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Monday News, May 30th

5000 Hogs Die From Hog Confinement Fire

(Hawarden) -- Thick, black smoke could be seen for miles as a result of a hog confinement facility catching on fire.  The fire was located at 1825 470th Street, southwest of Hawarden in Sioux County.  Nine different fire departments consisting of Hawarden, Ireton, Maurice, Sioux Center, Orange City, Alcester, South Dakota, Hudson, South Dakota, Akron, and Rock Valley were called to help battle the blaze.  Fire officials indicate the alarm was sounded at about 8:46 a.m. Saturday morning.  Hawarden Fire Chief John Strong believes the fire was started when one of the pigs dislodged a heat lamp causing it to fall onto the straw bedding.  Fire investigators from the State Fire Marshal office will be contacted to help determine the cause of the fire.

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Two large confinement barns are a total loss.   It is thought that approximately 5,000 head of hogs had perished in the fire.  Fire officials had some difficulty maneuvering in the farmstead due to the muddy conditions from last night's rain.  Fire officials were on the scene for more than five hours.

 

 

 

 

Wasmer Post #241 American Legion To Host Avenue Of Flags Program

(Le Mars) -- Today is Memorial Day, and the Wasmer post #241 American Legion will again host its annual Avenue of Flags program to be held at the Plymouth County Courthouse grounds.  Wayne Schipper serves as the Commander of the local American Legion post.  He says the program, which is to begin at 10:00 a.m., will focus on dedicating flags in the memory of veterans who have passed.

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Schipper says the earliest veterans that are remembered with the Avenue of Flags go back to World War I.  The American Legion post commander says the 1200 plus flags that will be displayed on the courthouse lawn and surrounding area all represent someone with either having a Le Mars or Plymouth County connection.

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Again, this year, all 1260 names will be honored with a roll call performed by Legionnaire Pat Murphy.

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Schipper says members of the American Legion Auxiliary will display wreaths to remember all veterans of the wars dating back to the Civil war.

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Prior to the program being held at the Plymouth County courthouse lawn, the American Legion will hold a parade.

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Veterans Freedom Rock Is Vandalized

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - A Freedom Rock completed last fall in Cedar Falls has been vandalized days before Memorial Day.
The vandalism occurred Saturday night at the Freedom Rock in Cedar Falls Veterans Park.
Spray paint was used to damage the rock, along with a fence and utility box.
Tom Hagarty, commander of the Cedar Falls American Legion No. 237, says a Memorial Day ceremony planned for Sunday night was going ahead.
Greenfield artist Ray "Bubba" Sorensen II painted the rock, which includes images of the Five Sullivan Brothers killed in World War II and Taylor Morris, a Navy explosive ordnance disposal expert who lost portions of all four limbs in a bomb blast in Afghanistan.
Sorensen wants to paint Freedom Rocks in all of Iowa's 99 counties.
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Granville Woman Arrested For Controlled Substance

(Orange City) -- Sioux County authorities have arrested an 18 year old Granville woman following an investigation of a report of a disturbance at a Granville residence.  The arrest was made Friday evening, and upon further investigation, deputies discovered that Jenna Meines was in possession of a controlled substance.  When Meines was arrested and brought to the jail, an additional amount of a controlled substance was found in her possession.  Meines was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of contraband in a correctional institute.

 

 

 

 

Inmate Doesn't Return To Work Release Facility

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) - A 29-year-old inmate has been listed as escaped from the work release facility in Marshalltown. The Iowa Corrections Department says Michael Compston didn't return as required Sunday from a furlough. He'd been at the Marshalltown facility since Feb. 5.

 

 

 


Bow Hunting Of Deer In Des Moines Termed As A Success

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says Polk County's urban bowhunting program has become the most successful in the state. The estimated deer population has dropped dramatically since its beginning in 1996. The Des Moines Register reports that the latest estimate, from 2014, showed 12 deer per square mile in Des Moines' Water Works Park, compared with 53 in 1998.


 


 

 

 

 





   

Saturday News, May 28

American Legion Plans "Avenue Of Flags" Program

(Le Mars) -- Monday is Memorial Day, and the Wasmer post #241 American Legion will again host its annual Avenue of Flags program to be held at the Plymouth County Courthouse grounds.  Wayne Schipper serves as the Commander of the local American Legion post.  He says the program, which is to begin at 10:00 a.m., will focus on dedicating flags in the memory of veterans who have passed.

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Schipper says the earliest veterans that are remembered with the Avenue of Flags go back to World War I.  The American Legion post commander says the 1200 plus flags that will be displayed on the courthouse lawn and surrounding area all represent someone with either having a Le Mars or Plymouth County connection.

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Again, this year, all 1260 names will be honored with a roll call performed by Legionnaire Pat Murphy.

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Schipper says members of the American Legion Auxiliary will display wreaths to remember all veterans of the wars dating back to the Civil war.

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Prior to the program being held at the Plymouth County courthouse lawn, the American Legion will hold a parade.

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Branstad Signs Medicaid Oversight Bill

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad has signed into law new state oversight of Iowa's Medicaid program under private management.
Branstad announced the approval Friday amid final decisions on a number of bills, including several dealing with Iowa's $7.35 billion budget, which takes effect in July.
Branstad kept language negotiated by the split Legislature that will add more state oversight to Medicaid, the program that provides health care to poor and disabled people.
Some Democratic lawmakers in the Senate had demanded additional oversight of the program because of concerns about the transition to private management on April 1. Branstad says in a message his approval means the state's Medicaid program will be one of the most transparent.
The governor had 30 days after the legislative session adjourned to deal with remaining legislation.
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Man Fires Gun In Sioux City Hotel, Hits Water Pipe And Causes Flooding

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A man has been charged after Sioux City police say he shot a water pipe in a hotel room, flooding two floors.
Sgt. Scott Hatting says 30-year-old Brett Anderson was inside a Super 8 Hotel room Friday when he accidentally fired his gun. Hatting says a water pipe was struck, causing water to flood the first and second floors. No injuries were reported.
Anderson was arrested and charged with reckless use of a firearm.

 

 

 

 

Explosion At University Of Iowa Apartments Kills One

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A University of Iowa spokeswoman says authorities are investigating an explosion and fire at a university-owned apartment that left one person dead.
UI spokeswoman Jeneane Beck says university police and Iowa City firefighters responded to a report of an explosion about 4:30 p.m. Friday at the Hawkeye Drive Apartments.
Beck says police are investigating a single fatality, and a State Fire Marshall's office investigator was at the scene.
Authorities aren't releasing the name of the victim.
Most residents of the apartment complex were allowed to return to their homes, and those in adjacent apartments likely can return later in the evening.
The apartments are owned by the university and are available for students and staff. They're about three miles west of the central campus.

 

 

 

 

Free Fishing Weekend

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says Iowa residents may fish without a license next weekend.   
The department has announced their free fishing weekend will run June 3-5. Although purchasing a license won't be required, all other fishing regulations will still be in place. 
Joe Larscheid, chief of the Iowa DNR's Fisheries Bureau, says he hopes the initiative prompts anglers to purchase an annual fishing license. He says the money allows the bureau to produce and stock over 160 million fish yearly, conduct research, construct fish habitat and improve water quality. 
Hands-on activities will be offered across the state to teach parents and kids the basics of fishing. A list of events is available at programs.iowadnr.gov/specialevents/.

 

 

 

 

Indian Burial Grounds In Path Of Proposed Oil Pipeline

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The possibility of an American Indian burial site in Iowa may require relocation of a crude oil pipeline route which would further delay the beginning of construction in the only one of four states where work hasn't yet begun.
The Dakota Access pipeline passes through the Big Sioux Wildlife Management area and Standing Rock Sioux Tribe leaders say there is a burial site. The pipeline also goes through the Dakotas and Illinois.
The possibility prompted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which owns the property, to revoke a construction permit for the area and issue a stop work order to Dakota Access until further notice.
A spokeswoman for Dakota Access says if something is confirmed the company will work with the appropriate agencies to make any necessary adjustments.

 

 

 





 


   

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