Tulip Festival Selects New Queen
(Orange City) -- The Orange City Tulip Festival crowned its 2012 Tulip Queen last evening. The new queen is Samantha Droog. Droog is a senior at Unity Christian High School and is the daughter of Rick and Sue Droog. Droog will reign over the 72nd annual Tulip Festival scheduled for May 17, 18, and 19th. She and her court will serve as ambassadors for the city of Orange City and for the Tulip Festival. They will make several appearances across the state.
(Orange City) -- The Tulip Festival organizers also announced the night show for the 72nd annual festival. They will produce the popular 1956 musical, "My Fair Lady." The show will be produced by Kathy Vaughn, directed by Dr. Keith Allen with help from musical director, Tom Hydeen. The Tulip Festival had "My Fair Lady" as their night show in 1984.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say no one was injured and no damage was done inside the Sioux City Museum when a fire broke out behind the building.
The museum in downtown Sioux City was evacuated Sunday afternoon after smoke set off the fire alarms, along with a sprinkler on the exterior of the building.
Visitors on the second floor reported smelling smoke. Fire officials found the fire at a loading dock behind the museum. The cause is under investigation.
(LeMars) -- Iowa Republican Congressman, Steve King was in LeMars on Monday holding a town hall meeting at the Good Samaritan Senior Care Center. King addressed several issues including what he calls as the failure of the "Super Committee". The "Super Committee" comprises of 12 people, six republicans from the House and Senate, and six democrats from the House and Senate. The super committee was given the assignment to cut up to $1.2 trillion from the budget, and to have those proposed cuts announced by Wednesday. King believes the committee will not be able to come to any agreement by the Wednesday deadline.
He says the federal government needs to implement a balanced budget amendment.
(Des Moines) -- Just as you can count on pumpkin pie and stuffing to go with your turkey dinner, state law officers will be out again this Thanksgiving wek in a Special Traffic Enforcement Program or STEP. Randy Hunnefeld is the coordinator of the program for the Iowa Department of Public Safety
He says having a bigger presence on the highways serves as a reminder for people to obey the traffic laws.
Hunnefeld says the Thanksgiving holiday is not a big one for drunk driving arrests, but he says it is one where people seem to want to race to their relatives.
The effort starts today and will run through Sunday.
PONCA, Neb. (AP) - A northeast Nebraska man has pleaded guilty to two counts of motor vehicular homicide and one count of drunken driving in an accident that killed two Wayne State College students near Emerson.
Fifty-five-year-old Robert Mahler, of Hubbard, pleaded guilty Monday in Dixon County District Court. Sentencing is Jan. 23.
Authorities say Mahler was driving drunk on the night of Sept. 9, on the wrong side of Nebraska Highway 9 and hit an oncoming motorcycle.
Two people on the motorcycle were killed - 20-year-old Christopher Oberg, of Mapleton, Iowa, and his passenger, 19-year-old Alexis Calfee, of Bennet, Neb.
Authorities say Mahler's blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.
Mahler faces a sentence of one to 50 years in prison on each of the vehicular homicide charges.
PALMER, Iowa (AP) - A 39-year-old man faces two counts of attempted murder and other charges, accused of running down two men with his car at a rural residence in northwest Iowa.
Authorities say Luke Clark, of Pomeroy, was arrested Saturday morning. He'd gotten into a dispute with the men about treatment of a dog at a rural home south of Palmer, in Pocahontas County.
Authorities say Clark drove his vehicle into the two men as they were standing in a driveway, injuring both.
His bail has been set at $60,000. Calls to a listing for Clark's lawyer rang unanswered on Tuesday morning.