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.