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Monday Afternoon News, June 1

Log Cabin Still Not Able To Be Moved

(Le Mars) -- Museum officials will have to wait at least another day, before the 115 year old Joy Hollow cabin can be transported from the fairgrounds to the Plymouth County Historical Museum.  The Iowa Department of Transportation has not yet given permission for the move.  The Plymouth County Fairboard had given today, June 1st, as its deadline for the cabin to be moved.  The cabin is resting on a truck trailer ready to be moved across town.




Secondary Road Department Closes Road For Bridge Repairs

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Secondary Roads Department have announced 140th Street between Fawn Avenue and Evergreen Avenue will be closed beginning today, and will remain closed until Thursday afternoon as work crews repair some bridge abutments.




Le Mars Fire Department Issues May Monthly Report

(Le Mars) -- 31 calls in 31 days.  That's what the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department is reporting for their May monthly report.  The fire department responded to 11 fire calls, four rescues, seven investigations, including accident clean-ups, odor investigations, and illegal burning.  The Le Mars Fire Department had one mutual aid call to Merrill, and eight requests for services.

Fire Chief Dave Schipper reports the department conducted 16 inspections during the month of May. Plus, all fire fighters have been re-certified in Hazard Materials Operations to meet insurance requirements and OSHA.  In addition, all fire fighters were tested using the self-contained breathing apparatus by an outside firm, and all passed to continue to be used for firefighters entering dangerous atmospheres.





May Survey Shows Decline For Economic Growth

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A report on a May survey says slower economic growth likely is ahead for nine Midwestern and Plains states.

The survey report issued Monday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index dropped to 50.4 last month from 52.7 April.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he highlighted drops in economic activity for companies linked to energy production and agriculture.

The survey results from supply managers are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests economic growth, while a score below that suggests decline.

The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.




Two Inmates Escape Warren County Jail

INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have been seeking two inmates who escaped from the Warren County Jail in south-central Iowa.

Sheriff Brian Vos says 26-year-old Frank Manders and 29-year-old Darian Crayton broke out early Monday. Vos says they manipulated a cell door lock and descended from the third floor before fleeing to the north when they got outside the building in Indianola.

Authorities say Manders had been jailed on charges of vehicular homicide and other crimes. Crayton had been jailed on charges of driving while barred and failing to appear in court.




ATM Thefts

CLIVE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say DNA evidence led investigators to the man now charged with assaults on Clive officers and other crimes before and during a wild chase in January.

A Clive police news release says 47-year-old Scott Mills, of New Virginia, is in custody, charged with burglary, two counts of assault on an officer and other crimes. Court records don't list the name of an attorney who could be contacted to comment on Mills' behalf.

The release says Mills had fled in a stolen truck on Jan. 20 when officers caught him trying to steal ATMs from the 7 Flags Events Center. Police say Mills rammed the truck into two police cruisers and sped off with other officers in pursuit. He crashed near New Virginia but escaped into some woods.





Former Bakery May Become New Brewery

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - Supporters are putting a little sweat behind their effort to draw attention to the proposed transformation of a former Wonder Bread bakery in Waterloo into a production brewery.

More than 100 people biked on Sunday from Waterloo to Cedar Falls, where Single Speed Brewing is based. They hope their ride will help compel Waterloo city officials to approve the brewery's plans to renovate the former bakery, which closed in 2012.

The brewery's owner has said he'd like to build a production brewery, dining hall and retail space inside the old bakery, with the hope of eventually bringing between 70 and 100 new jobs.

The city says it also has discussed other plans for the space.





Clinton Plans Announcement Speech To Take Place In New York

WASHINGTON (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton is planning the first major speech of her Democratic presidential campaign in New York City. It will have the air of a campaign kickoff event, though she's been running since April.

Aides say that in her June 13 address at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, Clinton will describe her vision for the country and attempt to frame the themes of her candidacy. They say she's long been inspired by the work of Roosevelt and his wife, Eleanor Roosevelt, who used federal programs to pull the country out of the Depression.

After her address, Clinton will make stops in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina. Since launching her presidential campaign in April, she's traveled the country holding small roundtable events and raising money.











Monday News, June 1

Amber Alert Issued, Then Cancelled, For Two Missing Children

(Des Moines) -- The Iowa Department of Public Safety issued an Amber alert this morning shortly after 4:00 a.m. but that alert was canceled nearly an hour and a half later.  The alert was issued following the disappearance of two children from Jefferson, Iowa.   Two children were reported missing when they didn't arrive at their destination.  They have since have been found at a Des Moines hotel and the woman with them has been arrested.

2-year-old Rhea Day and 4-year-old Reed Day were found safe and uninjured at the Hotel Fort Des Moines around 5:30 a.m. Monday. They'd been the subjects of an Amber Alert issued about an hour earlier.

Authorities say the children were picked up at their home in Jefferson about 2:30 p.m. Sunday and taken to Des Moines for the day by 21-year-old Allison Tucker. The children's mother reported them missing around 8:30 p.m. Sunday because they hadn't arrived at their specific destination.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says Tucker was arrested but didn't say what charge she faces.




Color Me Sweet Walk Proven To Be A Success

(Le Mars) -- More than 800 people braved the cooler temperatures and strong winds and participated in the inaugural "Color Me Sweet" walk held Saturday morning near the Willow Creek Golf Course. It appeared that each of the participants enjoyed the event, because in addition to wearing the different multiple colors that were splashed on by the sponsors, many of the contestants were wearing wide smiles. The participants were of all ages.  Some had formed teams and had dressed in matching outfits.  Some contestants chose to run the 3.1 mile course, while the majority of the group selected to walk. Allie Freking is on the Chamber committee that organized the event, and offers her opinion.


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Freking says now that people have a better understanding of the event, she is predicting more participants and possibly more sponsors with additional color stations.


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Freking offers her explanation as to why the Chamber event "Color Me Sweet" was so widely successful and why 800 people were fascinated with the concept.



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As the contestants walked the course, 16 different sponsors were located at various spots along the trail, throwing a fine textured colored corn starch powder on the participants.  Each sponsor station was a different color.  Music was playing and contestants were dancing to such tunes as Y.M.C.A. by the Village People, and the Macrana, which helped people get into the party spirit and provided for a festive atmosphere. Freking summarizes the morning.


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Log Cabin May Move On Monday

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Historical Museum officials are hopeful today will be the day the Joy Hollow cabin can be moved from the fairgrounds to the museum grounds.  The 115 year old cabin was slated to move last week on Thursday, but proper permits had not been issued, causing a delay.  At last word, museum officials were still waiting for the approval of a permit from the Iowa Department of Transportation.





Schools Plan For Enrollment Increase Due To New Pork Plant

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - The new pork processing plant planned for Sioux City is two years away, but area schools have already started planning for the possible surge in enrollment.

The $264 million Seaboard Triumph Food plant is expected to employ more than 1,000 people when it opens in 2017.

Sioux City Superintendent Paul Gausman says his district is expecting between 200 and 500 additional students.

Gausman says the district plans to study its needs closely over the next year to determine if any schools should be expanded and when new schools will be needed.

Several other area districts, including the Sergeant Bluff-Luton, Bishop Heelan Catholic and South Sioux City districts had expansion projects in the works before the pork plant was announced that will help with growth.





Three Counties Deny Contributing To Higher Nitrates In Des Moines Water

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The three rural Iowa counties targeted in a federal lawsuit by a Des Moines water utility have filed a response denying that they contribute to high nitrate levels in rivers.

Buena Vista, Calhoun and Sac counties submitted the response on May 22.

The lawsuit filed earlier this year says the three counties should be required to obtain federal water pollution discharge permits because they release nitrate pollutants into rivers much like regulated factories. The nitrate comes from fertilizer and manure from 1.2 million hogs and a million turkeys that is spread on the fields in the counties.

Water Works also seeks $900,000 it spent in 2013 and $540,000 this year to operate an expensive treatment system to remove nitrates from water.






Shepard's Garden Park Now Open

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Organizers of a long-planned Christian-themed park in Sioux City have dedicated the newly opened green space, thanks to private donations.

The Shepherd's Garden has opened with plants, walkways, plaques bearing Bible verses and three crosses. It fills what had been an empty lot where an abandoned YWCA had once stood.

A dedication ceremony was held inside the neighboring First Presbyterian Church on Thursday. Representatives with The Shepherd's Garden Foundation expressed gratitude to the more than 100 donors who funded the $900,000 project.

The group turned down a $140,000 state Vision Iowa grant last year after the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation complained. The group said awarding public money to a project intended for religious worship violated the U.S and Iowa constitutions.







Trucking Firm Donates Money For Police Body Cameras

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa trucking company founder's donation of nearly $140,000 will go to help outfit Des Moines and Waukee police with body cameras.

Rod French, founder of Kenworth Mid-Iowa Inc., gave $14,000 to Waukee Police Chief John Quinn to equip the entire department with 18 cameras. He also donated $125,000 toward Des Moines' goal of 250 cameras, which will cost $500,000 overall.

French said Friday that he wants police to know "we're firmly behind them all the way." He says the cameras could save lives.







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