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Thursday Afternoon News, Sept 12

Plymouth County Authorities Investigate Gunshot Wound

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Communications Center received a 9-1-1 emergency call this morning at about 9:50 a.m. The caller stated that an individual had been shot with a handgun.  Plymouth County Sheriff's deputies arrived along with medical support from the Hinton Ambulance and found a 53 year old female suffering from a gunshot wound.  The individual was taken by Mercy Air Care to the Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City where she remains hospitalized.  An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the gunshot wound showed that this was not accidental and there was no foul play involved.  Release of the victim's name is being withheld pending the notification of family members.

Le Mars May Find Solution To Water Tower/Airport Dilemma

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars city officials may have found a solution to the dilemma of its
proposed new water tower being declared by the Federal Aviation Administration as being
too tall, and in the path of the Le Mars Municipal Airport. The FAA from Texas is asking
the city to consider modifications to the proposed water tower.  Scott Langel, city
administrator says an old FAA memo from Kansas City has surfaced indicating the air
traffic to the Le Mars airport could be designated as a "west approach only", which would
actually allow the new water tower to be built.

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Langel says the city hopes the FAA makes a ruling in favor of the "west approach only".  He says it could be mid-October before that decision can be made.  If it sounds as though there are different opinions within the same federal agency, Langel explains why the FAA opinion from Kansas City differs from the FAA ruling from Texas.

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Kirchoff Files Nomination Papers For Mayor  Re-election

(Le Mars) -- Mayor Dick Kirchoff has submitted nomination papers for the city election. 
Kirchoff is seeking re-election and, so far, is the only candidate to file papers seeking
the position of mayor.  Council members John Leonard and Ken Nelson have previously
submitted nomination papers. Nominations are due by September 19th.


Plymouth County Assisted Remsen Police With Public Drinking

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Sheriff's Office was asked to offer Remsen Police Department some assistance Saturday evening in the downtown Remsen area with persons drinking in public.
Deputies and officers arrived just past midnight and walked up and down the side walk
telling people that they need to keep their alcohol inside of the bars and could not drink
on the sidewalk.  At 12:13 AM, a deputy observed a subject walk out of the bar onto the
side walk drinking his beer.  When the deputy approached, the subject went back into the
bar.  He was brought back outside and identified as Andy Hoffman, age 22 of Remsen.
Hoffman was placed under arrest for public consumption.
While Hoffman was being arrested, another subject approached the deputy interfering with
Hoffman’s arrest.  After several commands to stay back, this subject was restrained and
taken into custody for public intoxication and interference with official acts.  He was
later identified as Richard Arens, age 58 of Remsen.
Both subjects were taken to the Plymouth County Jail and were released after posting bond.
The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office and Remsen Police Department were assisted by the
Iowa State Patrol, Kingsley Police Department and the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Drought Conditions Worsen

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Heat and little rain continue to intensify the drought in several
states including primary crop growing areas.
The national drought monitor report released Thursday says in Iowa, the nation's
largest corn producer, severe drought spread to nearly 42 percent of the state up from 32
percent a week ago.
The drought monitor tracks conditions from Sept. 3 through Tuesday morning. 
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says about a third of corn and soybeans are in
good or excellent condition in Iowa down from more than half rated in those categories a
month ago. In Nebraska, where drought increased in some areas, non-irrigated corn is in
similar shape.
Drought worsened in portions of Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, and
Wisconsin.
Further south, conditions in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas declined.

 

 

 

 

 

   

Thursday News, September 12

Deputies Arrest Burglary Suspect

(Le Mars) -- On Sunday afternoon at about 4:00 p.m. the Plymouth County Sheriff's office received a report of a burglary at a residence on County Road C-70.  Upon arrival, sheriff's deputies gathered a description of the suspect and began searching the area.  A short time later, a subject matching the description, was located on 320th Street near Lynx Avenue.  Further investigation resulted in the arrest of 23 year old Paul Koepke of Coleridge, Nebraska.  Koepke was charged with burglary in the 3rd degree, possession of a controlled substance - methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and OWI.  He was transported to the Plymouth County jail.

 

Police Investigate Fatal Pedestrian Accident

(Sioux City) -- Sioux City Police are investigating a pedestrian-vehicle accident that left fatally wounded the pedestrian.  The accident happened on Wednesday at about 2:10 p.m. According to police reports, Daniel Ford of Sioux City was driving his Toyota at the posted speed limit when 79 year old Lester Barger also of Sioux City  was running north across West 4th Street and was struck by the Ford's vehicle.  Barger was transported to Mercy Medical Trauma Center where he was pronounced dead.  Ford did not sustain any injuries from the accident.  Sioux City police say that alcohol and/or drugs are not
suspected to be a factor, nor is speed suspected to be a factor in the accident.

 

Elementary Students To Tour Farms

(Le Mars) -- Elementary students from Le Mars Community, Gehlen Catholic, Remsen-Union,
and Remsen St. Mary's will be having class on different farms today.  It's part of the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Ag Committee's efforts to help educate the young students to know more about farming and where specifically where our food originates.  The 3rd and 4th grade students will visit a beef feeding operation, a swine facility, a sheep farm, and also a dairy farm.  Afterwards, the students will gather at the Cleavland Park for a picnic consisting of grilled hamburgers, pork burgers, and even some lamb burgers will be served.


Northwestern College To Build Athletic Facility

ORANGE CITY, Iowa (AP) - Northwestern College in Orange City has announced plans to raise
$2 million for an indoor practice and training facility for its student-athletes.
Officials say the private college of about 1,200 students plans to build a facility with more than 33,000 square feet of space. The structure will include a multipurpose area for team practices, batting and pitching cages, a putting green and weight room.
Earl Woudstra, assistant director of athletics, says the new facility should free up
space in the college's fitness area, which now serves all students and community members.

 

Iowa State Has More Students Than Iowa

AMES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa State University has surpassed the University of Iowa with its fall enrollment for the first time in more than 30 years.
ISU said Wednesday that more than 33,200 students have enrolled at its Ames campus, a
seven percent increase from last fall. Iowa enrolled just over 31,000 students, down one
percent from last fall. UNI reported a decrease of about 100 students at its Cedar Falls
campus.

It's the first time since 1979 that ISU has passed U of I in enrollment.
ISU's numbers are due to an increase in undergraduates. Iowa's drop is due to less
graduate students at the Iowa City campus. UNI had a surge of graduate students, but it's
coming off a seven percent enrollment decline last fall.
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Regents To Freeze Tuition

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Board of Regents is backing another tuition freeze for undergraduate students at the state's three public universities.
The board regents called for the freeze during a meeting Wednesday in Cedar Falls.
The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/16llH19 ) Regents President Bruce Rastetter argued, "The board has a responsibility to keep tuition at a reasonable level."
The proposed tuition freeze is included in a $652 million request to the Legislature
for funding in 2014. That's an increase of nearly $44 from the current budget.
If approved, it would be the first time since 1975 that the universities didn't
increase tuition for two consecutive years.
Tuition was last increased in the 2012-2013 school year, when it rose 3.75 percent.
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Forum Focused On Better Education

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A forum focused on providing better education to investors will draw some big names in the investment industry to Des Moines.
The forum is scheduled for Thursday through Sunday at Embassy Suites.
Investor Protection Trust and the Investor Protection Institute, two nonprofit organizations that provide investment education and research, are holding the forum.
The program will review what U.S. organizations have done to educate investors and
explore at what needs to be done in the future to ensure Americans have the information
they need to make wise and safe investment decisions.
Participants include Knight Kiplinger, editor in chief of the The Kiplinger Letter and Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine; Ken Dychtwald, president and CEO of Age Wave; and Daniel Pink, author of several books.

 

Artifacts Found In Eastern Iowa Cave

MONTICELLO, Iowa (AP) - Artifacts estimated at 1,000 to 1,500 years old have been found in a cave on land recently bought by an eastern Iowa county.
The landowner told officials there was a cave with ancient artifacts on the more than 500 acres acquired by the Jones County Conservation Board.
That's proved to be true, and state archaeologist John Doershuk and some volunteers have been unearthing the cave's secrets.
Pottery shards, tools, animal bones and a spear point are among the pieces sifted
from the dirt. The digging will continue through Sept. 26.
Officials say the site was looted about 20 years ago by pilferers who pushed around dirt and the small artifacts.
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Former Astronaut To Join Iowa State University

AMES, Iowa (AP) - A former astronaut who flew two trips to the International Space Station will join Iowa State University's aerospace engineering program.
Clayton Anderson, an Omaha, Neb., native and an ISU graduate, will work with freshmen aerospace engineering students, engaging them in hands-on problem solving and helping design cutting-edge research projects.
Anderson received a master's degree in aerospace engineering from Iowa State in 1983. He was selected as an astronaut candidate in 1998 and flew missions in 2007 and 2010.
Rich Wlezien, chair of the university's aerospace engineering department says Anderson's experience in all aspects of human space flight will be highly relevant to the students as the era of commercial space access emerges.
Anderson will begin as a distinguished faculty fellow at Iowa State in October.

 

 

 

 

 

   

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