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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.








Thursday News, August 1

Road Construction North Of Merrill Nearing Completion

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County engineer Tom Rohe reported to the County Supervisors that the construction project involving County road C-38 and K-42 located on the north end of Merrill is nearing completion.  However, with the road construction on U-S Highway 75 still on-going, some detours are still in place.

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Rohe says the county road K-42 still has some finishing touches needed before it can be declared open.

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Tough Truck Contest Rescheduled For Saturday

(Le Mars) -- Fear not Tough Truck fans, your event may have been postponed due to the rain showers that fell Thursday evening at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds, however, fair officials have re-scheduled the competition.  Rich Benson, who serves as the vice chairman of the fair board and chairman of the ticket committee says the event will be held.

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The event will start at 6:30 p.m. with gates to open at 5:00 p.m.  Concessions will be available, but there isn't any admission fee.


Burglaries Reported In Sioux County Towns

(Orange City) -- Sioux County authorities are seeking the help of the public regarding several burglaries that have occurred in many of the county's communities in recent days.  On Monday, the Sioux County Sheriff's Office received information about four more burglaries.  Each are believed to have occurred during the overnight hours sometime between Saturday and Sunday, and officials believe they have been committed by the same perpetrator(s).  The four burglaries were reported at Sanford Medical Clinic at Boyden...Hospers Telephone Company of Hospers...Bruce's Repair at Matlock...and Ireton Veterinary Services at Ireton.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sioux County Sheriff's Office.


Hull Man Sentenced For Child Pornography

HULL, Iowa (AP) — A 42-year-old Hull man has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison for receiving and distributing child pornography.  Gary Brummel was sentenced in Sioux City on July 24.  Brummel pleaded guilty to a count of distributing and another count of receiving child pornography. Prosecutors say he received, distributed and possessed child porn from 2006 through 2012.  He must serve five years of supervision upon his release from prison. He must also comply with all sex offender registration and public notification requirements.


Food Official Says Salad Mix That Caused Hundreds To Be Ill No Longer A Threat

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A food inspector says most — if not all — the prepackaged salad mix that sickened hundreds of people in Iowa and Nebraska wasn't grown in either state.  Iowa Food and Consumer Safety Bureau chief Steven Mandernach said Wednesday that at least 80 percent of the vegetables were grown and processed outside both states' jurisdictions.  Mandernach says officials haven't confirmed the origins of 20 percent and may never know because victims can't always remember what they ate.  Officials have said the salad was infected with a rare parasite that causes a lengthy gastrointestinal illness. Outbreaks have been reported in 15 states, although it's not clear whether they're connected.  Mandernach says state law prohibits his office from releasing the information unless there's an immediate threat. Officials believe the threat has passed.


Highway Patrol Finds 50 Pounds Of Pot From Traffic Stop

ADAIR, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa State Patrol says troopers found about 50 pounds of marijuana in a vehicle during a traffic stop on Interstate 80 in western Iowa.  The drugs were found Wednesday when a trooper pulled over an out-of-state vehicle.  Troopers took the vehicle to a Department of Transportation garage in Adair after the discovery.  The patrol is not yet releasing more information about the stop or the occupants of the vehicle.


Jury Awards Former County Employee $80,000

WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) — A jury has awarded more than $80,000 to a former paralegal after finding that Floyd County didn't respond appropriately to her repeated complaints about sexual harassment in the county attorney's office.  Jurors returned their verdict Wednesday afternoon, finding that Theresa Farmer was sexually harassed by fired County Attorney Jesse Marzen.  Though Farmer complained to county supervisors and other officials about Marzen's actions, which included unwanted touching and sexual comments, the county took no action. The case focused on Marzen's conduct, but she only sued Floyd County.  Jurors awarded Farmer $81,519 for past and future emotional pain and suffering as well as past medical expenses.  Because they didn't find Farmer proved she suffered retaliation, jurors didn't award her money for lost wages or benefits.


Police Officer Pleads Guilty To Mortgage Fraud Scheme

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines police lieutenant who pleaded guilty to a mortgage scheme has been sentenced to six month of home confinement and three years of probation.  U.S. District Judge James Gritzner signed a sentencing order Wednesday for Lieutenant Wade Wojewoda of Grimes requiring home confinement except for employment and other approved activities.
Wojewoda and three others pleaded guilty in April to charges related to the fraud scheme, which included fraudulent bank documents and inflating home values.  Wojewoda pleaded guilty to receiving proceeds under false pretenses. His wife, Bobbi Jo Wojewoda pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and will be sentenced August 15th.  Two others also pleaded guilty to related charges.
Wojewoda's lawyer says his police officer certification will likely be revoked.

Waterloo Man Fails To Register As Sex Offender

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A Waterloo man who failed to register as a sex offender has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison.  41-year-old Dana Lamont Curry received the sentence Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids.
Curry pleaded guilty to the charge in March. Prosecutors say he did not properly update his sex offender registration in Iowa from June 2010 through the end of November 2012.
Curry was required to register because of a previous second-degree sexual assault conviction in Colorado.


Wartburg College To Receive Donation

WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) — A Wisconsin couple is donating $2 million to a northeast Iowa college to endow a faculty position in the school's religion and philosophy department.  Mike and Marge McCoy of Ellison Bay, Wisconsin made the donation to Wartburg College in Waverly.
The college announced the donation Wednesday, saying it was the largest non-estate gift by an individual donor or couple that Wartburg has ever received.  The gift will fund the Mike and Marge McCoy Family Distinguished Chair in Lutheran Heritage and Mission.
Officials say the money will help the college deepen its roots in the Lutheran spiritual and intellectual tradition.  The McCoys are parents of two Wartburg graduates.  The college of about 1,750 students is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.






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