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KLEM News PM Update August 3, 2010

(LE MARS)--Mowing and painting are priorities for city of Le Mars Public Works Staff this summer.

City administrator Scott Langel says seeding of projectS that disturbed soil is ahead.

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In between rains, Langel says city crews try to keep up with street sweeping and filling holes in pavements.

Marriage rally in Sioux City

(SIOUX CITY)--Sioux City is the destination for a 23-city, 19-state tour to show support for traditional marriage today (Tuesday).

The National Organization for Marriage's, "Summer for Marriage, One Man - One Woman Tour hosts a free, public event.

The Morningside Assembly of God Church is the rally location. The President of the National Organization for Marriage, Brian Brown will speak during the noon event today.

Traffic can't cross crossing Wednesday

(JAMES)--There's a change planned tomorrow (Wednesday) for traffic in the Hinton area.

Drivers will not be able to cross the Burlington Northern Railroad tracks on County Road C-70, between Highway 75 and Imperial Road.

According to Engineer Tom Rohe, the crossing repair at James will begin about eight tomorrow (Wednesday morning) and be completed by 5 Wednesday afternoon.

Two sentenced for identity crimes in Sioux County 

(ORANGE CITY)--Immigration and Customs Enforcement has placed holds on two people prosecuted in Sioux County for identity crimes.

According to County Attorney Coleman McAllister, a native of Mexico, 21-year-old Eric Bautista-Zurita was arrested in May by Sioux Center Police. Bautista-Zurita was accused of having a false and fraudulent Social Security card and forged permanent Resident card. He pleaded guilty to two forgery charges.


McAllister reports a judge suspended Bautista-Zurita's two-year prison term for one forgery conviction but ordered him to serve a 55-day jail term for the other conviction.

Twenty-two-year-old Waldemar Lopez-Gonzalez, of native of Guatemala, was charged with using another man's identity to get a job at Golden Crisp in Sioux Center. Lopez-Gonzalez pleaded guilty to identity theft and forgery.McAllister reports a judge suspended the two-year prison term for identity theft but ordered him to serve 51-days in jail for the forgery conviction.
 

Dean Foods issues 2nd quarter report

DALLAS, TEXAS)--Consumer spending is a factor in lower earnings for a company with operations in Le Mars.

Dean Foods Company today (Tuesday) announced second quarter diluted earnings of 25 cents a share. That's down 13 cents a share from one year ago.

In a news release, Dean Foods Chairman Gregg Engles said, "Our results in the quarter remain well below year ago levels, but represent a step forward from the difficult start to 2010. While the challenges in the fluid milk category continue to negatively impact results, we remain focused on significantly lowering our cost structure to position us to win over the longer term."


Dean Foods outlook for the business is unchanged from the first quarter. The C-E-O described working class consumers as remaining underemployed and over leveraged with an economic anxiety. Engles says "Their economic anxiety is reflected in a highly promotional retail environment for private label milk that is driving negative private label versus branded mix for our Fresh Dairy Direct-Morningstar business."

The company is seeing the more value-added business at WhiteWave-Alpro producing strong volume and revenue.

All-State hopefuls prepare at Briar Cliff University

(SIOUX CITY)--A three-day camp at Briar Cliff University is about auditions and not athletics.

More than 250 students are on the campus of the private Sioux City university preparing for vocal excellence at Iowa All-State Chorus auditions.

Briar Cliff University assistant professor of music and director of choral activities Dr. Sean Burton serves as musical director for the Pre-All-State Choral Music campus.

High Schools represented include Le Mars Community, Gehlen Catholic, Remsen St. Mary's, West Sioux and Sioux Center Community along with Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn.

Tomorrow night (Aug. 4), the Briar Cliff Pre-All-State Choral Music Camp concludes with a concert at 7 p-m at the Grandview Park Bandshell.  The concert is open to the public.

 

State offering loans to small businesses

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A new state loan program designed help entrepreneurs and small businesses is now accepting applications.

Iowa businesses with less than 35 employees can get a loan up to $50,000 from the Iowa Small Business Loan program.

The program is limited to businesses owned and actively managed by Iowans.

State officials say the loans will be for upgrading or modernizing equipment, transportation, energy efficiency and other purposes.

Gov. Chet Culver's staff says the Iowa Department of Economic Development has contracted with the Iowa Foundation for Microenterprise and Community Vitality to help with the credit review process and provide recommendations regarding loan decisions.

Police seek material witness in park shooting

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Des Moines police say they're searching for a man wanted as a material witness after a shooting death in a park.

Thirty-year-old Daryl Kinchelow, of Des Moines, was shot in the chest last week at Evelyn Davis Park and pronounced dead at a hospital. Eighteen-year-old Jacolby Wright, also of Des Moines, was shot in the leg. He was treated and released.

Authorities say they're looking for 35-year-old Michael Wells. They're asking anyone with information about him to call 911.

Police say 20-year-old Derrick Smith was arrested last week as a material witness and has been questioned by detectives.

No charges have been filed in the shootings.


Police accuse woman of trying to run down man

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) Police have arrested a Davenport woman accused of trying to run down a man with her van with two children in the back.

Police say 19-year-old Shidona Jetter drove at a person she's had a relationship with in a Von Maur parking lot on Saturday. An arrest affidavit says the man jumped on the hood of a parked vehicle to avoid getting hit.

The affidavit say Jetter had two children under 3 years old with her, and neither were secured in a child safety seat or safety belt.

Jetter faces several misdemeanor charges. They include domestic assault with intent, simple assault, reckless driving and two counts of child endangerment.

ISU, Ames officials hope to expand new transit hub

AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State and Ames transit officials are asking the Federal Transportation Administration for more than $10.4 million to build the next phase of a new transit hub.

Officials hope the project will bolster redevelopment of the Campustown area in Ames.

The second phase of the project will expand on a facility scheduled to open in June 2012. It's expected to cost about $13 million and include two hybrid buses, a parking garage and improved streets and traffic signs.

Engineering consultant Bill Troe says the project could create 300 construction jobs and 200 spin-off jobs while it's being built. He says a revitalized Campustown could create up to 500 long-term positions.

Possible future projects in Campustown could include a hotel, convenience store, grocery store and movie theater.

Delta to offer more seats from Des Moines Airport

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Des Moines Airport officials say Delta Airlines is adding over 600 seats a week on flights to Washington, D.C. and Atlanta.

Officials says Delta will offer additional seats from Des Moines to Washington-Reagan International Airport starting Sept. 7.

Delta will offer a new daily flight from Des Moines to Atlanta in November.

Airport spokesman Roy Criss says Des Moines has generated enough demand to justify the added seats. Criss also says more seats offer customers the chance for lower fares.


Local investors plan to buy Glen Oaks

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A group of Des Moines-area investors has signed a letter of intent to purchase the Glen Oaks Country Club.

The golf course is home to the Iowa's lone PGA tournament, the Principal Charity Classic. But Glen Oaks was $8.4 million in debt, and West Bank foreclosed on the club in June 2009.

West Bank hired a management firm owned by golfer D.A. Weibring to run Glen Oaks in February and formally bought the club at a sheriff's sale in April.

The investment group says it hopes to complete the purchase by Sept. 15 and says it will invest the resources to make Glen Oaks a first-class club and championship course.

The course opened it 1994. More than 70,000 fans attended the Principal Charity Classic, a Champions Tour event, in early June. IOWA-VIDEO GAME HALL OF FAME

Video game hall to hold first induction

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) The International Video Game Hall of Fame in Ottumwa is set to hold its first induction ceremony.

The gaming museum is holding a four-day celebration known as the ``Big Bang'' starting on Thursday. Organizers hope to draw up to 5,000 people for the event.

The hall will induct 29 video-game creators, developers, high-score champions and the iconic game Pac-Man.

The hall has formed a nonprofit corporation and assembled a board of directors that includes the chamber of commerce and city and state officials. The committee is hoping to collect over 4,000 coin-operated arcade game titles to be the centerpiece of an interactive museum.

Ottumwa Mayor Dale Uehling says the city wants to become the Cooperstown of video games.


(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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KLEM News AM Update August 3, 2010

(LE MARS)--Plymouth County Supervisors today (Tuesday) get an update on construction projects.

Engineer Tom Rohe presents the report at 10:15 this morning.

The board is also to consider approval of a minor subdivision involving the division of land which is recorded in county records. The Grage Homestead will be presented for action at 10 this morning.

The semi-annual financial report of the county will be presented for action at the start of the meeting.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010 Agenda:

9:30 AMJim Henrich - Plymouth County Board Chairman
1.Call meeting to order
2.Approve this agenda (Action)
3.Approval of prior Board meeting minutes (Action)
4.Approval of claims and payroll (Signatures)
5. Committee Reports (Discussion)
6. Old Business
7. New Business
A. Approve County Semi Annual report (Action)
B. Open and review mail/correspondence (Discussion)
C. Open public forum (Informational)


10:00 AMCraig Bauerly or Mike Grage, Approval of Grage Homestead, minor sub (Action)


10:15 AMTom Rohe, Plymouth County Engineer
(Action Items)

(Discussion Items)
Questions/Discussion of the Secondary Road Department

(Informational Items)
Update on construction projects

Council considers Ice Cream Public Art project

(LE MARS)--Ice cream art may be used to expand the identity and promotion of Le Mars as the "Ice Cream Capital of the World."

The proposal for 20 fiberglass ice cream cones is before the Le Mars City Council today (Tuesday).

The Le Mars Public Art Project is proposed to be jointly sponsored by the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce, the Le Mars Convention and Visitor's Bureau, the Le Mars Art Center and the City of Le Mars.

The six-foot tall fiberglass ice cream cone sculptures would be placed throughout the community as public art pieces.

Other agenda items include a water system evaluation and rate study agreement with consultant McClure Engineering. The cost is not to exceed 44-thousand 600 dollars.

A development agreement with ICON Ag Solutions for the businesses relocation to Key Avenue will be considered. The agreement formalizes the city, county and John Deere business plans such as tax rebate payments, utilities to the new ICON Ag site and land purchases.

The city has been awarded a grant of more than 100-thousand dollars for snow removal equipment for the airport. The process and timeline for bids for the equipment will be considered today.

The public meeting in the Council Chambers at City Hall begins at noon today.

NOTE: AGENDA ORDER SUBJECT TO CHANGE

LE MARS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING
TUESDAY, AUGUST 3, 2010, 12:00 P.M.
AGENDA

A. CALL TO ORDER - MAYOR
ROLL CALL - CITY CLERK
COUNCILMEMBERS: NELSON_____, KNAPP_____ REXWINKEL_____,
LEONARD______, IHRKE_______

B. GENERAL DISCUSSION
1.Citizens
2. "Thumbs Up" Award

C.CONSENT ITEMS
All items listed under "Consent" Agenda will be enacted by one motion. There will be no separate discussion on those items unless a request is made prior to the time the Council votes on the motion.
1.Approval of July 20, 2010 Regular Meeting Minutes
2.List of Bills for Period Ending 7/31/10
3.Renewal of Liquor License/Beer Permit (Sweet 16 Lanes and Casey's)

D. ACTION ITEMS
1. Le Mars Public Art Project
2.Reorganization of Fire Department
3.Water System Facility Evaluation, Cost of Service Analysis and Water Rate Study
4.ICON Ag Solutions - Development Agreement
5.Industry Track Agreement
6.Airport Snow Removal Equipment

E.DISCUSSION
1.Council/Mayor
2.City Administrator/Public Works Director
3.Assistant City Administrator

F.ADJOURNMENT
Next Resolution No. 10-35
Next Ordinance No. 888
Le Mars City Council Meeting
Tuesday, July 20, 2010, 12:00 P.M.

Minutes

Mayor Kirchoff presided. Present: Ihrke, Nelson, Leonard, Knapp, Rexwinkel. Absent: None.

Nelson moved, Leonard seconded that the following items be approved under the "Consent Agenda." On Roll Call: Ayes: Knapp, Ihrke, Rexwinkel, Nelson, Leonard. Nays: None.
-Regular meeting minutes of June 29, 2010.
-List of bills for period ending 07/16/10.
-Monthly Financial Statement for June 2010.
-Renewal of Class C Beer Permit to The Truck Stop and Class B Beer Permit to Godfather's.
-Knights of Columbus transfer of Liquor License to Fairgrounds.
-Resolution No. 10-31 certifying rates and/or charges of municipal utility system.
-Resolution No. 10-32 designating no parking spaces on 3rd Avenue SE.
-FY 2010-2011 Fire and Ambulance Personnel salary adjustments.
-The streets and parking lot surrounding the Olson Cultural Event Center be closed August 18, 2010 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM for Scoop da Loop.

Nelson moved, Leonard seconded the Contract for Transportation Services with SRTS for the period July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011 at a cost of $7,098.00 be approved. On Roll Call: Ayes: All present. Nays: None.

Rexwinkel moved, Ihrke seconded Resolution No. 10-33 approving the recommended additions to Fire Service Fees effective August 1, 2010 be adopted. On Roll Call: Ayes: Nelson, Knapp, Leonard, Rexwinkel, Ihrke. Nays: None.

Leonard moved, Rexwinkel seconded the recommended reorganization of the Fire- Rescue Department be approved. On Roll Call: Ayes: All present. Nays: None.

Leonard moved, Rexwinkel seconded the first reading of Ordinance No. 887 amending Chapter 36, "Fire-Rescue Department" be approved. On Roll Call: Ayes: Nelson, Ihrke, Knapp, Leonard, Rexwinkel. Nays: None.

Rexwinkel moved, Nelson seconded to proceed with the Le Mars Convention Center heating/cooling system Option F + B + C not to exceed $163,000 and that it include conventional cooling in entry ways. On Roll Call: Ayes: All present. Nays: None.

Leonard moved, Ihrke seconded the Council support of LHPC filing for a grant to facilitate the placing of a portion of downtown Le Mars on the National Register of Historic Places be approved and pledging to fund the cash portion of the grant up to $10,000 from Local Option Sales Tax. On Roll Call: Ayes: Knapp, Rexwinkel, Leonard, Ihrke. Nays: Nelson.

Nelson moved, Rexwinkel seconded the public improvements for Blue Diamond Drive - RISE Project be accepted subject to receipt of Lien Waivers and completion of Punch List items. On Roll Call: Ayes: All present. Nays: None.

Nelson moved, Leonard seconded the third reading of Ordinance No. 886 Amending Chapter 101.03 - Storm Water Drainage System Rates be approved as amended. On Roll Call: Ayes: Rexwinkel, Ihrke, Knapp, Nelson, Leonard. Nays: None.

Nelson moved, Leonard seconded the second and third readings of the amendment language be waived. On Roll Call: Ayes: Knapp, Ihrke, Rexwinkel, Nelson, Leonard. Nays: None.

Nelson moved, Knapp seconded Ordinance No. 886 Amending Chapter 101.03 - Storm Water Drainage System Rates be adopted as amended on its third reading. On Roll Call: Ayes: Rexwinkel, Ihrke, Leonard, Nelson, Knapp. Nays: None.

Knapp moved, Ihrke seconded Resolution No. 10-34 approving Storm Water Fees and Solid Waste Fees effective August 1, 2010 be adopted. On Roll Call: Ayes: Nelson, Rexwinkel, Leonard, Knapp, Ihrke. Nays: None.

NOTE: The Council discussed the need for drainage way improvements on the west side of Business 75 adjacent to Mc Donald's and directed staff to obtain a design and cost estimates.

Nelson moved, Knapp seconded the Master Agreement for Professional Services with Bolton & Menk, Inc. and Work Order No. 1 in the amount of $15,500 and the FAA requested schedule be approved. On Roll Call: Ayes: All present. Nays: None.

Ihrke moved, Nelson seconded to enter Closed Session under Iowa Code 21.5c concerning a matter that is presently in litigation or where litigation is imminent where its disclosure would be likely to prejudice or disadvantage the position of the governmental body in that litigation. On Roll Call: Ayes: Rexwinkel, Knapp, Leonard, Ihrke, Nelson. Nays: None.

Ihrke moved, Rexwinkel seconded to move out of closed session. On Roll Call: Ayes: All present. Nays: None.


Nelson moved, Ihrke seconded the meeting be adjourned at 2:33 P.M.

_________________________________________________
Beverly Langel, City ClerkDick Kirchoff, Mayor


CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA


ConsentREQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
August 3, 2010

Description:
List of Bills for Period Ending 7/31/10 Item No.
C-2

Attached is the list of bills for the period ending 7/31/10.

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Approval of bills for the period
ending 7/31/10.

(No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA


Consent
REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
August 3, 2010


Description:
Renewal of Liquor License/Beer Permit
(Sweet 16 Lanes, Casey's)
Item No.
C-3

Applications have been received from Sweet 16 Lanes for renewal of their Class C Liquor License and from Casey's for renewal of their Class C Beer Permit. Papers are in order. Approved by Police and Fire Departments.

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion (approving) (denying) renewal of Class C Liquor License to Sweet 16 Lanes and Class C Beer Permit to Casey's.

(No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA


Action
REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
August 3, 2010


Description:
Le Mars Public Art Project
Item No.
D-1

Information:

Attached is information provided by Mary Reynolds of the Chamber of Commerce regarding the Public Art Project.

Mary will be available at the meeting to give presentation of the project and to answer questions.

Basically, the art would be placed on public land/right-of-way and is proposed to be owned by the City; therefore, Council approval is necessary.

Staff Recommendation:

Staff recommends approval subject to all first costs being donated.

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion approving the concept of the Le Mars Public Art Project as presented and authorizing staff to select specific locations on City sites.

(No Roll Call)


CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA


Action
REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
August 3, 2010


Description:
Reorganization of Fire Department
Item No.
D-2

Information:

Fire Chief David Schipper is proposing changes to Chapter 36 "Fire-Rescue Department". Attached are copies of the proposed sections. The Council approved the first reading of the Ordinance at their July 20, 2010 meeting.

Staff Recommendation:

Staff recommends Council approval.

Financial Impact:

Small increase in officer payments which are significantly offset by the planned vacancy of the Assistant Fire Chief position.


COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion approving the second reading of Ordinance No. 887 amending Chapter 36 "Fire-Rescue Department".

(Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA

ActionREQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
August 3, 2010


Description:
Water System Facility Evaluation, Cost of Service Analysis and Water Rate Study
Item No.

D-3

Information:

Previously on June 1, 2010 Council approved the selection of Mc Clure Engineering to perform the Water System and Rate Study and authorized the Water Committee to negotiate an acceptable contract and fee. That work is now completed.

Attached is an Agreement for Engineering Services - Water System Facility Evaluation, Cost of Service Analysis and Water Rate Study, Le Mars, Iowa 2010.

Staff Recommendation:

Water Committee and staff recommend Council approval.

Financial Impact:

Cost will be taken from Water Utility Fund.

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion (approving) (denying) the Agreement for Engineering Services - Water System Facility Evaluation, Cost of Service Analysis and Water Rate Study, Le Mars, Iowa 2010, with a not to exceed fee of $44,600.

(No Roll Call)



CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA


Action

REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION

Date:
August 3, 2010


Description:
ICON Ag Solutions, LLC - Development Agreement
Item No.
D-4

Information:

Council approved a draft Development Agreement with ICON Ag Solutions, LLC on May 18, 2010.

City Attorney, County Attorney and ICON have redrafted said document making it all inclusive to the three (3) parties. Therefore, Staff felt it important to bring back to Council for further ratification.

Staff Recommendation:

City, County and ICON are in agreement with the current draft; therefore, recommend Council approval.


COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion (approving) (denying) the Development Agreement between City of Le Mars, Plymouth County and ICON Ag Solutions, LLC.

(No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA


Action
REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
August 3, 2010


Description:
Industry Track Agreement
Item No.
D-5

Information:

Attached is a draft of an Industry Track Agreement that would be executed by each industrial firm proposing to use the City's industrial railroad spur.

Staff Recommendation:

City Staff is recommending the approval of this Agreement.

Financial Impact:

After further consideration, Staff is proposing the following tariff be approved.

$10.00 per car for sixty (60) cars per month or greater
$25.00 per car for twenty (20) to fifty-nine (59) cars per month
$50.00 per car for zero (0) to nineteen (19) cars per month
Minimum per month $100
Maximum per month $600


COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion approving the Industrial Track Agreement as presented (or as amended).

(No Roll Call)

Motion approving recommended schedule of tariffs for track usage.

(No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA


Action
REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
August 3, 2010


Description:
Airport Snow Removal Equipment
Item No.
D-6

Information:

Mr. Ron Roetzel of Bolton & Menk has prepared technical specifications for the airport snow removal equipment and will be available by phone at the meeting to answer questions. Attached is email letter and spec cover sheet.

The remaining schedule is as follows:

August 3Council to Authorize Bids
Week of August 2ndPublic Bid Advertisement in Local Paper
August 16Open Bids
August 17Council to Review / Award Bids to Lowest Approved Bidder
Week of August 17thComplete FAA Grant Application

Staff Recommendation:

Staff recommends Council proceed. Additional notice has been received that City of
Le Mars is a recipient of the FAA grant for this equipment.


COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion approving the plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of cost for the 2010 Snow Removal Equipment - Le Mars Municipal Airport and establishing August 16, 2010 as the bid opening date with said bids to be considered on August 17, 2010.

(No Roll Call)

 

(LE MARS)--New courses and classes mark the start of the next school year at Gehlen Catholic School.

According to written information from Gehlen Catholic, work is coming to an end on the new Linda Freking Bouma Wellness Center, concession stand and restrooms. The project is funded by donors, businesses, the Freking and Bouma families, Community Foundation of Greater Plymouth County, and Hotel-Motel Sales Tax Fund.

Work will completed soon on the football field. Gehlen Catholic will host junior high football games this fall.

At the high school level, enhanced accounting and economics are being added.

A second Transitional Kindergarten section and third Kindergarten section have been added.

Gehlen Catholic's junior high and high school students begin classes with orientation Wednesday, August 25th at 8:30 a.m. Open house for elementary students is the evening of August 25th from 5-7 p.m. The first full day of classes for all TK-12th grade students will be Thursday, August 26th.

Touchstone fundraiser for children passed 34-thousand dollar total

(SIOUX CITY)--Power partners are supporting children's health care in Siouxland.

Nearly 35-thousand dollars was raised during the 11th annual Touchstone Energy Midwest Golf Invitational.

Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative (NIPCO) of Le Mars and its member cooperatives, along with St. Luke's Health Foundation staff, coordinated the fundraiser.


The tournament at the Dakota Dunes Country Club was attended by about 90 people from five states on July 19th. A total of 34-thousand 615 dollars will be donated to the health care charity, St. Luke's Children's Miracle Network.

Eight northwest Iowa rural electric cooperatives partnered with 27 local, regional and national businesses and organizations to raise money for the regional children's charity.

In its 11-year history, the effort has raised more than 300-thousand dollars for charities, including Children's Miracle Network.

No jury duty today

(LE MARS)--Plymouth County jurors do not need to report for jury duty today (Tuesday). Jurors are asked to call the clerk of court's office after 3 p.m. on Monday, August 9, 2010.

Teen injured in tubing accident

(SALIX)--A Sioux City teen was injured in a boating accident Sunday night on Brown's Lake, near Salix.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources reports 16-year-old Nicole Cummings was being pulled in an inner tube by a boat operated by her father, 39-year Brian Corey of Sioux City.

An investigation indicates Cummings collided with a stalled jet ski operated by 36-year-old Amulfo Vega of Sioux City. The collision occured around eight Sunday night.

Cummings was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City by Salix Fire and Rescue.

Both the teen, Cummings, and the jet ski operator, Vega, were wearing lifejackets when the collision occurred .

Suspects in gun store burglary are charged in Minnesota, too

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) Two Minnesota men in federal custody on a bank robbery charge have now also been charged with the theft of more than 40 guns.

Crawford County authorities say 22-year-old Felix Mendez and 19-year-old Jose Osoria-Mendez of Worthington, Minn., have been charged with theft of firearms. They allegedly broke into a gun shop in Vail in May and took pistols and rifles.

Special Agent Steve Warfield of the Minneapolis office of the FBI says the men were arrested July 2 after a bank robbery in Rushmore, Minn. They were charged with bank robbery about two weeks later in federal court. They remained in federal custody Monday.

The guns were found July 20 in a spillway near Worthington.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Macy: No more boiling

MACY, Neb. (AP) The Environmental Protection Agency has recommended lifting the boil order that has been in place since last month for the Omaha Indian reservation town of Macy.

The EPA said in a news release Monday that tests had confirmed adequate levels of chlorination and the absence of harmful bacteria.

A boil order had been in place in Macy since July 13. Several small leaks in the town's water supply went unreported for several days in early July after several power surges disrupted Macy's water wells.


(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Shooting probe near Mason City

LATIMER, Iowa (AP) A man died from a gunshot wound in north-central Iowa on Saturday, but the Franklin County sheriff's office has not yet released his name.

Police received an emergency call about 10:35 p.m. Saturday regarding a shooting about three miles east of Latimer. Authorities aren't releasing any more details about the location.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene and the shooting has been ruled accidental. The death remains under investigation Monday.

Latimer is about 30 miles south of Mason City.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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