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Friday News, August 16

Plymouth County Museum To Host Tour Of Loess Hills

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Historical Musuem is planning a trip through the central region of the Loess Hills in late September.  Famed photographer Don Poggensee, who has captured hundreds of images of the Loess Hills, of which some are on display at the Plymouth County Historical Museum, will serve as the tour's host.  Tentative plans for the itinerary begin with a tour of three museums in Onawa: the Monona County Veterans Memorial Museum, the Monona County Historical Museum, and the Kiwanis Museum. The tour will continue to the Lewis and Clark State Park for a look at the new Visitor’s Center that opened last year.
Participants are encouraged to bring a sack lunch to the park.
The next stop will be Turin, the site of an archeological find in 1955 when archeologists uncovered the remains of four 5,000-year-old skeletons in the Loess Hills at Turin. The remains, which collectively became known as the Turin Man, are believed to be the oldest remains ever uncovered in Iowa.
The bus will continue to the Mapleton area for a visit to the Museum of American History and the Mission Central barn museum.
The trip will wrap up with an evening meal at Mapleton’s Beef N Brew. The tour is scheduled for Saturday, September 27th, but reservations are needed by Friday, September 5th.  The cost of the tour is $60 and that includes your evening meal.  For additional information, you can contact the Plymouth County Historical Museum.


Fire Department To Host Water Fights Sunday

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department will be hosting a fire department water fight on Sunday afternoon at the Fareway parking lot, and City water superintendent, Gayle Sitzmann wants citizens to be aware there is a possibility for some discolored water, particularly in the northeast section of town.  Sitzmann notes that in past water fight competitions, the water quality was not bothered.  He says there is the potential risk of discolored water from opening a fire hydrant.  Sitzmann says if residents should notice any discolored water, it is best to use cold water, preferably from an outside hose bib until the water clears.  Sitzmann says if on Monday morning, if discolored water exists, residents should contact the city water department. 


Carol Schneider To Be Inducted Into 4-H Hall Of Fame

(Le Mars) -- The Iowa State Fair and the Iowa 4-H Organization will honor those people to be inducted to the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame on Sunday afternoon.  The ceremonies will take place at the 4-H Building, located on the State Fair Grounds.  One of this year's inductees to the 4-H Hall of Fame is quite familiar to Plymouth County as being a long-time employee of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.  Plymouth County 4-H and Youth Director and Co-Coordinator Ann Schoenrock says former extension director Carol Schneider has been nominated.

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Prior to leaving the extension services, and pursuing a teaching career at Gehlen Catholic elementary, Schneider has been associated with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in one form or another, for 30 plus years.

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Schoenrock says it was Schneider who implemented so many programs that ultimately benefitted the Plymouth County 4-H program.  Schoenrock says the honor is a way for Plymouth County to say "thank you" to Carol Schneider.

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The 4-H Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is scheduled to begin at 3:30.


Brandstad And Hatch Spar During First Debate

  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Republican Gov. Terry Branstad and Democratic challenger Jack Hatch sparred over who could best boost job creation, enhance education and improve quality of life during their first televised debate 
     Branstad and Hatch met Thursday at the Iowa State Fair. It was the first of three debates in the race. 
     Branstad is running for an unprecedented sixth nonconsecutive term. He touted his record of tax cuts and job creation and offered a new proposal, an expanded plan to improve broadband Internet access in rural Iowa.
     Hatch, a longtime state lawmaker, said he could do more to enhance incomes and improve education. He pledged to raise the minimum wage, cut taxes for middle class residents and raise the gas tax to pay for road repairs.


State Senator Bertrand To Appeal Lawsuit To Supreme Court

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - State Sen. Rick Bertrand says he'll appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court the dismissal of his lawsuit over a misleading campaign ad.
     The Republican said he will ask the U.S. high court to overturn the Iowa Supreme Court's ruling against him in May. Bertrand, who is seeking re-election this fall, says his appeal is part of his fight for truth in campaigning.
     In the lawsuit, Bertrand said Democrat Rick Mullin and the Iowa Democratic Party had libeled and slandered him in a TV ad run before the November 2010 election that Bertrand won. The ad said Bertrand's employer sold "a dangerous sleep drug to children."
     A jury in 2012 agreed with Bertrand that the ad falsely suggested he personally sold the drug.


Schultz Now A Candidate For County Attorney

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz is a candidate for Madison County attorney in November.
     The county auditor's office confirmed that Schultz is on the ballot as the Republican candidate running against current County Attorney Julie Forsyth, a Democrat.
     Schultz decided not to run for a second term as secretary of state. Instead he launched a campaign for Iowa's 3rd District congressional seat but the Republican Party chose David Young from the field of six candidates in June.
     Schultz says he's had a lot of encouragement to run for county attorney. 
     Schultz's biography on the secretary's website says he's a graduate of the Law School at Creighton University and practiced law in Council Bluffs before being elected secretary of state in 2010.


University Of Iowa Announces Staff Changes

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The University of Iowa is announcing staff changes as administrators try to step up the school's support for businesses and entrepreneurs.
     The school said Thursday that its director of federal relations, Peter Matthes, will take on a new role working to "grow corporate and business partnerships."
     Separately, the university named administrator David Conrad as assistant vice president for economic development. He will lead efforts to commercialize research, transfer technology to the private sector and work with businesses.
     UI President Sally Mason says in a statement the realignment is an important step toward helping companies thrive and ensuring "faculty and student innovators have adequate support" to translate ideas into products and businesses.
     The Iowa Board of Regents has made clear that it expects the university to focus on economic development.


Two People Injured After Pickup Truck And Tractor Collision

PRAIRIE CITY, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say two people have been injured in a collision between a pickup truck and a tractor. 
     Prairie City Asst. Fire Chief Tony Mosher says the tractor's driver and passenger were seriously injured in the highway accident Thursday. Authorities say the truck collided with the rear end of the tractor near Prairie City. 
     Mosher says the injuries didn't appear to be life-threatening. One person was taken to Des Moines by helicopter and the other was transported by ambulance. The truck driver was uninjured. 
     Authorities haven't release the names of the people involved.



Thursday Afternoon News, August 14

 NewLink Genetics: Ready to test Ebola vaccine
     UNDATED (AP) - An Iowa drug developer says it has enough doses of a possible vaccine for the deadly Ebola virus to launch an initial round of human testing.
     NewLink Genetics Chief Financial Officer Gordon Link says the timing of the trials is uncertain, but the company is receiving help from a number of sources to speed up the process.
     NewLink Genetics Corporation says the vaccine has been 100 percent effective in preventing deadly Ebola infections in non-human primates, and it acts quickly enough to show effectiveness in animals that received a typically lethal dose of the virus.
     There is no proven treatment or vaccine for Ebola. A current outbreak of the virus in West Africa is the biggest in history. It has killed more than 1,000 people.


Former Officer May Be Re-sentenced For 2008 Beating

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A federal appeals court says a former Des Moines police officer sentenced to less than two years in prison for severely beating a man during a 2008 traffic stop should serve much longer.
     A three-member panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says Mersed Dautovic's sentence was unreasonably lenient and ordered the case returned to federal district court for resentencing.
     Guidelines placed the sentence at between 11 and 14 years but Dautovic served a year and eight months before his release in January.
     The judges say Dautovic's beating of Octavius Bonds was egregious and warrants a stiffer sentence.
     Dautovic was convicted in August 2012 of using excessive force and obstructing justice.
     His attorney says he will seek a rehearing and consider an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.


Historic Des Moines House Set For Demolition

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A 54-year-old mansion on Des Moines' south side prized by preservationists could be torn down soon after the city issued a demolition permit.
     The city issued the demolition permit for the home, which was owned by David and Liz Kruidenier. David Kruidenier was an executive at The Des Moines Register and Tribune Co. and Liz Kruidenier was an attorney and civil rights advocate.
     David Kruidenier died in 2006. His wife died in 2011.
     Preservationists say the house is a significant example of midcentury modern architecture. Steve Wilke-Shapiro, of the Des Moines Rehabbers Club, calls it a "museum of midcentury development."
     The new owners, who bought the property for $645,000, say structural problems make demolition necessary.
     Demolition could begin in a week or two.


North Dakota Sues Over Missouri River Flooding

  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota has become the sixth state to have residents join a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over Missouri River flood damage.
     Flooding in previous years - particularly 2011 - prompted a March lawsuit by more than 200 landowners in South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri.
     Plaintiff's attorney Eddie Smith says some people in North Dakota have now joined the lawsuit, and many more are expected after informational meetings in Bismarck this week.
     Rural Mandan homeowner Judy Masset says the lawsuit isn't just about being compensated for damage but also about getting the corps to make flood control a priority.
     The federal government has said the corps shouldn't be blamed for major flooding on the river because the management system doesn't guarantee a flood-free zone.


Water Runoff Is Above Normal Levels

 SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Runoff continues to be above normal in the upper Missouri River basin, but it isn't leading to any flooding concerns.
     The Army Corps of Engineers says runoff above Sioux City, Iowa, in July was 33 percent above normal. Water management chief Jody Farhat says July precipitation in the region was below normal but high runoff persists in some areas because of heavy rains in June.
     The reservoir system still has three-fourths of its flood storage capacity available. Farhat says water in flood control zones will be released during the rest of the year to serve water supply needs and downstream navigation. The corps earlier announced a full-service eight-month navigation season downstream.


Iowa And Nebraska State Fairs Compete For Omaha Visitors

 LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska State Fair's new home in Grand Island places it closer to the center of the state, but the move from Lincoln four years ago has created a potential opening for Iowa.
     Iowa State Fair organizers are working to attract visitors from Omaha, which sits halfway between Nebraska's fair in Grand Island and Iowa's in Des Moines.
     Both fairs are advertising to Omaha residents, but organizers say they aren't competing. They argue that the fairs are scheduled at different times of the month, and offer different concerts and events.
     Marla Calico of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions says fairs want to draw as many patrons as possible, but attendance alone isn't the best way to measure success. Sometimes, revenue will increase even when turnout is down.







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