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Saturday News, May 16

Iowa State Fair Undecided As To Whether A Poultry Show Will Happen

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - While several state fairs around the country are calling off poultry shows because of the Midwest bird flu outbreak, the Iowa State Fair is taking a wait-and-see approach.

Spokeswoman Mindy Williamson says officials are monitoring the bird flu outbreak and coordinating plans with the state veterinarian and other agriculture officials.

She says poultry show entries are not due until July 1st giving fair officials time to monitor the situation and make a decision.

Scientists say warmer weather and an end to wild waterfowl migration is likely to stop the virus spread.

Bird flu has affected more than 33 million birds in 15 states hitting Minnesota and Iowa turkey and chicken flocks hardest.

Minnesota, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia are among states to have canceled poultry shows at state fairs.

 

 

Bicycle Rodeo Scheduled For Monday

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Cyclists want to see young bicycle riders use safety when riding their bikes.  For that reason, they are sponsoring a bicycle rodeo scheduled for Monday evening beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Olson Cultural Events Center.  Assisting with the bike rodeo are Floyd Valley Hospital, the Le Mars Rotary Organization, and the Le Mars Police Department.  Mark Strub with the Plymouth Cyclists Club says the program is focused on children learning to ride bicycles.

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Strub says May is recognized as National Bike Month.  He says the bike safety rodeo will also feature several volunteer groups providing a safety inspection, and the Le Mars Police Department will be at the bike rodeo assisting bicyclists with registering their bicycles.

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Strub says refreshments will be served to the participants, and he is hoping for a good attendance for the first annual bike rodeo.

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Former Texas Governor Rick Perry To Visit Le Mars

(Le Mars) -- Former Texas Governor Rick Perry is scheduled to appear in Le Mars on Monday.  Perry will be at "The Living Center" located on Central Avenue, at 2:00 p.m. Perry, a republican, is considering entering the presidential race.  He tried in 2012, but came in last place among the large field of Republican candidates.

 

 

Beef Council Addresses New Labeling Requirements

(Le Mars) --May is recognized as Beef Month, and the Iowa Beef Industry Council says there are more than 27,000 Iowa farms that raise cattle, adding to the state's economy.  Nancy Degner serves as the Executive Director for the Iowa Beef Industry Council and she says beef is a good value for consumers. Degner says a three-ounce serving portion of beef provides several vitamins and nutrients.

 

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Memorial Day is often times considered as the unofficial start to summer, and Degner says it is a time when backyard grills are fired up and beef sales are on the increase.

The Iowa Beef Industry Council Executive says recently the Food Safety and Inspection Services, as part of the U-S-D-A, will begin requiring new labels to be placed on cuts of beef that have been mechanically tenderized.

 

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Degner says the reason for the new labeling is because of concerns against either E-coli or salmonella bacteria.

 

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Degner says studies have shown there have been very few occurrences of bacteria being introduced to beef cuts through mechanized tenderizing.

 

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Degner says the Beef Industry Council's position is that it is always a good idea to help consumers understand the proper cooking methods when cooking beef.


Family Files Lawsuit Against State And Local Law Enforcement Officials

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) - Relatives of a Burlington woman who was mistakenly killed by an Iowa police officer have filed a formal complaint against state and local officials involved in the investigation into her death.
The family of 34-year-old Autumn Steele filed the complaint Friday with the Iowa Public Information Board, a nine-member board that investigates issues involving open meetings and public records.
An attorney for some family members says officials refuse to release documents related to Steele's Jan. 6 death, which happened when a Burlington officer responding to a domestic disturbance tried to shoot a family dog but shot Steele instead.
The complaint lists the Burlington Police Department, the Des Moines County Attorney's Office and the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation.

Four People Remain In Custody After Being Accused Of Smuggling Guns To Lebanon

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Four relatives charged with smuggling a large amount of weapons from Iowa to Lebanon will remain in custody pending trial.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Jon Scoles ordered three of the suspects detained Friday following several hours of testimony. The fourth didn't seek his release.
Scoles says he doesn't want to speculate on the government's implication that the arms could be linked to Hezbollah or another terrorist organization because there is no hard evidence to support it. But he says it's possible that at a minimum the motive was greed.
Testimony indicated the four legally purchased guns and ammunition in Iowa that would sell for 10 times the price in Lebanon.
Scoles says the suspects are a flight risk because they have ties in Lebanon and the resources to get there.

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

   

Friday Afternoon News, May 15

Bird Flu Strikes Plymouth County

(Des Moines) -- The bird flu has now struck Plymouth County.  Iowa Department of Agriculture officials have confirmed the avian flu virus H5N3 has been detected in a chicken operation.  Dustin Vande Hoef is a spokesperson for the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.

 

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The pullet farm has experienced increased mortality, and Vande Hoef says the farm will be quarantined, and the birds will be euthanized.   An estimate on the number of birds at the site is still pending. Vande Hoef says officials believe the bird flu virus will greatly slow down, or go away all together, once the weather warms up.

 

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Most of the reported bird flu cases have been from larger commercial size operations,  But, Vande Hoef says the bird flu is also affecting smaller-sized backyard poultry operations.

 

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Sioux County is also reporting another case of the bird flu at a pullet operation.  With the two new cases, that brings the total number of 52 cases for the state of Iowa.  Agriculture officials have quarantined the premises.  The Center of Disease Control says there is no risk to humans.  No human infections with the virus have ever been detected, and there is no food safety risk for consumers.

 

 

 

State Fair Undecided Whether To Cancel Poultry Show

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - While several state fairs around the country are calling off poultry shows because of the Midwest bird flu outbreak, the Iowa State Fair is taking a wait-and-see approach.

Spokeswoman Mindy Williamson says officials are monitoring the bird flu outbreak and coordinating plans with the state veterinarian and other agriculture officials.

She says poultry show entries are not due until July 1 giving fair officials time to monitor the situation and make a decision.

Scientists say warmer weather and an end to wild waterfowl migration is likely to stop the virus spread.

Bird flu has affected more than 33 million birds in 15 states hitting Minnesota and Iowa turkey and chicken flocks hardest.

Minnesota, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia are among states to have canceled poultry shows at state fairs.

 

 

 

Area Schools Prepare For Graduation Ceremonies

(Le Mars) -- Commencement activities have been finalized for the Class of 2015, the 138th graduating class of Gehlen Catholic School. The week will conclude with Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 17, at 12:30pm, in the LeRoy Kellen Memorial Gym.

There will be 51 seniors that will graduate from Gehlen Catholic High School.

Due to the high academic caliber of this year’s graduating class, as determined by their Grade Point Average (GPA), Gehlen Catholic has five (5) Valedictorians and two (2) Salutatorians.  They are:

Valedictorians:

o Michaela Bretey, daughter of Dr. Keith and Mrs. Teri Bretey of Le Mars;

o Aaron Britt, son of Mr. David Britt and Mrs. Tamie Britt, both of Le Mars;

o Nathan Klein, son of Mr. James and Mrs. Mary Klein of Le Mars;

o David Puhl, son of Mr. Nick and Mrs. Deb Puhl of Le Mars; and

o Ryan Stoll, son of Mr. Dan and Mrs. Betsy Stoll of Granville.

 

Salutatorians include:

 

o Matthew Holzman, son of Mr. Kevin and Mrs. Mary Holzman of Alton, and

o Ashley Weber, daughter of Mr. Jeff and Mrs. Tracy Weber of Le Mars.

 

This year’s Commencement Speaker is former Gehlen Catholic Coach, Mr. Erv Whitehead of Le Mars.

 

 

 

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars Community High School will hold its Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 17th at 3:00 p.m. from the new High School gymnasium.  This year, 167 seniors will receive their diplomas. Valedictorian speakers include: David Barker, Brett Marek, Ellen Meis, Peter Meis, Allison Perera, and Dayton Rand. Both Gehlen and Le Mars Community graduations will be broadcast on KLEM radio.

 

 

(Remsen) -- At Remsen, graduation ceremonies for Remsen-Union begin at 1:00 p.m. with 27 seniors, and across town at Remsen St. Mary's, their commencement ceremony is scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m. at the Vern, Dan, Joy Bunkers Memorial Gym.  Remsen St. Mary's will have 24 graduating seniors. Guidance counselor Eric Huechen will serve as the speaker.

 

 

 

Siouix City Man Given Probation For Car Theft

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - An 18-year-old has been given four years of probation and two suspended prison terms for car theft and setting a fire inside a vacant Sioux City apartment building last fall.

Dominique Whitebeaver was sentenced on Thursday in Woodbury County District Court. She'd pleaded guilty to arson and theft charges.

Court documents say Whitebeaver and another juvenile set fire to the building on Oct. 28. Firefighters also responded to a December blaze at the building. The building was demolished in March.

 

 

 

Des Moines Police Investigating Found Dead Body

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Des Moines police are investigating the discovery of a body found in a home thought long abandoned.

A report filed Thursday says three people with the Neighborhood Finance Corporation went to the house on 37th Street after the organization had gained ownership. Taxes had not been paid and the owner wasn't seen for more than a year.

They found a body in extreme decomposition on a couch. Officers say the home appeared to be a hoarder house with stacks and piles of trash and boxes.

No foul play is suspected and an autopsy is planned.

The home was owned by Paul Jennett, who neighbors say never left the house and hadn't been seen in more than a year. Police say the most recent papers found were 3 years old.

 

 

 

 



 

   

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