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Electrical Problems Blamed for Hull Fire

HULL, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have blamed an electrical problem for a fire that damaged city offices in the northwest Iowa town of Hull.
     A state investigator says the problem occurred in an electrical junction box in the building's rear maintenance area.
     City Administrator Les Van Roekel says the maintenance area was heavily damaged and that the city offices sustained smoke and water damage.
     It's unclear whether the building will be repaired or demolished.

-- The LeMars Police Department is investigating a head-on auto accident that left three people injured.  The accident occured last Wednesday evening when 22-year old James Clinton of Merrill was driving on 6th Street SW when he turned on to 6th Avenue and crossed the centerline and struck another vehicle driven by 16 year old Brenden Arens of LeMars. Riding with Arens, and also injured in the collision were 17 year old Lukas Miller and 17 year old Garrett Schoen, both of LeMars. The injuries were not life threatening. 

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) - A Sergeant Bluff woman has been charged with drunken and reckless driving after police say she hit a man with her SUV outside a bar in Onawa.
      44-year-old Kimberly Heberer was arrested early Saturday morning after police say she ran her SUV into a 25-year-old man from Blencoe in an alley behind the Suds N Jugs Bar.
     The man was taken to a local hospital before being transferred to a hospital in Sioux City.
     Police say the investigation is continuing and that further charges may be filed.
     The case was not yet listed in online court records and officials with the Monona County jail say Heberer was released.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Legislature's top Republican says volatile social issues like gay marriage and abortion will largely be off the table when lawmakers convene in January.
     House Speaker Kraig Paulsen says Republicans who control the Iowa House approved tough positions on those issues last session and there's no reason to spend time debating those issues again.
Restrictions on abortion and gay marriage were blocked in the Democratically-controlled Senate last session.
     Paulsen, who spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday, says he wants to focus on jobs and the economy in the session that begins Jan. 9.
     Senate Majority Leader Michael Gronstal says Senate Democrats agree, and that likely will lead to a shorter session.


(Marcus) -- There are more than 100 Christmas Tree farms across the state of Iowa, and two of them are close to LeMars.  Yesterday, we visited with Susan Muth of the T&S Christmas tree farm of Hawarden.  Today, we go to Marcus and visit with Marie Bork of the Country Pine Christmas Tree Farm.  Country Pine offers more than 4000 trees, with the majority being Scotch Pine. Bork says it is the memories that are created that makes a selecting a real Christmas tree so special.

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Bork says she believes more people are wanting to make the experience of selecting a locally grown Christmas tree a family event that they will remember.

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The Country Pine Christmas Tree Farm also sells wreaths and other holiday greenery, plus they have a gift shop full of holiday ornaments and decorations, and they also offer home-made jams and jellies to their customers.


Santorum To Visit LeMars

(LeMars) -- The Plymouth County Sheriff's Office arrested an Akron man for assaulting his step-father with a baseball bat.  On Wednesday, the Plymouth County Communications Center received a 911 call regarding a subject who was out of control and was walking around with a baseball bat.  Four minutes later, a second 911 call was received by the same caller advising that her son had assaulted her husband and that an ambulance was needed.  When officers arrived, it was learned that Jeremy Martinac had indeed assaulted his step-father, Gene Kappler, with the baseball bat and that medical attention was needed for Kapp ler.  Arrested was Jeremy Martinac, age 33, of Akron, Iowa.  Martinac was placed into custody at the Plymouth County Jail and he is being held on a charge of willful injury, a Class C Felony.  Martinac is being held on a $10,000 cash only bond.  The Plymouth County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Akron Police Department and the Iowa Highway Patrol.  The investigation is continuing.

(LeMars) -- Former Pennslyvania Senator, and now Republican candidate for President, Rick Santorum has scheduled a campaign stop for LeMars.  Santorum will appear at the Four Brothers Restaurant on Monday, December 5th from 12:30 until 2:00 p.m.  The public is invited to attend this event.  Later that evening, Santorum will speak at the Dordt College Campus Center in Sioux Center. The Dordt College Political Action Club, a non-partisian student group that hosts political candidates on campus as an educational service to students and the community, is sponsoring Santorum's appearance at Dordt College.  Santorum is scheduled to speak at Dordt College at 7:30 p.m. at the lower level of the Dordt College Campus Center.

(Pierson) -- State Senator, Bill Anderson of Pierson has announced that he will hold a legislative briefing to discuss the important issues for the upcoming 2012 legislative session.  The informal meeting will be held on Friday, December 9th at the Cherokee City Hall in the City chambers.  The meeting is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.  This is an opportunity for area residents to meet Senator Anderson to hear about issues that will be discussed in 2012 at the Capitol.  People can voice their concerns, opinions and ideas.  The public is welcome.

(LeMars) -- The city of LeMars, through the City Water Committee, will hold a Public Forum on Thursday, December 1, 2011 at the City Hall Council Chambers from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to hear public comment on eliminating all private water meters, which provides for a sewer credit on irrigation water.  This will affect those residents and businesses that require either one or two pubic water meters with or without sewer credit.

(LeMars) -- The LeMars Community School Board heard from Assistant Superintendent Steve Webner during last evening's meeting that the district is on pace with meeting the curriculm standards as set by the Iowa Department of Education.  The High School has until July 1 of 2012 to meet all the criteria for the curriculm, and the Elementary and Middle Schools have until the 2014-2015 school year to be fully implemented. 

(LeMars) -- Reading comprehension has been the one area where LeMars Community School District students have on average scored lower than their counterparts through out the state and nation.  However, several teachers within the LeMars Community District are doing their part to remedy the problem.  During last evening's LeMars School Board meeting.  Three teachers from the High School Language Arts Department spoke before the board, sharing with them, the strategies that have been implemented at the high school to assist students with their reading comprehension skills, and to help all teachers understand how each of them can better teach their students.  The teachers informed the board that the strategies involve helping the students better understand the information that they read in text books, and how to predict and interpret the information they read.

(LeMars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors are gathering this morning at the courthouse for their weekly meeting.  The supervisors will decide the replacement for the Local Sales Tax Advisory Board, and they will approve the amendments to the county handbook for employees. 


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