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Thursday Afternoon News, March 28

Le Mars Police Investigate Burglary At Tanning Salon

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Police Department is investigating a burglary that occurred on Wednesday evening at about 8:55 p.m. at the Season Tanning salon located at 201 Plymouth Street northeast.  The suspect entered through the rear door of the business. The subject then placed a note down on the front counter demanding the money bag. The subject then left through the rear door with no money being taken. The suspect is described as a white male, 6 feet tall,weighing around 250 pounds. He was dressed in dark-colored sweatpants and sweatshirt with his face being covered. A small, red, 2-door vehicle was also reported leaving the area shortly after. If anyone has information about this incident, please contact the Le Mars Police Department or Plymouth County Crime Stoppers at 548-4968.

 

Water Department To Flush Hydrants

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Water Department has announced it will start its spring hydrant flushing.  The city water department will start on the northeast side of town on Monday through Wednesday.  The hydrant flushing will begin at 9:30 a.m. and continue through 3:30 p.m. City work crews will then flush the hydrants on the northwest part of town between April 3rd through the 5th.  The hydrants on the southwest part of town will be flushed between April 8th to the 12th, and they will conclude with the southeast part of town on April 15th through the 19th.  Residents are reminded to refrain from washing laundry during the flushing times.  If you notice discolored water you are asked to try to limit the use of the hot water until the hard cold water is again clear.

 

City To Test Warning Sirens

(Le Mars) -- It won't be long before we will need to watch the skies for threatening weather, and city officials want to be prepared.  Mike Wise, the Le Mars Assistant Fire Chief says the city will again be testing the outdoor warning sirens.
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Wise says if there is threatening weather during the time of the testing of the outdoor warning sirens, they will delay the test.

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Urban Development Consultant Says Le Mars Is Doing Well

(Le Mars) -- How much has Le Mars changed and improved over the last couple of decades?  To the casual observer who resides here, significant changes may have gone almost unnoticed. But to Terry Buschkamp an Urban District Consultant with the Mainstreet Iowa program, she has witnessed many improvements to the ice cream capital of the world.  Each month Le Mars city officials submits a business report explaining the activities occurring within the community.  Buschkamp has been keeping track of the developments and she says since 1995 when Le Mars first joined the Iowa Mainstreet program, there have been dramatic improvements.
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Buschkamp says the people of Le Mars have invested more than five million dollars to its downtown district.

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The downtown development consultant says the most interesting statistic regarding Le Mars during the past decades are the number of volunteer hours that have been recorded.

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Storm Lake Restaurant Has High Carbon Monoxide Levels

STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) - High levels of carbon monoxide have been found at a restaurant that had been evacuated in northwest Iowa.
The Storm Lake Fire Department, police and Alliant Energy responded to a Burger King outlet on Tuesday night after an odor of natural gas was reported. The restaurant had been evacuated.
Authorities say no natural gas was detected, but carbon monoxide was. Firefighters determined a faulty rooftop heating unit caused the problem.
No injuries have been reported.

 

Iowa Wineries On the Increase

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - Statistics show a big jump in the number of vineyards in Iowa.
In 2000, Iowa had only five vineyards that covered about 15 acres. That's now grown to 310 vineyards that stretch out over 1,200 acres.
Iowa's roughly 100 wineries place the state in the top 20 nationally for the number of wineries.
Iowa State University Extension viticulture specialist Mike White says Iowa winemakers in 2012 sold a total of about 300,000 gallons of wine.
Despite the growth, some winemakers say they must offer other
features to be profitable, such as restaurants or catering.
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Braley Picks Up Endorsements

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller and Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald are endorsing Democrat Bruce Braley for U.S. Senate.
Miller and Fitzgerald are both Democrats. They announced their support for Braley in a press release Thursday. In the statement Miller says "Braley fights for Iowa, plain and simple."
Braley announced last month that he'd seek the Senate seat held for decades by Democrat Tom Harkin, who won't seek re-election. The 54-year-old Braley is a four-term House member from Waterloo.
Braley also has been endorsed by Iowa Democratic Congressman Dave Loebsack and by former Democratic Iowa congressman Leonard Boswell.

 

 

 

 

   

Thursday News, March 28

Union Pacific To Repair Central Avenue Rail Crossing

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars city officials have announced the Union Pacific Railroad will be repairing two broken or flawed rails on the Central Avenue crossing.  The repairs are scheduled to occur today (Thursday).  The southbound lane will be closed with only the northbound lane open.  Central Avenue's southbound lane will be closed starting at 9:00 a.m. and work is expected to be completed the today.

 

Le Mars Mainstreet Receives High Marks

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Mainstreet organization was given high marks following an evaluation by state government officials.  Thom Guzman of the Iowa Economic Development Authority, the entity that oversees the state's 49 different Mainstreet programs, says the Le Mars Mainstreet program has been making great strides during its 18 years of existence.
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Guzman cited a few specific examples of how Le Mars Mainstreet has made progress. 

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The Director of Iowa Downtown Resource Center says Le Mars has several ambitious goals in mind, but what it lacks is a proper fund raising financial plan in order to see the goals become reality.  But Guzman had compliments for the town on its branding image saying we are the ice cream capital of the world.  Guzman says in the beginning it had no meaning since the people of Le Mars were not illustrating the point.  He says it is noticeably different today.

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Le Mars Mainstreet Coordinator Mary Reynolds explains why the evaluation visits are important to the Mainstreet program.
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Easter Egg Hunt Scheduled for Saturday At Cleveland Park

(Le Mars) -- 15,000 eggs, that's right- 15 THOUSAND! That's how many Easter treats will be hidden around Cleveland Park for the 3rd Annual BoDeans Baking Group and the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Main Street Program Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday morning.
Mary Reynolds, Main Street Program Director, says the event keeps getting bigger every year.

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It takes about 40 volunteers to get all 15,000 eggs hidden, and if you'd like to be a part of it, just show up at the park around 9am Saturday morning.
Reynolds said that the actual hunting of the Easter Eggs begins at 11am, and that the Easter Bunny will be arrival prior to the hunt.

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The event is free of charge as all prizes are being provided by Le Mars area business that donated candy and prizes to fill the eggs. 
Eggs should be opened at the park, as some prize certificates need to be redeemed on-site.  Again, participation is open to 2-6 year olds, and everyone should bring their own baskets for egg pick-up at the 3rd Annual BoDeans Baking Group and the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Main Street Program Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday morning. The Easter Bunny will be arriving to Cleveland Park at 10 and the hunt begins at 11.

 

Sioux City Man Sentenced 20 Years For Bank Robbery

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Sioux City man faces up to 20 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to bank robbery.
Federal prosecutors say 27-year-old Johnnie Hawkins, of Sioux City, entered his plea Wednesday in federal court in Sioux City.
Prosecutors say Hawkins brandished a stolen .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun on Nov. 10 when he robbed the Heritage Bank in Sioux City. Prosecutors say Hawkins had confronted and threatened an employee while she was opening the bank. He got away with nearly $6,000.
Hawkins' sentencing date hasn't been set.

 

Inmate Dies In Woodbury County Jail

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Authorities are investigating the death of an inmate at a county jail in western Iowa.
The Woodbury County Sheriff's Office says 35-year-old Anthony Josta of Sioux City was found unconscious Tuesday night in his cell at the Woodbury County Jail. Authorities do not suspect suicide or
foul play.
Jail officials say they found Josta alone in his cell. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is looking into the death, which is a normal procedure.
An autopsy is scheduled Thursday at the Iowa State Medical Examiner's Office in Ankeny.
Josta had been jailed since Saturday after being arrested on a warrant for contempt of court.


Convicted Murderer May Have Sentence Commuted

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - Supporters of an inmate serving life in prison for a 1974 murder are urging Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad to commute his sentence so he can be released, and even the victim's
family members say they've forgiven him.
The statements came Wednesday during a public hearing called by Branstad to gather input on whether he should commute the sentence of 66-year-old Rasberry Williams, which the Iowa Board of Parole has recommended.
Branstad has until early May to decide. Commuting the sentence would allow Williams to become eligible for parole after 38 years in prison for the murder of 40-year-old Lester Givhan outside a
pool hall.
Three former inmates who served with Williams credited him with helping them turn their lives around. Two of Givhan's cousins say the family has forgiven Williams.

 

Tax Preparer Awaits Trial

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - An eastern Iowa tax preparer has been released from custody while he awaits trial on charges that he helped taxpayers falsely claim business income.
Keith A. Rath of Shellsburg was arrested last week by IRS agents after a grand jury indicted him on 8 counts of aiding in the preparation and presentation of a false tax return.
The indictment claims that on 8 occasions between 2008 and 2010, Rath helped clients falsely claim thousands of dollars in business income that he knew they did not earn.
Rath has pleaded not guilty to the charges and trial has been scheduled for May 20. A judge has ordered Rath not to have any contact with the taxpayers mentioned in the indictment in the
meantime.

 

Branstad To Meet With Sixth Graders For Mansion Tour

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad will meet with Iowa students whose White House tour was canceled due to automatic federal budget cuts.
Branstad on Thursday is scheduled to welcome students from St. Paul's Lutheran School in Waverly to the state Capitol and the governor's mansion, Terrace Hill. Branstad will give them the tours
of the mansion and his offices.
The sixth-graders' White House visit was canceled when tours were suspended due to across-the-board government spending cuts amid partisan budget battles.
The students posted a video on Facebook asking that tours be reinstated, but they couldn't enter the White House during a trip earlier this month.
Republicans have argued money should be shifted to restore tours, but the White House says stopping the tours prevented more furloughs of Secret Service agents.

 

Branstad Charts Different Course On Education

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - As his Republican peers in other states search for ways to cut public school funding, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is charting a different course. He's doubling down on
education.
Branstad was elected in 2010 as part of a resurgent GOP. But he's made proposals many Republicans would sneer at: raising minimum teacher salaries and offering incentive pay for teachers
who take on more responsibilities - all by tapping $187 million in new school funding.
It's an approach that reflects the lives of Iowa families, who send nearly all of their children to public schools and have felt deeply connected to local districts for generations.
The governor wants to address falling test scores. And he says he's willing to invest more resources if it can be done "in an intelligent way."

 

Teenage Drivers Face Tougher Rules

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's teen drivers would face tougher rules under a bill that passed the Senate.
Senators approved the legislation in a 41-8 vote Wednesday. Under the plan from Democratic Senator Tod Bowman, drivers under the age of 18 would need to hold a learner's permit for a full year
before getting a license.
Teen drivers also would not be able to transport more than one unrelated minor, unless they are with a parent, guardian or driving instructor, for the first six months they hold a license.
Parents could sign a waiver so the passenger rules would not apply to their kids.
Bowman says teen drivers are far more accident-prone than older motorists.
The bill now moves the House where lawmakers must provide approval.   

 

   

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