Wednesday news, Aug. 1
Cork It Selected As Second "Cash Mob" Business
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Chamber of Commerce held its second "cash mob" yesterday and when Mayor Dick Kirchoff announced the winning business was Cork-It there was a scramble of shoppers traveling to the south side wine and liqour store
Cork It Owner Kathy Schwader says she believes in the concept of a "cash mob" saying it is a nice way to support local small businesses.
Dean Foods Donates $3000 to Le Mars Ambulance Association
(Le Mars) -- Dean Foods of Le Mars presented a check for $3000 to the Le Mars Ambulance Association. Accepting the gift on behalf of the Ambulance Association was Bill Rosacker. Rosacker says the money will go towards the purchase of a new ambulance.
Jarrod Otta serves as the plant manager of Dean Foods in Le Mars. He says there are four employees at Dean Foods that serve on an ambulance crew either at Le Mars or at Remsen. He says this is one way the company can give back to the community.
The new ambulance is scheduled to arrive and be ready for service in early September.
Branstad Says Education Can Benefit With Competition
(Sioux City) -- Governor Terry Branstad says more competition is needed with education, and in the long run, everyone benefits. Branstad was in Sioux City last evening addressing the supporters of the Sioux City Diocese Monsignor Lafferty Tuition Foundation, as well as acknowledging the Milton Friedman educational choice foundation.
Branstad is still pushing for his education reform bill, and he says the private and parochial schools are out performing their public school counterparts.
Branstad says Iowa has been complacent for too long with our educational standards, and he says it is past time to correct it.
Governor Concerned About Drought
(Sioux City) -- The drought is worsening and Iowa Governor Branstad says he is deeply concerned about the consequences. Branstad told KLEM news that he has already given permission for the haying and grazing of state owned acres as a way to help livestock farmers with feed supplies. Branstad believes most of the state's crop farmers may get financial assistance through crop insurance, but he says Congress needs to pass an extension with the farm bill and go back and help the livestock producer.
Branstad says the state's ethanol industry is feeling the pain of the high cost of corn as a result of the drought, but he believes the ethanol industry will survive.
Woodbury County Fair Begins Today
(Moville) -- The Woodbury County Fair begins today at Moville. Fair manager Dave Amick says the fair brought back some of the more popular kids events including the mechancial bull ride and the Iowa National Guard climbing wall. Tonight's grandstand entertainment is the Dirt Bike Motorcross competition.
Mower Accident Claims Life
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - An autopsy has been ordered on the body of a man who was trapped under a mower after it rolled into a western Iowa lake.
Authorities identified the man as 78-year-old Bruce Jensen, of Treynor. Jensen was a season employee of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
The accident occurred about 2:40 p.m. Tuesday at Lake Manawa State Park in Council Bluffs.
Police say Jensen was on the mower as it cut grass around a parking lot at the lake. He apparently got too close to a steep embankment. The mower rolled and landed on top of him.
Council Bluffs Police Lt. Mark Galvan says Jensen was pronounced dead at the scene. Galvan says the autopsy will be performed in Ankeny at the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner.
Railroad Worker Dies
MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a Union Pacific Railroad worker has died after being pinned between two railroad cars in Mason City.
The Globe Gazette (http://bit.ly/MhGJGW ) says police say 36-year-old Georgiy Soloviyov, of Stanhope, was found on the tracks in the rail yard early Tuesday. He was reportedly working on a
railroad car coupling when another car rolled into him, pinning him between the two cars. Soloviyov died at the scene.
Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis says the accident, which was reported about 2:30 a.m., is under investigation.