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Tuesday News, July 10

Roll-Over Accident Being Investigated

(Akron) -- A roll-over accident occurred Sunday evening at about 10:20 p.m. at 130th Street and County Road K-22 when a vehicle, driven by 16 year old, Alexander Foley of Le Mars failed to stop at an intersection.  Foley was then hit by a vehicle driven by 29 year old Erin Rodriguez of Sioux Center.  Following the collision, Foley's car ended in the ditch on its wheels after rolling.  Foley was transported to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City by the Akron Ambulance.  Rodriguez did not sustain any injuries.  Assisting at the scene was the Akron Fire and Rescue Department, Akron Ambulance, and the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office.

Floyd Valley Board of Trustees To Meet

(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Board of Trustees are scheduled to meet this evening, and on their agenda they will continue to discuss the proposed north addition.  The trustees will hear quarterly reports on the Community Health Advisory Board, as well as the Quality Improvement Board.  That meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. at the hospital board room.


Plymouth County Board of Supervisors Reconvene

(Le Mars) -- After taking off last week for the Independence Day holiday, the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors are scheduled to reconvene today at the courthouse.  The supervisors have a relatively light agenda.  They will hear from County Recorder JoLynn Goodchild give her quarterly report, and they are scheduled to meet with County Engineer Tom Rohe regarding an update on construction projects.

Applications Being Accepted for Sioux City Land-based Casino

 SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - State regulators are accepting applications for a land-based casino in Woodbury County.
     The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission posted the paperwork on its website last week. The commission is expected to talk about the process at Thursday's meeting in Des Moines.
     The board voted last month to allow other operators to submit applications after the two partners in the Sioux City riverboat casino couldn't agree on a new contract. The next day Penn National accepted a previous offer from nonprofit partner Missouri River Historical Development to extend the current agreement until 2015.
     The commission will be asked to ratify the pact Thursday. It may consider a shorter term deal, allowing the boat to stay open while it seeks bids for a land-based casino.

Kiron Waste Entered Otter Creek 

KIRON, Iowa (AP) - An electrical problem is being blamed for the release of partially treated sewage near the western Iowa city of Kiron. The Iowa Natural Resources Department says the problem shut
down a pumping station, releasing the wastewater into East Otter Creek. The city expects power to be restored today.


Hot and Dry Weather Causes Crop Conditions to Decline

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Not since 1988... that's the phrase that is being heard by farmers as they describe the current hot and dry conditions as it is taking a toll on Iowa crops. The condition of corn and soybeans continues to decline.  1988 was the last time Iowa suffered a major state-wide drought.
     The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in Monday's weekly report that only 46 percent of the corn is in good to excellent shape. That's the lowest level for the first week of July since
1993. A week ago, it was 62 percent.
     Forty-eight percent of soybeans are in good to excellent condition, down from 59 percent last week.
     The USDA says 88 percent of topsoil moisture and 82 percent of subsoil moisture are short or very short.  Roger Elmore is the corn specialist for Iowa State University Extension.  He says corn yield loss is probalbly at nine percent, and will continue to decline with everyday without moisture.

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Mark Licht serves as an extenion crop specialist.  He says farmers can calculate the amount of yield loss by counting the number of hours corn leaves are rolled.

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Iowa had 100-plus temperatures from Wednesday through Saturday.  The highest temps so far this year were on Saturday with eight communities reaching 105 degrees. There was no widespread rain.


Williamsburg Shuts Off Water

WILLIAMSBURG, Iowa (AP) - Iowa officials have closed a motel, restaurant and waterpark until the water supply can be made safe to drink.
     The businesses in Williamsburg include the Clarion Inn, which houses the Wasserbahn Waterpark and Seven Villages Restaurant.
     The Gazette says a water test reported to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources showed E. coli bacteria in motel's well water.
     Public health officials say no one has reported being sickened during or after a recent visit to the motel or nearby businesses.
     Toxic strains of E. coli can cause severe diarrhea, kidney failure and even death, especially in young children.
     DNR officials can't say yet how the bacteria are entering the water system.
     The waterpark manager has declined to comment.


Branstad Opposes Expansion of Medicaid

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad isn't wavering in his opposition to expanding the state's Medicaid program calling it a federal straitjacket that the state and federal government can't
     The federal Affordable Care Act recently upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court encourages states to cover more uninsured people.  About 150,000 additional Iowans would be covered initially at
federal expense. The state now has 450,000 people on Medicaid.
     Branstad says he favors an Iowa-based program that requires everyone to pay something and works with insurers and medical providers to cut costs. He addressed the issue at his Monday news
     Democratic State Senator Jack Hatch says he'll push the Legislature to expand Medicaid saying it would save those who pay premiums money and help hospitals by providing care for those who cannot afford it. He says the state not only can afford to expand the Medicaid services, but adds it should be done.

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Monday News, July 9

Car Collides with Train

(Le Mars) -- A car collided with an Union Pacific freight train on Saturday evening at Le Mars. Police are investigating the accident that happened at Business Highway 75 and 12th Street Southwest near the Hy Vee supermarket. The collision occurred at about 7:40 p.m.  The vehicle, driven by 17 year old Krystal Leach of Marcus, Iowa was going southbound on Business Highway 75 and the train was northbound when Leach made a left hand turn from the highway onto 12th Street Southwest cutting in front of the oncoming train.  Union Pacific personnel say they sounded their horns trying to warn the vehicle, but Leach failed to yield to the moving train. The warning lights and the bells at the railroad crossing were working at the time of the accident.  The car was struck on the passenger side, collapsing the right-hand side of the vehicle.  After hitting the train, the car spun around and was wrapped around the metal crossing light standard. Leach was alone in the car.  She was airlifted to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, with what is believed to be non-life threatening injuries.  There were two people in the train's engine, neither were injured.

Akron Fire Department Responds to Two Accidents

(Akron) -- Akron's Fire Department had to respond to two separate accidents with injuries on Sunday.  The first occurred shortly after 4:00 p.m. on Highway 12 near 220th street, and the second happened last evening at about 10:20 p.m. at the address of 13029 K-22.  No other information is known at this time regarding either accident.


County Road C-60 Closed For Paving Project

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Secondary Road Department wants to remind motorists that County road C-60 from County Road K-49 to County Road K-42 will be closed beginning today and continuing through September 14th.  The six mile stretch of highway is scheduled for a re-paving project. 

Northwestern College To Celebrate Iowa Private College Week

(Orange City) -- Northwestern College invites prospective students and their parents to visit campus during Iowa Private College Week scheduled for August 6-10.  Designed to help families jump-start their college search process, Iowa Private College Week is now in its 14th year at 28 institutions that are members of the Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.  At Northwestern, tours and information sessions will be available each day of the Private College Week at 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  All who visit Northwestern that week will receive a free T-shirt.  In addition, two students who take part in Iowa Private College Week at Northwestern and subsequently enroll will be given $500 bookstore vouchers.


Iowa National Guard Helicopter Unit Deployed

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa Army National Guard helicopter unit is getting ready to deploy, but it wasn't immediately clear how many soldiers in the Waterloo-based unit will be involved.
     A send-off ceremony is being planned on July 19 for the Iowa Guard's 211th Air Ambulance unit.
     Iowa National Guard Col. Greg Hapgood says details of the deployment will be disclosed later, including the number of soldiers and their destination.
     This will be the third overseas deployment in the past decade for some members of the unit.


Iowa Soldier Remembered 

EMERSON, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa soldier who was killed in Afghanistan last month will be remembered at a funeral next weekend.
     The funeral for 25-year-old Army Sgt. James Skalberg will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. in Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Red Oak.
     Skalberg was one of two soldiers killed on June 27 when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle. The other soldier killed was 24-year-old 1st Lt. Stephen Prasnicki, of Lexington, Va.
     Skalberg graduated from Nishna Valley High School in 2005 and attended Peru State College in Peru, Neb. He joined the Army in 2007.
     Skalberg's wife and son live in Red Oak, Iowa.


Heat Blamed For Death of Iowa Man

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The extreme heat appears to have contributed to the death of an Iowa man shortly after an Omaha car accident last month.
     48-year-old Paul Tamayo, of Council Bluffs, had a core body temperature of 110 degrees when he
died on June 27th.
     Douglas County officials have ruled that Tamayo's high body heat was likely the cause of his death, but the ruling won't be final until toxicology tests are completed.
     Tamayo, who worked as a roofer, crashed his car into a dirt mound in an Omaha construction zone. Police found him collapsed about a half-mile away from the vehicle.
     The National Weather Service says the temperature was 101 about the time of the accident.


Army Recruiter Questioned About E-mails

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Army captain has been relieved of his command because of the sexually explicit emails he exchanged with former Des Moines school superintendent Nancy Sebring.
     The Army's recruiting division is investigating 42-year-old Captain John Hintz' conduct and whether he sent any explicit emails from his military account. Hintz had been leading the Army's recruiting efforts in the Des Moines area.
     Army spokesman John Largent says this type of conduct doesn't uphold Army values.
     Sebring had sought unsuccessfully to block the release of more of her emails that identified Hintz as her lover.
     Sebring was hired as superintendent in Omaha, Nebraska. She abruptly left her Iowa job in May. She lost the Omaha job after the emails became public.




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