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Tuesday News, July 7

Supervisors To Release Mortgage With Le Mars Business Initiative Corporation

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will convene for their weekly meeting today at the county courthouse board room.  The supervisors are expected to approve the release of the real estate mortgage for the Le Mars Business Initiative Corporation. The supervisors will discuss the potential economic impact of lower ozone standards and are expected to sign a letter for the Environmental Protection Agency. The supervisors will also hear the quarterly report from County Recorder, JoLynn Goodchild, as well as be briefed on the county construction projects from County engineer Tom Rohe.





County Road K-13 Shut Down For Resurfacing Project

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Secondary Roads Department has announced it intends to close county road K-13 from County road C-38 to Highway 3 beginning today.  The road is scheduled for resurfacing work.  A detour has been set up from the intersection of county road K-13 and C-38 east on C-38 to county road K-18 north to highway 3, west on highway 3 to the north end of the project.  That stretch of four miles of road will be closed until late August.





Authorities Investigate Fatal Hit And Run Accident

LOGAN, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say they're investigating a fatal hit and run in western Iowa.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says authorities found 50-year-old Charlotte Anderson dead on the side of the road Saturday night. She was located near a mile marker on Highway 127 on the north side of Logan 
DCI says an Iowa State Patrol trooper located a suspicious vehicle in the area Sunday morning that appeared to have front end damage consistent with evidence at the scene, but additional information was not provided. The case remains under investigation.





Corrections Officials Say Inmate Escaped Through Piping

FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say an Iowa inmate managed to escape from one of the state's most secure cells by sneaking through the building's piping and onto the roof.
The Iowa Department of Corrections said Monday that Justin Kestner escaped early Sunday from a building on the Iowa State Penitentiary complex in Fort Madison.
He was living in a unit for disruptive maximum-security inmates who are typically confined 23 hours per day. The department says Kestner removed the screws from an access cover to a pipe chase in his cell's shower and maneuvered up the chase and through a vent to the roof. He then used a rope he manufactured from torn bedsheets to make his way to an unfenced area on the ground.
Hours later, he was captured near Geneseo, Illinois.





Branstad Explains Vetos

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad says he vetoed several appropriations approved by lawmakers because he opposes one-time spending for ongoing expenses.
Branstad said Monday that he has long been clear about his concerns over such budgeting practices. Last week, he vetoed much of a one-time spending bill backed by the legislature, which included nearly $56 million for K-12 education.
Republican House Speaker Kraig Paulsen said he understood the governor's position, but said that money was supposed to go to one-time expenses.
After Branstad's actions the state will spend nearly $7.2 billion in ongoing general fund expenses in the current fiscal year. The legislature sought $135 million in one-time payments, but Branstad cut that to $56 million. That money comes from surplus fund dollars left at the end of the previous fiscal year.





Democrats And Republicans Plan Presidential Candidate Minority Forums

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Democrats and Republicans in Iowa are planning to host presidential forums that focus on minority communities.
Organizers of the Brown and Black Forum announced Monday that the Republican Party of Iowa and the Iowa Democratic Party will host events that allow presidential candidates to answer questions concerning Latinos and African-Americans. Topics will include education, immigration and criminal justice.
A forum for Republican candidates will be held Dec. 3 at Drake University. Democratic candidates will be invited to an event in Des Moines on Jan. 11.
Republican candidates were notified Monday of their upcoming event. Democratic candidates will receive invitations soon.
The Brown and Black Forum, first held in 1984, has previously involved one event. Organizers say it's the country's oldest continuous presidential forum focused on minority issues.





Viet Nam Exhibit To Be Located At Waterloo

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - A yearlong exhibit at a museum in Waterloo is designed to share what veterans experienced while they were in Vietnam.
The exhibit is called "365 Days and Counting: Iowans in the Vietnam War" and will open at the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum in Waterloo on July 14. Vietnam veterans will be on hand that day to talk about their experiences.
In another salute to veterans, a welcome home parade is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on July 17 in downtown Waterloo. All Vietnam-era veterans are being invited to participate.
Rick Reuter is one of the veterans working on the exhibit, and he says it is "going to show family members what Vietnam was like."





Senate Agriculture Committee To Hold Hearing On Bird Flu

(Washington) -- The U-S Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a hearing this afternoon on the avian bird flu.  Chairman Pat Roberts of Kansas established the hearing at the urging of Iowa Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst.  According to a news release by Senator Grassley, two Iowans are scheduled to testify at the hearing.  James Dean of the United Egg Producers in Sioux Center, and Brad Moline, a turkey producer, and manager and owner of Moline Farms of Manson.





Iowa Crops Are In Good Condition

(Des Moines) -- The latest weekly crops condition report shows most of the state is seeing good to excellent production of crops. Eighty-two percent of the corn crop was rated good to excellent. Nearly all soybeans have emerged. Soybeans blooming reached 20 percent.

Soybean condition rated 78 percent good to excellent this week. Oats headed or beyond reached 96 percent this week. The percent of oat acreage turning color reached 43 percent, 4 days ahead of 2014, and slightly ahead of normal. Oat condition improved slightly to 82 percent good to excellent. In terms of adequate moisture supplies, the report indicates topsoil moisture levels rated 2 percent short, 73 percent adequate and 25 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture levels rated 3 percent short, 75 percent adequate and 22 percent surplus. Statewide surplus topsoil and subsoil moisture levels dropped 6 and 4 percentage points, respectively, from the previous week.





Two Seniors From Des Moines Get Married After They Realize They Grew Up In Same Neighborhood

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Two Des Moines residents who grew up just blocks apart but met only last year at a housing facility for seniors have gotten married.
80-year-old Doris DeBolt and 84-year-old Ray Reierson were wed on Saturday by DeBolt's older brother in a ceremony at Fort Des Moines Senior Housing, an independent living facility. They'd met there last year, after Reierson's wife died. DeBolt has been single since divorcing after 25 years of marriage.
After DeBolt and Reierson met and began exchanging details about their lives, they discovered they'd lived a few blocks apart on Des Moines' Kirkwood Avenue for most of their childhoods. 
DeBolt's granddaughter, Lindsay Hunerdosse, says, "It's so nice to know they have each other."


Monday News, July 6

Thousands Turn Out To View Annual Fireworks Sky Show

(Le Mars) -- Thousands of people had gathered Sunday night at the fairgrounds...along Highway 3... at Floyd Valley Hospital... and other preferred places to watch the annual fireworks sky show.  The festive and colorful fireworks lasted for 22 minutes.  Many people also had tuned their radios to KLEM as the music offered a nice background to the spectacular show.  The annual show was moved to Sunday evening due to the availability of the pyro-technician team.





Reservations To "Mame" Can Now Be Made

(Le Mars) -- Reservations can now be made, starting today, for the next Le Mars Community Theater production.  The musical "Mame" is the featured summer show.  Curtains will go up July 16th through the 19th, and again, July 23rd through the 26th.  The story is about a young boy, who's after his parents die, the nanny brings him to live with the only remaining relative, Aunt Mame.  To the nanny's shock, Mame is a wild party animal.  Never-the-less, she is a kind woman, and she and the boy hit it off immediately.  Things are basically going well until the stock market crashes and Mame loses her rather large fortune.  Eventually, after a series of odd jobs, Mame marries a rich man.  When her new husband dies, Mame is wealthy once again. This time, however, she has come to realize that love is much more important than money.  She dedicates her fortune to the foundation of Burnside Memorial Home for single women.  As mentioned, today is the first day for members to make reservations for the show, and Wednesday, July 8th is when the general public can begin making reservations.  The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and at 2:00 p.m. for Sunday matinees.  Reservations can be made by calling (712) 546-5788.  The box office is open between 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Reservations can also be made online at






Parading Tractors A 23 Year Tradition

(Oyens) -- For the past 23 years, it has been a July 4th tradition with the Mark Loutsch family of Oyens to show his collection of antique tractors in the Oyens Independence Day parade.  Loutsch has a collection of nearly 100 tractors with most of them being produced by John Deere.  Loutsch talks about why his family started the July 4th parade tradition.

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Loutsch says the reaction from the people of Oyens and the surrounding area, is they have enjoyed seeing the antique tractors, and have come to expect seeing the tractors on the 4th of July.

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Some Plymouth County residents may make the claim that Loutsch is starting to rival the collection of green and yellow John Deere tractors that was once owned by the late Dave Hawkins.  Loutsch admits to owning nearly 100 tractors, but his favorite, and the oldest tractor in his collection is a predecessor of John Deere.

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Escaped Inmate Is Recaptured In Illinois

FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) - A 25-year-old inmate who escaped from the Iowa State Penitentiary Sunday morning was recaptured several hours later in Illinois.
The Iowa Corrections Department says Justin Kestner was arrested by the Illinois State
Police just south of Geneseo, Illinois, on Sunday morning. 
Kestner was roughly 100 miles from the prison in Fort Madison, Iowa when he was caught
around 10 a.m. after an abandoned vehicle was found. Kestner fled into a corn field before his arrest.
Kestner was discovered missing from the prison during a 4:45 a.m. headcount. Before
his escape, he was last seen during a 1:30 a.m. count on Sunday.
Prison officials were investigating how he escaped from the prison Sunday.
Kestner is serving a 10 year prison sentence related to two charges of theft in
Woodbury County.




7 Year Old Boy Suffers From Bullet Wound During Fireworks Show

COUNCIL BLUFFS ,Iowa (AP) - Council Bluffs Police say a bullet someone fired into the air wounded a 7-year-old boy who was watching fireworks with his grandparents.
When the boy started crying and complaining about shoulder pain Saturday night, his grandparents initially thought he'd been hurt by fireworks.
But while treating the wound, the boy's grandmother discovered a bullet in the wound, which was about  1/4-inch deep.
Police say the .223-caliber bullet was likely fired in another location and hit the boy's shoulder as it fell.
The boy was treated at a local hospital and released.





Girl Drowns In River

LANCASTER, Wis. (AP) - An Iowa girl has drowned during a family gathering on a Wisconsin island on the Mississippi River.
The Grant County Sheriff's Office says 2-year-old Bryle (BRIGH'-lee) Morgan of Waterloo, Iowa died early Sunday at an Iowa City hospital.
According to the initial investigation, the child's family was preparing for a group picture on an island on the Wisconsin side near Waupeton, Iowa, late Saturday afternoon. Bryle's mother took her back to the boat to retrieve an item. When the mother got out of the boat, the girl was missing. Bryle was found moments later under a boat in the water.
Detective Rick Place says Bryle was wearing a life jacket before the incident, but it was removed for the group picture.
He says there's no indication of foul play.





Truck Stop Death

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have released the name of a Tennessee woman who was killed in an accident at an eastern Iowa truck stop.
Davenport police identified the woman as 74-year-old Mary LeMay, of Centerville, Tennessee. 
Police say she was guiding her husband as he was trying to park a recreational vehicle at the truck stop on Saturday. Police Capt. Brent Biggs says the RV went out of control and struck LeMay and then struck a car full of children. Several of the were treated at the scene for scrapes and bruises. 
LeMay's husband was taken to a Davenport hospital for evaluation. His name hasn't been released.




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