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Monday News, November 10

Fire Department Responds To A Tree On Fire

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department responded to a tree that caught on fire Sunday afternoon.  The fire was reported at 27354 150th Street at about 3:45 p.m.  The tree was a 109 foot tall Cottonwood with a trunk that was more than six feet in diameter, and believed to be over a hundred years old.  The tree was hollowed out inside and the fire spread through the tree, much like a chimney.  Upon arrival, fire officials could see flames and smoke shooting out of the tree through holes located 50 feet high.  Lazer thermo infrared imaging indicated the fire had spread through most of the tree.  Fire officials were concerned the tree would collapse on to a nearby metal machine shed that contained stored hay bales.  Fire officials requested the assistance of D-K Tree Service of Le Mars to help cut down the tree, before it had a chance to fall.  It is believed the Cottonwood tree caught on fire from a trash fire located near the base of the tree.  Fire officials were also assisted at the scene by North west Rural Electric Cooperative.  Fire officials were on the scene for nearly four hours.


Fire Department Called To Jade Avenue Residence For Smoke Detector Alarm

(Le Mars) -- Within a few minutes after returning to the fire station from that tree fire, fire officials were called to 17743 Jade Avenue regarding smoke detector alarms sounding.  Fire officials were quickly able to determine there was no fire and the alarm was faulty.


Le Mars Community School Board To Meet This Evening

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community Board of Education are scheduled to meet this evening.  The school board will hear a report from Literacy coach Vicki Borchers and Kluckholn elementary principal Scott Parry as they will present a report regarding the school district's progress in implementing the requirements of the recently enacted Iowa Code that became effective in August.  The report was tabled and held over from the last school board meeting.  Each of the district's principals will offer a report for the school board's review.  The school board will also discuss the upcoming Iowa School Board State Convention that is scheduled to be held in Des Moines, November 19th through the 21st.


Lewis And Clark Rural Water System Hopes Participating States Will Help Finance Project

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Rather than waiting for the U.S. government to fund a Missouri River water pipeline, its developers are seeking temporary loans from Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota to keep it progressing.
     Eleven of the 20 towns and water systems along the Lewis and Clark Rural Water System are connected: 10 in South Dakota, one in Iowa and none in Minnesota.
     South Dakota earlier contributed $1 million toward engineering and design of the Madison connection. The Board of Water and Natural Resources on Thursday recommended another $12.5 million for three related projects.
     In Minnesota, lawmakers approved $22 million this year to connect Luverne and the Rock County Rural Water District.
     And Iowa leaders are putting together a proposal for the next legislative session of $25 million for the line to Sioux Center.


Branstad Says He Will Reveal His Plans For The State During Inaugural Address

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Republican Governor Terry Branstad romped to victory Tuesday, but after a campaign light on policy proposals, it isn't clear how he'll focus his sixth term.
     Compared to his 2010 race, when he pledged to create jobs and reform government, Branstad offered more modest proposals this year, such as a plan to expand Internet access in rural areas. Branstad 's campaign largely touted his recent legislative achievements, including a commercial property tax cut and new education spending.
     Branstad said he would outline more details in his inaugural address and condition of the state speech in January.
     One issue Branstad said he'll focus on is securing more funding for the state's deteriorating bridges and roads. He wants to seek input from lawmakers for a compromise plan.


Grain Trade Delayed Due To Repairs On Mississippi River

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says delays of barge traffic have run about 10 hours since the Corps began closing a three-mile stretch of the Mississippi River from dawn to dusk to reinforce the river bank between Memphis, Tennessee and Greenville, Mississippi.
     The Corps and a spokesman for a trade association - the Waterways Council Incorporated- said Sunday they are discussing the situation daily.
     The Corps said backups of barge traffic that occurred during the first days of the closure were cleared overnight Friday and Saturday. The Corps also said Sunday it has agreed to delay repair work each morning if necessary to accommodate tows that don't clear the work area overnight.
     Still, Waterways Council spokesman Mike Toohey says the delays are costly.


Lead Dust Contamination Detected In Wallace State Office Building

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Testing has identified widespread lead dust contamination on the first two levels of the Wallace State Office Building in Des Moines, which houses 495 state employees.
     The Des Moines Register reports that it learned of the contamination through a state Department of Natural Resources memo it obtained.
     The department says the highest contamination levels were found in and around a former indoor shooting range on the second floor, which had been used by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.
     Caleb Hunter, deputy director of the Iowa Department of Administrative Services, says state officials do not believe the contamination poses an immediate health threat to employees who work in the building.
     The building, erected in 1978, has been plagued with structural and mechanical problems for decades.


Fort Dopdge Man Hit In Head By Airborne Bike

 FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - Iowa authorities say a man is seriously injured after being struck in the head by an airborne dirt bike while on a track to help a fallen rider. 
     The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says 30-year-old Mitchell Frank of Fort Dodge was injured Sunday afternoon at the Gypsum City Off-Highway Vehicle Park. Authorities say a rider fell off of a bike at the youth track and Frank was trying to help the child and slow down other riders. They say another juvenile rider went over a jump and hit Frank in the head with the peg of the bike. 
     He was taken to an area hospital and later flown to a Des Moines hospital.
     No other injuries were reported.





Saturday News, November 8

Plymouth County Agricultural Society To Hold Annual Meeting

(Le Mars) -- The annual meeting of the Plymouth County 4-H and Agricultural Society, also known as the Plymouth County Fairboard, will be held Thursday, November 13, 2014 7:30 p.m. at the Plymouth County Extension and Outreach Office in the lower level of the Le Mars Convention Center in Le Mars.

The following director terms expire at the annual meeting: John Ahlers, Brad Collins, Brad Harvey, Bob Kabisch, Candice Farrer, Matt Reuter, Gregg Roepke, Loren Schnepf and Gail Schoenrock. 

Items on the annual meeting agenda include the election of Fair Board members, a recap of the 2014 fair, award presentation, suggestions for the 2015 fair, and other business. 

Membership to the Plymouth County 4-H and Agricultural Society is open to any county resident that pays a $5.00 one-time membership fee by 4:30 p.m. the day of the meeting to the Plymouth County Extension and Outreach Office.


Former Township Clerk Placed On Probation

 SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A former township clerk in western Iowa accused of mishandling $60,000 over several years has been placed on probation.
     Woodbury County District Judge Edward Jacobson suspended a 10-year prison sentence for 65-year-old Peggy Powell after she pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of first-degree theft. Her probation is for three years.
     Powell, of Hornick, must repay more than $44,000 to Grange Township and a chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, where she was treasurer.
     A state audit this year said Powell mishandled the money between 2006 and 2013. Records showed more than $35,000 in ATM withdrawals and fees, some of which came from casinos. In a resignation letter to officials last year, she acknowledged owing money.


Judge Rules In Favor Of Iowa Gaming and Racing Commission

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa judge has upheld actions of the state's gaming commission over its decision to issue a casino license last year to a new developer in Sioux City.
     Polk County District Court Judge Eliza Ovrom's ruling Friday upholds actions by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission that led to a Hard Rock-themed casino and hotel.
     Belle of Sioux City, operators of the former Argosy Sioux City riverboat casino, had sued to force the commission to reinstate its license and rescind the new one to the Hard Rock developer.
    Ovrom dismissed claims the commission's actions were unreasonable and violated state law, among other arguments.
     Belle of Sioux City is a subsidiary of Penn National Gaming. A message left for Penn was not immediately returned Friday.

AFSCME To Offer Contract Proposal To Branstad

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's largest state employee union is set to offer an initial contract proposal to Gov. Terry Branstad.
     Iowa Council 61 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees will make the proposal Monday. The union, which represents about 20,000 state workers, is covered by the current contract through the end of June. 
     Union president Danny Homan declined to say what was in the proposal. The state will release its proposal Nov. 24 and negotiations start early next year.
     The current two-year contract included no raises, but maintained benefit plans, for which most members pay no monthly contribution.


Civil Liberties Union Suing State Over Felons Right To Vote

   IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging Iowa's tough policies that bar felons from voting.
     A lawsuit filed Friday seeks to restore voting rights to thousands of former offenders before the 2016 presidential election. It also seeks to end confusion over the rules for ex-felons that followed a 2011 policy change by Gov. Terry Branstad.
     Iowa is one of three states where felons cannot vote after completing their sentences until their rights are restored by the governor.
     ACLU attorney Rita Bettis says the widespread denial of voting rights based on felony convictions "is the single biggest denial of civil rights in Iowa." She says it disenfranchises thousands of people and wants a court to limit the number of felony offenses that trigger the loss of voting rights.


Grassley Says Republican Senate Should Address Affordable Healthcare Plan

(New Hartford) -- Republicans have long been opposed to the Affordable Health Care Act, sometimes better referred to as "Obamacare" and the House of Representatives have voted to repeal the inclusive health care act, but it was never introduced in the Senate.  Now, that Republicans will control the Senate, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley believes the bill to repeal or to reform should be discussed in the U-S Senate.

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Grassley says if the Senate does pass a measure to repeal the national healthcare plan, he would expect President Obama would veto the repeal, and Grassley says there would not have the two-thirds votes in the Senate to override the veto.  But Grassley says at least Republicans would keep their promise.  Grassley was asked during his weekly news conference if Republicans have an alternative plan to Obamacare, and is it ready to be introduced?  Grassley offered a list of what Republicans would include.

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Grassley admits the system is not perfect and needs tinkering, but he also believes the Senate would need to provide some type of alternative health care plan.

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