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Tuesday News, May 14, 2013


(Le Mars) -- Fire and rescue personnel was dispatched to the Krull Chiropractic offices located at 44 5th Avenue Southwest on Monday afternoon when a car had accidently hit the outside wall, causing the vehicle to penetrate the offices. The accident happened at about 2:35 p.m. Apparently, the female driver stated that her foot slipped off the brake pedal and instead hit the accelerator pedal causing her Lexus RX300 to collide with the wall.  The driver was not injured during the mishap, and no one inside the building was injured.  Le Mars Fire and rescue officials evaluated the structure and determined the wall to be stable.  The accident is under investigation by the Le Mars Police Department.


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(Le Mars) -- Life Skills Training Center held its annual meeting last evening.  Milton Crawford was honored with the LSTC Client Achievement Award.  Life Skills Executive Director Don Nore informed the gathering of the changes that are occuring within the funding of mental health services.  He says he has some concerns about future funding and if some services may have to be reduced or eliminated due to budget cuts.

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Nore says the services that are provided by the Life Skills Training Center certainly help with the local economy.

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Nore says since 2003, LSTC has tracked its performance level with its clients and with its customers.

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(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Board of Supervisors are to meet this morning at the County Courthouse Boardroom.  The supervisors have a light agenda with only holding a public hearing on the debt issuance, and to review and amend the Fiscal year budget of 2012-2013. County engineer, Tom Rohe is scheduled to meet the supervisors to offer an update on construction projects within the county.

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Historical Museum has inducted two of its long time volunteers to be part of the Museum's Hall of Fame.  Norm Barker and Dr. Wayne Marty were given the honor during the museum's annual meeting held on Thursday.  Together, both gentlemen have devoted countless hours to the rennovation of the museum's facilities.

The two have worked together on everything at the Museum from the renovation of the Gym in 1999 to the renovation of the Study Hall, which opened in 2010. They have done everything from fixing the Museum's plumbing when needed to helping build standards for the new "Dollie" display.

Currently, they are preparing to renovate three more display rooms as the result of a grant from the Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) monies.

Barker became very involved at the Museum when it was time to tear down the racquetball walls in the Gym back in 1999. He continues to log thousands of hours each year, usually with Marty at his side.

As for Dr. Wayne Marty,his involvement with the Museum began in 1996. As president of the board, one of his first jobs was to get a new roof put on the building. Since that time, he has worked to preserve the entire Museum, from the Gym to the Study Hall.  When Westmar closed in 1997, he led the effort to recycle Westmar materials into the Museum building. Wayne has been called the renovation project manager at the Museum.

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community Board of Education met last evening.  During their meeting, the board approved the student fees for the next school year. School lunches and student activity tickets are the only items to have an increase from the present school year.  The school board also approved the purchase of a new utility tractor with snow blower and lawn mower attachments.

(Undated) -- Small, nonfarm businesses in seven northwest Iowa Counties and neighboring counties are now eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U-S Small Business Administration.  Gary Colton is a public information officer with the SBA.  He says the loans are for businesses that rely on agriculture.

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Eligible Iowa counties include: Plymouth, Sioux, Cherokee, Lyon, O'Brien, Osceola, and Woodbury.  Lincoln and Union counties in South Dakota are also eligible.  Colton says the interest rate for the loans is set at four percent for businesses and 2.875 for private, nonprofit organizations.  The loans carry a term of 30 years.  The deadline to apply for the Small Business Loans is January 8, 2014.


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa farmers hope to catch up on field work and get more corn and soybeans planted this week after several weeks of rain delay.Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says in a report released Monday that only 15 percent of the corn crop is in the ground, which is well behind the five-year Iowa average of 79 percent. This is the first spring in 20 years that less than 20 percent of the corn acres were planted by May 12. Just 1 percent of soybeans acres are planted well behind the five-year average of 30 percent. The good news is soil moisture has been replenished with 95 percent of topsoil rated adequate or with a surplus. About 76 percent of Iowa's subsoil has adequate moisture or a surplus.


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The governor says he won't put the commander of the Iowa Veterans Home on administrative leave. Sen. Steve Sodders, D-State Center, said in a letter to Branstad last week that the accusations against David Worley are so serious that he should be put on leave while an investigation is conducted. Several speakers at a hearing of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee said the home's management team relies on bullying and intimidation. The Des Moines Register reports ( that Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday that Worley will remain on duty. Branstad also said his appointment of Jodi Tymeson to a newly created post of chief operating officer at the veterans home doesn't show a lack of confidence in Worley.


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad wants to say happy anniversary to the Iowa Department of Transportation. Branstad is scheduled to attend an event commemorating the department's 100th anniversary Tuesday afternoon. He will speak at the gathering in Ames and sign an honorary proclamation. The department dates back to 1913 when it was known as the Iowa Highway Commission. A special website marking the anniversary notes milestones for the agency, like completing Interstate 35 or when the state started requiring driver's licenses. Branstad spokesman Tim Albrecht calls this a "significant" anniversary for the department.


AMES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa officials are offering two interactive websites showing the state's byways and bicycle trails. The state Department of Transportation says the sites will help visitors explore Iowa's two national scenic byways and nine state scenic and heritage byways. Many bicycle trails crisscross and complement the byways. The byways site includes route descriptions, history, contact information and a listing of local attractions and events. The site lets visitors plan, map, save notes and send an electronic postcard. The bicycle site gives visitors a suggested route with a starting address and destination address. There's information on bike lanes, paved and unpaved trails and other roads. It includes information on trailheads, parking, rest rooms, bicycle shops and other features.






Monday Afternoon News, May 13

Fire Reported At Amber Inn Motel

(Le Mars) -- A fire was reported Monday morning at about 10:09 a.m. from the Amber Inn Motel located near Business Highway 75.  Le Mars Fire chief Dave Schipper says the motel cleaning staff noticed smoke coming from the ceiling of room 68.  A high wattage light bulb in a recessed ceiling lighting fixture caused some extensive smoke damage to the motel.  The bulb was of higher wattage than what the fixture was designed to hold, causing it to overheat and igniting the ceiling insulation.  Most of the damage was confined to the ceiling insulation.  Flames did not penetrate the roof.  Fire officials entered the motel and pulled down ceiling panels in order to have better access to the fire.  The smoke  traveled through the attic area and was noticeable in several rooms.  Schipper estimates the damage to be about $3000.  There were no injuries from the fire, and the motel guests were able to escape without harm.

McCormick Back On Police Duty

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Sioux City police officer Kevin McCormick is back on duty and has already visited the spot where he was wounded during a traffic stop.
McCormick retraced his route on the west side of the city on Sunday, remembering the garbage cans and chain-link fence and the van he saw on April 29. McCormick says he's been replaying the incident in his mind.
He'd pulled over a car for a seat belt violation. As he was preparing to leave his cruiser, a man got out of the car and fired eight rifle shots at the cruiser. A bullet that penetrated the cruiser's windshield struck McCormick above an eye.
Twenty-one-year-old Jamal Dean has been arrested and is being held on a charge of attempted murder.

Two Men Convicted For Child Pornography

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Two Iowa men who were convicted on child pornography charges have been sentenced to federal prison.
Prosecutors say 26-year-old Edward Robertson, of Spirit lake, was given seven years. Robertson must serve 10 years of supervised release after he leaves custody.
A U.S. District Court jury in Council Bluffs found Robertson guilty of receiving child pornography over the Internet from October 2008 until March 24, 2009.
In a separate case, 59-year-old Danny Hummel, of Essex, was given six months in prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release. He'd pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography.


Branstad Names New State Auditor

(Des Moines) -- Governor Terry Branstad has named CPA Mary Mosiman, as Iowa’s new state auditor, following last month’s announcement by David Vaudt that he was resigning to become the new chairman of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board . His last day was May 3.  Mosiman currently serves as deputy secretary of state under Matt Schultz. Her first day as state auditor begins today May 13.

“I had two major requirements for Iowa’s state auditor: that the individual was a CPA, and that the individual would adhere to the sound budgeting principles followed by David Vaudt,” said Branstad. “In Mary, we found that and more. She is a talented, passionate public servant who will keep a very close watch over Iowa’s tax dollars.”

Prior to serving as the deputy secretary of state, Mosiman served as the Story County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections, from 2001-2010. She is a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in accounting.

Compensation For Mentally Handicapped Employees Greatly Reduced

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A landmark $240 million verdict for 32 mentally disabled workers who suffered years of abuse will be reduced to about $1.6 million because of a law capping their
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Henry's Turkey Service agreed in legal briefs filed Friday that each plaintiff can recover $50,000 apiece, plus interest, under federal law, compared
to $7.5 million a jury awarded each May 1.
Each plaintiff will also be entitled to separate back payments averaging about $50,000. U.S. Senior Judge Charles Wolle will enter a final judgment soon.
Jurors found that Henry's Turkey Service discriminated against the men, who they hired out to work at an Iowa turkey processing plant. The men lived in a filthy bunkhouse and faced verbal and
physical abuse at home and at work.

Kayaking Couple Is Rescued

BOONE, Iowa (AP) - A kayaking couple have been rescued from the Des Moines River near Boone.
Boone County Search and Rescue and the Boone Fire Department responded to a call Sunday afternoon that a man and his wife had been pinned in their kayaks against a pile of logs.
Sheriff's Deputy Brian Pontius says the man's kayak tipped over and was sucked beneath the pile about 30 feet from shore. The man managed to pull himself out of the water and onto the logs. His
wife's kayak was jammed into the pile.
Rescuers threw lines to the couple and pulled them to safety.
The man was treated for signs of hypothermia, but he refused to be hospitalized. No injuries to his wife were reported.


Iowa City Man Robs Boy

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A 61-year-old Iowa City man has been accused of robbing a boy who was looking for lawns to mow.
The boy was knocking on doors Sunday to inquire about doing the yard work when he met Kevin Shannon at one house. Police say Shannon gave the boy $10 and told the boy he was an undercover
police officer.
Police say Shannon later got in his vehicle and drove up to the boy, pulled out a gun and demanded the boy return his money. The boy wasn't injured.
Officers arrived soon and arrested Shannon. He faces several charges, including felony theft, driving while intoxicated, and impersonating a public official.
Johnson County Jail records say Shannon remained in custody on Monday. Online court records don't list the name of Shannon's lawyer.




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