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Monday News, July 23

Motorcycle Accident On Highway 3

(Le Mars) -- A motocycle accident occurred on Saturday evening at the 2400 block of Highway 3, approximately nine miles west of Le Mars.  The accident happened at about 8:25 p.m.  55 year old Russell Proctor of Mosinee, Wisconsin was the driver of a 1984 Harley Davidson motorcycle.  He had been riding in a group of six motorcycles traveling west on Highway 3.   Proctor left the roadway and went onto the north shoulder at which time he lost control and entered the north ditch.  Proctor was thrown from the motorcycle coming to rest in the north ditch.  Proctor was first transported to Floyd Valley Hospital and then airlifted to Mercy Medical Center by Mercy Aircare with life threatening injuries.  He  was not wearing a helmet.  Responding to the scene were the Plymouth County Sheriff's Department, Akron Police, Iowa State Patrol, Le Mars Fire and Rescue, Le Mars Ambulance, and the Le Mars Police Department.


Hinton Fire Department Called to a Barn Fire

(Hinton) -- The Hinton Fire Department responded to an assistance call from the Lawton Fire Department to help fight a major barn fire.  That fire was located at 1614 120th Street near Sioux City.  Hinton was called at about 9:40 a.m. and was on the scene until 3:20 p.m.  Other fire departments included Lawton, Sergeant Bluff, Moville, Bronson, and a unit from the Sioux City airport also responded.  No word as of yet as to what may have been the cause of that fire, or the extent of damage.



Northey To Visit Northwest Iowa

(Des Moines) -- Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey has announced that he will be visiting Ida, Cherokee, Sioux and Plymouth Counties on Monday, July 23rd as part of his efforts to visit each of Iowa's 99 counties  again in 2012.  Northey will visit the Ida County Fair in Ida Grove at 10:30 a.m., then he will tour Little Sioux Corn Processing in Marcus at 12:30 p.m.  Northey is scheduled to tour Van Beek Natural Science in Orange City at 2:00 p.m.  and then he will visit the Remsen Processing in Remsen at 3:30 p.m.



Fair Board Showcases New Livestock Facility

(Le Mars) -- Wednesday is the start of the Plymouth County Fair, but on Friday evening, the fair board welcomed the public as they held an open house showcasing the new livestock housing facility.   Fair board President Tony Schroeder welcomed the crowd and said the decision was made by the fair board to construct a new livestock housing facility since the original barns were no longer safe structures.   Schroeder says pedestrian safety was a major consideration for locating the new barn north of the show arena.  The fair board president explained to the gathering the new facility will be used to house all the beef, dairy, sheep, and goat exhibits.  The new barn measures 150 feet by 100 feet.  It is an E-P-S building that was constructed by Sitzmann Construction of Le Mars.



Today Is Cleanup Day At Fairgrounds

(Le Mars) -- Today at the fair grounds is fairground clean up day that begins at 9:00 a.m.  4-H and FFA reduced price passes will be sold between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. and again from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.  Those passes can be obtained at the fair office.  Livestock Stall assignments will be posted at 1:00 p.m. today.  This evening at 7:00 p.m. is the 4-H and FFA Horse Show (timed events) at the Horse Arena.



Heat Wave To Continue

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The National Weather Service says heat relief will not be soon in coming for Iowa and Nebraska.

A weather service warning about excessive heat remains in effect until Wednesday afternoon or night in west-central and southwest Iowa and in southeast Nebraska.

The warnings are issued when the service experts believe dangerously high temperatures will occur in which "heat and humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely."

The century mark was breached in both states on Sunday. The air temperature hit 104 in Des Moines and 105 in Omaha, for examples.  Humidity made it seem hotter.


Director For National Missing and Exploited Children Remains Optimistic About Missing Cousins

(Des Moines) -- A director at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children says there is some reason to be optimistic about the search for two missing Iowa girls.

Robert Lowery says there have been cases where missing children were found long after they disappeared, so there's no reason to give up on the search for 10-year-old Lyric Cook-Morrissey and 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins.

Lowery pointed out the famous cases of Elizabeth Smart and Jaycee Dugard as reasons to remain hopeful. Both were found alive months or years after their abductions.

Lowery also says the public shouldn't assume that Iowa officials are focused only on the lake where the girls' bicycles were found.  He says investigators are following multiple leads.

Investigators spent much of last week searching Meyers Lake and the surrounding area, which is about 120 miles northeast of Des Moines.



Michigan Wins Solar Car Race -- Iowa State Placed Second

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - The University of Michigan has made it four wins in a row at the 2012 American Solar Challenge vehicle competition.

The university says its car the Quantum is the winner in the eight-day solar vehicle competition. The 1,650-mile event started July 14 in Rochester, New York, and ended Saturday in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The university says its car crossed the finish line about 2:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time, with Iowa State University and Principia College coming in second and third. There were 18 teams in all.

Michigan has won the event seven times since it began in 1990.  The racers faced some bad weather conditions, including rain on the second and last days.












Saturday News, July 21

Jandreau Trial Scheduled



(Le Mars) -- A trial date of September 18 has been set for Matthew Jandreau to


appear at the the Plymouth County District Court.  Jandreau is accused of a

crime spree that occured in Le Mars last March that includes kidnapping, sexual


assault, and theft.




Emmons Charged With Domestic Abuse
(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Sheriff's office received a call of a domestic disturbance at 31328 Lynx Avenue.  The sheriff's office investigated the complaint and arrested John Emmons of 22843 Hedge Avenue was arrested at his residence on the charges of simple domestic abuse and criminal mischief in the 4th degree, a serious misdemeanor.  He was booked into the jail on those charges and held until he could see a judge.
Plymouth County Offers Additional Day For Motorcycle Testing
(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County will offer motorcycle drivers another day for testing.  Beginning August 1, 2012, a second motorcycle testing time will be added on Thursday mornings.  The new schedule for motorcycle testing will be Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 9:00 a.m.  Linda Dobson, Plymouth County Treasurer says an afternoon and a morning test time will be more accomodating to the public.  The county will also be able to handle more car driving tests and will not have to refer county drivers to other driver license stations for testing.  Plymouth County is able to expand on the services since it will no longer be issuing new, first time Commercial Drivers Licenses as of August 1.  With the new federal regulations requiring a CDL skills testing area of 130 feet by 240 feet paved area, the county is unable to comply.  Dobson says drivers that need to renew their CDL license can still do so in Plymouth County, and the CDL written tests can still be performed, but the driving skills test will have to happen elsewhere.
Northey To Visit Northwest Iowa
(Des Moines) -- Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey has announced that he will be visiting Ida, Cherokee, Sioux and Plymouth Counties on Monday, July 23rd as part of his efforts to visit each of Iowa's 99 counties  again in 2012.  Northey will visit the Ida County Fair in Ida Grove at 10:30 a.m., then he will tour Little Sioux Corn Processing in Marcus at 12:30 p.m.  Northey is scheduled to tour Van Beek Natural Science in Orange City at 2:00 p.m.  and then he will visit the Remsen Processing in Remsen at 3:30 p.m.  All events are open to the public.
Fair Board Holds Open House

(Le Mars) -- Nearly 200 people attended the open house hosted by the Plymouth
County Fairboard last evening as the fairboard showcased their newly constructed livestock pavillion facility.  The fairboard served pork burgers and hamburgers to the gathering.  Many people were overheard sharing compliments of the new 150 foot by 100 foot E-P-S building built by Sitzmann Construction of Le Mars.  Despite the hot temperatures, attendees noticed the air movement within the facility.  Fairboard President Tony Schroeder welcomed the crowd and discussed why the decision was made to construct a new facility.
(sot) Schroeder open house1
Schroeder says pedestrian safety was a major consideration for the location of the new barn.
(sot) Schroeder open house2
The fairboard president explained to the gathering as to how the new facility will be used.
(sot) Schroeder open house3
The new barn has three eight-foot wide concrete paved isles for better accessibility for handicapped.  It has plenty of available space for the housed animals.  Every five feet is an electrical outlet capable of handling exhibitors fans and misting sprayers. The barn is equipped with removable brackets to hold those fans and misting sprayers, and new portable pens have been installed for the sheep and goat exhibits. A new washrack has also been installed on the east side of the barn. As part of the open house events, this year's fair royalty candidates were on hand and introduced themselves.
Pork Producer Concerned About High Grain Prices
Missing Cousins Now Considered An Abduction
EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) - A law enforcement official says the search for two missing Iowa girls is being classified as an abduction after an FBI team failed to find their bodies in a lake.
Black Hawk County Chief Deputy Rick Abben told reporters Friday that the case was reclassified after FBI divers were confident the bodies of 10-year-old Lyric Cook-Morrissey and 8-year-old Elizabeth
Collins are not on the bottom of Meyers Lake in Evansdale.
The cousins disappeared a week ago while riding bikes near the lake.
Abben says investigators have sent evidence to a state crime lab
for analysis. He would not elaborate or say what the evidence was.
Iowa Unemployment Rises
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's unemployment rate has inched upward, hitting 5.2 percent in June.
State labor officials say the rate was a tenth of a point higher than May's 5.1 percent. The rate was 6 percent in June last year.
Iowa Workforce Development says in a report issued Friday that the state lost 2,400 jobs in total nonfarm employment last month, primarily because of drops in local government employment.
The sector gain came in professional and business services, with 3,000 more jobs.
The number of unemployed people in Iowa was estimated at 85,600 in June, compared with 85,000 in May. A year ago, there were more than 100,300 unemployed in Iowa.
The national jobless rate remained 8.2 percent in June.



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