Monday News, September 23
Lancaster To Attend First School Board Meeting Tonight
(Le Mars) -- Newly elected Le Mars Community School Board Director, Todd Lancaster will attend his first school board meeting this evening as the new board takes its oath of office. The Board of Education will officially recognize Mark Hemmingson for his five years as a school board director. The board is expected to have a preliminary enrollment count, as well as, review the Iowa Core Implementation Plan. The board will
also have a preliminary audit report.
Sioux County Authorities Investigate Gun Shot Injuries
(Orange City) -- On Sunday, the Sioux County Sheriff's Department investigated a report of a person injured by a gunshot. The incident happened at about 12:24 p.m. at 2321 360th Street, six miles southwest of Rock Valley. Upon further investigation, David Heuer, age 54, of Rock Valley reported that he was moving some guns in his residence when a .22 caliber revolver fell to the ground, discharged and striking him in the arm. Heuer was transported to the Rock Valley Memorial Hospital by private vehicle, then taken by the Rock Valley Ambulance to the McKenna-Avera Hospital in Sioux Falls for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Scrap Metal Thefts Occur Near Sheldon
(Orange City) -- The Sioux County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help with the investigation of several incidents of stolen scrap metal. The thefts occurred during the overnight hours between September 5th and September 11th. The sheriff’s office found that three separate incidents of theft took place at rural residences near Sheldon. In each incident the perpetrator(s) took scrap copper and metal. In one incident, which occurred on Wednesday, September 11, at 4:30 a.m., a suspect photos was taken on a surveillance camera. Authorities are asking the public's help to identify the suspect seen on the surveillance photos.
Johnston and Grimes Fire Departments Investigated By Labor Department
JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) - The U.S. Department of Labor is investigating the Johnston and Grimes fire departments.
Fire Chief Jim Krohse (KROH'-zee) oversees both departments, and he says the investigation seems to be centered on firefighters who have full-time jobs with one department who also work paid on-call shifts for the other city's department.
Johnston and Grimes share Krohse's services, and firefighters from both communities staff a joint fire station that responds to calls in both communities.
Grimes City Administrator Kelley Brown says questions asked during the federal investigators' visit to Grimes indicated that the Labor Department will likely consider whether the Johnston and Grimes fire departments should be seen as a single employer or as two separate entities.
Labor Department officials didn't return a call.
10 Year Old Boy Burns To Death
EARLHAM, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a 10-year-old Iowa boy died after he was badly burned while using gasoline to make a backyard fire with his older brother.
The incident happened in the family's backyard on Saturday near Earlham about 30 miles west of Des Moines.
The Madison County Sheriff's office says the boy and his 13-year-old brother started a fire with gasoline from the garage. At some point, Chris Allsup poured the rest of the gas on the fire, and the flames engulfed the boy.
Allsup sustained burns on 91 percent of his body. He was flown to Iowa City for treatment but didn't survive.
The boy's father and grandfather were home at the time of the fire. Their mother was at work.
Ankeny Accident Claims Life
ANKENY, Iowa (AP) - Authorities are investigating a one-vehicle accident that killed one Iowa man and injured another.
The Polk County Sheriff's office says the accident was reported in Ankeny around 2:30 a.m. Sunday.
Emergency responders found one vehicle in a ditch below a bridge on Northeast 29th Street.
Thirty-year-old Chad Leto of Elkhart died at the scene of the crash. Paramedics took 34-year-old Randy Parker to an area hospital by helicopter.
Parker, who is also from Elkhart, was in stable condition on Sunday.
Des Moines Register Questions Actions To Conceal Juvenile Home's Records
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Some troubling incidents at the Iowa juvenile home are being concealed in records state officials released to the public.
The Iowa attorney general's office tried to electronically black out details of abuse allegations, illegal restraints and other problems at the home in Toledo.
The newspaper discovered the details of what happened after copying and pasting the records into another file.
The Des Moines Register Publisher Rick Green says officials went too far because the hidden information helps show how the home was run and how kids were treated.
The Attorney General's spokesman Geoff Greenwood says the information was blacked out because it revealed details of individual cases, and state law protects children's privacy.
The newspaper did not identify individual children in the records.
Grassley Says Government Will Not Shut Down
(Des Moines) -- Despite all the talk of stalemate in the nation's capitol and a looming shut-down of the federal government, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley says it will not happen.
Republicans in the House passed a bill that would keep the government operating, but it "defunds" ObamaCare. Democrats who control the Senate say they will not accept that any proposal that "defunds or delays" ObamaCare -- and Grassley predicts House Republicans will back down.
Grassley says things could be resolved more easily if President Obama would do more talking with members of congress -- and Grassley says Obama's more likely to talk to foreign dictators than to Republicans.
According to Grassley, Obama has "the least interaction with congress" than any president Grassley has seen. Grassley was elected to congress in November of 1974. Gerald Ford was president when Grassley took office. Grassley made his comments yesterday during an appearance on the Iowa Public Television, "Iowa Press".
DNR Wonders If Duck Hunting Season Will Be Successful
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa officials say several factors will determine if hunters have a successful early duck season.
The state Department of Natural Resources says seasonal wetlands are largely dry, and there may not be enough to support a boat for hunters.
Officials say it's unclear whether blue-winged teal will stick around, though they do favor shallow water. Hunters can use a wetland habitat condition report to prepare for marsh conditions or to change their hunting location.
The early duck season runs from this weekend through Wednesday. The second duck season begins on different dates in October depending on zones.
Nearly 30,000 hunters are expected to hunt waterfowl in Iowa.
State Stops Measuring Pollen Counts
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The state has stopped taking pollen measurements, which some Iowans could measure in stuffy noses, sneezes and red, weepy eyes.
Crops, weeds and trees thrive in Iowa and freely loose their pollen into the air. Ragweed pollen tends to make this time of year the worst for allergy sufferers.
The State Hygienic Lab used to take regular pollen measurements in Ankeny in late summer and early fall. But the lab quit taking the measurements this year, partly because of budget cuts.
Some weather sources had been relying on the state measurements.
The local office of the National Weather Service stopped including pollen counts in its daily reports when the state stopped taking the measurements.
Farm Crawl Becomes Popular In Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Several independent family farms in south-central Iowa expect hundreds of people to visit their property as part of an annual open house event.
Eight farms will jointly offer the open houses as part of the seventh annual Farm Crawl on Oct. 6. The event has been advertised as a leisurely day where participants can hop from one farm to the next.
Organizers hope the invitation to see the farms will encourage visitors to buy locally grown products. Some area businesses will also sell items like honey and pastries. Organizers say more than 1,000 people attended last year.
Entrance to all the farms is free.