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Monday News, October 27

Remsen Man Shot During Hunting Accident

(Remsen) -- A Remsen man was seriously injured Saturday while pheasant hunting in Plymouth County.
Ross A. Arens, 18, of Remsen, was airlifted to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City after receiving a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
Arens was crossing a creek and was handing his shotgun to another member of his hunting party when the gun discharged at approximately 8:45 a.m. Saturday.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is still investigating the incident. The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department assisted at the scene of the incident. It is thought the incident was accidental and it took place in a field near 230th street and Highway 140, south of Remsen.


Pennslyvania Man Arrested For Cocaine Possession 

(Le Mars) -- A Pennsylvania man was arrested early Saturday morning by the Le Mars Police Department for the possession of cocaine.  The subject, identified as 28 year old Zachary Bujak of Butler, Pennslyvania was originally stopped for expired plates.  However, the driver of the vehicle was found to be intoxicated and in possession of cocaine. He was charged with OWI for a second offense, an aggravated misdemeanor and possession of a controlled substance, a serious misdemeanor.  He was  transported to the Plymouth County jail.


Couple Arrested For Marijuana And Methamphetamine Possession

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars Police also made an arrest late Thursday evening involving two people who were stopped for eratic driving, but was found to be in possession of marijuana.  The incident happened in the 800 block of 12 Street Southwest.  Sobriety tests were conducted and found that 40 year old Terrell Rose of Sioux City was under the influence of a drug other than alcohol.  He was taken to the Plymouth County jail and charged with possession of a controlled substance.  46 year old Gina Landwier of Pleasant Hill, Iowa was a passenger in the car, and was found to be in possession of both marijuana and methamphetamine.  She was also taken to the Plymouth County jail and charged with drug offenses.


Sunday Roll Over Accident Near Remsen

(Remsen) -- The Remsen and Oyens Fire Departments responded to vehicle accident on Sunday morning at about 9:40 a.m.  That accident happened on a gravel road near 13054 county road L-12.  We are still waiting for a final accident report, but apparently the vehicle rolled and caught on fire.  The fire departments were on the scene for approximately an hour and a half.


Le Mars Fire Department Resond To Patio Furniture Fire

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department responded to a fire Sunday morning at 810 6th Avenue southwest.  The fire was reported at 11:05 a.m.  When fire fighters arrived on the scene they noticed some backyard patio furniture had caught on fire, when apparently the patio furniture had been too close to a fire pit.  Winds kicked up the ashes from the fire pit that was still smoldering from the previous night and scattered those ashes on the patio furniture, causing it to ignite.  Fire fighters were on the scene for about 15 minutes.


Wayne Schipper Honored By Iowa Association Of Fire Chiefs

(Le Mars) -- Retired Le Mars Fire Chief, Wayne Schipper was honored Saturday evening by the Iowa Association of Fire Chiefs during their annual convention and banquet held in Le Mars.  The elder Schipper had served on the board of directors, as well as president of the state fire chiefs association, for more than 25 years. Wayne Schipper was presented a glass plauque acknowledging his long career as the Le Mars Fire Chief, as well as his service and dedication to the Iowa Association of Fire Chiefs.  Schipper's term of office on the board of directors for the Fire Chiefs Association expired this year.  


New Clean Water Rules Take Effect

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A new Iowa clean water rule designed to increase inspections of livestock farms and provide stricter enforcement over manure spills is now in effect after a year of hearings and deliberations by government agencies.
     The rule, which took effect Wednesday, establishes new inspection and permit procedures. It does not impose mandatory permits for farms that repeatedly spill manure, a measure some environmental groups including Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement want.
     The Iowa Department of Natural Resources signed a deal with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last year to develop the new rule after the EPA threatened to take over federal Clean Water Act enforcement if state officials didn't do more.
     The federal agency says the rule meets its requirements, but Iowa CCI says it's still too weak.


Herbert Hoover Remembered 50 Years After Funeral

WEST BRANCH, Iowa (AP) - Fifty years ago the funeral for former President Herbert Hoover attracted more than 75,000 people to his hometown of West Branch, Iowa.
     A ceremony was held Saturday on the 50th anniversary of the funeral to remember that day and honor Hoover.
     Kenneth Quinn, president of the World Food Prize, says Hoover's death in the fall of 1964 helped bring Americans together during the presidential race between Lyndon Johnson and Barry Goldwater.
     Quinn says he remembers Hoover as a humanitarian who fought world hunger.
     At Saturday's ceremony, Quaker minister Ruthie Tippen read the eulogy that Hoover family friend Elton Trueblood delivered at the funeral.


Special Olympics Participant Gets New Bicycle

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - Two days after an Iowa fast-food worker's bicycle was stolen from outside the Culver's restaurant where he worked someone surprised him with a new one.
     The Mason City Globe Gazette reports Nathan King came out of the Mason City restaurant Saturday and found a new silver Schwinn hybrid bike waiting for him.
     King says the gift made him feel special, and he wishes he could thank the anonymous person who gave him the new bike.
     King has worked at Culver's for 10 years, and he relied on his old bike for transportation all those years. It disappeared during his shift on Thursday.
     King has completed several marathons and he's a member of the North Iowa All Stars Special Olympics basketball team.


Postal Worker Charged With Stealing

 FOREST CITY, Iowa (AP) - A northern Iowa postmaster has been accused of stealing prescription pain medications from the mail.
     Mason City television station KIMT reports ( ) that Danny Miller has been indicted and is scheduled to be in U.S. District Court in Sioux City on Wednesday. Miller's attorney didn't immediately return a call Monday from The Associated Press.
     Court document say Miller is charged with theft of mail by a postal service employee. He was appointed Forest City postmaster in 2012.




Saturday News, October 25

Airline Stopping Sioux City Service

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Frontier Airlines is saying goodbye to a Sioux City airport, ending a four-month stint serving the community. 
     The flights began with much fanfare and were popular, but the airline says it's focused on faster-growing markets, such as Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. In August, the airline announced that it was stopping its nonstop flights from Sioux Gateway Airport to Denver International Airport.
     The last flight from the Sioux City airport was on Friday.
     Frontier flights traveled three times each week between the two cities. American Airlines is now the only other carrier at Sioux Gateway Airport.
     The airport's director says Frontier's lease in the terminal ends next month. He says crews from the airline will soon remove computer systems and ground equipment.


Clinton Coming To Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Former President Bill Clinton is coming to Iowa to campaign for Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley.
     Braley's campaign announced Friday that Clinton will appear at two events on Nov. 1. He will speak at a rally in Des Moines and then at Braley's annual "Bruce, Blues and BBQ" fundraiser in Waterloo.
     According to a news release, Clinton will talk about the importance of voting in a midterm election and will urge Iowans to cast their ballots early.
     Braley, a four-term congressman from Waterloo, is locked a close race against Republican Joni Ernst, a state lawmaker and officer in the Iowa National Guard from Red Oak.  The two are competing for the seat long held by retiring Democrat Tom Harkin. It is one of the most competitive races in the nation.


Pheasant Season Opens

(Des Moines)--The annual pheasant season opens Saturday and the man who keeps track of bird counts across the state believes it could be a good one. D-N-R pheasant biologist, Todd Bogenschutz says the survey numbers shows a rebound in bird numbers in the August count.

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Crops give pheasants a place to hide.

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He says if the crops are out, they will go out to feed in the morning and midafternoon and then they go back to grassy cover areas. Saturday and Sunday could be big days for hunters.

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With farmers still in the field, there's some added safety concerns.

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Hunters harvested 10-thousand more pheasants in 2013 than 2012 despite record low survey counts. The harvest this year could get as high as 300-thousand. Hunting hours for Iowa’s pheasant seasons are 8 a-m until 4:30 each day. The daily limit is three rooster pheasants. The season closes on January 10th.


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