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Saturday News, July 11

Relay For Life Held Friday Evening

(Le Mars) -- Several people were walking around the Le Mars Community track last evening as a way to call attention and raise money for cancer research.  It was all part of the annual Plymouth County Relay For Life.  Ann Hoeppner (Hepner) serves as the Community Manager for the Cancer Relay for Life. She says last night's event raised about $15,000. Of that money, Hoeppner says much of it will be directed for cancer research here in Iowa.

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A tradition with the Relay for Life is the various luminaries placed around the track calling attention to a loved one that either has survived cancer, or unfortunately has lost their life to cancer.

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Hoeppner says the organization sends out more than 150 invitations to area cancer survivors, encouraging them to participate in the annual Relay for Life event.  In addition to calling attention to the need for cancer research, Hoeppner says organizers try to make the annual event fun for all participants.

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Hoeppner says besides raising money for cancer research, the organization also reaches out to victims and their families, and serves as an advocacy group to help answer questions.  She says the service is available all day and every day.

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Rising Star Intern Program To Feature Food Demonstration At Farmer's Market

(Le Mars) -- Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach’s Rising Star Internship Program will host a food demo at the Le Mars Farmers Market, at the Olson Cultural Events Center in Le Mars, IA, from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22. Rising Star interns Lauren Whetstone and Hannah Klotz will present healthy recipe ideas for eating seasonally with locally-grown food, as part of the Rising Star Internship Program’s work with Flavors of Northwest Iowa.
The Rising Star Internship Program is a cooperative effort between Iowa State University College of Design, College of Human Sciences and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, resulting in three-month summer internship programs for exceptional ISU students.
The focus of the Rising Star Internship Program this summer is Regional Food Systems, a multi-disciplinary issue where the potential is significant for measurable impact. Working with Flavors of Northwest Iowa, part of the Regional Food Systems Working Group which provides producer education, consumer information and support for healthy food partnerships, the Rising Stars will encounter issues in the fields of science, technology, design, statistical analysis, economic development, engineering, life and environmental sciences, entrepreneurship, nutrition, and health and wellness. As part of the focus on regional foods, the Rising Star interns will hold local food demos at a number of locations throughout Northwest Iowa all summer long.





DNR Warns Against Swimming At Many State Park Lakes

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - It's a nice weekend, and that may prompt you to want to visit one of Iowa's beautiful state parks, and perhaps enjoy a dip in a lake.  However, The state has posted advisories cautioning Iowans to stay away from 11 state park beaches this summer due to toxic blue-green algae blooms. 
The rapid growth of algae usually caused by an excess of phosphorous and nitrogen running off of farms and sometimes from sewage treatment plants and storm water drains.
Algae blooms can result in the release of harmful toxins that can make people sick and be deadly for pets and other animals.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has posted 14 swimming advisories cautioning Iowans to stay out of the water at 11 state parks so far this summer.
Lake Darling in Brighton; Pine Lake near Eldora; Red Haw Lake near Chariton and West Twin Lake near Kanawha are among those posted for the first time.





Trial For Lottery Official May Be Delayed

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The trial of a former lottery security officer accused of fixing the Hot Lotto game in 2010 to get himself a winning ticket worth millions may not start Monday as scheduled.
State prosecutors on Friday filed a motion asking the judge in the case to delay the trial of Eddie Tipton. 
The 51-year-old former Multi-State Lottery employee is charged with two counts of fraud.
Tipton denies he altered the number-generating computer that picks Hot Lotto numbers and says he didn't buy the winning ticket in Des Moines on Dec. 23, 2010.
Assistant Attorney General Rob Sand cites a flurry of motions by Tipton's attorney as a reason to delay.
Tipton's attorney, Dean Stowers, says Tipton looks forward to letting a jury decide the case based on the evidence.





Des Moines To Have New Skyscraper Building

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A developer is proposing building a 32-story building in downtown Des Moines featuring apartments, a movie theater and a climbing wall.
The building planned by developer Justin Mandelbaum would be the fourth-tallest in Iowa.
The proposal was revealed because the Des Moines City Council on Monday will discuss the building, which would be built at a site now occupied by a city-owned parking garage. Officials plan to demolish the garage to make room for new development.
The $85 million development would include about 200 apartments, a nine-screen movie theater, jazz club, parking ramp, indoor/outdoor climbing wall, daycare and a small amount of office space.
Mandelbaum says the building would "firmly establish downtown as the metro area's premier place to live work and play."





Road Rage Incident Ends With Gun Shots

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Des Moines police are investigating a road rage case that ended in a man firing a gun at a sport utility vehicle.

The incident happened Thursday afternoon when a couple and their children were returning home.
The father, who asked that his name not be used, told police another driver cut off his SUV. The SUV driver yelled that the other driver should be more careful, prompting him to yell back and then follow the SUV.
The SUV driver parked so the other man couldn't see where they lived, and the other man yelled about wanting to fight.
When the SUV driver stepped out, the other driver retrieved a gun from his car and shot the SUV twice near the windshield.
Police are investigating the case.



Friday News, July 10

Good Samaritan Society Of Le Mars To Help Seniors With Safety Features

(Le Mars) -- Good Samaritan Society of Le Mars and The Le Mars Rotary, along with various local businesses, will again be partnering together in giving back to seniors living within our community by installing grab bars, raised toilet seats, improved lighting and other equipment to help reduce the risk of seniors falling in their homes. The project day is scheduled for Saturday, October 3rd and is in conjunction with the Good Samaritan Society’s Founder’s Day Service Project. The Le Mars center is joining Good Samaritan Society locations nationwide that have organized similar projects to mark the anniversary of the organization’s founding on Sept. 29, 1922.

Amy Harnack, marketing development director for Good Samaritan Society of Le Mars, says "The volunteers had such a great experience last year, we felt it was important to do it again!”  “Assessment of homes will again be completed in the months of July and August. Materials will then be purchased with donations.”

Good –Samaritan Society Le Mars would like to select three to six homes this year for improvements and are looking for qualifying senior homes to complete projects.Individuals and organizations who would like more information about qualification, want to make a donation, or to volunteer should contact Harnack at (712) 546-2125.





Nearly Elected As President Of Iowa Judicial Association

(Sioux City) -- District Court Judge Jeffrey Neary of Merrill has been elected president of the Iowa Judges Association for the 2015-2016 year at the Iowa Judges Association Annual Meeting in Des Moines.

He says the Judges Association recommends improvements of court policy and procedure, and works with the Iowa Supreme Court on those matters:



The association also deals with the state legislature and governor on budget matters:


OC...........BRANCH BUDGET. ;13

Neary served on other judicial board positions before becoming president in June:



Judge Neary has served in the 3rd Judicial District in northwest Iowa since his appointment in 2002.

He has been a member of the Iowa Bar Association since 1988.





State Senator Tells Teacher To "Quit Whining"

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa lawmaker says he doesn't regret telling a science teacher to "quit whining" in an email exchange over the state's public education funding.
Republican Sen. David Johnson of Ocheyeden says that his initial response to Vaughn Gross, a teacher at Waterloo West High School, was fueled by the lawmaker being "fooled" when responding to other messages from people via email and social media.
Gross says he emailed Johnson and 22 other Iowa senators to encourage them to support a special legislative session to vote for additional K through 12 education funding. He says he was disappointed by Johnson's initial response.
Johnson says he "tested" Gross to make sure the teacher's email was sincere. The two   men had a discussion that became more civil as their exchange continued.





Groups Oppose Oil Pipeline

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Groups opposing plans to build an oil pipeline across Iowa say organizers have submitted more than 2,600 written statements against the project.
Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement and the Bakken Pipeline Resistance Coalition gathered Thursday in Des Moines to submit paperwork to the Iowa Utilities Board.
The board has authority to approve plans for the pipeline, which would transport up to 570,000 barrels of crude oil daily from North Dakota through South Dakota and Iowa to a distribution center in Illinois.
The groups say the pipeline will affect the rights of landowners and hurt the environment.
The project was proposed by Dakota Access, LLC, a unit of Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners. Spokeswoman Vicki Granado says the company looks forward to continuing to work with Iowa landowners.








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