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Wednesday News, October 15

Hit-And-Run Accident Involves Tractor

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County authorities are looking for a red vehicle with what they believe may have substanial damage to the right front following a hit-and-run accident with a small tractor that occurred Wednesday morning. The incident happened just south of the intersection of County roads C-38 and K-64 at about 7:40 a.m.  Apparently, a smaller 1940's Farmall B tractor was traveling northbound on K-64 when it was struck from behind.  The collision caused the tractor to split in half, and throwing the driver from the tractor.  The driver of the tractor was transported to the Floyd Valley Hospital by the Le Mars Ambulance.  Anyone with information about this accident are urged to contact the Plymouth County Sheriff's office at (712) 546-8191.


LBIC Looking For New Director

(Le Mars) -- The Board of Directors of the LeMars Business Initiative Corporation is looking to fill an at-large seat vacated by a retiring Board member. The LBIC Board is made up of four representatives of the City of LeMars, four representatives of the LeMars Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and six or more at-large positions. All at-large positions are three year terms.  Anyone interested in serving on the LBIC Board should provide a letter stating their interest in the position and their willingness to serve a three year term. The letter should be sent to: LBIC, 50 Central Ave. SE, LeMars, IA., attn. Neal Adler. All letters must be received by November 7th. The Board of Directors will hold an election at their December meeting to fill any open seats.


Branstad And Hatch Face Off In Third And Final Governor Debate

 SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Republican Gov. Terry Branstad and Democratic challenger Jack Hatch clashed over whether to raise Iowa's minimum wage during their final debate in the race for governor.
     Branstad and Hatch appeared in Sioux City on Tuesday night at the Orpheum Theatre. During the debate, Hatch expressed support for raising the minimum wage in Iowa, saying it would benefit working families. Branstad said he would prefer to focus on attracting good jobs to the state. 
     This was the last of three debates in the race.
     Branstad is running for a sixth non-consecutive term. Polls show he has a sizable lead. He has touted recent achievements, including a commercial property tax cut. Hatch is a state lawmaker who has argued he would do more for middle-class families.


Spencer's Grand Avenue Listed On National Registry Of Historic Places

 SPENCER, Iowa (AP) - Residents of the northwest Iowa city of Spencer are celebrating the designation of Grand Avenue to the National Register of Historic Places.
     The Grand Avenue Improvement Corporation on Monday unveiled one of three plaques that will mark North Grand Avenue as a residential historic district, which encompasses Grand Avenue. Mary Jean Montgomery of the organization tells the Spencer Daily Reporter that the avenue's new status was a long-term goal of the corporation that began six years ago.
     She says the neighborhood is an "eclectic" group of houses that range in style, from Victorian to modern. She says driving down Grand Avenue is like going through an architectural history book.


Harvest Pace Behind Normal Schedules

(Des Moines) -- The weekly USDA crop report shows mostly dry weather allowed farmers to harvest 30 percent of Iowa’s soybean acreage during the days suitable for fieldwork for last week.   Muddy fields, especially in low spots, have slowed harvest across Iowa.  Activities for the week included fall tillage and the spread of manure on harvested fields.  Cover crops have started to emerge across the State. Ninety percent of Iowa’s corn acreage was mature, 4 days behind the five-year average.  Corn harvest reached 10 percent, almost 3 weeks behind the normal pace.  Moisture content of corn at harvest remained high at 23 percent contributing to the slower than normal progress.  Seventy-six percent of the corn crop was reported in good to excellent condition.  Ninety-five percent of the soybean crop was dropping leaves or beyond.  Soybean harvest advanced rapidly to 39 percent complete, just over one week behind normal.  Seventy-four percent of the soybean acreage was in good to excellent condition.


Authorities Find Nude Photos Of Girls Dating Back Several Years

BOONE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities in central Iowa say they've uncovered a massive collection of photographs and videos showing nude female juveniles, and they believe they were amassed over several years by high school students.
     The state Division of Criminal Investigation said Tuesday that a system of storage accounts was discovered after a male juvenile was accused in August of trying to extort sexual photographs and sexual acts from a female juvenile. The male faces an extortion charge.
     Authorities said online-based storage accounts with nude photographs and videos had been under the control of numerous current and former high school students in the Boone area. The accounts have been secured.
     Authorities are working to identify the individuals in the photographs and videos. They called it an active investigation, and additional charges are possible.





Tuesday Afternoon News, October 14

Branstad And Hatch Ready For Final Debate

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Republican Gov. Terry Branstad and Democratic challenger Jack Hatch will face off in their final debate in the race for Iowa governor.
     Branstad and Hatch will appear in Sioux City on Tuesday night at the Orpheum Theatre.  This is last of three debates in the race.
     Polls have shown Branstad, who is running for a sixth non-consecutive term, with a sizable lead in the race. He has touted his recent achievements, including a commercial property tax cut and new education spending, as reasons for re-election.
     Hatch has argued that he would do more for middle-class families, pledging to raise the minimum wage and create jobs.


Libertarian Candidate For U-S Senate Dies In Plane Crash

  DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - A Dubuque doctor who was running as a Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate has died in a plane crash.
     The Dubuque County Sheriff's Office says Dr. Douglas Butzier (boot-ZEE'-ay) was the pilot of the plane that crashed around 11 p.m. Monday near Dubuque Regional Airport. He was the sole occupant of the aircraft.
     Butzier worked at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque. Jennifer Faley, a hospital spokeswoman, confirms Butzier was running for U.S. Senate against Democratic U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley and Republican state Sen. Joni Ernst.
     Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford says the plane took off from Ankeny Regional Airport about an hour before the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.


Inmate Transfer

  FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) - Inmates in a minimum-security prison at the Iowa State Penitentiary complex are moving down the road to a unit originally designed for the state's most dangerous offenders.
     More than 170 inmates from the John Bennett Unit in Fort Madison boarded buses Tuesday for a 400-yard move to the Clinical Care Unit, built in 2001 at a cost of $26 million to house maximum-security offenders with mental health and behavioral problems.
     The Iowa Department of Corrections has relocated most of those inmates as part of a reorganization.
     Prison officials are removing locks from the secure doors and adding a visiting room as they try to transform it into a minimum-security environment. They say John Bennett's building had structural concerns, and it made no sense to keep the newer building empty.


Supreme Court Rejects Defamation Lawsuit Over Campaign Ad

  WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has declined to revive a defamation lawsuit that an Iowa Republican state senator filed against his Democratic opponent over a misleading campaign ad.
     The justices on Tuesday let stand the Iowa Supreme Court's decision dismissing state Sen. Rick Bertrand's lawsuit.
     Bertrand said Democrat Rick Mullin and the Iowa Democratic Party had libeled and slandered him in a TV ad run before the November 2010 election that Bertrand won. The ad said Bertrand's employer sold "a dangerous sleep drug to children."
     A jury in 2012 agreed with Bertrand that the ad falsely suggested he personally sold the drug and awarded him $231,000 in damages.
     The Iowa court ruled that the ad's false implication may have been negligence, but wasn't a "reckless disregard for the truth."


State Supreme Court To Listen To Arguments Regarding Traffic Cameras

  STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday that Sioux City's ordinance on traffic cameras is unconstitutional.
      Michael Jacobsma challenged the ordinance after a traffic camera recorded his vehicle speeding in August 2012 and he was ticketed. He says the ordinance violates his rights by requiring him as the vehicle owner to disprove the citation rather than requiring prosecutors to prove his guilt.
     The Supreme Court is set to hear the case starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Anderson Auditorium in the Walter Siebens Forum on the Buena Vista University campus in Storm Lake. The court conducts evening sessions in various Iowa cities so more people have chances to see the court's sessions.








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