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