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Tuesday Afternoon News, July 2

Le Mars Main Street Organization To Kick Off Fundraising Campaign

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Main Street program will kick-off a fundraising campaign on Tuesday, July 9th. The campaign hopes to raise a goal of $10,000 for two projects, the Ally Art Public Art Project and the State of Iowa Main Street workshop scheduled for November that will take place in Le Mars.  Le Mars Mainstreet Coordinator, Mary Reynolds says the fund drive will help in many ways.  Reynolds says with the Alley Art project, the money raised will be used to purchase primer paint and caulk to prep surfaces in the alley, pay for paint that the artists will use in doing their art work, pay for artist's fees, help purchase banners, sculptures and other art pieces.  The Alley Art project is the second joint public art project between the city of Le Mars, the Le Mars Arts Center, and the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Main Street program.  Reynolds says the backside of Hotopp Jewelry and Gifts will be the first to receive the Alley Art project.  The alley art mural will have an outdoor garden theme with flowers, trees, and birds.  The mural will measure 13 feet by 25 feet.

Le Mars has been chosen by the State of Iowa Mainstreet program to host the November workshop with representatives from 49 cities and communities from across the state visiting the "Ice Cream Capital of the World." Reynolds says funds are needed for various responsibilities the host city is asked to provide.  The workshop will be held for two days.

 

Details Released On Motorcycle Accident

(Le Mars) -- Details are now known on a motorcycle accident that occurred on Saturday afternoon.  According to a report by the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office, two motorcycles were participating on a poker run heading northbound on Highway 12 toward Akron when apparently 46 year old Scott Eastman of Brunsville had lost some items from his motorcycle. Eastman had braked and slowed down and was about to turn around to retrieve the items when a second motorcycle being driven by 56 year old Patrick Hansen of Le Mars failed to notice the Eastman cycle slowing down.  Hansen braked rapidly but was unable to avoid colliding with the Eastman motorcycle.  Both cycles fell on their right sides causing Eastman and Hansen and Hansen's passenger, 53 year old Jean Hansen, to fall to the pavement.  The Hansens were taken to a hospital by a private vehicle.


Albert City Man Dies From Auto Accident

(Albert City) -- An auto accident has claimed the life of an Albert City man.  Buena Vista County authorities report a two vehicle accident occurred on Monday at the intersection of 235th Avenue and 500th Street. The accident was between a pick up truck being driven by 32 year old Patrick McGuire of Fort Dodge, and the passenger car which was driven by 87 year old Clyde Larsen of Albert City.  The vehicles collided at an intersection.  Larsen was trapped in his car and needed to be extricated by the Albert City Fire Department.  Larsen was transported to the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center and later airlifted to Mercy Medical Center of Sioux City.  Larsen later died as a result of the injuries suffered from the accident.  McGuire suffered only minor injuries in the accident.

 

ISU Crops Specialist Says Warmer, Drier Weather Allows Roots To Develop

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Warmer and mostly drier weather is helping Iowa farmers near completion of corn and soybean planting and improving crop conditions.
The Department of Agriculture says 99 percent of the corn crop is in the ground as of Sunday and 96 percent of the crop has emerged, which is three weeks behind normal.  Joel DeJong, Iowa State University Extension Crops Specialist says the warm and drier weather has helped the corn crop finally have its root system  develop.

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Warm humid days helped corn improve. The good to excellent rating increased 3 percentage points with 57 percent of the crop now rated in those two categories and 29 percent is fair. Fourteen
percent is poor or very poor.  DeJong says northwest Iowa may actually have the best looking crops found in the state.  The crop specialist says most corn in this area should reach the height of "knee high by the 4th of July"


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Ninety-six percent of the soybean crop has been planted, about two weeks later than normal. Eighty-nine percent of the soybean crop has emerged, eight percentage points behind the five-year
average.
The condition of soybeans also improved slightly.

 

Environmental Group Hopes To Set Nitrate Standards

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An environmental group is hoping to pressure lawmakers into considering legislation that would limit runoff of fertilizer from farm fields by setting state standards.
Environment Iowa is rallying at the Capitol Tuesday to deliver a petition with 5,000 signatures to Sen. Dick Dearden, a Des Moines Democrat who chairs the Senate Natural Resources Committee.
The group says city water treatment plants can't keep up with the record levels of nitrate flowing into rivers from farm fields.
Farm groups oppose standards or strict enforcement saying managing runoff on each farm is different.
The state recently rolled out a new nutrient management policy supported by state agriculture and natural resources officials and Gov. Terry Branstad that relies on voluntary farmer compliance.
Environmental groups say that approach won't work.

 

Braley Raises $1.5 Million For Senate Campaign

(Des Moines) -- U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley says he raised $1.25 million for his Senate bid during the second three months of the year.
The Iowa Democrat announced Tuesday that he raised the money between April 1 and June 30, with contributions coming from more than 2,800 state residents. Braley says his next financial report
will show that he has over $2 million in cash on hand.
Braley, of Waterloo, is the only Democrat running for the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Tom Harkin.
Republican candidates include former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker, Sioux City talk show host Sam Clovis, attorney Paul Lunde and David Young, a former aide to Sen. Chuck Grassley. Businessman
Mark Jacobs has formed an exploratory committee and state Sen. Joni Ernst is also considering a run.

 

 

 

 

   

Tuesday News, July 2

Branstad Appoints Plymouth County People To State Boards and Commissions

(Des Moines) -- Several people from Le Mars and the surrounding area have recently been appointed by Governor Branstad to serve on various state boards and commissions.  Wayne Marty of Le Mars has been tapped to serve on the Iowa Centennial Memorial Foundation. Roger Claypool also of Le Mars will serve on the College Student Aid Commission. Patrick Schmitz of Kingsley and executive director with the Plains Area Mental Health Clinic of Le Mars will serve on the state's Mental Health Risk Pool Board, pending Senate confirmation. Jody Still Herbold of Kingsley was appointed to the Northwest Iowa Regional STEM Committee. Earlier this spring, Dr. Tom Jeneary of Le Mars was appointed to the Board of Dentistry, while Dr. Allison Schoenfelder of Akron was asked to serve on the state's Board of Medicine.

 

Harkin To Visit Le Mars To Look At American Legion Restoration Project

(Le Mars) -- Iowa Democratic Senator Tom Harkin has scheduled an appearance for Le Mars on Saturday, July 13th.  Harkin will spend about 45 minutes beginning at 9:00 a.m. visiting with local officials, and to review the restoration project of the American Legion Hall. The Iowa U-S Senator was the elected official responsible for securing federal money to go to Iowa Mainstreet community projects.  Le Mars received $30,000 from his efforts in the Challenge Grant application to the State of Iowa Main Street program.  The city of Le Mars contributed $15,000 and private donations were raised to match the $15,000.  Total cost of the project was $60,000.

 

Orange City To Announce Two New Building Projects

Orange City, IA — The Orange City Development Corp. will hold a press conference on Tuesday, July 9 at 10am at the Prairie Winds Event Center to announce two significant projects that will boost economic growth to the community and the region.

1. Development of a $6.2 million, three-story national-brand hotel to be built adjacent to the Prairie Winds Event Center on Highway 10, with projected opening next April.

2. Acquisition and subsequent sale of property on Highway 10 to Casey's General Stores, Inc. for construction of a new store on the site.

 

Crop Conditions Show Improvement

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Warmer and mostly drier weather is helping Iowa farmers near completion of corn and soybean planting and improving crop conditions.

The Department of Agriculture says 99 percent of the corn crop is in the ground as of Sunday and 96 percent of the crop has emerged, which is three weeks behind normal.

Warm humid days helped corn improve. The good to excellent rating increased 3 percentage points with 57 percent of the crop now rated in those two categories and 29 percent is fair. Fourteen percent is poor or very poor.

Ninety-six percent of the soybean crop has been planted, about two weeks later than normal. Eighty-nine percent of the soybean crop has emerged, eight percentage points behind the five-year average.

The condition of soybeans also improved slightly.

 

Boone Man Intends To Run For Congress On Democratic Ticket

Boone, IA – A Democratic Congressional candidate has emerged to run against Iowa Congressman Steve King.  He's Jim Mowrer, an Iraq War Veteran and Boone native, who announced his plans to run for Congress in Iowa’s 4th district.

Mowrer’s career has been rooted in service.  He joined the Iowa National Guard following high school.  Jim’s unit, the 1-133 Infantry Battalion, served the longest deployment of any unit in the Iraq War – 23 months.

Jim’s service continued after leaving the National Guard, serving his country at the Pentagon, as the Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of the Army.  Mowrer’s work at the Pentagon focused on making the Army more efficient and effective, while saving tax dollars.

Mowrer says “When he served in Iraq, there were no Democrats or Republicans – just Americans working together to protect our safety and stability.  But when he looks at Congress, he doesn’t see that same approach,”  Mowrer says, "In Congress, too many politicians are trying to score political points for partisan gain or pushing sound bytes to please their extreme base.  Mowrer says he decided to run for Congress to restore that true sense of public service –and to work together to find common sense solutions that will help middle class families. ”

 

Culver Endorses Braley For Senate

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Five months after U.S. Senator Tom Harkin gave Iowa its first open Senate seat in 40 years, the 2014 race is shaping up differently in each party. Democrats are quickly uniting behind a well-known prospect, while Republicans still are casting about for their candidate.
Democrat U.S. Representative Bruce Braley, his party's lone candidate, is steadily raising money and racking up endorsements. The latest is former Democratic Governor Chet Culver, who told The
Associated Press Monday that he was formally backing Braley.
Culver says Democrats expect a "challenging and difficult race," but that Braley is getting into a position where he can win.
On the Republican side, a host of top-tier prospects have opted out, others are still weighing their options and money and major endorsements remain largely up for grabs.
More Cities Placing Limits On Pay-Day Loan Operations
WINDSOR HEIGHTS, Iowa (AP) - Another Iowa city has approved restrictions on payday lending businesses and pawn shops.
Windsor Heights became the seventh Iowa city to pass rules that limit where such businesses can operate.
Critics of the payday loan businesses say they charge exorbitant interest rates to people who can least afford it. These loans are sought by people with problems accessing loans from banks.
Industry advocates say the businesses serve customers who otherwise cannot get loans. Critics say the loans have high interest rates that trap people in a cycle of borrowing.
Des Moines, West Des Moines, Clive, Iowa City, Cedar Rapids and Ames also regulate payday lenders.
Vehicle Sheared In Half But No Driver Found
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Des Moines police are investigating a 
vehicle found sheared in half with no driver inside.
Police say the wreck on a long stretch of roadway surrounded by 
trees was reported early Sunday morning.
Part of the car was found against a split power 
pole. Pieces of the car were scattered on the road.
There was no driver found inside the wreck, and the identity of 
the car's owner was unclear. Des Moines police say the car was just
purchased or in the process of being purchased.
The wreck is under investigation. Additional information was not 
available.
Accused Child Pornography Commits Suicide
DES MIONES, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say an Iowa man charged with sharing child pornography committed suicide.
Polk County Medical Examiner Gregory Schmunk said Monday that 48-year-old Paul Thomas Hildreth fatally shot himself in the head.
Polk County Sheriff's deputies found Hildreth's body Sunday at a rural Polk City home.
Hildreth was charged last month with sharing two images of nude underage girls.
Hildreth told police he wasn't involved in producing child pornography, but he was charged with sexual exploitation of a minor.
Investigators found 1.5 million images on two of his computer hard drives and children's toys and video games in his basement.
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Wisconsin Man Pleads Guilty To Fraudulent Scheme Involving Retail Bar Codes
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A Wisconsin man has pleaded guilty to creating fake bar codes to dupe retail stores in eastern Iowa and southwestern Wisconsin into charging him discount prices for
hardware equipment.
Jeremy Fishnick of Lancaster, Wisconsin pleaded guilty Monday to wire fraud in federal court in Cedar Rapids.
He admitted that he used a computer and printer to create Universal Product Codes that corresponded with less expensive models of products such as welders and generators.
He entered stores, put the phony codes on top of real codes for more expensive models, and purchased them for the lower price. He paid $149.99 for one welder that had a retail price of $889.99.
The scheme caused losses of $30,000 to retailers in Dubuque, Maquoketa, Anamosa, Cedar Rapids, Coralville, Monticello and Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.

 

 


   

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