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Tuesday News, September 4

City Council To Hold Two Public Hearings

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council will hold two public hearings today during their regular meeting.  The council will review the offers the city has received for the purchase of city owned property, formerly owned by the Iowa Department of Transportation.  The city council will also hear comments regarding the extension of a water line located on Madison Avenue and extending north to the junction of Highway 60 and Highway 75.  It is also expected the city council will approve an amendment that changes the interest rate on municipal bonds from 3 percent down to 1.75 percent.  The change could save the city approximately $129,000 over the life of the bond.  The city council will also consider an amendment to the DGR engineering firm's contract for 4th Avenue SE to include additional design work to include a sidewalk ramp and replacement as required by the Iowa Department of Transportation.

Three People Arrested For Possession of Controlled Substance

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Police Department made three arrests involving two separate incidents with people that were charged with possession of a controlled substance.  Early Sunday morning, 21 year old Noah Greene of Le Mars was stopped initially for expired plates, but he was also charged with an Operating While Intoxicated and found to be in possession of a controlled substance as well.  He was booked into the Plymouth County Jail on a serious misdemeanors.  The Le Mars Police also arrested 18 year old Gina McNabney of Le Mars on three counts of delivery of a controlled substance, as well as a 17 year old juvenile with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance.  The charges resulted from an ongoing investigation by the Northwest Iowa Drug Task Force.    The juvenile is being held in a juvenile detention facility.  McNabney, who is now 18, was cited into juvenile court and released since she was 17 at the time the acts were committed.


Le Mars Fire Department Issues August Report

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department responded to  30 calls during the month of August.  According to a report issued by Fire Chief David Schipper, the Le Mars Fire Department had 13 fire calls, and only one rescue call.  Three times the Le Mars Fire Department was called to offer mutual assistance to help with Maurice, Merrill, and Hinton.  Four times the Le Mars fire department was called for request for services. Nine times the fire department personnel was asked to conduct investigations, including accident clean up, odor investigations, and illegal burning.

Pioneer Avenue Closed To Replace Bridge

(Le Mars) -- Pioneer Avenue between 260th Street and 270th Street will be closed for a period of three weeks, starting today, as the Plymouth County Secondary Road Department replaces a bridge with a culvert.

Higher Speed Limits Show More Fatalities On Interstate Highways

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - State records suggest higher interstate speeds have proved fatal for more Iowa motorists.
Rural interstate fatalities are up about 10 percent since the speed limit was raised to 70 mph from 65 mph.
Iowa records show 250 people were fatally injured on the rural interstate system between July 1, 2005, and Dec. 31, 2011. The figure was 227 fatalities for the 6 1/2 years before the limit was
Traffic deaths on other Iowa highways and roads dropped last year to the lowest level since World War II.

Russ Rader with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says "the bottom line is that when speed limits go up, deaths go up.  When speed limits go down, deaths go down."



Ryan Visits Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is returning to Iowa for a two-day visit.
Mitt Romney's running mate will be in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday and in Adel in central Iowa on Wednesday.
In Cedar Rapids, Ryan will speak at Kirkwood Community College. He'll attend a rally at the Dallas County Courthouse in Adel Wednesday morning.
Ryan, who's fresh off his GOP nomination in Tampa, stopped at the Iowa State Fair in August shortly after Romney named him as his running mate.


President Obama Returns To Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The president was in Iowa just prior to the Democratic National Convention and he and his running mate and their wives have scheduled a post-convention trip back to Iowa.
Campaign officials say President Barack Obama and the first lady, Michelle Obama, will be accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, when they visit Iowa City on
Friday. Obama is scheduled to make his nomination acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina on Thursday night.
The four are expected to visit New Hampshire first on Friday morning before flying to Iowa, one of the tossup states in this year's general election. Details about their Iowa City itinerary haven't been released.
It will be the president's eighth trip to Iowa this year. He stopped in Ames on Tuesday and attended events in Urbandale and Sioux City on Saturday.


(Boone) -- Many farmers have already started with this year's corn harvest since the drought has dried up their fields.  But is the corn ready for harvest?  Iowa State University extension corn specialist, Roger Elmore says some of the corn is mature, but he says other farmers may want to get a start on harvest due to poor stalk stands.
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A lot of comparisons have been made between this summer's drought and the drought that struck Iowa in 1988. Elmore says the trend line is about the same.
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The Iowa State University corn specialist says Iowa is in better shape than the crops in Illinois and Indiana, where he says yields are projected to be far less than the Hawkeye state.  Elmore says this drought year offers an opportunity to learn.

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Elmore says seed companies and university research alike, will focus on stalk quality as a result of this dry year.


Midwest Economic Survey Shows Some Weakness

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A monthly survey suggests that the continuing drought and lessening export demand for U.S. products are among the drains on the economy in nine Midwest and Plains.
A report released Tuesday says August's Mid-America Business Conditions Index remained below growth neutral for a second month.  It rose to 49.7 from 48.7 in July. June's figure was 57.2.
The survey of business leaders and supply managers uses a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Any score above 50 suggests growth while a score below 50 suggests decline for that
Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says supply managers remain pessimistic about future economic conditions.
The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

Dallas County Mental Health Patients May Need To Wait For Services

ADEL, Iowa (AP) - Dallas County has started a waiting list for some mental health services, hoping to stretch its budget so it can meet residents' most vital needs.
Community Services Director Darci Alt expects more than 600 people will obtain mental health services through the county this year.
Alt says that, "with the downturn in the economy, financial problems and job loss are causing people to have more crisis situations."
Alt says the waiting list will not affect therapy services, but there will be limited access to transportation, day programming, community living and employment services.
The waiting list will affect an estimated 30 percent of the county's patients. The overall number could increase if more people seek services.

Care Provider Wants Uniform Standards For Missing Children

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Cedar Falls child care provider wants Iowa to implement uniform standards for how law enforcement responds for a rapid response.
Robin Arnold says the first few hours are critical and a missing child is a missing child.
Questions have been raised about whether the state could have done more when the two cousins disappeared in Evansdale on July 13 and remain missing. A search began immediately, and within hours,
local residents and the media were notified.
But an Amber Alert wasn't issued. Officials say those alerts are issued only when it's known that a child has been abducted. Arnold wants the alerts regardless.
Sen. Jeff Daniels, a Cedar Rapids Democrat, says he'll push for a review of Iowa law dealing with missing children.







Monday news, September 3

Remsen Juvenile Steals Car

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Sheriff's office was involved in a car chase yesterday morning after a 13 year old juvenile male from Remsen had stolen a motor vehicle.  Deputies were finally able to catch up and stop the juvenile. He was arrested for the theft of a motor vehicle which is a felony, eluding officers, speeding, failure to maintain control, and no valid license.   The juvenile was released to the custody of his parents.

Akron Fire Department Responds To Field Fire

(Akron) -- The Akron Fire Department was called to fight a field fire on Sunday morning.  The call came in at about 10:15 a.m. and was located at 15632 County Road C-38.  Fire officials were able to quickly have the fire under control and extinguished the blaze within an hour.

Government Offices Closed For Labor Day

(Le Mars) -- Since today is Labor Day, many government offices will be closed for the holiday.  There will be no mail delivery.  The Le Mars City Hall is closed, as is the Plymouth County Courthouse, and many banks will also honor the holiday.

President Obama Visits Sioux City

(Sioux City) -- President Barack Obama made a campaign stop in Sioux City on Saturday afternoon, but he was nearly an hour early.  Obama spoke from the central campus of Morningside College, as part of his Road To Charlotte campaign.  Obama told the gathering his plans on how he will lead the nation for the next four years. The President fired up the crowd by hitting on a wide range of issues including health care, wind energy, jobs, and the economy.

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He drew one of the biggest roars from the crowd when brought up the war on terror. 

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The president finished by encouraging those at the rally to register to vote and turn out at the polls in November.  Obama spoke for about 25 minutes and then shook hands with supporters before departing.  The Democratic National Convention begins tomorrow at Charlotte, North Carolina.

Obama Orders Pizza At Bob Roe's Point After

(Sioux City) -- Prior to speaking at Morningside College, the president decided to stop by a local sports bar and restaurant for some pepperoni pizza.  Obama surprised the patrons of Bob Roe's Point After when he and the secret service detail walked into the restaurant without any notice.  Several of the restaurant's customers took photographs with the president before he headed up the hill to address the crowd waiting at Morningside College.


Presidential Campaigns In High Gear

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Republican Mitt Romney casts President Barack Obama as a failed coach of a struggling team.
Obama dismisses the GOP convention as an event suited to the era of black-and-white TV and promises to outline "a better path forward" at the upcoming Democratic convention.
The two rivals campaigned Saturday across several battleground states in the closely fought presidential contest. Obama was in Iowa before heading to Colorado. The president is on a three-day
tour that will take him into his convention, which begins Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Romney spoke at rallies in Ohio and Florida this weekend before heading to his vacation home in New Hampshire for some time off the campaign trail.


Judge To Decide If Fraternity Student Should Get A New Trial

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A judge will decide soon whether a former Drake student sentenced last month to 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting a fraternity brother should get a new trial.
A Polk County judge may rule as soon as Tuesday on Anthony Bertolone's motion.
Bertolone's lawyers argued the alleged victim's medical records suggest he may have lied about visiting mental health doctors. And the 23-year-old's lawyers say he should get a new trial or at least
have a chance to investigate the issue.
Bertolone was accused of using an unidentified drug on a Sigma Chi fraternity brother and sexually assaulting him without the man's knowledge for more than seven months in 2010.
Authorities said more than 160 photos and videos were found on Bertolone's computer.


Waterloo Man May Get Tougher Charges Due To What He Said

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa man will face tougher criminal charges because of what he yelled out while he was being arrested after a July shooting at a Waterloo bar.
Prosecutors have now charged 53-year-old Roland Ricardo Anderson, of Waterloo, with attempted murder in connection with the shooting of 39-year-old Maurice Stovall on July 22nd.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that Anderson yelled that he wished Stovall was dead as he was being put into a police
Stovall was wounded several times in the attack but he survived.
Court records say Anderson was arguing with a woman outside the bar when Stovall intervened. Anderson walked away but returned later with a gun.


Johnson Faces Second Death Penalty Trial

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Lawyers for an Iowa woman facing a second death penalty trial for her role in the execution-style killings of five people in 1993 are planning to challenge the process used to
select jurors.
Angela Johnson's attorneys on Friday asked for years of data to analyze the racial and gender makeup of grand juries and trial juries in the federal district that covers the northern half of
They say the selection system may cause minorities to be underrepresented because of how officials create the juror pool.  They also say women may face discrimination in the selection of
jury forepersons.
Johnson is set to go on trial next year to determine whether she will be sent back to federal death row. A judge threw out her 2005 death sentence in March.


Pilot Identified After Air Show Crash

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have identified the pilot who was killed when his plane crashed during an air show in eastern Iowa.
The Quad-City Times reported that Glenn Smith of Frisco, Texas was the pilot killed in the crash.
Smith was CEO of the Warbird Educational Foundation that owned the Soviet-era jet he was flying. Frisco is a suburb of far north Dallas.
The crash Saturday created a fireball when Smith's plane failed to pull out of a 45-degree bank and crashed into a field. No one else was hurt. Federal officials are investigating.
Smith was part of the HopperFlight jet team that was performing at the Quad-City Air Show in Davenport, Iowa. The team flies the L-39 jet trainer produced in the former Warsaw Pact nations.
A squadron of planes flew over the crash site Sunday in the "missing man" formation before the air show continued.


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