Supervisors Approve New Air Conditioner
(LeMars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors approved a measure to install a new air conditioning unit for the courthouse. The accepted bid was $82,746. Supervisor Don Kass says the new unit was needed since the old air conditioning unit was more than 15 years old and was consistently breaking down and costing the county several thousand dollars each time it needed repairs.
Kass says the new cooling system will be more efficient and can be controlled through the services of the internet.
Kass said the supervisors found one other problem with the older cooling system two years ago after a heavy snowfall.
(LeMars) --Portions of LeMars were without power for approximately 45 minutes this afternoon. Still no word from Mid-American Energy, or other officials as to the reason for the power outage. Much of the southern portion of LeMars and Business Highway 75 were without power beginning at about 1:00 p.m.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Environmental officials in western Iowa are working to return an endangered fish back to the Missouri River after it was displaced by this summer's flooding. Workers with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources were rescuing paddlefish Monday at Snyder Bend Park in Woodbury County.
Paddlefish live in the deep waters of the Missouri River but the flooding left them in a shallow lake after the floodwaters receded.
Officials with the DNR say there could be hundreds of paddlefish trapped in the lake. Crews have been using nets to catch the fish and return them to the river.
The fish are measured and tagged before they are returned to their natural habitat.
(Des Moines) -- Dry and unseasonably warm temperatures have prompted the National Weather Service to issue a warning for fire danger in 19 western Iowa counties. In addition, winds are expected to reach 30 mph. Add all those factors together and you have the recipe for what could be a fire disaster. The state fire marshall's office has placed several northwest Iowa counties under a burn ban order until conditions improve. Those counties include: Plymouth...O'Brien...Sioux...Cherokee...Clay...Dickinson...Osceola...Buena Vista...and Ida. Open burning is forbidden in those counties unless a permit has been issued.
LeMars Fire Chief Dave Schipper explains why a burn ban for Plymouth County was issued.
Schipper says farmers can be a big help in controlling the fires, particularly during these extremely dry times. He suggests farmers to keep their equipment clean and to purchase a five pound fire extinguisher. The LeMars fire official says farmers can also have their tillage equipment nearby.
The penalty for disobeying the burn ban order could result in 30 days in jail and at least a $600 fine. Schipper says an abundant rainfall would be needed in order to lift the burn ban.
(Undated) -- Texas Governor and Republican Presidential hopeful, Rick Perry is coming to northwest Iowa. On Saturday, Governor Perry is scheduled to hold a meet and greet at the McCarthy and Bailey's Irish Pub located at 423 Pearl Street in Sioux City. Perry is scheduled to be in Sioux City at 9:30 a.m. Following his Sioux City visit, Perry will hold a second meet and greet session at Orange City beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the Blue Mountain Culinary Emporium and The Barn. From there, he has scheduled his third meet and greet at Spencer at the Pizza Ranch restaurant located at 528 Grand Avenue. The Spencer meet and greet is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m.