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Saturday News, October 26

Congressman King and Texas Senator Ted Cruz In Plymouth County Today

(Le Mars) -- Iowa 4th District Congressman Steve King is in Plymouth County today, and with him is Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz.  It's part of the annual Defenders of Freedom event.  King and Cruz will begin their morning with a pheasant hunt, then at 11:00 a.m. the right-wing conservatives will hold a luncheon and political rally at the Le Mars Convention Center.  Both King and Cruz are scheduled to speak at the event.  The pheasant hunt is sold out, however, tickets for the luncheon are still available.

 

Inwood Dairy Farm Fined $20,000

INWOOD, Iowa (AP) - Federal officials say a northwest Iowa dairy accused of violating the Clean Water Act will pay a $20,000 civil penalty.
The Environmental Protection Agency said Friday that the money settles alleged violations by County Edge Dairy Incorporated at its Inwood facility.
EPA officials say a July 2012 inspection showed County Edge Dairy did not possess a certain permit as a large concentrated animal feeding operation. It also did not have adequate waste control facilities.
The inspection revealed that land conditions at the facility resulted in wastewater being discharged into tributaries of Dry Run Creek.
As part of its settlement, County Edge Dairy has certified that it is in compliance with federal law.
A message left for the business was not immediately returned Friday.


Sioux City Police Investigate Suspicious Vehicle With Connection To Attempted Abduction

(Sioux City) -- The Sioux City Police Department has obtained video of the suspect vehicle involved in an attempted abduction that occurred on Thursday on Court Street.  Several vehicles are pictured in the parking lot and the suspect vehicle has dark tinted windows. 
The Sioux City Police is currently working to positively identify the make and model of the vehicle. The vehicle is thought to be tied to the suspect who was posing as a police officer
and made an attempted abduction on two little girls coming out from a store. Anyone with
information is asked to call the Sioux City Police Department.


Sioux City Police Accept Expired Medications Today

(Sioux City) -- If you have old and expired prescriptions, the Sioux City Police Department is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration for the fall National Prescription Drug take-back.  The program was instituted to provide an opportunity for millions of Americans to turn in their unused, unneeded or expired prescription medications.  Expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, often leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse.  Old medications will be accepted a six locations between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  The drop off locations include: the downtown Walgreens store, Target Store, Southern Hills Hy Vee, Fareway at War Eagle Drive, Wal-Mart on Floyd Blvd, and the Hy Vee store at Hamilton Blvd.  According to the 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the non-medical use of prescription drugs ranks second only to marijuana as the most
prevalent category of drug abuse in the United States.

 

Governor Branstad Has Visited All 99 Iowa Counties In 2013

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad completed his 99th county visit today, with a tour of Amana’s Whirlpool Corp. in Iowa County.
“Visiting every county each year is a great opportunity for me to interact with Iowans, listen to their concerns and work to make Iowa a better place,” said Gov. Branstad. “My legislative proposals are a direct result of my conversations with Iowans, and what they wish to see in moving this state forward. I want to thank every Iowan who turned out for our events, and I look forward to starting all over again in January.”
Branstad and Reynolds have each committed to all of Iowa’s 99 counties every year. Reynolds
will complete her tour on Nov. 1.

 

Council Bluffs Library Asking People To Check Their Attics For Council Bluffs History

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The public library in Council Bluffs has turned to everyday people
to help link pieces of the city's past.
Organizers of the Council Bluffs: Proud Past... Bright Future project want residents to
look in attics, basements and other corners of their homes for old pictures, letters and other mementos that could be used to tell Council Bluffs' history.
The project launched in 2010 and has been collecting historical information from local participating museums. Now it's seeking help from residents, who are being encouraged to bring in personal items to an upcoming event so they can be scanned onto the project's website.
Project director Chad Nation says it's a unique endeavor that will benefit the community and help local schools teach Council Bluffs' history.

 

 

   

Friday Afternoon News, October 25

Remsen Ready For 40th Annual Octoberfest

(Remsen) -- Saturday, you will hear a lot of oom..pa..pa.. and other polka music coming from Remsen, as the community celebrates its 40th annual Oktoberfest.  Its a chance for the community to acknowledge its German and Luxembourg heritage. Angie Galles serves as this year's chairperson.  she says the event begins with a craft show at 9:00 a.m.

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At 1:00 p.m. will be the tapping of the golden keg at the Remsen St. Mary's high school gym.  1:30 p.m. will be the judging of the Children's Bavarian Costume and Dance Contest and the crowning of the Little Luxembourg Prince and Princess competition,

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Part of the allure of Oktoberfest is the serving of the traditional German/Luxembourg meal with serving to begin at 3:00 p.m.

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The announcement of the Oktoberfest queen will be made at 5:00 p.m.  and the traditional sounds of polka music will be heard throughout the day with Bruce Bradley and Jim Strehlke. The beer garden will be operating from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.  Tickets for the dinner are $12.

 

Activists Spent $833,000 On Judges Elections

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A new report says activist organizations spent $833,000 in Iowa last year trying to influence voters deciding whether to keep an Iowa Supreme Court judge.
The nonpartisan Brennan Center for Justice, the National Institute on Money in State Politics, and Justice at Stake have released research into outside influence in judicial elections.
The organizations conclude judge retention votes are now a lasting battleground between political factions.
Despite negative ads last year, voters kept Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins on the bench. He was one of the justices to rule in 2009 that the Iowa Constitution makes it unlawful to block same-sex couples from marrying.
Three other justices were voted out in 2010 when $1.4 million was spent on influencing voters that year.
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University Of Iowa Receives Donation

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Two Maquoketa natives have given their second $10 million gift in three years to the University of Iowa.
The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1gM5HMK ) Jerre and Mary Joy Stead, of Scottsdale, Ariz., will advance children's medicine at the university.
The donation includes $8 million to endow one faculty chair each in the areas of pulmonology, nephrology, neurology and general pediatrics.
The Steads chair a fundraising campaign aimed at attracting $500 million in private donations. The university says their gift pushes the campaign's total to $505 million. The Steads' previous $10 million gift in 2011 also was to the children's hospital.
The pediatrics department will be named the University of Iowa Stead Family Department of Pediatrics.
The Steads donated $25 million to the university's Tippie College of Business in 2003.
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Judge Dismisses Case Involving Dead Firefighter

SHELBY, Iowa (AP) - A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the city of Shelby filed by a man driving a car that struck and killed a city firefighter in 2011.
The case centered around an accident in September 2011 when firefighter Mike Collins was directing traffic around a crash on Interstate 80 and David Thies struck Collins, killing him.
Thies sued the city, seeking $5,000 for damages to his car and medical expenses. He alleged Collins had prescription pain medication and the active ingredient for marijuana in his blood. He claimed Collins stepped into traffic causing him to be struck.
The judge says Thies failed to present any evidence Collins was impaired. In his ruling posted Wednesday, the judge said Thies also "failed to maintain control of his vehicle."

 

Garage Baby

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Des Moines police have arrested a couple after finding them living with a baby in a garage without heat, electricity, or a bathroom.
Police say 23-year old Danae Haynes and 22-year-old Justin Sorter are charged with child endangerment causing bodily injury, possession of drug paraphernalia and probation violations.
The nine-month-old child is healthy but was not dressed to withstand near freezing temperatures.
The Iowa Department Human Services has taken custody.
Neighbors tipped off police that the couple was raising the child in the detached garage littered with trash on Des Moines's east side.
Police say the couple had permission to stay in the garage from the owners of the home on the property.

 

 

 

 

   

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