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Wednesday News, August 12

Fire Departments To Conduct Joint Training Seminar

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars, Merrill, and Hinton Fire Departments will be coordinating a training exercise this evening.  The three fire departments, along with officials from  Plymouth Energy ethanol plant, and the Burlington Northern Sante Fe railroad will be examining the characteristics of a train car leaking crude oil.  Le Mars Fire Chief Dave Schipper says the training exercise scheduled for 6:30 p.m. won't be a full simulated emergency situation.  Instead, it is a course designed to introduce the fire fighting personnel to what are the special characteristics of the crude oil and of the tanker car.

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The training will take place on a railroad track spur that runs near the Plymouth Energy ethanol plant.  Schipper says he asked the local ethanol producer to participate in the training just in case there is ever an incident where a tanker of crude oil is leaking at, or near, the ethanol facility.

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Schipper says the Sioux City Haz-Mat team will also participate in the training seminar.

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The Le Mars Fire Chief says the three combined fire fighting units will also have the opportunity to work with fire extinguishing foam.  Something, Schipper says the fire departments don't have the opportunity to regularly use for training purposes.

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In the future, you may see more cross training with Le Mars and other surrounding fire departments.  Schipper says it is essential for the area we live in.

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Scoop The Loop Scheduled For This Evening

(Le Mars) -- Tonight at the Olson Cultural Events Center will be the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce annual "Scoop the Loop" event featuring several antique and classic cars, motorcycles, and trucks.  People will have the opportunity to view the classic vehicles up close and personal.  The band "The Jammers" will perform on stage from 6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Food and refreshments will also be available during the event.

 

 

 

Grassley To Hold Town Hall Meeting In Le Mars

(Washington) -- U-S Senator Chuck Grassley has announced he will be holding a town hall meeting in Le Mars scheduled for Wednesday, August 26th.  The town hall meeting will be held at the Floyd Valley Hospital conference room beginning at 4:00 p.m. and will continue until 5:00 p.m.

 

 

 

Jindahl To Make Campaign Stop In Le Mars

(Le Mars) -- Louisiana Governor and Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindahl has announced he will make a campaign stop in the "Ice Cream Capital of the World".  Jindahl plans to stop in Le Mars on Tuesday, August 18th beginning at 12:00 noon.  Jindahl will appear at the 4 Brothers restaurant.

 

 

 

 

City To Hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies And Open House

(Le Mars) -- A reminder that the city of Le Mars will hold two separate ribbon cutting ceremonies today.  City officials will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Burlington Junction short line railroad at 11:45 a.m. then immediately following, city officials will dedicate the new Public Works Building at 12:00 noon.  All afternoon, city officials will offer tours and provide food for the city residents at the new facility.

 

 

 

 

Branstad To Write A Book

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad is marking his record time in office with the publication of a book about his life.
Branstad announced Tuesday that the authorized biography will be available before the end of the year and coincides with his status this December as the nation's longest serving governor.
Mike Chapman, a longtime writer on Iowa history, says he was contacted by Branstad in 2013 to write the book. Branstad says he only reviewed Chapman's writing for accuracy.
Branstad says an Iowa foundation will handle proceeds from the book, and the money will be distributed to causes that Branstad says focus on historic preservation efforts.
The book will be printed through a local publishing house and will be about 200 pages. It will be available in hardcover, paperback and e-book format.

 

 

 


Sioux City Man To Serve Weekend Jail Time For Assisting Son To Escape

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A man has been placed on three years of probation and ordered to spend 15 weekends in jail for helping his son avoid getting arrested after shooting a Sioux City officer.
Fifty-five-year-old Levon Dean Sr. and several others were sentenced Tuesday for their roles in aiding Jamal Dean avoid arrest. Levon Dean had pleaded guilty as part of a plea deal to conspiracy to defraud the U.S. by obstruction or interfering with governmental functions. Several others, who are family members and friends of Jamal Dean, were sentenced as well.
According to prosecutors, Jamal Dean shot Sioux City police officer Kevin McCormick during a traffic stop on April 29, 2013. Prosecutors say his father picked him up near the scene of the shooting.
Jamal Dean was sentenced 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted murder for the police shooting.

 

 

 

 

 

Newton Police Officer Accused Of Hitting Fiancée

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) - A central Iowa police officer has been accused of assaulting his fiancée.
The Newton Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1DMmons ) that 29-year-old Dustin Hamell, of Newton, is charged with domestic assault and has been placed on administrative leave. His attorney didn't immediately return a call Wednesday from The Associated Press, seeking comment about the case.
Court records say Hamell slammed a door on her arm and pushed her twice on July 29.
Hamell has been on the Newton force for three years.
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State Fair Needs To Find Grandstand Entertainment For Saturday, August 22nd

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa State Fair has been left with a big hole in its grandstand entertainment schedule because pop singer Meghan Trainor says she can't complete her tour due to a vocal cord problem that requires surgery.
Trainor, a popular 21-year-old who scored a No. 1 hit last year with "All About That Bass," says she's devastated.
Fair spokeswoman Mindy Williamson says the fair must find a replacement to fill a key Saturday night grandstand slot on Aug. 22. Traynor's show had sold 8,500 tickets.
Rockers Def Leppard and country artist Carrie Underwood have sold-out shows. Williamson says shows selling at least 10,000 tickets are considered sold out.
Country singer Reba McEntire's show on Aug. 16 has sold nearly 9,800 tickets so far.







 

   

Tuesday Afternoon News, August 11

Grassley to Hold Town Hall Meeting In Le Mars

(Washington) -- U-S Senator Chuck Grassley has announced he will be holding a town hall meeting in Le Mars scheduled for Wednesday, August 26th.  The town hall meeting will be held at the Floyd Valley Hospital conference room beginning at 4:00 p.m. and will continue until 5:00 p.m.

 

 

 

Governor Bobby Jindahl To Campaign In Le Mars

(Le Mars) -- Louisiana Governor and Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindahl has announced he will make a campaign stop in the "Ice Cream Capital of the World".  Jindahl plans to stop in Le Mars on Tuesday, August 18th beginning at 12:00 noon.  Jindahl will appear at the 4 Brothers restaurant.

 

 

 

 

School Superintendent Suspended

TREYNOR, Iowa (AP) - State officials have suspended the license of the Treynor schools superintendent for 30 days, saying he should not have let his son work unsupervised as a custodian for the district after the boy was accused of inappropriate sexual conduct.
The Board of Educational Examiners also ruled last week that a letter of reprimand would be given to Superintendent Kevin Elwood.
Elwood was accused of two violations of Iowa Educational Code, including failing to make reasonable efforts to protect the health and safety of students. His attorney didn't return a call Tuesday.
In September 2013 Elwood's son, Kreighton Elwood, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault and one of false imprisonment. He was sentenced to 14 days in jail, two years of probation and ordered to register as a sex offender.

 

 

 

 

Des Moines School District And Former Superintendent Reach Settlement

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Des Moines Public Schools and its insurance company will pay a former superintendent $350,000 to settle a lawsuit over sexually explicit emails sent by the superintendent.
District spokeswoman Amanda Lewis said Monday that the district expected to win the lawsuit filed by Nancy Sebring, but its insurance company wanted to settle to avoid additional litigation expenses.
Half the money will go to Sebring's attorneys. The district's insurance company will pay the majority of the costs.
Sebring filed a lawsuit after sexually explicit emails sent from her district-issued email account and electronics were made public in May 2012. Sebring's invasion-of-privacy lawsuit argued the emails were personal and not subject to Iowa's open records laws. The district said they were public records.

 

 

 

 

 

Work Release Escape

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Officials say they have arrested a man accused of failing to return to a residential work release facility in Council Bluffs.
Twenty-eight-year-old Andrew Eugene Maybee was arrested Monday in Omaha.
The Iowa Department of Corrections says it placed Maybee on escape status Saturday after he failed to return to the work release facility from a job.
Maybee is serving a 25-year sentence for several convictions, including willful injury causing serious injury and going armed with intent. He was transferred to work release on June 4.

 

 

 

 

Fatal Aircraft Crash

DAKOTA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Authorities are investigating what caused a small helicopter-like aircraft to crash in Iowa, killing the pilot and injuring his passenger.
The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office says the gyrocopter was traveling near the small community of Dakota City around 7 p.m. Sunday when it crashed. Its wreckage was found in the front yard of a residence.
The pilot, 58-year-old Larry Erickson, of Humboldt, was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. A passenger in the aircraft, 65-year-old Mike Chapman, also of Humboldt, was taken to a hospital in Des Moines.
A gyrocopter is an experimental aircraft that resembles a helicopter. Authorities say an initial investigation indicates the aircraft suddenly lost altitude, hit a tree and crashed.
The National Traffic Safety Bureau is investigating the crash.

 

 

 

 

Tall Corn Responsible For Accident

SUMNER, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say tall corn growing near a northern Iowa city may have contributed to a fatal, two-vehicle crash.
The Bremer County Sheriff's Office says the two cars were traveling in different directions Monday morning when they collided at an intersection about five miles outside of Sumner.
One driver, 44-year-old Dawn Novak, of Sumner, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other driver, 47-year-old Logan Huebner, also of Sumner, received minor injuries along with a passenger in his vehicle. Both were taken to a local hospital.
Authorities say tall corn may have contributed to the collision, but they did not release additional information. The crash remains under investigation.

 

 

 

Alliant Energy Looks At Solar

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's second largest power company has abandoned a stance that critics say improperly slowed the adoption of solar energy across the state.
Over the last year, Alliant Energy had told schools and municipalities that it would not allow net metering for rooftop power generating systems financed by third-party solar companies.
That meant customers would not be credited for excess energy generated during peak sun times and returned to the grid, which made many of the projects economically unfeasible. In response, customers delayed, downsized and shelved solar projects meant to reduce their energy costs and impact on the environment.
Alliant changed course in a legal filing last week after critics told the Iowa Utilities Board the utility's position was illegal.
Solar advocates say the change means many projects can move forward.

 

 

 

Fire Fighters Find Body

BELLEVUE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say firefighters have found the body of a 94-year-old man during a blaze at his home in eastern Iowa.
The fire was reported about 8:15 a.m. Monday in Bellevue. Firefighters were told when they arrived that someone was still inside, so they went in the smoke-filled house and soon found the homeowner's body. Fire Chief Kent Clasen says attempts to revive the man failed.
Authorities identified the man as Spencer Peck.
The fire cause is being investigated.


 

 

   

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