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Monday News, July 7

Remsen Has Successful Quasquicentennial Celebration

(Remsen) -- The town of Remsen was able to enjoy a nice festive weekend as the Plymouth County community celebrated its Quasquicentennial.  The parade drew a large crowd, as well as a large number of entries.  More than 150 units participated in the Remsen 125th parade, including the entire Abu Bekr Shriners with their various units.  Many of the shriners delighted the crowd with their precision drill movements with their go-carts, ATV's, and even the white horse mounted patrol. 


Fire Department Responds To Alarm

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire Department responded to an alarm at 1171 Prospect Street southwest on Sunday afternoon at about 5:30 p.m.  There was no fire, and fire officials were able to gain entrance and correct the false alarm system.   


Plymouth County Secondary Roads Department To Close Iris Avenue For Bridge Repair 

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Secondary Roads Department will be closing Iris Avenue between county road C-12 and the Plymouth-Sioux County line.  The road is scheduled to remain closed for more nearly a month for a bridge replacement with a new culvert.


Tornadoes Reported In Eastern Iowa

  REINBECK, Iowa (AP) - Several tornadoes were reported and at least two homes were damaged after a line of severe storms passed through central Iowa.
     Meteorologist Kurt Kotenberg says the National Weather Service received reports of tornadoes Sunday night in Grundy, Tama and Jasper counties.
     He says the same possible tornado tracked through both Grundy and Tama counties, with a separate storm hitting Jasper County. 
     Chief Deputy Tim Wolthoff with the Grundy County Sheriff's Office says one home about a mile west of the town of Reinbeck suffered roof damage and another across the street sustained major structural damage. He says both were occupied but no one was injured. The Weather Service may survey the area Monday.
     The sheriff's offices in Tama and Jasper counties had no reports of injuries or damage late Sunday.


Eastern Iowa Suffers From Flooding

 IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Eastern Iowa officials continue to watch the weather and swollen rivers and lakes closely.
     A number of low-lying areas along the Mississippi River and around Iowa City have already been flooded, but reservoirs and levees are generally containing the water.
     Emergency management officials say the main threat over the next several days will be rain. A significant storm could worsen the flood outlook, but exactly where rain falls will be important.
     The forecast calls for a chance of more rain Monday and Tuesday.
     Coralville Lake north of Iowa City is now expected to crest Tuesday, and remain about four feet below its emergency spillway.


Flooded Mississippi River Becomes A Tourist Attraction

 DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - The flooded Mississippi River became something of a tourist attraction this weekend in eastern Iowa.
     The Quad-City Times reports ( crowds of people visited Davenport's skybridge Saturday to get a view of the floodwaters covering low-lying areas.
     Mike Loew and his wife were in Davenport to attend the Mississippi Valley Blues Fest that had to be moved because of the flooding. He has been coming to the event for nearly two decades.
     Loew says it's remarkable to see the water so high.
     Holly Schafer says she brought her two kids from Milan to see the flooding in person, and it's amazing. The river crested earlier this weekend at 20.94 feet at Davenport and it has been to decline, but it won't return to within its banks until later this month.


Clear Lake Police Arrest Suspect Of Stealing Boat

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) - A Clear Lake officer has arrested a 19-year-old suspect after a boat docked at City Beach on northern Iowa's Clear Lake was stolen.
     The theft occurred around 8 p.m. Saturday. Mason City television station KIMT says ( ) a witness told officers that he'd be willing to chase after the stolen boat, so one of the officers hopped aboard and they took off.
     Clear Lake police Lt. Paul Chizek says the two found the boat near the other side of the lake and got the suspected thief to stop. 
     The theft suspect's case isn't listed on Iowa online court records.


DCI Investigating Officer Shooting Of Ankeny Woman

 ANKENY, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is probing an Ankeny officer's fatal shooting of an armed woman.
     Ankeny police say officers were sent to a home around 5:15 p.m. Saturday after receiving a report about a suicidal woman. Police say the officers found a woman armed with a semi-automatic weapon. Police say the woman was shot when she refused to drop the weapon and pointed it at an officer. 
     She was taken to Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines, where she died. She's been identified as 59-year-old Marilyn Boyd. 
     The officer's name and other details about the shooting haven't been released.


Mosquito Population On The Rise

 AMES, Iowa (AP) - The recent heavy rains and flooding in Iowa and Nebraska created prime breeding areas for mosquitoes, so more bug bites are likely in the next few weeks.
     Experts say it's not clear whether the increase in mosquitoes will lead to more cases of West Nile virus. The types of mosquitoes common now generally don't carry diseases.
     But many cities across the area will be working to minimize bug populations. Ames Parks and Recreation Director Keith Abraham says the city takes steps to control the mosquito population at Brookside Park and several other locations.
     Using insect repellent and wearing long sleeves and pants can help reduce bug bites. Experts say it's also good to avoid being outside at dusk when mosquitoes are most active.


Corn Checkoff Increases

  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - One of the new laws enacted this month allows an increase in the Iowa Corn Checkoff. It's money collected from each bushel of corn sold to promote the grain.
     Checkoff funds have been used to promote ethanol, such as sponsoring an Indy Car race.
     The checkoff can only be increased after farmers approve it in a referendum.
     The first authorization on the checkoff in 1977 set a maximum of 1 cent per bushel sold. In 2012 corn producers approved that amount, which meant state legislators had to update the law for the checkoff to go any higher.
     Corn promotion officials say they have no plans to increase the checkoff, which generates as much as $20 million a year.








Saturday News, July 5

Hinton Fire Department Responds To Grass Fire

(Hinton) -- The Hinton Fire Department had to respond to a grass fire last evening that was caused by fireworks.  The fire was reported at about 10:50 p.m. and was located in the far southwest corner of the county at 22807 County Road C-80.  Hinton Fire officials were on the scene for approximately an hour.


Remsen Continues To Celebrate Quasquicentennial

(Remsen) -- The town of Remsen enters its third day of celebrating its Quasquicentennial.  Today, may be considered as its busiest day with school tours for both Remsen-Union and Remsen St. Mary's.  Karen Harnack serves as the co-chair for the festivities and summarizes today's events. 

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Harnack says the parade is already having several entries, including the Shriner's from northwest Iowa and northeast Nebraska.

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Danika Portz is a hometown girl, originally from Remsen, who has been able to become a country-western singer with recording contracts in Nashville.  Sunday, is when the German-Luxemborg community wraps up its 125th anniversary celebration.  Harnack says the events begin with a breakfast at the EMT building located on Fulton Street.

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A word about today's parade, it is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. and will start at the Remsen-Union school and wind its way through town and finish on the west end near Mid-Sioux Opportunities.


Fire Destroys Audubon Downtown Building

(Audubon) -- Firefighters from Audubon plus more than a half-dozen other communities responded to the scene of a structure fire in downtown Audubon early Friday afternoon. Audubon Fire Chief John Ballou says the fire at 310 Broadway Street was reported at around noon. He said there was a little confusion at first because the noon whistle sounded at about the same time as the fire sirens were going off.

The Chief said when they arrived there was a fire on the second floor and smoke coming from the windows. The upper floor of the building was said to have been vacant. Audubon Mayor Sam Kauffman says the lower floor was a former daycare center, but currently, was being used primarily for storage of documents and other items.

Crews from Adair, Atlantic, Brayton, Exira, Manning and Templeton all responded with mutual aid. Atlantic sent it’s ladder truck,while Templeton and Manning sent their tankers. A semi tanker loaded with water provided by a local farmer also was at the scene. Ballou said it was fortunate that several of the fire trucks had just been in Exira for the City’s 4th of July parade, and were able to respond quickly.

The flames were pretty much knocked down by around 3:30 pm, but a rekindle was reported just after 4-p.m. The roof, upper floor and part of the 1st floor eventually collapsed into the basement. The structure was considered a total loss. A business in an adjacent building sustained water damage. No injuries were reported. A cause of the blaze was not immediately available. An inspector with the State Fire Marshal’s Office is expected to be in Audubon Saturday, to try and determine the source of the fire.

Our thanks to radio station KJAN of Atlantic for providing the details of the fire.


Mississippi River Crests At Davenport Causing Flooding

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - Flooding concerns have eased in much of eastern Iowa as the Mississippi River crests at Davenport.
     Officials are now turning their attention to points south along the river in Missouri and Illinois.
     The National Weather Service reports that the Mississippi River at Davenport crested Friday at 20.89 feet - well above the 15-foot flood stage. That level is expected to drop starting Saturday to below 18 feet by Thursday.
     Along the river in northern Missouri, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is preparing for flooding next week.
     Corps civil engineer Davor Karic says most of the areas of concern are north of St. Louis.
     Corps officials had expected to close Lock and Dam 24 north of St. Louis to navigation Friday, but later moved the projected closure to Sunday.


Charles City Man Dies From Bicycle Accident

CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) - A bicyclist has died in a crash with a car in north-central Iowa.
    An Iowa State Patrol report that says 55-year-old Brian Guy Lauterbach, of Charles City, died after being hit by a car as he rode his bicycle Thursday night.
     Investigators say Lauterbach was eastbound on Highway 14 about five miles west of Charles City when he was hit about 8:30 p.m.
     Authorities say a 16-year-old boy from Rockford was driving the car that hit Lauterbach's bicycle.
     Officials say Lauterbach was taken to Floyd County Hospital, where he died.   The State Patrol did not say whether the driver had been charged in the crash.


Council Bluffs Woman Arrested For Stabbing Ex-Boy Friend

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Homicide police in Council Bluffs are investigating what's being described as the stabbing death of a man on the city's west side, and a woman has been arrested in the case.
     Police were sent to the area for a report of a possible stabbing or shooting around midnight Friday.
     Police say officers found a man in his 50s with cuts to his neck. The victim was taken to a hospital, where he died.
     A woman described as a one-time girlfriend of the man has been arrested.







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