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Wednesday Afternoon News, July 23

Hay Bale Falls On Westfield Man

(Akron) -- A Westfield man has died as a result of a large hay bale falling on him. 76 year old Barry Knapp of Westfield was struck by a hay bale that had fallen on him, Tuesday afternoon.  Family members were at the scene at the time of the accident. The Plymouth County Sheriff's office and the Plymouth County Medical Examiner have ruled the death was accidental.  Knapp was assisting stacking bales when one rolled off the pile and landed on Knapp.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Sioux City Rail Site Set For Archaeological Dig

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Sioux City complex that was once home to a repair and maintenance terminal for steam locomotives will be the site of an archaeological dig next month.
 
     The Siouxland Historical Railroad Association hopes the dig will boost efforts to have the complex placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
 
     The complex built in 1917 was a repair and maintenance terminal for steam locomotives, passenger cars and cabooses on the Milwaukee Railroad. It is now home to a rail museum.
 
     A researcher from the Office of the State Archaeologist at the University of Iowa says she expects the dig might find items such as ancient bolts, buried coal cinders and broken tools.
 
     The museum's steam engine is already is on the national register.

 

Veteran DCI Agent Appears In Court

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The veteran Iowa criminal investigator fired after reporting Gov. Terry Branstad's speeding SUV appeared in court over his wrongful dismissal lawsuit.
     Larry Hedlund was in Polk County District Court on Wednesday as a judge considered an effort from the state to have the lawsuit thrown out. 
     Hedlund, a former Division of Criminal Investigation agent from Fort Dodge, is suing his former superiors for wrongful termination. He alleges that he was removed from duty and fired in retaliation for initiating a pursuit in which a vehicle carrying Branstad was clocked traveling 84 mph but not stopped.
     Branstad has denied retaliation. Department officials say Hedlund was fired for insubordination, which he denies.
     No action was taken Wednesday on the state's motion to dismiss the case.

 

Mason City Mayor Won't Punish Assessor

 MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa mayor says the city assessor will not face disciplinary action after being accused of domestic assault last week.
     Police arrested Danielle "Dana" Naumann last Friday after they received a call from a man about a disturbance in a home. 
     Thirty-eight-year-old Naumann is the assessor for Mason City and faces a charge of serious domestic assault. 
     A woman who answered the phone at the city assessor's office says the office had no comment.
     Mayor Eric Bookmeyer told the Mason City Globe Gazette (http://bit.ly/1tzU1iN ) this week he consulted with the city's legal counsel about Naumann. 
     He says no action against Naumann is needed, because the incident was not work-related. 
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New Mayor For Otho

  OTHO, Iowa (AP) - A former mayor has been appointed to the post in the central Iowa town of Otho (OH'-thoh).
     The Messenger (http://bit.ly/1tzFdkv ) says that on Tuesday night the City Council appointed Mark Groat to replace Joe Hayes, who resigned without public explanation on July 1. The council also named Rob Ewing to replace Gary Fox, who resigned from his council post on June 13.
     Groat served two terms as mayor of Otho, but he didn't seek the position when Hayes ran and was elected in 2013.
     Groat and Ewing will be up for re-election in the November 2015 city election.
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Report Recommends Lee County To Consolidate Seats

  MONTROSE, Iowa (AP) - A citizen's advisory committee has recommended Lee County consolidate two county seats into one.
     The Hawk Eye reports the group met with the Lee County Board of Supervisors Tuesday night. They suggested the county's dual seats in Fort Madison and Keokuk be consolidated into one seat at the county jail outside of Montrose.
     A committee member says the decision stems from the group's desire for a more efficient and cost-effective county government.
     The advisory committee estimates a new courthouse would cost $8.5 million.
     The group also suggested the board consider doing away with drivers licenses since the state-run service is not required.
 

    

 

   

Wednesday News, July 23

Plymouth County Fair Begins Today

(Le Mars) -- Today is the first day for the Plymouth County Fair, and expectations for another sucessful fair are running high.  Rich Benson of Remsen serves as the vice president of the Plymouth County Fair.  He says the fair board has made some improvements to some of the structures, including placing a new roof on the 4-H building as well as the famous round barn.

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Benson says the fair board hopes people will take the time to visit the new agricultural education exhibit found in the famous round barn.

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The fair board vice president says it is the many volunteers that contribute their time that makes the Plymouth County Fair so special.

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Benson says the Plymouth County Fair is fortunate to be able to attract visitors, not only from neighboring counties, but from neighboring states.

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Today's schedule includes the scanning of livestock entries, the 4-H and FFA livestock judging contest, and the bucket calf judging contest.  Later this evening, the Figure 8 racing will take place at the grandstand, while at the Pioneer Village stage will be the crowning of the new Plymouth County Fair Queen and King.

 

Livestock Fair Entries Hold Steady But Small Animal Entries Increase

(Le Mars) -- Livestock entries for the Plymouth County Fair seem to be holding steady according to Ann Schroenrock, Program Coordinator and 4-H Youth Director for Plymouth County Extension.

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 Meanwhile, entries for small animals and poultry continue to be on the rise.

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Schoenrock highlights the schedule for the livestock and small animal judging contests for the week of the fair.

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4-H And FFA Static And Communications Display Numbers Increase 

(Le Mars) -- In addition to the livestock and small animal entries, the static display and communications project numbers have increased for this year's Plymouth County Fair. Judging occured on Tuesday, and Janelle Johnson, Co-Project Coordinator for Plymouth County Extension offers an overview.

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Johnson says a noticable trend for the communications and static displays is leadership development.

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Illegal Alien Children Placed In Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A federal official says 122 children who entered the country illegally were sent to Iowa in the first half of the year.
     U.S. Department of Health and Human Services spokesman Kenneth Wolfe said Tuesday that the children were placed with sponsors. The news was first reported in the Omaha World Herald.
     Gov. Terry Branstad has been opposed to hosting immigrant children in Iowa. Branstad spokesman Jimmy Centers said Tuesday federal officials didn't notify the state about the children until after the newspaper alerted state officials.
     On Monday, Branstad said such children should be returned home. He contends federal officials must improve border security.
     More than 57,000 youths, mostly from Central America, have crossed into the U.S. illegally since October.

 

RAGBRAI Rider Dies On Ride

GRAETTINGER, Iowa (AP) - A participant in an annual bicycle ride across Iowa has died due to a medical condition.
     Officials with the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa say 63-year-old Tom Teesdale, of West Branch, died Monday.
     RAGBRAI officials say Teesdale was treated on the route between Terril and Graettinger for a medical condition. He was then taken to Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg, where he died.
     The Des Moines Register (http://dmreg.co/WBl82x ) reports Teesdale owned and operated a business where he sold custom bicycles.
     It's the first time a RAGBRAI rider has died since 2010.
     About 8,500 riders make the weeklong trip across Iowa, plus others who ride on single days.

 

Iowa Ranks 3rd In Kids Count

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A new national report on the well-being of children ranks Iowa third in the nation, up four places from last year.
     The Kids Counts report released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation says Iowa ranks first among all states in health, third in economic well-being and seventh in the family and community category. Iowa is 13th in education.
     The Baltimore-based privately funded Casey foundation provides grants to help disadvantaged children and families. It has released Kids Counts reports the last 25 years.
     It says Iowa has made some of the biggest improvements among states. It also points out more children live in poverty, but that's just one indicator.
     Michael Crawford, the Iowa Kids Count director, says that's a reflection of the lasting impact of the recession on some families.

 

Woman Dies After Being Ran Over At Speedway

DONNELLSON, Iowa (AP) - A 70-year-old West Burlington woman has died after being run over by a car on the grounds of the Lee County Speedway in southeast Iowa.
     The Fort Madison Daily Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/1A3cp8k ) police were called to the track located in Donnellson on Saturday night after a woman was reportedly struck by a vehicle in the pit area
     Lee County Medical Examiner Eugenio Torres says the woman, Chon Cha Mathias, died as a result of the car accident.
     She had been taken to a Fort Madison hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
 
 
  

 
 

 

 

 

 

   

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