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Monday News, March 23

Northwest Rural Electric Cooperative To Hold District Meeting

(Le Mars) -- Northwest Rural Electric Cooperative will hold its district meeting this evening at the Le Mars Community High School.  The banquet will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the business meeting to begin at 7:00 p.m. Members of the Northwest REC will have the opportunity to vote for a board member.  Shirley Benson is seeking re-election to the board of directors.  The other board candidate is David Milbrodt.  The Le Mars Community High School Show Choir Crimson and Black will perform for the cooperative energy disrict meeting.

 

Sign Up Deadline For Farm Programs Is Friday

(Le Mars) -- Farmers have only a few more days to decide which farm program they wish to participate in.  Jeff Davis serves as the Farm Services Agency Director for Plymouth and Sioux Counties.  He says March 31st is the last day farmers can elect between farm bill programs. Davis explains the provisions of the ARC-co

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Davis says farmers may want to inquire about the ARC-ic program which allows farmers to place all farms under one program.

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The Farm Services Agency Director says the 2014 Farm Program also offers farmers the choice of what is referred to as the PLC prgram.

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Davis says which ever farm program a farmer decides upon they will remain with that program through 2018.  He says farmers do have the opportunity to sign up one farm with one program and another farm with the second program.  He says they can even split the programs with different crops.

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Davis encourages farmers to visit their county F-S-A office prior to next Tuesday's deadline in order to have Department of Agriculture officials explain the different options with the farm programs.

 

Roll-Over Accident Near Red Oak Claims One Life

   RED OAK, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a man was killed and two other people, including a 3-year-old, were injured in a one-vehicle rollover in southwest Iowa. 
     The Iowa State Patrol says 23-year-old Brandon Perez, of Fort Madison, was pronounced dead at the scene near Red Oak. Thirty-year-old Hilary J. Knox, also of Fort Madison, and an unidentified child were flown to the Nebraska Medical Center and Children's Hospital & Medical Center, respectively, in Omaha, Nebraska. Their conditions weren't immediately known.
     Investigators say Perez was driving early Sunday when his vehicle dropped off a shoulder of U.S. Highway 34. The report states Perez overcorrected, causing the vehicle to cross the road into a ditch before rolling over several times. 
     Knox and the child were thrown from the vehicle.
     The accident is being investigated.

 

Man Charged With Vehicle Homicide For Death Of Passenger From Auto Accident

NORWAY, Iowa (AP) - A 23-year-old man faces several charges after driving a vehicle that crashed and killed his passenger in Benton County. 
     Mark Himmelsbach of Norway is charged with homicide by vehicle and operating under the influence in the March 12 wreck. 
     According to the Iowa State Patrol, Himmelsbach was driving the vehicle when it failed to go around a curve and went into a ditch. The vehicle rolled and ejected 20-year-old Christine Ballard. Ballard was pronounced dead at the scene. 
     Online court records indicate Himmelsbach's bond was set at $25,000. He bonded out of jail on Friday. 
     His preliminary hearing is set for March 30. 
     It wasn't immediately clear if Himmelsbach has an attorney.
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Legislature Pondering Over Allowing Time Off For Adoptive Parents

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - In Iowa, adoptive parents are closely watching a bill in the Legislature that would expand some time-off entitlements when they bring a child home.
     The legislation would essentially require an employer that offers some forms of paid time off or other entitlements for the birth of a child to do the same for an employee who's adopted a child in the past 12 months.
     The Senate passed the measure Thursday. Rep. Joel Fry, a Republican from Osceola, is seeking bipartisan support in the House.
     Most people in the country rely on private benefits or unpaid leave through federal law for the birth or adoption of a child. Iowa could become one of the only states requiring some time-off entitlements for adoptive parents.

 

Texas Man Arrested For Hot Lotto Ticket Mystery

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A second man has been arrested in connection with a mysterious scheme to collect a multimillion-dollar Hot Lotto jackpot that was won in 2010.
     Robert Clark Rhodes II, 46, of Sugar Land, Texas, has been arrested and authorities plan to bring him to Iowa to face fraud charges.
     Officials had been trying to identify the winner of the $14.3 million Hot Lotto ticket since a New York lawyer tried to claim the prize just before the one-year deadline in 2011.
     Earlier this year, an Iowa man who worked for a lottery company was arrested. Authorities say Eddie Raymond Tipton violated state law when he bought the ticket and then tried to get others to help him claim it. Tipton has pleaded not guilty.

 

Council Bluffs Motel Has Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

 COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - A hotel in western Iowa had to be evacuated for several hours after carbon monoxide levels spiked in the pool area and several guests became dizzy.
     Two people were taken to the hospital for treatment and two others needed oxygen at the Council Bluffs hotel.
     Firefighters say carbon monoxide levels in the pool area of the Quality Inn and Suites motel were dangerously high Sunday. Authorities say a malfunctioning pool heater appears to be the source.
     Guests were allowed back in the hotel after the carbon monoxide was cleared out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Saturday News, March 21

Grass Fires Break Out In Northwest Iowa

(Ireton) -- Several grass fires occured on Friday.  Near Ireton, five different fire departments responded to a major field fire near Highway 10 and Dipper Avenue.  Officials say it was a controlled burn that got out of control.  Ireton Fire Chief Richard Steckelberg talks about the blaze. 
 
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The fire was first reported at 10:30 p.m. and Fire fighters were on the scene for more than two hours. 

Merrill And Hinton Fight Corn Field Fire

(Merrill) -- Both the Merrill and Hnton Fire Departments responded to a corn field fire Friday afternoon at about 12:40 p.m.  The fire was located near 280th Street and Key Avenue. Eric Weber, a captain with the Merrill Fire Department says the fire was located in an isolated portion of the field.

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Lost in the fire was an all terrain vehicle that fire fighters believe was the cause of the field fire. In addition to the ATV, nearly ten acres of ground had burned.  Muddy conditions made it somewhat difficult for fire officials to get access to the fire.

 

Le Mars Fire Department Responds To Three Fire Calls

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire Department responded to three fire calls on Friday.  The first was a pile of brush and small limbs.  The owner was unaware of the declared burn ban for Plymouth County. Two of the fires happened Friday afternoon within 45 minutes of each other.  The first fire was a grass fire located on the north end of the county, and the second was an outdoor recreational fire pit that was burning.

 

Two Southwestern Iowa Teens Charged With Arson

TABOR, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say two 14-year-old boys have been arrested in connection with a fire that destroyed a southwestern Iowa home.
The teens were charged with first-degree arson and are being held in the Council Bluffs Juvenile Detention Center. They are accused of starting several fires that ravaged a Tabor home March 15.
Investigators say the fire began on the front porch and moved onto the roof. Sheriff Kevin Aistrope says the boys likely used an aerosol device to set the fires, but that they had no intention of destroying the house.
Authorities say one of the teens lived in the house. Investigators say they believe the boys caused the fire because they were the last at the home and reported it to authorities.

 

Feenstra Calls For Economic Boycott Against Des Moines

(Des Moines) -- State Senator Randy Feenstra of Hull is advocating an economic boycott against Des Moines.  Feenstra says it is in retaliation of the Des Moines Water Works filing a lawsuit against Buena Vista, Sac, and Calhoun counties for high levels of nitrates found in the drinking water system.  Feenstra, a republican, says there are farmers from across the state that bring a lot of business to Des Moines.

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Governor Terry Branstad and Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey have also criticized Des Moines Water Works, claiming voluntary efforts to reduce nitrate levels will improve water quality. Feenstra believes, over the past decade, "giant steps" have been taken to cleanup Iowa's waterways

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Leaders of Des Moines Water Works claim the nitrates spilling into the Raccoon River in northwest Iowa are threatening central Iowa's drinking water supply and driving up the cost to remove pollutants.

 

Transportation Official Talks About Highway 20

(Sioux City) -- Now that the increase of the fuel tax has been implemented, state transportation officials say additional road construction projects have been added.  Dakin Schultz, is the District 3 Transportion Planner.  He says a priority has now been placed on Highway 20.

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Schultz says work on Highway 20 between Moville and Correctionville has been making great progress.

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The Iowa DOT official says the Transportion Commission has approved the completion of a four-lane Highway 20 from Sioux City to Dubuque within the next few years.

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Fort Dodge Church Is Demolished

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - One of the oldest churches in Fort Dodge, Iowa, has been demolished.
The Messenger reports that demolition of the Full Gospel Lighthouse Church began last week. The church has a cornerstone dated 1903. Crews were instructed to demolish the building because of problems with the foundation.
Monte Pringle has ties to the church dating to 1971. He asked for and received the cross on the steeple from the construction workers. Pringle's sisters- and brother-in-laws were married in the church.  He was also given one of the stained glass windows.
He plans to display the cross and window at Lighthouse Ministries, where his brother-in-law preaches.
One construction worker says the crew had mixed feelings about demolishing the structure. The crew plans to give bricks to people who attended the church.

 

Iowa City Pastor De-ported To Honduras

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa City pastor arrested on immigration charges 17 years after being convicted of drunken driving has been deported to Honduras.
David Leopold, an attorney for 41-year-old Max Villatoro, shared an email with The Associated Press from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that confirms Villatoro was removed from the U.S. on Friday and had arrived in Honduras.
Villatoro was among more than 2,000 people arrested this month as part of a five-day nationwide operation targeting convicted criminals living in the country illegally. A 1998 drunken driving conviction classified Villatoro as a priority.
Supporters of the longtime pastor and father of four collected more than 25,000 signatures asking for his release.
Villatoro's wife, Gloria, says her husband called her from the airport Friday morning, telling her he was boarding a plane.

 

Former Mail Carrier Given Probation

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A former Des Moines mail carrier has been sentenced to a year's probation for throwing 63 pieces of mail off a bridge last May instead of delivering it.
Court documents show 29-year-old Shayne L. Lovelady agreed to plead guilty in January to desertion of mails.
Prosecutors say Lovelady was a rural mail carrier on a route for the U.S. Postal Service's South Des Moines post office last May 19 when he decided to toss the letters.
A postal service spokesman says they were all later found and delivered. Lovelady was fired last July.
He didn't immediately reply to an email message Friday and his telephone number was disconnected.
He faced up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine but a judge on Friday gave him probation.

 

Metal Band Member Charged With Stabbing

CLIVE, Iowa (AP) - Police say Slipknot guitarist Mickael Thomson has been charged in Iowa after a fight with his brother earlier this month in which Thomson was stabbed.
Clive Police Department Chief Michael Venema said Friday an investigation found both 41-year-old Thomson and his brother, 35-year-old Andrew Thomson, were responsible for the March 11th assault that hospitalized the pair. Both have been charged with disorderly conduct by fighting. They're scheduled to appear in court March 30th.
Venema says the fight started inside Mickael Thomson's home and moved outside, where the altercation became physical. Mickael Thomson sustained a stab wound to the back of his head. The brothers were taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
The metal band Slipknot formed in the 1990s in Des Moines.

 

 





 

 

 

 

 

   

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