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Thursday News, June 25

Le Mars Public Works To Close Streets For Repairs

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars Public Works have announced they have closed North Greenwood Drive between Greenwood Avenue and West Valley Drive.  The street is closed due to sewer intake repairs.  In addition, the city will close 12th Street southwest from Central Avenue to 6th Avenue Southwest beginning Tuesday, June 30th.  The city will close one block at a time in between intersections to tar and seal the cracks in the street.  All intersections will remain open.

 

 

 

 

Police Issue Quarterly Reports

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Police Department has issued its quarterly report.  During the 3rd and 4th fiscal year quarters tht covers a time period between December 23rd of 2014 and June 23rd, 2015, the police had investigated 566 complaints, the police had a total of 2,541 calls for service, issued 299 traffic citations, and 788 warnings.  The police responded to 122 accidents and made 155 arrests.

 

 

 

 

June "Employee Of The Month" Awarded

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Chamber of Commerce awarded its June "Employee of the Month" Wednesday morning.  Kevin Eekhoff representing the Chamber presented the honor to Richard Wilkins. Wilkins was nominated by Rust's Western Shed.  In the nomination, it states, Richard Wilkins is a dependable, valuable employee who handles a wide range of responsibilities at the store.  He waits on customers, helps in the repair area, sells boots and other merchandise and is capable of running the store by himself when needed.  He has a good understanding of how to meet the requirements of our shoe customers because of his knowledge of the store's inventory.  Fifteen years of experience have also enabled Richard to understand the shoe, boot, and other repair needs side of Rust's Western Shed.  He can answer customer's questions about their needs and guide customers through the repairs options available to them.  Richard provides friendly customer service and this loyalty and trustworthiness have made him a very valuable employee and asset to Rust's Western Shed.  That is why we are pleased to recognize Richard Wilkins as the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce June 2015 Employee of the Month.  Our congratulations go to Richard Wilkins.  By the way, Richard  celebrated his 80th birthday on Wednesday.

 

 

 

Schipper Receives Fire Fighter Badge

(Sioux City) -- A Le Mars man has been promoted to the rank of Fire fighter for the Sioux City Fire Department.  Devon Schipper, was presented his badge on Monday during an official ceremony.  Sioux City Fire Chief Tom Everett gave the badge to Le Mars Retired Fire Chief Wayne Schipper, who is the grandfather of Schipper.  The retired chief then offered the badge to Allissa Schipper, Devon's mother, who pinned on the badge.  The young Schipper had been working with the Sioux City Fire Department for the past year on a probation basis.  Devon Schipper is a fifth generation fire fighter.  As mentioned, his grandfather is retired chief Wayne Schipper, and his father is current Le Mars Fire Chief Dave Schipper.  Devon Schipper also serves as a volunteer fire fighter for the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department.

New Sioux City Fire Fighter Devon Schipper is seen in front of a Sioux City Fire Department Truck with his family.  From left, father and Le Mars Fire Chief Dave Schipper, sister Josie Schipper, Devon, and mother Allissa Schipper.

 

 

 

Le Mars Man Tries To Elude Officers

 

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County authorities gave chase to a Le Mars man who was trying to elude the officers.  The incident happen Sunday.  28 year old Shane Arre was arrested after he failed to stop for speeding, which led to a pursuit in southeast Plymouth County.  While attempting to elude officers, Arre drove through a corn and soybean fields in rural Kingsley.  While trying to exit the second field, Arre crashed his vehicle into a fence and embankment.  After a short search of the area, Arre was located hiding in the tall grass, and was placed in custody.  He was transported to the Plymouth County jail, and was charged with felony eluding, operating while intoxicated - second offense, driving under suspension, and possession of drug paraphernalia.  The investigation is continuing for possible additional charges.  Assisting with the apprehension of Arre were the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office, Remsen police, Kingsley police, the Iowa Highway Patrol, and the Plymouth County Conservation office.

 

 

 

 

 

Sioux City Woman's Death Has Contributing Circumstances

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says a woman whose body was found in the Missouri River in southeastern South Dakota died from drowning with contributing circumstances.
Jackley on Wednesday released additional information about the autopsy of 29-year-old Alicia Hummel, of Sioux City, Iowa.
Hummel was found dead June 1st in Vermillion near the Myron Grove boat launch, which also is known as the Highline Area in Clay County.
Jackley says the contributing circumstances in Hummel's drowning were an incision wound to the neck and blunt force injuries to the head. Toxicology reports were negative for any alcohol or controlled substances 
Clay County authorities continue to investigate Hummel's death as a homicide. Individuals with any information are asked to contact the sheriff's office at 605-677-7100.

 

 

 

 

Two Construction Workers Injured After Building Collapses

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) - Two construction workers were hospitalized after a building site collapsed in eastern Iowa.
Evansdale emergency officials say the two were being treated for non-life threatening injuries after the collapse at a planned Kwik Star convenience store on Wednesday afternoon. Authorities are investigating the cause.
Crews with Evansdale's fire department removed one man from the debris on a stretcher, and a second man who had been standing after the accident was later loaded into another ambulance.
Authorities say the workers were placing roof trusses for the nearly finished convenience store. Both were injured during falls.

 

 

 

Kinze Manufacturing To Have Layoffs

WILLIAMSBURG, Iowa (AP) - Iowa farm equipment maker Kinze Manufacturing says it must lay off 215 workers as business has slowed because of the impact of low grain prices on farmer purchases.
The privately held company based in the eastern Iowa near Williamsburg makes planters and grain carts.
The company released a statement that says it had earlier this year implemented a 30-hour work week in an effort to avoid permanent cuts, but current demand for its products does not support full staffing.
Office and factory workers are affected. Remaining workers will return to a 40-hour work week.
Deere and Co., another major farm equipment maker laid off 910 workers in its Iowa factories and 500 in Illinois in January.

 

 

 

Ohio Governor Talks About Immigration Policy

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Ohio Governor John Kasich says it's not practical or humane to deport the millions of immigrants who are in the United States illegally.
Kasich is on his first trip to Iowa as a 2016 Republican presidential prospect.
He's trying to draw distinctions with some potential rivals on the question of what to do about people in the country illegally.
Kasich has expressed reservations previously about creating a path to citizenship.
But as he described it Wednesday, he's not for "putting them on a school bus, driving them to the border, opening the door and just telling them to get out."
Kasich says he'll decide soon whether to enter the 2016 race.

 

 

 

 

New Foods Announced For Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa State Fair has announced new food items for this summer's contest.
Three finalists have been chosen for the New Food Contest, and fairgoers will be able to vote on them.
Corn in a Cup is one of the finalists. Sweet corn is cut off the cob and then mixed with pork chorizo, butter, chayote cheese, lime juice, sour cream, mayonnaise and "Magic Dust." 
The second finalist is the Toasted Coconut Caramel Cluster, a combination of toasted coconut, caramel fudge and pretzel bits that's frozen on a stick and dipped in chocolate.
The third finalist is the Ultimate Bacon Explosion, which features brisket infused with a light jalapeno cheese, blended with seasonings, and then wrapped in bacon. It is smoked and then sauced in a sweet chili barbecue sauce.






   

Wednesday Afternoon, June 24

Le Mars Public Works To Close Streets For Repairs

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars Public Works have announced they have closed North Greenwood Drive between Greenwood Avenue and West Valley Drive.  The street is closed due to sewer intake repairs.  In addition, the city will close 12th Street southwest from Central Avenue to 6th Avenue Southwest beginning Tuesday, June 30th.  The city will close one block at a time in between intersections to tar and seal the cracks in the street.  All intersections will remain open.

 

 

 

 

Police Department Issues 3rd & 4th Quarter Reports

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Police Department has issued its quarterly report.  During the 3rd and 4th fiscal year quarters covering the time period of December 23rd of 2014 to June 23rd of 2015, the police had investigated 566 complaints, the police had a total of 2,541 calls for service, issued 299 traffic citations, and 788 warnings.  The police responded to 122 accidents and made 155 arrests.

 

 

 

June "Employee Of The Month" Named Today

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Chamber of Commerce awarded its June "Employee of the Month" this morning.  Kevin Eekhoff representing the Chamber presented the honor to Richard Wilkins. Wilkins was nominated by Rust's Western Shed.  In the nomination, it states, Richard Wilkins is a dependable, valuable employee who handles a wide range of responsibilities at the store.  He waits on customers, helps in the repair area, sells boots and other merchandise and is capable of running the store by himself when needed.  He has a good understanding of how to meet the requirements of our shoe customers because of his knowledge of the store's inventory.  Fifteen years of experience have also enabled Richard to understand the shoe, boot, and other repair needs side of Rust's Western Shed.  He can answer customer's questions about their needs and guide customers through the repairs options available to them.  Richard provides friendly customer service and this loyalty and trustworthiness have made him a very valuable employee and asset to Rust's Western Shed.  That is why we are pleased to recognize Richard Wilkins as the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce June 2015 Employee of the Month.  Our congratulations go to Richard Wilkins.  By the way, Richard is celebrating his 80th birthday today.

 

 

 

 

Lady Of Assumption Catholic Church In Merrill To Hold Last Mass Service On Sunday

MERRILL, Iowa (AP) - A final mass is planned for the Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, which has been in the small northwestern Iowa community of Merrill for more than 120 years. 
Bishop R. Walker Nickless will preside over the Sunday closing mass. 
A smaller membership at the parish and a shrinking number of priests had led to the forthcoming closure. 
Nickless says closing a parish always is a painful experience for him. He says the decision to close a parish is made after consulting with the priest council, the parish directors and the finance committee.
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Iowa Universities Can't Be Sued For Refusing To Pay Into Insurance For People With Health Risks

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's public universities can't be sued for allegedly refusing to pay their share into a state program that subsidizes insurance for Iowans with health risks.
The Iowa Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal Wednesday of a lawsuit that seeks millions in assessments from the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa.
The Iowa Individual Health Benefit Reinsurance Association contends that the universities, like other agencies that offer self-funded health insurance plans, are legally required to pay those fees.
ISU and UNI had paid them for years but all three universities refused to participate when the University of Iowa became self-insured in 2010. The Board of Regents contends the schools aren't covered by the law.
The court says the program doesn't have the authority to sue.

 

 

 

 

Fort Dodge To Move Creek

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - Fort Dodge officials are moving ahead with plans to move a creek and shore up a bank to reduce erosion and improve water quality.
$2.1 million project at Soldier Creek is being done by Fort Dodge and Webster County.
Fort Dodge project engineer Tony Trotter outlined the project at a meeting Tuesday night, saying the work was needed because the creek has been moving north for 80 years, as it cuts into a steep bank at Snell-Crawford Park.
Crews will shift the creek back to an earlier path and place large rocks on the shoreline to reduce more erosion.
The project is being funded by the state and county.
Workers also will reduce pollution by adding basins to another part of the creek.
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Environmental Protection Agency Hears Comments Regarding Renewable Fuels

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Federal environmental officials say hundreds have signed up to testify on a renewable fuels proposal that ethanol supporters say would have stifling implications for their industry.
Last month the Environmental Protection Agency announced a plan to reduce renewable fuels requirements by 4 billion gallons in 2015 and more than 3 billion in 2016. The agency says volumes required by a 2007 law are impossibly high.
The EPA is conducting the hearings Thursday in Kansas City, Kansas, with plans to announce its final decision in November.
At least two governors, busloads of FFA members and farmers from several states are planning to rally against the proposal at a nearby park.
Ethanol backers say the EPA caved in to the demands of the petroleum industry, which is generally opposed to the standards.


 




   

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