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Monday Afternoon News, June 3

Le Mars Fire Department Respond To 37 Calls in May

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department responded to 37 total calls during the month of May.  According to the monthly report, there were eight fire calls, nine rescue calls, nine investigations, and eleven requests for services.  Fire Chief David Schipper says there were a number of fire fighter volunteers who assisted on Memorial Day with flood relief rescues that helped save lives and property, and kept the city functioning.

 

Willow Creek Golf Course Making Repairs After Floods

(Le Mars) -- The Willow Creek Golf Course at Le Mars suffered some damage as a result of the recent flooding of Willow Creek and the Floyd River.  Golf course grounds manager Brian Schultz says the golf holes next to the rivers sustained the most damage.
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Schultz says crews from the City's public Works Department assisted this morning with a bridge that nearly was washed away.

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Schultz says he is uncertain as to the amount of money it will take to get the course back into playing condition, and to how much revenue was lost due to having to close the golf course.  He is thankful for the huge number of volunteers who have helped with the clean up efforts.

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The golf groundskeeper says a couple of the greens needed some delicate attention when clearing the debris left behind from the floods.

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Officials hope to have the course ready on Wednesday for play.


Cherokee Rural Water Association Repairs Water Lines After Floods

(Cherokee) -- A week has passed since the flooding of the Little Sioux River at Cherokee County, but the Cherokee Rural Water Association is still recovering from those floods.  Stan DeRoo serves as the manager of the water association.  He says despite having their pipes buried underground, the force and the velocity of the raging waters were able to erode the soil and wash away many of their water lines.

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Customers were initially asked to conserve their water,and DeRoo explains how much damage was sustained by the flooding waters.

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DeRoo says there are still nearly 160 customers living on the east side of the county and service area that have no water and are under a boil order. The town of Galva was also affected as they had to haul water into the town. Officials are trying to make the repairs as quickly as possible, and when the stream crossing is fixed they will notify you when the boil order will be lifted.


Several Republicans Announce They Will Seek U-S Senate Seat

(Des Moines) -- Two republicans have stepped up to enter their names as candidates for the U.S. Senate seat.  David Young, who was U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley's top aide, is running for Iowa's other U.S. Senate seat in 2014.
Young said Sunday that after talking with friends and family he decided to run for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring five-term Democratic Senator Tom Harkin.
Young says he thinks his experience as Grassley's chief of staff would help him accomplish more in the Senate if he was elected.
Young lives in Van Meter, Iowa, and says he's looking forward to campaigning. 
The GOP Senate race may be a crowded one because Representative Steve King, Representative Tom Latham, Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey all decided not to run. Former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker has also announced he is running.   
Speaking Monday at a news conference in Ankeny, the former U.S. attorney announced he would seek the seat being vacated by retiring five-term Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin. Whitaker says he wants to reduce government spending and "restore our country to
greatness."
The 43-year-old former University of Iowa football player from Clive was U.S. attorney for Iowa's Southern District from 2004 to 2009. He ran unsuccessfully for state treasurer in 2002.
Other Republicans considering running include state Sen. Joni Ernst and former Reliant Energy CEO
Mark Jacobs.  Radio talk show host and Morningside College Professor Sam Clovis has also indicated some interest in running for the U-S Senate seat.
Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley of Waterloo is his party's only candidate.


Branstad To Name Regent Appointees Within The Month

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad says he expects to name two new appointees to the Iowa Board of Regents in the next couple of weeks.
Branstad sought to appoint Craig Lang and Robert Cramer to the nine-member board that oversees the state's three public universities but their confirmations failed in April to gain the
two-thirds majority required in the Senate for approval.
Lang, former Iowa Farm Bureau president, has been criticized for supporting Iowa State University rules that led U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin to drop plans to leave his papers at ISU. Senators also took
issue with Lang's criticism of University of Iowa President Sally Mason.
Cramer, a Grimes businessman, was questioned about his conservative social views on stem cell research, gay rights and academic freedom.


Midwest Economy Slowing Down, But Still Shows Strength

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A monthly survey of business leaders suggests the economy in nine Midwest and Plains states will continue growing steadily over the next few months.
The overall economic index for the region declined slightly to 56.2 in May from April's 56.8, but any score above 50 suggests growth.
Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey. He says the stronger dollar is hurting prices for farm and energy products, but that has only slowed the growth in those businesses.
The survey of business leaders and supply managers uses a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth while a score below that
suggests decline.
The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

 



 

   

Monday News, June 3

Cherokee Rural Water Association Still Making Repairs After Flooding

(Cherokee) -- The Cherokee Rural Water Association is still recovering from floods that washed away several of their water mains.  The association has announced that for its members downstream from the five inch crossing in section two of Pitcher township, including all of Afton Township, Sunset point addition, Keeline addition, and members along Linden Street, that their attempts to bore a new line and make repairs has failed.  Members west of Highway 59 are no longer in a water conservation area.  The bacteria test results were negative meaning no harmful bacteria is present.  However, residents living east of Highway 59 between Larrabee and Cherokee are under a boil order.  Officials are trying to make the repairs as quickly as possible, and when the stream crossing is fixed they will notify you when the order is lifted.

 

Le Mars Man Accused Of Vehicular Manslaughter

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - The family of a motorcyclist who died after a hit-and-run crash fear prosecutors could have a hard time convicting the man accused because of a delays in the
investigation.
Fifty-year-old Todd Ross of Le Mars was charged Friday with vehicular manslaughter and leaving the scene of a fatal accident. Ross is in the Woodbury County Jail and could not be reached
Saturday for comment.
Police say Ross ran a stop sign in Sioux City on May 17th and hit 69-year-old Jerry Graves of Sioux City, Iowa.
Police say Graves did not seem critically injured at the time, but was taken to a Sioux City hospital, where he died Monday from his injuries.
Police began trying to reconstruct the crash after learning of Graves' death.

 

Jury Selection To Begin With Levin Murder and Kidnapping Trial

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - Jury selection is expected to begin Monday for a 21-year-old Iowa man accused of killing his mother in Early and kidnapping another woman.
The trial will be held in Webster County despite a late attempt by the lawyer for Kirk Levin to move it to another county.
Levin's trail had been moved from Sac County to Webster County, but attorney Charles Kenville said Friday that another move was needed because of the abduction of two girls May 20 near Dayton,
which is in Webster County. Kenville says that case would influence Webster County jurors.
But Judge Timothy Finn disagreed and said Levin could get a fair trial as long as attorneys take extra precautions during jury selection.

 

Fox News Contributor To Speak At Sioux City Diocese Dinner

Sioux City, Iowa--The Catholic School Foundation of the Diocese of Sioux City has announced Father Jonathan Morris will be the featured speaker at the 2013 Bishop’s Dinner for Catholic Schools in October.  As a news analyst for the Fox News and Fox Business Channels, Father Jonathan Morris offers
coverage of the ethical, social and religious news stories of the day.  As a Roman Catholic
priest with pastoral experience developed from serving around the world, he brings not only
a journalist’s eye to issues but also a pastor’s heart in relating how that issue will
affect the audience.
Father Jonathan was featured extensively on Fox News during Pope Benedict’s resignation and
Pope Francis’ subsequent election. His presentation at the Bishop’s Dinner will focus on
the important role of Catholic schools within families and communities.   
The Bishop’s Dinner for Catholic Schools serves as the single largest fundraiser for all 16
Catholic school systems throughout the Diocese of Sioux City.  More than 6200 students
attended Catholic schools in northwest Iowa during the 2012 – 13 school year.  Last year’s event raised more than $125,000 and drew a crowd of more than 600 attendees.
This year’s dinner is scheduled for Sunday, October 13th at the Sioux City Convention Center. Tickets will go on sale on Monday, August 26th and can be purchased through the diocesan website www.scdiocese.org


Mosquitoes May Not Be A Problem This Summer

(Le Mars) -- Now that the flood waters are receding and some ponding of water is occurring, does that mean we could have a heavy infestation of mosquitoes this summer?  Donald Lewis, an Iowa State University extension entomologist says maybe not.

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Lewis says what happens next will determine whether or not we will be affected by the pesky pests.

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The ISU entomologist also suggests people discard their old tires.

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Lewis says if people want to eradicate mosquitoes, unfortunately, their efforts will only be temporary.

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Mr. P's To Host Creative Spirits Art Event

(Le Mars) -- Get the Creative Spirits flowing when you paint a picture with friends Tuesday night at Mr. P's.  Jan Wagner Real Estate is hosting the night that begins at 6pm.  She tells us why she decided to host such an event in Le Mars.

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Creative Spirits of Okoboji is the company that will be coming to P's on Tuesday to teach painting techniques and provide all the materials needed. Jan says that one of the six artists on staff will be there to help.

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The event concept encourages you to to grab a friend, your favorite beverage and enjoy creating art to take home with you.  It takes place Tuesday, June 4th at 6pm at Mr. P's.  Registration is encouraged, but not required and you can do so online at www.creativespiritsokoboji.com.  Feel free to call Mr. P's or Jan Wagner Real Estate for further details.

 

Branstad and Reynolds To Tour Flood Areas

(Des Moines) -- Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds will be touring eastern Iowa today to examine the latest flood damage along the Cedar and Iowa Rivers.  Joining Branstad and Reynolds will be Iowa Homeland Security Emergency Management Division (HSEMD) Administrator Mark Schouten. Branstad, Reynolds and Schouten will tour New Hartford before conducting an aerial survey of Eastern Iowa flood damage and holding a media availability in Iowa City.

 

Residents of Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Still Concerned About Flooding

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - The drier weekend weather has helped ease flooding in Iowa, but rivers remain high in parts of the state and rain is in this week's forecast.
The greatest flood concerns Sunday were in eastern and southeastern Iowa because the rivers near Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and Burlington all continue to flood.
But those cities' flood defenses appear to be holding back the water, and the Cedar River crested early Sunday near Cedar Rapids at 18.23 feet and started to drop.
Officials will be watching Iowa City closely early this week because more water still must be released from a dam upstream.
National Weather Service meteorologist David Cousins says rain is predicted to arrive on Tuesday or Wednesday, and that could renew the flooding problems if significant rain falls on Iowa.


Branstad Will Sign Education Bill At Des Moines High School

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad will head to a Des Moines high school to sign an education reform bill into law.
Branstad plans to sign the bill in the auditorium of Des Moines North High School on Monday morning.
The education plan approved by the Legislature includes more basic school funding for the next two academic years, as well as increased money for districts that adopt a program to raise minimum
teacher pay and offer leadership incentives. A task force will review teacher evaluations and some restrictions on home-schooling will be lifted.
Branstad made education reforms a priority of the legislative session, arguing that Iowa's public school system has gradually fallen from among the best in the nation to middle of the pack due
to years of complacency.

 

Grassley Aide To Run For U-S Senate

VAN METER, Iowa (AP) - Republican David Young, who was U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley's top aide, is running for Iowa's other U.S. Senate seat in 2014.
Young said Sunday that after talking with friends and family he decided to run for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring five-term Democratic Senator Tom Harkin.
The GOP Senate race may be a crowded one because Representative Steve King, Representative Tom Latham and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds all decided not to run. Republican former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker is already running.
Young says he thinks his experience as Grassley's chief of staff would help him accomplish more in the Senate if he was elected.
Young lives in Van Meter, Iowa, and says he's looking forward to campaigning.
Democratic Representative Bruce Braley of Waterloo is his party's only candidate.

 

Iowa Department of Public Health To Help Those Quit Smoking

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Department of Public Health is offering free help during June to people trying to stop smoking.
The agency will provide nicotine replacement patches and gum to Iowa smokers who try to stop smoking by using Quitline Iowa, which offers tobacco cessation coaching by phone and the Internet.
Agency director Mariannette Miller-Meeks says in a news release that data suggests most smokers want to quit. She says the state is able to offer help through Quitline for the first time in years
because of "smart, efficient budgeting."
For more information about the service, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or go online to www.quitlineiowa.org.

 

Iowa To Implement Health Care Rules

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A legislative compromise has been struck on low-income health care, but now Iowa starts the complicated process of putting the plan in place.
On Monday the state will kick off a series of public hearings to explain the proposed health care plan recently approved by lawmakers. The hearings are a step the state must go through to get
federal approval.
But after the dramatic debate during the legislative session, these hearings are likely to stir up little controversy. State Senator Jack Hatch, a Des Moines Democrat who advocated for
Medicaid expansion, says he expects limited criticism.
He says, "I think everybody is going to be supportive."
Under the plan, the state will seek federal funding offered to states that expand Medicaid to provide benefits to low-income residents.

 

 

 

 

   

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