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Monday News, October 8

Oyens Issues Water Boil Order

(Oyens) -- A boil order has been issued for the small Plymouth County town of Oyens.  E. coli bacteria was found in the water supply.  Residents should not drink the water without boiling it first or use bottled water.  Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation until further notice.  Oyens mayor Cheryl Christman claims that Oyens wells do not contain bacteria, but the system was  flushed Sunday afternoon.  Residents will be informed when tests show no bacteria and when they no longer need to boil their water.  Christman says city officials anticipate the problem to be resolved within five days.

 

Wells' Wants To Be Top Ice Cream Maker By 2020

LE MARS, Iowa (AP) -  Wells Enterprises has the goal to grow the company into the nation's largest ice cream maker by 2020.
CEO Mike Wells has already seen company sales improve 24 percent to $1.175 billion during his first five years leading the Le Mars, Iowa, company.
Now Wells tells The Des Moines Register that the company is seeking outside investment to help it boost sales of its Blue Bunny ice cream even more.
Wells is currently the nation's third largest ice cream maker behind Switzerland-based Nestle and London-based Unilever.
Wells has already grown to claim almost 6 percent of the roughly $10 billion ice cream market, and Blue Bunny ice cream is available nationwide. But the company needs to boost its advertising to
compete better.


School Board To Be Presented Financial Audit

(Le Mars) -- At tonight's Le Mars Community Board of Education meeting, directors will be presented a report from Williams and Company, detailing the audit for the local school district.  In a preliminary report, it appears the financial matters of the school are up to date and in accordance with government regulations.  The school board will also be presented with the certified attendance records for this school year.  The school board will hear building reports from the principals.  The board will also finalize their expectations of Superintendent Dr. Todd Wendt.

 

Fire Officials Educate Students About Fire Safety


(Le Mars) -- Local fire officials will be educating hundreds of school children about the dangers of fire, and telling them what to do if a fire should start.  It's all part of Fire Awareness and Prevention week, which is October 7th to 13th.  David Schipper, the fire chief for the Le Mars Fire Department says the Le Mars Fire Department utilizes the entire month of October to educate students.  Schipper says this year fire officials are telling students and adults alike to have two ways out.
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Schipper says as it begins to get colder, he reminds people to not to cover up a possible exit.

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The Le Mars Fire Chief says fire officials also tell students to stop...drop...and roll.

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Schipper says with the three elementary schools in town, along with the various pre-schools, he anticipates more 350 students will learn about fire safety.

 

Museum Plans October Events

(Le Mars) -- A Halloween haunted house, is on the October schedule for the Plymouth County Historical Museum in Le Mars.  The Halloween event set for Saturday, October 20th, is intended for all ages and will be staged from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The haunted house will take place in the museum's basement.  The haunted house tour will wrap up with "Candy at the Cabin."  This will be at the Weber Log Cabin on the east lawn of the museum.  Other activities scheduled for October at the Plymouth County Historical Museum includes Nathan Summerside presenting another Civil War battle.  Summerside is scheduled to speak on Sunday, October 21st.  The museum is planning to feature a ghost town exhibit at the old study hall.  The many ghost towns of Plymouth County will be honored with photos and memorabilia.  At the end of the month, the museum will feature its ethnic food fair which is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 28th.

 

Budget Cuts Hurt Agricultural Promotional Efforts

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - An eastern Iowa nonprofit that promotes agricultural education and preservation has lost most of its funding because of Congressional gridlock over the budget.
Waterloo television station KWWL reports that the Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area lost about three-quarters of its funding because the latest short-term budget resolution didn't
include money for the National Park Service to review the group.
Organization president Don Short says he was surprised to learn his group had lost funding. Short says his group will continue operating but will have to make changes.
Silos and Smokestacks helps more than one hundred eastern Iowa farms, museums, and nature areas. It also helps educate area students about farming and agriculture.


USDA To Host Drought Meeting

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The Agriculture Department is planning a series of four regional workshops in areas hard hit by the drought to make sure farmers know about resources available to help them.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack plans to attend the first workshop on Tuesday in Omaha, Nebraska. The other three workshops are being planned in Pueblo, Colorado, Pine Bluff, Arkansas and an undetermined town in Ohio.
This summer's drought has been the worst one in decades. Experts at the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln say about one-fifth of the total land area in the
lower 48 states remains in extreme or exceptional drought.
The USDA is working with the Commerce Department, the Small Business Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to plan these meetings.


Iowa City Shooting Leads To Arrest

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A 25-year-old Iowa City man has been arrested after a shooting incident.
Police say Thomas Anderson III was arrested. He's been charged with going armed with intent, intimidation with a dangerous weapon, carrying weapons, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance, drunken driving and domestic abuse.
Police say Anderson drove to another man's house early Saturday morning, fired a single shotgun round in front of a man and then fired several more shots as two people fled.
No injuries have been reported, however.
A Johnson County jailer said Anderson remained in custody on Monday, pending $25,000 bail.

 

Man Drowns After Boat Capsizes

MAQUOKETA, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a man drowned in an eastern Iowa river Sunday after his small boat capsized.
KCRG reports the man drowned in the Wapsipinicon River about five miles south of the town of Wyoming.
The Jones County Sheriff's office says 60-year-old Douglas Berkhoff and 52-year-old Wylie Tredway were fishing together before the accident. Neither man was wearing a life jacket.
Officials say emergency responders pulled Tredway from the water shortly after they arrived but could not revive him. He died at the scene.
Berkhoff was taken to a hospital in Maquoketa for treatment of injuries that aren't expected to be life threatening.

   

Saturday news, October 6

Le Mars Fire Department Responds To False Alarms At School

(Le Mars) -- Over a twelve hour time span, the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department was called to the Le Mars Community High School three separate times for what turned out to be a faulty alarm system that kept sounding.  Fortunately, no fire was reported at any time.  Fire officials first responded to the alarm on Friday afternoon at about 4:30 p.m.  Le Mars High School girls' volleyball team was told to evacuate the building while fire officials investigated.  The volleyball team sought refuge in the school's bus barn while officials investigated.  The second alarm came in this morning at about 4:45 a.m.  Within a half hour, the alarm once again was activated at the Le Mars Community High School sending fire officials to again investigate.

 

Plymouth County Historical Museum Schedule October Events

(Le Mars) -- A Halloween haunted house, is on the October schedule for the Plymouth County Historical Museum in Le Mars.  The Halloween event set for Saturday, October 20th, is intended for all ages and will be staged from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The haunted house will take place in the museum's basement.  The haunted house tour will wrap up with "Candy at the Cabin."  This will be at the Weber Log Cabin on the east lawn of the museum.  Other activities scheduled for October at the Plymouth County Historical Museum includes Nathan Summerside presenting another Civil War battle.  Summerside is scheduled to speak on Sunday, October 21st.  The museum is planning to feature a ghost town exhibit at the old study hall.  The many ghost towns of Plymouth County will be honored with photos and memorabilia.  At the end of the month, the museum will feature its ethnic food fair which is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 28th.

 

Mapleton Receives Loan For Tornado Recovery

(Mapleton) -- The city of Mapleton has received a loan for more than $295,000 from the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division to help with recovery efforts after the 2011 tornado.  Mapleton city clerk, Karla Uhl, says the community disaster loan will help fill gaps in the city's budget in line with projected revenue losses.  Damage from the tornado has led to lower property tax collections.  Uhl did not comment on when the loan is needing to be repaid.


Upper Iowa College President On Sabbatical

FAYETTE, Iowa (AP) - Upper Iowa University in Fayette says its president will be on sabbatical.
The private college says in a statement Friday that its Board of Trustees granted Alan Walker a sabbatical for the rest of the academic year.
Trustees Chairman Robert Firth says the board is aware of the "schedule and pace" that Walker has kept and the sabbatical is "well-deserved." He says Walker will be on sabbatical through
June 2013, and he plans to spend time reading, conducting research and spending time with family and friends.
The college acknowledged earlier this week that Walker was on a leave of absence, but wouldn't say why.
Walker has led Upper Iowa for more than eight years.


Waco School District To Try Four-Day Week

WAYLAND, Iowa (AP) - The Waco school district in southeast Iowa is planning a four-day school week with extended classes Monday through Thursday and optional time for activities Friday.
The Gazette in Cedar Rapids says the district is working toward the four-day week ahead of next year. The district has about 500 students and includes Wayland, Crawfordsville and Olds.
The plan, which has been approved by the state Department of Education, will be closely watched by education officials.
School Board President Tim Graber says Waco is the first in Iowa to be given the opportunity.
While school on Friday is optional, officials believe most students will participate. The activities will vary between grade levels. Elementary students, for example, will get reading assistance while high school students will be directed toward career advancement.

 

Woman Injured When Bridge Trestle Falls On SUV

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A woman has been injured when part of a railroad bridge fell on her SUV in Des Moines.
Authorities say the trestle was damaged Friday afternoon after it was hit by a pickup truck towing a crane on the city's north side. Parts of the metal support beams were knocked off and fell on
the SUV.
Jana Rooker of the Polk County sheriff's office says the driver of the SUV was rescued and flown to a hospital. There was no immediate word on her condition, but authorities say she was talking to rescuers.
Officials brought in another crane to lift the beams off the car.

 

Council Bluffs Investigate Home Invasion

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Council Bluffs police are searching for suspects in a home invasion where a man ended up in the hospital with a head injury.
The Daily Nonpareil newspaper in Council Bluffs says the man was injured Friday morning when he and a brother tried to fight off three masked men.
Emergency Medical Services Director Rick Benson says the injured man was taken to a hospital in Omaha, Neb. He says the man was likely struck in the head with a blunt object, and had likely been
shot with a pellet gun.
Benson says the man was alert and talking when paramedics took him to the hospital.

 

Coralville Woman To Use Intoxication As Defense

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An attorney for a Coralville woman charged in a house fire that killed a 14-year-old relative plans to use intoxication as a defense during her trial.
Court documents show the attorney for 50-year-old Lillie Williams filed notices of intoxication and diminished responsibility on Friday in Johnson County District Court.
Williams is charged with first-degree murder in the fire that killed Raymone Bryant in September 2011.
Williams' attorney, Sarah Hradek, also filed a motion to move the trial, citing pre-trial publicity.
Earlier this week, a judge ruled that Williams' 6-year-old grandson is competent to testify. The boy told authorities that he saw his grandmother pouring gasoline on a pillow and later saw the
pillow on fire.

   

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