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Bachmann Visits LeMars

(LeMars) -- Minnesota Congresswoman and Republican Presidential Candidate Michele Bachmann has announced plans to stop in LeMars.  Bachmann is scheduled to make an appearance at the Family Table Restaurant on this afternoon, Monday, November 14th. at 2:00 p.m.  Bachmann will conduct a LeMars Town Hall meeting at the restaurant.  Following her visit at LeMars, Bachmann will then make a stop at the Pizza Ranch restaurant in Sheldon at 5:30 p.m.  Her other northwest Iowa appearances include a stop at Storm Lake and Webster City on Wednesday, November 16th.


(LeMars) -- The LeMars Community School District Board of Education is scheduled to meet this evening. The Board will hear a report from  School Superintendant Dr. Todd Wendt regarding the construction progress of the Phase II project.  The Board will also appoint its members that will serve on the bargaining team for the 2012-2013 contract negotiations.


(Akron) -- The Akron-Westfield school board and the West Sioux school board held a joint meeting this past week to discuss the feasibility of sharing a school superintendent.  The school districts are exploring the possibility, due to continued declining enrollment.  Larry Williams serves as the interim school superintendent for the Akron-Westfield district.  He says such a move can be both positive and negative for the two communities.

Akron-Westfield has scheduled a public hearing on the matter during their next regularly scheduled school board meeting set for this evening, November 14th, and the West Sioux district will hold its public hearing the next Monday.

(LeMars) -- A first, took place at the Plymouth County Historical Museum on Friday.  The Musuem hosted its first ever wedding.  The ceremony involved Christine Stowers of Westfield and Aaron Moon of LeMars.  The two shared their vows in the Religious Heritage Room on the second floor of the Museum at 3:00 p.m. on 11-11-11. 

 

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Volunteers have pulled 36 tons of trash, including a motorcycle and bicycles, from the Des Moines River in Des Moines.
     Volunteers from the Izaak Walton League of Des Moines spent eight days cleaning up the river in central Iowa. They found 24 manhole covers, 24 bicycles, a dozen 55-gallon steel drums, a
motorcycle, a wheelchair and a steel and wooden dock.
   The effort was part of the group's "Save Our Streams" initiative.  They have also done cleanups along the North Raccoon and Iowa rivers in recent weeks.
     The volunteers spent more than 100 hours working to pull the junk from the river and public works crews from Des Moines hauled it away.

 


 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A recent study shows hundreds of Iowa residents are drinking tap water polluted with arsenic and health workers are increasing efforts to have private well owners test
their water for the poisonous element.
     Arsenic is found naturally in soil throughout Iowa. It can seep into ground water, which is the source of tap water for more than half the state's residents.  Drinking large amounts of arsenic over decades can lead to various cancers and cardiovascular and respiratory problems. Short-term
exposure can lead to nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and skin problems.
     Health officials across Iowa gathered last week to talk about solutions to the problem.
     The University of Iowa study found nearly half of the 475 wells checked between 2006 and 2008 tested positive for arsenic.
    
    
    
 CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A state report estimates that Iowa's system for tracking and blocking sales of allergy medicines that can be used to make methamphetamine has prevented more than 21,000 illegal purchases.
     The report from the Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy claimed that the system for tracking sales of the drug pseudoephedrine had stopped enough sales of the drug to produce 113
pounds of meth.
     Dale Woolery, the office's associate director, says officials think most of the drugs that were blocked would have been used to make meth.
     Under Iowa's system, people can't buy more than 360 milligrams of pseudoephedrine a day and 7,500 milligrams in a month. Iowa is among 17 states in a national tracking effort.

    

 

   

Akron-Westfield & West Sioux Discuss Superintendent Sharing

(Akron) -- The Akron-Westfield school board and the West Sioux school board held a joint meeting this past week to discuss the feasibility of sharing a school superintendent.  The school districts are exploring the possibility, due to continued declining enrollment.  Larry Williams serves as the interim school superintendent for the Akron-Westfield district.  He says such a move can be both positive and negative for the two communities.

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At this point in the discussion, both districts have concentrated only on the sharing of a superintendent's position.  Williams gave reassurance the talks have not included any athletic sharing, grade sharing or consolidation of the school districts.

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Williams says there are 29 shared agreements within Iowa.  He points to West Sioux and Maurice-Orange City as an example of two districts that are in a shared superintendent agreement. Williams says the two school boards had good questions of each other's districts.
 

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Akron-Westfield has scheduled a public hearing on the matter during their next regularly scheduled school board meeting set for Monday, November 14th, and the West Sioux district will hold its public hearing the following Monday.

 

(Hinton) -- The Hinton and the Merrill Fire Departments were called this afternoon to battle a hay stack that was on fire.  The fire was reported to be at Kestrel Aveune.  Meanwhile, the Akron Fire Department was called to fight two separate grass fires on Friday afternoon.

 

(Orange City) -- The Sioux County Sheriff's department is investigating an early Thursday morning accident that involved two semi-trucks on Highway 60 south of Alton.  Bryan Reynolds, age 54, of Sioux City was driving a semi truck pulling an empty liquid tank trailer.  Scott Hoenke, age 31, of Sidney, Montana was driving a semi truck loaded with cattle.  The two trucks collided at the intersection of Highway 60 and 490th Street.  Reynolds was taken to the Orange City Area Hospital by the Alton ambulance and treated for injuries.  Highway 60 was blocked for three hours because of the accident.  The Alton Fire Department, Alton ambulance, and the Sioux County Sheriff's office responded to that accident.


WORTHINGTON, Minn. (AP) - A grand jury has indicted an Iowa man on a misdemeanor in connection with a fatal boat crash this summer on Lake Okabena.
     Twenty-one-year-old Ted Edward Kruger was indicted Wednesday on one count of operation of personal watercraft that endangers life, limb or safety in connection.
     Kruger, of Sibley, Iowa, was allegedly operating a jet ski July 18 when it collided with a boat, killing passenger Ashley Ann Engel, of Sioux Falls, S.D., and injuring another woman.
    
Kruger appeared in Nobles County court Thursday and requested an evidentiary hearing. He was released on the condition he remain in contact with his attorney and appear at future court hearings.
     The misdemeanor carries a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

 

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) - The state Racing and Gaming Commission has unanimously approved a system allowing Iowa gamblers to bet on horse races by phone or online.
     On a 5 to 0 vote Thursday at a meeting in Johnston, the commission approved rules that would let Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino begin the new system by January. The casino still would
need to reach an agreement with a private vendor and the Iowa horsemen's association.
     The Gazette of Cedar Rapids reports gamblers would need to establish accounts in advance with the Altoona racetrack-casino.
     Commission Administrator Jack Ketterer says the Legislature authorized the system.
     It's a switch from current rules that require people to drive to state-licensed tracks in Altoona, Council Bluffs or Dubuque.

 

 

   

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