Tuesday News, February 2
Le Mars Could See 12 Inches Of Snow
(Sioux Falls) -- Following last evening's Iowa Caucuses, the next news item is the snow storm that is hitting Iowa and other parts of the Midwest. According to Phillip Schumacher, a meteorologist, with the National Weather Services of Sioux Falls, Le Mars may again see a heavy snowfall.
We now know that Le Mars will likely get the top end of that range of snowfall, which means nearly 12 inches of snow.
Schumacher says the storm is developing in the southwest, and he says the anticipated winds are what make this snow storm different than those earlier in the season.
Schumacher offers a timetable as to when the snow will begin to fall, and at what time will be the heaviest snowfall.
Schumacher says the snow will contain a lot of moisture, making it heavy, although he says it will also have the potential to blow around causing many drifts and reduced visibility.
Cruz Wins Iowa - Trump Takes Plymouth County
(Le Mars) -- As for the Iowa Caucuses, Texas Senator Ted Cruz won the state republican contest beating business tycoon Donald Trump. Third place went to Florida Senator Marco Rubio. Here in Plymouth County, it was Donald Trump winning with 32 percent of the votes compared to Ted Cruz's 28 percent, and Marco Rubio finished third in Plymouth County with 19 percent of the votes. Dr. Ben Carson had slightly more than 10 percent of the votes in Plymouth County for fourth place, and former Florida governor Jeb Bush had two percent of the votes. As for some of the neighboring counties; Ted Cruz won Sioux and O'Brien counties, while Donald Trump took Woodbury and Cherokee counties.
In the Democrat race, Plymouth County is much like the statewide contest with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bernie Sanders in a tight too close to call contest. Throughout the entire state for both Republicans and Democrats, a larger than normal voter turnout was common.
Cruz Comments On His Political Victory
(Des Moines) -- Ted Cruz tells The Associated Press that his victory in Iowa's Republican presidential caucuses is a victory for the grassroots, and he says his triumph is part of a larger movement of conservatives against what he calls the "Washington cartel."
Cruz says his win "was a victory for courageous conservatives in Iowa and all around the country."
The first-term Texas senator says that from "Day One, we built our campaign as a movement for Americans to organize and rally to band together against the disaster of the Washington cartel."
Huckabee And O'Malley End Presidential Campaigns
(Des Moines) -- Last evening's Iowa caucus results had two political casualties. Both Republican Mike Huckabee and Democrat Martin O'Malley have announced they are ending their presidential campaigns.
Kass Comments On Plymouth County Caucus Results
Plymouth County Republican chair, Don Kass says he was pleased at the voter turnout for the county caucuses.
Fire and Rescue Department Averages Slightly More Than One Call Per Day In January
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department has issued its January monthly report. The local fire department responded to a total of 32 calls, with 10 fire calls, seven rescues, eight investigations, twice the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department offered mutual aid to Merrill, and the fire and rescue department had five requests for services.
Bishop Walker Nicklaus Visits Gehlen During Catholic Schools Week
(Le Mars) -- Monday was the start of "Catholic Schools Week, and Gehlen Catholic School had a special guest to perform morning mass. Bishop R. Walker Nicklaus of the Sioux City diocese was at the St. Joseph's church. Following the early morning mass, Bishop Nicklaus visited classrooms and shared lunch with many of the Gehlen Catholic elementary students. He talks about the importance of National Catholic School Week.
Bishop Nicklaus says he takes the opportunity during Catholic schools week, to personally visit with many of the schools to "thank" the teachers, administration officials, and staff.
The Sioux City Diocese Bishops also hopes to visit Remsen St. Mary's, Fort Dodge St. Edmond, and Sacred Heart of Sioux City.
Des Moines Airport Has Cancelled Flights Due To Weather Concerns
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Any candidates or staffers left in Des Moines after the Iowa caucuses may have to hurry if they want to get out of town.
After a dusting of snow Tuesday morning, the city soon will be hit by a heavier band of snow. Snowfall could total as much as 9 inches by the time the massive storm moves on. The city is under a winter storm warning, and travel is discouraged.
Kenny Podrazik (poh-DRAH'-zihk) with the National Weather Service says "it's going to be pretty havoc when the snow starts."
Seven flights out of the Des Moines airport already are canceled, but 18 are still on the schedule.
Midwest Economy Shows Small Improvement
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - January results from a survey of supply managers in nine Midwest and Plains states suggest some improvement in the regional economy but not enough to generate optimism.
A report issued Monday says the Mid-American Business Conditions Index jumped to 48.3 in January from 39.5 in December - the first increase in six months.
Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says falling agriculture and energy commodity prices and global economic uncertainty continue "to restrain supply managers' expectations of future economic conditions."
The survey results are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests economic growth. A score below that suggests decline.
The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.