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Monday Afternoon News, December 1

Fire Department Releases November Report

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department, they have released their November monthly report.  During November, the local fire department responded to a total of 23 calls.  There were five fire calls, three calls for rescues, twelve times the fire department was called for accident clean-ups, odor investigations, illegal burning, or other investigations.  The fire department also had three request for services.  Fire Chief Dave Schipper reports that all members of the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department are certified in CPR, and 22 members attended a train car hazzard materials educational seminar in Sioux City.  Schipper says there were three calls in November which lasted four hours or more.

Akron Fire Department Responds To Vehicle Fire

(Akron) -- The Akron Fire Department responded to a car that had caught on fire this morning.  Shortly after 7:30 a.m. the Akron Fire Department was called to South Dakota on Highway 48 to extinguish the blaze.  Firefighters were on the scene for more than 45 minutes.

 

Le Mars Man Arrested For Possession Of Marijuana

(Le Mars) -- A Le Mars man has been arrested by Plymouth County Sheriff's deputies for possession of marijuana and driving while under the influence of marijuana.  23 year old Alan Rave was stopped on Highway 75 north of Hinton last Wednesday evening.  Deputies had stopped Rave's vehicle because he did not have license plates.  Rave was jailed at the Plymouth County Jail with bond set at $1,000.

 

Pierson To Vote For Council Members And Mayor In Special Election

PIERSON, Iowa (AP) - Voters in the small town of Pierson will fill the empty city council and mayoral seats. The Woodbury County town lost its mayor and three council members when they resigned in September, leaving only two council members. The November 4th election ballots had already been printed for early voting, so the special election was delayed until tomorrow.

 

Ernst Submits Formal Resignation For Iowa Senate

(Des Moines) -- Senator-elect Joni Ernst, a Republican, submitted her formal resignation from the Iowa State Senate.  Ernst, who was elected to the United States Senate, delivered the letter of resignation to Governor Terry Branstad.  Branstad has ordered a special election for Iowa State Senate District 12 to be held on Tuesday, December 30th.  Senate District 12 includes Fremont, Mills, Montgomery, Page, Ringgold, and Taylor counties.

 

Consider Donating To Area Charities On "Giving Tuesday"

(Le Mars) -- We have "Grey Thursday", "Black Friday", "Small Business Saturday", "Cyber Monday" and also "Giving Tuesday".   Each of the first four days are focused on bargain shopping for the holidays.  However, the purpose of Giving Tuesday is to offer items to local charities.  This time of year food banks and charitable thrift organizations are in need of food and clothing.  Barb Waltz serves as the coordinator for the Christian Needs Center in Le Mars.  She says she is hopeful that people will be generous to donate items of need.

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Waltz says Le Mars has always been a generous community.

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This year, Waltz says the Christian Needs Center distributed its Christmas baskets a little differently than from previous years.

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The Christian Needs Center serves Plymouth County residents, but Waltz says the center will not turn its back on anyone in need.

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The Christian Needs Center is open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon and again from 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.

 

Mid-Sioux Opportunity Collects Donations For Mittens

(Remsen) -- Another local organization assisting the under priviledged is Mid-Sioux Opportunity of Remsen.  For the past six years Mid-Sioux has collected mittens and gloves that are distributed to needy families within five counties of northwest Iowa.  People can purchase a "mitten" at area businesses for a dollar donation.  Mid-Sioux then collects the money to purchase mittens, scarfs, gloves and other necessity items for people living in Plymouth, Sioux, O'Brien, Cherokee, and Ida Counties.  In Remsen, you may purchase a mitten at Mid-Sioux, Opportunity, Mrs. B's Convenience store, Iowa State Bank, and American Bank. In Akron, you can purchase a mitten at Maynard's grocery store. 

 

NIPCO Helps Sponsor "Coats For Kids" Campaign


(Le Mars) -- Local power utility cooperative NIPCO is a sponsor of the "Coats for Kids" campaign and Angela Catten says it has been a successful campaign for the last five years.

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Cattan explains why NIPCO and its member affiliate Rural Electric Cooperatives have joined in with the Coats for KIds campaign.

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The utility spokesperson explains besides the Le Mars NIPCO offices, there are several other locations where people can donate a slightly used coat.

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Alcohol Sales Increased In Iowa

 DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - A new report shows sales of wholesale liquor in Iowa increased by $7.7 million in the last fiscal year.
     The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division's annual report also shows alcohol revenue topped $300 million in the state. That includes totals from beer tax revenue, license fees and wine taxes.  
     The report's numbers on wholesale liquor shows flavored liquor and craft beer helped drive sales. Still, well-known brands also sold very well.
     The total alcohol revenue was a 3 percent jump from the previous fiscal year, which was substantially less than the 9.5 percent increase seen in the fiscal year that ended in 2012. Division Administrator Stephen Larson says he expects modest percentage increases in revenue in the future.
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Iowa City Hosts Ferguson Protest

 IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - More than 60 University of Iowa students and community members are joining protests over a police officer's shooting of a black Missouri teenager.
     The crowd gathered at noon Monday on campus as part of a nationwide series of protests to show solidarity with protesters in Ferguson.
     University of Iowa senior Reginald Ross led the crowd in chants that included "Hands Up, don't shoot" and "Hey hey, ho, ho, these racist cops have got to go."
     Ross says he's happy with the turnout, which included a diverse mix of ages and races. He says the group wants justice for 18-year-old Michael Brown and to "start a conversation" with authorities about how minorities are treated by police.
     A grand jury decided last week not to charge officer Darren Wilson in Brown's shooting.

 

      



   

Monday News, December 1

Child Playing With Lighter Starts Fire At Home

(Le Mars) -- A child playing with a lighter was responsible for a fire at 135 6th Avenune Southwest in Le Mars that was reported on Saturday morning at about 11:05 a.m.  Fire officials responded to the residence and found some smoke coming from the basement.  Burning material was removed from the basement to the backyard and extinguished.  There was no fire damage to the home and very little smoke in the basement.  Firefighters used a positive pressure ventilation fan to remove what smoke was in the basement.  Fire fighters were on scene for approximately one hour.  There were no injuries to the occupants or firefighters and all residents were allowed back into the home.  The cause for the fire was determined to be a child playing with fire.  No charges will be filed and the child admitted to the fire fighters he was playing with a lighter. Fire officials explained to the child the dangers of this type of activity.

 

Names Of Truck Drivers Involved In Accident Are Released

(Le Mars) -- The names of the two truck drivers involved with the accident Friday afternoon have been released.  The accident occured on Highway 60 at about 12:10 p.m. approximately 6 miles northeast of Le Mars.  Both drivers, 60 year old Thomas Linstrand of Le Mars and 51 year old Frank Boldt of West Bend, Wisconsin were transported to Floyd Valley Hospital, and were released Friday afternoon.  The accident involved two semi trucks and trailers.  The semi truck and tanker driven by Frank Boldt rear-ended the semi truck driven by Thomas Linstrand. Both trucks and trailers rolled on their side and ended in the ditch. Photos of the accident can be seen on the KLEM website.

 

State Representative Dwayne Alons Passes Away

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa state Rep. Dwayne Alons, who was battling renal cancer, has died. 
     Alons, a Republican from Hull, announced his diagnosis last month, but at that point he planned to continue serving in the state legislature.
     Lori Dejong with the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull said Sunday the 68-year-old Alons died Saturday.
     Alons was a retired farmer and former Iowa Air National Guard brigadier general. He had represented Iowa House District 4 since 1998.
     House Speaker Kraig Paulsen said he is sad to lose Alons.
     Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer said Alons did an exemplary job representing people in his district and listening to their concerns.

     Governor Branstad stated in a release “As a retired Brigadier General in the Iowa National Guard and a member of the Iowa Legislature since 1998, Iowa lost a true statesman with the passing of
 Representative Dwayne Alons,”
 
Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds says “As a former state legislator who also grew up in rural Iowa, I admired Representative Alons’ commitment to service and passion for working for rural Iowa,” said Reynolds. “You would be hard-pressed to find a better advocate for Iowa families, agriculture and rural economic development than Dwayne Alons in the Iowa Legislature.

    State Representative Chuck Soderberg of Le Mars says Alons will be missed in the state legislature.

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Soderberg says you always knew where Dwayne Alons stood on the issues.  Being a former veteran, Soderberg says Alons was firm when dealing with bills relating to veterans.

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     Alons and his wife, Clarice, had four children and 13 grandchildren.  In the House, he most recently served as the Chairman of the Veterans Affairs committee.

 

Area Farmers Fortunate Not To See Many Rail Delays

 SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Rail delays have been a problem for farmers throughout much of the Great Plains this year, but they've been less of an issue in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.
     Grain elevators around Sioux City say their rail shipments of grain this year have been mostly on time, and they're cautiously optimistic about handling the big 2014 harvest over the next few months.
     Don Truhe, general manager for the Southeast Farmers Elevator Coop, says his cooperative has been lucky to get all of its trains on time this year.
     It helps that a significant portion of the grain grown in the region is used by feedlots or biofuel plants.
     In recent reports to the Surface Transportation Board, BNSF, Union Pacific and Canadian National railroads said they are making significant progress.

 

Five Year Old Council Bluffs Girl Dies From Sledding Accident 

 COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - A 5-year-old Iowa girl has died two weeks after she was hit by a truck while sledding down her grandfather's driveway.
      Kailey Maloney died Saturday at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. She had been treated there since her Nov. 16 injury.
     Maloney was sledding down the driveway of her grandfather's property. She was hit by a Chevrolet pickup truck after she slid into the street. 
     Police say no charges have been filed in this incident.

 

Schultz Says He Has No Regrets As He Leaves Office

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - After four tumultuous years, Secretary of State Matt Schultz is preparing to leave office with no regrets.
     Schultz, an attorney who previously worked at a Council Bluffs law firm, says he's excited to return to the practice of law after winning easy victory in the Nov. 4 election for Madison County attorney.
     He'll take a pay cut and have a much smaller staff but says the job will keep him closer to his home in Truro and allow him to continue public service.
     He leaves behind a controversial legacy voter fraud investigations and criticism of efforts to get voter ID passed.
     Schultz says he truly believes ensuring that voters are eligible helps maintain trust in the voting system.

 

Midwest Economic Trend Drops In November

 OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A monthly economic survey index for nine Midwestern and Plains states has dipped again.
     A survey report issued Monday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index fell in November to 51.3 from 51.8 in October. September's figure was 54.3. 
     After rising in June to its highest level in more than three years, the overall reading has hovered in a range pointing to much slower growth for the overall regional economy over the next three to six months.
     The survey results from supply managers are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests economic growth, while a score below that suggests decline.
     The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

 

Iowa City Cab Driver Attacked

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa City police are searching for a man and a woman who they say attacked a cab driver and fled from the vehicle. 
     Police believe the woman used pepper spray on the cab driver's face as he turned around to collect the fare. They say the man and the woman then fled into the Pheasant Ridge Apartment complex.
     The victim suffered minor injuries in the attack. It's unclear if he was taken to a hospital. 
     Police didn't say how much money the pair owed the driver. 
     Police are investigating.

 

Hay Stolen From Zoo

NASHUA, Iowa (AP) - The owner of an eastern Iowa zoo and farm says more than 20 tons of hay was stolen from the property over the Thanksgiving holiday. 
     Amanda Slessor says more than 30 hay bales weighing 1,500 pounds each were taken from the THR Zoological Farm near Nashua. She estimates about $3,000 in hay was stolen.
     She says she left the gate unlocked while she was gone because she was expecting a delivery.
     Slessor says she might have to sell some of the animals if she can't afford to replace the hay.
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Forest City Police Get New Drug Sniffing K-9

FOREST CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa town of Forest City has bought a new police dog and plans to revive its K-9 unit early next year.
     The police department plans to use $6,100 from forfeited property to pay for the German shepherd that's expected to be ready to start patrolling the area in February.
     Police Chief Doug Jenson says the department happened on the opportunity to buy this dog, which is halfway through its training.
     Jenson says the dog trainer who had worked for Hancock County is temporarily closing to train dogs for the Indian government. 
     A former Forest City K-9 officer will help complete the dog's training.
 
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