slightly, with 47 percent rated poor or very poor, 33 percent fair and 20 percent in good or excellent shape.
Soybeans are rated 31 percent poor or very poor, 37 percent fair and 32 percent in good or excellent condition.
Iowa continues to be dry. The state saw just .17 inches of rain in the past week, below the normal of .77 inches.



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