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Tuesday Afternoon News, January 20

American Red Cross Honors Four People

(Le Mars) -- Last July, Mark Ruba, an employee of Wells Enterprises was stricken with a heart attack as he was about to start work.  Three employees of Wells Enterprises and a Le Mars Police officer, all responded and performed C-P-R in a lifesaving effort.  Today, at an awards ceremony, held in Le Mars, the American Red Cross honored the four people with a Certificate of Merit, the highest award given by the American Red Cross, which bears the signature of President Obama.  Randy Bock was also presented the medal of Lifesaving Award of Merit.  Bock had taken C-P-R training from the Red Cross.  He says it was simply instinct to start administrating C-P-R on his fellow colleague. 

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Every two years Bock is re-certified for C-P-R training.  He says he is thankful for remembering the proper procedure.

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Dan Plueger of the Le Mars Police Department was also recognized for his quick response and lifesaving assistance.  Plueger used an automated external difibrillator to help revive Ruba.

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The heart attack victim, Mark Ruba was present at the Red Cross awards ceremony and offered his appreciation to those that saved his life.

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Wells employees Dennis Sexton and Don Allaway were also recognized by the American Red Cross for their efforts in helping save the life of Mark Ruba. 

 

Explosion At Hog Building Seriously Burns Victim

(Orange City) -- Three days following a major fire at a hog confinement facility, rescue workers returned to the same farm on Monday afternoon located at 3768 360th Street and responded to a report of a farm accident.  34 year old Scott Mulder of Boyden was unloading a feeder in a hog building when an explosion occurred near a pit area of the building.  Mulder sustained serious injuries and was transported by the Boyden Ambulance to the Sioux Center hospital.  He was later flown to the Avera-McKennan Burn Unit in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Last Friday, fire destroyed much of the hog confinement building causing over $200,000 of damage. There were no hogs lost due to the fire or the explosion. Responding to the explosion were the Boyden Fire Department, Boyden Ambulance, Hull Fire Department, Orange City Fire Department, Orange City Ambulance and the Sioux Center fire chief.  The state fire marshall's office has been contacted and will investigate both incidents.

 

Jury Selection To Begin On Crawford County Murder

 DELOIT, Iowa (AP) - Jury selection is scheduled to begin Tuesday for one of two men accused of killing two people and attempting to burn their bodies in western Iowa.
      Twenty-six-year-old Michael Schenk is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of arson. Authorities say Schenk and 19-year-old Jayden Chapman, both of Denison, shot 80-year-old Marvin Huesling and 81-year-old Alice Huisenga at a trailer home in Deloit on March 10 and then set it on fire. Investigators say the two men likely were on the property to steal scrap metal.
     Chapman's trial is scheduled to begin April 28 in another county. A judge has ruled that because of expected media coverage of Schenk's trial, it would be difficult to find an impartial jury for Chapman's trial in Crawford County.

 

Shooting Suspect Arrested In Missouri

   CHARITON, Iowa (AP) - A 45-year-old man suspected in the shooting of a woman in southern Iowa has been arrested in Missouri. 
     The Iowa Public Safety Department says Robert Graham was taken into custody on Monday night at Poosey State Park in northern Missouri. A jailer said Graham remained at Livingston County Jail on Tuesday morning.
     Authorities say 33-year-old Gayle Darrah was shot Friday outside her home in Chariton. She was taken to a local hospital and then to a Des Moines hospital, where she remains in critical condition.

 

Sioux City Teacher Accused Of Having Sex With Student

   SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Sioux City teacher has been arrested on charges he had sex with a 16-year-old student.
     Court records say 29-year-old Erick DeLeon, a Sioux City Community School District teacher and coach, was charged Monday with felony exploitation by a school employee. He was released on bail Tuesday.
     DeLeon is accused of sending sexually related text messages and engaging in sexual acts with the one of his female students at least twice from September through December.
     School district officials did not immediately return calls from the newspaper. An attorney for DeLeon was unavailable for comment.
     DeLeon is set to appear in court Jan. 30.
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Farmers Union Want Tougher Rules On Pesticides

  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A group representing farmers is calling on the state to toughen oversight and penalties related to pesticide use.
     The Iowa Farmers Union said Tuesday that members have petitioned the state to change rules governing pesticide drifting through the air. They say chemicals typically used on conventional crops can drift and damage organic produce grown nearby.
     Union President Jana Linderman says the group would like the state to require commercial pesticide users to notify some nearby farms 48 hours before spraying. Other changes they seek include increasing fines for operations that repeatedly break the pesticide rules. 
     A spokesman for the state Department of Agriculture said officials would meet with the group Thursday and will consider the request.




 

 

 

   

Tuesday News, January 20

Le Mars Teacher Association Submits Bargaining Proposal To School Board

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Teacher Association is asking for a $2,000 increase for their base pay according to the initial bargaining proposal submitted to the Le Mars Community School Board.  Sheryl Brooks is the chief negotiator for the Le Mars Teacher Association and explains the details of the teacher's position.

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The Le Mars Teacher Association offered their proposal to the school board during a special meeting held Monday afternoon.  Brooks talks about the base salary increase, as well as the requested insurance coverage provided by the school district.

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The school district currently pays a monthly premium of $945 each month for each full time employee, for health, accident, and major medical and dental insurance coverage.  Brooks says the total package would be $855,405 which is a 6.85 percent increase in salary and benefits over last year.  Brooks says the local teacher association started in November to derive at their proposal requests.  The Le Mars Community Board of Education will offer its initial counter proposal on February 2nd.

 

American Red Cross To Honor Three Wells Employees and Le Mars Police Officer

(Le Mars) -- The American Red Cross will be honoring three Wells Blue Bunny employees and a Le Mars Police officer during an award ceremony scheduled for today at 10:30 at the Blue Bunny Ice Cream parlor.  The group performed C-P-R on Mark Ruba who was in cardiac arrest.  Last July, Ruba was walking up the sidewalk on his way into work at the Wells South Ice Cream Plant when he suffered a heart attack and collapsed.  Co-worker Dennis Sexton was driving by and witnessed Ruba collapse.  He immediately rushed across the street to help.  Sexton started C-P-R efforts and continued by himself for almost a full minute before he was joined by fellow Wells employee, Randy Bock.  Bock had witnessed the C-P-R effort and called for help while responding to the scene.  Both employees continued C-P-R for approximately four minutes after Ruba collapsed until a third co-worker, Don Allaway, a certified EMT, arrived on the scene.  Allaway took over primary care and, with the help of Bock, continued C-P-R.  A minute later, Le Mars Police Officer, Dan Plueger arrived with an automated external defibrillator.  Plueger applied the difibrillator pads while C-P-R was being performed.  They utilized the AED and shocked Ruba three times without success, but continued C-P-R care until the ambulance arrived and transported Ruba to Floyd Valley Hospital.  The American Red Cross says it was through the combined life-saving efforts of Ruba's co-workers, law enforcement, and the ambulance crews that Ruba made it to the hospital and survived.  Each will be given the Certificate of Merit, the highest award given by the American Red Cross, and the Lifesaving Award of Merit.

 

County Supervisors To Hear Mental Health Budget Requests

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will continue working on the county budget during today's weekly meeting.  The county supervisors hope to set February 24th at 10:00 a.m. as the date and time for a public hearing to review the county's fiscal year 2015-2016 budget.  The supervisors are expected to set a date for the review and adoption of a resolution for the public hearing on the urban renewal plan for he 75 Bypass urban renewal area.  The supervisors will hear from Sharon Nieman, Sioux Rivers Mental Health Coordinator for Plymouth County.  Nieman is expected to discuss with the supervisors the   mental health spending for the fiscal year budget.  County engineer Tom Rohe will also appear before the supervisors to approve the hiring of a new equipment operator and to discuss the Plymouth County Secondary Road Department's budget.

 

City Council To Review Highway 75 Bypass Urban Renewal Area

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council will convene at the City Hall Council Chambers Tuesday at noon.  The City Council is expected to take action on the Plymouth County-Le Mars Highway 75 Bypass Urban Renewal Area.  The city council will also address the multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan, and the council will discuss the water system improvements consisting of the new water tower and water booster station.

 

Crop Advantage Seminar Scheduled For January 27th

(Le Mars) -- Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will be hosting a Crop Advantage seminar, scheduled for 10:00 a.m., January 27th to be held at the Le Mars Convention Center.  Crops Specialist for northwest Iowa, Joel DeJong says the seminar will concentrate on the weather and the grain marketing outlook.

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The conference will continue through the afternoon hours with sessions examining the new farm bill, weeds, soil fertility, corn diseases, and other issues.  DeJong says some of the sessions will be held simultaneously.

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DeJong says many farmers are concerned about weeds developing resistance to popular herbicides, and those farmers are turning to tried and true measures from decades past.

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Registration is $50 before Thursday, but if you wait until the day of the conference, DeJong says registration will increase to $60.

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Studies Show Young People Returning To The Farm

 COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Agriculture officials say an increase in corn and soybean profit is bringing young Iowans and Nebraskans back to the farm.
     Charles Wiiest, market president of the Nebraska-based Arbor Bank, says young people are now more likely to start their own farm or join their family's farming business. Wiiest credits this influx to improved profitability in the agriculture industry in recent years.
     Corn currently can bring in up to $4 per bushel and soybeans $10 per bushel. Wiiest says these numbers show significant profit growth from when he graduated college in the late 1990s.
     Wiiest says expanding career opportunities in the agriculture industry has also attracted the younger generation. He says chemists and veterinarians are among new careers in high demand.

 

Authorities Identify Woman Who Was Shot

 CHARITON, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have released the name of a woman critically injured in a shooting in southern Iowa.
     Police say 33-year-old Gayle Darrah was shot Friday outside of her Chariton home. She was taken to a local hospital and then transported to a Des Moines hospital, where she remains in critical condition.
     Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for 45-year-old Robert Eugene Graham. He faces an attempted murder charge.
     Police say the shooting appears to be an isolated incident, but Graham is still considered armed and dangerous. The case remains under investigation.
 

 


 

 

 

 

   

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