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Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Schedules Second "Cash Mob"

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Chamber of Commerce has announced two upcoming events.  The first, is another cash mob scheduled for Tuesday, July 31st. People are asked to gather at the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce offices at 12:00 noon, and the name of a Chamber member business, outside the downtown district, will be selected.  The gathering of people will then go to that business with the idea that each person will spend at least $20.  Rust Western Shed was the first selected business that was "mobbed".  The second event scheduled by the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce is a mystery dinner theater set for Thursday, September 6 at 6:00 p.m. The dinner theater, Who Killed one of the Miss Perky Pout contestants, will be held at the Le Mars Convention Center upper level.  Tickets are $25 per person.

 

Sioux City Police Warn Public About Dangers Of Leaving Child in Hot Car

(Sioux City) -- Over the last week, Sioux City Police has responded to three separate incidents of children being left in cars.  Fortunately, none of these incidents have resulted in serious injury, but should serve as a reminder to never leave your children unattended in a vehicle during the hot summer.

Leaving a child in a car can and does lead to tragic circumstances.  Since 1998 in the United States, 537 children have died from Hyperthermia (over heating) after being left in a vehicle.  Heatstroke occurs when a person's body temperature exceeds 104 degrees and the body's ability to regulate temperature is overwhelmed.  A core body temperature of 107 degrees is considered lethal as cells are damaged and internal organs shut down.  A child's ability to regulate their body temperature is not as efficient as an adult.  Childrens body temperature rises 3 to 5 times faster than an adult.  Temperatures inside a vehicle can easily reach 150 - 200 degrees and it doesn't take long.  One study showed on a 80-degree day the car internal temperature went to 123 degrees in one hour.  The Sioux City Police remind people to never leave a child unattended in a car, even if it is for just a few minutes.

 

Gaming Applications Due November 1st for Sioux City Casino

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - State gambling regulators have set a Nov. 1 deadline for accepting applications for a land-based casino in the Sioux City market.

The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission on Thursday also agreed to make a decision on a new license by April 2013.

Chairman Jeff Lamberti expects there will be a strong interest.  The board voted last month to allow other operators to submit applications after the two partners in the Sioux City riverboat casino couldn't agree on a new contract. Penn National Gaming then accepted a previous offer from its nonprofit partner, Missouri River Historical Development, to extend the current contract until April 2015.

The commission voted to limit the duration of the extension to March 2013.   Penn National operates the casino. The development group jointly holds the license.

 

Branstad Orders Flags To Be Lowered For Skalberg

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Flags are to be lowered in Iowa to honor a soldier who was killed in Afghanistan last month.

The honor is being rendered this weekend as services are held for 25-year-old Army Sergeant James Skalberg Junior.

Skalberg was killed on June 27th when an improvised explosive device detonated near a vehicle he was in.

Governor Terry Branstad is ordering that flags under control of the state be flown at half-staff from 5 p.m. Friday until 8 a.m. Monday. The funeral for Skalberg is scheduled for Saturday morning in Red Oak, where his wife and son live.

Skalberg originally was from Emerson. He graduated from Nishna Valley High School in 2005 and attended Peru State College in Peru, Nebraska. He joined the Army in 2007.

 

Iowa Supreme Court To Hear U of I Case

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court will decide whether the University of Iowa violated the state's open records law by withholding documents about its investigation of a 2007 assault involving football players.

The court plans to rule Friday in a case that's been closely followed by the news media.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen filed the lawsuit in 2008 after the university refused to release hundreds of records related to its handling of an assault of a female athlete by former Hawkeyes Abe Satterfield and Cedric Everson.

A judge ordered the records released in 2009. The university appealed, contending they are confidential under federal student privacy law.

Both players were convicted of misdemeanor charges. An investigation faulted the university's response, which cost the school's top lawyer and dean of students their jobs.

 

Drought Across United States May Benefit Canadian Farmers

OTTAWA - Drought conditions across large swaths of the Midwestern United States and parts of Europe are causing concern about a food price shock later this year.

But while consumers brace to pay higher prices for everything from corn flakes to bread to beef, many Canadian farmers hope to reap rewards from historically high grain prices.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts that U.S. farmers will see just a fraction of the corn they expected in the spring when the ground was seeded.

That prediction has sent the price of corn through the roof and is pushing almost all grain commodity prices higher.

Myron Krahm, vice-president of the Manitoba Corn Growers Association, says if the weather holds in most corn-growing regions of Canada over the rest of this month, farmers will cash in.

 

 

 

 

 

   

Thursday News, July 12

Le Mars Community School Announces Registration Dates

 

(Le Mars) -- It won't be long before the school bell will ring, calling students back to another year of school.  The Le Mars Community School District has announced the dates for registration.  On-site registration and payment of fees is scheduled for Monday, August 6 from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. and again on Tuesday, August 7th from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Everyone will register in the Middle School during those two days.  Mail-in registration will be available again this year.  Packets will go out in the mail on July 23rd.  Middle School orientation is scheduled for Tuesday, August 21st.  6th grade students will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. both students and parents are invited.  7th and 8th grade students and their parents will have orienation also on August 21st from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Wednesday, August 22nd from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. will be the open house for all buildings.  Freshman orientation will be on Wednesday, August 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the high school commons.  The Code of Conduct meetings are scheduled for Tuesday, August 7th, Wednesday, August 8th, and Thursday, August 16.

 

Fire Department Respond To Ditch Grass Fire

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire Department responded to a ditch grass fire yesterday afternoon.  The call came in at about 4:15 p.m. and was located at 30253 county road C-16.  Within a few minutes the fire department was able to control and contain the fire.

 

New Assistant Fire Chief Takes Oath of Office

 

(Le Mars) -- Mike Wise is the new Assistant Fire Chief for the Le Mars Fire Department.  He was given the oath of office by Mayor Dick Kirchoff during a ceremony held Wednesday at Fire Station #1.  Dave Schipper, the Le Mars Fire Chief says of Wise that he meets the needs of Le Mars.

 

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The Le Mars Fire Department recently implemented some changes which Schipper believes will help the city of Le Mars, its residents, and business owners see lower insurance rates.

 

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Schipper also believes the changes may help with the recruitment of new businesses.

 

 

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Sioux City Police Arrest Suspect Of Grocery Store Theft

 

(Sioux City) -- Sioux City Police have apprehended 18 year old Stanislaus Firecloud for the suspected theft of items stolen from the Select Foods Store located at 1730 Pierce Street.  On Tuesday, at about 12:23 p.m. a suspect entered the grocery store and went to the beer cooler and concealed several cans of alcohol then attempted to leave the store without paying for the items.  He was confronted by a store employee and a struggle ensued.  During the struggle, the suspect struck the employee with a pipe-like item.  The employee sustained injuries and was taken to a local hospital.

 

Branstad To Hold Drought Meeting

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Governor Terry Branstad will hold a public meeting next week on the drought conditions plaguing Iowa this summer.

Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds will be joined by representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and environmental experts in Mount Pleasant on Tuesday.

Branstad's office says the meeting will focus on coordination between the state and federal levels and potential action to ensure that Iowa's needs are meet.

The meeting is set for 9 a.m. Tuesday at Mount Pleasant High School.

The USDA is already streamlining the process for farmers to apply for government disaster help as crops burn up in many states in the widest drought in nearly 25 years.

 

USDA Streamlines Drought Assistance For Farmers

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is streamlining the process for farmers to apply for government disaster help during the widest drought in nearly 25 years.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says more than 1,000 counties nationwide will automatically qualify for disaster assistance if they're in a severe drought for at least eight weeks or were in extreme drought this growing season.

The department also is lowering the interest rate on emergency loans to 2.25 percent from 3.75 percent. As much as $39 million is available under the program.

In addition, the government will help farmers use part of the land set aside in a conservation program for hay or grazing since the drought is expected to reduce the amount of corn available for feed.

 

Iowa State To Pass U of I in Enrollment

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa State University is expected to pass the University of Iowa in enrollment this coming academic year.

Iowa State has trailed the University of Iowa since 1979. Iowa State officials in Ames expect the enrollment to surge past 31,000, topping U of I's expected total of about 30,800, the same as last fall.

The final numbers won't be reported until September.   U of I executive director of admissions Michael Barron says the two universities aren't competing for highest number of students and that there's always been an ebb and flow to enrollment.

Barron says there's been a resurgence in agriculture, which is an area that's exclusive to Iowa State.

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Mayor and City Clerk Charged With Theft

SCARVILLE, Iowa (AP) - The mayor and former clerk of the northern Iowa town of Scarville have been charged with theft after a state audit turned up thousands of dollars in missing city funds.

Michelle Hermanson and Jolene Carter were charged on Monday with first-degree theft, felonious misconduct in office and falsifying public documents.

Hermanson and Carter voluntarily turned themselves in to authorities and each posted a $10,000 bond.

State Auditor David Vaudt in June said Hermanson and Carter misspent at least $24,000. Another $12,000 of spending was not supported by documentation.

Phone listings for Hermanson and Carter were disconnected.  Online court records don't list their attorneys.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

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