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King to Testify on Missouri River Flooding

(Washington) -- Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King is scheduled to testify today before the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure about this year's Missouri River flooding.  The subcommittee will receive testimony from Members of Congress, the U-S Army Corps of Engineers...and Missouri River basin stakeholders.  The hearing is entitled "The Missouri River Flood: An Assessment of the River Management in 2011 and Operational Plans for the Future."


(Des Moines) -- Plymouth County Attorney, Darin Raymond has recently been elected as the 1st Vice President for the Iowa State Association of Counties or ISAC.  The Iowa State Association of Counties is a private, nonprofit corporation whose members are county officials from the 99 counties in Iowa.  ISAC's mission is to promote effective and responsible county government for the people of Iowa.  The board consist of 22 county officials and their primary responsibility includes developing and monitoring the ISAC strategic plan, setting legislative priorities and recommending ISAC's budget.  Winneshiek County Treasurer, Wayne Walter was elected to serve as president for the ISAC organization.

(LeMars) -- The Plymouth County Secondary Roads Department is finishing its work involving a culvert replacement on  140th Street between Fir Avenue and Fawn Avenue.  The roads department has announced the work will be completed by tomorrow and the road will re-open.

(LeMars) -- The LeMars Diabetic Support Group will meet at Floyd Valley Hospital on Monday, December 5th.  The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. in the lower lever conference room.  "Being a Savvy Consumer with Diabetes" will be presented by Rosanne Osterbuhr, Floyd Valley Hospital's Diabetes Educator.  The Floyd Valley Hospital Diabetes Support Group provides support and education for adults with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and their families.  Everyone with diabetes experiences daily challenges, frustrations and triumphs in living with the disease.  Talking to others, sharing your personal journey and learning all you can to keep yourself healthy are all part of successful coping with diabetes.  The group can assist you, your family, and or friends in managing diabetes for a healthier life.  Spouses and friends are welcome to attend.


(Undated) -- The Good Samaritan Society-Home Care is seeking participants for research that is evaluating how technology can help seniors live longer and more independently in their homes.  Mary Brevik is the Home Care Director for the Good Samaritan Care Facilities.  She says the "Living Well at Home" research hopes to attract at least 1200 participants from the five midwestern states that have Good Samaritan Care Centers.  Brevik says there are three primary areas for criteria in order to participate.

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The purpose of the study, according to Brevik is to determine how well seniors can manage living by themselves, once they have been dismissed from a health care facility.  It also will look at their level of mobility while at home.  Brevik says the research is possible through an $8.1 million grant.

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Brevik says the monitors will also be able to determine if the patient has fallen and remains motionless.  The research study will go on for a year.


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff on Friday in honor of a U.S. Marine from Iowa who was killed in Afghanistan.
     Twenty-two-year-old Cpl. Zachary Reiff (rife), of Preston, was injured in a roadside bombing on Nov. 18. He died three days later at a hospital in Germany.
     Branstad issued the order Tuesday to fly flags in the state at half-staff from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, the day of Reiff's funeral in Preston.
     Reiff. a 2007 graduate of Preston High School, was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment in Twentynine Palms, Calif.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A weather expert says some of the  conditions that brought drought to parts of Iowa may have been a factor in an early exit to the prime time for tornadoes in the
 A report by the National Weather Service shows the last tornado in what started as a strong 2011 season was July 11.
     It's the earliest end of tornado activity in Iowa since reliable records started in 1980. There were 50 tornadoes in Iowa this year.
No one was killed, but 16 people were injured, including 14 when a tornado hit Mapleton on April 9.
     State climatologist Harry Hillaker says conditions in July that brought drought lessened the chances for frequent tornadoes, but he says it's hard to say why it quit.


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.


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