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Tuesday Afternoon News, February 2

Snow Storm Has Few Stranded Motorists

(Le Mars) -- Road and highway conditions continue to deteriorate with every passing hour, and emergency officials have been fortunate that so far during this blizzard, people are staying home and off the roads. Earlier this morning I visited with Plymouth County Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo to ask if there had been many reports of stranded motorists.

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The Iowa Department of Transportation and the South Dakota Department of Transportation have closed down Interstate 29 heading northbound.  All roads and highways in northwest Iowa are 100 percent snow covered, and travel is not advised.

 

 

 

 

Blizzard Hampers Efforts To Clear Roads

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County has pulled their snow plows off the roads until such time visibility improves, and the Iowa Highway Patrol has issued a tow band which means tow trucks are being advised not to pull any stranded vehicle until such time the weather improves.  As for the city of Le Mars, Scott Kneip the superintendent for the Public Works Department which oversees the snow removal says its been a battle to stay ahead of the falling snow.

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The city is requesting that vehicles stay off the streets until such time the streets have been cleared.  Kneip says most everyone is following that request.

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Kneip says since many businesses, industries, and schools are closed for the day, it has been helpful to the city street crews since they have avoided parked vehicles.

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Weather Channel In Sioux City Covering Blizzard

(Sioux City) -- You knew the blizzard that hit northwest Iowa was going to be bad when "The Weather Channel" came to cover the storm.  Meteorologist Jim Cantore and his crew arrived in Sioux City Monday and spent the morning hours of the storm broadcasting from the Tyson Events Center parking lot.  He says Sioux City was in the heart of the storm this (Tuesday) morning.

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Cantore says visibility will be near zero through the afternoon in the Sioux City area.

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Cantore has spent much of his career broadcasting from the worst storms in the country...something he enjoys doing.

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The Weather Channel team planned on being in Sioux City through the duration of the storm. Interstate 29 was closed from Sioux City to near Sioux Falls as of 11:00 a.m.

 

 

Clinton And Sanders End In Virtual Tie Across The State And In Plymouth County

(Le Mars) -- Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bernie Sanders ended their campaign with basically a tie.  Mark Sturgeon, vice chairman of the Plymouth County Democratic party says Plymouth County Democrats voted much in the same manner as their counterparts across the state.

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State Democratic Party Officials Say Clinton Won Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Hillary Clinton has narrowly won the Democratic caucuses in Iowa, outpacing a surprisingly strong challenge from Bernie Sanders to claim the first victory in the 2016 race for president.
The former secretary of state, senator from New York and first lady edged past the Vermont senator in a race the Iowa Democratic Party called the closest in its caucus history.
The Iowa Democratic Party said Tuesday that it would not do any recount of the close results, and a spokesman for the Sanders campaign said it does not intend to challenge the results of the caucuses.

 

 

 

Clinton Has An Advantage With Voting Delegates

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Hillary Clinton's victory in the Iowa Democratic caucuses means she will collect 23 delegates and Sen. Bernie Sanders will win 21.
With her advantage in superdelegates - the party officials who can support the candidate of their choice - Clinton now has a total of 385 delegates. Sanders has 29.
It takes 2,382 delegates to win the Democratic nomination for president.

 

 

 

Des Moines Airport Is Open Again

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Flights are back in the air at Des Moines International Airport after a band of heavy snow moved through the area Tuesday morning.
Airport operations supervisor William Klees says the heavy snow ended a little after 10 a.m. at the airport and that flights "are back on as scheduled."
Klees said a number of flights were canceled ahead of Tuesday's snow.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning until early Wednesday for a stretch of Iowa starting in the southwest corner, through central Iowa and into much of the northeast region of the state. Most of the northwestern and north-central section remains in a blizzard warning, with heavy and blowing snow until early Wednesday.
The storm came on the heels of Iowa's Monday night presidential caucuses.

 

 

 





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



   

Tuesday News, February 2

Le Mars Could See 12 Inches Of Snow

(Sioux Falls) -- Following last evening's Iowa Caucuses, the next news item is the snow storm that is hitting Iowa and other parts of the Midwest. According to Phillip Schumacher, a meteorologist, with the National Weather Services of Sioux Falls, Le Mars may again see a heavy snowfall.

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We now know that Le Mars will likely get the top end of that range of snowfall, which means nearly 12 inches of snow.
Schumacher says the storm is developing in the southwest, and he says the anticipated winds are what make this snow storm different than those earlier in the season.

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Schumacher offers a timetable as to when the snow will begin to fall, and at what time will be the heaviest snowfall.

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Schumacher says the snow will contain a lot of moisture, making it heavy, although he says it will also have the potential to blow around causing many drifts and reduced visibility.

 

 

 

Cruz Wins Iowa - Trump Takes Plymouth County

(Le Mars) -- As for the Iowa Caucuses, Texas Senator Ted Cruz won the state republican contest beating business tycoon Donald Trump.  Third place went to Florida Senator Marco Rubio.  Here in Plymouth County, it was Donald Trump winning with 32 percent of the votes compared to Ted Cruz's 28 percent, and Marco Rubio finished third in Plymouth County with 19 percent of the votes.  Dr. Ben Carson had slightly more than 10 percent of the votes in Plymouth County for fourth place, and former Florida governor Jeb Bush had two percent of the votes.  As for some of the neighboring counties; Ted Cruz won Sioux and O'Brien counties, while Donald Trump took Woodbury and Cherokee counties.
In the Democrat race, Plymouth County is much like the statewide contest with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bernie Sanders in a tight too close to call contest.  Throughout the entire state for both Republicans and Democrats, a larger than normal voter turnout was common.

 

 

 

Cruz Comments On His Political Victory

(Des Moines) -- Ted Cruz tells The Associated Press that his victory in Iowa's Republican presidential caucuses is a victory for the grassroots, and he says his triumph is part of a larger movement of conservatives against what he calls the "Washington cartel."
Cruz says his win "was a victory for courageous conservatives in Iowa and all around the country."
The first-term Texas senator says that from "Day One, we built our campaign as a movement for Americans to organize and rally to band together against the disaster of the Washington cartel."

 

 

 

Huckabee And O'Malley End Presidential Campaigns

(Des Moines) -- Last evening's Iowa caucus results had two political casualties.  Both Republican Mike Huckabee and Democrat Martin O'Malley have announced they are ending their presidential campaigns.

 

 

 

Kass Comments On Plymouth County Caucus Results

Plymouth County Republican chair, Don Kass says he was pleased at the voter turnout for the county caucuses.

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Fire and Rescue Department Averages Slightly More Than One Call Per Day In January

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department has issued its January monthly report.  The local fire department responded to a total of 32 calls, with 10 fire calls, seven rescues, eight investigations, twice the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department offered mutual aid to Merrill, and the fire and rescue department had five requests for services.

 

 

 

Bishop Walker Nicklaus Visits Gehlen During Catholic Schools Week

(Le Mars) -- Monday was the start of "Catholic Schools Week, and Gehlen Catholic School had a special guest to perform morning mass.  Bishop R. Walker Nicklaus of the Sioux City diocese was at the St. Joseph's church.  Following the early morning mass, Bishop Nicklaus visited classrooms and shared lunch with many of the Gehlen Catholic elementary students.  He talks about the importance of National Catholic School Week.

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Bishop Nicklaus says he takes the opportunity during Catholic schools week, to personally visit with many of the schools to "thank" the teachers, administration officials, and staff.

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The Sioux City Diocese Bishops also hopes to visit Remsen St. Mary's, Fort Dodge St. Edmond, and Sacred Heart of Sioux City.

 

 

 

Des Moines Airport Has Cancelled Flights Due To Weather Concerns

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Any candidates or staffers left in Des Moines after the Iowa caucuses may have to hurry if they want to get out of town.
After a dusting of snow Tuesday morning, the city soon will be hit by a heavier band of snow. Snowfall could total as much as 9 inches by the time the massive storm moves on. The city is under a winter storm warning, and travel is discouraged.
Kenny Podrazik (poh-DRAH'-zihk) with the National Weather Service says "it's going to be pretty havoc when the snow starts." 
Seven flights out of the Des Moines airport already are canceled, but 18 are still on the schedule.




 

 

Midwest Economy Shows Small Improvement

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - January results from a survey of supply managers in nine Midwest and Plains states suggest some improvement in the regional economy but not enough to generate optimism.
A report issued Monday says the Mid-American Business Conditions Index jumped to 48.3 in January from 39.5 in December - the first increase in six months.
Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says falling agriculture and energy commodity prices and global economic uncertainty continue "to restrain supply managers' expectations of future economic conditions."
The survey results are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests economic growth. A score below that suggests decline.
The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.


 






 

   

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