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, Wednesday News, June 10, 2015

Fire Department Responds To Four Calls
Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department again had a busy day on Tuesday, answering four separate calls.  It started in the morning at about 8:30 a.m. when fire fighters were called to 10698 Highway 75 for a truck that had caught on fire.  When fire officials arrived at the scene, the fire had already been extinguished.  The fire department was called to 513 1st Street Southeast to investigate a strange odor.  Fire officials were not able to locate any suspicious odors at the residence.  Later in the evening, the fire department was called to Fieldcrest Apartments located at 1150 2nd Street Southeast for what turned out to be an accidental pulling of the fire alarm.  Finally, the fire and rescue unit was called to 426 2nd Avenue Southeast.  An elderly woman living at the residence noticed her lights were flickering.  She used her "life alert" system to notify authorities of the situation.  Fire officials arrived at the scene and determined there were problems with the electrical system and disconnected the power.  The woman vacated her home and stayed with relatives living near by.

City To Offer Free Appliance And Tire Disposal

(Le Mars) -- If you have an old refrigerator or other appliances, or even tires,  that you want to dispose, you are in luck.  The city of Le Mars is offering a free disposal service to any Le Mars resident today.  Residents are asked to call 548-4958 to set up an appointment.  Angie Kneip with the city offices explains what can be toss away.
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Kneip says what can't be thrown away are old paint cans, or any herbicide or insecticide products. The collection of appliances and tires will take place at the old Public Works building located at 331 1st Street northeast. This service is open only to Le Mars residential properties.  Commercial and Industrial properties are excluded from this service.

Autopsy Shows Sioux City Woman Died From Blunt Force

(Sioux City) -- There's new information in the case of a Sioux City woman whose body was found in Clay County, South Dakota on June 1st.
29 year old Alicia Hummel's body was discovered near the boat dock at Myron Grove, also known as the Highline area in Clay County.  South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley and Clay County Sheriff Andy Howe say preliminary autopsy findings indicate Hummel suffered blunt force trauma to her head and incision wounds to her neck.
Final autopsy results will be released upon completion of the homicide investigation.  Authorities continue to seek the public's help with information that may assist in the investigation.  Anyone with information should call the Clay County Sheriff at (605) 677-7100.

Recent Rains And Hot Weather Will Boost Crop Production
(Le Mars) -- The rains from this past weekend, along with the hot temperatures of this week will give area crops the boost they need, that's according to Iowa State University Extension Crop Specialist, Joel DeJong.  He says the 2-inch rains that were received in many areas, may be enough to sustain  the crops until pollination.
DeJong says the corn crop has gotten the needed heat units and the moisture.  He says during the next two weeks  people  will be surprised with the rapid growth of the corn crop.
The crops specialist says most of the state is finished with soybean planting.  However, there are regions that have had wet conditions, preventing some farmers from planting their soybeans.
DeJong says so far, farmers have not had many insect of weed problems affecting this year's crops.

Tractor Ride To Travel Through Plymouth County
(Le Mars) -- Nearly 200 tractors of all colors and models will be rolling into Le Mars Thursday afternoon.  It's all part of the annual KICD radio tractor ride.  Rhonda Wedeking serves as the coordinator for the annual event.  She says this marks the 16th year for the Spencer radio station to host the antique tractor ride.  She says it got started when a former farm news director originally had the idea for the tractor ride, and since the first year, it has become quite popular.
Wedeking says the tractors will have two days of rides starting each day from the Plymouth County Fairgrounds.  
On Saturday, the antique tractors will take a course heading east to explore the county.
Wedeking encourages community residents along the routes to come out and visit with the drivers and to look over the various tractors.






Tuesday News, June 9

Floyd Valley Hospital Trustees To Meet Today

(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital Board of Trustees are scheduled to meet this morning for their monthly meeting.  The trustees will hear a medical report from Dr. Mark Steltzer.  A financial update will be presented by Daryl Friedenbach, and hospital administrator Mike Donlin will cover a general update, as well as discuss with the trustees the latest with the north addition expansion project, and review and possibly approve capital acquisitions.  Trustee Bill Rosacker will offer an update concerning the community health advisory board's quarterly report.




Supervisors Expected To Approve Deputies Salaries

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Board of Supervisors are scheduled to meet this morning at the County Courthouse board room.  The supervisors are expected to approve and sign a quit claim deed to Douglas Harrold for vacated lots, streets, and alleys in land known as Brookdale subdivison.  The supervisors are also expected to approve Fedders Assumption and Assignment Agreement.  In other action, the county governing board is expected to approve the 2015-2016 deputy salaries, approve the amended county handbook changes, and approve policy for disclosure of security related information.  The board of supervisors will approve Williams and Company as the auditing firm for 2015-2016.  The county supervisors are also expected to review the fiscal year budget amendment and set a public hearing date.  County engineer Tom Rohe is scheduled to appear before the supervisors with two separate permits, and to offer an update on construction projects.




Stelzer And Collins Decide Not To Run For School Board

(Le Mars) -- In last evening's Le Mars Community Board of Education meeting, the subject of school board elections was discussed.  Long-time school board members Dr. Mark Stelzer and Chris Collins both announced they would not be seeking re-election to the school board in September.  Fred Zenk said he would be seeking re-election and Patrick Murphy is undecided.  The school board approved renewing its property and casualty insurance contract with EMC through local agent Rob Bixenman, although the school board decided at this time not to seek coverage on cyber liability.  The board had a lengthy discussion on the topic, but chose to ask for advice from the school district's technical director before making a final decision.  The school board also approved the master contract agreement with the Le Mars Teacher Association, offering a 3.2 percent increase in salary making the base salary at $35,685, along with the teacher salary supplement from state funding, making the package at $41,205.  The school board also approved a 3.2 percent increase for the administrative and support staff.




Rollover Accident Causes Several Injuries

(Remsen) -- A van roll-over accident on Sunday evening on County road C-38 near Sunset Avenue has left one person in critical condition.  The Iowa State Patrol is reporting the rollover happened just before 11:00 p.m. southeast of Remsen. 18 year old Emma Morris of Larrabee, Iowa was driving eastbound when she became distracted. Morris lost control of the van and rolled several times into the south ditch.  Four people between the ages of 16 to 19 werre in the vehicle with Morris.  One, who was not identified, was ejected and received critical injuries. One person was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, and another victim was airlifted to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.  No other information is known at this time.  Responding to the accident were the Remsen Fire and Rescue, Remsen Ambulance, Marcus Ambulance, Plymouth County Sheriff's office, and the Iowa State Patrol.





Woman Shot At Council Bluffs Motel

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Authorities in western Iowa are investigating the death of a Texas woman found near her dead dog and a burning car.

Sgt. David Dawson of the Council Bluffs Police Department says 43-year-old Paula Arnett was found early Monday near a burning pickup truck parked at a local Days Inn. Arnett had a gunshot wound to the head.

A handgun was found underneath Arnett. Dawson says police are investigating the death, but they do not suspect foul play.

Arnett's dog was also found nearby with a fatal gunshot wound to the head.

Dawson says Arnett, of Ingleside, Texas, was staying at the Days Inn with her husband and 17-year-old stepson as they traveled to Sioux City. The husband and stepson were in a room at the time Arnett was found dead.




Another Case Of Bird Flu Detected In Sioux County

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa agriculture officials are reporting an additional farm infected with bird flu in Sioux County. It's the 18th case in the county and was found in a flock of 3,800 birds of various species. An Iowa Department of Agriculture spokesman says he can't be more specific about what type of farm is infected or what species of birds are involved.

It is the 73rd case of bird flu in Iowa. The outbreak has cost the state more than 29 million birds including 24 million egg-laying chickens and 3.8 million pullets, young chickens raised to be egg layers. The state also has lost 1.2 million turkeys.

State officials say all infected turkeys have been removed from barns and 26 million chickens have been humanely euthanized. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey explains how the bird flu will have a rippling effect on the local and state's economy.



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