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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.




Saturday news, July 7, 2012

Chamber of Commerce Still Looking For Little Ambassadors

(Le Mars) -- Ten children will be selected as the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Little Ambassadors.  The selection will take place after July 20th, but until that time, the Le Mars Chamber office is still accepting nominations for Little Ambassadors.  Children must be four to six years of age and live in town or rural Le Mars.  Please submit a 5 x 7 photo with the name of the child, the parents, address and phone number with the submission.  Chamber officials ask you not write on the photo, and photos will not be returned.  The selection committee will choose five boys and five girls.  The children will participate in several Chamber sponsored activities, including Ice Cream Days.  The children will also be featured on the cover of the Le Mars Visitor's Guide that will be distributed to welcome centers and to several motels and hotels.  The selection of the Little Ambassadors will occur on Monday, July 23rd.


Merrill Fire Department Respond to Utility Pole Fire

(Merrill) -- The Merrill Fire Department was called to 714 4th Street shortly after 10 p.m. last night to extinguish a fire on an electric utility pole.  The fire was put out rather quickly.  No word as to what may have caused the pole to catch fire.


Sioux City Burned Victim Identified

(Sioux City) -- Sioux City investigators have identified the man who died in a house fire Thursday morning. Officials say 41-year-old Brian Marshall died from smoke inhalation. Sioux City fire marshal, Mark Aesoph, says the fire was caused by an electrical problem.

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There were smoke detectors in the home, but Aesoph says they were apparently not working.

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Aesoph says it's another reminder to regularly test you smoke detectors and be sure that they have fresh batteries.


12 Year Old Driver Involved in Accident

(Orange City) -- The Iowa State Patrol is investigating an accident that occurred on July 3rd on Highway 60 in which a 12-year old was the driver.  Two vehicles were traveling south on Highway 60 and approaching the intersection of county road K-64.  The first vehicle was in the left hand lane and the second vehicle was in the right hand lane.  The car in the left hand lane driven by Tyler Henderson of Paullina, the 12 year old, made an improper right turn cutting off the second vehicle driven by 18 year old Mary Mercier of Bennington, Nebraska.  Henderson's grandfather, Paul Van Wechel, the owner of the car was riding in the front seat with Henderson.  There were no injuries involved with the accident, but Henderson was cited for turning from an improper lane, and Van Wechel was given a citation for allowing an authorized minor to drive a vehicle.


Grassley Comments On Senate Passed Farm Bill

 (Akron) -- Last week, prior to the Independence Day holiday recess, the U-S Senate voted on the Farm Bill.  Iowa Republican Senator, Chuck Grassley, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee says the farm bill may be the only passed bill that will save the American taxpayer money.

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Grassley says the Senate saved the crop insurance provisions, which he believes is good, not only for America's farmers, but the general public.

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Some wonder if there may ever be a day when production agriculture will not be subsidized with government funds.  The Iowa Republican Senator believes that as long as food stamp remains a part of the farm bill, then farmers will still be entitled to subsidies.

Des Moines Man Runs Around Lake Michigan

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa man has completed a 1,037-mile run around Lake Michigan.
     Steve Cannon of Des Moines completed the last leg of his 40-day, 40-marathon trek on Thursday. The 46-year-old real estate agent ran clockwise around the lake, logging 26 miles a day.
     After several days of triple-digit heat, a thunderstorm greeted him in the final 15 minutes of his run along Chicago's Lake Shore Drive. He started and ended his trek at Harry Caray's Tavern in
downtown Chicago.
     Cannon says the greatest challenge of his run was mental - that he had to shut out the world and focus on each step.
     His run raised $32,000 for cancer research.


President Obama To Visit Iowa

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - More details are out on President Barack Obama's visit to Iowa next week.
     His campaign says he'll be at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday to focus on the economy.
     Doors at Johnson Hall open at 10:15 a.m. The event is scheduled to begin at 12:50 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.
     Free tickets will be available on Saturday at Obama for America offices in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and Waterloo and at the IBEW Local 405 office in Cedar Rapids.
     Obama carried Iowa in 2008, but it's among a handful of states he and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney see as the most competitive in the presidential race.

Obama and Romney Both Say Healthcare Law Important To Swing States

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney say the Supreme Court decision upholding the president's health care law gives each of them advantages in swing
states like Iowa.
     Obama's team says the decision has swelled, by the thousands, the ranks of campaign volunteers in states he won in 2008 and hopes to win again.
     Romney's camp has claimed success using the ruling as a fundraising tool. It says millions in small-dollar contributions have poured in from across the battleground map as the law's
opponents have come to see electing Romney as the last hope for getting the law repealed.
     Both campaigns say the groundswell is on their side and could make the difference come November.









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