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Thursday Afternoon News, May 5

Dean Foods Present $5,000 To Le Mars Fire And Rescue Department

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department received a check totaling $5,000 from Dean Foods today to go towards the purchase of additional hazard material equipment suits and air tanks.  Five years ago, the Le Mars Fire and Rescue became Dean Foods Hazard Materials first response team.  At that time, Dean Foods presented a check in the amount of $10,000 to help establish a Hazard Materials unit for the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department. Another check of $5,000 was given to the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department a year ago to help the fire brigade obtain equipment needed for confined space rescues.   Dean Foods dissolved their own response groups but agreed to continue to fund the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department to handle such types of emergency calls for their company, as well as for the entire community.  The local milk processing company gave the local fire and rescue department the donations to help equip the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department with Hazard Materials gear.  Mayor Dick Kirchoff was on hand for today's check presentation and thanked the representatives from Dean Foods for their contribution and support.

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Pat Henrich serves as the safety director for the Dean Foods plant located in Le Mars.  He says it is in the best interests of Dean's to support the local fire and rescue department.

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The Dean Foods representatives said they hope to conduct another simulated emergency training session for their employees sometime later this summer or early autumn, which will again be requesting the services of the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department.

Standing left to right: Loren Johnson and Pat Henrich of Dean Foods present a check to Le Mars Fire Chief Dave Schipper.  Mayor Dick Kirchoff and Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department's Assistant Chief Mike Wise were on hand for the presentation.

 

Anderson Comments About State Legislature's Failure To Pass A Water Quality Bill

(Le Mars) -- The Iowa legislature concluded its general session last Friday. Many people believe the state law makers dropped the ball with forming a suitable water quality initiative.  Republican State Senator Bill Anderson of Pierson says the major problem was trying to find a source of funds to finance water quality improvement programs.

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Anderson says he tends to favor the House Republican proposal to help with the state's water quality issue, but he also is against seeing any increase of taxes.

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The republican state senator says he doesn't want to jeopardize any existing funding sources that are meant for established programs, adding that it is not fair to take money away from other state programs to finance water quality initiatives.

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Fallen Law Enforcement Officers To Be Remembered During Ceremony

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Four fallen Iowa officers, including two who were killed in a head-on crash in March, will be added to the Iowa Peace Officer Memorial. 
The Iowa Department of Public Safety announced a ceremony will be held 10 a.m. Friday at the Oran Pape State Office Building in Des Moines to honor the officers who dedicated their lives to protecting Iowa communities. 
The ceremony will recognize Des Moines Officers Susan Farrell and Carlos Puente-Morales, who were killed in a March 26 crash while transporting a prisoner from Council Bluffs to Des Moines. Ames Police Sgt. Howard Snider, who died in 2012, and Iowa Parole Board Field Agent Albert Paul, who died in 1938, will also be added to the memorial.  
Gov. Terry Branstad and other state leaders are expected to attend.

Woodbury County has scheduled May 16th at noon at the Law Enforcement Memorial located at the 600 block of Douglas Street as the time they will honor their fallen law enforcement heroes. A total of eleven officers have died in the line of duty from Woodbury County.  Plymouth County has had one sheriff's deputy die while on duty.  Back in November of 1919, Sheriff's deputy William Maxwell, who was the son of then-Sheriff Hugh Maxwell, was shot and killed by escapees from the Plymouth County Jail, and going back to November of 1888, a night watchman in Le Mars, by the name of Samuel Hamilton tried to break up a crowd that was noisy and disruptive.  Soon, a scuffle ensued, followed by a shot, killing the night watchman, Samuel Hamilton.

 

 

 

 

King Backs Up Grassley On Decision Not To Hold Supreme Court Nominee Hearings

(Le Mars) -- Many people have criticized U-S Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa for not conducting a hearing on Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.  Grassley serves as the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.  However, Iowa 4th District Republican Congressman Steve King says he stands behind Senator Grassley's decision to wait until after the election before any hearings are conducted on Supreme Court nominees.

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Speaking in Le Mars, King says to go forward and to confirm a President Obama nominee would be a sacifice to the constitution. He says Senator Grassley is being consistent with his oath as a Senator.

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King says he has always liked Senator Grassley, and agrees with him on most issues, but King adds, the more he works with Grassley, the more he respects the elder Iowa Senator's decisions.

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Fire Kills 20,000 Chickens

FORT ATKINSON, Iowa (AP) - Nearly 20,000 chickens have died in a fire at a northeast Iowa farm. 
Fire officials say they responded Wednesday afternoon to a fire at S & C Organic Farms, northwest of Fort Atkinson. 
Fire Chief Ron Franzen says firefighters were on the scene for almost five hours. The blaze destroyed the wood-framed building that housed 19,900 chickens, all of which died. 
No people were hurt, and other buildings on the farm were not damaged.  
The cause of the fire has not been determined as officials continue to investigate.

 

 

 

 

Johnson County To Grow Produce For Local Food Banks

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An eastern Iowa group has started planting produce on a 2-acre plot of land in hopes of growing about 20,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables this summer for local food pantries. 
Four organizers have already planted the first seeds of the Grow: Johnson County initiative, an effort that aims to bring fresh food to some of the county's most needy people.  
The project's leaders hope to recruit volunteers to help plant and care for the crops, which will include melons, peppers, sweet corn, among other produce. 
County leaders picked Grow: Johnson County's proposal from several other models to make use of the 160-year-old farm, which originally housed low-income and mentally ill people. Organizers will rent the land for just $1 a year.
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Thursday News, May 5

Le Mars Residents To Celebrate National Day Of Prayer

(Le Mars) Today, is National Day of Prayer, and at the Le Mars Convention Center, a prayer service will be held beginning at 11:30 a.m. and continuing until 1:00 p.m.

 

 

 

Waste Water Superintendent Tells Residents Don't Let Water From Sump Pump Go Down Drains

(Le Mars) -- The city of Le Mars is working with residents to reduce ground water from flowing through the sanitary sewer system.  Waste water Treatment Superintendent Ron Kayser says too many residents of Le Mars have their water from a sump pump going down a drain, as opposed to channeling that water to the outdoors.  Kayser says, especially during this time of year, that added water creates a large load for the waste water treatment facility.

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Kayser says people should not modify their sump pumps, adding it is against regulations to do so.

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Le Mars Fire And Rescue Department To Receive Special Gift From Dean's Foods

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department is scheduled to receive a special gift from Dean's Food this morning. Five years ago Le Mars Fire-Rescue became Dean Foods Haz-mat and confined space first response team.  Dean Foods dissolved their own response group but agreed to continue to fund the Le Mars Fire-Rescue Department to handle this for their company.
Le Mars Fire-Rescue and Dean Foods have had a great working partnership over the last several years.

 

Floyd Valley To Honor Moms With Luncheon

(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Healthcare will be honoring all Moms within the area with a luncheon scheduled for Friday beginning at 12:00 noon.  The event will be held at the Willow Creek Golf Club.  Floyd Valley Education Assistant Kari Daale says this year's program will feature Shelly Brown from the musical family group "The Browns".

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Daale says Shelly Brown will be accompanied by her own two daughters, and hopefully, the trio will be encouraged to perform a few songs for the luncheon event.

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Daale says the Floyd Valley Tribute To Moms started ten years ago when she joined Floyd Valley.

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Tickets are selling for $10 a piece and there are only a few reservations left.  People interested in attending the Floyd Valley Tribute To Moms should contact Kari Daale at 546-3401.

 

 

 

Gehlen To Hold "Then Feed Just One" Meal Packaging Event

(Le Mars) -- Gehlen Catholic will again be hosting another "Then Feed Just One" meal packaging event scheduled for Thursday evening and all-day Friday.  Richard Sievert, the coordinator of the Honduran meal program talks about the organization's beginnings 11 years ago.

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Following that incident, Sievert organized what was known at that time as "Kids Against Hunger".  He introduced the idea to Gehlen Catholic school, and it continued for a few years under that name.  Sievert then thought a name change was necessary to better reflect on the goal and mission of the meal packaging program.

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The "Then Feed Just One" program is closing in on a milestone.  Sievert says the program has produced nearly one million meals.

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Carolyn Bickford is a co-director and assists Sievert with the "Then Feed Just One" Honduras meal program.  Bickford was again in Honduras just about a month ago.  She says the Honduran people are grateful for the meals.

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Bickford encourages people from the entire community to participate in the packaging meal event.  She says the "Then Feed Just One" will feature shifts on Thursday evening and all day Friday.

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Bickford says more people from the community participate each year, but she says more are needed.

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Sievert says the nearly one-pound packaged nutritious meal consist of rice, soy protein, freeze-dried vegetables, and powdered vitamins.

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Anyone interested in assisting with the "Then Feed Just One" meal packaging event should contact Gehlen High School.

 

 

 

Spirit Lake Waste Water Reaches Iowa Great Lakes

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa (AP) - Officials say about 15,000 gallons of untreated wastewater has reached one of Iowa's Great Lakes. 
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the wastewater was discovered Wednesday morning in a lagoon on West Okoboji Lake, following an electrical failure at a Spirit Lake pumping station. 
The Great Lakes Sanitary Sewer District has stopped the discharge but some wastewater overflowed through two manhole lids. The wastewater reached Lazy Lagoon, on the northwest shore of the lake.  
The district is placing lime on the affected areas to neutralize the acidity of the water. The DNR recommends that anglers, children and pets avoid the limed, grassy areas for the next 24 hours.

 

 

 

 

Branstad Orders Capital Flags To Be At Half Staff To Honor Fallen Officers

 

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Some flags in Des Moines will soon be flown at half-staff to honor Iowa police officers killed in the line of duty.
Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered all flags on the Capitol complex to be flown at half-staff Friday in observance of the Iowa peace officer memorial ceremony. The annual event will be held Friday morning at a designated memorial monument near the building that houses the Iowa Department of Public Safety.
Flags on the complex will be flown at half-staff Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Flags at the monument will be flown at half-staff for several days later this month as part of a national peace officer week.
The directive applies to U.S. and state flags on the Capitol building and on flag displays on the complex.

 

 

 

Four Names To Be Included In Law Enforcement Memorial

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Four fallen Iowa officers, including two who were killed in a head-on crash in March, will be added to the Iowa Peace Officer Memorial. 
The Iowa Department of Public Safety announced a ceremony will be held 10 a.m. Friday at the Oran Pape State Office Building in Des Moines to honor the officers who dedicated their lives to protecting Iowa communities. 
The ceremony will recognize Des Moines Officers Susan Farrell and Carlos Puente-Morales, who were killed in a March 26 crash while transporting a prisoner from Council Bluffs to Des Moines. Ames Police Sgt. Howard Snider, who died in 2012, and Iowa Parole Board Field Agent Albert Paul, who died in 1938, will also be added to the memorial.  
Gov. Terry Branstad and other state leaders are expected to attend.

 

 

 

Branstad, Ernst, And Grassley Say They Will Support Donald Trump

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's governor and two U.S. senators say they will support Donald Trump if he's the Republican Party's nominee for president.
Gov. Terry Branstad and Sens. Charles Grassley and Joni Ernst said Wednesday they will support whoever is the GOP nominee. The comments came on a day when Trump became the last remaining Republican presidential candidate.
Grassley, chairman of Senate Judiciary Committee, spoke about his support at an event in Iowa. He is facing a tough re-election race this year amid his refusal to hold hearings for President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee. Grassley has defended the move, though four Democratic challengers will face off in a primary election in June.
Grassley says he wants to ensure Hillary Clinton doesn't become president if she secures the nomination for the Democratic Party.

 

 

 

 

Pastor Sentenced To Prison For Sexually Abusing Five Year Old Girl

 

SIDNEY, Iowa (AP) - A southwest Iowa pastor has been given 25 years in prison for sexually abusing a 5-year-old girl.
Roger Kissel was sentenced Wednesday in Sidney. In March a Fremont County jury convicted the 68-year-old of sex abuse and two counts of lascivious acts with a child. 
When he was arrested, Kissel was a pastor at the nondenominational Sidney Cowboy Church. Police have said the allegations weren't connected to the church. Prosecutors say the crimes occurred in 2013.


 





 


 



   

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