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Thursday News, October 4

Strong Winds Fan Flames of Grass Fires

(Le Mars) -- Those strong winds of Wednesday helped fan the flames on three separate grass fires located within Plymouth County. The Hinton Fire Department was dispatched to the intersection of 280th Street and Lake Avenue.  The call came in at 3:15 p.m. and fire fighters were on the scene for about an hour and a half.  Fire officials were called back to the scene as the fire flared up a second time.  Hinton fire officials were there for another hour.  The Le Mars Fire Department was called to battle a grass fire at Highway 60.  That call sounded at about 6:20 p.m.  Le Mars Fire officials were able to get that grass fire under control within a half hour.  The Akron Fire Department also had a grass fire alarm.  Akron responded to the fire located at 33287 West Loop.  The fire was reported at about 7:05 p.m. and fire officials were on the scene for about an hour and a half.


Sioux City Police Arrest Owner of Abandoned Cats

(Sioux City) -- Sioux City Police have located the owner of that home that had more than 50 abandon cats.  On Wednesday, officers arrested 56 year old Mark Lanning of Sioux City.  Lanning was charged with 14 counts of animal neglect.

 

Jaimes-Martinez Charged With First Degree Murder

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A man has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a woman during a neighborhood fight in Sioux City.
Thirty-three-year-old Fernando Jaimes-Martinez is accused of firing a gun into a crowd and killing 27-year-old Karla Gonzalez on Sept. 22.
Prosecutors filed trial information on Tuesday, which includes the murder charge and three other charges.
Police say there was a large fight outside Jaimes-Martinez's house. He allegedly fired a gun into a group of adults and children retreating from the house. Gonzales was hit in the head.
Police haven't said what caused the fight.


Harvest Nearing Completion, But There Are Some Concerns


(Le Mars) -- Harvest is nearing completion, especially for northwest Iowa farmers, but Iowa State University Extension crop specialist Joel DeJong says there are still some concerns.     

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DeJong says we are still in a drought and the window of opportunity to recharge our soil moisture levels is closing.  He says if we get snow before the ground freezes, then our soils will benefit.  However, if it happens to freeze and then we get snow, that moisture will just run off.  DeJong says it would be best if we could get some autumn rains.

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DeJong says there has been a wide variation with yields just within Plymouth County.

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DeJong says test weights of crops have been fairly decent for this drought-stricken harvest.

 

Le Mars High School Students Support Soldiers

(Le Mars) -- Supporting Siouxland Soldiers is the current mission of the Le Mars Community High School Student Council.  Senior Carolyn Ahlers serves as the current president of the Council.  She says this is the second year the school has participated in this event.

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Last year Carolyn said that the school contributed the largest private donation that the organization has ever received, and this year their goal is to double what the gave last year.  Students are being encouraged to participate, but the community help is going to be key in order to reach their loftly collection goal.  Supplies that are needed range from beef jerky to single servings of crackers and baby
powder to deodorant. A full list can be found on our website, klem1410.com. Monetary funds
are also being accepted and can be given by calling the High School Office.  Drop off boxes
for items are in the office, and will also be out at Thursday nights home volleyball game and Friday nights home football game.
Carolyn Ahlers says that it's an honor to collect and pack supplies for Siouxland Soldiers.

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Minnesota Helps Iowa To Control Carp

MILFORD, Iowa (AP) - Minnesota has decided to help finance Iowa efforts to keep invasive carp out of the Iowa Great Lakes.
The  Minnesota Natural Resources Department is providing $261,000 to help Iowa set up an electrical barrier atop Lower Gar Lake dam. The dam has an outlet to Mill Creek, which runs into the Little Sioux River. The river watershed includes several southwest Minnesota Lakes.
A temporary fence had been erected on an outlet at Lower Gar Lake to keep out the silver carp.
The carp reproduce quickly and consume large quantities of food.  Experts fear the carp could crowd out native species and create ecological problems for Iowa's chain of glacial lakes.
The silver carp have been known to leap into skiers and boats.


Anderson-Erickson Dairy and Workers Agree To Contract Terms

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Union workers and Anderson Erickson Dairy have reached a tentative contract agreement.
The company and Teamsters Union Local 120 made their deal on Wednesday night.
The Des Moines workers had gone on strike Sept. 24 but returned to work the next day after both sides agreed to resume talks.
The company contract offer rejected Sept. 23 would have required workers to accept a pay freeze and to pay significantly more for health care insurance. Details on Wednesday night's agreement have
not been publicly disclosed.
The most recent four-year contract between the company and the 300 Teamster members expired in March.  While the workers were on strike, Dean Foods of Le Mars helped supply milk to many of Anderson Erickson's customers, particularly to schools.

 

Upper Iowa College President On Leave

FAYETTE, Iowa (AP) - Officials say the president of Upper Iowa University in Fayette is on leave but they won't explain why.
School spokeswoman Monica Heaton told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (http://bit.ly/PvrpSI ) that Alan Walker is on a leave of absence, but she wouldn't say whether the leave was scheduled or
unexpected.
College board of trustees chairman Robert Firth says Walker is still an employee of the university. Firth wouldn't say whether Walker would return after his leave ends and he wouldn't say who
would lead the school during Walker's absence.


   

Wednesday News, October 3

Auto Accident Victim Identified

(Le Mars) -- Authorities have identified the victim from Tuesday morning's roll over vehicle accident that occurred on Highway 75, south of Le Mars. 36 year old, Scott Jacobsen of Sergeant Bluff was pronounced dead at the scene.  He had apparently lost control of his vehicle when he entered the east ditch and rolled his car several times.  His body was transported to the Floyd Valley Hospital for further examination by Dr. Sheila Holcomb, Plymouth County Medical Examiner.

 

Le Mars Fall Clean Up Collected Less Waste

(Le Mars) -- Assistant City Administrator, Bill Cole, reported to the city council that the Fall Clean Up produced less waste than from previous designated city clean ups.  During the week of September 10th through the 15th, the city offered amnesty for city residents to throw away construction material, metal, and white goods.
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A year ago, Le Mars citizens threw away more than 107 tons of waste.  The spring clean up was also less than previous year's clean up periods.  City officials believe the program has been productive.


Timmerman Tells Le Mars Students To Stay Away From Drugs


(Le Mars) --
Former N-F-L football player, now farm equipment owner, Adam Timmerman of Cherokee spoke before nearly 600 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students from both Le Mars Community and Gehlen Catholic schools during the Le Mars Optimist Club rally.  Students were given their new T-shirt promoting to stay away from drugs and to "Just Say No."  The T-shirts were designed by Alex Burnett, a 6th grader from Le Mars Community.  The T-shirt design featured a text message as it might appear on the social media facebook page.  Timmerman, who played 12 years with the Green Bay Packers and the St. Louis Rams, told the group of students to use "positive" peer pressure and to look out for one another.  Timmerman used the analogy of a performance car with the students, saying that your body is like a performance car.
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Timmerman and the local Optimist club distributed an autographed color 5 x 7 photo of Timmerman while he played with the Packers.  On the reverse side is a biography of Timmerman.

 

Iowa Lawmaker Challenges Secretary of Schultz Voter Fraud Investigation

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa lawmaker is questioning Secretary of State Matt Schultz's use of federal money to investigate allege voter fraud in Iowa.
Sen. Tom Courtney, a Burlington Democrat, says he has requested state and federal audits of Schultz's use of funds from the Help America Vote Act to hire an Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation
agent.
Courtney says the money is supposed to be used to help educate voters.
Schultz, a Republican, issued a statement Tuesday accusing Courtney of trying to block criminal investigations into voter fraud and election misconduct.
Three people were charged last month with voter fraud in Pottawattamie County as a result of the DCI probe. A Polk County judge also stopped Schultz's efforts to change some aspects of the state's voter laws that were challenged in court.


Ryan Campaigns In Iowa

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) - Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan says the way to help the middle class recover from the past four years is to elect Mitt Romney president in November.
Ryan was responding to a comment Tuesday by Vice President Joe Biden.
Biden said during a campaign stop in North Carolina that the middle class "has been buried the last four years." And he asked how Republicans could justify raising their taxes as a result.
At his own campaign appearance in Iowa, Ryan said he and Romney agree that Obama has been bad for the middle class.
Said Ryan: "We agree. That means we need to stop digging by electing Mitt Romney the next president of the United States."

 

Cedar Rapids Police Want To Bar "Troublemakers" From City Council Meetings

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - The Cedar Rapids Police Department has recommended that the Cedar Rapids City Council pass an ordinance that would let the city bar from its meetings people who've created previous disturbances at City Hall or other city buildings.
The Gazette says acting Police Chief Bernie Walther proposed the idea to the council's public safety committee on Monday.
The proposal comes just two weeks after City Hall critic Robert Bates yelled at Mayor Ron Corbett and others after a special council meeting.
Walther says current law already lets police arrest someone who disrupts a public meeting. Police are proposing an ordinance that would empower city officials, after a hearing, to bar someone from
city property.
Walther says some cities in Michigan, Massachusetts and other states have adopted similar ordinances.

   

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