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Friday Afternoon News, Nov. 9

DNR Conducts Fish Kill At Black Hawk Lake

(Lake View) -- In an effort to improve the water quality at Black Hawk Lake, near Lake View, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources is purposely killing all the fish within the lake.   DNR officials were applying a fish toxicant rotenone to kill all remaining fish within the Sac County lake.  Ben Wallace serves as the DNR's Fisheries Management Biologist and explains why the DNR is taking the action to kill the fish.

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Wallace says it will be a couple of years before anglers will have the opportunity to fish at Black Hawk Lake, but he says the fishing should be better.  He talks about the type of fish that will be restocked in Black Hawk.
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Will the actions of the D-N-R hurt the tourism trade this summer to Black Hawk Lake?  Wallace says the lake is still popular for recreational purposes, and believes people will still come to the lake.
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The D-N-R fish biologist says the toxin will dissipate by next spring.  He also says it will not harm birds or animals.

Sioux City Man Sentenced For Child Pornography

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A 38-year-old man has been sentenced by a federal judge in Sioux City for using a child in pornography.
Federal prosecutors say Dana Gleaves, formerly of Sioux City, was sentenced Wednesday to 17 1/2 years in prison. He'd pleaded guilty in August to one count of sexual exploitation of a child.
Gleaves admitted that, between June 2010 and June 2011, he persuaded a person under the age of 18 to engage in sexually explicit conduct so Gleaves could produce pornography.
Gleaves must serve supervised release for life after he leaves custody and must register as a sex offender.

More Students Studying Science, Math, & Engineering

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Officials say more Iowa university undergraduate students are pursuing studies in science, technology, engineering and math.
The enrollment in those study areas at Iowa's three state universities has risen 37 percent in the past 10 years.
The Governor's STEM Advisory Council - STEM for science, technology, engineering and math - has been raising awareness in school districts around the state about science-related careers.
Officials say interest from female students is partly driving the growth.
Growth in those career areas also has been linked to the economy, as students seek careers in promising fields.
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USDA Lowers Crop Estimates

(Washington) -- The USDA is lowering its estimate for corn and soybean production.   
Iowa's corn crop is expected to yield 1.90 billion bushels which is more than 1 percent less than October and down 19 percent from last year.  A soybean crop of 409 million bushels is expected for Iowa, which is more than 2.5 percent higher than the October figure but still 14 percent under last year.

 

 

   

Friday News, November 9

Frontier Telephone Co. To Distribute Inserts For Missing Phone Numbers

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars city officials have been having discussions with the Frontier Phone Company regarding missing listings and phone numbers, especially that of the Le Mars City Hall and all of the city services. When Frontier issued and distributed the latest telephone directory, it was noted that the telephone number for city hall and all of the city's services were missing from the directory.  Frontier has agreed to publish a supplemental insert page containing the missing phone numbers, and mailing them to each household in the Le Mars area.  Customers can place the supplement insert inside their existing phone directory.  No specific timetable was given when Frontier customers can expect to see those inserts with the city hall and the city's services listings, other than Frontier officials have said they would do it as soon as possible.


City Council Sets Public Hearing Date For Waste Water Treatment Facility


(Le Mars) -- At the latest city council meeting, the Le Mars City Council heard from civil engineer Greg Sindt of Ames discuss the proposed new waste water treatment facility that is being planned.  The council has set a date of November 20th for a public hearing for the new waste water treatment facility.  Bids for the facility will be accepted on December 13th with the winning bids to be announced on December 18th.  The new waste water treatment plant is estimated to cost between $16 and $20 million.

 

Ehlers Selected as "Boss of the Quarter"

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Chamber of Commerce has named Julie Ehlers of Joba's as the Boss of the Quarter.  Barbara Kaalie, Julie's employer, says Julie loves her job as the manager of Joba's, therefore, she is a dedicated manager.  Her biggest attribute is her customer service.  She has the interest to and the ability of remembering people's names; they are her friends first, her customers second.  She will do anything for them.  Joba's would not be Joba's without Julie.  OUr congratulations to Julie Ehlers for being named the Boss of the Quarter.

 

Amy Anderson Honored As School District "Employee of the Month"

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community School District is honoring Middle School Art teacher, Amy Anderson, as its employee of the month.  The nomination states that Amy is the most positive person, having never seen her in a bad mood.  She is constantly getting asked to do posters or paint projects or drawings for the community, or the school, and does them non grata on her own time.  She is energetic, extremely creative and encouraging.  She is also very tech savi and has started a computer graphics class with the 8th grade.  She incorporates reading, math, history and creativity in her art classes.


Prescription Drug Abuse Is Growing In Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A new report says prescription drug abuse has grown into a major problem for Iowa.
The 2013 Iowa Drug Control Strategy report was issued by the Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy.
It cites progress last year in reducing meth labs, the use of synthetic drugs and in alcohol offenses. But the report also cites increases in crimes involving heroin and marijuana and the diversion and abuse of prescription drugs.
The report says 62 Iowans died last year of drug-related overdoses involving prescription painkillers. That's a nearly eightfold increase from a decade ago.

 

Three Year Old Girl Dies After TV Falls On Her

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A 3-year-old girl has died nearly three months after she pulled a large television down upon herself.
Family friend Lena McElvogue told The Des Moines Register that Aleena Coe died Thursday at a
hospice in Johnston.
She was injured Aug. 9 when the television fell onto her as she was watching a program with her sister in their Des Moines home.
Aleena's heart stopped, and although medics managed to get her heart started again she was without oxygen for 45 minutes.
She spent nearly a month at Mercy Medical Center.
A benefit is planned for 1 p.m. Sunday at the Main Gate Bar & Grill in Des Moines to raise money for medical and funeral expenses.
A fund for the family has been established at Community State Bank.
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Police Chief Recovering After Shooting

SUMNER, Iowa (AP) - The Sumner police chief continues to improve after being wounded during a chase of two men suspected of robbing a bank.
Chief Dennis Cain suffered gunshot wounds to his neck, hand and finger during the October 30th chase after the Maynard robbery. He was treated at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Sumner Mayor Gary Walke tells KWWL that Cain is recovering well and soon will be moved to Allen Hospital in Waterloo.
Iowa State trooper Mark Domino also was shot in the arm during the chase. He was treated at a hospital and released.
Police say 24-year-old Jeremiah Mumford, of New Hampton, and 19-year-old William Clayton of Osage face multiple charges in Bremer County, where they were captured, and in Fayette County,
where the bank was robbed.

 

DNR Purposely Kills Fish At Black Hawk Lake

(Lake View) -- In an effort to improve the water quality at Black Hawk Lake, near Lake View, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources has purposely killed all the fish within the lake.  In a Sioux City Journal article, DNR officials were applying a fish toxicant rotenone to kill all remaining fish within the Sac County lake.  DNR officials say birds and mammals will not be affected.  D-N-R officials will restock the lake in the spring.


Fish Kill In Johnson County Attributed To Mistaken Release of Ag Chemical

OXFORD, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says a mistaken release from an agriculture chemical company has killed fish in a Johnson County creek.
The DNR says about 100 dead minnows were found Thursday afternoon along Rhine Creek in Oxford.
The fish died after about 200 gallons were released from rinse tanks at AgVantage of Oxford. The DNR says the liquid was mostly water but also contained unspecified residue of agriculture chemicals.
The liquid pooled on the ground and some then flowed into the creek.
Company workers were cleaning up the liquid Thursday.



 

 

   

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