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Friday News, August 2

Fire Department Issues July Report

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department has issued its monthly report for the month of July.  The local fire brigade responded to five fire calls, six rescues, 13 times the fire department was called upon to investigate odors, clean up after accidents, and check illegal burning.  There weren't any mutual aid calls during July, but the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department did act upon 19 service requests. All total, the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department responded to 48 calls during July. Fire chief Dave Schipper reports the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department donated a total of 120 hours cleaning buildings, grandstands, and canopy areas and covering night events for fire and rescue protection for the Plymouth County Fair.

 

Oyens Fire Department Responds To Lawnmower Fire

(Oyens) -- The Oyens Fire Department responded to a lawnmower that had caught fire last evening.  The alarm came in at about 6:35 p.m.  Fire officials were called to 18194 Pioneer Avenue.  Fire officials were able to bring the fire under control within a couple of minutes.

 

Hy-Vee and Fareway Fined By Labor Department For Child Labor Laws

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The U.S. Department of Labor has fined Hy-Vee, Fareway and other grocery stores in Iowa and Nebraska nearly $130,000 for violating child labor laws.
The Labor Department announced the fines Thursday.
The department says the violations included allowing workers under 18 to perform hazardous jobs that are prohibited. That included loading or operating power-driven paper balers, meat slicers, bakery machines and motor vehicles. No underage workers were injured.
The Labor Department report says Hy-Vee was assessed $68,200 for 27 violations at
seven stores, while Fareway was assessed nearly $20,000 for 13 violations at eight stores.
The violations would have happened since October 2011.
Representatives of Hy-Vee and Fareway say the stores are committed to maintaining a
safe environment for young workers.
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Senators Harkin and Durbin Host Immigration Forum

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin has invited his Democratic colleague Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois to Ames to host a forum on immigration reform.
The event, held on the eastern edge of Republican Congressman Steve King's district on
Friday, is in response to remarks King made earlier this month suggesting that many young
unauthorized immigrants are drug runners.
Durbin, one of the authors of the Senate's immigration reform bill, says King and others opposing reform should hear the stories of some of the immigrants and what they want to do with their lives.
The forum, to be held at Ames Middle School, will feature young immigrants, farmers, students and others discussing reform proposals.

 

ATV Accident Claims Life Of Lenox Man

LENOX, Iowa (AP) - A 41-year-old Iowa man has died and a 9-year-old child has been injured in an all-terrain vehicle crash in southwest Iowa.
The Iowa State Patrol says Carey Ishikawa of Lenox, Iowa, and the child were found
Wednesday afternoon in a ditch near Lenox by a volunteer firefighter under an overturned ATV. The patrol says Ishikawa was declared dead at the scene. The child was flown by a
medical helicopter to a Des Moines hospital.
The crash remains under investigation.


12 Year Old Injured After Woman Hits Gas Pedal Instead Of Brake

CENTRAL CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Linn County Sheriff's Office says a 12-year-old boy was hurt in Central City when a motorist pressed her car's accelerator rather than the brake.
The sheriff's office says the accident happened Thursday morning when 89-year-old Anna
May Hinton, of Central City, was trying to pull into a parking space at the post office.
She apparently hit the accelerator rather than the brake, causing her car to lurch
forward and hit the boy, who was standing in front of the post office.
He was taken to a Cedar Rapids hospital with what appeared to be non-life threatening
injuries.
Deputies cited Hinton for driving without a license.

 

Man Dies After Falling From Water Tower

MOUNT VERNON, Iowa (AP) - Police say a 29-year-old man has died after falling from a water tower in Mount Vernon.
Mount Vernon police say Winfred Joseph Davis, of Clinton, died when he fell just
before 2 p.m. Thursday. He was working on the eastern Iowa town's water tower on First
Street.
Davis was employed by Arndt Enterprises Inc. of DeWitte. The company handles industrial coatings of water towers.

 

Three Teens Charged With Making Explosives

BLAKESBURG, Iowa (AP) - Police say three teenagers have been charged with placing explosives in the Blakesburg Public Library's book drop.
Police charged one 17-year-old and two 16-year-olds with reckless use of fire or explosives. The charge is a serious misdemeanor.
Chief Deputy Don Phillips says police filed the charges after getting a citizen tip about the explosion, which was reported July 24.
The blast was caused by pressure built up by chemicals inside a bottle.
No one was injured and the book drop received only minor damage.
Phillips says police also are investigating whether the teens placed a similar bomb inside a historic cannon in Blakesburg's city park.
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Inmate Escapes

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) - Marshalltown Police are searching for an inmate who did not return from work release.
40-year-old Casey Eugene Sheriff never returned to the Marshalltown Work Release Facility on Thursday after his shift for the day was done.
Sheriff is serving five years for domestic assault. He began his sentence in July 2012.
The Iowa Department of Corrections asks that information on Sheriff's whereabouts be reported to the Marshalltown Police Department or the Marshall County Sheriff's Department.
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Thursday Afternoon News, August 1

Woodbury County Fair Has Begun

(Moville) -- Come for the Fair, but stay for the fun, that's the slogan for the Woodbury County Fair scheduled now through the weekend.  Don Wiese is the new manager for the fair.  He says it may be a five-day event, but it is a year-long preparation.

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Visitors to the fair, based in Moville, will notice a new building this year.  Wiese says the fair board made the decision to construct a new Open Class Exhibit Hall.

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The fair official says attendance for the opening day was benefited from the mild temperatures, and in fact a new record for opening day was set with attendance up more than

3000 people.  He says the fair board widen and expanded the dirt track, and it made a big difference for last night's Joe Dirt Motorcross competition.

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Old Town, is a favorite among fair attendees, and Wiese says the fair board added a new feature to Old Town that will appeal to the younger generations.

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The Woodbury County Fair offers both free stage entertainment, as well as grandstand entertainment.  Tonight is the tough truck and figure 8, Friday is the Grand Rodeo, Saturday is the Outlaw Truck and Tractor Pull, and Sunday is the Demolition Derby.  Daily admission for the fair is $4 and $1 for children.  Grandstand admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children.

 

August 1st Deadline For School Board Nominations

(Le Mars) -- The deadline for nominations for the Le Mars Community School Board election are due in the Superintendent's office by 5:00 p.m. this afternoon.  Districts 1,2,3, and 4 are up for election.  So far, in District one Todd Lancaster has submitted his nomination papers.  In District two, Scott Kommes is seeking re-election, District three will have two incumbent candidates seeking the position.  They include Mark Hemmingson and Chris Collins.  District four has Brenda Phelan also seeking re-election.

 

Fire Department Had 48 Calls In July

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department has issued its monthly report for the month of July.  The local fire brigade responded to five fire calls, six rescues, 13 times the fire department was called upon to investigate odors, clean up after accidents, and check illegal burning.  There weren't any mutual aid calls during July, but the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department did act upon 19 service requests. All total, the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department responded to 48 calls during July.  Fire chief Dave Schipper reports the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department donated a total of 120 hours cleaning buildings, grandstands, and canopy areas and covering night events for fire and rescue protection for the Plymouth County Fair.


Obama Approves Iowa Counties As Disaster Declaration

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster exists in 10 eastern Iowa counties hit by storms and flooding in June.  The White House says in a news release that Obama signed the declaration Wednesday evening for Allamakee, Benton, Buchanan, Butler, Cedar, Clayton, Delaware, Howard, Jones and Winneshiek counties for damage they received due to storms and flooding from June 21 to 28.  The declaration makes federal funding available to state and local governments as well as some nonprofit groups for emergency work and the repair or replacement of damaged facilities.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency says more declarations could be made later if requested by the state.

 

Authorities Revise Amber Alerts

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — High-profile kidnapping and murder cases in Iowa have prompted state authorities to make a change to how they issues Amber Alerts.  Officials announced Wednesday that the new policy means authorities need only a description of the child, the child's abductor or the abductor's vehicle. Before the change, some officials had believed that authorities needed both a description of the child and the suspect.
The  change drew praise from the mother of Elizabeth Collins, who disappeared from Evansdale along with her cousin, Lyric Cook, in July 2012. The girls were found dead five months later.  Heather Collins says she asked authorities several times to issue an Amber Alert for the girls, but was told they could not because police did not have any suspect information.

 

Audit Finds Grand River With $27,000 In Improper Spending

GRAND RIVER, Iowa (AP) — A state audit has found more than $27,000 in improper and unsupported spending in the southern Iowa city of Grand River.
State Auditor Mary Mosiman released the audit report on Thursday. The report says more than $10,700 was improperly spent, and more than $16,400 in spending wasn't properly documented.
City officials requested the audit after they discovered alleged misspending by former city
clerk Doris Loy. Loy was fired in March 2012 after officials raised concerns about the
city's finances and her job performance.  A phone message left at Loy's home was not immediately returned.  Auditors have referred the case to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Decatur County attorney's office.

 

No-Tax Holiday Weekend May Draw Shoppers From Other States

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Retailers in Iowa cities along the Missouri River are hoping the state's sales tax holiday will bring shoppers from neighboring Nebraska.
The  holiday begins Friday and ends at midnight Saturday.
There will be no sales tax collected on clothing or footwear priced under $100.
The event has been held in Iowa every year since 2000 and is timed to coincide with the
back-to-school shopping season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

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